I'm new to China and I have been told by my employer that I can only deduct laundry and restaurant bills from my income tax. that sucks since I was planning to purchase a lot of photography/computer gear that's relevant to my job. is there really no way for me to get a tax deduction on these items?
Can you recommend me podcasts, books, TV documentaries, articles or journals (in English) where I could learn more about China, such as Chinese politics, history, culture and other important things?
My new roommate just declared to me that there is a rule in our apartment: No dates are allowed to ever sleep over. Can you help me figure out how to have a productive discussion about this with her? [more inside]
What is the best way to stay connected during a trip to China? [more inside]
Guide us on getting our action figure idea from concept to manufactured product [more inside]
I received this swan teapot for Christmas 2011. Now I'm on a mission to turn it into a tea set by buying a tea tray, sugar bowl, creamer and half a dozen cups and saucers that go with it. And I also need to learn to make tea properly, as opposed to thowing a tea bag in hot water, Canadian-style. I think my best bet for getting a swan tea tray is to keep an eye out for a secondhand wooden tray I can paint with a swan motif, but I haven't found the other items yet. Super Shoppers of MeFi, what items can you suggest that will be perfect for my swan tea set?
How can I become expert at distinguishing a person's home province in China, based on their speech patterns?
How can I become expert at distinguishing a person's home province in China, based on their speech patterns (accent)? [more inside]
Please help me understand, or point me to resources that will help me understand, what is going on in the Japan/China Senkaku/Diaoyu dust up: analysis of root causes, ideas about the broader implications, particular reasons why this is so fraught, &c. Thanks.
Recommendations for Chinese literature that presents average Chinese citizens in context of a modern Chinese urban setting [more inside]
Advice on bringing cat to China while teaching English... [more inside]
I'm writing about a (fictional) Chinese-led mission to Mars -- what's a believable name for the ship itself? [more inside]
Help me find that non-fiction piece about getting a haircut in China. [more inside]
Having completed my research in Malaysia early, I find myself with two weeks to travel in South-East Asia. Where should I go? I have many options and not enough time to plan. Please guide me! [more inside]
How do I get a Chinese IP address for my Mac? [more inside]
Would you please help me decide where to go on vacation? [more inside]
What is there to do in Urumqi in the next few days on a restricted budget and with limited local language skills? [more inside]
I am traveling to China on July 17th to teach English to academics, having been invited by a college there. I'm applying for a Business F visa. Co-travelers have successfully received their visas through consulate X. Consulate Y is telling our agency that we need two letters, but the requirements for an "F" visa clearly state that one will suffice. It gets worse. [more inside]
I may be going to Shanghai for a couple of weeks later this year. I do not speak the language, my partner has food allergies. What preparations can I make? [more inside]
How much should I charge someone who wants me to do a special errand while travelling abroad? [more inside]
How can I get a wedding dress custom-made in either Beijing or Quinhuangdao, China? I'll be there for a few weeks and I have a few questions about how this might be possible. [more inside]
Robe found in a thrift store with a label that says "Longevity" and "Hangzhou China" along with Chinese characters I cannot translate - Can anyone help me find more information about it? [more inside]
How can I call an american telephone number (landline or cell) from an iPhone that 1. Has only wireless, and 2. Is behind the Chinese firewall? [more inside]
How do I help my Chinese SO come to USA without a marriage visa? [more inside]
another thirty-something with only a bachelor's degree uncertain about what to do career-wise. Also uncertain as to what transferable skill(s) to highlight, if any, were I to apply for a job. What should I do with myself? (longgggggggggggg, slightly snowflake-y post ahead) [more inside]
Is there a China-based Amazon-style shopping website that I use to send a gift to someone in Shanghai? One that I can use from the US and is in English? thanks!!
I am really enjoying the History of Rome podcast. I was hoping to find something on Chinese history that was in the same vein (those dynasties are a bit bewildering). The China History podcast is OK, but I am not loving his jumping around. Is there anything else out there?
In Chinese culture 88 is considered to be an auspicious number. Are there any special presents, food, or activities that are considered particularly appropriate for an 88th birthday? [more inside]
To what extent do cultural values affect foreign policy making between U.S. and China? [more inside]
Ideas for once-a-week meeting with mentally disabled young woman? [more inside]
Has anyone used one of those combination ECG/pulse oximeter/electronic stethoscopes that seem to be flooding eBay from various Chinese distributors? [more inside]
Suppose you had to defend the thesis that the 21st Century is going to be the Chinese Century, in the way that the 20th Century is often referred to as the American Century. What arguments would you muster to support that claim? [more inside]
How many hours of labor do you estimate it takes to produce a high-quality Chinese cloisonne vase, 12 inches tall? A couple of these vases are owned by the school that I teach at, and I would love to be able to tell my students a ballpark figure of how much effort goes into producing these luxury goods--from making the metal base, to adding wire lines, to filling it with enamel, to firing, to final polishing. Our vases are polished to a high gloss, and they have an intricate geometric pattern in the background. There is no area in the background with a gap of more than 2 mm. The foreground consists of well-rendered flowers and foliage. Any thoughts about such objects would be most appreciated.
How can a Libyan travel to China, with the Chinese embassy in Libya closed? [more inside]
What are good history books covering Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century? [more inside]
I'm going to China for a year to teach English. Any advice? [more inside]
Movies about Ancient Chinese or Indian history or culture? [more inside]
Skeletons wrong / bad / taboo in Chinese culture? [more inside]
How can you buy books and apps for a Nook in China through a VPN? [more inside]
Information about art and activism in China? [more inside]
A question about a mural supposedly painted by a man from China at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. [more inside]
Canadian getting China travel visa abroad? [more inside]
You're in Hong Kong on 12/13 January. You want to take someone out for a fun night. Where do you go and what do you do? Definitions of fun and budget are inside. [more inside]
I'm going to be in Shenzhen for five days week after next, Monday-Friday. Travelling with my husband who will be working on the Wednesday and Thursday. What should we see and do, and what tips do you have for a culturally ignorant foreign female exploring Shenzhen solo?
I'd like to re-read the Chinese classical novel Dream of the Red Chamber (The Story of the Stone), but I'd like to know more about the world it's set in first. What are some recommendations for books about daily life and clothing during the Qing dynasty, particularly during the 1700s? [more inside]
Help with planning a backpacking trip covering Asia->SE Asia. Details inside. [more inside]
Does anyone remember a big pink-, blue-, and white-striped shopping bag popular in developing countries in the '80s/'90s? It felt like waxed straw, or something Tyvek-y. It had handles, and was often big enough to cover a whole suitcase. [more inside]
China Valves Technology (ticker: CVVT) has plummeted this year largely due to suspicion of fraudulent activity and reporting practices. I have read generic accusations on various websites, but have not seen anything specific. Then I ran across this article supposedly "redeeming" them. http://seekingalpha.com/article/294624-china-valves-technology-online-due-diligence-indicates-legitimate-structure?source=marketwatch So I thought I would ask the metafilter community if they had any knowledge involving this company. Do you believe that this is a legitimate investment or is it just another Chinese fraud? Thank you for your time and expertise. Have a great day.
Shanghai'd - Heading back to China and want hear about your fav spots. [more inside]
What is the best US/China video chat option? [more inside]