For the most part, the Changchun Friends website is not very active and has been superseded by the Tencent "Wechat" app by the local expat community. This website is maintained sporadically, people may still join and membership is still open, but if you are a spammer, stay away. The archived information here is still useful, but some may be out of date. There are plans to make it more useful for static information in the future. If anyone needs information about Changchun or China, you may post a message and it probably will get a response but not immediately.

Changchun Friends

a great way to get involved

Fin MacDonald's Blog – July 2012 Archive (3)

Lost in Translation II

Robert Frost said, “Poetry is what gets lost in translation.”  When something is translated, phrases tend to get rendered down, curtailed, simplified.  Still, even in translation, some new voice is asserting its own flair, knuckling its own spin into a basic meaning.

One morning earlier this week, avoiding the lessons in my Chinese text book, I stumbled onto a daily affirmation site, and I tried to translate a bit into Chinese.  I asked Mandy to check it over, and then I posted it and…


Added by Fin MacDonald on July 24, 2012 at 14:30 — 9 Comments

Lost in Translation

A little experiment:  I translated a daily affirmation, with a little help, into Chinese.  I hope some Chinese speakers will translate it back into English.  Then I would like to post the original with the new translations.  Please translate!


Added by Fin MacDonald on July 21, 2012 at 7:53 — 7 Comments

Fin's book in Ferney's artwork.

It's surreal; it's mysteriously mind-bending; its out on Amazon with Ferney's art work: Angels, Delirium Liberty.  I REALLY need reviews!  If you would like to do one, I'll give you one of the old copies for free.

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Added by Fin MacDonald on July 8, 2012 at 11:42 — 13 Comments

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