This week marks the 50th anniversary of the May 16 notification in 1966, which summarized Mao’s thoughts and led to the Cultural Revolution, a decade of chaos, attacks on intellect and culture, and state-sanctioned violence that China has never fully come to grips with. While visiting Xuzhou, a city in northern Jiangsu, as part of … Continue reading Propaganda posters of the Mao era and a propaganda clock
几天之前有一个很多人关注的新闻：特朗普正式被美国共和党提名他们的总统候选人。很多中国人问我为什么美国人支持特朗普？这个问题很有意思，当一位美国的政治关注人，我觉得我会回答，可是我先要强调一个事实：其实大多美国人反对特朗普。从最近的舆论调查会得知60%美国人讨厌特朗普。 那，为什么特朗普赢了共和党的统候选人提名的初选？很多共和党员也不喜欢特朗普的对手克鲁茲，有的共和党员两个候选人都不要投他们的票。特朗普在很少的州赢了50%以上的票，大多州他只赢了30％或40%，可是因为选后人之前更多，所以35%能够比他的对手多得多。可是共和党知识一个党，普选的话大多美国人会投民主党候选人希拉里·克林顿的票。 确实35%共和党初选投票的人不少，所以为什么这些人支持特朗普？先注意谁是特朗普基本的粉丝。从舆论调查得知他大多粉丝比普通的美国人贫穷一些，他们平均的教育水平差很多，而且最重要是他们差不多都是白人。特朗普典型的粉丝是贫穷的白种的农民。
I celebrated Spring Festival in Dangshan, Anhui province, and last week a friend I met there texted me and asked if I wanted to go back to take in Pear Blossom Festival. Dangshan pears are a famous local produce. In 2010, Dangshan held its first officially promoted “pear blossom festival” to promote its local produce. … Continue reading Dangshan Pear Blossom Festival
One week after Mongkok was ablaze with fires on the street and police firing warning shots towards rioters, the streets were crowded as usual with MK boys and girls, in their unique style, shopping, eating, and looking around. Although Hong Kong’s Finance Secretary John Tsang Chun warned tourists could be scared away from Hong Kong … Continue reading Hong Kong travel: After Riot, Mongkok is still bustling
I couldn’t help myself while walking around the basement level of the Shilin Market in Taipei. Everywhere I looked there were delicious-looking snacks. Fried salty chicken, crispy crab, dumplings, meats of all kinds ready to be fried… I ate something here and something there, and by the time I got to the end of the … Continue reading A guide to Taiwanese snacks
Riders rested their heads on tables or put their legs up on their partner’s lap while they stretched out on hard seats. Those without seats crowded on the floor or on small folding chairs outside of restrooms. We were on a train, somewhere between Bengbu and Nanjing, at just after 2 am on the way … Continue reading Spring Festival is different in small cities
If you are spending Spring Festival in Shanghai or Beijing, you might have noticed signs up on the doors of almost every small restaurant and shop announcing they are closed because they returned to their hometown for the holidays. A lot of large restaurants are closed, too, as staff returned home. Where to eat for … Continue reading Where to eat at during Spring Festival? Hui noodle shops are still open.
A few weeks before I went to Taiwan, I was sitting in a noodle shop in Nanjing, China when a young man started a conversation with me about how much he hated Japan. China had held a heavy-handed military parade a few months before to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in … Continue reading Why Taiwanese cheer for Team Japan in baseball
Apple fans lined up outside the ist mall in downtown Nanjing at 11 pm Friday, January 15. They came from around China, some from as far Beijing and Chengdu, 1,600 km away (1,000 mi). The occasion? Nanjing’s second Apple store was opening the next day. To a casual Apple fan like me still rocking an … Continue reading Why people gather overnight for Apple grand openings
San Francisco Los Angeles According to the L.A. Times, the PRC flag started going up in San Francisco’s Chinatown around 2004. Los Angeles’s Chinatown still flies the Republic of China (Taiwan) flag almost everywhere.