Monthly Archives: January 2006

Videogame Piracy in China

As you most certainly know, China is a haven for piracy. Whether it’s an XBOX game or a movie DVD, everybody buys it pirated. To say it’s tolerated is an understatement: it’s a way of life. One console that had ...

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King Kong and the Movie Industry

Saturday night, Helene, a few of my colleagues and myself went to see Peter Jackson’s King Kong at the ever-pleasant and weirdly-named Paradise Warner Cinema City. As I described it in a July 2005 post, this theater boasts “VIP tickets” ...

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I Probably Ate Cat

I tell ya, it seems like every month brings its new food-related scare to Shanghai. It seems like nothing can escape a foreboding warning or two that makes you rethink ever eating that kind of food again. First, there was ...

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The Perils of Tourism

Here’s my favorite quote from my trip to Vietnam… Helene and I were having a beer with a Canadian, Alan, and his guide, An, while in a guesthouse in Ben Tre. Alan is touring Vietnam for one month on the ...

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Happy New Year!

Helene and I are spending our last day in Ho Chi Minh City, as our plane back to Shanghai leaves tonight at 1 AM. Helene is doing some last-minute shopping, and I take the time to make one last post ...

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