Reason for Celebration

04 Jul 2005

I should be arriving in Tampa when it’s this time there. 5:30am Eastern Standard Time, not 5:30am China Time, that is. (Sorry you have to come pick me up so early, dad!)

It’s the 4th of July. Ever since living in China (and especially since having stayed at ZUCC, unofficial random meaningless fireworks capital of Zhejiang), fireworks are about as special to me as chopsticks. They’re really no big deal at all for me. And I’m normally not one to reflect much upon the meaning of “freedom” or independence from colonial rule on this day.

Still, it’s so nice to be back in a country where I can access any website I wish. Right before leaving China, there was a surge in blockings — TypePad blogs were reblocked, Blogsome (which I had recommended to potential China bloggers before) blogs were blocked, and I was having a lot of trouble accessing Micah’s blog. It seems like the shadow of the Great Firewall is getting longer and darker. (I’ll update the CBL to reflect these new blockings soon.)

The good news in these dark times is that the new Adopt a Blog is coming along. So is the new China Blog List. More news on that soon.

Happy Fourth of July.

Related: More details at Peking Duck

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

Comments

  1. I’ll try to get to bed extra early to be prepared for the early arrival of your flight in Tampa. Welcome back! (I would say “Welcome Home!” but I’m not sure where you consider ‘home’ to be now.)

  2. I can’t believe the only thing you’re looking forward to is freedom to surf the net! You’re a bigger and bigger FHER every day! (and a bigger dork, too 🙂

  3. Have a good journey

  4. Grace,

    What?! You’re twisting my words! That was my brilliant segue between being home and China.

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