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…”
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
Reading the Asahi daily news article. American news about the air show gone horribly wrong in Reno popped up, and everything about the article seemed quite standard until… Nothing seemed too strange about the map until I read the labels. The white dot on is labeled “San Francisco,” while the red dot in Nevada is … Continue reading What Nevada looks like to Japan
Reading my usual Asahi news at work when this article popped up, entitled: “Men’s overnight discount sweets and goodies fair, surprisingly, gathers a big crowd.” http://www.asahi.com/national/update/0918/TKY201109180366.html Now, I really hate to stereotype, but let’s be honest here: A bunch of grown men getting together to eat cake and exchange their woes would definitely not go … Continue reading Man treats
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
I remember fawning over Japanese food my first month after arriving in the country. I’m eating real, fresh, authentic sushi, I would brag to my friends in America; my sashimi kicks Utah’s seafood-less ass, I would boast as I laughed with my fresh fish. I just couldn’t get enough of Japanese ramen, yakiniku, all the … Continue reading Chinese food just might be better than sex
Happy mid-autumn festival to you! Mid-Autumn Festival (or 中秋节 in Chinese) is a day where everyone eats moon cake. Plain and simple. Moon cake consisting of different flavors such as egg, meat, bean paste and vegetable filling are passed around and exchanged like chocolate on Valentines Day. My heart-less, unmerciful, despicable company gave us a … Continue reading Happy mid-autumn festival to you!