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Cultural Imperialism; Fried Chicken Takes Over China
Ellen’s at Night, Shepherd’s Delight?
Importing la Vie Française to Nanjing
The Love Story of a Chinese Century: Sanmao and Hexi
Cultural Imperialism; Fried Chicken Takes Over China Fried chicken and beer is now all the rage in China; and it’s all because of the Koreans. Admittedly, both the food and the beverage have been around for a while. However, pairing the two during meetings with friends is now the in-thing to do after a South Korean TV drama has created an unprecedented craze about the combo that is now entering into Chinese mainstream culture. Read the Full Story
Ellen’s at Night, Shepherd’s Delight? Ellen’s at night is one of those infamous places many tend to steer clear of, but what about Ellen’s by day? It felt strange disembarking walking into a place that looked more like a ‘pirates cove’ than a bar/restaurant; in tune with its reputation for the rough and rowdy after 10 pm. Read the Full Story
Importing la Vie Française to Nanjing Nine years ago Hu Ya opened up the first French restaurant in Nanjing; now the owner of one of Nanjing’s most longstanding establishments is venturing into the bar scene. On the checklist of foreign cuisine in Nanjing Les 5 Sens is undoubtedly a top contender. Opened in 2005 by two Chinese ladies and a French chef it has been a steady success. Read the Full Story
The Love Story of a Chinese Century: Sanmao and Hexi Hardly a Nanjinger does not know the tragic love story of Sanmao and Hexi. The Chinese writer, who partly grew up in Nanjing, would have been 71 this month. Local students are currently bringing her story to the stage.  Read the Full Story

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World Cup week 3: Charity & Independence

The last weekend in Nanjing was really tough. Not only with the World Cup drawing big crowds all over Nanjing, there was also the Geoff Howe fundraiser and then the American Independence Day had to be celebrated as well – a massive package of events and definitely the most intense weekend this year so far.

The whole weekend “kicked off” with the fundraiser activities for Geoff Howe in the Sunglow Bay Area.

The response from the community was really good and a lot of items and bar tabs were donated for the auction. Beside some individuals, also My Place, Secco, Behind the Wall, Oktoberfest Brewery, Sichuan Sensations, Pada Bar, Blue Sky, Jinling Hotel, Studio 21 and the Sunflower Youth Hostel supported this charity event.

...the Shanghai Bashers were surprised by the lively and helpful crowd at the auction...Impressed by the efforts, a few of Geoff’s Basher colleagues came from Shanghai and gave a presentation about the current situation and Geoff's progress. They were quite surprised to find such a lively and helpful crowd in Nanjing and they say thank you to everybody who helped in any way.

While the “silent auction” was running all evening, the main items were auctioned live during the half-time break and after the game. It was a night full of fun and entertainment. Monkeynuts commented: “It was a great night. Haven’t had one of those ones for a while... highlights of the evening would be towards the end for me, with Sam's wise-cracks, tongues in belly buttons and waxing Jimmy. Thanks to all that came, donated and made it a memorable evening/morning”

Unfortunately, the Brazilian football team was not that fortunate and suffered from the Mick Jagger curse – every team that he supports end’s up flying home. 

Saturday July 3

The main topic on Saturday was again… the World Cup. I personally went to Secco with a few people and it was absolutely unbelievable. A huge crowd of Chinese people were hanging out, I guess more than 300 – all dressed up in German football jerseys with small little flags in their hands and face paint.

The atmosphere was awesome and after the first goal it turned into a big party. Fortunately Germany won…. an amazing result of 4:0. Argentina’s Maradonna was clearly depressed. I took the chance afterwards to have a little ride on my motorbike down Zhongshan Lu while my better half was holding the flag. A few Chinese drivers joined happily with their car horns.

The evening continued in Jimmy’s where the charity raffle took place. As there were a lot of prizes, a lot of people won something. The ones who have raffle tickets but have not been back to Jimmy’s yet should check with him and pick up their prizes eventually (not all telephone numbers were readable).

Sunday July 4

Sunday was a more relaxed day. I went to Pukou on the west side of the Yangtze River to spend some time at the Pearl Springs Holiday resort, a nice area to hang out for a day and the cleanest water you will find all over Nanjing.

In the evening, I went back to Jimmy's for a lazy hangout… yeah I know ;-) …but it’s my second home.

Sunday was the 4th of July and that means Independence Day for all the people from the US. Someone even managed to bring some fireworks, with which the evening finished.
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