Monthly Archives: August 2010

Tianjin Diaries, 9/1 A few years ago, the writer Ye Meng published a short story imagining urban life jumbled into an epic traffic jam. The characters in the story quickly redefine their immobile vehicles as “home” and carry on with … Continue reading

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Where time is flying stillness

Tianjin Diaries, 8.19.2010 Highlights: Class dreams; life in a nutshell Two weeks ago Cheryl bought a new cell phone at a shop not far from here, and a few days later it failed. She set out for the shop and … Continue reading

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The Emperor will see you now

Tianjin diaries, 8.12.2010 Highlights: 300 dumplings,  Swiss chocolate, and a side of fried invertebrate Another use for rice The Emperor will be doing nothing today, but leaving nothing undone Ah, that classic Chinese landscape of humping peaks, each like the … Continue reading

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The taxis are turquoise in Tianjin

[Originally written August 4, 2010]  Highlights:  -The taxis are turquoise in Tianjin -Pollution?  What pollution? -Rice is not served in restaurants, except sometimes at dessert -The noise on the street is intense, but it has nothing to do with traffic … Continue reading

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Twelve hours into the future

[Written on Saturday, July 31, shortly after our arrival in China] Greetings from Beijing! This is a brief post: we have arrived, and are spending the night in a glassy highrise hotel overlooking a city that runs out to the … Continue reading

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