[CULTURE] Does China celebrate Thanksgiving?

Students holding “Thank You” signs in different languages in Zhengzhou, Central China. In recent decades, while western festivals such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas have been widely celebrated among young Chinese; Thanksgiving Day, a festival originated in North America seems to have received the cold shoulder. In contrast, Black Friday unsurprisingly has attracted growing … More [CULTURE] Does China celebrate Thanksgiving?

A Chinese student recounts her love-hate relationship with the UK

I’ll always have a love-hate relationship with the UK. Now coming back to China after a year of studying in the UK, I realised that I have “post-study-abroad syndrome”! Breakfast in China is varied and affordable, you can choose from Chinese soya milk, youtiao (deep-fried dough sticks), rice noodle rolls, Chinese buns, meat floss, congee; … More A Chinese student recounts her love-hate relationship with the UK

The rise of classics reciting private schools in China: an education utopia or dystopia?

A lesson in an old-style private schools in China In China, about 2000 old-style private schools are inculcating over 10,000 students with Chinese classics education, which recently invited opposing views from some experts and triggered a heated debate. Advocator of the old-style classic education, Wang Caigui Wang Caigui, head of Wenli School in Wenzhou, Zhejiang … More The rise of classics reciting private schools in China: an education utopia or dystopia?

An “Underdog’s” Life: A Chinese student babysitter’s story

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” —— Samuel Johnson. London is an exciting city full of surprises and unknown adventures. If I hadn’t been a babysitter in the rich neighbourhood I’d never have known what it was like living a life worse than a dog does. “Don’t touch it, … More An “Underdog’s” Life: A Chinese student babysitter’s story

Chinese celebrity Wang Baoqiang Divorce: Why wearing a ‘green hat’ in China is linked to infidelity

Recently, the divorce of Chinese renowned actor Wang Baoqiang has generated huge buzz in social media. The actor posted his unilateral divorce announce on Sina Weibo, in which he alleged that his wife, Ma Rong, had an affair with his agent, Song Zhe, and admitted upfront that he has been cuckolded. Wang’s divorce announcement on … More Chinese celebrity Wang Baoqiang Divorce: Why wearing a ‘green hat’ in China is linked to infidelity

Has China learned to value the sport over the gold?

China has scooped 31 medals in the first week of the Rio 2016 Olympics, including 11 golds, 8 silvers and 12 bronzes, second to the U.S.A. on the medal tally. Instead of going hysterically ecstatic or overtly cynical over any unexpected results, China’s response to this Olympics is more composed and measured. Trending social media … More Has China learned to value the sport over the gold?