Monthly Archives: November 2010

Protected: Meeting Lucy

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Asking China to Act Like the U.S.

WASHINGTON — A fundamental tenet of foreign policy says that nations will seldom voluntarily act against what they have determined, for whatever reason, to be their own national interest. .. .. “China isn’t 100 percent on board with U.S. efforts,” … Continue reading

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A Dying Banker’s Last Instructions

Five decision or 5 steps: First, will you go it alone? The two authors suggest hiring an adviser who earns fees only from you and not from mutual funds or insurance companies, which is how Mr. Goldie now runs his … Continue reading

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In China, Cultivating the Urge to Splurge

The Shopper’s Republic of China The larger idea is to build a more sustainable economy, or what Chinese leaders have called a balanced and harmonious society. In that economy, families would not have to save 20 percent of their income … Continue reading

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Before FB

What did friends do before the FaceBook? Apparently they gifted each other with pictures .. Internet has ushered in an easy communication period but does it keep friends closer?

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Dad’s first job

After graduated from Jilin Institute of Electric Equipment/Appliance 吉林省吉林市电器学院 in 1958, came the job-assignment process. Beijing and Shanghai were on top of the wish list for the obvious reasons. The school asked each student if they had family in Beijing. … Continue reading

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NTC, Nov 23, 2010

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The Waldorf = Astoria

Jan 13, 2006 It has muted old world charm, no glittering which is refreshing .. well, part of it is very dated.

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Protected: 1979-86; #38-49

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A story of a blackman

In front of Bach Schule in Frankfurt, Feb 20, 1984 One year I was back in Beijing and Nainai diplomatically talked about .. marrying black .. she didn’t say it out right, but implied that I shouldn’t … The first … Continue reading

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The turkey day, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving .. my 2008 One tiny bird, two little slaves and three bumper harvests (one of ..) 一只小火鸡, 俩个小奴隶, 三场大丰收 (之一) This year my task for cooking is easy: the two slaves volunteered to help. They were so enthusiastic … Continue reading

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Koreas 南韩 和 朝鲜

Happy Thanksgiving. Korea was the thing Dad and I talked about. I don’t quite remember why USA got into the war (or skirmish?) and why China responded. Suppose I could google it but I didn’t. All I remember is US … Continue reading

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A broken spoon

The cooking station (or cooking pit) at my uncle’s country estate was on the left hand side by the entrance. A giant black (raw iron?) wok permanently sat in the built in pit (tuzao 土灶). We used the wok to steam, to sautée, make soups, … Continue reading

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Protected: left in truck/chest, soiled

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Warming up at NTC

Nov 23, 2010

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The limelight

Leaving TJ (Tianjin) to living with Auntie Spalding, was my fortune but again, there were down sides to it, particularly was her criticism or objection over my involvement at school and my love of reading and writing. When I got involved with school … Continue reading

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