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Posted on: Noodles and Child Labor
July 10, 2011, 02:48 PM

I loved all the comments here. I was working when I was 8 in a restaurant: cleaning tables, mopping floors, washing dishes and other things. I lived in the US. I was lucky to have a job. I learned some much from working at that young age. I contribute my current success to having to work at a young age. My family was poor and I needed money to attend school. Things are different in the US now. That was back in the 80's when we had to buy books for school. (I know, I know not ALL schools and states are the same.)

Anyway, working taught me the value of money. So, now here I am living in Tokyo and I have been able to purchase two homes in the US in Los Angeles, CA and Pheonix, AZ for cash becuase I know how to use my money. I also paid cash for my BA, MA and my PhD. I have no loans.

I think we have robbed our children in the US by not giving them these opportunities. I have three children and I have them study and work hard because I want them to understand and appreciate what they have. I love them and do not want them to be slaves to the bank like most people have become.

Posted on: Overseas Chinese
March 07, 2011, 11:52 AM

I commented here, but I do not see it.

I was born in China and of mixed blood. How should I be called in the overseas? CBC? Chinese Born Chinese? WhenI go back, I am always treated well and welcomed as if I am 'coming home'. It is wonderful!

Posted on: Overseas Chinese
March 07, 2011, 03:47 AM

OK I was born in China and I am Mixed blood. What do you call that???

Posted on: Hungry Traveler: Taiwan
May 19, 2009, 05:34 AM

I take my Chinese students to Taiwan every summer (location, distance and visa fees dictate the location). They LOVE the food there. They can't stop talking about it for weeks after. BUT what do you call the candy covered strawberry? I have heard many different ways to say both in Taiwan and in China.

Posted on: About Face! A Multi-faceted Look at 面子
March 17, 2009, 08:39 AM

The whole idea of face comes from living in close contact with people. I feel it is a good thing if not taking too far. 

In the US, people have an absolute lack of interest in what others think or 'face'. Therefore, sleeping around, driving as if the world belong to them and bragging about things they bought of no worth are a common practice along with throwing insults back and forth among friends. I think this is because they live in large cities and have little to no connection to their neighbors or community.

Neither is good or bad, just different.

Posted on: The Final Show
January 16, 2009, 07:54 AM

It is such a sad thing to hear this. When I heard this I thought about the many times I have had to move and move on in my life. I can sympathize with that feeling of wanting to stay but knowing it is time to go. What a great experience for Amber! Maybe we will be hearing her show from New York soon! 

Posted on: Not So Silent Night
December 25, 2008, 02:03 PM

Happy Christmas all. I don't think it matters about being Christian for this podcast or holiday. After all, here in Japan and in China it is the biggest dating night of the year and time to spend with friends having a party. The celebration of Christmas rarely has to do with religion. I am happy that this was taught in this lesson. Everytime I have a "Christmas Party some American asks me.. "Oh, are you Christian." I love my American friends, but sometimes...

BTW, Changye are you in Japan too? or in China?

Posted on: Surviving Winter and Singles Scene for Expat Girls
December 18, 2008, 01:07 PM

I loved this lesson. I teach my students that in China, the man does not lead in dating like in the Western world. In China, woman are the ones that ask out the man. This is gives foreign men a feeling of excitement. It is also exciting for Chinese woman when asked out by the man.

I tell my girls, "If you are interested in a man, ask him." They are so excited when I take them to Taiwan or China because they feel so impowered as they ask out and date so many guys just to spend time with a native speaker.

So, I am glad that you guys included this aspect here.

Posted on: Chinese Characters and the History of Sex in China
November 28, 2008, 12:58 AM

Alright, I know everyone has already made comments on this. However, as a son of a mainland Chinese man. I am going to stick with traditional. There are thousands of documents in China writing in traditional, even today. If you can read traditional than simplified is... well... simple. If you read simplified then reading traditional is ... well.. difficult. I save my students the trouble by using traditional for the first 1000 and then we switch to simplified afterwards. This is just my opinion, but I think it cruel to teach foreigners simplified first or only. You have got to have both if you plan on living in China or being any bit academic in China as a foreigner or you will not have be able to get the richness of our Chinese heritage or culture. Just a thought.

Posted on: A Month as a Monk and Chinese Business Meetings
November 01, 2008, 10:56 AM

I recently spent a good amount in China with my company. I don't drink and my French counter-part was worried about me. When it came time to drink at a party between the mayor, the company president and all the department heads, I told the president, "I never drink". He ordered spring water for me. The next night and every night after I was invited to so many parties by the senior and junior staff. Everyone ordered water! My French counter-part was suprized that I was invited to so many parties which he had not been able to go to. He asked if it were because I was Chinese and he was French. They president told him that the workers couldn't afford to entertain the Frenchman! It was a very funny moment. After that, he quite drinking and is now the president there.

I am sure that we all have our own stories about China and doing business there.