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Just Another Day at a Chinese School

Just Another Day at a Chinese School

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Ideas Like Plastic Bags

Ideas Like Plastic Bags

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This Ridiculous World Guide: China – Life Stages of a Modern Building

This Ridiculous World Guide: China – Life Stages of a Modern Building

A building is a magical thing. However, as a resident, whether temporary or permanent, getting to know your own building can be confusing, if not scary. At times you may wonder what goes on within its walls, or below the floorboards. You may be concerned about the shifting of doors and cabinets, or the loosening […]


What We Could Sell if Only We Owned a Tricycle: Idea 18

What We Could Sell if Only We Owned a Tricycle: Idea 18

Food We Thought Was Toilet Paper


A Chinese Car Accident in Three Parts

A Chinese Car Accident in Three Parts

Attn: Outside World We wish to share with you a complete account of the recent remarkable event which unfolded directly below our dusty office window here at This Ridiculous World Headquarters. Set deep in the remote urban jungles of modern industrial China we witnessed the coming together of human, machine and fire hydrant. The story […]


Skyline full of Fireworks at Chinese New Year

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Dear People of the Rooftops

Dear People of the Rooftops

Dear People of the Rooftops, We see you sometimes, black shapes crawling over unfinished buildings – black because of your distance and the dulling grayness between us and also because of the jackets you wear and the hair on your head. You are the toilers; the transformers of the cities; the ones who knock it […]


ANCIENT COUNTRY CHANGES RAPIDLY

ANCIENT COUNTRY CHANGES RAPIDLY

PEOPLE BUY NEW THINGS CHINA – If you have eyes or ears, you’re no doubt familiar with the rumor: China is changing. The Western media teems with tales of the massive nation’s development – the qualities of a rising middle class; the plight of the poor rural folk left behind; the corruption that chews its […]


English Programme for Children: That was a Funny Thing I Did

English Programme for Children: That was a Funny Thing I Did

Having survived twelve weeks and twenty four classes of the English Programme for Children I am ready to put it behind me and search out the humor in the experience. The “Program” involved teaching a class of twenty Chinese kindergartners an assortment of English terms (random in my eyes but no doubt the favorites of […]


Third Week of the Twelfth Month: A Photo Essay

Third Week of the Twelfth Month: A Photo Essay

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Safety When Driving: Wal-Mart, China, and the American Dream

Safety When Driving: Wal-Mart, China, and the American Dream

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 2.02 Finally, America’s own version of the Chinese fire drill is over. Close the doors. Time to move on. But in the wake of so many changes, as the anxiety and rage of all sides subsides, it is natural to wonder: what is America? What kind of a place […]


What We Could Sell if Only We Owned a Tricycle: Idea 17

What We Could Sell if Only We Owned a Tricycle: Idea 17

Stuffed Toys for a Missed Child or a Childish Mistress Share this:


Where is it? It is an English Programme for Children

Where is the oversight? This fall my boss rented me out to a kindergarten where her sister-in-law is principal. My new duty involves teaching four and five-year-olds to embrace the most important aspects of Western culture (for two half hour lessons each week). At first I thought they said I’d be teaching English, but evidently […]


VTK: A New Orientation

VTK: A New Orientation

It is everywhere, that massive bulky trio of letters. On towers, the sides of skyscrapers, over supermarkets and hotels and coffee restaurants. KTV! An acronym as prevalent as its cousin KFC, it announces the existence of a special place even more tasteless and depraved. The strings of lights along its outline ensure that it will […]


Dear Sichuan Monarch Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd.

Dear Sichuan Monarch Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd.

Dear Sichuan Monarch Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd., Let’s begin with a scenario: We are walking along the streets of Nanjing, two years past, when a chocolate-brown bus comes hurtling by, its entire visible body transformed into advertising space. It does not feature an airbrushed Taiwanese corn juice model, but instead an oversized naked white child […]


What We Could Sell if Only We Owned a Tricycle: Idea 16

What We Could Sell if Only We Owned a Tricycle: Idea 16

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Thank You China

Thank You China

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 2.01 It’s about time we told you. We came back. A lot of famous things have been said about home: it’s “why I keep returning,” it’s “where I want to be,” it’s “always so exciting,” etc. All catchy ideas that I’ll admit to singing along with and perhaps even […]