There’s a new blog in the Sinosplice Network called Nostaljia. It’s kind of a different concept from the others in the scene. A girl in Shanghai approached me with this concept: it’s a blog not about someone’s personal life, politics, entertaining links, or any kind of news. It’s a blog about “foreign” products a Chinese person discovers abroad. The blog is bilingual. In this way, the average Chinese person can find out about some interesting products not available in China, and foreigners can get a Chinese person’s light-hearted take on the utterly normal products from back home which are conspicuously absent in China. Current examples include cheese, Twix, Centrum, baby cut carrots, and deodorant. It’s one to watch, and won’t take up much of your time.


John Pasden

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


  1. Having to think about what does not exist here is something I thought would never be too difficult. Now it is getting to a restaurant open for over ten years with a little patina. Good site. I hope she expands on it.

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