The Commotion Metric

Alexander Bushroe is from Florida, USA, and has resided in China since 2009. He graduated from Clemson University and the Dalian University of Technology, and loves to delve into the idiosyncrasies of life in Shanghai and everywhere else. In Alexander's column, “The Commotion Metric,” you'll find him stopping to smell the flowers and examining the perks and quirks of life in Shanghai.
Alexander Bushroe is from Florida, USA, and has resided in China since 2009. He graduated from Clemson University and the Dalian University of Technology, and loves to delve into the idiosyncrasies of life in Shanghai and everywhere else. In Alexander's column, “The Commotion Metric,” you'll find him stopping to smell the flowers and examining the perks and quirks of life in Shanghai.
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