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Rod MacKenzie

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CRACKING CHINA was previously the title of this blog. That title was used as the name for Rod MacKenzie's second book, Cracking China: a memoir of our first three years in China. From a review in the Johannesburg Star: " Mackenzie's writing is shot through with humour and there are many laugh-out-loud scenes". Cracking China is available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle or get a hard copy from
His previous book is a collection of poetry,Gathering Light.

A born and bred South African, Rod now lives in Auckland, New Zealand, after a number of years working in southern mainland China and a stint in England.

Under the editorship of David Bullard and Michael Trapido he had a column called "The Mocking Truth" on NewsTime until the newszine folded.

He has a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. if you are a big, BIG publisher you should ask to see one of his many manuscript novels. Follow Rod on Twitter @

The art of minding other people’s business

I plonk my bag of groceries on the bar counter at Malone’s American Diner on Tongren Road, Shanghai, and the bar staff immediately walk over…

What makes you feel guilty?

What do you get paid to do? Right now I get paid to watch movies. My wage works out to about R250 an hour for…

An embarrassing truth

I just figured out an embarrassing truth. I woke up with an enormous hangover/nausea today, Sunday, my first babbelas in a long time, but I…

Racism and the power of apology

The Chinese worker suddenly and loudly laughed at me as I strode under my umbrella into the parking lot where our apartment building is on…

The day my wife (nearly) went blind

I know there are many people who scornfully knock the saying “everything happens for a reason”. However, they do miss the profound chink onto appreciating…

China blocks internet: We want our soft porn

I want it all and I want it now — Freddie Mercury China’s rationale for introducing built-in software to filter out porn sites is definitely…