Tag Archives: Food

Holiday special: An advanced socialist dessert culture

In my years here, I have participated in passionate and heated debates on virtually all aspects of Chinese politics and society. What is the true nature of the government? Can the Chinese educational system produce creativity? Is the country rising … Continue reading

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Sinica: The gutter oil podcast (and props from City Weekend!)

I was back on Sinica this week for a lively discussion of China’s serial and apparently unsolvable food quality problems as well as SARFT’s recent ban on Hunan TV’s smash hit performance competition show, “Super Girl.” As usual, the guests … Continue reading

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Sinica returns! Train wrecks, Weibo and the enigma of David Sedaris

After a couple of months off, Sinica was back last week. It was hard to pass up something as interesting as the high-speed rail disaster on the Wenzhou line, a story that is still unfolding and that I suspect we … Continue reading

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PR slime – in color! Imagethief talks PR scandals on BonLive

Last month I appeared on Blue Ocean Network’s “Chinalogue” program along with Alistair Nicholas of AC Capital Consulting to discuss…PR slime! By which the producers of the show meant the recent Mengniu vs. Yili vs. Synutra PR sockpuppet slagfest. The … Continue reading

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Seoul and the fermented stingray of perdition

I’ll say this for Korea: Recently I’ve had reason to evaluate, and at a national level they have by far the nicest, softest bathroom paper towels I have encountered. Fluffy, soft and absorbent, neither the splinter-bearing roughage nor the instantly-disintegrating … Continue reading

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An unpaid endorsement: CCSweets cupcakes

Imagethief has had a gnawing emptiness in his soul since homespun donut-maker Beijing Guilt packed it in a year or two ago. Our friend Maya brought a box of those donuts to us in the hospital when Zach was born, … Continue reading

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Sanlu melamine milk powder crisis becomes a national issue

Like on the top-forty radio show Imagethief used to listen to as a thirteen-year old, the hits keep coming in the Sanlu milk powder crisis. Over the past thirty-six hours the situation has evolved from a company-specific Sanlu crisis to … Continue reading

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Melamine in Sanlu milk powder? Now that’s a crisis!

If you want to get people mad –I mean fired-up, torch-and-pitchfork enraged– screw with their pets or their babies. That’s what we’ve learned over the past year thanks to the unfortunate tendency of the plastic melamine to pop up in … Continue reading

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Melamine in Sanlu milk powder? Now that’s a crisis!

Note: This is a republishing of a post published on the original Imagethief blog on Sep 16, 2008. Original comments and external links are not included. If you want to get people mad –I mean fired-up, torch-and-pitchfork enraged– screw with … Continue reading

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Will we all burn in a fire made of mooncake packaging?

Imagethief likes the Mid-Autumn Festival. I like it because even though it actually comes in late summer, it reminds me of autumn, and autumn is famously the nicest time of year in Beijing. In any year devoid of Olympic rigging, … Continue reading

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