Oh, Reel-y: Asian Americans Abroad in Asia, Alliteratively

Shanghai Calling
2012

Shanghai Calling hits all the cultural discord notes of the American abroad storyline, but adds a “homecoming” spin. Sam is a successful Chinese-American attorney in New York on the cusp of making partner when his superiors send him to Shanghai. While he initially can’t wait for his three-month tenure to end, he slowly finds a sense of community with the expat population there.
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Playing the Odds

A colleague pointed out to me today that the NY MegaMillions jackpot is now up to $500 million. Of course after taxes, the most anyone could take home is a mere $375,000,002 (or $269,250,000 if the winner takes the lump sum option). And while the Forbes Top 400 no longer has anyone worth less than a billion on there, a half billion dollars is a totally absurd amount of money to make on a mostly unproductive investment.

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