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Damo: Conspiracy of Ignorance

Damo: Conspiracy of Ignorance, by Chris Toepker Many martial artists will have heard the story of Bodhidharma or Damo. In the story, this Indian monk arrived in China, eventually making his way to Shaolin temple on Mt.

The Riddle of Southern Shaolin

I translated “The Riddle of Southern Shaolin,” by Wen Yu Chen, many years ago. Recently the subject came up again, as it inevitably does. Since the article seems to have been taken down elsewhere, I thought it

Report: Air pollution, it’s so simple. Isn’t it?

All too often, visitors to Beijing fret and cluck their tongues at the air p0llution. While it certainly is awful, clearing the air is certainly no simple matter. This year, the most encouraging aspect of the whole

Mirror, Mirror: How did I not know?!

Come poke fun at me as I stumble through the new year holidays, caught on the word “give.” I mean, can they “give” you days off, when you then have to return them the following weekend? Oh,

Context: “Tough talk won’t work with Beijing”

It is hard not to feel like a rock star when soon after you assert something, articles in the media echo your very thoughts. I’m not saying anyone read my writing and decided to write similarly. Instead,

Reaction: Worrying about China’s currency is oh, so 80s

Fellow Americans, who remembers the jokes about the Japanese from Reagan’s era? One day in the not too distant future its my prediction that the China bashing abounding today will be equally stale. That’s because it results

Reaction: “Winds of Change for foreign retailers”

Cai Xin’s headline “Winds of Change” implies unpredictablity, yet what foreign retailers are facing is less so. Is it perhaps another victory for “National Champions”? Foreign retailers’ business is slowing, with some leaving china. Why? What caught my

Report: debt problems on local levels

The article below from the South China Morning Post covers some of the issues regarding local debt levels which are slowly percolating up to be seen. While I don’t want to be an alarmist, and while the article

List: Banner Propaganda

Across Beijing and throughout China, one comes across red banners hanging on railings, bridges and generally “around.” Ever since I saw one in Shenzhen that read: “Without the strictness of the red light, (you) never can have the

List: Existential English

The things you see around The Jing are  fascinating. Beyond the impressive palaces, temples and sites I like: T-Shirts, posters, billboards and other signs.  Chinglish? Too easy. The ones that are the best are the ones that are