naked official
Ever since President Xi Jinping came into office and declared a “war on graft,” there has been much publicity surrounding punishments of corrupt officials. Many view the punishment of these people as a good thing, proof that the war is effective. But there is one group of people who seem to be unfairly caught in …
on amazon 2
This is pretty exciting. The Two Americans in China blog is now available on a subscription basis for Amazon’s Kindle! For 99 cents per month, you can have every post (including pictures) delivered automatically to your Kindle device. Why would you pay 99 cents for what you can already get for free? The main reason …
unnatural
Mara Hvistendhal’s book Unnatural Selection – Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men was quite eye opening for me. Several months ago, American-based websites and blogs that write about feminist and AAPI issues were livid over lawmakers trying to pass legislation against sex-selective abortions in America. Most decried the laws as …
Capture
My surname is not my husband’s surname. My surname is not the surname I was born with. My surname I took from my first husband. I kept it after the divorce because by that time the name was mine. I went to university as Amanda Roberts. All of my years of hard work were under …
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Why, yes, this is my fourth review of a book about Cixi. I’m a little obsessed. (You can read my take on Anchee Min’s books here and here and Jung Chang’s here.) When I saw that Pearl S. Buck had a novel about Cixi, I just had to read her version of this fascinating woman. While …
will-teach-for-food
In the past, I have talked to different public school teachers here in China about how much money they make. The Chinese are always fascinated by how much more expat employees are paid than locals, and I am usually equally mystified by how little locals are paid. I truly do not know how some people …
we did it
We did it! We reached our funding goal in only 7 days, but then we completely blew past any expectations to exceed $9,000 (including a few backers from outside Kickstarter) and got almost 450 backers! Woo hoo! There is still a lot of work ahead. I am waiting to get recipe ideas from backers and …
final week
We have a little over a week left in the campaign, but we zoomed past 200% funded and just passed 300 backers! This is just amazing. There is typically a big jump in the last week, so I am anxious to see just how high this will go. I’m only sorry I don’t have any …
penny-dreadful-poster-2
(It was after I started writing this that I realised just how long this post was, so I decided to break it up into two parts. Yesterday’s post focused on women in the show Penny Dreadful;  today’s post focuses on people of color, specifically Chinese characters, in the show.) People of Color To begin with, …
penny-dreadful-poster-2
(It was after I started writing this that I realised just how long this post was, so I decided to break it up into two parts. Today’s post focuses on women in the show Penny Dreadful;  tomorrow’s post will focus on people of color, specifically Chinese characters, in the show.) I know a lot of …
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