To Pee or Not To Pee?

To Pee or Not To Pee? Babies and toddlers in China don't wear nappies because they are 'uncomfortable' and 'mafan'. Not to mention an 'unnecessary expense'. Having witnessed it, we know that adults are happy to lift up a child from behind, gripping the back of its thighs, and allow it to urinate (or worse) in full and clear view of passers by in public places such as parks or pavements. Underwear doesn't have to be removed because there isn't any. Just a rudimentary hole cut out of the child's lower-body wear. As strange Read more [...] Read More

The Problem with Helping in China

The Problem with Helping in China Those of us who have spent time in China have all encountered situations where we are left scratching our heads in disbelief. No instance more so than the sight of a citizen in distress, surrounded by a sea of public common indifference. Those of us who have taken in the nightspots of China have probably witnessed alcohol-induced physical confrontations between natives. Of course, bar districts of the world suffer more or less the same problems; this in itself is not exclusive to China. The Read more [...] Read More

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube returning to the mainland

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube returning to the mainland   Since mid-2009, following riots in Xinjiang, the Chinese authorities have blocked Facebook, Twitter and Youtube in mainland China, claiming that they were the medium through which the riots were organised. Computer-savvy expats have long been using VPNs to access their favourite censored content, however, soon some of them won’t need to any more. According to The South China Morning Post, many censored sites such as Facebook will be accessible within a newly planned Free Trade Zone Read more [...] Read More

Talk About Missing the Boat

Talk About Missing the Boat This week in east China's Shandong Province, a severely hungover and confused man awoke in a huge container which was about to be shipped out of Qingdao City Port that morning. Mr Jiang, shocked and dazed, was jolted awake when the container he was in was hoisted 20 metres into the air and stacked on top of other guowai bound shipments. He had stumbled into the container three hours before being woken up by the crane at 7.20am - he had mistaken it for his employer-provided dormitory. Jiang was Read more [...] Read More

Cheater Cheater

Cheater Cheater Everybody knows that exam time in China puts huge pressures on the students to excel. A fail can mean a difference in working a low wage menial job, or excelling to the top ranks in the developed cities and making a fortune. Therefore it is not surprising that many Chinese students are becoming cheaters in order to pass their exams. And their ways of cheating are getting more and more innovative. Historically, cheating is no new thing to China. Exams have always been an important part of Chinese Read more [...] Read More

Al Fresco with Chinese Characteristics

Al Fresco with Chinese Characteristics The new line is that Beijing's well documented pollution problems exist because of the number of roadside barbecues. It would appear that to the Beijing National People’s Congress (BNPC), newer and tighter crackdowns on our ‘harmless’ BBQ pengyous are required to save the city from toxic meltdown.  Ahh, we're all okay then.  We think this is fanciful thinking.  The point of this article isn’t to crunch pollution statistics, though. "Our poor street vendors are being made scapegoats!", Read more [...] Read More