It has been quite some time since I posted anything. I had a very busy semester teaching and traveling, then was swamped with finals and the holidays. I am now on sabbatical so I intend to post regularly for the next few months.
For the past several years I have been working on a cultural guidebook to China. It is due to the hit the bookstores in April. The title is: Decoding China: A Handbook for Traveling, Studying, and Working in Today’s China. I will post more details of the book and how to get a copy soon.
I have two new projects I am working on this year. The first is a culinary guidebook to China. This will cover the various regional cuisines in China and some very practical information such as how to make sense of a Chinese menu, how to find a good restaurant, street food, and so on. My interest in food and eating is evident to those who read this blog. The second project is a book on Chinese popular culture and cultural literacy. My goal with this book is to cover those basic things about Chinese culture that everyone in China grows up knowing. I will be posting regularly on these two topics as I continue my research. I have at least two research trips to China planned this year for these projects.
I also have more photos and stories about my trip to Tibet last year that I plan to post about. And finally, I will continue to post on topics related to communication and Chinese culture.
Here are a few photos from my last trip to China, October/November 2012.
狗不理包 << i never understand this term. direct translation is "even dog would not touch bun". Hoping you will explain the origin of this odd term in you culinary guidebook =)
Nice images and good memories. My copy of Decoding China is on pre-order at Amazon. Keep up the great work, Matt!
I love the photo of the fabric store. Those colours are gorgeous!
The food looks so good and fresh! I also enjoy the old and new photos in Tianjin, I love how the ‘old’ is in front of the ‘new’. Very interesting.