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Writing, images and videos on China, where I live 8 months a year.
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Travelogue 11/19/2013 Tea & Horse Trail Part 1 CCTV News - CNTV English

Travelogue 11/19/2013 Tea & Horse Trail Part 1 CCTV News - CNTV English | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
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You'll want to get a visa after seeing the breathtaking scenery along the Tea and Horse Trail, a trip through Shangri-la.

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Villagers: A Painting

Villagers: A Painting | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Smiles, puzzled looks, traditional ink painting.
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A modern painting at the Shandong Art Museum that uses traditional style.

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Falling Through the Cracks of China's Health-Care System - Wall Street Journal

Falling Through the Cracks of China's Health-Care System - Wall Street Journal | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
When 26-year-old Zhao Guomei was diagnosed with a rare illness, doctors estimated her treatment would cost up to $82,000. Like many young migrant workers in China, she didn’t have insurance, or the means to pay.
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While colleagues who've had minor health concerns in China have all gotten good treatment at a very low cost, I wouldn't want to be treated for a long term condition there.

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Inside a Chinese Test-Prep Factory

Inside a Chinese Test-Prep Factory | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Thousands of students travel to Maotanchang to spend 16 hours a day, seven days a week, studying for the biggest test of their lives.
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So glad my education didn't feature one of these. 

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10 Habits for successful English language learning

10 Habits for successful English language learning | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it

Here are some tips to help you build good learning habits and make your lessons more productive and to make English language learning part of your life.


Via Nik Peachey
Susan Kelly's insight:

I'm going to copy this for my students for the next semester. Some good ideas.

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nicolaperry's curator insight, January 9, 7:14 AM

Not rocket science but good sound advice.

nicolaperry's curator insight, January 9, 7:16 AM

Not rocket science but good basic sound advice.

ITTC_TEFL's curator insight, January 21, 11:41 AM

Useful habits to help any language learner

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As Some Scale Heights of Chinese Luxury, A "Rat Tribe" of Millions Lives Underground

As Some Scale Heights of Chinese Luxury, A "Rat Tribe" of Millions Lives Underground | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
This article also appears in The Atlantic, a Tea Leaf Nation partner site. Carrie Bradshaw, lead character of HBO’s “Sex and the C...
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Real estate in China is worrying.

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Evicting holdout households is often a sordid affair | The World of Chinese

Evicting holdout households is often a sordid affair | The World of Chinese | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
holdout households unwilling to leave their homes on new developments are often subject to a campaign of bullying and violence
Susan Kelly's insight:

I tend to get sentimental about this sort of thing. Another block is gone down the road. Another nondescript group of high rises will replace it. My sympathies tend to lie with the holdouts.

 

When 80% of the ghost towns are occupied, then knock down the next neighborhood.

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Beijing Bans Smoking in Public Spaces

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Beijing has adopted a smoking ban in all indoor public spaces including workplaces and public transport. The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the ban will go into effect in the capital city of 21 million people on June 1 and carry a fine of up to 200 yuan ($32.50). The Standing...
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You could have fooled me. Yes, there's a law. Enforcement? No evidence of that.

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Doctor nurse sex within hospital complex | The World of Chinese

Doctor nurse sex within hospital complex | The World of Chinese | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
A man who hired a private investigator to catch his wife in the act of cheating has been sentenced to three months in prison for invasion of privacy, when he sued the lovers for adultery
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This is as crazy as the man who sued his wife because their children were ugly in his opinion.

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First prison themed restaurant opens in Tianjin

Customers dine in the first prison themed restaurant of China's Tianjin, Sept 6, 2014.
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Why would people want to eat in a prison themed restaurant? Go figure.

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Bloody Brawl Breaks Out During Military Training -- at a Chinese High School

Bloody Brawl Breaks Out During Military Training -- at a Chinese High School | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Chinese social media can't agree whether to blame an out-of-control military or spoiled youth.
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The first year students here just completed their first of two weeks of mandatory military training. Lots of marching and shouting.

 

No violence in Jinan. All's well here.

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Jinan opens doors to property buyers|Industries|chinadaily.com.cn

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Jinan ends restrictions on purchasing new and second-hand homes, local media reported on Wednesday.
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Given all the construction and empty apartments, I'm surprised there was a restriction. I suppose it made sense years ago. 

 

Still can this thwart a bubble?

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Understanding modern China through comedic rap | Making Sen$e | PBS NewsHour

Understanding modern China through comedic rap | Making Sen$e | PBS NewsHour | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Stand up comedian Jesse Appell has made a name for himself in China, parodying pop songs with lyrics about China's macroeconomic woes. Paul Solman catches up with the Boston Fulbright student on the NewsHour Thursday. Watch Appell's music videos, in full, on Making Sen$e.
Susan Kelly's insight:

An American in Beijing uses rap and comedy to capture the economic feelings of the Chinese. I'm in awe of his Mandarin proficiency.

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China's icy city prepares for annual ice festival

Tourists across China visit Harbin for a glimpse of ice masterpieces while artists put their final touches to their sculptures. Report by Hettie Maylam.
Susan Kelly's insight:

Harbin is nice, though I'm too much of a hot house flower to go for the festival. Stay at the Ibis hotel. It's got a great location. Also, remember like Russians, Harbin's residents tend to be gruff and cold. Don't take it personally.

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Food addiction in China

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Chinese authorities are concerned that restaurants across the country are exacerbating the problem by adding opium to their dishes.
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A friend sent me this. I think it's important, as you read, to remember that China is a huge country and just because something happens in Sichuan (in the west) doesn't mean it happens all over.

 

Chinese identify with the provinces as strongly as Americans identify with their states. So it could be that restaurant owners in Sichuan have little influence over what their peers do across the country.

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China's crackdown: Latest corruption probe could upset party balance- Nikkei Asian Review

China's crackdown: Latest corruption probe could upset party balance- Nikkei Asian Review | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
BEIJING -- A government investigation into Ling Jihua, the top aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao, has shed light on corrupt practices tied to
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I see the party as marching on. It's survived a lot in 60s years.

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Toys from Abusive Chinese Factories Bring No Holiday Cheer

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According to a recently released report from the nonprofit organization China Labor Watch (CLW), many popular toy brands are manufactured in Chinese factories that have been found to have repeatedly committed a vast number of worker rights violations...
Susan Kelly's insight:

As usual, my hero Ralph, enlightens on workers rights in China. I will write Mattel, Disney, et al and tell them to improve their practices.

 

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Another Worker

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Im rather smitten with these cheery worker propaganda posters from China. This was at the National Art Museum of China.
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I find these worker posters charming.

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Learning Overseas | The World of Chinese

Learning Overseas | The World of Chinese | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
A newly released report suggests that now 80% of China's rich plan to send their children abroad for their education.
Susan Kelly's insight:

I wonder what the impact will be. Will they return to the Motherland? Will returnees be sidelined as Japanese returnees are. Since there are 1.3 billion people, do the superrich have much influence overall?

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Song swooning over presidential couple goes viral in China

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A video singing the praises of the "legendary" romance between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan has gone viralChristmas appe...
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China's adding a touch of romance to how its leaders are perceived.

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Foreigners read books while Chinese stuck on their phones | The World of Chinese

Foreigners read books while Chinese stuck on their phones | The World of Chinese | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
A strange trend is witnessed by a photographer in the airport
Susan Kelly's insight:

It seems to me like the photographer deliberately sought out reading Westerners. Plenty do use their smartphones non-stop. I suppose we are more interested in paper books, though. 

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Studio interview: Changing marriage values - CCTV News - CCTV.com English

Studio interview: Changing marriage values - CCTV News - CCTV.com English | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
For more on this issue, I'm now joined in the studio by Liu Shinan, a senior columnist with the China Daily newspaper.
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Is Chinese marriage getting more like Western countries? What are the Chinese characteristics of marriage?

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IHG launches HUALUXE Hotels & Resorts - YouTube

IHG's China CEO, Keith Barr, discusses our newest brand, HUALUXE Hotels & Resorts.
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An interesting concept: Luxury with an accent on Chinese culture.

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Leaning In -- to Chinese Corruption

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Looks can be deceiving. In China, official bribery -- even exchanging sex for power -- is still too normal.
Susan Kelly's insight:

According to this article, in China female government officials are just as likely to be corrupt as men.

 

Since many of my female students are willing to plagiarize, I'm not shocked. Disappointed, but not shocked.

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China publishes new map

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China has published a new map of the entire country including the islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) in order to "better show" its territorial claim over the region.

Via Seth Dixon
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Seems like using a wikipedia entry to validate these claims.

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James Hobson's curator insight, November 21, 2014 7:12 PM

(East Asia topic 2)

The aggressive stance which China is seen as taking towards its oceanic claims can be tied closely with its lack of a mainland frontier. Having no where else to go westward, the only other option is apparently to go very-outward into the south and east. The fact that there is virtually no land in this region is a mute point due to the huge resources which lie under the ocean's surface.

   This action taken by China seems to eerily represent actions of the United States around 70 years ago; once the western frontier had been settled and firmly claimed, the desire to continue expansion can be seen through the U.S.'s involvement with Hawaii, the Philippines, Guam, Midway Island, and the like. Though there may have been the use of war as a reason to do this in the case of America, the nationalistic desire for expansion can clearly be seen. European powers, which have especially been short on land frontiers, certainly have exhibited the same traits in history.

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, November 22, 2014 9:46 PM

This new map of China, not surprisingly produced by China, may not look any different than the maps you see now, until you notice the dashed lines in the South China Sea.  These lines are meant to outline the area of Chinese territory.  They have also claimed, which has turned up as false, that they had ancient claim to this area.  This wouldn't be such a big deal except the fact that there are oil reserves in the area in which China has marked its claim.  Not only would this specific area become a new resource for China but also the international waters that they have greatly increased for themselves.  With China's new claim to this area in the South China Sea they have expanded the area that they control as well as gaining a great deal of international water that they would have drilling rights to.  This has neighboring countries up in arms for good reason.  China is trying to take over land that isn't theirs with no validity solely for the oil claims.  Although they are controlling the area in which they have staked a claim on, the courts could soon make sure this isn't happening.

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 2014 10:50 PM

The new map published by the Chinese government is a clear message of what they feel are their territorial boundaries. In areas that are contested between China and other countries, the map makes a bold claim that these areas belong to China. Chinese activities in these disputed areas match up with the attitude conveyed by this map.