My Friend Ben Visits Beijing

My buddy Ben P., an ex-roommate from college days, is an American climate scientist who lives in Melbourne. He recently visited Beijing; here’re some snips from his amusing observations: Traffic: Shocking! We found that the 10 km trip from central Beijing out to our hotel could take 1-1.5 hours during rush hour. Drivers appeared to […]

Teaching English in China

The AP’s Audra Ang reports that foreign English teachers in China are increasingly encountering occupational hazards: It’s a new twist on globalization: For decades, Chinese made their way to the West, often illegally, to end up doing dangerous, low-paying jobs in sweatshop conditions. Now some foreigners drawn by China’s growth and hunger for English lessons […]

China and India: Feet of Clay?

“China and India, still desperately poor. Chinese children in a village pick garbage (above); An Indian child in a slum (below).” Pranab Bardhan, writing in Yale Global Online: The media, particularly the financial press, are all agog over the rise of China and India in the international economy. After a long period of relative stagnation, […]

Chorks: Approved for Use in Outer Space

AFP: Talk about a Chinese take-away. Astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisjeng blasted into outer space with a full larder of Chinese specialities including cuttlefish and meat balls, and beef with orange peel. But the pair of orbiting diners will have to do without chopsticks, which were considered too difficult to manoeuvre in the weightlessness […]