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Understanding a vast country like China which is undergoing tremendously fast development and yet is also burdened with 4,000 years of history making change complex and full of unpredictable results is somewhat of a challenge. These articles help shed light on the dragon that has awoken.
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This website has been setup to help those teachers and staff that work for Perfect English in Changchun, China. There are a lot of resources on the Internet about China and about teaching English. I hope I can bring together some of the better resources to help you.

 

There's a lot of stuff out there on the web and in the news about China. This page isn't about providing up to the minute news on current events, but rather indepth analysis after the events.

 

Quite a few of our staff read a lot, and this is an attempt to bring together some of the more errudite editorial pieces that we've come across.

 

Hopefully they are enlightening and interesting.

 

If you've bumped into this website and are looking for a teaching job in China, please get in touch. This is a just a small sample of the support we will provide to make your time in China as smooth as possible.

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Surveillance society | Inside Story

Surveillance society | Inside Story | About China | Scoop.it
A high-tech system of social control is being superimposed on China’s network of urban neighbourhoods, writes James Leibold in Beijing
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China’s Unfair Gaokao System

China’s Unfair Gaokao System | About China | Scoop.it

How does where you study, your hukou (residence permit) and where you take the gaokao effect the future of Chinese students? More and more students are taking the SAT instead, and are becoming gaokao immigrants.

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How Weibo Is Changing China

How Weibo Is Changing China | About China | Scoop.it
Weibo is just 3 years old, but its posters are fierce in tackling China’s challenges...
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China Not Set To Become an Innovation Nation

The statement that China has fostered an environment for disruptive technologies rather smacks of an accountancy that would like to be a consultancy trying to whip up some business.
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Three Gorges: Photographs of the Lost Town of Kaixian

Three Gorges: Photographs of the Lost Town of Kaixian | About China | Scoop.it

On November 4, 2008, water rose over Kaixian, China, ending its history of nearly 2000 years. Located on the Yangtze River, 180 miles upstream from the Three Gorges Dam — the largest water control project ever built — Kaixian was the final town submerged by the dam’s reservoir

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There’s no such thing as instant guanxi

There’s no such thing as instant guanxi | About China | Scoop.it
Guanxi is something we have discussed a number of times on this blog for two reasons, one is that it is a hugely important aspect of Chinese culture that defines social obligations and relationship...
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Testing Your Corruption Goggles

Testing Your Corruption Goggles | About China | Scoop.it

Want to understand why corruption is so wide spread in China, and why it isn't going away any time soon...

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The Startling Plight of China's Leftover Ladies

The Startling Plight of China's Leftover Ladies | About China | Scoop.it

"...describing a new conundrum in China: the plight of its sheng nu, or "leftover ladies." In popular parlance, sheng nu refers to women above a certain age -- some say 27, others 30 -- who are unmarried and presumably "left over," too old to be desirable..."

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Filial Son Returns Home to Be With His Dying Father – chinaSMACK

Filial Son Returns Home to Be With His Dying Father – chinaSMACK | About China | Scoop.it
Chinese netizens are moved by the story and photos of a filial son in rural Shanxi who returns from university & struggles to take care of his dying father.
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Tiger Moms Craving SUVs Drive Next Wave of Chinese Demand

Tiger Moms Craving SUVs Drive Next Wave of Chinese Demand | About China | Scoop.it
Zhou Na, a 37-year-old Beijing
mother, says she knows why sport-utility vehicles are the
fastest-growing segment in the world’s biggest automobile
market: kids.
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Catch 22, On not becoming a doctor in China

Catch 22, On not becoming a doctor in China | About China | Scoop.it
Now imagine if this cartoon ran in China's New Yorker equivalent. A promising young girl tells her father she wants to grow up to be a medical doctor, with no mention of wanting to take care of only out-of-pocket patients.
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Rejuvenation of China

Rejuvenation of China | About China | Scoop.it

A postcard on China. Where did the current situation come from, and where is it all going? An in depth analysis of modern China.

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American-Chinese intercultural Workplace Communication

American-Chinese Intercultural Workplace Communication
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Read a couple of fascinating articles recently on the differences between US and China work cultures.

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China’s Hukou System Explained

China’s Hukou System Explained | About China | Scoop.it

This is a three part series that looks at how China’s household registration system, the hukou, controls peoples lives.

 

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Part 1 : http://www.asiahealthcareblog.com/2013/05/13/chinas-hukou-system-a-passport-to-health-part-13/

 

Part 2 : http://www.asiahealthcareblog.com/2013/05/14/chinas-hukou-system-a-passport-to-health-part-23/

 

Part 3 : http://www.asiahealthcareblog.com/2013/05/16/chinas-hukou-system-a-passport-to-health-hukous-and-education/

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Revisiting Notions of Filial Piety in China

Revisiting Notions of Filial Piety in China | About China | Scoop.it

The Chinese Central Government’s has attempted to modernize “The 24 Paragons of Filial Piety” with the hope they can remind Chinese of their filial responsibilities. This article looks at how filial piety is being modernised, and has some great links to supplementary material on this topic including why you might want to sample your parents dung...

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Is the China Model a Myth?

In the depths of the 2008 financial crisis, the China model received a lot of positive press and analysis.
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Modern Chinese heroes

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"Zui Mei"- modern Chinese heroes as the encounter between reality culture and traditional Chinese values print version
Zhang Lili, Wu Bin, Wu Juping and more are modern role models of Chinese culture, ordinary people who became instant heroes through an altruistic act and pull strongly the emotional chords of Chinese society.

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The two things you need to understand to thrive in China

The two things you need to understand to thrive in China | About China | Scoop.it
Two concepts that foreigners are always told about are “Face” and “Guanxi”. “Face” is usually explained as not embarrassing people. It seems that every business book about China makes a...
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Is Beijing air as bad as you think?

Is Beijing air as bad as you think? | About China | Scoop.it

There are many wonderful things about Beijing, but the air isn’t one of them. Even on a supposedly blue-sky day, air-quality index (AQI) readings for particulate matter (PM) of 2.5 micrometres – those small enough to get into the bloodstream and do damage to the respiratory system – can be in the hundreds. On really bad days, the AQI pushes past the 500 limit; a level that’s officially ‘hazardous’ or ‘beyond index’, but now known locally (thanks to a mischievous tweet from the US Embassy) as ‘crazy bad’.

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Chinese graduates hate their low paying jobs, but are hopeful about the future

Chinese graduates hate their low paying jobs, but are hopeful about the future | About China | Scoop.it
Yesterday I shared the answers my former students gave to a short survey I sent them. Today we’re going to look more closely at the data, and try to get a better understanding of the lives th...
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Centre for Food Safety - Food Safety Focus - Opium Poppy Capsules and Spicy Hotpots

Centre for Food Safety - Food Safety Focus - Opium Poppy Capsules and Spicy Hotpots | About China | Scoop.it

The Centre for Food Safety has advised caution when eating spicey Sichuan hotpot, otherwise known as malatang, due to the discovery of ground opium poppy capsules as an ingredient.

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Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard

The first question any thoughtful person might ask when reading the title of this essay is, "Hard for whom?" A reasonable question. After all, Chinese people seem to learn it just fine...

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