Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ever wondered how to be a corrupt Chinese official?

Well, here you go - check it out, blogger Wan Xiaodao has complied this list of rules to follow.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Emily's Adventures in Shanghai in the New York Times!

I was interviewed for an article on bloggers in Shanghai recently - please check out the article, it's very interesting.

Monday, January 18, 2010

What does China Censor online?

Below is a link to a very cool graphic illustration of the keywords and phrases that the Chinese government censors.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Google Pulling Out of China

What do you think?

Online news sources reported today that China has (naturally) censored the news that Google is threatening to pull it's company and online services out of China. However some Chinese were seen at Google's Beijing offices creating a make shift memorial in support of Google.

The New York Times reported:

"One of the students said that she wanted to make a public gesture of support for Google, which steadily has lost market share to Baidu, a Chinese-run company that has close ties with the government. The government should give people the right to see what they want online,” said the woman, Bing, who withheld her full name for fear that it might cause her problems at school. “The government can’t always tell lies to the people.”

I agree with Bing, as do many other people, some more willing than others to publicly voice their opinions.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Google, Citing Cyber Attack, Threatens to Exit China"

See the article below:

VPN is revolutionary! Why did I wait so long to get it?

Wow, after not having access to and therefore my own personal blog for almost a year, I'm finally back on! Why? I just signed up for a VPN account which will allow me to access any site the Chinese government has put their great " Fire Wall" around.

It's been an eventful year, even though I haven't been blogging I've been busy with a multitude of other things. I started my cupcake business ( which has been so much fun and kept me quite busy when I'm in Shanghai.

Cupcakes aside it's been an eventful year to be living in Shanghai, the city which is literally changing before my eyes, is preparing it's self to host the 2010 World Expo. Winter isn't the most beautiful time to be in China - it's cold, dark and polluted - but Shanghai keep truckin' on pushing up more and more buildings, supposedly "beautifying" the city and inserting the Expo mascot Haibo onto every street corner and street sign.

The expo begins in May and lasts 6 months, it'll be interesting to see how many visitors actually come to Shanghai for the Expo. My guess is that there will be many domestic visitors and people from other neighboring asian countries but I'll be surprised if we receive a lot of visitors from further away. I was living in Nagoya, Japan when they also held the World Expo back in 2004 and while it was an interesting "event" to go and see, it wasn't something I'd travel great lengths to go and see.

We'll have to wait and see....and in the meantime it's very much winter in Shanghai, so I'm off to fill up on more hot green tea, snuggle into my fabric market cashmere blanket and watch a bit of my pirated satellite BBC TV.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

I've been a slacker blogger

The sunshine, the fresh air, the outdoors have all gotten to me since I've been back in California for the summer and I haven't done a single post at all. 

But....I'm back in Shanghai on Tuesday, after my long luxurious 6 week vacation and since this is a blog about my life in Shanghai I'll be back at work blogging again next week. While Shanghai has it's bad points, I can't wait to get back to my "real life", my friends, my own home (and crazy neighbors) and of course my adorable husband! I miss Shanghai, the craziness, the seemingly endless streams of people and the excitement of the everyday hustle and bustle. 

I have some crazy neighbor stories to tell next week, but in the meantime enjoy this blog by one of my best friends. It'll make you smile and wish for a hotdog of your own. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Why I am staying in Shanghai for May Holiday....

Based on this Shanghai resident's experience at Yellow Mountain 3 years ago - I feel confident and happy with my decision to stay in Shanghai this holiday weekend.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

China's Middle Class

An interesting piece from the National Geographic on the new found opportunities and anxieties of the Chinese Middle Class.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Most Remote School, Hidden in the Clouds

Most Remote School, Hidden in the Clouds

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Follow up...

This a follow up story to something I posted a few weeks ago. Parents in the Dongguan region are experiencing the worst pain imaginable - many children are being kidnapped.

Here's the story posted on

"Hundreds of parents set to the streets on April 15th in a peaceful march, begging for help in finding their missing children. Originally reported by the New Express (translated by Danwei), the parents claim that about 1,000 children have gone missing from the Dongguan area since 2007. At their wits end, they've set out to draw more attention to the apparent, widespread abduction problem.

Neither the New Express nor the Shanghai Daily piece on these families' plights suggest a reason for the kidnappings, but according to the New York Times, many of the children are being sold off to other Chinese families desperate for a male heir. The children, most of whom are young boys are also suspected of being sold to buyers in Vietnam, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

"Male heir" is probably one of the better outcome for these children, otherwise they often end up as indentured servants, for-hire beggars, or prostitutes. The lucky ones get sold to orphanages for adoption to wealthy foreigners.

The police at Wednesday's march appeared sympathetic to the parents' ordeal, escorting them peacefully down the street. According to a number of marchers however, the police and government have been mostly unhelpful in tracking down the missing children. In a case cited in the Shanghai Daily article, a child was located and brought to a local police station, but before his parent could claim him, an impersonator took the child as his own.

The Chinese government claims that total abductions number about 2,500 people per year including both women and children, but some non-profit organizations argue that the number might possibly be upwards of 100,000.

Either way, the number is too high. More attention needs to be paid to this issue both here in China and elsewhere in the world where human trafficking is an issue. Both buyers and sellers of other human beings need to be tracked down and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Read all about my hometown!

The New York Times recently did a travel piece on my hometown/the area I grew up - The fabulous Silicon Valley!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Interesting China News....

The Unites States is having a hard time finding an Ambassador to China. Interesting, isn't it? I always assumed the Ambassador positions were "highly coveted". But maybe not?

Read more here:

Some good news for those of us who own Real Estate in China:

Monday, April 13, 2009

Hainan Island - Girls Weekend!

In anticipation of my upcoming girls weekend to Hainan Island, I'm doing research on the island itself. Kinda geeky, yes I realize that, but this is typically what I do prior to any trip. I'm a research geek, I love to wiki, google, and search through travel websites to download information on my next destination.

Basic Stats on Hainan (Hai = Ocean, Nan= South) Island:

Location: Hainan Island is located in the South China Sea, separated from Guangdong's Leizhou Peninsula to the north by a shallow and narrow strait. It has an area of 33,920 square kilometers, making China's southernmost province also its smallest. Hainan is comparable in size to Belgium.

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Native Peoples: Hainan first enters written Chinese history in 110 BC, when the Han Dynasty established a military garrison there. Settlement by mainlanders was slow however and from early on the island was considered to be fit only for exiles. It was in this period that the Li people arrived from Guangxi Province and displaced the island's aboriginal Austronesian-speaking peoples.

Tourism: We will be staying in Sanya, a town on the southern tip of the island, Sanya is supposedly the most common tourist-y location with nice beaches, hotels, outdoor activities, etc. We're looking forward to spending a lot of time on the beach, reading and relaxing away from the craziness of Shanghai.