“The Homework Wouldn’t End…”

Three Chinese children in Jiangxi province attempted suicide. The reason? “The homework wouldn’t end….” http://www.asahi.com/international/update/0922/TKY201109220518.html 「死んでしまえばもう宿題をしなくて済むと思った」 “If I died, I thought I wouldn’t have to do homework anymore…” Three children attempted suicide by trying to jump from a tall tree; they were all injured with broken bones and bruises, but luckily none succeeded in their … Continue reading “The Homework Wouldn’t End…”

One small step for SMAP, one giant leap for Japanese-Chinese relations

Forget the G8 summit. Who needs world leaders and politics when you have SMAP making their first foreign performance in Beijing, China? http://www.asahi.com/culture/update/0916/TKY201109160536.html To celebrate 40 years of “normalized” Japanese and Chinese relations, the Japanese and Chinese government made the ultimate peace offering by bringing Japan boy-band-legend SMAP over to Beijing.  The article quotes, “Through … Continue reading One small step for SMAP, one giant leap for Japanese-Chinese relations

老上海

Welcome to my new home.   The view from the center of my apartment complex, looking up into the sky. This is what a typical Shanghai residence looks like.  Packed to the brim, maximizing what little amount of space there is by putting laundry out to dry on poles hanging from the windows.  The cascade … Continue reading 老上海