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Back in China

2011.08.08
 
Internet access is a bit limited these days. The internet service provider for 258 Caochangdi broke its contract when the Chubby Fella returned. Now the office is left with only dial-up.

After subsisting on a weak signal from the courtyard outside B.A.S.E., I wasn’t able to connect this morning. Timezone 8 is my last refuge for the Intertubes. Luckily, they have happy hour Manhattans for under four dollars (except when they bring me Mai Tais. Long story).


FAKES AND FAKES
Made in China: Fake Stores
Laurie Burkitt, Loretta Chao, The Wall Street Journal
Over the past few months I’ve had a fake DQ Blizzard, bought (multiple) pairs of knock-off shoes, and consumed a not-quite-right turkey sandwich from an establishmet claiming to be Subway--all passing facsimiles of standardized American mass production. Now, if China could master the finer things, we could finally get a Potbelly in this place. And a Five Guys soon after.

China’s Manhattan Knock-Off
Colleen Kinder, The Atlantic
On the one hand, a carbon copy of Manhattan could be the best thing to happen to Chinese urban planning since, well, ever. On the other, the Financial District, really?

Ai Weiwei Gets Back to Tweeting
Andrew LaVallee, The Wall Street Journal
This could make my summer a little more interesting… but who could get upset at pictures of Ai Lao (means “old Ai”) and He Yunchang’s son hanging out. Their shirts say “Where’s Weiwei?”


OUTSIDE THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC
Vilnius Mayor Mounts a Tank to Crush Car Parked in Bike Lane
Laura Rozen, The Envoy
If this blog had a Man of the Year Award (to say nothing of a readership), Arturas Zuokas would be the hands-down favorite.

Architect Barbie is a Michigan Grad
Taubman College, University of Michigan 
Go Blue? I couldn’t be prouder.