新年好！ Happy Chinese New Year! ‘Tis the year of the Horse, which is usually one of good luck and good fortune. So this year, I hope everyone will ‘马上’ find happiness and ‘马上’ succeed to ‘马上’ get money. I mean really, I hope you ‘马上’ (insert whatever you want here). (*马上 means ‘soon,’ or … Continue reading A Weekend Getaway from Shanghai
I recently saw this advertisement for online dating (matchmaking, rather) and just had to put it on here. It’s the modern Chinese woman’s world summed up into a 30 second commercial. For those that don’t speak Chinese, let me give you the basic line-by-line summary: “This year, I have to get married… for my grandma. … Continue reading Why Aren’t You Married Yet?
I was at work looking through my daily dose of Japanese news when I happened upon this lovely headline story. NHK Chairmain Katsuo Momi on Soldiers and Comfort Women: It Happens Everywhere! Oops, they did it again. I don’t know what it is, but Japanese politicians and other higher-ups just can’t seem to stop talking … Continue reading Comfort Women and Racist Ads
Habits. Schedules. Rituals. Sometimes it feels great to have routine in life, and nothing makes you feel warmer and fuzzier than finding out you have one in a foreign country. It helps you realize that yes; unexpectedly, you somehow managed to plant roots in this new place that you somehow home. The city is accepting … Continue reading The Char Shu Bun Babe
During my short visit home over the holidays, my dad and I often sat at the bar table sipping white peony tea. He was nibbling on a cinnamon roll, I was snacking on some leftover Goi Cuon (Vietnamese spring rolls) my mom made earlier in the evening. My father fought in the Vietnam war. It’s … Continue reading Vietnam
Wow, what a year 2013 has been. Overall 2013 has been a very good year, with both ups and downs and new experiences all around. Work This time last year, I was agonizing whether I should quit my interpreting program at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) to pursue full time work. The transition from full … Continue reading A look back at 2013, and gazing ahead to 2014!
A Very Japanese Christmas “Mary-sensei” my favorite 7-11 cashier in Niigata sweetly called my name. “How about a Christmas cake? We have so many flavors; chocolate, white and strawberry–and look at all the sizes! I think you would really enjoy having a cake to share with someone special on Christmas day.” “I have no one … Continue reading Christmas Abound