It was a recent weekend when Jun and I were browsing university websites, looking through their psychology faculty, when something gave us pause: the listing of faculty nationalities. The university in question — one of China’s top ten — had a table that listed the faculty name, nationality, and department. It’s quite an oddity, isn’t [...]
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I found a smashing quote on who should live in China, from Pearl S. Buck’s Kinfolk. I guess it really hit home with me and my husband, because we have plans of our own to move back to China, in an effort to help the country grow. Even though this novel was published in 1948, [...]
In a perfect world, being an international couple would be as glamorous as a James Bond movie. You would spend your days intermingling your world in different languages, swept away by the fascinating customs of your partner’s country, and have the benefit of dual citizenship and a jet-setting lifestyle. It would be nice, wouldn’t it? [...]
Well, everyone, it’s the year of the Ox — fittingly, in these economic times, a year of getting back to basics, simplifying, and making progress through hard work and sweat. Perhaps then, days such as these, there is nothing more comforting than literature that not only understands us, but uplifts us with the resilience of [...]
Instead of looking back on 2008, or making predictions for 2009, I thought — why not share a list of my hopes and wishes for China in the next year…and beyond? So…here’s a short list of what I’d like to see in the Middle Kingdom in 2009, and after. It is NOT a prediction; I [...]
Fox…er Phoenix News Strikes Again: Overseas Chinese biggest fears – daughter marrying a black man, and a child going gay?
Posted in Culture on Nov 8th, 2008
Phoenix News (aka å‡¤å‡°å«è§†ï¼‰is run by Rupert Murdoch, the guy behind Fox News. So maybe it should come as no surprise that, in the aftermath of the election, it decides to drag on a couple of pundits from California, professors both representing the overseas Chinese population, to spread a little more hatred and division on [...]
Last week, I received a fresh market report from China Polling about the growing popularity of the iPhone in China. Some of their results got me wondering. First, the numbers: Unsurprisingly, over 65% have heard of iPhone, and among this group, more than 85% are willing to actually buy an iPhone if itâ€™s available here [...]
Posted in Culture on Apr 10th, 2008
Have you swept the tombs of your ancestors recently? In Chinese culture, April 4th is the Tomb-Sweeping Festival, or Qingming Festival, meaning Pure and Bright Festival. Tomb-Sweeping Festival is on the 15th day from the Spring Equinox and is one of the official public holidays in China starting in 2008. The festival is a time [...]