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Book Review: Trying Not to Try

David Vognar | Posted 04.15.2014 | 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 03.25.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 02.25.2014 | 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.

Why Is the Chinese Luxury Market Getting So Much Media Attention?

Minh-Ha T. Pham | Posted 05.26.2013 | Style
Minh-Ha T. Pham

Today, established and new Chinese premium brands are becoming increasingly competitive forces in the global and domestic luxury market, giving international fashion brands a run for their money -- literally.

Beijing In Three (Long) Days

Kris LoPresto | Posted 04.26.2013 | Travel
Kris LoPresto

The hill you climb up was made from the earth that was displaced to make the moat that surrounds the Forbidden City.

Happy Chinese New Year: Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Modern celebrations of Chinese New Year provide many rich and helpful insights in terms of how Chinese culture is on the rise and becoming increasingly globally known and recognized.

MENU: A Dumpling Party for Chinese New Year

Saveur | Posted 04.10.2013 | Taste
Saveur

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...

Chinese Find Luxury In Europe

AP | Posted 03.17.2013 | Travel

BEIJING — A report says Europe is surging as a popular luxury destination for Chinese millionaires. The Hurun Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey 20...

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 ...