Monthly Archives: June 2013

Interlude 2: The Chinese Dream, Whatever That Is

I just saw a propaganda poster on campus that said the following (in translation): “The Chinese dream, the student dream.  Let the students in the Architecture Department strive morning and night to achieve their dream!” This is, of course, an affirmation of Premier Xi Jinping’s much-touted “Chinese dream,” which no one can articulate, but everyone can believe, thus making it… (more…)

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Weird Guy With Bell, or: You Need Some Distance

You know what’s hard? Trying to summarize your experiences in a place you’ve lived for 10 years. It’s just about impossible. So I’m taking a quick break in my proposed Good, Bad, Whatever cycle to offer up some random observations from my last few weeks in China. This morning I was walking to the market to get some vegetables for… (more…)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Survival Tips (Part 4)

The Good: Lao Bai Xing For those who don’t speak Chinese, lao bai xing is translated “old 100 names,” and basically means “everyday people.” Put more clearly it refers to anyone who doesn’t have enough money or prestige to get ahead. People who work and probably won’t rise above their jobs. And when I say I’m going to miss them,… (more…)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Survival Tips (Part 3)

The Good: People dressing however they want When you think about it, on a fundamental, really-who-cares level, what’s the point of clothes? To cover your body and protect it from the elements? Yep. To display color and individuality? Less important, since we’re not peacocks, but fine. To show our affiliation with a designer brand name? Not so much. My late… (more…)

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