Monthly Archives: October 2003

…so, you want to learn Chinese?

First, a disclaimer: this is not intended to be authoritative, or anything even near authoritative. These are merely my own opinions and observations, culled from about 5 years of studying Chinese. Take them with as large a grain of salt as you should everything else on the internet. So, you want to learn Chinese? Great […]


We’re reading A Q Zheng Zhuan, “The True Story of Ah Q” by Lu Xun, in my Modern Chinese Literature class, and while it is a wonderful story and undoubtedly one of the greatest literary works of the 20th century, it is fucking hard. “Modern” is something of a misnomer; it’s not written in classical […]

the space launch

Man, after all the build-up to the launch of the Shenzhou-5 capsule yesterday, I was expecting dancing in the streets, parties in Tian’anmen Square, and all kinds of fun reactions. Instead? Nothing. A whole fat lot of stinking nothing. The TV coverage was dull – I mean, yeah, they had interviews with the designers of […]