Monthly Archives: October 2006

Double 9 day

WANG Wei (701~761) is one of my favorite poets. On this 9th day of the 9th lunar month, long, long time ago, he wrote this famous poem. It became an instant classic and spread all over China. 王維《九月九日憶山東兄弟》 獨在異鄉為異客, 每逢佳節倍思親。 … Continue reading

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Definition of Poor

According to China Daily, Beijing's average income per capita is US$2,508 per year. That is about the same purchasing power of US$7,550 as the person is living in US. US poverty line is US$9,800 for a single person. The definition … Continue reading

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Employee, Consumer, and Investor

As an employee, you work for a company and receive pay. As a consumer, you spend money and receive goods and services. If you have savings, you invest and hope for a good return. How you play these roles pretty … Continue reading

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The proper way to eat hairy crabs (大闸蟹)

After the October holiday (really the mid-Autumn festival), China enters the crab season. If you are in the country, the hairy crab (大闸蟹) is a must have. (Do you visit San Francisco without going to the Fisherman's Wharf?) Not just … Continue reading

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Mid-Autumn's Festival (中秋节)

The 8th full moon is the Autumn festival in China — October 6th this year. A celebration after the harvesting season is common in many cultures. China, a pioneer in agriculture, has developed rich and complicated traditions for this festival. … Continue reading

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