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How 1940s Cartoons “Saved” Christmas in China

My journalism students at United International College in Zhuhai, China are always very interested in American culture. That’s not surprising since many of them hope to either visit the United States or...
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Season’s Greetings from China; What Season Is It?

As I write this column, it’s about a week until Christmas and I’m sitting outside wearing shorts and grading some papers. Yes, you read correctly. The temperature here in Zhuhai, China where I teach is 76...
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Tense Times in China

(Photos Couresy of Henry AN) These are tense times in China...especially if you’re of Japanese descent. China and Japan are feuding over who owns the Diaoyu Islands (what the Chinese call them) located...
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Supermarket Surprises in China

God bless Wegman’s and Aldi’s. If it seems unusual that I’m singing the praises of a couple of supermarket chains, I guess you need to live in a foreign country to understand my feelings. During my...

The Continuing Chinese Cultural Differences

I’ve lived in China for almost two years now so there are many things that no longer surprise me (although I have no doubt first time visitors from the United States would be shaking their heads in...
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Mike Igoe in China #50 Night Riders in Hong Kong

Recently I had to travel to Hong Kong to meet with the publisher of a textbook I’m writing. As the schedule worked out, I had some time to do a little sight seeing in the evening. Problem is, Hong Kong is...
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The Chinese Ceramic City

      All throughout the country, China offers many wonders both natural and man- made. I have visited the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, and the Li River just to name...
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China’s Terracotta Warriors

Back in 1974, a Chinese farmer digging a well was terrified by what he unearthed. At first, he thought he had dug up a body. Actually, he uncovered one of the most important architectural findings of the 20th...
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Asian Princesses

A while back, a reader of this column commented that the articles about historic places were fine, but he wanted to see the Asian women. Well, now your wish is granted. (Sorry I do not call you by name...

Thank You for Smoking…In China

Since I’ve been living in China, I often read travelers’ blogs and reviews about their experiences here. One writer was shocked not only how prevalent smoking is but also by the lack of regulation. During...
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A Very BIG Buddha

Buddha is big in China and in Hong Kong that’s literally true. On Lantau Island sits the world’s largest outdoor seated Buddha statue. It stands 112 feet high and weighs 220 tons. From its mountain perch,...