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老外的意见-婴儿臀部: Laowai Lens-A New Outlook on Life and Babies’ Bums

Earlier this week, I was talking to a few other expats about life in Chengdu.  After living in China for nearly 3 years, there are so many things I take for granted now.  “Watch the ground as you walk” and “check the AQI daily” are things I do not need to be reminded to do.  I recently picked up the book Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost and it reminds me how…surreal some of life here initially is to an outsider.  As I read Troost’s words, I find myself continuously laughing and nodding.  Yeah, yeah, that’s China…

Fellow educator and expat, Kelly, has done a great job capturing some of the more interesting aspects of China life.  With her permission, I will be reprinting some of her observations from time to time to give you a look through the laowai (foreigner) lens at life here in Chengdu.


Nope, that isn’t a typo. The “poo” is there on purpose. Chubby little Chinese toddlers are about the cutest darned things ever created – until they urgently bend their knees and assume the toilet-squat position – right there on the sidewalk – where I stroll every single day. Usually grandma or grandpa is waddling along beside them and they stop to supervise; just as a dog owner would pause while Fido relieves himself on a tree. Same, same. Chinese toddlers and dogs.


It’s a fantastic way to potty train kids. When junior is suddenly ready to “go”, he just squats wherever he is. His pants are designed with a large split in the crotch allowing for everything to empty into the toilet, trash can, potted plant, the concrete sidewalk, whatever. No need for expensive, land-filling Pampers! It’s a cultural difference that takes some getting used to. Baby butts and baby twigs and berries just out there for all to see.


I have learned to NEVER step in puddles.

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Words & Photographs by Kelly R

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The Cat’s Pajamas

I’m not exactly certain where the saying “The Cat’s Pajamas” originated, but it was in the movie School of Rock that was on tonight. And thus it makes it’s way to my title.

I haven’t had a lot of time lately to write or knock off movies from the AFI’s list. (I did see Toy Story, but if you have yet to see that one, shame on you.) In the real world, I’ve spent the past week going out of town for a wedding, spending quality time with one of my best friends who just moved back to the USA, spending days at an elementary school and writing about the experience for grad school. All in all, this seems to leave very little time for movies. But really, it still leaves way too much time to watch The Office, which has become a new tool of procrastination.

Speaking of procrastination…

…after turning in a bit of writing tonight, I was browsing the internet and found some pretty interesting scarves…like the one above. The woman in the picture actually makes quite a few scarves that look like food. While I find them all very interesting (and much classier than the boob scarf), I’m not sure I could pull off the look.