New Barlun 纽巴伦

Corbett | April 17, 2012 9:34 AM

Caught this one in Wuhan while in a mid-tier center.

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It's funny for a lot of reasons. In Chinese New Balance is 新百伦 xin bai lun, and the crossover keeps the meaning of "New" (xin = new) while phonetically getting close to Balance with bai lun.

This fake goes for the full phonetic copy with 纽巴伦 niu ba lun. Niu is the same as in New York (纽约) which everyone knows is "New." Then they took that extra step and messed it up with Barlun. So it's both cheesy and funny. They had their own booth too.

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Eli Manning spotted in Shanghai

Corbett | February 6, 2012 12:18 PM


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Taipei takeout coffee comparison

Corbett | January 31, 2012 12:13 PM

Here's another reason why Taipei is such a great place to live. Good take out coffee almost everywhere. Check out this recent Next Magazine article.

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Hipster store front on Shaanxi Road

Corbett | January 24, 2012 3:47 PM

Strolling down Shaanxi Rd on the first day of Dragon year, being mindful of the spirit of life and a little smile comes to my face as I see a King Curtis LP in a store front window.


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Corbett | January 24, 2012 3:41 PM

Biyun Temple in Tainan, Taiwan.


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Bite Me

Corbett | January 24, 2012 3:15 PM

Raffles City Mall, B1, Shanghai


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Lower tier graffiti

Corbett | December 28, 2011 3:13 PM

Noticed this pretty cool graffiti in a small 4th tier city, Jiaxing, while out and about...



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10 Lessons American Schools Can Learn from China

Corbett | December 23, 2011 4:57 PM

I received a nice note from a woman named Kaitlyn Cole who asked me to pass this information along. Interesting reading, and hopefully helpful to someone looking at education and China.

Go learn something today!

10 Lessons American Schools Can Learn from China

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The ecomonics of chicken feet

Corbett | December 11, 2011 4:57 PM

I'm not a big fan of chicken feet. Some people love them - my wife for example, and my buddy Chris. He's even a foreigner, I think the only foreigner who actually loves crunching on these things.

This Freakonomics article
talks about the economics of this curious delicacy. I've had beers with guys at Tyson and Cargill here in China who have been telling me for a long time that chicken feet are a major US export item for them. I never believed them. This article is proof.

So next time you have one of these tasty treats hanging out of your mouth, you'll know that you are saving the American economy. Buy American! Eat chicken feet!

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Chengzitan kids

Corbett | September 27, 2011 10:33 PM

These kids were really enjoying themselves in this little town (城子坦镇) in Northern Dalian. Reminds we what it's like to not think about grown up things.

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