Monthly Archives: August 2009

Putting it in perspective

Although I think it is unwise to draw upon one’s own culturally-determined experiences to make sense of and assess the significance of what one observes in a different culture, I can’t help noting that this (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/us/30ash.html) New York Times article … Continue reading

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It’s Always Xmas in Beijing!

Beijing is the place for folks who keep Christmas music on their ipods all year long. As I don’t celebrate Christmas, I am not one of those people. I do, however, associate the ubiquitous holiday music with the same wonderful … Continue reading

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Environmental Enforcement and Plastic Bags

A headline in the Global Times (a paper published by the official Communist Party’s newspaper The People’s Daily) reads: Plastic-bag ban paying off: Impact limited as enforcement in rural areas remains lax This raises two intresting queries: (1) How effective … Continue reading

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Asia’s Environment

Some have wondered why I became interested in traveling to and teaching environmental law in China.  An answer is that environmental problems are becoming increasingly (or, perhaps better stated, already are) global, and I’m not convinced that I’ll be able … Continue reading

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Miscellany

1. Things I miss: being literate, clean air, blending in, pedestrian right-of-way 2. Things I like about Beijing: the people are friendly, everyone dresses casually, they like the music of the Carpenters as much as I do, appreciation for and … Continue reading

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What’s more popular than the Great Wall? My daughter’s blond hair.

8.23. On Sunday we made a early morning trip to Beihai Park, a beautiful park with a white pagoda in central Beijing. The highlight was that locals asked Andrea and I to participate in a morning exercise that involved slow … Continue reading

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Lead Sickens 1,300 Children in China

China continues to have major environmental concerns as seen in today’s NY Times article Lead Sickens 1,300 Children in China. Having brought two small children to China, these stories concern me deeply, but I also interested in the responses of … Continue reading

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