Monthly Archives: March 2016

Second Artillery Corps plastic surgery

The Second Artillery Corps, which controls China’s ballistic missiles, apparently operates a hospital that provides plastic surgery services. Maybe this is the equivalent of a VA hospital? I took the below photo near the campus of Beijing Normal University.

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Shanghai

I went to Shanghai two weekends ago for an alumni event and also to see a friend who lives there (who is also an alumnus).  I was there for only a weekend, which isn’t nearly enough time to see the whole city, … Continue reading

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Biang2 biang2 noodles

Northern Chinese food uses many wheat-based items, particularly bread and noodles. Probably close to half of my meals here have involved noodles in one way or another. The most interesting noodle dish I’ve eaten here so far is something called “biang2 biang2” noodles. This dish comes from Shaanxi … Continue reading

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Photographs of round things

Below are some photos of round things in China. Chinese lamb hamburgers (肉夾饃, rou4 jia2 mo2, literally “meat clamp bun”) are a popular savory northern Chinese food item. I like how this one looks like a flying saucer. I want to believe! Candied … Continue reading

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Cultural note on words

I haven’t posted much lately, mostly because of laziness. Fortunately, I’ve encountered a great word that describes perfectly my situation: 懶癌 (lan3 ai2). This is a recently-created Chinese word that combines the characters for “lazy” 懶 (lan3) and “cancer” 癌 (ai2). The whole word, … Continue reading

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