Monthly Archives: September 2010

True or False

What’s real, what’s fake, and how can we tell the difference?  Is it even important to tell the difference?  Such deep questions for such a shallow blog post. There are some things in China that are obviously fake:  the ripped-off … Continue reading

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The Circus Comes to Town

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, gather around for a show that’s sure to attract attention… a bunch of American college kids playing outside.  We’ve now settled in to Tianjin, with a daily routine of language class in the … Continue reading

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Zhen de Zhongguo (The Real China)

It’s tough to know what to write when every sight you see is more amazing than the last.  But now that we’ve been in China three days, we’ve started to see the counterparts of all of the tourist attractions and … Continue reading

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Just Like the Pictures

A day has passed, and so far I’ve taken 78 photos.  But it’s okay, because a fellow Dragon Rider – the (odd/funny?) name Zhao has given us program-goers – has already taken 313.  Sometimes I’m not even sure what I’m … Continue reading

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A Drama in the Middle Kingdom

The Foreigner: Screenplay by Emily Hartley Opening Credits American girl slides along the wall of an unidentified building, clearly in a large city.  A Chinese man and woman turn the corner ahead, coming towards her. She ducks into an alley. … Continue reading

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