Cultural Shock

When I came to the US in 1991 after spending 22 years in China and 5 years in Germany, I had this one word to describe my first impression: "big." Everything looked big to me: big milk/juice containers, big stores, big houses, big people, etc. I had never seen milk/juice in a gallon container. I…
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Parents, There Is Hope

My cubicle got a face lift today. It was painted fresh with a new color. The painter is a nice guy, a grandpa with two grown up kids and two grandkids. I had a casual conversation with him, about kids. I told him that my kids are getting on my nerves more than ever this…
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Public Transportation In China

If you think the United States is still the #1 in the world, you need to wake up a little bit. At least in some areas, US has been left behind by other countries. During my recent visit to China, I traveled by car, bus, taxi, subway, train and airplane. I felt that public transportation…
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Freeways In China, Free, But Not Free

In urban areas in China, roads are very congested. Especially in the old areas of cities, where the roads are narrow and were not built to handle the car traffic that didn’t exist years ago. But in the newly developed areas of cities like in Suzhou and Wuxi, roads are much wider with multiple lanes,…
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My Favorite Crocs

Last year I bought a pair of crocs , my first pair, at Walmart. I saw everyone was wearing crocs. It must be good. I should give it a try too. It was on sale for less than $5. I loved the good deal. So I bought it. But I didn’t use it that much.…
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