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Share Bigger, Faster and Heavier- Amy's College Admission Notificationl Arrives Today!
2014-8-3 13:35
As China grows bigger, faster, and heavier in terms of international import, so is our college admission notificiation mail! Yup, it is so much bigger than the small yellow envelope I got years ago. And it reached us exactly a week after the notification was texted to our cellphones. It is so much faster , in other words. It took me more than a month to get my life-saving mail that contained a notification with a misspelling of my name, which still reminded me of ...
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Share To My Eighteen-year-old
2014-7-13 13:04
The long and winding road to this day is like no other. The girl standing up straight for the world is like no other. On and off, off and on, we have lived under the same roof, until college is to do us apart. Wherever you’d be weaving yet another circle of life with your warmth and wisdom, I know you’d be doing it fairly well. You are such a sparkle of life, ...
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Share Has Literature Replaced Religion as the Secular Faith?
2014-6-16 01:43
Is your Sunday aboutyour father, ora football?Sadly, and gladly,minehas to beabout literature. It is about writing a paper on the avant-gardetheatrein the morning, and going to lectures on American literature in the afternoon, and in the evening. Our dean has just come back from Columbia Universitywithperfect confidence in winning usover a little ball that the Americans call soccer. The spea ...
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Share Guess Who Panicked on the First Day of Gaokao?
2014-6-7 08:57
By now, my daughter should have been admitted to her test room. She was driven over by avolunteer driver who kindly pulled over in our neighborhood five minutes earlier than our agreed time of 8 AM. And her mother got a minute or two to go over her panick attack in the last night's dream: I had to lose my shoes on the way somewhere, and then when I was hungry, there was no spoon or chopsticks to eat with! What about my daughter? The only panick shewas having overbreakfast  ...
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Share A Few Things My Daughter Does NOT Know about My Gaokao in 1987
2014-6-5 02:50
Just two days later,my daughter will be sitting for hergaokao, or college entrance examination.We've been talking about some detailsfor the day that her class teacher has kindly reminded us at the recent PA meeting. Whenever I don't seem to follow her, she exclaims, "My Goodness, have you gaokaoed before?," meaningI should have known better.Having been tipped offby a friend majoring in psychoanalysis that allkids have to "kill" (symbolically, of c ...
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Share Cultural Shock in the Toilet and Beyond
2014-6-3 12:18
Joe visited me from New Yorka few years ago, refusing to believe it was overbetween usnot just because my year-long visit therewas over. I appreciated his insistence upon the slightestpossibility and invited him to myapartment. I had the slightest idea that would kick off a series ofshocks for himbefore I checked him in the school hotel.He could not or would not pee in my toilet, which is basically a hole. After all,my 20-year-old apar ...
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Share How Many More Zhang Lidongs Are Out There Really?
2014-6-3 04:25
"I fear not law, for I believe in God," said Zhang Lidong behind the bars upon interviewed by a CCTV journalist.He felt no shame or whatsover about beating astrange woman to deathlast Wednesay along with 5 others,3 of which being his owndaughters and a teenage son, all confirmed members of the heretic sect known as Quannengshen or "The Almighty God".Upon arrested, his son yelled at the police, "I did it! I did it! It had nothing to do wit ...
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  • Is Snowden a[n American] Hero? 2014-6-8 21:34

    ColinSpeakman: You are going to get different opinions on this, I have lived in USA, though not an American. I am sure that there are many who do not appreciate the  ...
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  • Is Snowden a[n American] Hero? 2014-6-8 20:13

    You are going to get different opinions on this, I have lived in USA, though not an American. I am sure that there are many who do not appreciate the widespread intrusion without justification into citizens' affairs. In exposing that, Snowden has taken one for the people! I believe Pres Obama himself has asked that these intrusions be rolled back. Snowden put himself in a place of discomfort to do so. If that is the main focus, then he can be seen to be patriotic in the sense of : for the people. However he has made what might be necessary international intelligence gathering to keep America safe, more problematic. Or has he? If he has, that could harm the people and be seen as unpatriotic! It is a question of where to put the focus!

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