What Would a Romney Win Mean for America’s Relationship with China?

Sino-American relations have always been a carefully choreographed exercise. This exercise has been well-played by President Obama and has worked to manage China relations for the benefit of American business. But what would a change in choreography mean for our country’s relationship with China?

Although not unusual, it is always intriguing to follow the logic behind the China-stance of a presidential nominee.… [Read more]

Smoking In China: A Way Of Life

Through most of my life I have considered China a country of good health and healthy habits; I thought of it as a place where everyone is always eating vegetables, drinking tea and practicing Kung Fu to stay fit. However, the reality is much different from what you would imagine. Many in China engage in one of the dirtiest habits you can think of….… [Read more]

Part Two: Canada’s New BFF –China!

Part Two: Canada’s New BFF –China!

The last time out, I explained to America why China is such a swell new Canadian ‘Best Forever Friend’. The former Mao men have no compunctions about buying up other countries national resources, whether farm land in Africa or scoring an ever-greater stake in the gift that keeps in giving, the Alberta Oil Sands.… [Read more]

Typhoons in China

Growing up in the midwestern region of the United States, I dealt with tornados and floods. Then, spending the majority of my adult life in Florida I dealt with hurricanes and fires. So when the locals told me that a typhoon was on its way, I was thrilled to be able to add this natural disaster to my list.… [Read more]

Canada’s New BFF? Hello, China!

The Ballad of Canada’s Oil Patch (with apologies to the sainted Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and all fans of an old ’60s fave, ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’)

  • Tell ya little story ‘bout a man named Steve
  • Canada’s Prime Minister, the best you can believe!
  • He lived the dream of a true North strong and free,
  • Selling crude to the Yanks for a whopping royalty!
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KTV: China’s Nightlife

If you are going to travel to China you need to know about the Chinese entertainment that is available to you. Although the larger cities have bars and dance clubs like most cities in the United States, the smaller cities lack this type of nightlife. However, one type of nightlife is a must in every city and town in China and on almost every corner it is KTV, better known to us as Karaoke TV.… [Read more]

The United States of America: Made in China?

By the time you have read this article you will have most likely heard the controversy over the U.S. Olympic teams’ uniforms being made in China.  Although most of the U.S. seems alarmed and shocked by this, I can’t say I’m surprised…

Most people seem to think of China as this monolithic force that’s stealing U.S.… [Read more]

Gua Sha: Traditional Healing Technique

Today I checked the weather; the temperature reached 40.5 C/104.5 F. The local news report says it is the second hottest day in China — but I would have known it was dangerously hot just by looking at the people. Let me explain. In China, when the weather becomes unbearable many of the people get red marks all over their backs, necks and faces.… [Read more]

Today’s China: Don’t Believe the Hype

When people think about Chinese people, many things come to mind — and a lot of those thoughts are stereotypes. Some stereotypes are based in truth, however I am here to debunk those that are not and some of the ideals that people assume about the people of China. As an American living in China married to a local Chinese man, I classify myself as some sort of self-appointed expert on some of the things regarding the locals  here.… [Read more]

Travel to China You Say?

You have been thinking about it for years, ever since you saw those first poorly-dubbed martial arts movies. As a kid you even tried to imitate the moves and accidentally kicked your brother in the head. Oh, wait that was me. You love the dragons, the watercolor art, the Great Wall, the haunting but beautiful music and now you are going to do it.… [Read more]