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That’s just rubbish….

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Dirk Gently’s Bangkok Offices

From the eagle eyes (and lens) of Michelle.

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Kyrgyzstan things

In China, I adore the “foreign” vs “domestic” duality. I’m not sure that it’s any more skewed than our own is, but it’s definitely different. My girlfriend, for example, is a Bostonian, several generations back. But because she looks Chinese (and, three generations ago, her family was), here she’s Chinese. Just speaks her native tongue really poorly.

Meanwhile, the foreign is so confusing. In a village I spend time in, there’s a foreigner everyone knows as “The Thai.” He’s not actually from Thailand, but he’s lived there. And, unlike the country he actually comes from, the villagers know where Thailand is, and how to say it.

In that vein, here’s an ad for Kyrgyzstani churros I found in Tianjin this weekend. Presumably Mexico is too far, too foreign (maybe even unknown?) in Tianjin.

(Are churros even Mexican? Maybe they’re from Sacramento, or Kyrgyzstan, and the joke’s on me!)

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Unknown perils of the metropolis

Seen at Jianwai SOHO, Beijing.

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