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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 […]


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 […]


Corn Juice for the Masses

Corn Juice for the Masses

Stuff People Ingest Voluntarily episode 31 Before you start accusing us of focusing on the poor, fading laundry as part of our own Antonioni scheme to sabotage the world’s image of an entire nation, let us be clear: we are more interested in the one small bright square so carefully preserved like some tiny peep […]


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 […]


The Great Noodle Man Enlightens His Son

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 61 “Baba, where is our roof?” “Aiyo! Do not be so ignorant. Even a simple man could see that it has been harmonized.” “But Baba, why our roof and not the Tailor’s next door?” “Ungracious too! Have I raised a horse’s ass? You know very well that we are […]


What Are Sidewalks For? Answer #15


The Last of the Really Great Idlers

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 60 See that mark? That carefully printed red symbol on the far right that looks similar to the tattoos American teenagers like to have injected permanently into their skin? Unlike those, this is not a sign of innocence. This is the chai, indicating the approach of doom. The mark […]


What Are Sidewalks For? Answer #13


What Are Sidewalks For? Answer #4


Inheritance: a fable

A man, dressed formally from the belt down, casually above, strolls slowly down the street. He carries his young son in his arms. Soon they come upon a groaning, jerking machine, and they stop to watch as it scoops rubble from the sidewalk. “Look, son,” says the father. “One day that could be yours.” The […]


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 […]


Traces of Progress: A Concrete Foundation

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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. […]


China’s Route to the Future

While perhaps neglecting common sense, this Yichang man is actually obeying traffic laws. That is, he’s driving on the right-hand side of the road. Unfortunately, he ran into a rough patch of concrete and lodged his rear wheel between two slabs of what was recently a smooth section of road. In the past few weeks, […]