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Peter lived for nearly a half-decade in China, including two as a Peace Corps volunteer, and is the author of Socrates in Sichuan: Chinese Students Search for Truth, Justice and the (Chinese) Way. It is the intention of his blog to foster the sort of intercultural understanding necessary for long term relationships.
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Sex, Death, and Parking, Part 3

2639 Views | 2 Comments | 0 Articles | 12/26/2011 10:22:55 PM
The final installment of impressions drawn from reading a series of essays on moral matters in China from Chinese graduate students at Sichuan University. Read more…

Sex, Death, and Parking, Part 2

2506 Views | 6 Comments | 0 Articles | 12/25/2011 4:15:03 PM
Here is a continuation of my impressions from reading one hundred essays on ethical topics in contemporary China by a group of graduate students at Sichuan University Read more…

Sex. Death, and Parking, Part 1

2203 Views | 0 Comments | 1 Articles | 12/25/2011 12:29:32 AM
As I have mentioned before on this blog, I am currently teaching an online course to a group of one hundred plus graduate students at Sichuan University. For the entire semester, they have devoted themselves to a single essay topic of their own choosing. My only requirement was that they write on an issue in the area of ethics. I did this because I am interested in how my students view the world, and there is no better way to find out someone’s worldview than by getting them to discuss issues of good and bad, right and wrong. This was what I did for two years in a weekly discussion group when I was a Peace Corps volunteer. Since I could not be there in person this semester to organize another discussion group, having the students write on ethics seemed about the next best thing. Well, the results are in. And before I begin the gruesome job of grading over one hundred long essays (and consuming large quantities of scotch in the process), I thought I would provide my impressions from reading these papers about how the young Chinese view the world. Read more…

A Man Without Money is Garbage

6232 Views | 28 Comments | 1 Articles | 12/4/2011 10:50:00 AM
The latest hot story on my favorite Chinese Internet scandal sheet, chinaSMACK, involves a video of a woman telling off her (soon-to-be-ex) boyfriend on a subway in Beijing. It’s not the activity itself that stands out — I mean, we’ve all been there. Rather it is what the woman says that has captured people’s attention. Among the many things she screams at her boyfriend, who sits silent and unmoving, sweatshirt hood over his head, is that, “A man without money is garbage”(“男人没钱就是垃圾!”: Nan ren mei qian jiu shi laji). Read more…
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Black Friday Blues

2125 Views | 3 Comments | 0 Articles | 11/27/2011 12:39:35 AM
Inspired by David’s comments on the increasing American waist line, I want to take this opportunity to go on a little rant of my own. Read more…
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14 Signs He's Just Not That Into You

7084 Views | 7 Comments | 0 Articles | 11/5/2011 12:40:46 AM
I may not be an expert on relationships. OK, in fact, I am definitely not an expert on relationships. But I do scan the web night and day reading up on those who are in order to bring you the latest advice. OK, in fact, I stumbled across this article, Read more…
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In Memoriam: Yue Yue

3921 Views | 8 Comments | 0 Articles | 10/29/2011 11:32:53 PM
At least part of my purpose in this blog is to keep you informed on some of the major events going on in China. There are two reasons for this. First, it will give you something to discuss with you potential Chinese mate. Second, I think it is important to have some understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture if you are planning on having a long term relationship with a Chinese women. A Chinese woman will be much prouder of her culture than a typical American woman is of hers. Indeed, if the person you are e-mailing or chatting with has not used the words "five thousand years of Chinese culture" sometime in the recent past, you should check her IP address. In any case, to the extent that you can show an intelligent interest in the topic, you will be better off. Read more…
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American Women Like to Laugh

5500 Views | 6 Comments | 0 Articles | 10/20/2011 11:24:21 PM
This, at least, is the first (but not the only) lesson I draw from my perusing the profiles of women on an American dating site. I had hoped and planned to be in China by this time, expending whatever energy I had for females on Chinese women. And while they still get the lion’s share of my effort, I have to confess that I do like the company of women, period. And so as I find myself living in this southwestern city, I thought I would try to locate some local women to spend some time with. Since I don’t really know anyone in town, this made online dating the logical way to go about achieving this end. Read more…
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Divorce, Chinese Style

3363 Views | 6 Comments | 0 Articles | 10/6/2011 11:07:48 PM
A remark on my last blog from one of our female bloggers, Panda, set the theme for this column. I had written in part about how the situation of women in contemporary China reminded me of that of women American women nearly a half-century ago. To which Panda responded that the plight of Chinese women had just gotten worse. She wrote: Read more…
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Women are not equal to men in China

5285 Views | 15 Comments | 0 Articles | 9/23/2011 11:31:29 PM
These are not my words. These are the words of one of my female Chinese graduate students. Let me explain. As some of you may recall, I am supposed to be teaching as Sichuan University in Chengdu this semester. As a result of a family crisis I am still in the States (and haven't been blogging for a while, as you may or may not have noticed). I did, however, manage to get my Academic Writing course up on line, so now I am teaching 105 Chinese graduate students argumentative writing via the wonder that is the Internet. In order to get a sense of where they were in terms of writing ability, I asked them to write a brief essay and provided a number of potential topics. “Are men and women equal?” turned out far and away to be the most popular. Perhaps not surprisingly, only women wrote about it. Read more…
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