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.
The line outside Daikokuya snakes past three storefronts on a Sunday night in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. The wait was an hour. We didn’t have time to wait that long; I had to sing karaoke. Instead we went to the ramen shop next door, Manichi, which opened in January, the first branch of the famous … Continue reading Little Tokyo Karaoke
Last year a Chinese author living in California, who blogs under the handle 那小兵, wrote a blog post about her experience participating in the protest over a black youth killed by police. She contrasted that protest with a protest over a Chinese students killed by a black man. Her post was widely shared and viewed … Continue reading A Chinese Student’s View on #BlackLivesMatter: “Would American Blacks Want to Immigrate to China?”