Good books about Chinese history during the Three Kingdoms period? I'm getting lost trying to read about it in Wikipedia entries. Something with excellent writing that really captures the scope and complexity like Judt's Postwar
does for post-WWII Europe.
posted by schroedinger
on Feb 8, 2009 -
I'm a US permanent resident with a Chinese citizenship and my passport expires in July 2009. I already booked a trip to India leaving on February 7th, thinking there was plenty of time to get my Indian Visa. I just found out while applying that I need to have my passport valid for 6 months beyond the date of visa application. Please help me save my trip! More inside [more inside]
posted by I like to eat meat
on Jan 26, 2009 -
What kind of gifts to bring to Chinese colleagues? Since practically everything is already "Made in China", what can I bring from the United States for two women in their early-mid 20s? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie
on Jan 22, 2009 -
What are the consequences/difficulties in the US of running a modded Wii purchased in China? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer
on Jan 19, 2009 -
I am having a going-away party for my friends and I need a theme/name! They're moving to China for a year and are brothers, in their 20s. I wanted to come up with something funny but I am blanking today....
posted by edrewes
on Jan 13, 2009 -
My girlfriend has a Motorola SLVR and is going to China in the spring. Can she use her phone there? [more inside]
posted by degoao
on Jan 12, 2009 -
When I was a kid, I was taught a miracle story of a Chinese Christian lady who was saved from a firing squad by a holy light. Later, this actual person visited our school. Were you ever taught any version of this story? Did this lady, whose name I know only as Pearl, visit your church or school? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena
on Jan 10, 2009 -
If you knew someone considering doing business with the Chinese Government, how would you convince them of it's moral reprehensiveness as neatly and concisely as possible?
posted by radgardener
on Dec 29, 2008 -
I'm off to Beijing for the Christmas break and want to take my friends out for a big xmas dinner. It's my first time to the city and I'm struggling to find any good guides to food there. Any recommendations for a good slap-up meal on the 25th? I'll be staying around Chao Yang.
posted by hydrophobic
on Dec 17, 2008 -
Will China's efforts to go green for the Olympics be instituted for the longer-term or for a broader geographic range?
posted by GIMG
on Dec 5, 2008 -
What are good gifts to bring to China, from the US, for Chinese in-laws who live there? [more inside]
posted by breath
on Dec 4, 2008 -
How does the Chinese media handle climate change, and what (if any) difference did the Beijing Olympics have in this? [more inside]
posted by GIMG
on Nov 26, 2008 -
On a whim I bought a cheap electronic Buddhist Chant Box off Ebay--Not FM3's Buddha Machine, but one of the myriad (so I'm led to understand) cheap boxes sold outside temples in China. [more inside]
posted by Chrischris
on Nov 11, 2008 -
I'm looking for professional digital printing services in Beijing similar to this one
in Shanghai. I've used the Shanghai service several times for very large prints including gallery mounting and I need a comparable service in Beijing. It's important that the technician speak at least moderate english and that they have a good selection of professional papers and inks.
FWIW, I've spoken quickly to a couple of shops at Wukesong in Beijing and haven't been impressed yet.
posted by michswiss
on Nov 1, 2008 -
My (adult) daughter is about to go on a 3-month theatrical tour of China. Not that I have any control over this, but should I be worried about the food additives scandal? She eats prepared/boxed and restaurant food only on these tours. What can she do to protect herself against the crap they allow into their food supply? [more inside]
posted by nax
on Oct 7, 2008 -
D...d...dowryfilter? Maybe? I'm getting married to a Chinese woman, very soon, and her rather wealthy parents are asking (hinting, in this face-sensitive culture, so I think that's what it is, but it could mean something else?) where my divorced, broke parents' contribution to the marriage is, or, in lieu of theirs, mine. They've tossed a $140,000 duplex our way, a prime rental property, and a ton of financial support for their daughter. I have about $400 in the bank and an okay freelance career. Barring 10 years to save up and match that...what, exactly, can I do to prevent this from getting really, really, really awkward? A long, rambling explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by saysthis
on Sep 29, 2008 -
This is something of a follow up to this question
earlier this year.
I've spent most of the last year working in China but haven't moved yet. Question is, Shanghai or Beijing? It's basically my option. I've spent a lot of time in both cities and both have qualities I can appreciate.
What are your opinions, which city is more livable, and why.
posted by michswiss
on Sep 26, 2008 -
Looking for images of old Pudong prior to development. Coming up blank. Ideally, from the late 1980s. Plus anything else you stumble across that may be in interesting. Puxi is covered, but finding in hard the other side of the river. Pics will be used in a private seminar on development.
posted by priorpark17
on Sep 19, 2008 -
Will be moving to Beijing and would like to have high speed reliable internet service in my apartment. We'll likely be living in one of the US or HK developed apartments along Chao Yang park. I've worked with DSL connections in serviced apartments in Beijing and Shanghai and was not thrilled with the throughput (70kbs) or reliability. The Great Firewall is not an issue as far as completely blocking sites, but I'm sure it affects transfer speeds from the US sites I'd be accessing. [more inside]
posted by bleecker
on Sep 3, 2008 -
I'm looking for a radio program or new article I heard/read in the past month about growing up in China and all of the pressures Chinese youth face to be successful in school and life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78
on Aug 25, 2008 -
am I missing at the Olympics - what has been covered up or ignored by the Chinese regulators providing the video feed to NBC etc? I have to imagine there have been some outbursts or protests and the Chinese are not letting the media cover it (at least on live TV). Is there a good site noting these occurrences, or have the games just gone off nearly flawlessly? (excepting the drum tower murder last week.)
posted by pithy comment
on Aug 18, 2008 -
Accidental Tourist: It looks like I have 8 days between planes in Shenyang, China in September. Will Beijing still have the cleanest skies it will ever have during my lifetime? Should I instead take the opportunity to see Harbin/Dalian/Dandong/the far NE? Is there somewhere I've forgotten? And how can I get out of Shenyang quick-like? [more inside]
posted by whatzit
on Aug 11, 2008 -
Traveling to China in November. I've seen some of the famous tourist spots (Great Wall, terra cotta soldiers in Xian, gardens in Suzhou, etc.), but I would like to visit some places that are not as well known. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by extramundane
on Aug 9, 2008 -
I am leaving for Beijing in a few days. I am bringing a video camera and plan to interview English-speaking Chinese people on the street. My goal is to edit the footage together into an informative and insightful piece. If you could ask the people of China any question, what would it be?
posted by srkit
on Aug 8, 2008 -
Which version of Journey to the West
should I buy? After seeing Hewlett's production design for Monkey
I want to dip into the source material. Digging around I see a fair number of translations but the reviews don't really offer much description beyond "great read." I'm looking for an adaptation/translation that captures most of the original epic for an adult reader, without being an attempt at scholarly word-for-word translation. Ideally, I'd like a dead-tree format that I can take to the coffehouse.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Jul 29, 2008 -
As an American, can I hand out flyers detailing the Tiananmen Square Massacre during the Beijing Olympics?
posted by plexi
on Jul 11, 2008 -
Does anyone know more about the "underground railroad" that whisked some student leaders to safety after the Tienanmen Square massacre in 1989? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer
on Jul 3, 2008 -
What was this guy on the street doing with a black iron pot on a spit that produced a gunshot-like sound? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF
on Jun 14, 2008 -
Phone from China, SIM card in the US: what do I need to know to make sure I have a working cell phone when I return to the US for a month or two this summer? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer
on Jun 4, 2008 -
Does anyone have recommendations for an orthodontist in Beijing? Can treatment be started in China and continued in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by monkey85
on May 16, 2008 -
I'm in Japan right now, but I have all of August off. I want to hang out in Beijing for a week or so during the Olympics. I don't actually want to attend them, I just want to take part in the hubbub. How can I reserve a cheap bed (~30USD) now? Caveat: I do not speak any Chinese.
posted by borkingchikapa
on May 16, 2008 -
anyone familiar with the language/alphabet used in this WWII-era document
from western China? my best guess is something related to the Yi language, but that could (of course) be totally wrong.
posted by garfy3
on May 13, 2008 -
Given the recent reports about seafood from China that is both bacterio- or viral-contaminated and chemically contaminated, does anyone have info about exactly which fish/shellfish to stay completely away from, especially in restaurants?
posted by yazi
on May 6, 2008 -
What's the correct way to pronouce Beijing?
posted by MrMerlot
on May 4, 2008 -
Calling all protesters in general and all those who know about the China-Tibet situation!
I need help learning about Tibet. [more inside]
posted by alona
on May 4, 2008 -
Help me find a book about a Chinese businessman mentioned on NPR for my Dad! [more inside]
posted by rmless
on Apr 30, 2008 -
In the Art of Fiction interview in the current Paris Review
, Kazuo Ishiguro says of his father: "He had a Chinese characteristic, which was that he smiled when something bad happened." Is that really considered a Chinese characteristic? Are there other cultures it's commonly associated with?
posted by Cucurbit
on Apr 29, 2008 -