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Icons And Identity: An Introduction To China's Engagement With The World

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Xi Jinping's foreign policy hinges on realizing "the China dream." But, beyond a nationalistic desire to "stand tall" on the global stage, few Westerners can articulate the underlying dynamics and motivations of Beijing's increasingly assertive behavior.

Dangerous Love: How China Sees America

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Most Americans, only marginally less ethnocentric today than twenty years ago, have a simplistic, nuance-free view of China and the Chinese people. Although apprehensive about the rise of an economic juggernaut and its impact on the American way of life, the images China casts up are rooted in the past.

China's Entertainment Industry: Ready to Boom

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 06.22.2016 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

I was skeptical about the media and entertainment sector's ability to achieve healthy - profitable - growth. I have changed my tune.

The Greeks at the Center of World History

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.07.2016 | Books
Evaggelos Vallianatos

In the seventh century BCE, one could find cinnamon from India at the Temple of Hera in the Greek island of Samos in the Aegean Sea. Hera was the wife...

This is Why Philadelphia Can't Have Nice Things

Laura Goldman | Posted 05.20.2016 | Arts
Laura Goldman

As every Philadelphia schoolchild learns, William Penn designed the city around 5 public squares. Rittenhouse Square centers the richest section of th...

#FredinChina: Giant Quiz About Cosmetics on Social Networks

Fred Raillard | Posted 04.19.2016 | Technology
Fred Raillard

This week's HotTopic is about skin care products in China. There was a kind of game going on where girls would gather up all the skin care products they had in their bathroom, and then post the products on social media.

Tracking China's Political Change Through Dazibao Posters

ADST | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
ADST

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

Why Sleeping in Ikea Is Perfectly Acceptable, in China

Nicole Webb | Posted 04.13.2016 | Entertainment
Nicole Webb

For the thousands making their way through the store's mock-up homes, this isn't just a Sunday chore, where you get in and get what you need and get out, hoping to God you can assemble the dam thing once you get it home. This is a serious outing!

Go Lee Sedol!

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 03.11.2016 | Technology
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Go, according to Wikipedia, is a 2,500-year-old Chinese game "and is one of the oldest board games played today."{i} With relatively simple rules,{i...

Transition in the Fierce Year of the Dragon

Willy Wilkinson | Posted 02.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Willy Wilkinson

Chinese New Year was the most important holiday in my family, and has always felt very special to me, so it was fitting that I would announce my transition on the eve of the New Year.

Ask an International Etiquette Expert: Chinese New Year Taboos?

Sharon Schweitzer | Posted 02.05.2016 | Travel
Sharon Schweitzer

If you're planning to do business in China this February, it is important to be aware of the customs of Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spri...

Chinese Service Sector Eunuchs: Bigger but Impotent

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

The government's refusal to loosen the reins of control and welcome both bottom-up entrepreneurialism and foreign investment in "sensitive" areas prevents service industries from flourishing.

The Truth About China's One Child Policy

Quora | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Quora

The one-child policy is a policy which the Chinese government has relied on for far too long; it should have ended 15 years ago because if that had been the case, the first batch of second children families would be thinking about entering university and technical colleges soon, shortly after 2015.

The Life-Altering Impact of China's One-Child Policy on Adoption in the U.S.

Adam Pertman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Adam Pertman

There's an ongoing debate about the positives and negatives of intercountry adoption per se, but that's a discussion for another day. For now, I'd like to take a brief look at the impact of the historic migration of Chinese children into the U.S. and other nations. To my mind, it falls into four primary categories.

Homemade Scallion Pancakes Are Way Easier Than You Think

Food52 | Posted 11.06.2015 | Taste
Food52

This classic dish is wildly popular (and not just in China!) and, like any traditional food, has many variations per region and family.

Yan Lianke: Understand the Enemy

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.29.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"Feeding myself through writing made me fall in love with literature."

The 10 Stages of Coming Out to My Conservative Chinese Father

Keay Nigel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Keay Nigel

For a moment after I finished, I felt this sense of confidence rising inside of me. I presumed that my father was going to say, 'OK, fine,' and then just accept the situation like it was no big deal. But when he finally spoke his mind, I realized that I wasn't ready for what was to come.

Crossing the Line at Fairyland

Georgia Kolias | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Georgia Kolias

On an unbearably hot Saturday afternoon, after a stir-crazy morning at home, and so much indecision about what to do, I loaded my three children into ...

Buddhist Wedding Ideas for an Interfaith or Non-Denominational Ceremony

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted 09.07.2015 | Weddings
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

This ceremony also included traditional "I dos," ring exchange, and pronouncement of the couple, yet in between we were able to celebrate Buddhism and other cultural aspects and, most importantly, celebrate the love between Amy and Bryan.

The Bata Shoe Museum In Toronto Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.05.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I admit to being a museum aficionado, particularly art and cultural emporiums that showcase quality and extraordinary examples of art forms and repres...

A Grandmother's Sacrifices

Bethany Ao | Posted 08.12.2015 | College
Bethany Ao

"What do you call that thing that puts water into the air?" I stopped sipping on my soda that I had just purchased at the store. "What?"

Why Chinese Families Can Be Murder, and How to Break the Cycle

Betty Ming Liu | Posted 08.05.2015 | Crime
Betty Ming Liu

Jennifer Pan's parents pushed her to be the perfect daughter. But once she grew up, she hired hit men to kill them. Her story is about more than girl gone bad. Asian family values are detonating in the 21st century. And it's time to do something about it.

3 Lessons I Learned Growing Up As a Chinese Daughter

Li Lin | Posted 08.05.2015 | Women
Li Lin

I'm proud to say that I came from the country that produced the world's most self-made female billionaires in the world. I'm proud to say that I am able to speak both English and Chinese fluently. But I wasn't always proud.

Getting Forked in San Gabriel

Stephanie Kordan | Posted 06.29.2016 | Taste
Stephanie Kordan

When I was first forked in a Chinese restaurant, it was almost midnight.

How Americans and Chinese Think About Happiness Differently

David Sze | Posted 06.23.2016 | Healthy Living
David Sze

Researchers and thinkers have often claimed that cultures can be divided between individualistic cultures and collectivistic cultures. The former prioritize individual satisfaction and achievement, while the latter prioritize the collective goals of the family, group and society.