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WAYNE’S WORLDS — “Do as I say, not as I do” — Advice for my son

WAYNE’S WORLDS — “Do as I say, not as I do” — Advice for my son

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly I’ve heard that as parents, we live vicariously through our kids.  While that may very well be true, I think I’ve taken it a step further. Apparently, as my son comes of age, I’ve managed to perfect time travel. A few weeks ago, I went to my son Tyler’s […]

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 34 No 26 | 6/20-6/260 Comments

Aiming to be the Clothes Whisperer

Aiming to be the Clothes Whisperer

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly There comes a point in your life when you realize your strengths. There’s a confidence that comes from knowing what you do well. It’s a confidence that shines through when you’re doing something well – even a swagger. Me? I’m good at working a computer, playing tennis, and I’d […]

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Wayne’s Worlds — The Dumpling Complex

Wayne’s Worlds — The Dumpling Complex

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly “What are you doing?”  I asked of my wife Maya, in a tone mixed between innocence and accusatory. “I’m pan frying some dumplings for the party,” she answered, matter of factly. The “party”, she was referring to, was the bi-weekly neighborhood gathering we affectionately refer to as “Yappy Hour,” […]

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Food, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

The three-headed monster with six arms & six legs

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly We have a problem. In our home, there’s an incredibly destructive force we’ve been up against for quite a while.  It’s a physical menace, wreaking havoc on anything of value that we hold dear.  We’ve tried our level best to protect ourselves and our belongings, but to no avail.  […]

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 34 No 11 | 3/7-3/130 Comments

Greetings from “Eats Many Donuts”

Greetings from “Eats Many Donuts”

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly As we close out another year, now is as good a time as any to take stock of the past year and get ready for a new one with some New Year’s resolutions. Yup…time to reset the clock, start another chapter, get back on that horse, and turn another […]

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 34 No 3 | 1/10-1/160 Comments

The rush of rabble rousing

The rush of rabble rousing

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly I’ve never been known to be much of a rabble rouser.  I don’t even know where I can find any rabble that needs rousing. You can say a lot of things about me, but “troublemaker” has never been one of them.

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 33 No 48 | 11/22-11/280 Comments

Wayne’s Worlds — On this tennis court, a different kind of love game

Wayne’s Worlds — On this tennis court, a different kind of love game

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly My weekly tennis matches with the guys was yesterday, and believe me, I was prepared.

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 33 No 43 | 10/18-10/240 Comments

Wayne’s World: In the zoo, a mini zoo, a lyin’ sleeps tonight

Wayne’s World: In the zoo, a mini zoo, a lyin’ sleeps tonight

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly They say that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” If that is indeed the case, the Chinese are flattered up the wazoo.

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 32 No 36 | 8/31-9/66 Comments

It’s as American as apple pie…in Hong Kong

It’s as American as apple pie…in Hong Kong

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly I’m on an important business trip in Hong Kong. I need to make sure I cover everything. Did I schedule a meeting with my attorney? Yes. A meeting with the packaging company? Check.

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 32 No 17 | 4/20-4/263 Comments

I’ll eat anything so long as it’s not baaaaaaaaad

I’ll eat anything so long as it’s not baaaaaaaaad

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly Since when did being a good parent also mean making yourself look like an idiot? That’s exactly what happened last weekend when we went out with some friends for an adventurous night of dining. But before I get there, let me give you some backstory.

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 32 No 16 | 4/13-4/190 Comments

Wayne’s Worlds: Top 10 ways to get someone’s attention

Wayne’s Worlds: Top 10 ways to get someone’s attention

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly And there you have it, I’ve got your attention. It’s as simple as that. If you want attention, just jot down a top five or top 10 list and the world is yours. Of course, as with everything in life, there are rules. Don’t believe me? Here are three […]

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 31 No 33 | 8/11-8/170 Comments

Wayne’s Worlds: The three cardinal rules for finicky eaters

Wayne’s Worlds: The three cardinal rules for finicky eaters

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly I am a finicky eater. There. I’ve said it. It’s “out there.” I’ve always been a bit squeamish about trying new things. I’ve gotten better in the last 10 years though. I remember as a little kid trying to explain to my mom, from a scientific perspective, the real […]

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 31 No 13 | 3/24-3/300 Comments

Wayne’s Worlds: Facebook banned: a social dilemma in China

Wayne’s Worlds: Facebook banned: a social dilemma in China

Having come back from China this past week, I realize that what I really missed was something unexpected. This time, it had nothing to do with the little conveniences we all sometimes take for granted, at least materially speaking. China is chock full of Ferraris, Rolexes, and every little extravagance you can imagine. Let me […]

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 31 No 2 | 1/7-1/130 Comments

WAYNE’S WORLDS: Children … the gift that keeps on taking

WAYNE’S WORLDS: Children … the gift that keeps on taking

Wayne’s Worlds, a column about being a Chinese family man By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly There comes a time in our lives as parents when we begin to examine and even question the choices we have made. Before I go any further, let me first say that any derogatory statement that I make from […]

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 30 No 50 | 12/10-12/160 Comments

Wayne’s Worlds: Sunny, the Renaissance man — a story

Wayne’s Worlds: Sunny, the Renaissance man — a story

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly Once upon a time, in a quaint and quiet hamlet, stood a modest row of shops, unremarkable from any other unassuming row of shops in any other quiet hamlet, yet still serving the needs of the town’s inhabitants, as well as those passing through in their journey through town. […]

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 30 No 39 | 9/24-9/300 Comments

Wayne’s Worlds: What if the world were run by the airline industry?

Wayne’s Worlds: What if the world were run by the airline industry?

Now I’ve flown all over the world, for work and vacations alike. You’d think I’d be used to the service (or lack thereof) that one typically gets on an economy flight nowadays.

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 30 No 16 | 4/16-4/222 Comments

Wayne’s Worlds: The benefits of being a human pretzel 

Wayne’s Worlds: The benefits of being a human pretzel 

The surprising thing is, even as a beginner, I do see the value of it. I think I always did. Everyone I’ve seen who does yoga seems

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 29 No 23 | 6/5-6/110 Comments

Wayne’s worlds: A tale of two restaurants

Wayne’s worlds: A tale of two restaurants

Oh, I know a few things. I know that wearing shorts on our weekly date night is a huge no-no. I know that reading a magazine during dinner is genuinely frowned upon. And if you’ve ever wondered, playing a tennis match on our anniversary is absolutely inexcusable.

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Humor, Vol 29 No 2 | 1/9-1/151 Comment

Wayne’s Worlds: Eight words of wisdom

Wayne’s Worlds: Eight words of wisdom

“Maybe we should go to China this year.” These are the eight words my wife, Maya, used yesterday to officially announce that we will begin planning a family trip to China some time this year.

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 28 No 45 | 10/31-11/62 Comments

Kopi coffee, truly a scat-ter-brained idea

Kopi coffee, truly a scat-ter-brained idea

In the last year, I wrote about tea leaf plucking monkeys in China that supposedly know how to pick tea leaves when they are good and ready. With my active mind, I immediately conjured up thoughts of the training process involved in training monkeys to pluck and deliver tea leaves and not other things like, say, a pair of shoes hanging from a telephone wire, an errant hub cap, or an old TV Guide from the 1970s.

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 28 No 38 | 9/12 - 9/180 Comments

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