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The Genius of Chinese Cooking

Quora | Posted 10.10.2014 | Taste
Quora

That a single tool, the cleaver, is used to slice, chop, peel, julienne, mince, divide chicken, tenderize meat, crush garlic, grind spices (with the butt of the handle), and scoop it all up afterward, all with the finesse of a much more expensive Western knife.

How I Grew to Love Being Ethnically Chinese

Clarissa Wei | Posted 10.15.2014 | Women
Clarissa Wei

I was born, raised, educated, primed and prepped in Los Angeles. But behind my fluent English, my American brain, my citizenship, my philosophies, my outlook on life... is a child who was raised by the Taiwanese. I am my parents' daughter and Chinese culture runs through my blood. Always.

Hong Kong's Protesters: Pragmatism or Passion?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Tom Doctoroff

For the past week, the commercial arteries of Hong Kong have been clogged with (mostly) student demonstrators clamoring for "democracy." What is the end game here? I predict resolution, albeit one unsatisfying to most Westerners as well as a minority of Hong Kong citizens who aspire an American brand of democracy.

Xi Launches Cultural Counter-Revolution To Restore Confucianism As China's Ideology

Nathan Gardels | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Clearly, The Analects of Confucius is for Xi's Chinese renaissance what The Little Red Book was for Mao's Cultural Revolution.

Where Does Your Food Preference Originate?

Margaret Marshall | Posted 09.09.2014 | Taste
Margaret Marshall

You may normally think you eat food because it's food, and don't eat other things, because they're not. But a look at other cultures will show you tha...

People' Impact With Carlotta: A Bridge Between Two Cultures

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.29.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Her dream of traveling to China materialized when she enrolled in a Master of Economics and Tourism management, and she was offered an internship at the Italian trade agency in Shanghai.

8 Tips For a Life In China

Ryan McMunn | Posted 10.13.2014 | Travel
Ryan McMunn

Life abroad is one of the most difficult, exciting, exasperating, rewarding, and incredible experiences you can have. Here are some tips for living in China and getting the most from your experience there.

How I Overcame Acute Anxiety and Crippling Depression

Maria X. Liu | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria X. Liu

I can't emphasize enough how important it is to really know what your body and mind are trying to tell you. We're all here for our own individual purpose, and if you don't listen to it and only treat these signs as symptoms of a disease that you treat purely through external remedies, you'll have lost yourself in the process.

Why Am I Speaking Chinese in England?

Grace Li | Posted 09.15.2014 | Travel
Grace Li

It has been months since I have spoken to anyone in Chinese. And it was just one conversation, so maybe I'm thinking too much into it. But in that brief period of time, I was no longer in a stranger in a foreign country.

Among the faithful

China Hands | Posted 07.25.2014 | World
China Hands

Anna Russo reports on Christianity in China "There are more Chinese in church on a Sunday than there are in the whole of Europe," says Professor Chlo...

5 Things You Never Knew About Fortune Cookies

The Daily Meal | Posted 07.24.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

What's that difficult-to-identify flavor in there? And who thinks up all of those fortunes? It's time we answered these questions once and for all.

Can You Hear Me?

Mable Chan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Mable Chan

"Mommy, can you hear me? Are you there?" I called mom from New York as soon as I heard she was taken to the hospital.

Cinco de Mayo: A Different Take

Khanh Ho | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Khanh Ho

Most people just don't know what Cinco de Mayo is about, beyond the fact that it is an excuse to guzzle tequila. They do not know that the event commemorates an heroic battle for the city of Puebla. Not Mexican Independence Day.

Everything My Asian Immigrant Parents Taught Me Turns Out to Be Wrong

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Frank H. Wu

I have been preparing for most of my life to write this essay. My parents espouse, in addition to the virtues of self-improvement through formal educ...

Chinese Foot Massage 101: It'll Knock You Off Your Feet

Jolie Jenkins | Posted 06.24.2014 | Comedy
Jolie Jenkins

I must be a glutton for punishment. Not only do I frequent the Korean Spa, I often spring for cheap, sub-par treatments at Chinese Foot Massage places...

Book Review: Trying Not to Try

David Vognar | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
David Vognar

In his new book Trying Not to Try, the University of British Columbia Asian Studies and Embodied Cognition professor Edward Slingerland treats us to a work of seminal importance.

10 Spots in China Your Camera Can't Miss

Gina Ciliberto | Posted 05.24.2014 | Travel
Gina Ciliberto

There's something to be said for the value of aesthetic pleasure in travel. There's nothing like having your breath taken away by sheer physical beauty. These awesome and magnificent images from China sure prove that.

Are Ethnic Tensions On The Rise In China?

ChinaFile | Posted 03.03.2014 | World

A ChinaFile Conversation On December 31, President Xi Jinping appeared on CCTV and extended his “New Year’s wishes to Chinese of all ethni...

The Best Chinese Takeout In America

The Daily Meal | Posted 05.01.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

From a 'pie house' specializing in Frisbee-sized xian bing meat pies to a Peking duck stall.

The True Meaning Of Fearless Love

Mable Chan | Posted 04.27.2014 | Weddings
Mable Chan

Deep down, I feared the trappings of marriage. I feared that marriage would make me give up independent thoughts and ideals.

Shanghai's Disappearing Doorways

Tom_Carter | Posted 04.01.2014 | Arts
Tom_Carter

Once characterized by their quaint doorways of warped timber, stone thresholds, hand-made mailboxes and green address plates, the old communities of this city are swiftly being replaced by towering, gated apartments and their unreceptive, reinforced-steel security doors.

For Freedom, Justice and Love: Xu Zhiyong's Closing Statement to the Court

Posted 01.27.2014 | World

Following is legal activist Xu Zhiyong’s closing statement at the end of his trial in Beijing on January 22, 2014. According to his lawyer, Xu w...

Xi, Mao, And China's Search For A Usable Past

Posted 01.25.2014 | World

By Paul Gewirtz, ChinaFile Since its founding, the United States has had understandable pride in its great achievements, but also has had to reck...

Funny, Ignorant or Racist?

PP Wong | Posted 02.26.2014 | Comedy
PP Wong

Racial bullying in the playground is easy to spot; but, grown-up racial bullying often takes the form of jokes and verbal innuendos.

How Is Disney's Mulan Perceived in China?

Quora | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

From what I can remember, the movie was received horribly. People criticized how the movies confused China with Japan (which is a big deal for us). It is a straight out American movie decorated with Chinese accessories to make it interesting and exotic.