新年快樂! Happy Chinese New Year!

I talked another D.C.-dwelling Nexite into going to the Chinese New Year Parade on Sunday, which was an underwhelming and crowded backdrop for catching up and comparing notes on living in the District.

Cutest little dragons you've ever seen, right?

ROC (Taiwan) flags instead of PRC (mainland China) flags—I believe because Chinatown was established by Chinese who left before the split.

D.C., you’ve got some learning to do before you attain San Francisco’s glory.

And now I’m reading a book about Shanghai in 1937, I guess inspired by my trip to Chinatown, but also because it’s difficult to browse the D.C. library’s catalog of ebooks and I wanted something for my Kindle to take with me to meet Colin at the airport. I settled on Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, which follows a pair of well-to-do sisters who get abruptly married off to a pair of Americans when their family falls on desperately hard times. So far I’m not very impressed by the writing style—it feels amateur, I guess—but the story that’s being told is interesting, and it’s a fascinating glimpse into Shanghai on the cusp of the Second Sino-Japanese War (even though it’s a piece of fiction, Lisa See has written enough about historical Chinese culture that I believe she did her homework). The book is supposed to cover 20 more years and the action moves to Hollywood soon, so that, too, should be interesting.

And yes, Colin is home from his trip and today eased back into school with a 14-hour day. Poor guy.

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