Nov 042005

I needed glue to put superman logos together for Halloween costumes. I bought a Chinese barand glue at Bairunfa, a local supermarket. I glued yellow, red and black pieces together. The logo looked perfect. The big logo is for Jesse. The middle size is mine and the cute small one is for Akiva. I was ready for Halloween. Next day all pieces came off. I re-glued the pieces. But they came apart again. I wondered how Chinese students do art project at school. I had to hand-sew the all pieces.

I have been trying to make our house childproofing. I put corner protectors on coffee table. Akiva has been trying to pull off them. I bought a Chinese duct tape at Carrefour, a French super market. I put the tape over the protectors to re-secure them. Next day those duck tapes came off. I thought there might be dust on the protectors. I wiped and waited to dry, again put the tape on the protectors. They came off. I was raged, “How can I live in a country the glue and tape don’t stick?”, “Why China didn’t want to pay 3COM to get their patent?” Chinese glue and duct tape are cheap, but they don’t stick. Big fu*kin’ waste!! In fact Chinese people know Chinese products are cheap and bad quality. Repair guys are on the street of every corners.

These are very little daily things, but I am still mad. I wish I can calm down and enjoy Chinese development.

[Jesse’s un-invited additional opinion]: While we are at it, we could bring up the busted new sink faucet, the busted water-tank cooler, the Nokia cell phone I bought that came with pirated software, 4 backpacks that all fell apart, and several broken computer components.

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  2 Responses to “Very Small Things, But…..”

  1. hilarious posting! have you started to buy toys for your son akiva? it’s great at first, because they are so cheap and some are quite cute so you don’t mind spending 15 or 25 yuan every time he sees a cute little toy he likes. but then the first time he drops it, since kids like to find out for themselves about gravity, it breaks, pieces roll everywhere and you freak on the choking potential. even big fat plastic things that are supposedly good for the ‘under-3’ crowd break before you even get them home almost! we are an american family living in hunan province with a 14-month old… we identify so much with your blog. please keep up the postings! i go there often to read them. our biggest challenge where we live for having a baby is getting non-spicy food here or even non-Hunan food so be thankful you have a bit of a range where you live! we’re in the process of putting up our own website if interested you can check it out in a few days at:

    thanks! rachelle, ed and juno moon

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