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Why Am I Speaking Chinese in England?

Grace Li | Posted 07.16.2014 | 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 05.26.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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.

Jimmy Kimmel and Me

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

I was talking to somebody today about the Jimmy Kimmel incident. My friend had not heard about it. That's part of the problem. It isn't often that ge...

'The Way of Chopsticks' Explores The Contemporary Chinese Family

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.01.2013 | Arts

"'The Way of Chopsticks' is a way of collaborating that is based on the principle of a pair of chopsticks," explain artists Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen ...

10 Things You Didn't Know About This Solitary, Symbolic Creature

Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

Thrillist Opened 350 Fortune Cookies... In Bed!

Thrillist | Posted 10.08.2013 | Taste
Thrillist

As an ode to the wisest of all cookies -- aside from the Fig Newton -- we cracked open a lifetime's worth* of fortune cookies to investigate which sound the funniest... in bed!! Because that's what people say to be hilarious.

From My Experience As CHINICT's Founder: 5 Best Practices to Build and Run a Business in China As a Foreigner

Franck Nazikian | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
Franck Nazikian

Over the past few years, I have been asked what it takes to be successful as a foreigner in China. Here are a few thoughts inspired by my tales as an entrepreneur in the Internet industry in the Middle Kingdom.

Zacchaeus Meets Mao: Reflection From a First Time Visitor to a Church in China

Kim Yunez | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Kim Yunez

Contrary to popular belief (in American minds), this church was anything but "underground." Nearly every seat was occupied and once when the camera jib swept across the audience, I saw myself smiling at how our group did not blend into the crowd.

Gina Wong's Vision for Hong Kong and The Pineapple Underground Film Festival

Rachel Mason | Posted 08.03.2013 | Entertainment
Rachel Mason

As I started to learn more about the PUFF Festival and Gina Wong, I realized that her insistence upon the appearance of an artist from the other side of the globe for the world premier of a low budget indie rock opera art film should not come as a surprise.

Memorial Day Perspective

Global Yodel | Posted 07.24.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

In the U.S., Memorial Day weekend usually marks the beginning of summer vacation. But in some places in China, school vacations aren't as big a cause of celebration.