Land of three smiles: Today the Thai military seized power…

“…They plan to bore us to death…”

Cringe-worthy awkward moments (gaffes) when Irish politicians and media expose China ignorance

“…I really wish the prime minister Ahern Bertie would stop saying ‘tanks tanks tanks’. He’s overdoing this Tiananmen protest stuff…”

China – Under The Hood: Would you dine at this Chinese restaurant?

Dandong Arirang Chinese Restaurant Customer Charter RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT AND STAFF WILL NOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, OR MENTAL HARM CAUSED TO CUSTOMERS ARISING FROM CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS ABOUT … Continue reading China – Under The Hood: Would you dine at this Chinese restaurant?

China – Under The Hood: Bewitching – The Four Beauties of Ancient China

“…Now every man, whether single or married, would do well to learn the four wonderfully descriptive sentences used to describe the Four Beauties of Ancient China, which can be summed up in four words: ‘Chen yu luo yan’ 沉鱼落雁 (“Sinking fish. Falling geese”)…”

China – Under The Hood: Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

“…the same sheepish gaze I have witnessed so many times while living in China: The ‘Three Wise Monkeys’ code of silence ― ‘Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.’ ..”

Chinese Idiom: 天下乌鸦一般黑

Tiānxià wūyā yībān hēi –  which roughly translates as follows: “crows everywhere are equally black”  or, as taken from the classic Dream of Red Mansion (composed by  Cao Xueqin) : “One crow … Continue reading Chinese Idiom: 天下乌鸦一般黑

The subtle Irish art of winning Chinese hearts and minds: Irish Pub culture takes off in China

With 50% of China’s population moving into its cities, and 160 cities in China with populations of over one million people, to use the business jargon that Irish Pubs offer “compelling growth” potential for their shareholders, and for the development of Irish business interests in China is an understatement in the extreme

China – Under The Hood: A Dog’s Life in China – To Stroke or to Stir Fry?

Man’s best friend? Well not for everyone. The photograph above, which I snapped in South West China’s Guangxi Province, is particularly upsetting. Typical of the street-wise dogs commonly seen roaming around rural villages and towns the length and breath of China, this ill-fated mongrel, compressed into a tiny wire-mesh cage, is destined for a wok – to be stir-fried, or perhaps slow-cooked as a soup or stew, seasoned with spring onion, spices, rice wine and ginger. The terror in its eyes says everything: This dog knows its fate. All dog lovers should be revolted by this image

Accurate China Insight: Why do Chinese companies let staff use personal email addresses for business-related communications?

For example, last week I contacted a company in Ningbo because its website stated it was one of China’s leading suppliers of Office Stationary. I talked to Frank, the sales manager, and asked him to send me an email about his company’s products. His email arrived as promised but with a Yahoo address. He also copied his “assistant” Kitty who had an Hotmail address.