Monthly Archives: November 2011

“To Improve the Environment”: Urban Renewal in China (and an ode to Mo Jia Jie)

Don’t criticize my attachment to Xining’s Mo Jia Jie Market 莫家街市场. That’s all I have to say by way of introduction… The Chinese city is a perpetually changing work in progress. You eat at a hotpot restaurant one night, and, … Continue reading

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Context

It’s Thanksgiving week here in Rebgong, and yet I’ve never felt farther from the holiday. Its foods, its familiar rituals, its spirit of giving thanks for mundane yet important matters – all of these are so distant from my current … Continue reading

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Money

On Friday, I was walking up Rebgong’s main street and trying to keep from getting run over by a vehicle (a continuing feat of endurance and agility on the part of the pedestrian) when I nearly ran into two older … Continue reading

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Unexplained Festivities

Occasionally, there comes a day where monks are swarming the town, the monasteries bustle with pilgrims and popping firecrackers seem to puncture the atmosphere, acupuncturally, every few minutes. These are what we have come to call “Special Days”. Despite the … Continue reading

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