Monthly Archives: February 2015

Feb 18

Three Generations Celebrating Spring Festival

By Mitchell Blatt | Uncategorized

“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.”

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“There wasn’t any tofu. That was egg.”

“I thought it was tofu, too.”

“When my parents were children, they were hungry most of their days. They would start preparing for Spring Festival one month in advance. … Now my children are being raised in McDonald’s and KFC.”

“I remember when the first KFC opened in People’s Square in 1992. People waited hours for a 10 RMB burger.”

“That wasn’t the first one. They opened their first one in Xujiahui.*”

“When did McDonald’s open?”

“They had stores in Shenzhen and Beijing.”

“KFC’s food is more suited to Chinese tastes. They have youtiao for breakfast.”

*According to CNN Travel, the first KFC in Shanghai opened in 1989. The first KFC opened in China in 1987.

Feb 04

I Appear on Jiangsu TV

By Mitchell Blatt | New Writing

I was interviewed by Jiangsu Education TV last Thursday and Friday and this Monday. The reason for my fame? I’m a foreigner in China.

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They wanted to know about my views on American and Chinese culture and on how foreigners celebrate Spring Festival, the celebration Chinese New Year, which starts on February 19, new year’s eve, and goes through March 5, which is Lantern Festival.

They filmed me drinking tea and talking with a Chinese paper-cutting master on Thursday and Friday then they interviewed me on Monday and asked about my experiences in China, my views on cultural issues, dating in China, studying abroad in China, food in China, and what have you.

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It airs before Spring Festival. I will post the video when it is available.

Last summer, I participated in the Jiangsu TV Chinese for foreigner competition: