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586 Views | 20 Comments | 5 Articles | 7/12/2018 10:02:18 AM

After spending some time in the intriguing kingdom of China, here are some further random thoughts about the place. This article is a continuation from Part 1 of this series. Please try to contain your excitement. Hold any applause till later. Read more…

309 Views | 10 Comments | 0 Articles | 7/15/2018 6:18:52 AM

            Two of the classes which I took at the University of Maryland were Modern Military History 1494-1815 and Modern Military History 1815-Present both of which were taught by Dr. Jon Sumida.  The main text for both courses was the same book The Pursuit of Power by William McNeill.  Dr. Sumida was a protégé of McNeill's while he was a graduate student at the University of Chicago and he had helped write the book by providing some of the research upon which it was based. Read more…

476 Views | 13 Comments | 4 Articles | 5/19/2018 2:16:57 PM

I've visited China five times and lived there for about a year teaching English.  With your cognisance, perhaps I can share a few reminiscences with you about it. Both good and bad. Warts 'n all. This article will in fact form part of a short series on this topic.  For the information of those who've heard so much about this mysterious kingdom but not yet had the opportunity to visit it.

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952 Views | 31 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/24/2018 12:46:36 PM

            When I was attending the University of Maryland, one of the classes I took was History and Culture of China.  Naturally, the material covered in the course included Chinese philosophy and Taoism was featured with some prominence.  The main text for the course, An Introduction to Chinese Civilization edited by John T. Meskill, included a brief synopsis of Taoism.  According to the book, one of the central precepts of Taoism was "Do by Not Doing".  I have to admit that this concept completely escaped me.  My ex-wife later assured me that I could not possibly understand Chinese philosophy unless I could read it in the original Chinese.  I came to accept this simply because I could not conceive how one could ever do something by not doing it.  My mind just could not conjure a scenario where that was even remotely possible. Read more…

1085 Views | 5 Comments | 4 Articles | 4/5/2017 7:27:21 AM

Thanks to China’s rapid economic growth, the culture shock you are likely to experience in China's cities is much more subtle than in rural areas. Read more…

845 Views | 9 Comments | 0 Articles | 7/8/2017 2:22:44 AM

Yong and I are at the doctor’s office. She has had some worrying symptoms lately. Indeed, the fact that we are here is some indication of the severity of the problem. The Chinese medical model does not dictate running to the doctor’s office at the first sign of a cough or occurrence of a broken fingernail. Instead there exists a list of foods you should or shouldn’t eat depending upon your specific condition as well as a host of concoctions to ingest to assist in the healing process. Read more…

685 Views | 2 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/15/2016 10:39:56 PM

墙上挂着四幅画: Read more…

908 Views | 7 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/14/2016 10:44:57 PM

    The title is concerned with seeking positive social behavior towards others... Read more…

2218 Views | 27 Comments | 8 Articles | 2/21/2016 1:30:42 PM

After four memorable trips and going on a year or so of living in China - ranging from extreme urban areas such as Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou through to the rural regions of Sichuan Province  -  I feel reasonably qualified to present a few random recollections and experiences of China. Those with a low boredom threshold please stop reading now.  Those idiots, fools and persons of low character, please also stop reading now.  This series of articles is intended only for the intelligentsia amongst us.  Read more…

2119 Views | 16 Comments | 6 Articles | 2/3/2016 7:18:19 PM

Many of my male knuckle-dragging friends back home have asked me, “Cut the bullshit Barry, what do you really think of China?”.  Initially I only told them the good things, the exciting things, about the place. But as time went on, I realised this wasn't really doing them any good.  I now prefer complete honesty, giving them the whole story, both good and bad, so they can make a well informed decision as to whether to come here  - or more importantly, to work here  -  or not. Read more…

2456 Views | 13 Comments | 0 Articles | 1/12/2016 12:08:11 PM

The sudden noise that came from the small room was barely audible and didn't raise any alarm. It was only a dull, wood-on-wood thud. Lian only looked up for a moment and continued her work in the kitchen. Only Yan's scream a couple of seconds later made her jump in fear. Read more…

2013 Views | 3 Comments | 0 Articles | 1/12/2016 10:09:01 AM

Yan lowered her head and, wearily, looked at her dust-covered shoes as she followed a group of children. She was hungry and wanted to get home as soon as possible after school, but the fear of passing the group and being ridiculed by them settled her small feet into a steady plod. Read more…

1766 Views | 12 Comments | 6 Articles | 12/3/2015 11:33:14 AM

Three months had now passed since arriving in China in early September 2015.  The first month had been a period of settling in. The second month had been a period of gradual familiarisation with day to day activity.  The third month had given me time to pause and reflect more fully on my situation.  What were my honest feelings about China, whether teaching or otherwise? Read more…

3259 Views | 12 Comments | 1 Articles | 6/21/2014 6:39:20 AM

在中国,因为竞争日益激烈,男人为了他们眼中的成功需要付出更多的努力和时间,而女人为了缓解家庭的经济压力,也努力使自己变得更具竞争力,她们也要为此付出更多的精力和时间。许多人都追赶着别人的步伐生活着,为了购买更大的房子、更好的车子,把孩子送到最好的学校,为了明天更幸福的生活而透支现在,透支自己的健康和精力,包括透支整个社会的生活环境。最后男人和女人都会抱怨,为了家庭如此辛劳的付出,却再得不到对方的温柔对待。 Read more…

3747 Views | 18 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/19/2014 12:19:51 PM

The weather in Suzhou was unnaturally warm today and because of the rain yesterday, the sky was actually a greyish blue rather than it's typical yellow haze! My morning coffee was the first on my balcony for the year, luxuriating in the warmth. It quickly takes me back to my most recent 'trip', just a few weeks ago - out of China and into Northern Thailand... Read more…

3364 Views | 8 Comments | 1 Articles | 2/22/2014 3:46:44 PM

As time goes by and the days drag on and on endlessly, our anxiety, anticipation and expectations are increasing geometrically.  We reached that stage that most couples do where we wish to have our little angel in our arms, bathe him(her), care for him(her), cuddle and give him(her) all the love, attention and protection we can possibly give and beyond. The due date is 1st of March, but the top doctor which is assisting Angela might decide to go to a C section ahead of time.  The last estimate was that the baby was already 4 and a half kilos and long bones and a big head like me and a normal delivery would be nearly impossible or devastating to both,Angela and the baobao (baby). Read more…

2102 Views | 3 Comments | 2 Articles | 2/20/2014 3:19:51 PM

1.  Have you heard the old Chinese saying  -  sisters are like fat thighs, they stick together.  But Chinese brothers are like hungry mosquitoes, hard to find when you want them and rather irritating when you do. Read more…

2551 Views | 10 Comments | 0 Articles | 12/27/2013 6:59:36 PM

I am not the first or last expat to leave China after a long stretch. Mine lasted about 10 years and while I can claim no special linguistic or unique experience beyond doing PR for the PRC — as I often describe my time working at the likes of China Daily, Global Times, China Radio International and Shenzhen Daily — I find myself often homesick and occasionally heartsick. Read more…

3123 Views | 13 Comments | 0 Articles | 12/24/2013 3:57:41 PM

I just received a Skype message today from my good friend, and fellow CLM blogger, Justin Mitchell, in which he reminded me of our earlier times together in Shenzhen, China. Justin had posted a blog in his own blogs (not on CLM) back at the time, being 2003, in which he wrote about a night spent partly in the bar I owned back in those days.  It was a little bar called Moondance, and was pretty popular with expats in China, which also tended to draw a lot of curious Chinese who were still looking to watch foreigners in action back in those days. Read more…

2447 Views | 1 Comments | 0 Articles | 8/25/2013 1:38:41 PM
Summertime brings heat and heat brings millions of Chinese people to look for alternatives to cooling the body. I have alluded to this trend before by speaking about the Beijing TaxiDriver Coolness Technique of rolling up one leg of the trousers to give differential heat to each leg (exactly how a modern refridgerator works, by the way) but a recent trip to a local swimming pool reminded me of these ’adaptations with Chinese Characteristics’ so I thought I would share them with you as example of ’Chinese coolness’. Read more…
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