Linda Synnott


Linda, a business lecturer at a U.S. university, was invited to teach for a Dalian university in 2006. She adopted Dalian as her hometown, enjoying its fresh seafood and ambiense, playing trombone with the Dalian Orchestra, and forming lasting friendships with many Dalianites. She is fascinated by cross-cultural humor and poignancy that can arise when people reveal their stereotypes, stories and feelings with others.

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The Twain: American Cherries in Dalian

Summertime cherries are a bountiful benefit bestowed upon Dalian. Since cherries are my favorite fruit, I asked my Chinese friend Darren (who seems to know most everything) about Dalian cherries.

Jul 7, 2011 by in The Magazine

The Twain: Superstitions about Numbers

Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the Twain shall meet.” Rudyard Kipling The Chinese have reached out to grab items of Western culture—mobile phones, pizza and coffee to name a few. But ...

Jun 28, 2011 by in The Magazine

The Twain: Chinglish, Laugh and Learn.

The English language recognizes Chinese culture in words such as Yin Yang (complementary balance in all things), Kung Fu (one of the martial arts) and Feng Shui (the study of environmental balance).

Jun 27, 2011 by in The Magazine

The Twain: Weddings

Weddings: The Changing Face of Saying “I Do” in China. “Around 20 percent of the couples who come to us now want a low carbon wedding,” said Claire Pan, creative director of Beijing-based Mocha Wedding Planner.

Jun 27, 2011 by in The Magazine

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