Steve McClain

August 19, 2011

The Chinese Dream

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What is the Chinese Dream? As I enjoyably waste a few hours with a complimentary glass of wine in the business-class lounge of the Shanghai Pudong International Airport, I have a chance to reflect back on the two months I spent in this city and, further, on the country that I am about to leave […]

August 4, 2011

The view from a barber shop window

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After about a month and a half in China, I was long overdue for a haircut. For most boys (and, I assume, girls as well) it is always a little stressful getting your hair cut at a new place, let alone in a new country. The conservative direction to go here is the “less is […]

July 18, 2011

Breakfast in Shanghai

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The proper way to operate a blog is for the traveler to frequently write small observations, stories, or vignettes when they are fresh in his or her mind so that readers feel as though they are journeying alongside the traveler. In theory, this is quite a simple system, made possible by the ubiquitous internet and […]

June 23, 2011

A seat in the exit row

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“Sir, would you mind sitting in the emergency exit row of the airplane?” the United Airlines check-in attendant asked me. “I like to have a native English speaker sitting in that seat if at all possible.” I stared at him blankly, thinking I am actually going to China, but managed to say instead that I […]