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My Shanghai blog... is on a Chinese server  

2011-11-21 01:09:59|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Usually I don't like to use "Chinese" copy cats of things Renren (facebook) or Weibo (twitter), but I must say I was very upset at the quality of wordpress piss poor work to manage their blogs.  To find a proxy just to log onto the stupid wordpress site was a pain in the ass enough, but imagine my surprise when my entire blog was deactivated for supposed 'terms of violation.'

The site gave me a warning that I cannot use their server to promote advertising or something to this degree, which was quite aggravating.  The only form of advertising I did on that stupid site was hyperlink a few Asahi news articles and post a picture of the QQ chat program with the Chinese flag on it, but if this counts as advertising then I dare to say that wordpress's management of blogs is far more strict than the Chinese government's reign on the internet here in PRC.

Anyway.  Enough of that.

My family came to China, as you can see:

My Shanghai blog... is on a Chinese server - maryhalloran - maryhalloran的博客
 
A trip to Shanghai just doesn't happen without the usual skyline of Waitan.  Oh the bright lights of pudong...

My Shanghai blog... is on a Chinese server - maryhalloran - maryhalloran的博客
 
Wuzhen looks a bit crappy in photos, but it's really one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.

My Shanghai blog... is on a Chinese server - maryhalloran - maryhalloran的博客


As you can see, I'm quite happy to be there.
 
My Shanghai blog... is on a Chinese server - maryhalloran - maryhalloran的博客
 We went to Qiandaohu, which is a little town about two hours away from Hangzhou.  There is literally NOTHING there, but when you drive ten minutes past the train station this huge Hilton resort literally just pops up out of nowhere...

My Shanghai blog... is on a Chinese server - maryhalloran - maryhalloran的博客

This is an "infinity pool."  Built to feel like you're swimming on the lake, or into it, or something... it was nuts.
 
My Shanghai blog... is on a Chinese server - maryhalloran - maryhalloran的博客
 
My private Qiandaohu yacht.  For Hilton VIP guests only, of course.


My Shanghai blog... is on a Chinese server - maryhalloran - maryhalloran的博客
 
My mom is livin the good life.  She just doesn't want to leave.

My Shanghai blog... is on a Chinese server - maryhalloran - maryhalloran的博客
 
My life in Shanghai these days has been a blurry mesh of meetings with people here and there during the breaks I have between work work and more overtime work.  Thankfully my huge project involving pet food and Japan has come to an everlasting close, so it's safe to say I'm safe from the monster of overtime for a good few weeks.

Lately I worry a bit about myself, mostly due to the fact I've been isolated in this bubble we call China.  The comments from both foreigners and Chinese have become more and more frequent these days; "You're not a typical American," "You don't look or act American;" and some have even gone as far as "You cannot even be considered American anymore."

I would have taken this as a comment a few months ago, but now I kind of see it as a warning.  I'm changing.  I think all these years in Asia have had a huge effect on my life.  In Japan I lived in the countryside and associated with very few foreigners, which lead to the end result of me bowing at every spoken word, never ending apologies for no reason and the constant reply of "eeeeeeeeeehhhhh!!" during conversation, whether it be with Americans or Japanese.

Here in Shanghai, about 90% of my friends are Chinese.  To every foreigner studying Chinese, I'm living the dream--we all seek out Chinese friends to practice Mandarin, learn about the culture and really dig deep and comprehend this strange place we call China.  Here in Shanghai, though, I guess it must all be luck--I am still without western friends.

Don't get me wrong, I love my Chinese friends.  More than just take care of me and teach me about their country, they have become honest, deep and close friends that I can share my raw feelings with (something I only achieved after five years of Japanese relations).  But at the same time, all this Chinese influence has me thinking about my life and how to live it. Family values are getting pounded into my head, the principle of having a stable job, stable partner, and stable living space combined with the drive of success success success are seeping into my consciousness and contaminating my American brain.

My god, I'm even starting to believe this "hot" and "cold" crazy Chinese medicine concept for physical health.

The phone calls to foreign friends help me realize that, well, maybe I'm not changing too much, just taking the culture with a grain of salt, and am being misrepresented.  Maybe I don't fit the "American stereotype" of being loud and drunk all of the time, so automatically I lose my citizenship.

But in the end, like my boyfriend says, I'm just Mary.  Although nationality does play a big role in who we are and what we do, it still doesn't completely represent us as a whole.  My boyfriend is Ken, not Chinese, and I'm just Mary, not American.

So.  Maybe I'm just thinking too much.

Either way, need to find some more decent western friends.  Decent being the key word.

Hope to update more soon!  Cheers to you, Chinese blog!
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