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September 26, 2013

The Barilla Controversy: Family, Pasta, and 'Politics'

Bianca Sorminis
Buitoni challenges Barilla on Facebook: "In the Buitoni home there is room for everybody."

Apparently homophobic remarks of Guido Barilla, the chairman of the famous Italian pasta company, spurred a controversy that is cultural and political as well as commercial.

February 8, 2013


Bianca Sorminis

...In this period the grayness of this city is lit up by the red decorations: paper lanterns, good luck scrolls, zodiac animal signs…homes and buildings made up to look their...

January 22, 2013

The foreign Taitai (housewife) and the grocery shopping in Shanghai

Bianca Sorminis
Pig face

Maybe for fear of the ‘(un)known’ or maybe because it feels more natural to buy products whose name you can read, maybe for the nostalgia that grips you when you’re so far...

May 25, 2012

APPARENTLY, IN CHINA SANDALS ARE NOT SHOES...(a semantic dissertation on shoes)

Bianca Sorminis
Greta in her uniform

I LOVE SCHOOL UNIFORMS I think they are great, they are a great leveler…they make all students look the same, regardless of how big their parents’ wallet is… I wish I had a...

May 1, 2012

Adopting Liam, Different Kind of Labor. We Can Liam, and We Will

Bianca Sorminis

Like in a hospital nursery where new parents smile at each other, exchanging congratulations and commenting on their babies’ hair, eye color, skin complexion and weight…so all...

March 31, 2012

人要面树要皮 Just as a tree needs bark, a man needs face

Bianca Sorminis

Face in China is the respect of the community, it’s dignity, prestige and reputation. Losing face must be avoided at all costs.

February 28, 2012


Bianca Sorminis
Carnevale - Scuola Italiana "G.Rodari"- Shanghai

...Carnevale is happy memories of fun, laughter, colorful parties, coriandoli (confetti), humorous and satirical floats parading on the streets, masks, silly tricks, me dressed up...

February 15, 2012

The Sorminis: Who We Are

Bianca Sorminis

I’m from Italy, Paul is from Australia (but born from Italian parents) and we live in China. My daughters are growing up in China but are never going to be Chinese, no matter...

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