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April 9, 2009

China Rights Activist Beaten in Cemetery By Sharon LaFraniere, NY Times
BEIJING — Last Saturday was tomb-sweeping day, when the Chinese traditionally honor the dead. Sun Wenguang, a 75-year-old retired professor, was one of many to visit the cemetery.

Apparently, though, he chose the wrong death to commemorate. He came to remember Zhao Ziyang, a former prime minister and Communist Party general secretary who lost his party position and his freedom after sympathizing with student-led, pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Mr. Zhao, who died in 2005, is a martyr to some democracy advocates.

As Mr. Sun entered the cemetery in Jinan, a city about 230 miles south of Beijing, he said, four or five men attacked him and beat him severely. He is now in a Jinan hospital with three broken ribs and injuries to his spine, head, back, arms and legs, according to China Human Rights Defenders, a Hong Kong-based group. The group said the attack on Mr. Sun was part of a concerted effort by the Chinese government to head off any efforts to memorialize the deaths of hundreds of Tiananmen Square protesters on June 4, the 20th anniversary of the government’s crackdown.

“Chinese authorities are staging a campaign of terror to intimidate and suppress expressions of commemoration for the 1989 Tiananmen massacre,” the group said in a statement. The attack on Mr. Sun “is part of the overall campaign,” it said.

Public security officials in Jinan referred calls about the attack to the propaganda office of the city’s Communist Party. No one answered phone calls to that office on Tuesday night.

Mr. Sun said he had previously visited the cemetery on Qingming Day to honor Mr. Zhao’s death without serious incident. But this year, he said, he announced his forthcoming visit on the Internet.

“It is important for China to restore the memory of its history,” Mr. Sun said in a telephone interview from his hospital bed. “Zhao Ziyang is such an important person in Chinese history, and students today have no idea who he is. That is outrageous.”

As he left the teacher’s dormitory at Shandong University, he said, a public security officer and about 20 plainclothes officers tried to stop him. “They said, ‘Don’t go there today. So many people are going there. It is dangerous,’ ” he said.

When he got into a taxi, a car followed him, he said. He said he had started down a cemetery path, carrying a banner that read “Condolences for the heroes who died for freedom,” when four or five men jumped him from behind.

He said the attackers lifted him off the ground, threw him into a deep ditch, and kicked and beat him for more than 10 minutes. Other people came to the edge of the ditch, he said, “but nobody tried to help.” Finally, a uniformed officer showed up and called an ambulance, he said.

In the four days he has been in the hospital, the police have not shown up to investigate, he said.

“I still feel very weak. And I think probably my days are numbered. But I don’t feel regret. I am 75 years old and I would be very happy to sacrifice my life for my ideals,” he said.

Mr. Sun has a long history of activism. He was imprisoned for seven years in the 1970s for criticizing Mao and his successor, Hua Guofeng, and was among the first to sign Charter 08, a manifesto issued in December that calls for democratic reforms.

Still, he said: “I didn’t expect this. I was not trying to organize any group of people. It was just a personal visit to a cemetery. In order to fight for democracy, we need to make personal efforts.”

* via NY Times print edition!!!.

March 9, 2009

Seeking Justice, Chinese Land in Secret Jails By Andrew Jacobs, NY Times. China angers me so much series.

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They are often tucked away in the rough-and-tumble sections of the city’s south side, hidden beneath dingy hotels and guarded by men in dark coats. Known as “black houses,” they are unofficial jails for the pesky hordes of petitioners who flock to the capital seeking justice.

This month, Wang Shixiang, a 48-year-old businessman from Heilongjong Province, came to Beijing to agitate for the prosecution of corrupt policemen. Instead, he was seized and confined to a dank room underneath the Juyuan Hotel with 40 other abducted petitioners.

During his two days in captivity, Mr. Wang said, he was beaten and deprived of food, and then bundled onto an overnight train. Guards who were paid with government money, he said, made sure he arrived at his front door.

As Beijing hosts 10 days of political pageantry known as the National People’s Congress, tens of thousands of desperate citizens are trying to seek redress by lodging formal complaints at petition offices. A few, when hope is lost, go to extremes, as a couple from the Xinjiang region did in late February: they set their car afire on the city’s best-known shopping street, injuring themselves critically.

In his annual report to the legislature on Thursday, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said China should use its petition system to head off social unrest in the face of a worsening economy. “We should improve the mechanism to resolve social conflicts, and guide the public to express their requests and interests through legal channels,” he said.

According to the state media, 10 million petitions have been filed in the last five years on complaints as diverse as illegal land seizures and unpaid wages. The numbers would be far higher but for the black houses, also called black jails, the newest weapon local officials use to prevent these aggrieved citizens from embarrassing them in front of central government superiors. Officially, these jails do not exist.

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December 14, 2008

My parents in their natural habitat

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* Sent by family friend Dan who's hanging out with my parents in China.
** I intend to introduce my future kids to karaoke around age 5 as I was!

August 22, 2008

THIS IS THE BULLSHIT CHINA PULLS AND WE MUST PUNISH THEM FOR IT/Too Old and Frail to Re-educate? Not in China By Andrew Jacobs, NY Times

China purportedly allowed protesting in a designated area and then once citizens applied for a permit to this legal protest, they are arrested and sentenced to "re-education through labor" camp. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY IT IS ABHORRENT TO SUPPORT CHINA.

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In the annals of people who have struggled against Communist Party rule, Wu Dianyuan and Wang Xiuying are unlikely to merit even a footnote.

The two women, both in their late 70s, have never spoken out against China’s authoritarian government. Both walk with the help of a cane, and Ms. Wang is blind in one eye. Their grievance, receiving insufficient compensation when their homes were seized for redevelopment, is perhaps the most common complaint among Chinese displaced during the country’s long streak of fast economic growth.

But the Beijing police still sentenced the two women to an extrajudicial term of “re-education through labor” this week for applying to hold a legal protest in a designated area in Beijing, where officials promised that Chinese could hold demonstrations during the Olympic Games.

They became the most recent examples of people punished for submitting applications to protest. A few would-be demonstrators have simply disappeared, at least for the duration of the Games, squelching already diminished hopes that the influx of foreigners and the prestige of holding the Games would push China’s leaders to relax their tight grip on political expression.

“Can you imagine two old ladies in their 70s being re-educated through labor?” asked Li Xuehui, Ms. Wu’s son, who said the police told the two women that their sentence might remain in suspension if they stayed at home and stopped asking for permission to protest.

“I feel very sad and angry because we’re only asking for the basic right of living and it’s been six years, but nobody will do anything to help,” Mr. Li said.

It is unclear why the police have detained people who sought permission to protest. Some political analysts say the police may be refusing to enforce the government’s order, announced last month, to allow protest zones. Chinese lawyers and human rights advocates also suggested a more cynical motivation — that the authorities were using the possibility of legal demonstrations as a ploy to lure restive citizens into declaring their intention to protest, allowing the police to take action against them.

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August 19, 2008

Some Hurdles Are Too High by Thomas Boswell, Washington Post

My dad sent me this interesting article on the Olympics and China, which I have excerpted here:

Think of Liu another way: At these Games, Liu is China. How it got that way we Westerners may only guess.

But it is unlikely we will ever see an athlete in greater emotional pain, or a country that takes a loss more personally, or a cast of trainers and coaches who feel more devastated.

"Liu Xiang will not withdraw unless the pain is intolerable, unless he has no other way out," said China's national team coach Feng Shuyong. Liu's coach, Sun Haiping, broke down sobbing several times at a news conference.

Time will tell whether Liu and his coaches truly thought that he had any hope of racing on Monday. What's certain is that, whatever his condition and whenever his injury occurred, Liu absolutely had to make an appearance to prove -- by falling down, by attempting a restart after it was clear he could never clear the first hurdle, by kicking a wall in anger numerous times -- that he was really hurt.

This, remember, is a country that, for generations, has seldom known what was real and what was propaganda, which of the missing were alive or dead, what official stories were true and which complete fabrications.

Even after Liu's photo gallery full of misery was on view, large numbers of Chinese -- on Internet sites and in media samplings -- felt more anger than sadness. Some said he should have crawled around the track rather than walk off.

And A-Rod thinks playing for the Yankees is tough.

If Phelps, who slipped and broke his wrist last winter, had gotten hurt and never swam here, it would have stunned and saddened America. Few would have been angry.

But this is a nation so obsessed with making an impression, and not embarrassing itself, that it has a government department dedicated to controlling the weather during the Olympics -- and it may actually be working. Military-complex security has shielded the Games from demonstrators. Every food stand is triple-staffed, every media center double-sized and, many times, a single reporter rides in a bus with 31 empty seats. For hospitality and efficiency, China has super-sized it all.

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August 12, 2008

Harmony and the Dream By David Brooks, NY Times Op-Ed

This op-ed is so great. It sums up so many of my interests and what I spend a lot of time thinking about, since I am an individualistic American yet I am collectivistically Chinese and Japanese too. David Brooks does a nice job reflecting on this dichotomy. He also throws in some neuropsychology to highlight how important nurture is in the now very tired nature vs nurture debate. Finally, Brooks espouses the importance of relationships which is all too overlooked by the typical American (I wholeheartedly embrace Obama's use of this phrase as it is apt). I've bolded parts I loved.

The world can be divided in many ways — rich and poor, democratic and authoritarian — but one of the most striking is the divide between the societies with an individualist mentality and the ones with a collectivist mentality.

This is a divide that goes deeper than economics into the way people perceive the world. If you show an American an image of a fish tank, the American will usually describe the biggest fish in the tank and what it is doing. If you ask a Chinese person to describe a fish tank, the Chinese will usually describe the context in which the fish swim.

These sorts of experiments have been done over and over again, and the results reveal the same underlying pattern. Americans usually see individuals; Chinese and other Asians see contexts.

When the psychologist Richard Nisbett showed Americans individual pictures of a chicken, a cow and hay and asked the subjects to pick out the two that go together, the Americans would usually pick out the chicken and the cow. They’re both animals. Most Asian people, on the other hand, would pick out the cow and the hay, since cows depend on hay. Americans are more likely to see categories. Asians are more likely to see relationships.

You can create a global continuum with the most individualistic societies — like the United States or Britain — on one end, and the most collectivist societies — like China or Japan — on the other.

The individualistic countries tend to put rights and privacy first. People in these societies tend to overvalue their own skills and overestimate their own importance to any group effort. People in collective societies tend to value harmony and duty. They tend to underestimate their own skills and are more self-effacing when describing their contributions to group efforts.

Researchers argue about why certain cultures have become more individualistic than others. Some say that Western cultures draw their values from ancient Greece, with its emphasis on individual heroism, while other cultures draw on more on tribal philosophies. Recently, some scientists have theorized that it all goes back to microbes. Collectivist societies tend to pop up in parts of the world, especially around the equator, with plenty of disease-causing microbes. In such an environment, you’d want to shun outsiders, who might bring strange diseases, and enforce a certain conformity over eating rituals and social behavior.

Either way, individualistic societies have tended to do better economically. We in the West have a narrative that involves the development of individual reason and conscience during the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, and then the subsequent flourishing of capitalism. According to this narrative, societies get more individualistic as they develop.

But what happens if collectivist societies snap out of their economic stagnation? What happens if collectivist societies, especially those in Asia, rise economically and come to rival the West? A new sort of global conversation develops.

The opening ceremony in Beijing was a statement in that conversation. It was part of China’s assertion that development doesn’t come only through Western, liberal means, but also through Eastern and collective ones.

The ceremony drew from China’s long history, but surely the most striking features were the images of thousands of Chinese moving as one — drumming as one, dancing as one, sprinting on precise formations without ever stumbling or colliding. We’ve seen displays of mass conformity before, but this was collectivism of the present — a high-tech vision of the harmonious society performed in the context of China’s miraculous growth.

If Asia’s success reopens the debate between individualism and collectivism (which seemed closed after the cold war), then it’s unlikely that the forces of individualism will sweep the field or even gain an edge.

For one thing, there are relatively few individualistic societies on earth. For another, the essence of a lot of the latest scientific research is that the Western idea of individual choice is an illusion and the Chinese are right to put first emphasis on social contexts.

Scientists have delighted to show that so-called rational choice is shaped by a whole range of subconscious influences, like emotional contagions and priming effects (people who think of a professor before taking a test do better than people who think of a criminal). Meanwhile, human brains turn out to be extremely permeable (they naturally mimic the neural firings of people around them). Relationships are the key to happiness. People who live in the densest social networks tend to flourish, while people who live with few social bonds are much more prone to depression and suicide.

The rise of China isn’t only an economic event. It’s a cultural one. The ideal of a harmonious collective may turn out to be as attractive as the ideal of the American Dream.

It’s certainly a useful ideology for aspiring autocrats.

August 5, 2008

Potemkin Village Oylmpics 2008

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* For more click here.

July 28, 2008

Engrish never gets old: Olympians will have plenty of laughs

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* Thanks to Althea for this!!

July 17, 2008

Feeling lonely is NOT ALLOWED HERE!!!

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* Thanks to my brother for this link and to Jonah for showing me just the photo and quizzing me on where this was - duh!

June 25, 2008

Chinese blogs low on criticism - surprise, surprise!

Click for the full image and story!

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* Thanks to Amy Wood for this!!!

June 19, 2008

3 day karaoke tour bus, Awesome emails from my mom series!

Xiaoli,

I am still in Taiwan. Just got back from a three-day trip around Taiwan with Uncle Robert and XiXi. We really had a good time. There were lots of us in a big bus, not only for sightseeing but also for KARAOKE the entire time on the bus. Nobody would let the "bus girl" talk in order not to waste singing time. Everybody was so eager to sing. Most of them sing better than me.

Love,
Mommy

May 8, 2008

Fat Choy

I'm sure this is for "gun hei fat choy" but it's more fun to think it's the car of a big guy named Choy.

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* Spotted in Chinatown. Of course.

April 29, 2008

'Free Tibet' flags made in China

The global economy is complicated!!

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* Thanks to my brother for the link!

April 3, 2008

How can we support the Olympics in China or China in general?????!!!!!

China Sentences Rights Activist to Jail

Confined to house arrest for seven months, Chinese activist Hu Jia still managed to use the Internet and telephone to chronicle the harassment of dissidents in his country before he was hauled off to jail last December.

His conviction and sentencing on subversion charges Thursday is the latest indication that China's leadership intends to clamp down hard on dissent ahead of this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing.

Hu, one of China's most prominent human rights advocates, was given 3 1/2 years in prison for ''inciting state subversion,'' said his lawyer, Li Fangping. The evidence against Hu included five Internet articles he wrote and two interviews he gave to foreign media, Li said. continued...

March 25, 2008

China is not good for you

Having a Taiwanese mother, parents who live in China and a B.A. in East Asian History I have heard, witnessed and learned things about China that people farther from the matter may not have and it's not pretty. While I'm relieved to see that media coverage, the NY Times specifically, has been more focused recently on highlighting the wrongs China commits day in and day out, I am reserved in my hope that this will affect public opinion enough. I'm sure most people are sickened by the Tibet situation for example but I realize more and more that until governments step in, meaningful reform will likely not take place. And it doesn't look like our government is going to do the right thing.

Here's a sampling of articles from the past 30 days:

China Rights Activist Sentenced to Jail Excerpt: A Chinese activist who had petitioned for land rights was sentenced Monday to five years in prison and then shocked with electric batons when police scuffled with his family, his lawyer said. More on Hu Jia Excerpt: Mr. Hu has worked on many causes in China, including volunteering to help AIDS patients and participating in tree-planting campaigns. He is a prominent blogger who also disseminates information about peasant protests, dissidents and other issues often censored in the Chinese news media. On Dec. 27, security agents dragged him from his apartment as his wife, Zeng Jinyan, also a well-known blogger, was bathing their infant daughter. She has remained mostly under house arrest during her husband’s incarceration.

U.S. Drops China From List of Top 10 Violators of Rights Excerpt: The State Department no longer considers China one of the world’s worst human rights violators, according to its annual human rights report released Tuesday, a decision that immediately earned the ire of human rights groups. In the annual report on more than 190 countries, the State Department did say that China’s “overall human rights record remained poor” in 2007. China, the report said, tightened media and Internet curbs and increased controls on religious freedom in Tibet and the Xinjiang region. The report said China’s abuses also included “extrajudicial killings, torture and coerced confessions of prisoners, and the use of forced labor.”

China Tries to Thwart News Reports From Tibet Excerpt: For the past few days, CNN, the BBC, Google News, Yahoo and YouTube have been blocked or have faced temporary blackouts or service disruptions in some parts of China. Some foreign journalists also say their e-mail service has been disrupted. Such measures are not unusual here. China strictly censors news that appears in the Chinese media and occasionally disrupts the activities of international news organizations and foreign Web sites operating in China, particularly if the content they are distributing is deemed politically offensive to the government.

Heparin Find May Point to Chinese Counterfeiting Excerpt: Federal drug regulators, in announcing Wednesday that the mystery contaminant in heparin was an inexpensive, unapproved ingredient altered to mimic the real thing, moved closer to concluding that Americans might be the latest victims of lethal Chinese drug counterfeiting. The finding by the Food and Drug Administration culminated a worldwide race to identify the substance discovered early this month in certain batches of heparin, the blood-thinning drug that had been linked to 19 deaths in the United States and hundreds of allergic reactions.

Tibetan Exiles: Protest Deaths Near 140 Excerpt: The group said the overall toll was ''around 140,'' and it listed the names of 40 Tibetans killed in protests that started March 10. Previously, the Dalai Lama's government said 99 protesters died. China has put the death toll at 22.

China Bars Olympics Coverage From Tiananmen Square Excerpt: Apparently unnerved by recent unrest among Tibetans and fearful of protests in the heart of the capital, China has told broadcast officials it will bar live television shots from Tiananmen Square during the Beijing Olympics.

4 Executives Are Charged Over Tainted Toothpaste Excerpt: The chemical, diethylene glycol, which is banned from certain ingestible items in the United States, was discovered in almost a million tubes of toothpaste last May and led to recalls in 34 countries. The chemical, commonly used in antifreeze and as a solvent, can lead to kidney damage or liver disease. The toothpaste ended up being distributed in the United States in prisons, luxury hotels, hospitals and discount stores. It was one of the earliest global alerts to broader manufacturing problems in China that allowed scores of tainted products, including toys, children’s jewelry and pet food, to end up on store shelves. The chemical in the toothpaste was used instead of the more expensive chemical glycerin.

Chinese Rights Activist Reported Missing Excerpt: A Chinese lawyer who has urged the Communist Party to improve its human rights record in advance of the Summer Olympics has disappeared, according to his wife, who said Friday that she was worried that the authorities might have detained him because of his political advocacy. The lawyer, Teng Biao, 34, disappeared on Thursday evening after calling to say he would be home in 20 minutes, said his wife, Wang Ling. Shortly afterward, she said, she heard shouting in the parking lot below the family apartment and later found her husband’s empty car. Witnesses told her that two men had dragged someone out of the car and taken him away, she said.

In Beijing, Orwell Goes to the Olympics by Ross Terrill, NY Times

Not hot off the presses but a worthy read nonetheless!

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Excerpt: The penalty for “Chinglish” is usually humiliation, not incarceration. Still, citizens are asked to snitch, Mao-era style, on people who shame China with their shaky English. An outfit called the Beijing Speaks Foreign Languages Program issues prefabricated foreign phrases to workers who cannot converse in any foreign tongue. The Olympics have become one more tool in the authoritarian state’s box of tricks. Yes, curbing Chinglish — along with current efforts to eliminate spitting, littering and pushing to enter a bus or train — shows the better side of authoritarianism. Clean streets are agreeable, and Beijing’s may now be better than New York’s. The city’s Spiritual Civilization Office has begun a monthly “Learn to Queue Day,” surely welcome to all who have been victims of the scramble to board a Chinese bus. It reminds one that China could have a government far worse than it has now. Yet behind the attack on Chinglish lies an Orwellian impulse to remake the truth. Banished from Beijing for the Olympics will be not only fractured English, but disabled people, Falun Gong practitioners, dark-skinned villagers newly arrived in the city, AIDS activists and other “troublemakers” who smudge the canvas of socialist harmony.

February 7, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! XIN NIAN KWAI LE!

Welcome to the year of the rat, the first sign in the zodiac!

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November 6, 2007

Someone is having too much fun working in China!

And it's my dad Stephen Harner!

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September 7, 2007

Xinjiang China, Remote Blogging Series!

Welcome to the first in the series of Remote Blogging! In this case, my parents took a trip to Xinjiang for my Mom's 60th birthday and have sent in photos and a description via email. The area looks breathtaking - hope to visit it one day!

Dear Andrea,

For your info, we stayed in Urumuchi, the capital, and made day trips to Shiheze and Turfan. The capital and Turfan were key stops along the silk road from China to the Middle East and Europe. The native population are Uighurs, Moslems since about the Yuan Dynasty, but Buddhist before that. I think I saw something to the effect that Urumuchi is the place on the planet most distant from any ocean. The city is at the northern foot of the Tianshan mountain range (in which sits the lake). There is enough rainfall on the northern side of the range to support agriculture, crops like corn, cotton, and fruit. It's very much like California's Central Valley. Turfan is known for its grapes and raisins. But the high mountain range, with the Tianshan peak towering about 3000 meters above sea level, prevents precipitation to the south. There the landscape is "gobi," the local term for rocky desert, for hundreds of miles.

Love,
Daddy

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August 7, 2007

Lips make sexy lady

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* Chinatown, NYC.

Eyebrow shows your elegant

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* Chinatown, NYC.

August 6, 2007

Bath tub lover in training

This picture delights me to my core.

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Self-aware idiot in Chinatown

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July 27, 2007

Eager beaver duckling & puppy

Once in a blue moon a video so great inspires a haiku!

Puppy's exhausted expression.
Duckling forces kiss and cuddle.
TGIcuteFriday!

July 3, 2007

Polluted Olympics

Wow. The idea that pollution could be so bad as to affect sports performance is frightening. Pollution makes me sad and wheezy.

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May 14, 2007

Not everything small is cute: Bound feet

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* Thanks to my Uncle Derek for the photos and his email: I saw one of these women in Taiwan in 1979. She was 96 years old. I wanted to take a picture of her feet. She was so superstitious that she thought the camera would steal here soul, so she refused.

May 4, 2007

Shanghai '07: Elderly Pizzazz!

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May 1, 2007

Chou dofu

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* Thanks to my bro for the photo!
** To smell more click here.

April 26, 2007

Asians are so weird.

Drinking video games - yum!

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Medical restaurants - yummier!

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Oh! Don't forget about air sex.

Racist Translations/Chinese racism

This is hilarious and reminds me of the first time Jonah met my mom (she's Chinese). After hearing her speak Chinese, he commented, "wow, your Mom's really racist!" I was perplexed and asked why he thought that. "She keeps saying the n-word, over and over and over!" he said. I laughed my tatas off because just as "like" peppers American English, "neiga" (translation = "that") can frequently and consecutively (neiga, neiga) be heard in Mandarin. I hadn't heard it through the filter of a non-Chinese speaking ear so it never sounded weird! but ever since then it does indeed sound like my mom repeatedly and shamelessly says the n word.

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April 17, 2007

Fish therapy on your face!

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Omg, I am desperate for the fishies to nibble on my face of dead skin! No really, I mean that. I want to feel the suckling lips of fish and know that I'm getting the fishiest exfoliation treatment. I want fish to suck my face silly!!!

April 9, 2007

Shanghai '07: Architecture

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* Pudong, China.

February 27, 2007

Shanghai '06: First day dalliances

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January 3, 2007

Shanghai '06: Chicken feet for sale at convenient store

Don't forget to pick me up some chicken feet, k?!...is how the saying goes...

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January 2, 2007

Shanghai '06: Where did I leave my meat and underwear?

Oh, right! Silly me, I hung them out to dry!

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* Taken in Shanghai's French Concession 12.06.

December 28, 2006

I was really busy in Shanghai...working hard...

or rather...working it !!!! ha ha ha ha ha ha HA HA HA!

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* Photos by Jonah from my visit to my mom's well-frequented hair salon in Shanghai.

** Am currently tired and tipsy after a day at Kamakura and after a feast at Steakhouse Hama in Roppongi...good night!!

November 17, 2006

China says, "fiiiiiine" to Wikipedia

...after a year of being threatened by it. LAME.

August 25, 2006

Chatty Chinese Cathies in Lijiang China

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* taken several years back on a family trip to the fantastic city of Lijiang, China.

February 17, 2006

Found: The Cutest Pigtails!

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* taken several years ago in Southwestern China.

February 10, 2006

Attentive Store Man

This is good service. You can avoid all your fake smiles and "no, I'm ok" and "no, I'm just looking" *and* steal all you want.

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* Somewhere in China, I forget where, years and years ago.

January 19, 2006

China's up to no good again!!

Don't be fooled:

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October 11, 2005

In order to truly appreciate one's addiction, one must find time to eat & sleep.

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Wang Yiming, 21, is a self-confessed internet addict, one of a growing number in China. He used to spend hours online each day, often going without food or sleep. His face is drawn and sallow.

He said addiction changed his whole life:

"A month or two after I started surfing the internet, I failed some of my school tests, but I was too afraid to tell my parents. When my father found out, he was very angry.

"But I couldn't control my addiction. Friends were also telling me that I was on the net too long, but I thought: 'It's my life, I can do what I want.' I became a real loner, was withdrawn, and wouldn't listen to anyone."

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April 9, 2003

HELP, MR. TOFU MAN, HELP!!

As I sit here, feeling sorry for myself because the weather has been sucking and all sources point to it continuing to suck, I also feel bad for my parents!!

Didn't realize andreaharner.com was capable of so much self-pitying and feeling bad, huh? Well, I am...

My parents live in the bustling city of Shanghai which is great except the fact that it's a part of CHINA means that they are at the mercy of the Chinese government that is BARELY mentioning...what was that life threatening disease going around, called? OH, RIGHT!! SARS!! So they have open plane tickets just in case and really hoping that "just in case" doesn't happen!

In the meantime, I'm thinking of this super cute and friendly Tofu Man I met in China one summer and hoping there's some voodoo shit in that tofu that'll squash this SARS madness:

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