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China News – August 10, 08

August 10, 2008 | China News, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Why China is not inclined to Democracy Symbolizing China’s feelings toward foreigners – A summary of new movie examining China’s complex relationship with outsiders, through a Chinese Graduate student’s life in the US Blogging in China Bush’s speech on China China: The High Tech Police State Faces of China in Photographs – Some amazing pictures […]

Only 4 Days till the Opening Ceremony

The Beijing 2008 Olympics will start in 4 days!! As of this morning, my plane tickets to Beijing are bought and in hand!  I have a place to stay and the promise of Olympics Games’ tickets.  Beijing Olympics, here I come!!! I’ll be in Beijing from the evening of August 14th to the morning of […]

More (paranoid) Security

As of yesterday all the food & drink vendors and retail outlets in and around Shanghai’s subway stations have cleared out their inventory and closed.  No more grabbing breakfast in the subway station for me.  :(  They’ve even put tape over the doors to make sure no one sneaks anything inside.  Some larger, more established […]

China News – August 3, 08

August 3, 2008 | China News, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

With less than a week before the start of the Olympics, most news coming out of China is related to the Olympics. Economy China as a Global Economic Superpower To be an economic superpower, a country must be sufficiently large, dynamic, and globally integrated to have a major impact on the world economy. Three political […]

Vote Overseas

August 1, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Last week, I received the following email from Marina at the Overseas Vote Foundation, joining me in encouraging all expats to vote in this upcoming election. Hi Toffler, I saw your link to Overseas Vote Foundation on your blog and wanted to thank you for providing it for your readers! This is an interesting site: […]

China News – July 27, 08

July 27, 2008 | China News, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Last week’s China News roundup. Increasing restrictions to broadcasting from the Olympics Why the Chinese people are so proud to host the Olympics China’s internet propoganda army Sex + Criticism + China = Book Deal Places you can protest during the Olympics China is offended Polite conversation “One poster focuses on “etiquette when communicating with […]

China News – July 19, 08

July 20, 2008 | China News, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

You’ll notice I’ve added a new category to my blog: China News. I’ve decided to highlight some of the week’s best news stories related to China. So here goes with the first week of news — Media, Advertising, & Entertainment Foreigner Newspapers to be available in BJ during games For subscribers, overseas newspapers usually arrive […]

Hangzhou: The Most Beautiful City in China

July 11, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

When I first heard the commercial declaring “Hangzhou: The Most Beautiful City in China” I scoffed, thinking, leave it to Chinese marketing people to make outrageous claims that can’t be proven. After my recent trip there, I’m beginning to think the Chinese phrase “shang you tian tang, xia you su hang” roughly translated meaning ‘Above […]

Getting from the Airport into Shanghai

July 10, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

On more than one occasion I’ve been asked: “How do I get from the airport into downtown Shanghai?” While a simple Google search reveals ample suggestions, I will list the options for traveling from the airport to Shanghai and point to my preferred method (taxi). From Pudong International Airport 1) The Best Way — Take […]

Anti-Terrorism Exercises in China [PICS]

July 9, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Earlier in June, China launched a week-long series of anti-terrorist drills called “Great Wall 5”, in preparation for the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games. The drills involved emergency responders, “police forces, the People’s Armed Police, the People’s Liberation Army and the health, environmental protection, meteorology and transportation departments. You have to look at these pictures. Some […]

Status of Olympics Tourism

This article published this last week on Yahoo, entitled Olympics could be a bust for Beijing hotels, confirms many of my predictions: China has spent a reported $40 billion on new infrastructure and stunning venues, hoping to impress visitors with a modern city when the games begin Aug. 8. But the lack of reservations could […]

Describing the Chinese in 1 word

June 27, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

This is an interesting characterization of the Chinese people by comparison to the Russian people: [Travel writer, Colin] Thubron believes that no nation could be less like the pragmatic Chinese than the eternally abstract Russians. – That’s Shanghai I like the ability to summarize entire nations of people in 1 word descriptions. Chinese = pragmatic […]

Why not protest Kung Fu Panda?

June 21, 2008 | Knowledge and Experiences, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

This week before the China release of Dreamworks popular new film, Kung Fu Panda, an artist named Zhao Bandi and two friends protested outside the Beijing State Administration of Radio Film and Television offices. These blogs broke the story (in English) and while they were interested in laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation, I’m […]