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Traveling to China? Not without a visa

June 21, 2008 | Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

We all know the China visa situation has gotten worse, it is now beyond desperate. Travelers to China, be warned. To start, a few visa stories from friends and friends of friends. One girl I know paid 9,540 yuan for a 6-month, single entry tourist visa–that’s about US$1400. She must really love China. Two other […]

What happens when Chinese netizens start bad mouthing companies?

June 17, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

“It had the makings of an online crisis that could spiral out of control. A man in Tianjin had put a deposit on a Toyota (TM) Corolla, then started venting on the Internet when the car failed to show up after three months. Given the anti-Japan sentiment that rages in China’s cyberspace, the griping created […]

The publicness of private lives

June 3, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

This morning, in a half block I saw: a man hanging his tighty-whities from the light rail track in very public view; a split pants boy hanging way out of his pants; and a woman whose pants were so thin and see-through I could practically tell which brand of underwear she was wearing.

Strange things are happening this year in China

May 23, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Throughout this whole year, strange and unusual things have been happening in and around China. January / February – An incredible winter storm overwhelmed the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Shanghai had more snow than most natives had seen in their lifetime. Starting from March – Foreigners are unable to renew visas, or were using back channels […]

Another funny video

May 23, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

In the spirit of language faux pas, here is another funny video. This one is a little…or a lot… closer to China. I think that even if you don’t understand Chinese, its still funny, but read the explanation as you watch the video. [HTML1] Guy: Well, of course, I’ve lived here for awhile now and […]

Video of Spanish faux pas

May 20, 2008 | Learning through Foreign Cultures, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

I made another video for my job, this time showcasing Spanish language faux pas. Yes, it’s a script and yes, it’s meant to be a joke. The explanation is below. [HTML1] Girl: Oh, you want me to say it in Spanish. Alright. Bueno. Creo que soy bastante fluida. ENGLISH: Good. I believe I’m quite fluid. […]

Earthquake Today 2:45pm

May 12, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Today at about 2:45pm there was an earthquake that lasted for well over a minute, maybe even 2 or 3.  It seems that people at ground level didn’t feel it.  In our 16th floor office, we just felt sort of dizzy or car sick during the quake.  The epicenter was in Sichuan province in western […]


May 1, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Funny, and just plain wrong, English translations continue to plague East Asian (and many other) countries.  Here are a few from my travels around China– This is a common poster in bars and restaurants in Shanghai. Don’t feed on monkeys, they don’t taste very good Make sure your urinating is civilized Dear Old Tourists, we’re […]

Americans Voting Overseas

April 20, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

My fellow American expats, As I’m sure you are all aware, we have a very important presidential election coming up this November; one that, among other things, will influence how Americans are received abroad. Therefore, I want you to have your say. I don’t care which way you vote, I just want you to vote! […]

T_bet – This is ridiculous

The whole situation with T_bet has gotten out of hand.  From the blocking of Google News and Youtube to the San Francisco torch protests, and the closing of the Nepal-T_bit border, including stationing Chinese security forces in Kathmandu (talk about national sovereignty & autonomy that China values so highly), to Chinese attacking Chinese who support […]

Facebook and Internet Companies in China

As Facebook looks to its Chinese users to translate the site into Chinese, the expectation is that Facebook will soon enter the Chinese market. Facebook tried to enter China previously through acquisition of an existing Chinese social network but nothing came of the negotiations. Will Facebook have more luck this time? Or better yet, will […]

The Great Firewall of China

China’s internet firewall has been working in overdrive lately in the wake of the crackdown on the Tibet protests.  Last week Google video and Youtube (owned by Google) were down all week; Youtube came back online on Sunday.  Google News in English,, was even down for a day!  Last week, I also ran into […]