Monthly Archives: October 2013

Driving in China

I’ve traveled quite extensively in my life and I’ve driven in many countries throughout the world, including Asia, Korea to be exact, courtesy of an all-expense paid one year trip given to me by the Air Force. I can honestly say that driving in these locations had their local challenges, but probably wasn’t any more […]

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Quality Fade in China

Quality fade is the behavior of progressively degrading the quality of products to earn more money. In doing this some Chinese manufacturers, over time, will gradually decrease the quality of the goods they manufacture by using cheaper materials, thereby increasing their profit margins. I’ve toured quite a few manufacturing plants while I’ve been in China. […]

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The Various Poses of Buddha

One of the things that surprised me in my travels throughout China was that there were quite a number of images for Buddha, many of which didn’t fit the stereotypical image of Buddha that most Westerners are familiar with. In Beijing, for instance, I saw statues of Buddha that were thin and unsmiling, alongside those […]

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Smoking in China

If you’ve ever been to China one of the first things you’re likely to notice is that a great many people smoke. China is the largest tobacco-producing and consuming country in the world with 300 million smokers, or one quarter of the world’s total. In addition, there are reportedly 740 million Chinese exposed to second-hand […]

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Cosmetic Surgery in China

Last week my wife and I were having dinner with two good friends of ours, Dr. Charles Pappas and his lovely wife Aprille. Charlie is a retired surgeon extraordinaire who was one of the best on the planet for cosmetic surgery. During dinner I started talking, as I often do, about China. At this point […]

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