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How to write a China article. E-mail
City Life - Blogs & Columns
Written by Chau
You’ve just arrived in your 5-Star room at the Shanghai Hilton and unpacked your fancy new Apple laptop. As you pull the top off the mini bottle of Hennessey XO, you finally turn to your instructions from the editor back home. 2000 words by Monday about the important issues facing China today. Easy. But two days have passed and you are still staring at a blank screen.

You’re experiencing a stretch of writer’s block as long as the Great Wall of China and the deadline is hanging over your head like the proverbial Sword of Damocles. It seems that more research than flicking through a copy of Wild Swans in the airport is needed after all. Sound familiar? Then you, my journalist friend, need the Sinocidal fully patented guide on how to write that Pulitzer Prize winning China article. Simply follow the steps below, and you’ll have your name splashed across the front page of every newspaper in Britain faster than a convicted child molester.
1/3 Physicist, 1/3 Sloth, 1/3 Idiot E-mail
City Life - Blogs & Columns
Written by Mary Higgins
Chinese students spend every waking moment of their young lives trying to better themselves by staring blankly into space for 13 hours a day while they’re in school. They study and study and study and dream of one day owning their own shoe shop or plumbing store or anything else that requires a 14 year old to understand quantum mechanics.

Unfortunately, the mind simply cannot hold the entire wealth of human knowledge and any effort to cram every last known bit of information into the mind of a child will have devastatingly incapacitating results. Only partial information will be remembered and what is remembered will only end up being a random stream of data that is understood completely out of context.  There is no better place to observe the incredible success and subsequently ironic failure of the Chinese educational system that on any road in China. At any one moment, any person on the road is a trinity of Newtonian parts: 1/3 Physicist, 1/3 Sloth, 1/3 Idiot.

Chinese Cultural Intricacies E-mail
City Life - Blogs & Columns
Written by Jamie
So, to protect the names of the innocent or the innocence of the names, I will use English names when talking about people in China. Of course, if you happen to be one of the Expats working here at the college that have real life English names like Erin (real name) or Hope (real name), you’re screwed. Your name will be sullied and soiled like so much dirty laundry. Everyone will know when you get on my nerves. By everyone I mean the four people (including my mom and you guys) who read this Blog.

On a side note, the age old habit of giving Chinese students English names (no doubt started hundreds of years ago by those silly tokin’ Brits when they were trying to bilk China out of opium) bothers me somewhat. I keep meeting students at the college (it’s actually how I spend most of my free time). We chat for awhile. I use up all my Chinese; they use up their English; and when its time to depart, we exchange names. I say…I am Jamie (my real name) they say “my name is Betty (not their real name)” or “Alan (not their real name).” I then insist they give me their Chinese name. So they tell me, “my name is Xu Guo Bing (a real life Chinese name).”

The train is full. E-mail
City Life - Blogs & Columns
Written by Leyla Lopos
Well, I'm not just saying all the seats have been taken; yes, they are indeed, but more than that-- all the space on the train is taken. "3 hours, only 3 hours left!" The guy next to me did his routine job again. "Shut up!" That's what really I want to tell him. Past 23 hours, He's been counting down the time left every 20 minutes. Totally annoying. Time seems to pass slowly when we pay attention to it, so I usually take off my watch and don't check time that often. When I'm alone, I could deal with the slow train pretty well, but this time, I couldn't wait to get out of this goddamn train.

It's the worst train I've ever seen, probably the worst and oldest train in China. I was kinda disappointed when I first saw it. Hard seat, I've got a real hard seat this time--as hard as cement. And it's hot inside the train. No air-conditioner, the rotations of the ceiling fans are whipping stale air against my head. The windows are always open, dusty and noisy.

A Family-Friendly Guide E-mail
City Life - Blogs & Columns
Written by Mary Higgins
Living in China can be liberating. Many of the social norms that we grow up with in the west don’t always apply. I litter, I jaywalk, I don’t buckle my seatbelt, I smoke anywhere I want, and I tell people off knowing full well it won’t come to fisticuffs. Oh, you might call me on my 入乡随俗 ruse or declare I was prime Jerry Springer guest material long before I arrived, but I say I simply live in China. I survive, I enjoy. I am a foreigner with Chinese characteristics. I live between two worlds. I am my own Ladyhawke.

I lived in China for over 10 years before I got my first family visit. Everyone else had had their mamas and papas visit, but not me. During school holidays, Ms. CIEE would have her sister join her in Anhui for a stroll up the yellow bump, but not me. I sat in my dorm room and watched the Phoenix channel. It’s not that I didn’t want family to visit, it’s that I’d gotten used to the fact that no one ever would.

Face? What? E-mail
City Life - Blogs & Columns
Written by David A. Dayton
I’ll be the first one to admit that I just don’t get face.  My wife would certainly confirm that as well.  After I graduated and for my first few years working in Asia, I thought I knew what was up.  But as the years have passed and I’ve learned what the Chinese words I’m saying actually mean to Chinese people, I realize more and more that I have a long way to go before I’m fluent in Chinese Culture.

I’ve heard some people simplify dealing with face into “just be polite and you’ll be fine.”  This is certainly part of it, but has nothing to do with things that you can’t say in Chinese that are perfectly acceptable to say in America.  And how do you politely and professional discuss lies, broken contracts, sub-standard samples, non-disclosed changes in production and unapproved production locations (sub suppliers)? Even if you can manage to speak like Pollyanna you’re going to be nailing someone’s keister to the wall, canceling contracts, changing ship dates (enforcing late penalties) or rejecting thousands of dollars worth of product all in a second language or through a translator.

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