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The Plight of Clean Propaganda

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 42 The latest wave of “dirty” products – this being the season of Tainted Milk – has prompted the Central government to ask local governments all over the country to issue a plea to their people: “Help us clean up our image.” With hopes of feeding off the unbelievable […]


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Yichang, CHINA – The statue, which depicts the rings synonymous with the Olympic Games, is most likely part of an effort by the Yichang municipality to express its solidarity with the Chinese capital. While the games are being held far from Hubei province, the people of the small city along the Yangtze hope to draw […]

Questioning China’s Q.E.D.s: The Promising Youth

They stared at us with apprehension and doubt – contorted brows and sagging mouths. We had just dropped the great, ever-troublesome three-letter word, the word that, from our experience, invariably draws a confused response: “Why?” The handful of students muttered quickly in Chinese. They knew the word, of course, and it was not our native […]

Stronger, Swifter, Higher, Faster

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 29 Men in sport coats. Men climbing blindly. Men grasping the railing. which guides and supports. Up stairs. Stairs to the top. Stairs made by men. Stairs narrow in direction. A direction as firm as the stairs themselves. Stronger, Swifter, Higher, Faster Stronger, Swifter, Higher, Faster The men repeat […]

Questioning China’s QEDs: CHINESE PEOPLE LOVE “I [heart] China” MERCHANDISE

A new Olympic advertising campaign utilizing a popular American rebus raises questions of appropriateness and objective. A few weeks ago one of my better high school students approached me and stated innocently, “My teacher say is very fashion in America to wear shirt which say ‘I heart N-Y.’” She stopped and waited as if she […]


Yichang, CHINA – Despite abundant evidence indicating otherwise, there has in fact been no disaster – natural or man made – here in Yichang. The power lines intertwined with trees, buildings reduced to rubble, roads trenched useless, and air filled with debris are all purposeful expressions of success. World, meet the Chinese Developmental Pre-Olympics Urban […]