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I'm new to China and I have a tax/deductions question...

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?
posted by krautland on Oct 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Learning more about China - where do I start?

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?
posted by EatMyHat on Oct 15, 2012 - 8 answers

My new roommate just declared: no dates can ever spend the night here.

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]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2012 - 64 answers

Beyond the great firewall?

What is the best way to stay connected during a trip to China? [more inside]
posted by Urban Hermit on Sep 9, 2012 - 11 answers

How do we go from design to manufactured product in China?

Guide us on getting our action figure idea from concept to manufactured product [more inside]
posted by epiphinite on Sep 8, 2012 - 6 answers

I want seven swans a-swimming.... in tea

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?
posted by orange swan on Aug 21, 2012 - 10 answers

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]
posted by crawltopslow on Aug 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Senkaku/Diaoyu

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.
posted by davidjmcgee on Aug 19, 2012 - 12 answers

What's it like to live in Shanghai from a native's perspective?

Recommendations for Chinese literature that presents average Chinese citizens in context of a modern Chinese urban setting [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Aug 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Bringing a cat to China...

Advice on bringing cat to China while teaching English... [more inside]
posted by eleanna on Jul 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Mission to Mars in need of name that isn't completely stupid

I'm writing about a (fictional) Chinese-led mission to Mars -- what's a believable name for the ship itself? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Jul 23, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me find a previously read travel essay about a Chinese haircut.

Help me find that non-fiction piece about getting a haircut in China. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jul 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Planning a Ramble Around South-East Asia

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]
posted by reren on Jul 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Where can I get Chinese internet access?

How do I get a Chinese IP address for my Mac? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Jul 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Why would two rats be upset at a turtle stealing their radish?

Help me identify the (possibly Japanese) folk tale illustrated on this plate. [more inside]
posted by girlgenius on Jul 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Should I visit China or Europe?

Would you please help me decide where to go on vacation? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Jul 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Things to do in Urumqi when you're dead

What is there to do in Urumqi in the next few days on a restricted budget and with limited local language skills? [more inside]
posted by Quinbus Flestrin on Jun 19, 2012 - 4 answers

China visa woes.

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]
posted by mecran01 on Jun 18, 2012 - 13 answers

What do I ned to know about Shanghai?

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]
posted by epo on May 29, 2012 - 6 answers

And while you're in Beijing, pick up some milk.

How much should I charge someone who wants me to do a special errand while travelling abroad? [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on May 7, 2012 - 25 answers

How can I get a wedding dress custom-made in China?

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]
posted by andreapandrea on Apr 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Longevity Robe?

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]
posted by Julnyes on Apr 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Calling from an iPhone on wireless in china

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]
posted by Rinku on Apr 15, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I help my Chinese SO come to USA without a marriage visa?

How do I help my Chinese SO come to USA without a marriage visa? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2012 - 6 answers

32 years old... should I go back to school or should I get a job?

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]
posted by ditto75 on Mar 20, 2012 - 17 answers

Amazon.cn doesn't seem to have an English option...

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!!
posted by Bwithh on Mar 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Let 100 Podcasts Contend?

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?
posted by GenjiandProust on Mar 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Cultural Appropriation for Birthday Celebration

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]
posted by Jabberwocky on Feb 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Cultural values affecting foreign policy?

To what extent do cultural values affect foreign policy making between U.S. and China? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Feb 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Mentoring Disabled Young Woman

Ideas for once-a-week meeting with mentally disabled young woman? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Feb 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Electronic cardiovascular doohickey -- yea or nay?

Has anyone used one of those combination ECG/pulse oximeter/electronic stethoscopes that seem to be flooding eBay from various Chinese distributors? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Feb 10, 2012 - 1 answer

Why will China win the 21st century?

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]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Jan 27, 2012 - 11 answers

How much labor in Cloisonné vase?

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.
posted by mortaddams on Jan 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Closed Embassy

How can a Libyan travel to China, with the Chinese embassy in Libya closed? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Jan 18, 2012 - 3 answers

What are good history books covering Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century?

What are good history books covering Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jan 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Tips for China?

I'm going to China for a year to teach English. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Jan 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Movies about ancient India or China?

Movies about Ancient Chinese or Indian history or culture? [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Jan 2, 2012 - 20 answers

What specifically is wrong / bad about skeletons in Chinese culture?

Skeletons wrong / bad / taboo in Chinese culture? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Dec 30, 2011 - 7 answers

How to Buy American ebooks in China for the nook?

How can you buy books and apps for a Nook in China through a VPN? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Dec 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Chinese artists working for change?

Information about art and activism in China? [more inside]
posted by Cuke on Dec 20, 2011 - 2 answers

Man from China. Painted mural. Maybe in Minneapolis.

A question about a mural supposedly painted by a man from China at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. [more inside]
posted by typewriter on Dec 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Why does the Chinese government make it so hard to visit?

Canadian getting China travel visa abroad? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on Dec 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me plan a great night out in Hong Kong

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]
posted by girlgenius on Nov 30, 2011 - 11 answers

Five days in Shenzhen

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?
posted by tracicle on Nov 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Books about the world of the Dream of the Red Chamber (The Story of the Stone)

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]
posted by shirobara on Nov 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Backpacking trip planning advice.

Help with planning a backpacking trip covering Asia->SE Asia. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Nov 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Poor (but pretty) in pastel

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]
posted by taramosalata on Nov 2, 2011 - 23 answers

Is China Valves Technology a legitimate company?

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.
posted by gibbsjd77 on Oct 30, 2011 - 11 answers

Your Favorite Spots in Shanghai

Shanghai'd - Heading back to China and want hear about your fav spots. [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza on Oct 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Video chat US/China?

What is the best US/China video chat option? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Oct 21, 2011 - 9 answers

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