Guandong’s Cadres Lack Health and Vigor

There’s nothing that I enjoy more than a photo of a healthy and vigorous Chinese leader demonstrating – to the nation – that China is in the hands of a vigorous and healthy man (Russia’s Vladmir Putin recently set a new standard for this sort of photography). Which makes a snarky September 7 China Daily…

Bad Blood and Legal Remedies

In April I found myself standing outside of an operating room in Changsha, listening as two friends argued with a surgeon about the source of a blood transfusion for their mother. The surgeon had just emerged to announce that the surgery had gone well, but that there had been significant blood loss during it. As…

New Look, Same Blog.

Since launching this blog in late spring, I’ve had many nice comments about the content – and more than a handful of (let’s call them) polite comments on the blog’s look. Honestly, I’d been meaning to update the look since I first launched the site, but given a choice between posting content or working on…

FedEx Responds!

Earlier this week I wrote about the unusual payment procedure at a Shanghai FedEx Kinko’s outlet located on Huaihai Road. Instead of maintaining one register for shipping and documents, this particular outlet has a separate cash register for documents … and a little tin box for shipping charges. When I visited on July 10, I…

shanghaiisNOTcrap.com

There’s been a dramatic uptick in visitors to this blog over the last two weeks, and with the uptick has come a new round of emails, posts, and even a phone call on the topic of the shanghaiscrap.com domain name. One friend, who probably prefers to go unnamed, writes: “Like some others I thought your…

Hu Plays Ping Pong?

This evening I was startled by this photo, by Ricky Cheung, running in the South China Morning Post. Startled, because I think it’s the very first photo that I’ve ever seen of Hu Jintao suggesting that he has interests other than posing with world leaders and/or looking stiff. [this photo comes courtesy of the Chinese…