Michelle Connolly's blog http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/blogs/michelle-connolly en My Serendipitous Meeting http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/my-serendipitous-meeting <p>I had just finished conversing with store owners along Dianme Wai with the help of Li Min, one of our interpreters, when I decided to pop into a clothing boutique and check it out. That's where I met 26-year-old Yan Ying Zhi, a recent college graduate, super-friendly, who was excited to practice her rusty English on me.</p> <p>&quot;Go with me to other store,&quot; Yan smiled, offering to help me, after I'd discovered that nothing in the store was going to fit me.</p> <p>I nodded, returning her smile and followed her out the door.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/my-serendipitous-meeting">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/my-serendipitous-meeting#comments Travel Diary Beijing Tue, 03 Jun 2008 01:03:26 -0600 Michelle Connolly 159 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Whither Chinese Identity? http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/whither-chinese-identity <p>Walking around what looked like a more metropolitan area of Beijing one day, I came across an old man sandwiched between a Bentley showroom and a shopping center boasting two huge advertisements for Burberry. He was standing on a sidewalk outside a restaurant, weighing eggs using a simple weight attached to a stick, making a simple living in an increasingly complex, modern city.<br /> <div style="text-align: center"> </div> <div style="text-align: center"> </div> <p align="center"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2284/2538498882_577e9316d4_b.jpg" alt="" width="450" height="300" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/whither-chinese-identity">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/whither-chinese-identity#comments Travel Diary Beijing The New Citizen Sat, 31 May 2008 03:52:06 -0600 Michelle Connolly 108 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com