A Christmas card addressed to me has arrived at my parent’s home, to go into a box with other envelopes. My mom told me about that box. I’ve never seen it, but I can feel its existence, nine thousand kilometers away. One mourning card and two birth cards are in it too, like a parallel […]
So these sesame buns are called 蟹壳黄(Crab shell yellow), not because there’s any crab in it, but because it looks like a crab shell. Plenty of food to try in Xinchangzhen (新场镇), Shanghai Pudong. The scene: English homework, made years ago (book shows it was published in 1996);
Covid is ripping through China like wildfire. Many colleagues are at home with covid now, although luckily not too sick. Just a few of us left in the office now, the heating has already been turned off. Getting coffee downstairs:
Here’s a tiny story in Mandarin, about the first astronaut in space (第一个在宇宙中宇航员). From ‘The strange ticking sound‘, based on a scene mentioned in the 2011 movie Another Earth. More about learning Mandarin at GoEast here.
China is letting go of its zero-covid policy. A 24-year-old who works at a school in Suzhou shares: “For over two years the school has forbidden us to go anywhere except absolutely necessary places. Now they advice, not forbid, us to go anywhere. A long pause, and then a big smile: “So I’m going to […]
If there’s ever a post-apocalyptic world, I think it’ll look like the outskirts of Shanghai’s Pudong district. On my ride, I see fishers, goats, highrises, and empty playgrounds. One access road to the river bank is barricaded, another is under construction. Buildings are rusting away or are slowly being taken back by nature. The area […]