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MENU: A Dumpling Party for Chinese New Year

Saveur | Posted 04.10.2013 | Taste

To celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year, gather friends in your kitchen and teach them how to wrap dumplings.

PHOTOS: World's Largest Migration Begins

Posted 01.29.2013 | Travel

The world's most chaotic season has begun in China. Considered by many to be the single largest human migration, China's rush home for Lunar New Ye...

Father Gives $150 Million Wedding Gift To Daughter

Posted 01.23.2014 | Weddings

Most couples don't expect to get new cars as wedding gifts. But that's just the beginning of what one Chinese father gave his daughter and son-in-law ...

Counting Candles

Jeanine Celeste Pang | Posted 10.25.2012 | Women
Jeanine Celeste Pang

"Amazing genes!" many would say when learning the ages of my 99-year-old grandfather and 94-year-old grandmother. "You'll live to be 100." "101," I would reply, as if entitled to some borrowed fortitude.

How My Son's Chinese Wedding Changed My Life Forever

Sara Davidson | Posted 12.15.2012 | Weddings
Sara Davidson

Last week I put on a traditional Chinese costume and sat beside my ex-husband in an obscure city in China, waiting for our son, Andrew, to come riding up on a horse with his bride in a sedan chair and ask us to accept her as our daughter

How American Chinese Food Came To Be

Menuism | Posted 11.26.2012 | Taste

If you visit any of today's modern Chinese American communities, such as the San Gabriel Valley outside of Los Angeles, Flushing in New York, or numerous areas around San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and even Houston, you will find an interesting array of wonderful and delicious Chinese food.

Doing Business in China: How to Win

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 09.29.2012 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

The Chinese consumer is becoming modern and international, but not Western. In my book, What Chinese Want, I outline a few "golden rules" successful ...

Chinese-style Peanut or Dan Dan Noodles

Laura Kumin | Posted 09.12.2012 | Taste
Laura Kumin

I don't know whether my version would be recognizable to a Sichuan food connoisseur, but that isn't an issue when my family is helping themselves to huge portions of these noodles. They are a great hot weather main course with toppings.

American Mother-Daughter Duo Sketch 888 Taiwanese Faces

Jim Luce | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Jim Luce

I met the most amazing mother-daughter duo the other week. Americans, they were speaking at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (TECO-NY).

The Hunger Games Comes to Beijing

Julian Baird Gewirtz | Posted 09.01.2012 | World
Julian Baird Gewirtz

The Chinese government needs to respond, at least partly, to what people want, even if that means allowing movies that deal with uncomfortable themes or don't fall into line with the values that the Party wants to promote.

Does Conformity Imply Risk Aversion?

Michael R. Powers | Posted 08.21.2012 | Home
Michael R. Powers

It seems fairly evident that risk aversion implies conformity because a society whose members are risk averse would tend to be characterized by a narrow band of actions resulting in predictable outcomes; but is the converse also true?

'Foreign Trash' and China's Soft Power

Julian Baird Gewirtz | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Julian Baird Gewirtz

China's soft power agenda has become a dangerous fault line. It will be an extraordinary challenge for China's new leadership to strengthen the country's cultural sphere while also maintaining the kind of global engagement that will make greater soft power useful.

What Chinese Consumers Want

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 07.27.2012 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Understanding China's consumer culture is a good starting point for understanding the nation itself, as it races toward superpower status. Material similarities between Chinese and Americans mask fundamentally different emotional impulses.

Happy Birthday, Ai Weiwei!

Posted 05.18.2012 | Arts

Today is the (disputed) birthday of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei. The successful sculptor, architect and open critic of the Chinese governme...

Americanese: In Between the Gaps

Rui Dai | Posted 07.14.2012 | College
Rui Dai

As more and more international students from all over the world come to the U.S. and become immersed in American culture, perhaps a term like Americanized Chinese or Americanese can also emerge to indicate an identity that is not completely Chinese or quite Chinese-American.

Found Sound -- This Is China

Tamsin Smith | Posted 06.30.2012 | Home
Tamsin Smith

Underneath the clatter of bicycle chains and the clomp of boots marching, I find the ping of coins tossed at a Buddhist temple, the jangle of tea cups, whistling, a burst of thunder, wind, laughter, rain upon stones, silence. Becoming attuned to sound changes the focus of approach.

A Pritzker Prize With Chinese Characteristics

Julian Baird Gewirtz | Posted 05.12.2012 | Arts
Julian Baird Gewirtz

Wang Shu's work stands for, and the Pritzker jury statement sides with, one set of possibilities for China's future -- bold, forward-thinking development that is tempered by awareness of China's remarkable and distinctive past.

Linsanity: The Point God of Sports Memes

Chi Tung | Posted 04.10.2012 | Home
Chi Tung

For every one of us eager to claim Lin in our racial draft, there's Lin himself, shrugging off the portentous hype because he's too busy making love to pressure to tangle with Asian American identity politics.

PHOTOS: Colorful Lantern Festival Celebrates End Of Chinese Lunar New Year

Posted 02.07.2012 | World

The Lantern Festival in China, also known as the Yuan-Xiao Festival, takes place on the 15th day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar. The...

Modern China's Spiritual Crisis: Does it Exist?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 03.23.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

To the Chinese, materialism is not superficial. It is meaningful, tantamount to advancement within society and faith in the future. Run amok, however, it corrupts ambition and threatens the country's social fabric.

PHOTOS: 8 Things You Must Do Before (And During) Chinese New Year

Grant Thatcher | Posted 03.21.2012 | Travel
Grant Thatcher

While Chinese New Year is always a special time, this particular cycle is the most special of all. Chinese New Year traditionally brings frenetic prayer and wishes for health, wealth, happiness and yet more wealth -- but 2012 has an added bonus.

A Chinese Century? Not Quite

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 01.28.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

China will not easily capture hearts and minds. They will be an economic superpower only. The Chinese are ethnocentric and in large ways and small, an instinct to narrowly defend interests can be off putting.

Looking For Chinese Solutions, Finding None

Mitch Moxley | Posted 01.16.2012 | Travel
Mitch Moxley

We shrug our shoulders and say one of the most important and infuriating phrases in the Chinese language: mei banfa.

A Foreigner By Any Other Name

Mitch Moxley | Posted 01.02.2012 | Travel
Mitch Moxley

As Tall Rice, I've appeared in a movie, a humiliating music video, a commercial, a Peking Opera television special and, soon, a Chinese dating show. At home, I would have said no to all of it.

Why Doesn't Asia Have Religion?

Thomas David DuBois | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
Thomas David DuBois

Having spent the past 10 years writing and teaching on Asian religions, I now have something to confess: Asia does not have religion.