Thanks and Some More Scenes from Yulin

By James Fallows
by Brian Glucroft

It's been incredible to be a guest here and I've learned much from my first experience at blogging.  I really enjoyed trying to use different methods to express myself.  For example, in the "China Scenes" covering several cities across China -- Dunhua, Xiapu, and Yulin -- I primarily used photos to show an important side of China that is often overshadowed by stories of China's biggest, fastest, etc.  In the series of posts Google, China, and Chinese College Students I wrote a much longer piece to share what I learned on an intriguing topic which crosses Chinese culture, politics, and technology.  The situation is certainly broader than what I covered here and there is much more to say (for example, additional reasons Google may have lost ground to Baidu), but I think what I shared is an important piece to understanding the situation.  Finally, I enjoyed writing the other posts on topics such as transportation in China, "Tiger Mother" methods, implicit communication, and fugues.

What I've written here are my current impressions on a variety of topics, and I look forward to continually evolving them.  I'd love to hear further comments from you and can be reached at my blog Isidor's Fugue where I will post on topics such as I covered here.  You can also reach me by email using the name of my blog (without the apostrophe) at gmail.

To wrap things up, I'd like to share some final photos from Yulin.  The photos will include some more "scenes," but I'll also share a few pieces of my personal experience there.

yulin-mobilephone.jpgMuch of my research in China has focused on mobile phones.
Here, a young lady is using her mobile to read a "novel" which she had downloaded through a PC.  Reading novels on mobiles is very common in China, especially when people want to kill time at work.
yulin-ridefromtrainstation.jpgMy ride in an auto-rickshaw from the train station

yulin-lunch.jpgLunch one day

yulin-lunch2.jpgAnother lunch


yulin-streetmarket1.jpgStreet market

yulin-streetscene.jpgOn the street

yulin-clothesrack.jpgClothes for sale

yulin-milktea.jpgA great place for some milk tea.

yulin-residentialapts.jpgResidential apartments

yulin-parkview.jpgThe view from were I sat one day to take a break and ponder

That's all here for now.  I'll continue posting about similar topics at my blog .

Thanks readers!  Thanks co-guest bloggers!  Thanks Atlantic staff!  Thanks Jim!

Based in Shanghai for over four years, Brian Glucroft has worked as a researcher in the user experience field for online services, electronic devices, and software companies, including Microsoft China, and has a new blog at Isidor's Fugue.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/personal/archive/2011/02/thanks-and-some-more-scenes-from-yulin/71177/