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Melanie McGanney

Entries by Melanie McGanney

A Review of Chandni Chowk to China

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2009 | 12:51 PM

An embodiment of all things Bollywood, director Nikhil Advani's Chandni Chowk to China interweaves singing, acrobatic dancing and kung fu into this effusive picaresque. The 2 1/2 hour action-comedy mélange follows the emotional growth of Sidhu (Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar), a down-on-his-luck cook, on a life-changing escapade to China replete...

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Queue Up Now: China's Visa Nightmare

(5) Comments | Posted April 19, 2008 | 11:28 AM

Hong Kong: lines of hundreds of people wrapped around China's visa office.

For more than a year foreigners have been joking about the Beijing government's attempt to teach its citizens to "queue" in time for the 2008 Olympics. But it seems China will get the last laugh on this...

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Getting Fired for Getting Pregnant

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2008 | 1:56 PM

A chocolate penis, a pregnant lady and a back alley. In reverse order -- the location, the owner and the press kit of new space FQ Projects, which has the distinction of being the smallest art gallery in Shanghai.

Owner and expecting mother Michelle Ni was asked to leave...

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Obama Blizzard Blows Through China

(13) Comments | Posted January 30, 2008 | 10:46 AM

Shanghai, China, Tuesday night:

Left-leaning Shanghai expats braved an electricity crisis and trampled through a week's worth of grey slushy snow to show their support for Barack Obama at URBN, the new carbon neutral hotel just north of the city's historic Jingan Temple.

The chic, boutique hotel has...

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