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石油大院

Where we live now is the original campus of the Petroleum University . Most of the university was moved out to Changping years ago, but a few of its schools and institutes and whatever stayed here. It’s an odd campus. Once you get behind the Mengxi Hotel...

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I forgot....

I forgot to mention in my last post, I’ve decided I want to become a professional misanthrope. I’m not entirely sure yet how I’m going to build a career in professional misanthropy, but I’m going to try my best. And I’m glad Bei Yu finally dropped the...

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because I'm from Aotearoa

From a lesson in Changping: Student: “Where are ’s colonies?” Me: “ Vancouver .” General laughter and nodding in agreement. So this ‘new’ (but it’s actually old) class I have to teach for three more lessons before their course is finished: Well, they...

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stupid headlines and strange people

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10397725 "Civilians Israeli targets says Amnesty" "Headlines Yoda writes", says Chris. What kind of sentence structure is that? Object-subject-verb? Never heard of that occuring in English before....

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timetable and soy sauce

I finally have a timetable. Sort of. I have four three-hour classes, starting from tomorrow. I don’t know what’s happening after that. I’m just finishing off their course, their previous foreign teacher has already left, or so it would seem. Anyway, the...

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finished with Changping

Monday morning: On the bright side: This is the second straight day of a perfect, bright, blue sky. No clouds, nothing, and visibility like I haven’t seen since I was last in . But otherwise, fuck. I showed up for class at 8 this morning, but instead...

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nearly done with Changping

Monday lunchtime: Back in Changping. Fortunately this morning went easy. The students from both classes had stuff they wanted to talk about, so I didn’t need to prepare anything. And actually, I wound up talking far more than I would have had I prepared...

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e-waste

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10395870 "Their report included a copy of an email, sent to recyclers, from an agent asking for waste for export to China. "Due to low labour cost, our well trained workers are able to manually...

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and yet another week in Changping....

Monday lunchtime: “Life is what you make of it.” That’s the first thing I wrote on the blackboard today. I asked the students how their weekends were, but only one could answer, and all he told me was that he just did the same old boring shit: Sleep through...

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