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Posts published by “Rod MacKenzie”

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 @

Madam & Li: surviving maids in China

There are several wonderful women my wife and I have met in China before whose teeth we stand in awe. From maids and shop assistants…

Of umbrellas and Jewish refugees in Shanghai

Slowly, purposefully, I point my finger upwards at the dripping umbrella above my head while staring at the umbrella seller. She is young; her two…

Top secret Wrigley’s chewing gum

After a gruelling session of learning oral English at the campus on Dong Chang road in downtown Shanghai, the eight or so kids in my…