My Chinese father-in-law loves @Doritos but MX said they are 太咸 too salty. Then our 2y/o yelled "不咸 不咸，好吃! Not salty not salty, delicious!"
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) December 25, 2014
Chinese father-in-law: 要不要当兵？ Do you want to join the army? 7y/o: 还没决定。Haven't decided yet. Chinese father-in-law: [gails of laugher 哈哈大笑]
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) December 29, 2014
Looking at a boots page in a @Landsend catalog. I told our 2y/o in Chinese, "你看，鞋子. Look, shoes." She replied in English: "No daddy, boots."
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) December 31, 2014
Over the holiday our 2y/o probably said "我自己来 Wǒ zìjǐ lái I can do it myself" about a billion times. Ex. Brushing teeth, pants, coats, hats
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) January 5, 2015
I had always wanted to read this since I’m a big fan of Cafe Hayek, a great website commenting on all things Hayekian. My only comment on this book: Scary that it was written in the 1940s. Seems like it was written last week.
Heavy content but ultimately rewarding on having finished it. Constantly thought, I want to read this again! Good thing I own it.
One of the most memorable this year. This book will turn your world upside down. A must read for EVERYONE! Especially Al Gore.
This book was even better after I met the author! He really is amazing!
Don’t remember who or what recommended this book, but I now recommend it to you all. What a great book also accessible to all.
During my Master’s Degree, I kept hearing about the Weberian world. So I finally read this book which was really a great work of everything I’m interested in (except comics!)
I got into TIM FERRIS this year (see number 12) who recommended this book. I learned why I never got into chess. This kind of book I would have put down bored but something kept pushing me to read more.
A thoroughly wonderful book which also combines many things I’m interested in. Some stories are truly unbelievable.
It might be one lesson but many chapters. This is the one I didn’t want to go too fast on since every chapter was great. Thankfully I own the book (a library discard which says something about that library!) and it’s been amazingly rebound!
A school assignment for my students but I never read when I was in school (not because I was a slacker but because it was never assigned.) Thoroughly enjoyed it and now I know why it’s a classic.
As you can see from the amount of pages this book has and the few days it took me to read it, OH MY what a great book. So much of what we’ve learned in school is wrong.
Spurred on by my Master’s Degree (East Asian Studies) I have to keep up with the content. This was a great book where I learned a ton! Great writing and great concepts. I was inspired to do this BOOK REVIEW comic about this book.
Finally read Ferris’s tome. I got it from the library so it was a bit outdated. But still very informative and useful.
Summer Reading! I slogged through this book while getting paid for summer school. Great information I was able to share with my ESL students in September.
Again, one of the many Economics book I wanted to read. Friedman is amazing on video AND in print. So much of this book is so right.
Another school assignment book for students. The character in the book is a cartoonist so it fit well with my interests.
I bought this book back in 2000. Never had a chance to read it. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Take Away: There are almost 4 decades of animated PEANUTS films, not just the annual cartoon at Christmas. Who knew?! After reading this I was inspired to do this comic!
Another school assignment. Skeptical at first. But thoroughly enjoyed the book, the ideas and I’m looking forward to seeing the movie.
Another school assignment for my 8th graders. Eye-opening but economically frustrating and relied too much on government to change people which is scary.
Enjoyable book but somehow the Daoist in me can’t imagine why the author would write the book since it would affect WAY in all of us. Then again, would Daoists write books?
Loving Rudyard Kipling’s JUNGLE BOOK 森林王子 Forest King (Disney version) or 《丛林之书》 literally Jungle Book with our 6y/o http://t.co/AxKRQ0Oy2J
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) December 5, 2014
We celebrated our 6y/o’s birthday early with 爷爷奶奶 Yéyé nǎinai grandma and grandpa. Gifts were mittens, a headlamp and Chinese checkers!
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) December 7, 2014
Recently our 2y/o learned “I LOVE YOU 我爱你” in English. I always ask her, “What does that mean? 什么意思？” Her answer? “I love you too. 我也爱你.”
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) December 7, 2014
So cold lately. Our 2y/o shows me her hands and fingers saying in Chinglish: “爸爸，没有cups! Daddy, no 杯子.” I’m thinking “cups” means “gloves.”
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) December 11, 2014
Read to our 2y/o and 6y/o a great book for storytime called "Ling Cho and his 3 Friends." http://t.co/bZT9NouI6i Love the rhyming and moral.
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) November 19, 2014
2y/o Evening Routine: Shower. PJs. Couch for milk. I've been using Arnold Schwarzenegger's voice in Chinglish: “GET TO THE 沙发 Shāfā!"
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) November 18, 2014
Why You Should Hire Bilinguals Even If You Don't Need Their Language Skills | Inc http://t.co/0oNe5hIttR
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) November 22, 2014
Since December I’ve been a reading maniac. I studied a bit how to speed read and this year I’ve already read 7 books. My goal was to read 12 books this year, one per month. Not amazing, not shocking but an attainable goal none the less. I have quite diverse interests so each book is more and more interesting and unique.
When returning library books one day in my local library I happened upon the “NEW BOOK” shelf and one book caught my eye. The title appealed to my American nationalism even though I was sure after I read who the author was (a British man) it wouldn’t be that clear of a winner in this contest. The author, Geoff Dyer was somewhat difficult to look up online since there are other accomplished writers with his name but put together with his employer (Financial Times, the creme colored website) one can easily find his writings.
Flipping through the table of contents I found the topics to be right up my alley since I recently finished a Master’s degree in East Asian studies from the University of Leeds. I thought, “This would be a great book to read next but it’s probably not up to date.” Glancing at the copyright page I found that yes, indeed it was up to date, at least as up to date as books can be nowadays. Thanking the library gods who granted me such a forward thinking local library to purchase this book and have it displayed, I quickly took it out and started reading it.
The first part of the book about China’s naval expansion was truly fascinating. Mr. Dyer went into depth on the history, which I love, and the different areas of Southeast Asia that China is getting involved with. The WWII story of Ramree Island off of Burma, which I didn’t know anything about, fascinated many a friend and relative of mine after I relayed the story a number of times. If you don’t know about it I won’t ruin it here but any Hollywood people out there need to adapt that story into a real life horror movie!
The second part about China’s nationalism was also really an excited part. He seamlessly intertwines history with current events along with exclusive conversations with important people in China about these issues. Many times reading through those pages I had remembered reading something about a story online somewhere since I try to keep up with what is going on with China and the news. But the best part about it is he was able to not only inform me what the end result of those stories were but also put them in a larger context which was important.
Finally the third part of his book really challenged my geeky economic side. Over the years I’ve been learning more and more about economics and how countries in east Asia work economically and his explanations about China taking on the dollar was really eye-opening. That information about how Beijing won’t make the RenMinBi a world currency like the dollar is not exactly the kind of information many Americans know or would agree with. But his expertise in this area is reliable.
If you are a person like me who reads news about China and tries to keep up with the discussions going on, then you will love this book as it touches on all the most important issues going on in our world and in that corner of the world. Those issues are: history, economics, politics and nationalism.
Here are other links to reviews of his book and you can purchase his book by clicking on the picture above!
Can China Win the Contest of the Century?: War on the Rocks
In July 2013 I had the privilege of working for the US Department of Defense in their Strategic Languages section and assisted others in teaching the future of America the Chinese language. In other words, I worked at a Chinese Immersion Summer Camp for kids called StarTalk. It was a blast and we did a comic recently about the experience that I thought might need some explanation. So without further ado here is COMIC EXPLAINED: 5 Things Often Said During Chinese Immersion Summer Camp