What Fascinates Me About China
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What Fascinates Me About China
Writing, images and videos on China, where I live 8 months a year.
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端午节Dragon Boat Festival

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Here's a neat slide show on Dragon Boat Festival which is this Tuesday.
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Is China really MODERN or stuck in the DARK AGES?

Why is it that I can turn a corner in China and feel as if I've travelled hundreds of years back in time? Yet turning another corner it's like I'v
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These videos will show you the real China, which you can't get from the news. He takes on the complexities and paradoxes, which are so much a part of China.
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Australia universities caught in China row

Australia universities caught in China row | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Chinese students have complained about teaching materials - sparking debate about freedom of speech.
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Western universities and governments need to help China get over its delusions. Tell the truth about Taiwan's sovereignty. It's simple. Besides how important is one tiny country to a big one? Britain can accept losing the US, India, Singapore, Ireland, etc. and they've done well.


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Chinese gang refill empty cans of Budweiser with beer from a tub

Chinese gang refill empty cans of Budweiser with beer from a tub | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Fraud revealed by television station report in central China
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More stories about cutting corners and poor quality assurance. #sad
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China vows zero tolerance on academic fraud

China vows zero tolerance on academic fraud | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Fake peer review scandal shines spotlight on China
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Had I been their teacher they'd have learned about the evils of plagiarism long before this scandal. 

I don't buy the "It's their culture argument." Their culture is far better than this. This is the low end of things and not what China should accept.

Perhaps now at the earlier stages dishonesty will be nipped in the bud.
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How China’s History Shapes, and Warps, its Policies Today

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How China’s History Shapes, and Warps, its Policies Today « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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A fascinating article about China's past and how history is used to influence people today. 

Excellent analysis by Jeremiah Jenne, a historian from America who's lived in China for 16 years. 

You'll learn a lot about how China views its history and its past relations with its neighbors.
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24 Solar Terms: 5 things you may not know about the Start of Summer[2]- Chinadaily.com.cn

24 Solar Terms: 5 things you may not know about the Start of Summer[2]- Chinadaily.com.cn | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Start of Summer (Chinese: 立夏), the 7th term of the year, begins on May 5 and ends on May 20 this year.
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Spanish Ambassador to China: Belt and Road Initiative open to everybody

Spanish Ambassador to China: Belt and Road Initiative open to everybody | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
By CGTN's Hou Na
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The Belt and Road Initiative is a big push by China to create a modern version of the old Silk Road. It's a way to help economies by developing infrastructure and increasing engagement between China and its neighbors to the west, as far west as Europe.
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Waiting For The Great Leap Forward - Cincinnati Magazine

Waiting For The Great Leap Forward - Cincinnati Magazine | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
The state of Chinese-American relations at Miami University.
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If you read one article this year about the impact of the massive number of Chinese students coming to the US for college, this should be it. The reporters cover every angle and fairly portray the situation. It's not bad that so many Chinese are here, but it doesn't make good sense for US schools to concentrate on internationals students from a single country. 

Already Chinese returnee's who've as we say here in China, "went overseas to get gilded" are finding fewer career opportunities. 

Random thoughts:

For my employer, a small New England college, many of the students graduate but don't have the language skills to pass a job interview in their field. So are we hurting or helping these students by passing them and requiring so little of them?

I was particularly disappointed by the teacher who allows students to write a poem instead of taking the final exam. If that's not dumbing down the course, I don't know what is. 

I wasn't surprised that some teachers who know little about China other than a handful of stereotypes like "in their culture collaboration is common" or "their ethics are different, what we consider cheating isn't cheating over there." Wrong and wrong. If you "collaborate" during an exam in China by sharing answers, it is not okay. Some teachers may look the other way, some may take a bribe to do so, but it's not the norm. Honest Chinese hate this.
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Susan Kelly's comment, May 11, 2017 9:47 PM
I have to add that it's just foolish that the Chinese restaurant owners don't have English menus in Ohio. They've got them in Jinan in my westside neighborhood -- and of course Chinese menus.
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Beijing's Underground City

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I had no idea about this. Now I want to visit the underground tunnels to see how people would live down there. 
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International Students Stumble During Study Aboard (Education) | BEIJING TODAY

International Students Stumble During Study Aboard (Education) | BEIJING TODAY | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
The Hurun Report released its “2016 Study Abroad Trend Special Report,” an analysis of major trends in the study abroad market for Chinese students. According to the report, rising wealth in Chinese families is driving down the age at which students begin their overseas studies. But with a rise in outbound students, many schools are …
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Study abroad requires a lot of maturity. Curiosity about other cultures is another plus. It's not for everyone.
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Chinese man 'marries' two women at the same time

Chinese man 'marries' two women at the same time | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
A man in China was filmed marrying two men including his ex-wife. The footage was posted to social media on April 18. Apparently the man's parents liked his ex-wife and wanted her there.
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This is something of a hoot. My friend Eva tweeted this story about a man who married two women in the same ceremony to please his parents and his ex-wife. Go figure.
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Chinese couples insure their love - China - Chinadaily.com.cn

Chinese couples insure their love - China - Chinadaily.com.cn | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Roses and chocolates may be traditional Valentine's Day gifts but some loved-up boyfriends and girlfriends took the more unusual step of purchasing love insurance.
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I'm not clear on how this works. I'm surprised they sell insurance for romances.
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Xi Jinping Has Quietly Chosen His Own Successor

Xi Jinping Has Quietly Chosen His Own Successor | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Meet Chen Miner, the man who has been getting groomed to run China — without anyone in the West seeming to notice.
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I had heard the rumors that Xi wanted to hold on to his almighty power and lead China for a second term of 10 years. This article suggests that that isn't the case. 

I'm relieved.
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What is this giant maze hiding?

What is this giant maze hiding? | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
A tech-savvy Chinese village creates a giant QR code from shrubs in a bid to attract visitors.
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How clever. I wonder if it will bring in the tourists. Good luck, folks
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Beijing Uses Facial Recognition to Thwart Toilet Paper Thieves

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Beijing tourist site uses high-definition cameras and face recognition to thwart toilet paper thieves.
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I've wondered why so few public toilets offer toilet paper. Now I know.
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Traditional architecture on the brink of modernization

Traditional architecture on the brink of modernization | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
What’s more, an application has been submitted to grant parts of the area World Cultural heritage status. If approved, this will bring more prestige, more tourism, and more income to the communities of Mount Jingmai. But the cost will be a loss of the current serenity, as commercialization takes hold.
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I'm visiting Yunnan in 3 weeks but I won't get to this off the beaten path destination. Zannen. 
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"Walking the City: A Guide to Exploring Beijing by Foot," The Beijinger - Jottings from the Granite Studio

"Walking the City: A Guide to Exploring Beijing by Foot," The Beijinger - Jottings from the Granite Studio | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Beijing might not be an easy city to walk around, but that doesn't mean there aren't some great walks to be had in the city.
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I've done the first and second walks and they're terrific ways to get a real feel for Old China (sometimes packaged for modern consumption). There's also the old Muslim district on the southwest side of town that's good.
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A New ‘Cure’ for China’s Millions of Web Addicts: Hack Their Computer

A New ‘Cure’ for China’s Millions of Web Addicts: Hack Their Computer | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
A New ‘Cure’ for China’s Millions of Web Addicts: Hack Their Computer « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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Quite ingenious. And scary.

Yet it is a big problem. For the addicts the Web's basically the new opium. That's not just in China though. 

Like many things, most people can handle moderate use, but for those who can't the addiction is real and debilitating.
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'How we’ll know when China really is working with the US on North Korea' @investorseurope

'How we’ll know when China really is working with the US on North Korea' @investorseurope | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
This past weekend Donald Trump praised his Chinese counterpart for his efforts to address the increasingly tense situation on the Korean peninsula. The US president said Xi Jinping "is working to try and resolve a very big problem, for China also." That problem, of course, is the ongoing development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons b

Via Yididiya Mulatu
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This issue with North Korea and China's role fascinates me.
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Yididiya Mulatu's curator insight, May 3, 2017 3:47 PM

'This past weekend Donald Trump praised his Chinese counterpart for his efforts to address the increasingly tense situation on the Korean peninsula. The US president said Xi Jinping “is working to try and resolve a very big problem, for China also.”'

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China launches media campaign against U.S. hacking allegations

China launches media campaign against U.S. hacking allegations | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
In response to a report by a U.S. security firm alleging that the Chinese military is responsible for a hacking assault on the U.S., China launched a media campaign to deny the accusations.
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Methinks they protest too much. 
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China’s bloody factories: A problem bigger than Foxconn

China’s bloody factories: A problem bigger than Foxconn | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
There’s a hidden price to the gadgets we buy — injuries, lost limbs, chronic fatigue. We point our fingers at the companies that make the gadgets we most covet, but shouldn’t we also look in the mirror?
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I was naive to think only Apple took advantage of cheap labor in China. It's far more pervasive.
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China a Poor Choice for Travelers Seeking Chinese Culture (History) | BEIJING TODAY

China a Poor Choice for Travelers Seeking Chinese Culture (History) | BEIJING TODAY | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
It sounds strange to suggest it, but anyone pining for the China of the Tang Dynasty would be best advised to visit Japan. The island nation continues the dynasty’s architecture, and its emperor continues ceremonies that are clearly modeled on the period’s court. Readers who favor the Ming Dynasty would best be advised to head …
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Well, okay, but the thinking here goes far afield. If you want to know China of the past, perhaps another country resembles it. But obviously if you want to see a country as it is now, visit that country. 

An interesting read nonetheless.
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Fire Therapy for Losing Weight Operated by Unlicensed Therapist (Local) | BEIJING TODAY

Fire Therapy for Losing Weight Operated by Unlicensed Therapist (Local) | BEIJING TODAY | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
As the weather is getting warmer, women started to go to beauty center to receive therapies of losing weight. A new popular fire therapy has been popular recently. However, Beijing Youth Daily reporters found that the therapists in many beauty centers are unlicensed. Fire therapy claims to make people lose weight in a short time …
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I can't imagine trying this dangerous method. People will fall for the strangest things.
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The Parachute Generation

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To help their children get into American universities, Chinese parents have started sending them to U.S. high schools — and paying top dollar to do it.
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I just think this is too dangerous. Young kids living in a country where their language skills are lacking, gaming the visa system to stay two years? Is this the way to get ahead. 

Besides when they return to China, it'll take a lifetime to recoup the investment in their educations.

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