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INVISIBLE HAND OF MARKET FOUND IN CHINA!

INVISIBLE HAND OF MARKET FOUND IN CHINA!

Some Smoggy City, CHINA – While Americans bicker over economic policies and try to disagree on the best way to guide the nation toward prosperity, it seems the object of Adam Smith’s over-referenced phrase has floated across the Pacific to get itself dirty (quite literally) in a different kind of muck. Skeptics will no doubt […]


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 […]


The Second Modern Wonder of the World

The Second Modern Wonder of the World

As you fine, intelligent people are all aware, for millennia the land of the Great Wall, Gunpowder and The Floating Hat has been miles ahead of the competition. Now folks, don’t panic! but kindly lift your chin upwards from the folds of your neck – I’d advise you keep your mouth from gaping as the […]


Traces of Progress: Private Stalls at the Trough

Editor’s Note: This was an especially great restroom. The men’s side was slightly higher so their waste flowed like a spring stream between your feet while you did your business. Past the lady’s room, the current drifted freely into a farmer’s field. Share this:


Dear Lion Statue Guarding the Spot Where Yang Bangyi Had His Chest Cut Open

Dear Lion Statue Guarding the Spot Where Yang Bangyi Had His Chest Cut Open, You must be proud. That is a tremendous responsibility you have there – as everyone knows, the Spot Where Yang Bangyi Had His Chest Cut Open is one of China’s most precious and well-known landmarks, secondary perhaps only to the Forbidden […]


Dear Brown Cloud that Blots Out the Sun

Dear Brown Cloud that Blots Out the Sun, You “noxious cocktail” you! Your intoxicating side effects have gone too far! Melting the glaciers! Poisoning the water supplies! We’re not teetotalers but we do know our limits and you sir, have surpassed them. You are seeped with languor. As you kill the denizens of this ancient […]


Dear Blue Sky

Dear Blue Sky, The other day, when you first presented yourself, swapping places with the usual toxic gray screen, we were glad. To be honest, we had begun to doubt your existence. After weeks of wading through throat-stinging particulate matter and squinting to make out even an outline of the nearby skyline, one forgets that […]


Traces of Progress: Accessible Water

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Dear Yichang

Dear Yichang, When first described to us, our boss said you were like “an old wild west town.” We didn’t believe it. It was hard to see past the cement, glass and general greyness that filled every visible inch – that is until a week or so ago when we saw that big red paper […]


NO CATASTROPHE HERE!

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 […]


Dear Young Man Using Your Motorcycle to Blow Bubbles in the Yangtze

Dear Young Man Using Your Motorcycle to Blow Bubbles in the Yangtze, I don’t know who you impressed more: us, the woman doing her laundry, or the man soaking his motorcycle downstream. To be honest, your objective was unclear. Our top three theories as to what exactly it was that you were doing are: 1. […]


Now I Don’t

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 21 Now I see it. The largest dam in the world. The 3 Gorges Dam. A barrier of miraculous proportion. The Great Wall of the Hubei province. The Great Dam. And how great it is. While the media prefers to address the political implications, we will focus on the […]