An American in Chengdu

Shoes | March 25, 2010

Here’s an email I received today. Although I already have plans for Sunday, the email enlivened my workday with the questions it raised: Who thought up this idea? A clever marketing professional at the shoe factory? A local government official listening to a big-footed foreigner complain about his shopping travails? Speaking of big-footed foreigners, why am I one of only four recipients of this email?

Dear Teacher,

Here comes an invitation from foreign affair office of Sichuan Province.
There is an activity visiting the shoes city on March 28(this weekend). It will show you many beautiful shoes and the process of making shoes, if you like one of them, you can book one and give your size to them, the workers in shoes factory will make one for you.
If you are interested in visiting the shoes city, please reply before 12:00AM of March 26 (tomorrow noon).

Best wishes

[an employee in the foreign affairs office of my university]



  1. So did you go? I would’ve gone.

    Comment by Helen — April 14, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

  2. No, I had plans. So I’ll never know how awesome it might have been, unless they schedule another trip.

    Comment by americaninchengdu — April 15, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

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    About me

    I've come to Sichuan in search of adventure, fluency in Chinese, and awesome vegetarian food. I have to concede that the baby pandas are very cute.
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