Author Archives: Pete Nelson

Happy Easter

He is risen. He is risen indeed! That is the traditional greeting of Christians to one another on Easter throughout the world, and I am grateful that I can live in the US, where freedom of assembly and freedom of … Continue reading

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Guzheng Rocks!

One of the great things about learning the Chinese language and studying the country and the culture is that I often am so surprised by how much I love something I unexpectedly encounter. Among the first things that fascinated me … Continue reading

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Not Much

Well, I haven’t had a lot to say lately and not much time to write. I have been very busy at work. I am hoping to begin work on a new project soon that might be pretty interesting, so I … Continue reading

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Feeling Discouraged

One thing about learning Chinese is that, for me anyway, it often throws me for a loop. Just when I start to feel like I am making some progress – perhaps even getting pretty good at it – something happens … Continue reading

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A Couple of Things

First of all, I hope everyone will continue to keep Japan in your thoughts and prayers. Donate to a relief agency to help out, if you have the resources. From the things I am reading, it sounds like the situation continues … Continue reading

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Puff, the CCP’s Magic Dragon

In my previous post, I pointed to an article on Xinhua in which some party officials were calling for the “spread” of democracy in China. After reading that article, I felt somewhat encouraged that perhaps China’s political future was heading … Continue reading

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Direct Elections in China?

I’ve claimed in a couple of my posts here that eventually political reform will happen in China, but that it will take time. I ran across this article on Xinhua, “Chinese villagers make bold attempts at democracy,” which seems to … Continue reading

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Giant Earthquake in Japan

I saw on the news a few minutes ago that a very large earthquake has struck Japan (8.9 on the Richter scale). My prayers are for Japan now, that death, injuries, and damage are minimal. Also, prayers that tsunamis won’t hit … Continue reading

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So, Just How Worried is the CCP?

I ran across this Associated Press article on Yahoo News this morning, “China paper blasts Middle East protest movements.” According to the AP article, the Beijing Daily editorial said “The vast majority of the people are strongly dissatisfied (with the … Continue reading

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你的脑子有问题吗?

So, in my Chinese class last night, our teacher had us role-play as shopkeeper and customer to practice speaking Chinese.  Two of my classmates took their turn, so the one playing the customer pretended she wanted to buy a skirt … Continue reading

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