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For me, my books and my blog are fun projects, no doubt about it. But they are also a way of showing continuous belief in something that has the potential of bringing people together-people who might be different in many ways, but have so much more in common. I am more convinced than ever that Chinglish has to stay. It's a window into the Chinese mind, a phenomenon that goes beyond cheap jokes and finger pointing. Chinglish is right in your face. It challenges our linguistic conventions and, yes, it makes us laugh-about ourselves.
I am writing this sitting in the Chinese capital, surrounded by Chinglish. Mind you, this is post-Olympics Beijing. The authorities didn't succeed: they didn't eradicate all Chinglish. They couldn't have. For me, that's the real highlight of the 29th Olympic Games.
Thanks go to my publisher, Gibbs Smith, for providing me with the opportunity of a second volume, and thanks go especially to my editor, Jared Smith, who isn't afraid of long-distance calls.