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Good recipes. I just need to work on the execution a little. Especially the 家常豆腐. I'm not used to going from deep-frying to regular frying in one wok, and so I wound up with far too much oil. And I was in too much of a hurry, so the plan I had all carefully...

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scariest

Perhaps what's scariest is not how visibly, palpably thick with pollution the air had gotten by Thursday. That was, in a way, to be expected, after several straight days of still, humid air. Same as last summer. Nor that the API would have maxed out at...

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move the capital?

And not for the first time this year, I'm reading an article suggesting that China should move its capital. It's the same argument always applies: The historical reasons for Beijing to have been chosen as the capital no longer apply, and Beijing's continued...

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Nanking

Last night we watched Nanking . It is an excellent film. A timely film, appearing for the seventieth anniversary of the Rape of Nanking. It's a much needed film: How is it that the Rape of Nanking is still so little known outside China? It is not a scholarly...

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oops, I forgot

I was actually quite impressed with Wang Lihong's performance in Lust:Caution. lzh assures me he's famous for singing. I thought he was famous for his silly English name (Wang Lihom?) and all the ads he's in. Anyway, I certainly wasn't expecting any acting...

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Lust:戒:Caution:色

One of the films we picked up on our trip through Wanda on Christmas Eve was Ang Lee/李安's latest, Lust:Caution/色戒. It's quite different from what I expected, in many ways, and I think that's probably because of all the hype. And yet it is an Ang Lee film:...

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hit+miss

So it went like this: Miss: Wanda Plaza cinema, or whatever that place is called. Well, I suppose it's a good sign, amidst all this talk of inflation, that plenty of Chinese people feel confident enough to go out and splurge on Christmas Eve. I mean,...

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Christmas

So it's Christmas Eve again. I've definitely been in China too long. Christmas just about slipped by unnoticed. It's odd how that happens, but it's to be expected. Well, no, not really, because Christmas, or something bearing a superficial resemblance...

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uh oh

Well, the article does say nobody was hurt (there's something magic in the water in New Zealand), but still, that's a pretty big quake, and it hit my father's hometown, and my grandparents still live there. No, wait, this article says one dead, twenty...

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l'impromptu de BeiGongDa

Today was drama tests for my first year students. It's simple: They get into groups of their own choosing, write or adapt or copy a drama of their choice, then act it. I give the group a grade. That's it. Well, one stuck out in particular, one that I'll...

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