US National Holidays: Ambivalent Embrace?

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As a child growing up in an immigrant family, Western or U.S. specific holidays were always an odd experience for me. Then when I moved to China, China specific holidays were even more odd!

Christmas light decorations; lot of effort to put these up!
Typical American Christmas light decorations; lot of effort to put these up!

I’m talking about ones that are particular to a country or region, as opposed to religious holidays like Christmas which go beyond borders and even cultures, though they are often seen through a national filter too. Continue reading “US National Holidays: Ambivalent Embrace?”

Perils of Black Friday Shopping – Beware the Store Credit Card Upsell!

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This is JiaYou’s first Black Friday shopping experience, and it wasn’t the enjoyable, fun-filled day that we were planning. But she had her first encounter with STORE CREDIT CARDS!

credit-cards
Useful and necessary tools, but there are pitfalls (credit: publicdomainpictures.net)

Admittedly, we have never been eager or die hard shoppers, but in this case we were looking forward to taking advantage of 50% off sales for my wife as we shopped for clothes at a name brand clothing chain.

 

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