China, the Renovation Nation | Speaking of China

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  1. Thandelike
    Thandelike December 7, 2009 at 4:14 am | | Reply

    The image of a brand new floor defiled by ash and spit resonated with me, Jocelyn! When I built a home in Asia (renovated a much smaller one, that is) I recall talking to a Chinese workman as he applied marble to the bathtub. When he finished his cigarette, he threw it in the one remaining hole and then grouted a piece of marble over it. Easier than carting out trash. Probably how it’s done all over the world. But so unsettling to see what lies behind the facade. I never enjoyed taking a bath there, knowing I was luxuriating on a pile of garbage.

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