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March 2011

  Student: "You have Justin Bieber on your iPod?" Me: "Umm, no. I don't listen to a lot of Pop music." Student "But he is very good, yes?" Me: "Oh yes, very good." That's the part where my Pinocchio nose would have sprouted and grown into a bloody forest. However, I was not in North America where my response would have been thick with sarcasm. I was in Mongolia. Thousands and thousands of miles away from mass media influences and public perceptions. In this way, Mongolia seems young and innocent. Untouched.