The Art of Saying ‘No’: ‘Naying’ Among the British, the Belgians and the Chinese

Having lived in Belgium for more than a decade, I have come to notice the *Northern Belgians’ penchant for anything British: British TV, British comedians, British humour, British soaps… I guess it comes from the steady diet of BBC television and the often undubbed telecast of BBC programmes on Belgian channels, the country being such a small market itself. Read more

Why some Chinese have English names?
Why some Chinese have English names?

Why some Chinese have English names?

Why do some Chinese have English names?

China is fast becoming the place in the world to do business, and the only place now in the world where growth figures are still in the positive. Old superpowers such as western Europe can only mire in their EU bureaucracy while the euro sinks further in value.

When you switch on the television, there are always at least one report on China every single day.

I happened to be doing just that the other day when the Chinese man being interviewed was presented as “Jason Li”.

Now, Jason’s English was relatively good for a Chinese person. You could make out what he was trying to say if you knew Mandarin yourself. But otherwise any effort to comprehend his English was futile.

Why on earth does he call himself Jason? Read more


Grandpa's favourite

小时候, 阿公老爱在夜深人静的夜晚吃炸豆干当作宵夜。阵阵的晚风, 伴着刚炸好的豆干味, 引人垂涎。脆脆的豆干, 点上鲜蒜头和酱油,是那么的简单却那么的好吃。如今我人在异乡, 再吃炸豆干, 味道含着多么浓的回忆和思念阿公的疼爱, 又有谁能够了解?