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Postcards From Tomorrow Square: Reports from China

In The Art of Travel, Shanghai, 11. Second book by IvetteLeave a Comment

James Fallows provides an insightful look into the lives of people living in different locations of China in his book Postcards From Tomorrow Square: Reports from China. In order to write each essay, Fallow goes to where the story is. Using his intuition to guide him, Fallow delves into the situation and interviews the people. Hence, the “reports from China” …

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Lost on Planet China

In The Art of Travel, Shanghai, 11. Second book by KD1 Comment

For my second book report I read Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man’s Attempt to Understand the World’s Most Mystifying Nation or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid by Jan Maarten Troost. Similar to my first book, this book a humorous take of a foreigner’s experience of China. Over I connected this book …

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The Art in Building B: The Mysterious Museum

In The Art of Travel, 10. The Art of Place, Shanghai by KD1 Comment

Communism is known for its propaganda. China is known for its propaganda. While propaganda is subtler in today’s time utilizing platforms like YouTube (Ironically banned within China…thus propaganda for the English-speaking world) and public-school textbooks it is still a large part of Chinese culture. Propaganda communicates China’s domestic and international pursuits and relations while helping to solidify a Chinese Identity. …

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Fried Eggs with Chopsticks

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Shanghai by KD1 Comment

For the first book I read Fried Eggs with Chopsticks: One Woman’s Hilarious Adventure into a Country and a Culture Not Her Own by Polly Evans. Many of Evans’s adventures relate to the future travel post “Bubbles” but I think her trip a Chinese massage parlor is one of my favorites. Briefly, Evans’s is sick and the Chinese medicine (jasmine …