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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 […]


Twas the Night Before Xmas in China

Twas the Night Before Xmas in China

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 54* A Visit from the Earplugs and Beer Man ‘Twas the night before Xmas and all through the city, Not a whore was motionless, not even the un-pretty. The sausages hung from the wires with care, In hopes that Sheng Dan Lao Ren soon would be there. The foreigners […]


Dear PBR (China’s World War Two Yes We Can!)

Dear PBR (China's World War Two Yes We Can!)

“World War Two Edition in Memory of US Army” Dear Pabst Blue Ribbon, We know you. Pibber. P-B-R. We know you embarrassingly well. Pabst Blue Ribbon, unofficial cheap beer of choice for American hipster youth. We charge you with attempting to establish yourself as the representative drink of choice in a slightly different niche market […]


With Red Strings Attached: A Photo Essay

With Red Strings Attached: A Photo Essay

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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 […]


What Are Sidewalks For? Answer #22

What Are Sidewalks For? Answer #22

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Dear Big Ants Who Were Bossing Around the Little Ants

Dear Big Ants Who Were Bossing Around the Little Ants, First, I must say that you look crazy up close. Sorry, but I have been a little off lately and have found that brushing aside distractions clears up a path towards almost clarity. Share this:


Prime Real Estate – Property # JSNJ012PRC

What this substantial piece of city land is doing unpaved and undeveloped is a mystery of commerce and real estate. Whatever the reason, that red flag piercing the mud surely indicates a coming edifice. A new age high rise, perhaps? Another shopping mall? Share this:


Students Undisturbed by Disturbance at Chinese High School

Nanjing, CHINA – After three days of continuous drilling the unidentified mustached man on the ladder finally made it through the cement and brick wall and into lucky classroom 8. Though his workspace partially blocked the steps of the entrance to the main building the man’s progress went unimpeded and unquestioned throughout. Students of class […]


This Ridiculous World Guide: China – Garbage Vessels

This Ridiculous World Guide: China - Garbage Vessels

Coming from America, or some nation similarly skilled in methods of clandestine waste removal – with magic, automatic flush toilets; color-coded trash bins; and troops of picker-uppers who carouse the streets in great machines with as much authority as fire engines – such unglamorous, undisguised removal may be a bit shocking. Here in this ancient […]


Life of Pig: a fable

Two pigs beget one. Such is the way of pigs, as it has been since the beginning. In the first months, Pig rolls amid the muck, snorts his own excrement, and eats whatever morsels and collected orts are deposited into his sty. It is a base life, one of pure sensory perception, instinct, and consumption, […]


What We Could Sell if Only We Owned a Tricycle: Idea 15

What We Could Sell if Only We Owned a Tricycle: Idea 15

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The Fourth Modern Wonder of the World

The Fourth Modern Wonder of the World

Don’t make light of this folks! This sophisticated sorceress of polyester tunics and sequined stretch capris is more than a granny before her time! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, this here happy momma has more surprises than a Magic Marker and more class than an Asian high school student! You may have a difficult time […]


Summer in China – A Season for Leaving

Summer in China - A Season for Leaving

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 67 When it’s 90 plus degrees with 100% humidity and your neighbor’s coal smoke is pumping along with the encephalitis mosquitoes through your broken window screen and down on the street the men who actually wear shirts have them rolled up past their nipples, while inside your apartment the […]


This Ridiculous World Guide: China – Rubble

This Ridiculous World Guide: China - Rubble

While most travelers come to this great land in order to see the famous structures it has erected – ancient walls, temples, and fortresses, or even the more recently built stadiums and towers – they regrettably miss out on another important, and arguably more impressive, sightseeing possibility. Here, not only can one witness marvels of […]


Dear Elephant Man

Dear Elephant Man, Perhaps you do not suffer from some debilitating, disfiguring deadly disease. Your face does not appear horribly mutated. No mind. This title is not meant to damage your self esteem. No, if it does you are too sensitive and maybe we have you wrong. We refer instead to the hue of your […]


What Are Sidewalks For? Answer #20


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Traces of Progress: Foreign Treasures

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Prototype for Alaskan Attorney Discovered at the Chinese Museum

SLIGHTLY MORE PHOTOGENIC AS MAN Shanghai, CHINA – A bust of Eric T. Sanders, was recently found in the ancient sculpture wing of the Shanghai Museum. The well-preserved, roughly-carved giant head – which, incidentally, is often referred to as “The Judge” – was previously thought to be some sort of god, demon or school teacher. […]


The Third Modern Wonder of the World

The Third Modern Wonder of the World

Somewhere far from the ancient city wall, beyond the outskirts and ghettos and ghost towns, myth tells us of a magnificent metropolis of liquid delight. No foreign eye has ever beheld its interior, though a few claim to have reached its outer wall. There, it is said, the air is so dense from the evaporation […]


Quarantine vs Guacamole 2009 -OR- Children’s Day: Best Day Ever.

On this holiday in 2008 the Olympic torch passed over the quaint dam nearby and into our city of Yichang. This year’s big event, best known as Swine Flu, made a surprise appearance in the form of an alleged Nanjing city-wide mandate for foreigners to be quarantined (in their personal apartments) for a week upon […]


How We Changed the World

How We Changed the World

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 66 “Together we can change the world” she said to me that night. We were watching my favorite show. She knew I didn’t like her to talk to me when it was on. I looked at her in a moment of drawn out suspense. From the sweat beaded above […]


Dear Doggie in the Window

Dear Doggie in the Window, You are not the first of your kind to be pictured on this page, nor the first to be the subject of our thoughts. Indeed, you are not even the first canine to be addressed here in the second person, human to dog, via missive. However, let none of this […]