[SOCIETY] Donations for a leukemia-stricken child to be returned after the father’s too successful charitable crowdfunding

A Chinese father recently has raised nearly 2.7 million RMB (about 0.31 million GBP) through an online appeal on WeChat, China’s most popular social media platform, for his daughter who is suffering from leukemia. On Wednesday this week, however, the campaign was caught up in bitter controversy as people started to question the father’s financial … More [SOCIETY] Donations for a leukemia-stricken child to be returned after the father’s too successful charitable crowdfunding

[SOCIETY] Chinese Tiger Mom spends 20000RMB on first-grade’s extracurricular activities

“Everyone is moving forward, we can’t stand still,” Ms. Xie from Zhejiang, East China said. Like other “Tiger Mothers” who swear by the “never-lose-at-the-starting-line” theory, stay-at-home mom Ms. Xie spends about 20000RMB each semester on private tutorials and extracurricular classes for her seven-year-old son Chengcheng. The recent years in China have witnessed an incongruous course … More [SOCIETY] Chinese Tiger Mom spends 20000RMB on first-grade’s extracurricular activities

[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?

[INFLUENCE] Meet the 4 Chinese nominated on BBC’s “100 Women” list

“BBC 100 Women“ names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year. This year, 4 “powerful women” from China and Hong Kong have been selected in recognition of their remarkable achievements in various fields. From the outspoken feminist campaigner, to the first female football coach that led a men’s team to a domestic … More [INFLUENCE] Meet the 4 Chinese nominated on BBC’s “100 Women” list

[SOCIETY] China now has 200 million singleton population

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs recently released statistics that nearly 200 million adults in 2015 were single and unmarried, accounting for 14.6 percent of the total population. The news has made the headlines of many mainstream state-run media, but why? This substantial number heralds the fourth wave of singledom in the country, according to China’s … More [SOCIETY] China now has 200 million singleton population

These photo stories of China’s migrant workers will touch your heart

“Migrant workers”, all “Nongmingong” (农民工) in Chinese, are people who migrated from rural areas to cities in China. The population of these migrant workers estimated at 277 million, make up half of China’s urban workforce and account for half of the country’s fast-growing GDP, yet remained marginalised and subject to a range of social problems, … More These photo stories of China’s migrant workers will touch your heart

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?

Patriotic Chinese film glorifiying Korean War sparks debate among Chinese netizens

A two-minute trailer of the film ‘My War’ has sparked bitter controversy on the Chinese internet. Its ghastly exploitation of recent military history and distorted patriotism is indeed unsettling. Featuring 24 veteran Chinese artists on a bus tour in South Korea’s capital Seoul, the young Korean female guide greets her passengers in a friendly manner … More Patriotic Chinese film glorifiying Korean War sparks debate among Chinese netizens

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?

“It’s like a new achievement” – Chinese people on dating Westerners

Interracial dating is not an unusual thing for Chinese people nowadays, yet it’s definitely a social phenomenon in vogue that draws attention.  The picture-perfect pair Liu Ye and Anais Martane, the newly wed Sa Beining and Lisa Hoffman, and the sweet lovebirds Gigi Leung and Sergio Crespo Gutes, interracial dating seems so near and yet … More “It’s like a new achievement” – Chinese people on dating Westerners