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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“It’s hard to move to the other side of the world…”

…that’s the new slogan. The kids are still trying to get over major jetlag but we’ve managed to get them to bed early tonight. Today we went to the China Puppet Theater so the kids could see 喜洋洋和灰太狼 (Pleasant Goat … Continue reading

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Ming Tombs, Great Wall, and Beijing Duck

Since we can post by email now (though still trying to learn how to upload photos in light of the Great Firewall of China), I can report that we spent WAY TOO LONG a day going to the Ming Tombs … Continue reading

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Blogging from China via Email

Can we blog via email? If you see this post, it means we can (even if we can’t access the webpage itself).

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