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I was showing another passenger photos of life in America on the train from Zhuzhou to Nanjing last night when I got to photos from the Washington, DC Tea Party protest on July 4, 2009. “Here’s something you can’t do in China,” I said. “Yes, you need a permit.” “This person is saying Barack Obama… Read Article →

The three hour train ride from Guangzhou South to Guilin North station must be one of the most beautiful in China. The view out the window transitions from a sprawling view of Guangzhou’s skyline when you depart to views of farmland and mountains and then into the steep rocky, karst points of northern Guangxi. Once… Read Article →

I was that asshole last night who forced some people out of a taxi and into the rain. I was that asshole because I called a taxi on the Didi taxi app and got to take the taxi even though two people got in before me while I was waiting under an awning out of… Read Article →

“It’s a tragedy that people like Jon Huntsman lose to people like Ted Cruz,” my friend and fellow columnist Sumantra Maitra said last year when discussing American politics. “He doesn’t sound smart to me.” Editor’s note: This column was supposed to be published shortly after Cruz made his announcement, but it was delayed for various… Read Article →

“Spring Festival was different when I was young. It was the only time we could eat this well. I remember waiting in line to buy the tofu we just ate, because it was such a luxury.” “There wasn’t any tofu. That was egg.” “I thought it was tofu, too.” “When my parents were children, they… Read Article →

Somewhere Only We Know opened in China this week. Its a melodramatic romance by a famous director/actress, as I wrote in my review. Interestingly, much of the plot was published online by a Czech war reenactment club. From the club’s article, published on July 30, 2014, you can see how the plot and construction evolved…. Read Article →

Somewhere Only We Know is a moving, melodramatic romance with stunning choreography filmed in Prague, Czech Republic. The film, which is Xu Jinglei’s sixth as director, follows the travails of Jintian, played by Xu Jinglei, in Prague, trying to recover after her fiance. Her grandmother, who raised her, happened to live in Prague as a… Read Article →

Chris Christie and Rand Paul have been the subject of negative media attention after making comments to the effect that parents should have choice over whether their children get vaccinated. But wait, some conservatives are saying, President Obama made similar comments in 2008. Is this another example of double standards used to tar Republican politicians?… Read Article →

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