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Goodbye World Expo

The Shanghai World Expo 2010 is officially over. It lasted 184 days, from May 1 to October 31st, and received more than 73.08...

Exposed Bellies as a Means of Ventilation: The Best Quirk of...

Now that you've been introduced to some Chinese quirks- matching clothes, squatting, and tiny, tiny chairs- I think you are ready to learn about the...

Quirks of the Chinese People

It's always interesting when you go to a different country and see locals acting in a way that is shocking to you and completely natural to...

Seeing Double with Chinese Couples

It's a common phenomenon in China. You'll be walking down the street, minding your own business, when all of a sudden you spot it....

Expired Visas and Overweight Luggage- a Fun Trip Home

My bags were packed and I was ready to go. I had been in China a total of 2 months now and I was...

The Ever Vigilant, Oh So Patient USA Ops Team

The Student Ambassadors who work on the ground floor of the USA National Pavilion are called the "Ops Team" (as in operations). We organize...

All That Effort and It’s Barely Worth a Penny

My roommate Jillian and I have developed a routine for our lazy off-days. We walk outside of the Expo Village to our cheap noodle...

A Day in the Life of a USA Student Ambassador

My last day of work as a 1st session Student Ambassador at the USA Pavilion was a few days ago. Now I'm finished and the 2nd...

America: The Target of All Polyglot Jokes

What do you call a person that speaks three languages? Trilingual. What do you call a person that speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you call a person...

China’s Not-So-Subtle Mimicry

Oh, Hai Bao. The cute blue World Expo 2010 mascot that ever so slightly resembles Gumby...perhaps a side-by-side comparison is needed to see the similarities. Some...

Now You Can Pretend You Visited the World Expo

The time has come for me to bestow all my valuable Shanghai World Expo 2010 knowledge that I have accrued gradually over time on you....

Detachable Sleeves and Facial Visors

As the temperature rises here in Shanghai, the amount of clothing being worn by foreigners visiting the Expo dwindles. Long pants become shorts, t-shirts...

Where in the World Do these People Live?

When you walk through the Shanghai expo, the big name pavilions really jump out at you. They're easily recognizable, they have 7 to 9 hour...

Did You Lose a Child or a Shoe? – The Curse...

Most people have heard of Mandarin and Cantonese- those two languages that are both technically Chinese, but completely different. Well, those are only two of...

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Leave: Two Very Different Educational Systems

If you are going to attend a college meeting in America during your junior or senior year, I can confidently predict some of the admission...
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