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Chengdu, Sichuan, China — While Xiào Ayi dreams up enticing ways to serve her kids the veggies, her two boys Luō Xiāo 罗霄 and Luō Shìjiā 罗世家 nom on the favorite ribs. The orange sauce is made from scratch, allowing mom to control the amount of sugar fueled antics. Use more or [...]Continue Reading →
On August 23, 2010 By Shanti Christensen (湘緹)
Chengdu, Sichuan, China — Xiào Ayi is a mother whose skin glows with rosy cheeks. Her husband and boys are round, suggesting a healthy appetite and sound diet. My first impressions of the Luō (罗) family were in awe of the mother’s care towards feeding her family well [...]Continue Reading →
Méixiàn 梅县, Guangdong, China — I am fascinated by the diaspora of any people. Given the ease of mobility, we find ourselves in every country of the world and even on the moon. The family I met today is Chinese, of the Hakka minority group. They migrated from China to Indonesia and descendants dispersed from there; some moved to the United States while some like my host, Wēn Pó (age 82), “returned” to China. Chinese who have lived abroad and return to live in China are called huáqiáo (华侨).Continue Reading →
Fóshān, Guǎngdōng, CHINA — After a thrilling market experience , Qiūfán brings me to her apartment. Her apartment is a stark contrast to most homes I’ve visited; complete with a car parking lot, security gate and balconies. Compared to most homes I’ve visited, her apartment is palatial. Qiūfán [...]Continue Reading →
Fóshān (佛山), Guangdong, CHINA — Every great meal begins with the fun adventure of grocery shopping. This may be tedious for some, but for me it’s another chance to connect with the locals and get seduced into buying other things not on the evening’s menu. Flash [...]Continue Reading →
On January 18, 2010 By Juling He (何菊玲)
Gāomíng, CHINA — Leaving Beijing at sub-zero temperatures, I thought surely I could pack for warmer weather in Guǎngdōng; I was wrong. I greet our new friend Xiǎoēn, hoping that despite government provided heating reserved for homes north of the Yangtze, her home might thaw out my toes. On [...]Continue Reading →
Hong Kong — Holiday season means blazing through a few cities in Asia for quick visits with my husband’s family. A quick hello to see our cousin’s new baby boy also meant a couple of fixes for me off the streets in Wan Chai district.