Montana!

Do you have a sister? I have two, and as luck would have it, they’re both pretty great. Unfortunately, they live pretty far apart, so it’s kind of hard to see them in the same place. So when my little sister in Montana told me that my big sister was coming out from Indiana, and…

China milk museum!

Shanghai is a very good place to learn about milk. The city was one of the early centers of modern dairy in China, and is home to Guangming, a dairy concern that has since grown into one of the world’s largest food conglomerates. So it’s not surprising that Shanghai has a dairy museum, even less…

Hello Shanghai! (let’s talk about eels)

Ah, Shanghai! What can I possibly say about Shanghai? It’s certainly big, but that’s hardly unique in China.  It’s remarkably cool. The old and new architecture is equally gorgeous, though I am partial to the 1930s feel of the old commercial buildings. Shanghai has loads of style, and like a very small handful of cities,…

Dim Sum — with special guest star!

For those who don’t know, the University Services Center at CUHK is an amazing, globally unique collection of materials on 20th century China, much of which dates from a time that Hong Kong served as a sort of listening station for the mainland. So it’s a sort of Mecca for China scholars, and a pretty…

North beef-south beef – carnivorizing about in Shenzhen

When I was first learning Chinese in Taiwan, I remember being told that one of the teachers (who I didn’t know) had become gravely ill because of “wind.” This of course put my imagination on edge – was it pollution? extreme flatulence? They couldn’t explain, and I couldn’t ask. I discovered the answer some years…

Shenzhen – double skin milk

Its been a couple of weeks and a few thousand kilometers since Bayannuur. After that, I went on an epic train journey through Hohhot, Chifeng, Tongliao and Qiqihar – arriving three days and some visible beard growth later back in Hailar. Hailar was basically the three r-s, resting, riting, and running so apart from the…