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  • The Growth of China in 15 photos

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    20 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    China’s massive growth spurt over the last 20 years has been well popularized by the international media. A GDP growth rate that has hovered around 10% since Deng Xiao Ping's Economic reforms in the early 1980s. China consumes twice as much steel as Japan, USA and Europe combined. China will build 50,000 sky scrapers by 2025, the equivalent of 10 New York Cities. More people will move from the country side to the city between now and 2030 than the entire current US population, the biggest and fastest urban migration in the history of the planet. In the period between 1981 and 2010…
  • China Compliance: Don’t Rely on Your China Staff, Part II

    China Law Blog
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    In yesterday’s post, we briefly talked about the rash of legal problems lately besetting foreign companies doing business in China and of how foreign companies must avoid the temptation to assume that their Chinese staff have all China legal issues covered. This post addresses the resistance foreign companies (and their lawyers) often face from Chinese staff when the foreign company seeks to comply with Chinese law. This resistance typically stems from Chinese staff who believe that “Chinese laws are stupid and unrealistic and routinely ignored.” They are of the view that if…
  • How China becomes an innovative country - Shaun Rein

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    Fons Tuinstra
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    +Shaun Rein Innovation and China have not been an obvious combination of the past few decades. US vice-president Joe Biden even challenged us to name any innovation from China. Business analyst Shaun Rein takes Biden on in his upcoming book The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia.An interview with CKGSB.Shaun Rein: Because there is so much low-hanging fruit in the marketplace there is really no need to innovate. So rather than being a government, regulation, [or] cultural problem, the issue is that there [had been] no need to be innovative.
  • 结婚10年连连看,有图有真相

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    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    作者:Jocelyn Eikenburg  译者:远 (翻译自《Photo Essay: Celebrating 10 years of marriage to my husband!》) 十年前的7月26号,我和丈夫John在上海政府工作人员的见证下承诺一生相守。很难相信自那一刻起10年已逝,然而我对丈夫的爱却如第一次说出“我愿意”那般,不减分毫。(正如大多数中国的洋媳妇一样,出于一些我已在博文中解释过的原因,我不只一次地说出“我愿意”)…
  • Beijing Seen From Space

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    20 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    This Bystander has only recently come across the photographs that U.S. astronaut Reid Wiseman has been tweeting from the International Space Station. This one of Beijing taken earlier this month is almost a work of art.     #Beijing http://t.co/bO7OvaaOwk— … Continue reading →
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  • Libya Faces the Prospect of Civil War as Regional Powers Choose Sides

    nktime
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    Airstrikes don’t usually come with a calling card. After all, the intended targets usually know who their enemies are. But in Libya, a series of fighter jet strikes on Islamist militias fighting for control of Tripoli’s airport couldn’t have come from their traditional rivals—Libya’s fractious militias may be well armed and powerful, but none have an effective air force. On Monday, unnamed US officials confirmed to media outlets what many Libyans had already feared: the country’s neighbors are starting to choose sides in a conflict that is rapidly descending into civil war.
  • Obama Mulls Circumventing Congress for International Climate Change Agreement

    Dan Kedmey
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    The Obama Administration is working on an international agreement for countries to cut their fossil fuel emissions, a move that could set up a showdown with Congress by avoiding the need for formal treaty ratification. The accord, meant to be signed at a United Nations summit next year, will likely bypass the usual ratification procedure, the New York Times reports. Ratification would require a two-thirds vote from the Senate, but any action on climate change faces stiff resistance from Republicans and from some moderate Democrats, and President Barack Obama has increasingly looked for ways…
  • Mother of American Held By ISIS Pleads for His Release

    Zeke J Miller
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    MoreObama Warns of Extended Campaign Against ISISAmerican Extremist Killed Fighting for ISIS TerroristsObama Says ‘Entire World Is Appalled’ by ISIS Beheading of JournalistThe mother of an American journalist held hostage by Islamist militants issued an emotional plea for her son’s release Thursday. In a video broadcast on the Al Arabiya TV network, Shirley Sotloff directly addresses Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). She asks him to free her son Steven Sotloff after a year in captivity. “Steven is a…
  • 10 Things To Do Wherever You Are

    Tyler Borchers
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    Traveling this holiday weekend? Whether you’re headed to New York or San Francisco, Singapore or Tokyo, we’ve put together a list of your destination’s must-see attractions and activities. So if you want to hit the tourist hotspots, or if you prefer to see how the locals live, these ideas will make your Labor Day planning a bit less laborious: Athens Boston Chicago Detroit Dubai Hong Kong Kuala Lumpur Kyoto Las Vegas Lima London Los Angeles Manila Miami New York City Paris Portland Prague Rome San Francisco Seoul Shanghai Singapore Tokyo Washington
  • Zara Yanks Baby Shirt Likened to Concentration Camp Uniform

    Dan Kedmey
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Clothing retailer Zara hastily removed a baby shirt from its online stores Wednesday after social media users noted its resemblance to a concentration camp uniform. The shirt has thin black and white stripes and a yellow star sewn on the front. The company described the design as “sheriff” themed, but the word “sheriff” was barely legible within the star, and to many outraged critics on social media the shirt was far more evocative of one of the darkest chapters of World War II history. there is something very wrong about this children's shirt from Zara. what do…
 
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  • Wanda Arrives Arrives in Beverly Hills

    David Wolf
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    “China Developer Buys Robinsons-May Site in Beverly Hills” Julie Makinen Los Angeles Times August 8, 2014 The Times scored a win in picking up this story about how Chinese development giant Wanda is raising its bets on US real estate. Based in Beijing, Makinen can be forgiven, though, for not addressing what the real story is likely to be: the challenges the company is likely to face in gaining approval for its project. Wanda has yet to reveal plans for the site, but the location has some particular challenges familiar to locals. Traffic is already very heavy going into the area…
  • China’s Hidden Health Crises

    David Wolf
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Hutong Forward Contemplating Anacostia 1940 hrs I have done a lot of work over the past several years with companies in different parts of the healthcare industry, each seeking a way into the China market. Almost every first meeting entails the client bringing up China’s current Five-Year Plan, and trying to figure out how to capture opportunities around the nation’s healthcare priorities as laid out in the plan. Unfortunately, everyone does that, so the result is that the entire industry is chasing the same set of opportunities. In healthcare, that’s shortsighted. The best…
  • Yahoo! China According to Susan Decker

    David Wolf
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    “An Insider’s Account of the Yahoo!-Alibaba Deal“ Sue Decker HBR Blog Network August 6, 2014 Susan Decker at employee all hands meeting in Sunnyvale, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If you have not yet stumbled across Sue Decker’s article in the Harvard Business Review blogs, please read it. Decker, who left Yahoo! in 2009 after being passed over for the CEO post in lieu of former Autodesk CEO Carol Bartz, delivers her view of the investment that effectively saved Yahoo!, and her role in it. First person accounts are always suspect: one is never certain about how…
  • Event: Internet Governance and China

    David Wolf
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    If you’re in or near Shanghai and interested at all in the issues raised in my post on China’s evolving approach to Internet governance, you definitely want to catch “Who Controls China’s Internet,” a talk being given by Professor Mark Grabowski of New York’s Adelphi University on Monday, August 11 at 7pm at C3 Cafe. Grabowski, who has focused on the Internet and media, is working to help frame a viable scheme of Internet governance that would head off the possibility of fragmentation – a path towards which China’s policymakers appear to be…
  • Beijing’s New Internet Buzzphrase

    David Wolf
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Hutong Forward Planespotting at Reagan National 1655 hrs  In a ten minute speech last month in London at the 50th Meeting of ICANN, Lu Wei, the Minister of China’s Cyberspace Affairs Administration, introduced a set of seven principles under which, according to him, the Internet should be governed. While not much attention was paid Mr. Lu or his speech outside of the confines of the attendees, we can assume that it was an official statement of government policy, and therefore worth understanding, analyzing, and discussing. His principles, as I heard them, are: The Internet should benefit…
 
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  • China Compliance: Don’t Rely On Your China Staff, Part IV

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    In Part 1 of this series, I discussed how Chinese staff of foreign companies operating in China typically view China compliance very differently than the foreign company itself. In Part 2, I talked about how the views of Chinese staff can negatively impact the foreign company’s China compliance efforts. In Part 3, I discussed one aspect of what often happens with the local Chinese staff when the foreign company starts to enact real changes in its operations. Today, I focus in on how Chinese staff will seek to undermine those who it sees as behind the foreign company’s seeking to…
  • China Compliance: Don’t Rely on Your China Staff, Part III

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    In Part 1 of this series, I discussed how Chinese staff of foreign companies operating in China typically view China compliance very differently than the foreign company itself. In Part 2, I talked about how the views of Chinese staff can negatively impact the foreign company’s China compliance efforts. In this post, I am going to discuss one aspect of what often happens with the local Chinese staff when the foreign company starts to enact real changes in its operations. Typically when a foreign company begins establishing strong anti-corruption and compliance polices for its China…
  • China Trademarks: Like a Box of Chocolates

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Those of us who deal with China trademarks on a regular basis are used to a certain level of weirdness. To be fair, most decisions from the Chinese Trademark Office (CTMO) are logical, apply the appropriate laws and regulations, and occur within the general expected timeframe. But a nontrivial number are simply bizarre, and come with neither warning nor explanation. A trademark might be rejected for a ludicrous supposed conflict, like having the word “the” in common with a previously registered trademark. A trademark might be registered when it should be rejected for being identical to a…
  • China Compliance: Don’t Rely on Your China Staff, Part II

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    In yesterday’s post, we briefly talked about the rash of legal problems lately besetting foreign companies doing business in China and of how foreign companies must avoid the temptation to assume that their Chinese staff have all China legal issues covered. This post addresses the resistance foreign companies (and their lawyers) often face from Chinese staff when the foreign company seeks to comply with Chinese law. This resistance typically stems from Chinese staff who believe that “Chinese laws are stupid and unrealistic and routinely ignored.” They are of the view that if…
  • China Compliance: Don’t Rely On Your China Staff

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    You’ve heard the message. If you want to keep operating in China and stay out of legal trouble, the time is now to get your China house in order. And this is quite possible. But, can you rely on the advice of your China staff to establish corporate and regulatory compliance procedures, as well as anti-corruption policies? The answer is a weak (or is a strong?) maybe. The problem is that far too often your local China staff  views compliance and legal issues far differently than you or a government audit would. In Dead and alive: metaphors for (dis)obeying the law U.Penn’s language…
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  • Dairy tie-up Fonterra-Beingmate win-win - Ben Cavender

    Fons Tuinstra
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    +Benjamin Cavender The 2013 Fonterra milk scandal has not diminished the aspirations of the New Zealand firm to play a role in China´s dairy industry. This week Fonterra bought 20% stake in Beingmate, a smart move, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters.Reuters: "Beingmate have pretty good distribution and are definitely known in the market, so this is probably going to help Fonterra," said Ben Cavender, a Shanghai-based principal at China Market Research Group."It could be a big money maker for them but they are also coming into a very competitive market now with consumers that…
  • How China becomes an innovative country - Shaun Rein

    Fons Tuinstra
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    +Shaun Rein Innovation and China have not been an obvious combination of the past few decades. US vice-president Joe Biden even challenged us to name any innovation from China. Business analyst Shaun Rein takes Biden on in his upcoming book The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia.An interview with CKGSB.Shaun Rein: Because there is so much low-hanging fruit in the marketplace there is really no need to innovate. So rather than being a government, regulation, [or] cultural problem, the issue is that there [had been] no need to be innovative.
  • Fast food chains struggle for the Chinese customer - Ben Cavender

    Fons Tuinstra
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Ben CavenderWhen US fast food chains entered the China market, they mostly kept rigorously to their American diet. But now they are struggling to gain share of the US$100 billion market by experimenting frantically with tastes and flavors, tells retail analyst Ben Cavender in CNNMoney.CNN Money: There's just one problem: double cheeseburgers and pepperoni pizzas aren't exactly typical Chinese cuisine. As a result, the chains are constantly looking for ways to appeal to the local population, while keeping signature items on the menu."The trick is, they want to keep as much of their DNA as…
  • Where are China´s tourists turning to? - Wei Gu

    Fons Tuinstra
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    +Wei Gu  Hong Kong is loosing its attraction for Chinese tourists. Where are they now going to, wonders WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu in a discussion with Francis Belin from Swarovski. Both Tokyo and Seoul are doing better, but since 96% of the mainland Chinese still do not have a passport, there is room enough for growth, also in Hong Kong.Wei Gu is a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. Do you need her at your meeting or conference? Do get in touch or fill in our speakers´ request form. Are you looking for more experts on luxury goods at the China Speakers Bureau? Do have a look…
  • Trend: foreign firms moving out of China? - Sara Hsu

    Fons Tuinstra
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    +Sara Hsu Anti-trust actions, anti-corruption drives and safety issues have made corporate life for foreign firms in China tougher than 10, 15 years ago. Whether they will actually leave China in larger numbers depends on how the costs of doing business develop, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat.Sara Hsu: Many international corporations have now been caught up in the probe. In several high-profile cases, the National Development and Reform Commission and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce have investigated Microsoft and Mercedes-Benz, and looks set…
 
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  • Taiwan Mobile Internet Users Reached 9.87 Million In H1 2014

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    During the first half of 2014, the number of adults using the mobile Internet in Taiwan reached 9.87 million. The Taiwan Network Information Center published a report on the broadband network usage in Taiwan in 2014, which said that over the past three years, Taiwan's Internet growth rate maintained a rate of over 70% and […]
  • Diandian Interactive Sold By Parent For USD960 Million

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    Chinese game developer and operator Diandian Interactive was reportedly sold by its parent company FunPlus to Shanghai Zhongji Investment Holding for USD960 million, which is reportedly the largest acquisition in the Chinese gaming industry. According to reports in foreign media, this is also one of the largest acquisitions of an unlisted gaming company in the […]
  • NQ Mobile CFO Resigns

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    NQ Mobile, a Chinese provider of mobile Internet services, announced that its chief financial officer KB Teo departed the company last week. According to NQ Mobile, Teo's resignation became effective from August 22, 2014. Before the determination of a replacement, Shi Wenyong, co-founder and chief operating officer of NQ Mobile, will act the CFO role. […]
  • United Nations Builds Big Data Lab With Baidu

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    The United Nations Development Programme and Baidu reached a strategic deal to build a big data lab together. This lab aims to research and use big data technology to solve global issues like environmental protection, health, education, and disaster relief. This lab will focus on using Baidu's big data technology to analyze and process industrial […]
  • Leap Motion Enters Chinese Market With Digital China Partnership

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    American sensing controller manufacturer Leap Motion announced that the company will cooperate with Digital China to develop retail and other sectors in the Chinese market. The sensing controller product launched by Leap Motion has a camera and other sensors which can track users' finger and arm movements. It can be connected to both PC and […]
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  • 15 Things You Can Do In China But Not In The U.S.

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    22 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
      Buy Beer in a bag. In many parts of China, you can buy beer by the kilogram. You walk to the store, take a plastic bag off of the beer tap, pou... Humour | 0 Comments
  • The Growth of China in 15 photos

    <a href="/users/ginger-armando-de-ridder">37046</a>
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    China’s massive growth spurt over the last 20 years has been well popularized by the international media. A GDP growth rate that has hovered around 10% since Deng Xiao Ping's Economic reforms in the early 1980s. China consumes twice as much steel as Japan, USA and Europe combined. China will build 50,000 sky scrapers by 2025, the equivalent of 10 New York Cities. More people will move from the country side to the city between now and 2030 than the entire current US population, the biggest and fastest urban migration in the history of the planet. In the period between 1981 and 2010…
  • Foreign Tourist Dives Into Nanjing Lake to Save Suicidal Woman

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    18 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    A laowai is credited for rescuing a Nanjing woman who tried to drown herself in the presence of her boyfriend. China News | 0 Comments
  • China’s Shrink-Wrapped Eating Utensils Are Not As Clean As You Think

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    15 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    This in-depth report goes undercover to reveal the rather unhygienic ways your eating utensils may be prepared for you. China News | 1 Comments
  • Knife-Wielding Expat Shot Dead By Police in Downtown Foshan

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    12 Aug 2014 | 8:40 pm
    A male foreigner is dead after being confronted and shot by police when reportedly wielding a knife and attacking people in downtown Foshan. China News | 0 Comments
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  • Jobs Hard to Find for China’s Disabled

    Samuel Wade
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:21 am
    As obstacles to education for disabled Chinese persist, The Washington Post’s William Wan reports on prospects for those seeking work, and on efforts to improve them. For decades, jobs for the disabled in China have mostly been limited to masseuses, matchbox makers and hairdressers. And today, the few skills-training programs offered by the government remain in those areas. […] The exact percentage of employed disabled people is hard to pin down, with widely varying estimates depending on definitions of disabilities and employment. But according to China’s government agency on…
  • It’s Not Rape If You Wear a Condom

    Anne Henochowicz
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    戴避孕套不算强奸 (dài bìyùntào bú suàn qiángjiān): it’s not rape if you wear a condom A flimsy rebuttal to a rape charge. In May 2011 Zhou Qin, a 26-year-old middle school teacher in the southwestern province of Guizhou, was invited to a banquet by her school’s principal. At the banquet, Zhou was compelled to toast with the officials in attendance, consuming a quantity of liquor far beyond her level of tolerance. One of the officials present, local Bureau of Land and Resources Chief Wang Zhonggui, is alleged to have raped Zhou while she was intoxicated. Initially, the…
  • Justice and Notoriety: Public Shaming in China

    Samuel Wade
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The Dui Hua Human rights journal highlights the use of public shaming in China’s criminal justice system, whether through the televised confessions of journalists Chen Yongzhou and Gao Yu, microblogger and venture capitalist Charles Xue, British corporate investigator Peter Humphrey, and Red Cross-scandal antiheroine Guo Meimei, or mass public sentencings in Xinjiang and elsewhere. Part of doing justice in the criminal process is protecting the dignity of people in custody, presuming their innocence, and providing them with the conditions necessary for fair trial. China’s decisions to…
  • Pastor Detained Amid China’s Anti-Church Campaign

    josh rudolph
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    The Telegraph reports on the detention of a Christian pastor who has been vocal in his opposition to church demolitions in Wenzhou, Zhejiang: A Chinese preacher is facing up to a decade in prison after he was detained on what supporters say are trumped up charges intended to weaken resistance to an ongoing crackdown targeting the country’s rapidly growing Christian community. Huang Yizi, a Christian pastor from Zhejiang province in eastern China, was taken from his home in the city of Wenzhou by plainclothes police officers on August 2, according to activists. The 40-year-old, who has…
  • How a Chinese National Got Into Arizona’s Terror Center

    Samuel Wade
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    At ProPublica, Ryan Gabrielson and the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Andrew Becker describe a suspected security breach involving Chinese nationals at what was once described as “‘one of the best-run and most effective’ intelligence facilities in the U.S..” Lizhong Fan’s desk was among a crowd of cubicles at the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center in Phoenix. For five months in 2007, the Chinese national and computer programmer opened his laptop and enjoyed access to a wide range of sensitive information, including the Arizona driver’s license…
 
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  • Pronunciation Practice: the next Evolution

    John Pasden
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I’m really exited to announce that AllSet Learning now has its own Online Store. After releasing several new products on Apple and Amazon’s platforms in recent years, I’ve discovered that those channels can sometimes be more than a little “challenging.” But those platforms don’t support all of AllSet Learning’s ambitions. Some of the things I want to do won’t be realized even in the next few years, but others can be broken down into simpler units that people can use right now to improve their Chinese. AllSet Learning clients have been benefiting…
  • Summer Nap in Jing’an Park

    John Pasden
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I couldn’t resist snapping this picture in Jing’an Park: It’s been an unusually short/cool summer in Shanghai. I guess that makes it easier to fall asleep in public with utter abandon? (But then, Chinese people are typically pretty good at that…)
  • Boring Small Talk is an Opportunity

    John Pasden
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    At AllSet Learning, I hear about a lot of different learner problems. One of the more common ones from intermediate learners is, “I just keep having the same boring conversations over and over again: where are you from, how long have you been in China, are you used to eating Chinese food, etc.” Learners tend to see these limited, unchallenging conversations as contributing to the intermediate plateau they are on. (Side note: not too long ago, these same learners were likely struggling to get Chinese people to talk to them in Chinese, so from that perspective, this problem is a…
  • Pip & Estella

    John Pasden
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Hypothetically speaking, in a rewritten Chinese version of Great Expectations which takes place in modern China, Estella’s name should definitely be . But what about Pip? Suggestions welcome! (His name in the typical Chinese translation is , which is horrible, and we’re certainly not using.) (I will neither confirm nor deny that this question is related to Mandarin Companion‘s next release, which may or may not be the first Level 2 book.)
  • Why You Won’t Learn Like a Child

    John Pasden
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    It’s not that you can’t learn like a child, it’s that you won’t. You’re not willing to. Not because you aren’t committed, or aren’t smart enough, but because you’re an adult with a little bit of self-respect. And you get frustrated. Have you ever hung out with a crazy friend who will go up to any stranger and say anything, seemingly without inhibitions? It’s awkward but also awe-inspiring, because it opens your eyes to how much your own inhibitions prevent you from doing and experiencing. This is sort of how I feel about my daughter as I…
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    China IWOM Blog- Making Sense of the Buzz | seeisee | CIC

  • CIC launches real-time eCommerce, WeChat insights and Global Coverage of 67 languages

    Sam
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:48 pm
    We are very happy to share with you some exciting updates about CIC’s services and capabilities. CIC is continuing to invest in our technology to ensure our clients can fully leverage digital intelligence coming from the unique, fragmented, and dynamic social media landscape in China, Asia and across the world.   CIC adds real-time eCommerce, WeChat, BBS and Online News  In a major upgrade of Cooperator, CIC’s real-time social listening intelligence platform, expanded real-time coverage of Weibo to now include Online News, BBS, as well as eCommerce reviews from 8 eCommerce…
  • CIC China Internet Consumer watch 2014 July: Brand buzz offers lessons for product placement

    Sam
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    In the wake of hit movie like Transformer 4, more and more brands are considering or planning on product placement. Netizens were not only talking about the movie itself but also paid attention and offered opinions on brands’ product placements in the movie. CIC tracked the buzz about brands in the massively successful movie Transformer 4 which offers some lessons for those brands considering product placement: IN PLACE: The automotive brands, such as Chevroet, Lamborghini, and Trumpchi, were obvious and seamlessly fit into the movie plot and as a result were more naturally received by…
  • Nike vs. Adidas, the Battle for the World Cup “Adaptive Marketing” Crown

    Sam
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    While teams battled for the World Cup, the marketing war between the two sports giants Nike and Adidas battled off the football pitch in a social media marketing war. Both has casualties. Adidas’ posted  an unseemly tweet around Suarez’ bite. Nike suffered when all its high profile spokespersons’ teams bowed out early (again) and netizens raised the specter of the “Nike Curse”. While Adidas could claim victory (and did) with two teams in the final, Nike was seen as getting the last shot with Götze kicking the winning goal in pair of Nike Magist shoes. In the end, both brands had…
  • CIC is hiring in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong

    Sam
    25 May 2014 | 6:30 pm
    For 10 years, CIC has been a leading Asia Pacific social and digital insight firm based in Shanghai and with offices in Beijing and Hong Kong. We distill insight from ‘big digital data’ sets, including social media, e-commerce, search and any other ‘real time’ high speed data rich source. CIC is under WPP’s Kantar group. As we expand, we are aggressively hiring. If any of the below positions sound interesting to you or someone you might now, let me know. I can have my team follow up with a JD and more information: Charlie.meng@cicdata.com   * Beijing office lead *…
  • CIC 2014 China Social Media Landscape:Where to Play & How to Play

    CIC
    25 Feb 2014 | 7:01 pm
    CIC has witnessed dynamic changes in the China Social Media Landscape for the 6th year. Every year, CIC publishes an update of its latest developments. This infographic has long been recognized by the industry as the most authoritative reference, which highlights and helps decipher and navigate the complexity of China social media dynamics.   In the past year, we have seen that different social and digital platforms offer different marketing value propositions, and in particular, the rapid surge in access of mobile internet has generated a much faster and deeper impact in China, compared…
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  • Chinese Smartphone Maker Coolpad Launches New Products for Premium Brand Dashen

    Emma Lee
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    Coolpad, a Chinese smartphone maker, announced today Dashen (literally means “the great god” in Chinese), a smartphone brand run by the company, will be operated independently. At the press conference, the company released five hardware products under the brand, including the much-anticipated Dashen F2, Dashen F1 (China Telecom version), Dashen F1 (Youth version), a mobile charger and a 3D AR helmet. Dashen F2 is positioned as a 4G smartphone for the youth. It supports LTE+GSM dual-card and dual-standby mode and is configured with 2GB memory and 16GB flash memory plus 32GB micro…
  • Alipay Wallet Announces Open Platform, Offering Over 60 APIs

    Tracey Xiang
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:43 am
    Alipay Wallet Launches an Open Platform Today,. Alipay Wallet, the app for mobile payments and other mobile services of Alipay, announced today an open platform that more than 60 APIs, programming interfaces and tools, have been available for third-party developers to access user data or create applications. The APIs enables third-party applications to interact with seven core features of Alipay Wallet, mobile payment, user account system, e-coupon, QR code, WiFi hotspot access, CRM service, and JASPI authentication. Since the past June when Alipay began testing those APIs, more than 1000…
  • Xingyun, SNS for Culture and Entertainment Industry, Reportedly Pockets US$6.5M Fresh Funding

    Emma Lee
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:25 am
    Compared with social networks targeting at the general masses, vertical or specialized social networks geared towards a certain industry, profession or age group are gaining more traction from users and investors. Xingyun is a social network platform oriented towards the professionals in culture, entertainment and other related industries. The company reportedly secured 40 million yuan (around US$6.5 million) of Series A financing from Shenzhen Capital Group at a valuation of 200 million yuan. Xingyun has received 10 million yuan of angel investment from Chinese film star Huang Xiaoming, who…
  • E-commerce in China Facing New Opportunities in Medicine Sale

    Scully Wan
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:59 pm
    China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has officially approved the qualification of Yihaodian, one of the Chinese biggest online retailers, to distribute medicines online. This will expand Yihaodian’s coverage from medical devices and nutritional supplements to Over the Counter (OTC) medicines. Yihaodian is the third e-commence online store authorised by CFDA to distribute OTC medicines, following 95095.com and Babaifang. According the Vice President of Yihaodian, Liu Tong, it has already established cooperation with over 10 pharmacy chains to distribute their supplies. “By the end of…
  • PadBot: This Telepresence Robot Stands in for You as Your ‘Double’

    Zen Soo
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:03 pm
    It’s not uncommon to hear of working parents who have to juggle between work, family and social life in today’s fast-paced society. I often hear friends lamenting that they wish they had more hours in a day, or that they could be in two places simultaneously. While none of those two options are possible, PadBot aims to help users to sort-of be in two places at one time via telepresence technology. PadBot is a telepresence robot launched by Guangzhou-based Inbot Technology. Currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo, the campaign has raised $36,447 with 6 days to go, surpassing its initial…
 
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    Pollution in China

  • Mythbusters takes on China’s Top 10. Busted, Plausible, or Confirmed?

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    10 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    10. Every foreign white guy/girl in China is qualified to be an English. 9. Every foreign black guy in Beijing is a drug dealer. 8. Every Chinese person is an Atheist, anti-Christian, anti-American 7. Every white foreigner in China is rich. 6. Every Chinese person is living on 100 USD a year. 5. Every Chinese person has no sibling, except for the high-powered cadre and rich people. 4. Every Chinese person likes to eat rice. 3. Every Chinese person looks the same. 2. Every Chinese person know Kung-Fu. 1. Taiwan is and has always been an inseparable part of China.
  • Houhai High Noon

    admin
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    From the red-hot quill-tip of resident Bard BJD, Sinocidal now brings you: Houhai High Noon Characters Lana: 31-years-old, from L.A., publishing executive. Feisty. Vivien: 26-years-old, from Labrador, research student. Weight issues. Ian: 27-years-old, Australian-born, Hong Kong raised, accountant. Twat. Ross: 27-years-old, from Bath in the UK, embassy worker. Deluded twat. Boris: 42-years-old, from Kent in the UK, English teacher. Closet fag. (The voice of James Earl Jones over footage of Beijing’s Houhai lakes) History is littered with the names of many mysterious and secret…
  • The One Where TaiTai’s Mama Goes to Hospital

    admin
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    This is not a funny post, (”no change there!” I hear you cry) there is no punchline, so please don’t expect one. I just wanted to air this situation and get people’s thoughts, experiences, advice even on something. So here’s the story: My wife (the present Mrs TaiTai) lost both of the uncles on her mother’s side to lung cancer in recent years, which naturally has been a very traumatic time for the family. Things have slowly returned to some kind of normality – life moves on as they say. Mrs TaiTai’s mother was quite rightly worried that there may be some hereditary…
  • White Hunter

    admin
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    What follows is the final part of BJD’s Beijing Trilogy. A la Oliver Stone’s Vietnam Trilogy, this last offering is positively awful and should live on only in the memory of Alzheimer’s sufferers and people with massive neurological damage that only highly intrusive surgery with a whisk and a Kango can cure. So, without further ado, Sinocidal ambivalently presents… White Hunter Scene I The Den (of course) in Beijing. A strapping late twenties Englishman holds a pint of Qingdao beer (only 13 kuai during happy hour) as the woman sitting opposite him calls for her check. Penny …so…
  • I just had to share this with y’all

    admin
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Where last week we were moved by the guy who designed the Olympic stadium and we toyed with the idea of making him ‘Man of the Month’, but we were too lazy – this week I’ve found a Biatch who deserves to be nominated as Augusts Ms. Sinocidal Bitch of the Month. Isn’t she just your ideal babe? Be careful now, she may sue us. (Update – I found the link, it’s easier to read City Weekend)
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    Robert Crawford Silk

  • The Changing Landscape of Solar Technology

    Writer
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    With the Australian economy still in the midst of recovery and prices of fossil fuels continuing to rise many people are beginning to take a take a look at green technology alternatives to the traditional grid supplied energy providers. Solar power is probably the most accepted current technology and investing in solar power for your home is a very viable solution. It was not long ago that solar power panels in Melbourne homes had been primarily an experimental method that was extremely expensive to have installed, needed a number of months of intense labor, and could only perform certain…
  • Getting The Most Of Your Time And Money: College Tips

    Writer
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Are you heading off to college for the first time? Is it overwhelming you? The whole college experience is quite different from anything else. Luckily, there are some ways that you can make your time in college less stressful and more successful. Use the tips shared in this article and you can have a great college career. Try to do everything in moderation when you enter college for the first time. This means that you should not party too hard or work too hard during your experience. Have a lot of fun, but make sure that you understand you are going to college to learn and expand your…
  • What are Cataracts

    Writer
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
      Cataracts are a common condition that affects the elderly. In fact, it is the most common cause of vision issues. Because we use and rely on vision so much throughout our daily lives, dealing with cataracts can be something that causes major problems to the quality of our lives. If you are unsure what cataracts are or wondering if you have them yourself, you can read about the symptoms below. Symptoms of cataracts can include blurry or cloudy vision. This usually appears as cloudy or foggy vision for the patient. The eyes can also look like there is a thin white film over the pupil if…
  • Importance Of SEO

    Writer
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Search engine optimization is important if you want to be able to have a presence online. If you have a website or a business, the best way to get people to want to visit your site is through search engine optimization. Fortunately, search engine optimization is a difficult thing to do. It is not something that the average person can pull off. In fact, it is something that should only be left for the experts. It takes years to learn how to properly rank websites for competitive keywords in the search engines. The reason why it is so difficult is because search engines like Google are…
  • Celebrities and Their Mansions

    Author
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Many people dream of owning a big house with lots of extravagant upgrades. They would like to have multiple cars in the driveway and a large pool out back.  Check the luxury real estate in The Woodlands, TX.  Few actually get to experience such a lifestyle like this. The ones that do are usually celebrities. Here are a few celebrities and their mansions. Tiger Woods Tiger Woods wanted his home to feel like he was at a golf course. Do an internet search for pictures of his $60 Million home and you will agree that he succeeded in doing that. He has a golf course facility and tournament…
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    The China Sourcing Blog

  • LETTER FROM CHINA: IPOs Bring Chinese E-Commerce Opportunity to the World

    Tim Quijano
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:43 pm
    This editorial was produced by The Beijing Axis for Business Day by Kobus Van Der Wath.JD.com, China’s answer to the American online retailer, Amazon, released their initial public offering (IPO) on the Nasdaq Exchange in New York in late May. Based out of Zhongguancun (China’s technology centre in northwest Beijing and answer to California’s Silicon Valley), the Chinese e-commerce platform peaked at a market capitalisation of US$28 billion by the close of the first day’s trading, 2.4 times last year’s sale of US$11.5 billion and almost twice as large as Amazon’s market…
  • LETTER FROM CHINA: IPR Developments Will Catalyse Innovation in China

    Tim Quijano
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    Inadequacy in China’s intellectual property rights (IPR) protection regime is one of the key challenges faced by foreign firms operating in and considering entry into China’s market. The world’s second-largest economy has a “first to file” system and is notorious for protecting local firms over foreign ones in disputes. However, recent developments - such as a deal with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the central government’s creation of a slew of IPR courts, and the emergence of intellectual property (IP) financing techniques - demonstrate China’s intentions…
  • LETTER FROM CHINA: Foreign Automakers are scrambling for China

    Tim Quijano
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    This editorial was produced by The Beijing Axis for Business Day by Kobus Van Der Wath.In recent weeks, global automakers have announced their intentions to increase their focus on China. For example, General Motors stated that it would invest USD 12 billion from 2014 to 2017, and VW recently announced plans to invest USD 25 billion from 2014 to 2018. These statements are unsurprising when one looks at the progress China’s auto market has made up to now, and the room it still has to grow into. Since 2000, when 1.8 million automobiles were sold in China, until 2013, when 21.98 million…
  • Growth Stabilizes in China

    Tim Quijano
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:42 pm
    This article was originally produced for the ChinAfrica magazine. Despite continued distortion in trade data evaluation due to the propensity for fraudulent “over-invoicing” in the first half of last year, trade figures surprised analysts by rising in April.Trade growth focused on the U.S. and EULargely as a result of trade with developed markets, both exports and imports increased in April. Exports increased from $170 billion in March to $188 billion in April, a 9-percent year-on-year increase. Imports, on the other hand, experienced 8-percent growth from $162 to $170 billion.Much…
  • Top Three CSR Challenges Facing Asian Factories

    Tim Quijano
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:24 pm
    This post is the second in a series presenting the current status of CSR sourcing in China. Read part one, A Primer on CSR Standards and Sourcing in ChinaIn our sourcing projects, TBA has come across repeating infractions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards in Asian factories. TBA recently conducted a series of audits at factories in Southern China and Southeast Asia.   The most commonly observed CSR infractions fall into the following categories: unsatisfactory workplace safety arrangements, overworking employees, and poor compensation and record keeping practices.
 
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    元風俗嬢の風俗回顧録

  • ピンサロで人気嬢となるには

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    ピンサロで人気嬢となり、毎月多くの給料を得るためにはどうしたらよいのかを考えてみました。 ”人気嬢となる”と”毎月多くの給料を得る”と言うのは当たり前だが、イコールである。 人気嬢となり、指名をたくさんしてもらって多くのお客さん入ってもらえば、自然と多くの給料を得られる。 では、どうすれば、人気嬢となれるのか?…
  • デリヘルが危険というのは偏見

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:56 pm
    風俗にはいろいろなジャンルがありますが、今はデリバリーヘルスが主流になってきています。 店舗型の風俗よりも派遣型の風俗であるデリヘルのほうが主流になっているのです。 そして、このデリヘルに関して考えるときに、かつては危険なものというイメージがありました。 たしかに店員さんがいないホテルや男性の自宅などでお客さんと会うことになるのでいざというときに守ってくれる人がいません。…
  • 風俗で働くか迷っている女の子へ

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    風俗嬢と聞くと偏見があるというように思い込んでしまっている人もいますが、意外と今の世の中はそのような風潮が消え去ってきていますので必要以上に心配しなくてもいいと思います。 たしかに昔はそのようなイメージがあったと思いますし、今もゼロというわけではありません。 風俗業界に入るのは簡単ですし、体験入店などもありますので、まずはお試しで働いてみるということも可能です。…
  • OLをしながら風俗でアルバイトをするメリット

    admin
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    女性がOLとして企業で働いている場合には年齢に応じた給料がもらえるのですが、その金額が満足できるものであるかどうかは人それぞれ異なるものです。 20万円台や30万円台の給与が一般的になっていますが、このような給料だけで満足いく生活ができるかどうかは人それぞれだと思います。 しかしながら、さらに上のレベルの生活をおこなうとなればそれはまた別な話になります。…
  • 借金返済をするなら風俗が一番

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    ピンサロやデリヘルなどの風俗で働く女性はそれぞれ事情を抱えているケースが多いものです。 そして、その中には借金を抱えているなど経済的な事情で働いているケースが多いようです。 そのため、もしも自分も借金があるならば風俗で働くことを考えてみましょう。 もちろん、少しばかりの借金であれば多くの人が抱えていますし、その程度であれば普通の仕事をしながらであっても返していくことができます。…
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    Shanghaied Weblog

  • Advertising photography

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:11 pm
    The new Honda Pilot 2015 brochure I take many pictures every day and some of them I put online, especially on Flickr. I started using Flickr for my online pictures in January 2005, a few months after I started this blog. At first just a few pictures per week, but from my stats I can see that I became more active around 2007, when I started posting 100-200 pictures per month. Right now my Flickr stream contains over 17,000 public pictures that have been viewed about 2.5 million times. On average people view about 2500 of my pictures every day, but when I post a lot of photos in a post on this…
  • Quick bitcoin price analysis

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    A couple of people asked me this morning why Bitcoin went down so much over the past couple of days (it went down to $500 before buyers came back into the market). My take is that it’s a combination of a couple of factors: New merchants such as Dell now accept bitcoin, but sell the coins the moment someone buys a product. Result: supply up, but no change in demand, so lower price Bitcoin miners mine at a loss at current prices, so they wait for a price increase. However, they can’t wait too long before paying their bills, so they start selling as well when prices are in a downward…
  • 10 years of podcasting, Adam Curry, and the beginning of Tudou (and Twitter)

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:42 pm
    On August 13, 2004, today exactly 10 years ago, Adam Curry recorded his first podcast, The Daily Source Code (DSC), which started the whole podcasting phenomena. Coincidentally I was following Adam on his blog during that time so I listened to that first DSC as well. I immediately liked the concept of self-produced on-demand radio and so I started looking at the technology behind podcasting. Doing that would change my life, but of course I had no idea about that yet. In the summer of 2004 I was working in Shanghai as a managing partner in a consulting company called China Bay. During that…
  • An evening on the water

    3 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Every summer the Celebration of Light takes place on English Bay in Vancouver, a fireworks festival in which country teams compete to create the best fireworks show. Last night it was Japan’s turn and we decided to check it out with visiting friends from Seattle. Because hundreds of thousands of people were expected to show up we decided to take our boat and watch the show from the water. We left the marina just after 6 pm and drove the boat under the Lions Gate bridge and around Stanley Park to English Bay. The currents in the First Narrows just before the Lions Gate were very strong and a…
  • Sightseeing in Deep Cove and Mount Seymour

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    My family in law is still visiting and they will leave later this week, therefore we decided to do a bit of sightseeing. I had planned to go to Deep Cove with them on my boat, but because I sprained my wrist on Friday when I slipped outside the office (never read emails on your phone while walking…) we could not to do that. But of course you can also drive your car to Deep Cove, so that’s what we did. Deep Cove is at the eastern end of Vancouver’s North Shore, at the entrance of Indian Arm and at the foot of Mount Seymour, just a 25 minute drive from our house. It’s a great…
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    China Business Blog

  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 24-08-2014

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    24 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @ChinaRealTime: Chinese tourists are traveling more — but shopping less. http://t.co/1rlRSgXftb http://t.co/MxLU9lOoj7 -> RT @CLP_editorial: More on the AML investigation from @TheEconomist http://t.co/0APU0ALFrm -> RT @RiskyBizChina: Risky Business in China is out! http://t.co/Iseq0NBXKC Stories via @pjmooney @conventuslaw -> RT @SCMP_News: Foreign direct investment into China drops 17% http://t.co/RBvKFgqo1X -> The China Business Blog Daily is out! http://t.co/slvIa7ti3j Stories via @taniabranigan -> RT @JingDaily: Underlying principles of Chinese purchase behavior…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 17-08-2014

    admin
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @RiskyBizChina: Some facing local pressures… RT @ChinaDailyEU: 6 foreign firms that sacked staff in China: http://t.co/CF4VScl3u0 -> RT @RiskyBizChina: How to… Do a deal in China – Guanxi, corruption and due diligence http://t.co/ETShPoMrDY quoting Jeremy Gordon, author … -> RT @CLP_editorial: In the news: Dairy Farm buys supermarket stake, HK-SH connect issues rules and messaging apps face restrictions: http://… -> RT @ChinaDailyEU: China cuts, decentralizes more government approvals: The State Council has revised 21 administrative regulatio… http://……
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 10-08-2014

    admin
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @ChinaDailyEU: China initiates migration of 100m farmers into cities: China's sweeping hukou reform will grant 100 million mi… http://… -> RT @ftchina: China’s Wanda in $1.2bn Hollywood deal http://t.co/2RycyHlFRk -> RT @ftchina: China in Africa: how Sam Pa became the middleman http://t.co/cOqpBWes3y -> RT @ReutersChina: China July exports jump, but domestic economy still a worry http://t.co/ZdKx3CVjj5 -> RT @RiskyBizChina: 'Sentiment in China business is that “risk is as high as it has ever been”' @ProfGillis in "Risky Business in China".
  • “Risky Business in China”

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    China risk is getting more attention these days, as foreign firms get caught up in bribery, food and work safety scandals, accounting frauds, as well as anti-trust investigations and, in some cases, government (and state-owned enterprise) procurement bans and the arrest of senior foreign executives. Businesses are having to re-evaluate their China risk exposure, and adjust their strategies. Jeremy Gordon, Director of China Business Services, who has over 20 years’ experience in the market, has written a series of posts on managing risk in China, based on his forthcoming book…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 03-08-2014

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @SCMP_News: China PMI rises to 27-month high http://t.co/JV7lyngoYw -> RT @S_Rabinovitch: Is anti-graft anti-growth? Weighing the argument that Xi's fight against corruption will harm the Chinese economy http:/… -> RT @lindayueh: IMF report on #China: 3rd Plenum reforms slow growth initially but more sustainable; By 2025, 5.5% vs 3% w no reforms http:/… -> RT @ReutersChina: China lifts air control measures caused by military drills http://t.co/cz4xdNRVvJ -> RT @ChinaRealTime: Two gauges of Chinese manufacturing activity hit their highest point in more than a year.
 
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    Lost Laowai

  • Help: Family raising funds for China expat in coma

    Ryan
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:29 pm
    This past March, while working at a Chinese university, American John Berisford fell critically ill. He remains hospitalized and in a coma. While his medical team has stated he is stable enough for travel, he cannot fly commercially. Thus, he must travel via a very costly air ambulance. His family has started a campaign to raise money to help cover his outstanding hospital bills in China, and to get him home where he can receive long-term care. This campaign was started to help John Berisford. John’s is a desperate, sad, and unbelievable tale. He was raised a Mountaineer in the…
  • 220K RMB stolen from Italian expat’s Chinese bank account

    Lost Laowai
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    Source Last Thursday, August 21, a Shanghai-based Italian expat identified only as “Rafael” got quite a shock when he discovered 220,000 RMB had gone missing from his account. The account, with an unidentified nationally owned bank in Guangzhou’s Tianhe district, was primarily for an auto parts business Rafael has been operating in Guangzhou for more than 6 years. Last week he lent the account’s debit card to his wife, who used it for some shopping near their home in Shanghai. When she then went to take some money out at a nearby ATM, she was startled to learn the…
  • German citizen sentenced to death for double murder in Xiamen

    Lost Laowai
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:17 am
    Xiamen police and ambulance at the scene of the 2010 murder (left), unconfirmed photo of convicted murderer Phillip Martin (right). source WOX. For the first time, a Chinese court has sentenced to death a German citizen, who was convicted in 2011 of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her new partner with a hammer and knife in the south-eastern Chinese city of Xiamen, Fujian. The 36-year-old man, who was identified as “Philipp B” in the German press (but as “Phillip Martin” on What’s On Xiamen at the time of the killings), was found guilty of murdering his…
  • Irish-American Comedian Des Bishop takes on Chinese news with rap

    Ryan
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Last year, Irish-American comic Des Bishop moved to China to learn the language so that he could tell the country his jokes. The experience culminated in him opening (in Chinese) for Joe Wang, and taught him more than just the language; much of which he’s sharing in his act “Made in China” currently wrapping up a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Earlier this week Des released a comedic video of him rapping about Chinese state media: Bishop also created a 6-part documentary, called Breaking China, about his time in China for Irish broadcaster RTÉ.
  • Australian expat in Dongguan tied up in apartment, robbed

    Lost Laowai
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    New World Garden apartments located in Dongguan’s Dongcheng District. source According to a local news report, at 8pm on August 9, a 54-year-old Australian man was robbed at knife point in his Dongguan, Guangzhou, apartment. Identified only as “David” in the report, the victim received an intercom call from a man stating he was a courier with a delivery. After answering the door, David was tied up in his living room, while the thief stole jewelry and money in various currencies with a total value of about 450,000 RMB. Police used surveillance footage to track the 28-year-old…
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    bezdomny ex patria

  • going fruity

    wangbo
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I’ve noticed more and more stores like this popping up around the neighbourhood recently. The earliest ones started to appear a few years ago, but there seems to be a sudden increase in them. Here’s a few points I’ve noticed about them: 1: The aesthetic seems to be largely the same among all such stores, from the general layout right down to the colour schemes, size, style, and fonts on the signage. 2: Although they are generally green grocers, the focus is definitely on fruit – to the point where the names of the stores, be they independent or branches of a chain,…
  • China Connection

    wangbo
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:34 am
    Note: This is a  very slightly altered version of a post I wrote on my Linked In profile. There’s a link to my Linked In profile on the right sidebar if you’re interested. The New Zealand Herald has been running a China Connection series by Paul Lewis in association with the BNZ every Friday, and as the series continues it gets more interesting. Today’s instalment looks at SMEs and China, and there are three points that grabbed my attention. The first point may well come across as a bit nit-picky on my part, but I will explain. Look at this sentence: “Last month, BNZ…
  • naive?

    wangbo
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Well, I’m kinda hoping for David Shambaugh’s sake that there’s a bit of misreporting going on here, quotes being taken out of context, or something like that, because: “Google is down. Yahoo is own Bing is down. You can’t access the outside world.” And that, dear friends, is BULLSHIT! I have my gmail open in another tab, I just googled David Shambaugh and opened the Wikipedia article on him and his page at the George Washington University website, and all of that without a VPN or any other jiggery pokery to get me outside the tender embrace of Nanny and…
  • well, well, well

    wangbo
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:31 pm
    And now that I have access to Blogtown again…. This post at the Repatriates I would’ve preferred to put here, but wound up posting over there thanks to a crapped out connection yesterday. And now over at Public Address Russell Brown has weighed in. I find myself agreeing with him.
  • in which I rant a bit

    wangbo
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:49 am
    I didn’t quite know where to put this particular rant, as it doesn’t quite fit on any of the little online projects I have going. So I put it over here. Short version: I find the idea of requiring foreigners to pass a test before being allowed to drive on New Zealand roads obnoxious and ridiculous.
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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News , Taiwan newspaper

  • IMF chief charged with 'negligence' in graft case

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announced Wednesday she had been charged with “negligence” over a multimillion-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister.
  • Addcn executives indicted for taking NT$18.6 billion in illegal transactions

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Executives of Addcn Technology Co. (Addcn, 數字科技), an operator of a variety of online trading platforms ranging from cars to houses, were indicted by prosecutors yesterday for allegedly accumulating illegal profits of NT$18.6 billion.
  • Plans in place to end wage stalemate: gov't

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Newly appointed Labor Minister Chen Hsiung-wu (陳雄文) yesterday stated that contingency plans stand ready to break a possible stalemate in minimum wage negotiations, during an interview with the Central News Agency (CNA).
  • Abdullah rejects Afghan election audit

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday withdrew from a U.N.-supervised audit of the fraud-tainted election, tipping the country deeper into crisis less than a week before the scheduled inauguration.
  • Gaza truce holds as Israel, Hamas claim 'victory'

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The skies over Gaza remained calm Wednesday as a long-term cease-fire took hold, ending the deadliest violence in a decade, with Israel and Hamas both claiming 'victory' in the 50-day war.
 
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    Simpson's Paradox

  • Soccer Physics

    Meg Stivison
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Soccer Physics, from Otto Ojala and on CrazyGames, invites players to a chaotic mini soccer game. You can play against a friend, or against the computer, in a funny two-versus-two soccer game. Players try to adjust to random elements in each silly version of the game. Soccer Physics players get random balls (sometimes you get a typical soccer ball, but sometimes it’s a beach ball), random fields, and random player abilities (we’re mostly talking rocking and jumping, here, not superpowers). Five goals wins the game, but be careful, with all the random factors, it’s not as…
  • ‘Rich Kids of Instagram’: Satyricon and the City

    Meg Stivison
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Rich Kids of Instagram is a Tumblr of, well, rich kids posing with their expensive stuff. Whether it’s yachts, sports cars, resorts or dropping $10,000 on cosmetics , the Tumblr recalls late-Roman excesses. It’s hard to tear my eyes away, and while I scrolled, I learned that some rich kids prefer humblebrag captions over their private jets and shopping sprees, while other prefer the more blatant #hatersgonnahate and middle fingers. Also, I learned that pools come in more styles than in-ground or above-ground. Who knew? The upcoming novel Rich Kids of Instagram is written by the…
  • Jersey Girls Don’t Pump Gas

    Meg Stivison
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    My parents moved to coastal Massachusetts this summer, and this weekend I came to visit them in their new house.  My mom’s always lived in New Jersey, so this is her first time pumping gas. After making fun of her, of course, we started talking about driving firsts. My first car was my dad’s old car, which still had my dad’s personalized NR1A license plates on it. NR1A means that my dad is, um, a certain class of operator that is good at, um, ham radio things. I forget the details, but if you are a ham radio operator, it means something good, so when I’d drive that…
  • Is “Cookie Clicker” a Message Game?

    Meg Stivison
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Like Cow Clicker, Cookie Clicker is a parody of certain casual game mechanics. Players start by clicking a cookie to earn a couple points to spend on an upgrade to earn extra points. Eventually, you’re earning millions of points per second, and saving up to buy that billion-point upgrade that will increase cookie production even more. Whether it’s hiring your first cooking-baking Grandma or opening a portal to the cookie dimension, the mechanics don’t change. Points, upgrade, more points. Everything else is window dressing on that mechanic.  Players start out buying an…
  • Morning

    Meg Stivison
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I took full advantage of the break between summer classes and fall classes, and went on a little road trip to Wrightsville Beach with my friend. Lovely place overall, but I think the best part was when I got up early and went to the beach by myself. Morning from Simpson's Paradox The post Morning appeared first on Simpson's Paradox.
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    China Bystander

  • Beijing Seen From Space

    China Bystander
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    This Bystander has only recently come across the photographs that U.S. astronaut Reid Wiseman has been tweeting from the International Space Station. This one of Beijing taken earlier this month is almost a work of art.     #Beijing http://t.co/bO7OvaaOwk— … Continue reading →
  • Drought Hits Northern China, El Niño Threatens Worse

    China Bystander
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    EL NIÑO, THE periodic warming of sea-surface-temperatures in the Pacific, is already if prematurely being blamed for the worst drought to hit northern and central China in 60 years. State media says more than 27.5 million people are facing water … Continue reading →
  • A Dog Of A Knock-off, Or Shiny Innovation?

    China Bystander
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    THIS BYSTANDER WAS amused to read recently of copies of the shiny stainless steel Balloon Dog sculptures made by the American artist Jeff Koons being offered on Alibaba by Vincentaa Landscape and Architect (VLA) Sculpture, a company based in Shijiazhuang … Continue reading →
  • Zhou Anti-Graft Probe Tests Limits of Xi’s Power

    China Bystander
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
    IT COMES AS little surprise to this Bystander – or to most others – that former security chief Zhou Yongkang is under investigation. The announcement that Zhou is suspected of serious Party disciplinary violations – for which read, serious corruption – … Continue reading →
  • Another Day, Yet Another Food Safety Scare

    China Bystander
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    IT IS AN embarrassment for a company that says “food safety and quality assurance are guiding principles in delivering products that go above and beyond our customers’ requirements” when it is accused of supplying meat to fast-food chains that has gone … Continue reading →
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    Silicon Dragon

  • Alibaba Poised To Write $5 Billion Checks For U.S. Tech Startups

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Alibaba’s IPO is set to have a big impact be on U.S. tech M&A deals and future listings from venture-backed China startups on Wall Street.  See Silicon Dragon Talk, Sizing Up Alibaba.Referred to as the WalMart of China for its heft, the public listing of Alibaba will give it a huge treasure chest to acquire more U.S. tech startups and possibly write $5 billion to $10 billion checks, says venture capitalist Nazar Yasin of Rise Capital. Since 2013, Alibaba has invested in nine U.S. tech startups in deals valued at $968 million, according…
  • Sizing Up Alibaba IPO Prospects Against Other Winners

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    As Alibaba gets ready to go public in the U.S. this September, it’s worth a look at how Internet players from emerging countries have fared in the public markets.The answer is exceedingly well.  Research from San Francisco-based venture capital firm Rise Capital, which invests in emerging markets, shows that $300 billion in market value has been created in the last five years by e-commerce and media companies from developing nations.Little surprise, most of those companies are from China. Russia, India and Brazil do factor in though, accounting for nine of the 35 in the top…
  • Silicon Dragon Talk Launches from the Valley

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Guests at Silicon Dragon Talk: Hans Tung, Eric Feng, Geoff YangWe recently launched Silicon Dragon Talk, our new monthly program featuring trends in venture capital and tech innovation globally. The first program featured three experts discussing Alibaba's IPO, Flipboard's Chinese strategy, and trends in China tech entrepreneurship.Here is a clip from the first Silicon Dragon Talk show, with guests Hans Tung of GGV Capital, Eric Feng of Flipboard, and Geoff Yang of Redpoint Ventures. Eric is sporting a special T shirt -- GoLong. It's a reference to VCs strategies of…
  • Flipkart's $1 Billion In Funding Puts India Startups In The Big Leagues

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    More proof of India’s rise as one of the Silicon Valleys of the world can certainly be seen in the latest mega venture financing of leading Indian e-commerce startup Flipkart. With $1 billion in new funding, Flipkart joins the big leagues for not only the largest amount raised by an Indian company but among the largest for an e-commerce company globally.I’ve been writing that this Silicon Tiger nation would catch up to China’s Silicon Dragon, and the evidence keeps piling up. Flipkart raised the sum from Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, as well as existing investors including…
  • Copying China Business Models In The U.S. Catches On As A New Tech Startup Trend - Quite the Reverse!

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Globally minded startup teams in the U.S. are beginning to adopt Chinese business models and getting funding from American venture capitalists with China experience. An example of this newly unfolding trend is Curse, Inc., an online gaming media company in Huntsville, Alabama that just raised $10 million from Silicon Valley and Shanghai-based GGV Capital.This new trend is the reverse of the copy-to-China phenomenon of a nearly a decade ago when look-alike sites of U.S. Internet brands such as Facebook, Google and Amazon sprung up in China and…
 
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    chinaSMACK

  • “Wife’s Memory” Korean Web Comic Viral with Chinese Netizens

    Fauna
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Translated below was the most popular microblog post on Chinese social network Sina Weibo Monday (and through much of Tuesday, by a huge margin). It is by @妖妖小精, whom chinaSMACK fans may remember as the Chinese netizen who translated a Korean TV program about a faithful dog. Two months ago, she had over 1.5m followers. She now has over 2m followers. The microblog post is her Chinese translation of a Korean web comic, about a man living with the ghost (“memory spirit”, “echo”) of his wife who had Alzheimer’s Disease and one day died in a fire. At present,…
  • SF Bay Area American Canyon 6.0 Earthquake, Chinese Reactions

    Fauna
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    From NetEase & Sina: 6.0 Earthquake North of San Francisco, United States, Epicenter 11 Kilometers Deep CCTV News: Currently No Report of Casualties — 3:20am local time, a 6.0 Richter-scale earthquake occurred at American Canyon in Northern California of the United States. At present, there are no reports of casualties. The earthquake was felt in San Francisco, with California residents using social media websites to post photos of items having been knocked over in their homes. The California Highway Patrol has begun inspecting the Golden Gate Bridge, etc. 6.0 Earthquake Occurred…
  • Hospital Staff Stage Sit-In After Doctor Forced to Kneel

    Zhang Qishan
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    From QQ: Hundreds of Medical Personnel in Hunan Yueyang Stage Sit-In Protest Because Family of Deceased Forced a Doctor to Kneel Over two hundred medical workers of the Yueyang City Second People’s Hospital staged a sit-in in front of the outpatient building on the morning of August 21, protesting against a violent assault againt a doctor of the hospital the day before. According to the medical staff, on August 20th, the hospital treated a male patient who had been stabbed and whom eventually died despite the hospital’s efforts. Afterward, the deceased man’s family members…
  • Cheating Wife Murder Mystery Photo Scares Chinese Netizens

    Fauna
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    From Sina Weibo: @孤祣: A man returning from a business trip took this photo of his wife, and then killed his wife. When police asked him why he wanted to kill his wife, the man said he saw from this photo that his wife had cheated on him! Are you able to find what the man saw in the photo that made him realize his wife had been unfaithful? WARNING: The answer is present in the translated Chinese netizen comments below. Comments from Sina Weibo: Don’t upvote me, I have EXO, I will kill one for each upvote I get. Motherfucking! There are eyes in the lower-right corner of the mattress!
  • Office Sandwich Thief Caught by HR, Chinese Netizen Reactions

    Fauna
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following post translating a funny “sandiwch thief” story from abroad into Chinese as a trending microblog post on China’s Sina Weibo social network. The original poster “Here in UK” may be remembered from this past translated post about a soldier being reunited with his wife at an airport… From Sina Weibo: Sina Weibo@英国那些事儿: Recently, in a laowai office, a single sandiwch led to a tragedy… you guys can fill in what the atmosphere/mood was like… Comments from Sina Weibo: 小艾Allen3: Which is why what people fear is not doing…
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    China Briefing News

  • Neither Down nor Out: The Diverging Competitiveness of Manufacturing in China

    China Briefing
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:38 pm
    China’s manufacturing industry grew at its fastest pace in more than two years in July 2014, indicating the re-strengthening of China’s economy and its manufacturing industry in particular. The post Neither Down nor Out: The Diverging Competitiveness of Manufacturing in China appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Trade Fairs in China: Steps to Protect Your IPR

    China Briefing
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    When showcasing at a trade fair in China, steps should be taken before, during and after the fair to ensure maximum IPR protection. This article takes a look at some of the steps foreign businesses should take. The post Trade Fairs in China: Steps to Protect Your IPR appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • China Regulatory Brief: Preliminary Approval System for Business Licenses & Adjusted 2014 Minimum Wage Levels

    China Briefing
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:27 am
    In this China Regulatory Brief, we review China's new preliminary approval system for business licenses and highlight several minimum wage changes across China in 2014. The post China Regulatory Brief: Preliminary Approval System for Business Licenses & Adjusted 2014 Minimum Wage Levels appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Dezan Shira & Associates Global Speaking Events – September & October 2014

    China Briefing
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:47 am
    Dezan Shira & Associates' accounting, tax and legal staff will be attending and speaking at several events across China and Italy in September and October. The post Dezan Shira & Associates Global Speaking Events – September & October 2014 appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • The Long and Winding Road of IPR Protection in China

    China Briefing
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    The tools used by China for the protection of intellectual property are the same as in most other countries, but their effectiveness has historically failed to inspire confidence among foreign investors. This is poised to change, however, in light of China’s new Trademark Law. The post The Long and Winding Road of IPR Protection in China appeared first on China Briefing News.
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    Xinjiang: Far West China

  • The Day I Ran Across a Mass Uyghur Wedding in Turpan

    Josh Summers
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    Living in Xinjiang has been a non-stop adventure for me – I love it! I have incredible memories of experiencing local festivals, traveling the province on my motorcycle and visiting small villages near the border of Kazakhstan. Memories like these are often created but every once in a while they just appear in front of you without any prior planning. That’s what happened to me this week when I stumbled upon a mass wedding of 100 Uyghur couples in Turpan. Before I dive into the story, take a look at this short 2-minute video I produced from the footage I was able to gather. Click…
  • Xinjiang Safety Update | Traveler Feedback

    Josh Summers
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    If you’re like many people I know, the idea of traveling to Xinjiang is both exotic and scary. Exotic because of all the Central Asian culture and natural beauty but scary because of all the negative international press the region has received with the recent bombings and riots. It’s completely understandable for you to second guess your travel plans to Xinjiang and along the Chinese Silk Road, but before you do I implore you to read the rest of this article. I live here in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi with my family and although there may be risks involved with living here…
  • Camping at Turpan’s Bezeklik Caves

    Lee Moore
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:14 am
    Note from Josh: this guest article comes courtesy of Lee & Galen, two travelers I’ve met here in Xinjiang who have been doing some very interesting adventure travel along the Silk Road. I really love what they’ve written here! Read more about their travels on their website, Silk Road Hitchhikers. I bought four bottles of ice cold water, shook hands with the driver and, in a few minutes, we were rattling along in an old white van. We sped out of Turpan and onto the highway leading east, the new silk road, a thin spit of pavement rimming the northern edge of the Takalamakan…
  • Joining 40,000 Muslims Breaking Ramadan in Kashgar

    Josh Summers
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    My alarm went off at 5:30am local time this morning and the sky was already filled with the soft light of dawn. This is only my 3rd day here in Kashgar, a lively town on the western edge of Xinjiang, and although the intense heat has consistently drained me of energy I was surprisingly excited to jump out of bed. I was excited because I was preparing to witness one of my favorite events here in Xinjiang – the breaking of Ramadan fast at Kashgar’s Id Kah Mosque. Stepping out of the hostel where I am staying I walked through the wide streets of the new Old Town toward the…
  • Urumqi Walking Tour | The REAL Xinjiang

    Josh Summers
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    If you have a little extra time in Urumqi and you don’t quite know what there is to do, I have a suggestion for you. Perhaps you’ve already bought all the souvenirs you need at the Urumqi Grand Bazaar and you’ve said hello to the mummies on display at the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Museum - but that would be pretty sad if that’s all there is to do here. Why not take a walking tour of the back alleys of Urumqi? Experience real life in the city instead of the tourist facade. If this interests you at all, then join me as I share with you one of my favorite…
 
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    China Private Equity, Published by China First Capital

  • Why and how Beijing became one of the world’s more unmanageable major cities

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    What if most of what we think about government spending was wrong? What if government money causes, rather than cures,  pollution, unaffordable and substandard housing, impossible traffic, more expensive and less available healthcare? Sounds impossible, right? Not if you live in or have traveled to Beijing lately. The city’s now infamous urban problems are at least in part the result of a deluge of government spending since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008. Direct central government funding doubled to over Rmb 14 trillion ($2.2 trillion) over this period while local governments…
  • China juices liquidity, and risk, at OTC exchange — Reuters

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:52 pm
    China juices liquidity, and risk, at OTC exchange By Pete Sweeney SHANGHAI August 22 Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:10pm EDT (Reuters) – Chinese brokerages will start making markets next week on China’s New Third Board, its leading over-the-counter (OTC) exchange but one long derided as a dead-end market populated by small little-known, opaquely managed firms. The move has revitalized interest and trading volumes have exploded, but analysts warn of significant risk. Most of the 66 Chinese brokerages so far approved to make markets – a business that requires deep cash reserves and…
  • China’s rise enters a more challenging phase, where bold ambitions confront stubborn, often centuries-old obstacles

    admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
    China’s economy and society have both reached levels of wealth and development that were unimaginable 30 years ago. What comes next? How can China continue to push forward, against some deep-seated problems, including how to generate globally-competitive innovation, how to sort out land ownership, how to attract and reward global investment flows? These issues are examined in detail in the new research study published by China First Capital. The new report is titled ” China Survey 2014: The Rise Continues, New Directions & Challenges“. Copies may be downloaded by…
  • Chinese PE Firms Too Tech-Focused: Report. AsianInvestor

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    Chinese PE firms too tech-focused: report By Elva Muk | 28 July 2014 Company valuations are being pushed up as PE firms chase the same targets, and market domination by big players like Alibaba is squeezing profit, says China First Capital. Spurred by the success of the likes of Tencent and Alibaba, Chinese private equity and venture capital firms have become too focused on technology and e-commerce investments, argues a new report. Nearly all publicly announced deals this year have been in the technology sector, says the China Private Equity 2014 report from China First Capital, a private…
  • Neue Zurcher Zeitung Interview

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    – Monday’s “Neue Zurcher Zeitung” of Switzerland published an article based on the interview I gave last week while in London with the newspaper’s financial editor Christof Leisinger. For those whose German is up to the task, click here to read the article in full. To get a flavor of what we discussed, here are some of the quotes, in English: “China has the world’s second largest economy and capital market. GPD growth and corporate earnings are both growing far faster than in OECD countries. And yet, global institutional capital is in almost all cases seriously underweight…
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    China Internet Watch

  • Evernote Market Launched in China with Hardware Products

    CIW Team
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:48 am
    Evernote Market was launched in September 2013 but it wasn’t available to China market until today. Evernote entered China two years ago with some dedications; unlike some western companies, they built local data center in China for optimal user experience and it has a Chinese name: Yinxiang Biji. Evernote Market, again this time, showed some dedication of Evernote to this market. Evernote Market China provides good user experience with local warehousing, logistics and customer service. It uses Alipay as the only online payment solution and free delivery for orders above RMB700.
  • 82,070 Second-Hand Cars Sold Online in China in First Half of 2014

    Cecilia
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    In the first half of 2014, the total transaction volume of secondhand car in e-commerce market exceeded 82,070 in China according to iResearch. iResearch data showed that in the first half of 2014, transactions of China second-hand car in e-commerce market reached RMB4.7 billion (USD 760 million) , the average transaction price was RMB57,220.5 (USD9301). Investide accounted for 47.8% of secondhand car online marketplace market share by transaction volume, which making it the most profitable one in this market. Auction model has an advantage on second-hand car trading platform in e-commerce…
  • Fashion Chase of Top 4 China Online Shopping Websites

    Cecilia
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Recently, homepages of Tmall, Jingdong, Dangdang and Vip.com are almost those ones related to “Fashion” in China. These four popular online retail websites in China are now all promoting heavily the clothing and apparel category and associating their brand with “fashion”. As Li Guoqing, Dangdang’s CEO, once claimed in an internal e-mail that Dangdang is going to become the website featured with fashion elements through clothes and apparel program. What’s more, Tmall and JD both have programs for fashionable websites building. Besides their common goals for clothing…
  • Renren’s Monthly Unique Log-in Users Down to 54 Million in Q2 2014

    CIW Team
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Renren’s total net revenues for the second quarter of 2014 were US$25.0 million, representing a 42.4% decrease from the corresponding period in 2013 according to Renren unaudited financial report. Renren net revenues were US$15.1 million, representing a 26.7% decrease from the corresponding period of 2013. Within Renren net revenues, online advertising revenues were US$11.7 million for the second quarter of 2014, a 23.9% decrease from the corresponding period of 2013. Internet Value-Added Services (IVAS) revenues were US$3.4 million, representing a 35.0% decrease from the…
  • Tencent News Mobile App Now Top News App in China

    Cecilia
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Sohu News mobile app achieved 100 million users this May; but now, Tencent News surpassed Sohu News becoming the best mobile news app by the number of unique visitors and MAU. During a 10-week period from 2 June to 10 August 2014 in China, a study from EnfoDesk shows that Tencent News and Sohu News apps are the top two mobile apps in news category by total number of unique visitors and MAU, with average weekly UV of 60.93 million and 56.47 million respectively. The study analyzed traffic from popular Chinese mobile news apps including Tencent, Sohu, Toutiao, NetEase, Phoenix, Sina and other…
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    China Hope Live

  • At the beach in Qingdao, China: the biggest honking jellyfish I’ve ever seen in my entire life! [Updated!]

    China Hope Live
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    We were walking along the shore of Qingdao’s Shilaoren beach () today, just past that drainage river thing near where the ATV rental guys who think they own the beach are, and found THIS: That is the biggest honking jellyfish ( or ) I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I flipped it over with my shovel: From a distance I thought it was just some garbage (there’s lots of garbage). But man. Can you imagine bumping into this in chest-deep, murky Qingdao beach water? And keep in mind that my size-13 foot isn’t hovering *that* close to it, so the photos’…
  • Facing Ebola… in Chinese [updated]

    China Hope Live
    9 Aug 2014 | 1:10 am
    A Chinese friend translated missionary doctor and Ebola patient Kent Brantly’s public statement, which he wrote from the Ebola isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. I’ve pasted both it and the original English version below, plus some related links (Chinese & English). Click the photos for sources. Ebola = (also sometimes ) Kent Brantly =…
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Mandatory Fun Chinese propaganda posters!

    China Hope Live
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    “Weird Al” Yankovic is promoting his latest album Mandatory Fun with two Chinese propaganda poster spoofs. One poster has Chinese. To find out what it says, mouseover the Chinese characters here or scroll down: “I’m not wearing underwear” wǒ méiyǒu chuān nèikù And here’s the other one: Click the images for the original source.
  • In China, math spells romance! (Secret Chinese love codes)

    China Hope Live
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    With only 409 syllables in the entire language, Chinese has too many homophones. That might sound judgmental but hear me out: Jessica’s Chinese name, for example, has in it. If I type “yi” on my phone, it’s the 90th (!!) yi in the list of yi characters to scroll through. It’s a good thing I love her so much, because inputting her name is serious 。 So the Chinese totally go to town on homophone wordplays. They don’t even need to be true homophones; drunk language student pronunciation is apparently good enough to get the meaning across. In fact they…
  • Things That Are Awesome (Fushan, Qingdao edition 青岛浮山)

    China Hope Live
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:32 am
    Things That Are Awesome (in sharply descending degrees of awesomeness): #2. The views on top of Qingdao’s Fushan mountain (). #3. Those portable personal fanny-pack radios popular in Mainland China. #4. Those portable personal fanny-pack radios popular in Mainland China on top of Qingdao’s Fushan mountain. #5. Those portable personal fanny-pack radios popular in Mainland China on top of Qingdao’s Fushan mountain playing We Are The World: Aaaaand…. #1! Those portable personal fanny-pack radios popular in Mainland China on top of Qingdao’s Fushan mountain playing…
 
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    ChinaHush

  • 60-year-old farmer builds electric wooden horse and others

    Annie Lee
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Tinkering seems to be a timeless hobby for boys regardless of age. In China’s Jinlin Province, 60 years old farmer Li Jingyang is one good example. With some carpenter experiences in the village, farmer Li Jingyang enjoys watching science channel and programs about inventions. And inspired by those programs, he started building the electric wooden horse in 2008. The wooden horse is 1.4m high, 2m long with an imbedded storage battery. Its body and legs are able to move forward, backward, and turn. After one and a half hour putting all the pieces together, the horse can take the carriage for…
  • Chinese vintage parenting posters from 1952

    Annie Lee
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Raising a child can be a lifetime responsibility especially in China where most families have a precious only child. That’s why nowadays Chinese parents just shower their child with gifts and satisfy the child’s every single demand, producing more “bear children (brats)” to the society. For most parents, it seems that parenting equals providing. But back in the days before the introduction of One Child Policy in China, parenting was not so much about eliminating all kinds of obstacles for the child, rather it was about caring him when he goes through the necessary growing pain and…
  • Coping with the unstoppable, train station makes room for plaza dance

    Annie Lee
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:48 am
    Anyone who has been to China’s major cities would know what I am talking about: the bombarding beat box, the looping and brainwashing Phoenix Legend songs, the unified repeating steps, the proud smiles on the dancing aunties’ face, the opportunistic mid-aged men and the disgruntled everybody else. Yes, it is the obnoxious plaza dance by passionate Chinese aunties. Not long after the sunset, armies of aunties will spontaneous exit their houses and march to a certain plaza to begin their daily routine dance. Be it inside resident communities, public parks, or in front of shopping malls, as…
  • Seeing it For Yourself: Pursuing an Educational Experience in China

    Patrick McAloon
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:51 pm
    When we read about dogs being beaten to death by health officials or women being forced to have abortions in China, how can we put these shocking stories in perspective? The same way we do it when we read about things like protests and politician sex scandals at home: by comparing those news stories to our usually much more mundane personal experiences. Those things make the news because they are unusual. When we read about China from thousands of miles away, it can be difficult to tell what stories even the Chinese would find shocking. The best way to resolve this is to follow the advice of…
  • Vista Profiles Woman Forced into Sex Slavery by Japanese

    Mitch Blatt
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Wei Shaolan hadn’t moved out of the mountains for very long before the Japanese invaded Guangxi. A Yao minority from a village outside of Guilin, she had recently married a Han man when she was captured by Japanese troops in December 1944. She remembers a soldier piercing her bamboo backpack to prevent her from running away, and she saw half a dozen other captured women. They became some of the over 100,000 sex slaves imprisoned by the Japanese during World War II. Wei Shaolan visiting the opening of the opening ceremony of the archives on comfort women at Shanghai Normal University. In…
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    China Quality Control

  • 8 Concepts for Success in China…

    Laura
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Last month, Andrew Reich, founder of InTouch Services, delivered a presentation to CRCC Asia, a company which specializes in connecting China and the global community through award-winning internships. Having lived and worked in China since 2002, Andrew’s presentation covering his own experiences, offered pearls of wisdom and revealed effective ways to conquer the Chinese business world while developing professionally. These are his 8 Concepts for Success in China: 1) Understanding the Chinese Mentality With China’s growing importance on the world stage, it’s important to understand…
  • Jewelry QC: Stone Placement and Setting

    John
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Jewelry QC inspections generally require very little equipment, despite the often high value of the product. Last week we covered inspection methods and assessing quality of casting, soldering and glue assembly. Jewelry items need not only be highly presentable and appealing, but they also need to stand the test of time. There are few other products for which expectations of durability and craftsmanship are higher. That’s why our focus this week is on stone placement and setting. A ring with the best casting work and the most highly-prized gemstones can really take a tumble in terms of…
  • Jewelry QC: Casting, Soldering and Glue Assembly

    John
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    Have you ever spent a significant amount of money on an item of jewelry only to be ripped off by poor quality materials or workmanship?   Jewelry QC requires precision and a trained eye. Whether you buy jewelry for resale,  investing, for giving to someone else or for when you just feel like treating yourself, you know how expensive it can get. Jewelry is a luxury good, and nothing takes away more from its value than a quality defect like a crack in the metal casting or soldering. All of us at Quality Wars want to make sure you’re getting what you pay for, especially when it comes to…
  • Chairs: 6 Essential Quality Assurance Tests and Checks

    John
    12 May 2014 | 1:28 am
    How much of your life is spent sitting down? Vincent’s Chair, a 1888 painting by Vincent van Gogh According to one study, the average adult spends more than 90 percent of their leisure time sitting – 90 percent! That figure doesn’t even include the time you might be sitting at work or, as most of us in the Western world tend to do when nature calls, sitting on the toilet. As long as you’re spending so much time sitting, wouldn’t you like to be sure that the chair you’re sitting in is one that’s not only comfortable and durable, but safe and stable as well? That’s why…
  • Cultural Caveats: The Power of Guanxi

    John
    25 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    How many times has networking played a pivotal role or, more still, been critically decisive in the success or failure or your career or business? Who needs to wait in line at a popular night club when you’ve got guanxi? The people you know can introduce you to friends, business partners even your future husband or wife. Your network can even help you get your name to the top of a list of applicants. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs in the United States are found through networking. We sometimes refer to a powerful friend as a connection or a…
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    East Asia & Pacific on the rise - Making development work for all

  • Living with crime and violence in Papua New Guinea

    Laura Keenan
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    Crime constrains investment and growth, and the costs ripple throughout society. Last month I was interviewing participants in the World Bank’s Urban Youth Employment Project in Port Moresby, talking about the challenges that PNG’s young people face in finding work. One issue that came up repeatedly was mobility – or the lack of it: the basic ability to travel to and from the workplace. It is no secret that parts of Port Moresby are dangerous and crime is high. There are regular stories of carjacking but public transport is also a huge risk – an issue which disproportionately affects…
  • Ứng phó biến đổi khí hậu: Những điều tôi học được từ Chủ tịch WB và 22 bạn trẻ Việt Nam

    Giang Huong Nguyen
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Jim Yong Kim với giới trẻ Việt: Bạn có kế hoạch gì để ứng phó biến đổi khí hậu? Chủ tịch Nhóm Ngân hàng Thế giới Jim Yong Kim lắng nghe hơn 20 bạn trẻ Việt Nam hoạt động trong lĩnh vực môi trường chia sẻ về các sáng kiến để chống biến đổi khí hậu. Ông đề nghị các bạn trẻ phối hợp cùng nhau để xây dựng một kế hoạch lớn hơn nhằm thích ứng với biến đổi khí hậu và giải quyết vấn đề phát thải các-bon của Việt Nam sẽ tăng 20%.  “Làm sao để…
  • Fighting climate change: What I Learned from WBG President and 22 Vietnamese Youngsters

    Giang Huong Nguyen
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Jim Yong Kim to Vietnamese Youth: What's Your Plan to Tackle Climate Change? World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim listened to a group of more than 20 young Vietnamese environmental activists sharing their initiatives on fighting climate change. He challenged them to work together to build a bigger plan to both adapt to climate change and tackle the issue that Vietnam's carbon intensity will increase 20%. “How you can live and adapt to climate change… How you can together tackle the issue of carbon intensity of Vietnam?” – World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim challenged 22…
  • Philippines: Why We Need to Invest in the Poor

    Karl Kendrick Chua
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    A fish vendor waits for customers in his stall in Cebu City. According to the latest Philippine Economic Update, pushing key reforms to secure access to land, promote competition and simplify business regulations will also help create more and better jobs and lift people out of poverty. ​(Photo by World Bank) In my 10 years of working in the World Bank, I have seen remarkable changes around me. In 2004, Emerald Avenue in Ortigas Center, where the old World Bank office was located, started to wind down after 9 PM.  Finding a place to buy a midnight snack whenever I did overtime was…
  • Refleksi Reformasi Guru di Indonesia

    Andrew Ragatz
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Pada tahun 2005, saya merasa beruntung berada di Indonesia saat upaya reformasi guru dimulai. Parlemen Indonesia menetapkan sebuah undang-undang komprehensif mengenai guru disertai agenda yang besar. Program utamanya adalah sertifikasi yang bertujuan meningkatkan kesejahteraan sekaligus kualitas guru secara signifikan. Guru yang telah menerima sertifikasi akan menerima gaji dua kali lipat. Syarat sertifikasi adalah memiliki gelar S1 serta kompetensi untuk memberikan pendidikan yang berkualitas. Semua bahan untuk melakukan perubahan besar sepertinya tersedia. Regulasi yang bagus, dan upaya…
 
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  • Supplier Management and Sourcing Issues: Speaking Engagements

    Renaud Anjoran
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    I will take part in several conferences in October and November. I listed them below. China Sourcing Fairs (Global Sources) Topic: The 5 Biggest Challenges in Importing from China and How to Manage Them Dates and times: October 19 (Sunday), 1:00pm – 2:00pm, and October 27 (Monday), 2:30pm – 3:30pm. Venue: Level 2, AsiaWorld Expo, Hong Kong. It will take place at the same time as the trade shows organized by Global Sources in Hong Kong. TPM Asia conference (organized by the Journal of Commerce) Topic: I will be part of a panel discussion on the topic of sourcing in Asia. Date and time:…
  • What Determines the Cost of a Plastic Injection Mold in China?

    Renaud Anjoran
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    Many clients have asked me “what determines the cost of a mold?” or “how to get plastic injection molds made for low prices in China?” So I asked one of our engineers for an explanation. The short answer is, “it all depends”. Mold tools can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars and the main factors are the complexity of the part, size and the number of cavities required in the tool. If there are undercuts or screw sections that need molding, this requires additional moving sections to be added to the tool, which will add cost…
  • Mechanical Product Safety Standards: How Much is Too Much?

    Renaud Anjoran
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Product safety depends mainly on two components: Avoiding restricted substances – both the standards and the way to conduct chemical tests are relatively clear. Making sure no user will get hurt — there are many murky issues here, especially when it involves mechanical product features. I got great examples from Jo Van Landeghem, Quality Assurance and Safety Department Manager at C&A. One of the most sensitive categories is baby items. Small parts that can be ingested are a big problem because a baby might choke and die: First example: a zipper from a well know brand is sewn…
  • Best Practices for Protecting Electro-Mechanical Products

    Renaud Anjoran
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Kevin Howard, a packaging engineer from Packnomics, was kind enough to share his experiences regarding the protection of electro-mechanical products. The rest of this article was written by Kevin. My background is distribution packaging and testing, but these fields reach right into the product design space, especially for electromechanical products since there’s a direct tradeoff between product fragility and the amount of protective packaging required to survive distribution hazards. The following thoughts are mostly derived from my work on electro-mechanical products, but may apply…
  • AQL 2.5 Has Nothing to Do with the Number of Samples to Inspect

    Renaud Anjoran
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    It seems like most suppliers and most buyers can only remember “AQL 2.5″ when it comes to the settings of QC inspections. Unfortunately, “Sampling as per AQL 2.5″ means nothing. I am aware that “single sampling plan by attributes as per the ISO 2859-1 standard, normal severity, level II” is a bit difficult to remember. But that’s what determines the number of samples to pick. Here is the table that matters: How to read this table?  If you follow my example, I assume your ‘lot size’ is comprised between 3,201 pcs and 10,000 pcs, and that your…
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  • Long weekend in Shanghai

    Joop
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    It seems to be a good tradition to visit Shanghai now and then. We met up with friends and ate the fruits and dishes that we craved. Arriving during Friday’s traffic rush, we had some trouble hailing a taxi from the metro station. A friendly passerby explained that you can bid for taxi’s with an app these days, but instead I called a friend to pick us up. On Saturday we enjoyed a south Chinese lunch (小南国), haggled for presents at pearl city (didn’t do that for a long time!), and ate a modern Shanghainese meal (Lynn) with different friends. However good and rich the…
  • At work; upgraded kieskeurig.nl

    Joop
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I met a colleague in the hallway last week and he asked me about the planned upcoming release of Kieskeurig.nl; He called it a “major league” event. Weirdly, as technical manager of the site, I wasn’t worried about the launch event at all. “major league”? well, ok, with 2,7 million visits a month a lot was at stake, but we had gone through the entire launch procedure dozens of times. Nothing could go wrong. Personally, I couldn’t wait to launch the user-friendly and responsive site, with improved search and support for new product groups like garden,…
  • A long weekend in Limburg

    Joop
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    My father in law came over from Korea. A rare occasion so Suna and me wanted to do something special. Whilst planning his trip, we realised that during his last visit, we had already shown him most of the popular spots we knew. But not the southern provence of Limburg! After booking a holiday house, we decided to give him a full tour in that area, we visited Maastricht, Aachten (DE), Monschou (DE) and Spa Francorchamps. It was a nice week. Had a chance to run in the area, made barbeque in the yard, played games (go-stop is a Korean card game) and I got some reading done there. Since we were…
  • Sailing in Holland

    Joop
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I was looking forward to this day. It would be all about summer. But instead, I got up in the morning (very early) and it was grey outside, and the rain was falling. I told myself it wouldn’t be bad and drove the 1,5 hr all the way up north to Enkhuizen. By the time I got there, the sun came through and I met the crew of this epic sailing event specialisterren.nl, Although we met in the office before, it was nice to get acquainted with a coffee. We then headed out. The destination: Stavoren (on the opposite of the lake) and I quickly realised sailing isn’t about relaxing and…
  • 100 years from now

    Joop
    12 Jun 2014 | 1:48 pm
    You learn something new every day; what did you learn today? How reddit imagine the world 100 years from now? . Some of my favorites: TIL Google started out as a search engine. TIL the term “rewind” comes from having to wind magnetic ribbons around a spool to go backwards in a song or video. TIL People once actually drove cars completely manually, and this was before human augmentations. They were crashing and killing people all the time and they just accepted that as normal. What the fuck dude… TIL every home electronic device had to be plugged into walls to get power. They…
 
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    Speaking of China

  • 结婚10年连连看,有图有真相

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    作者:Jocelyn Eikenburg  译者:远 (翻译自《Photo Essay: Celebrating 10 years of marriage to my husband!》) 十年前的7月26号,我和丈夫John在上海政府工作人员的见证下承诺一生相守。很难相信自那一刻起10年已逝,然而我对丈夫的爱却如第一次说出“我愿意”那般,不减分毫。(正如大多数中国的洋媳妇一样,出于一些我已在博文中解释过的原因,我不只一次地说出“我愿意”)…
  • 4 Really Bad Reasons for Marrying Western Women in China

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    As I’ve written before, people in China are just crazy about yangxifu (the foreign wives of Chinese men).  We’ve inspired two popular forums on Baidu devoted to discussing yangxifu (Yangxifu Ba and Waiguoxifu Ba), while yangxifu regularly make headlines in China news. So of course, many Chinese men would love to marry a Western woman just like me. For some, it’s even their life’s dream. But just because a guy would love to marry us doesn’t mean he’s always doing it with love in mind. Unfortunately, some Chinese men approach us with the wrong ideas…
  • 洋媳妇问答:与中国男人恋爱的地域困境

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    作者:Jocelyn Eikenburg  译者:远 (翻译自《Ask the Yangxifu: Love and Location Dilemma With a Chinese Man》) 爱的窘境(LoveDilemma)问:…
  • Guest Post: AMWF Couples – A Canadian Perspective

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Sometimes, one good turn — in this case, a great guest post — deserves another! Fred’s post Are Interracial Couples of Asian Men & Western Women Really That Rare? A Field Report from Hong Kong encouraged Maria Deng to do observations of her own in Mississauga, Canada. Thanks to Maria for submitting her report! Feel inspired to write something for Speaking of China? Check out my submit a post page for details. —– As a white female who recently married an Asian male, I have become intrigued with AMWF couples. I’m also an avid follower of Speaking of…
  • 爱上一个比自己矮的中国男:3英寸

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    作者:Jocelyn Eikenburg  译者:远 (翻译自《Three Inches of Separation: On Loving a Shorter Chinese Man》) 我和我老公差3英寸。也就是说,就差3英寸我们就一般高了——因为我是5英尺7英寸(约170cm,译者注)而他是5英尺4英寸(约163cm,译者注)。 几星期前,当我为他量身高时,5英尺4英寸可不是我预计的结果。那天我碰巧在找卷尺来量烤箱,好为我们在过去的这个星期四的感恩节火鸡做准备。然后老公要求道:“帮我量量身高吧。”…
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  • China Dream

    N.M.Cheung
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    For Americans the American Dream is a house in suburbia with white picket fences and 2 cars garage, which used to be easily reachable for the middle class family in the 50′s and 60′s. Now it’s arguably much more difficult for young people burdened with student loans probably staying with their parents well into their 30s. When Xi Jinping used the phrase “China Dream”, the western media as usual reacted either indifferently or negatively as they assume anything from Chinese leaders as propaganda. Despite millions spent by CIA to monitor China, analysts dissecting…
  • Democracy Mission – A Conspiracy Theory

    Guo Du
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:41 pm
    This is a reprint from an old post that I think readers of this blog might find interesting. Whatever the merits of democracy, I’m more curious about its evangelical preachers. Democracy is a vague term, like “Christendom”, “Islamic World”, or “the West”. Besides the democratic banner, the political landscapes of the USA, Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, India. . . don’t share many common features. In the end, I suspect Democracy could be fantastic for some, at some point in time, and disastrous for others, under different circumstances. Any system, like its human inventors, would…
  • Paul Krugman

    N.M.Cheung
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Despite my politics is far to the left I have always have a soft spot for Nixon. Maybe it’s because of his opening to China, or his hard nosed politics and realism. Someone like Paul Krugman, a liberal democrat, with policies I have more agreements with, yet I dislike those idealistic cold warriors. This morning professor Krugman got me tee off again. I sent the following letter to the NYT after I read his column “Why We Fight Wars”. “When Professor Krugman asked the question of “Why We Fight Wars”, and stated the total cost of Iraq War exceed 1 trillion…
  • Rule of Law

    N.M.Cheung
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    When Chinese dissidents talk about democracy and rule of law, American media immediately start the echo chamber in criticizing China and provide the stage for whomever in the spotlight. It irks me to no end this fetish on rule of law is not based on reality but more on fantasy and rarely examined in depth. Wikipedia defines it as: “The rule of law (also known as nomocracy) is the legal principle that law should govern a nation, and not individual government officials. It primarily refers to the influence and authority of law within society, particularly as a constraint upon behavior,…
  • China is a Freeloader of World Order…

    Allen
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    Check out the following excerpt of an interview conducted by Thomas Friedman on Obama.  In this short segment, Obama states that China is a Freeloader and has been for the last 30 years… The rest of the interview can be found here. So is China a Freeloader?  Take the poll below. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.  
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    Red Luxury

  • Is Macy’s Finally Ready to Take On China?

    red luxury b
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Macy’s has apparently set its sights on China in its ongoing efforts at international expansion. Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s chairman and chief executive officer, has been eyeing China for a while, planning on either opening a Macy’s department store or a series of specialty stores featuring popular in-house brands like Alfani, American Rag, Material Girl, [&hellip
  • Fast Fashion Is Displacing Chinese Casual Wear Brands

    red luxury w
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Fast fashion brands such as Zara, H&M, and Uniqlo are displacing established Chinese casual wear brands. Popular Chinese brands, including Meters/bonwe, Espirit, Giordano, and Baleno, are finding it hard to compete with the low prices, high product variety, and quick turnover of the fast fashion brands, according to Want China Times. Compared to the pricing [&hellip
  • China Says Celebs Have to Actually Try the Products They Endorse

    red luxury w
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Celebrities who endorse ads for products they don’t try may need to start being a guinea pig in China. On Monday, an updated draft of the Central Party’s advertisement law submitted to lawmakers said that celebrities who are paid to be spokespeople for products, should try the product before they represent it, according to state [&hellip
  • Chinese move into luxury Manhattan property

    red luxury w
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Owning a home on US soil is no longer only an American dream. Increasingly, buyers from China are snapping up luxury property in America, particularly in high-priced markets like New York. Cynthia Liu, 26, is among the Chinese buyers who have decided to invest in upmarket residential real estate here. Ms Liu grew up in [&hellip
  • China’s Wedding Industry Tops $50 Billion

    red luxury w
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    The wedding industry in China is booming, and everyone wants a piece of the pie. With around 20 percent of Chinese being single, and the growing middle class, businesses from dressmakers to dating websites and marriage headhunters to real estate developers and travel agents are getting in on the action. Weddings in China are already [&hellip
 
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  • 结婚10年连连看,有图有真相

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    作者:Jocelyn Eikenburg  译者:远 (翻译自《Photo Essay: Celebrating 10 years of marriage to my husband!》) 十年前的7月26号,我和丈夫John在上海政府工作人员的见证下承诺一生相守。很难相信自那一刻起10年已逝,然而我对丈夫的爱却如第一次说出“我愿意”那般,不减分毫。(正如大多数中国的洋媳妇一样,出于一些我已在博文中解释过的原因,我不只一次地说出“我愿意”)…
  • 4 Really Bad Reasons for Marrying Western Women in China

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    As I’ve written before, people in China are just crazy about yangxifu (the foreign wives of Chinese men).  We’ve inspired two popular forums on Baidu devoted to discussing yangxifu (Yangxifu Ba and Waiguoxifu Ba), while yangxifu regularly make headlines in China news. So of course, many Chinese men would love to marry a Western woman just like me. For some, it’s even their life’s dream. But just because a guy would love to marry us doesn’t mean he’s always doing it with love in mind. Unfortunately, some Chinese men approach us with the wrong ideas…
  • 洋媳妇问答:与中国男人恋爱的地域困境

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    作者:Jocelyn Eikenburg  译者:远 (翻译自《Ask the Yangxifu: Love and Location Dilemma With a Chinese Man》) 爱的窘境(LoveDilemma)问:…
  • Guest Post: AMWF Couples – A Canadian Perspective

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Sometimes, one good turn — in this case, a great guest post — deserves another! Fred’s post Are Interracial Couples of Asian Men & Western Women Really That Rare? A Field Report from Hong Kong encouraged Maria Deng to do observations of her own in Mississauga, Canada. Thanks to Maria for submitting her report! Feel inspired to write something for Speaking of China? Check out my submit a post page for details. —– As a white female who recently married an Asian male, I have become intrigued with AMWF couples. I’m also an avid follower of Speaking of…
  • 爱上一个比自己矮的中国男:3英寸

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    作者:Jocelyn Eikenburg  译者:远 (翻译自《Three Inches of Separation: On Loving a Shorter Chinese Man》) 我和我老公差3英寸。也就是说,就差3英寸我们就一般高了——因为我是5英尺7英寸(约170cm,译者注)而他是5英尺4英寸(约163cm,译者注)。 几星期前,当我为他量身高时,5英尺4英寸可不是我预计的结果。那天我碰巧在找卷尺来量烤箱,好为我们在过去的这个星期四的感恩节火鸡做准备。然后老公要求道:“帮我量量身高吧。”…
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    The BLCU Blog

  • 6 Reasons Why You Will Never Forget BLCU

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    This is a guest post by Prachi Preaches on her top 6 reasons why you will never forget the Beijing Language and Culture University. Photo by Instagram user mamorukun.1. WudaokuoOF COURSE! Right? Having lived in other parts of China and Beijing itself, I can safety pronounce my favourite place in China -- Wudaokuo <3 Can I ever forget Wu Club, Propaganda, Sensation, La Bamba, Helen's.... (the list goes on) The most perfect place to grow as a Chinese student, with people from all around the world, multiple international restaurants, Wudaokuo is only getting better.  2.
  • Beijing Language And Culture University Q&A (2014): Gloria Xu

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:07 am
    In this BLCU Q&A (2014), we speak with local Chinese student Gloria Xu who was deeply involved in the university's Student Senate. Be sure to also check out our previous question and answer sessions with BLCU students for more insights into life at the university.Please tell us your personal background (age, first language, nationality, previous education, etc.) and how you ended up studying at BLCU.I'm 24 now (turning 25 this August, but let's leave it as 24). I was born and raised in China. My first languages are Wu dialect (if you've never heard of it, Shanghainese is a branch of Wu),…
  • Beijing Language And Culture University Q&A (2014): Abu Abukar

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    30 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    In this BLCU Q&A, we talk with Abu Abukar, who studied Chinese at the Beijing Language And Culture University for two weeks.Remember to check out all our BLCU Q&As here. Lots of thanks to Abu for taking part, and contributing his experiences to the blog for the benefit of past and future students!Tell me about your two weeks intense Mandarin course at BLCU, and how useful you found it?The classes would normally begin from 9am and finish by 12:30pm. The beginning was difficult because pronunciation is the key and constant review is a must. It was a unique experience because I never…
  • Beijing Language And Culture University Q&A (2014): Jay Gonzalez

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Hello everyone and thanks for tuning in to this latest question and answer session about the Beijing Language and Culture University! This time we sit down and chat with former BLCU student from 10 years ago, Jay Gonzalez, who has very kindly agreed to answer all our questions for the benefit of the blog's readers.Jay first got in touch with us through our official Facebook page (be sure to join the 2,000+ member community there if you haven't already), where he said: "I took a 6 months, 20hr/week course in BLCU almost 10 years ago. Went when I was 18 years old. It is amazing how…
  • News: World's First Online Chinese Teacher Training Programme Launched By The Beijing Language And Culture University

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Here at The BLCU Blog we aim to bring you interesting and relevant news related to the Beijing Language and Culture University, so you don't have to go any further than this blog to know what headlines your favourite Chinese university is making in the global media.Earlier this month, on April 8, the Beijing Language and Culture University announced a new initiative with Academic Partnerships (AP) to "launch of the world's first online International Chinese Teacher Training Program (ICTP)," according to a report by PRNewswire. A new website, BLCUOnline.net, has been set up to promote the…
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    Blog - Digital Jungle

  • What you should do for Penguin 3.0

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Recently, there has been a lot of people online speculating about the Penguin Update 3.0. It has been more than 10 months since the last Penguin algorithm change was released, and now it seems like it’s on the horizon. The question is,…
  • Content marketing in China: Your Questions Answered

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Branded content is a relatively new form of advertising. Brands create targeted content so they can attract consumers to their website. This approach entails a mix of entertainment and advertising that provides a unique identity to a brand. Unlike the…
  • How to put Your Social Media Into the Fast Lane

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    In the early naughties China had 4 million cars for 1.3 billion Chinese people. Fourteen years on and China has become the world’s largest automobile market. Chinese people love cars, be it talking about cars or showing off their cars.…
  • Insights: How Chinese Perceive Foreign Brands

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Every marketer will tell you to adapt your strategy to the market you are targeting to be able the break into it effectively. When it comes to China, there isa great amount of differences, which make this market truly different…
  • Why Develop a Mobile-Optimized Website

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
      In June 2010, about 420 million of Chinese people were using the Internet making China the biggest Internet market in the World. It perhaps is a little simplistic to say but many Chinese consumers went straight from using the…
 
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    Chengdu Living

  • Why I Can’t Leave Chengdu

    Sascha
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I first talked with Ron, Chi Chi and Bianca in the stairwell of the Poly Center, outside of the Sinostage Dance Studio where the three of them worked as dance instructors. About two minutes into the conversation, I asked them about Chengdu, in the sheepish way you’d ask someone about a dish you made that you know you’d oversalted. Ron’s shot me a eyes-wide glance and cocked his head like only a black man can, and shouted out, “Chengdu is the Shit!’ Chi Chi and Bianca nodded sagely. I looked at my casserole in a whole new way. The Shit? Really? I pressed on, what…
  • Measuring PM2.5 for 200rmb: the SamoAir Review

    Charlie
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Spend some time in Chengdu and you might find that the most common concern among expat residents is the polluted air. Many of us track pollutant levels using our smartphones everyday, wear protective masks when running or cycling, and outfit our homes with low (and high) cost air filters and automation systems. For me, the next step after setting up filters and automation in my home was to measure indoor pollutant levels myself to identify and troubleshoot potential problems. A common and trustworthy device used to measure air pollutants is the Dylos 1100, which is American-made and…
  • China’s Social Institution of the Polite Lie

    Eli
    28 May 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Recently I was reminded of something I learned ten years ago, while studying in Beijing. It was a month ago, and I was walking into a restaurant in Chengdu, around closing time, with a group of my wife’s friends. It was nearly 9pm and most of the staff were eating their shift meal or clearing tables, waiting for the last diners to finish. I asked a waiter if we could get some food and he responded apologetically that they were closing. Knowing that our dinner options were dwindling, I pleaded our case, asking that they seat us. To deflect my request the waiter said, ‘sorry, we are out of…
  • How to Wirelessly Control Your Air Filter Remotely for 99 rmb

    Charlie
    12 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the spring of 2013, Chengdu witnessed the worst sustained bout of air pollution that it had seen. We published a post on how to protect yourself from the pollution, posted daily photos of the Chengdu sky along with air quality readings, and saw a flurry of forum posts like these discussing the air pollution. We’ve come a long way since then. Air filters are more common in Chengdu, awareness of the pollution has become widespread, and the skies are less dirty than they were a year ago according to both US Consulate and local Chengdu data on air quality. Last Sunday Chengdu…
  • Split Crotch Pants: China’s Environmentally Friendly Non-Diaper

    Sascha
    5 May 2014 | 12:14 pm
    About halfway into my long sojourn here in China, I met an ebullient young man who was on his second week. He kept telling me how great everything was in China, and this in the middle of a drawn out China Blues period for me, and it took everything I had not to “destroy something beautiful” just because I could. Instead, he turned me on to the light, “Chinese are so plucky,” he said and I knew exactly what he meant by that. He reminded me of my first days here, before I heard the bitter sermons of long-time expats and disgusted Peace Corps volunteers. Before I endured…
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    eWallstreeter

  • China battles tainted delicacies

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Authorities in the Chinese province of Zheijiang reveal two new food scandals as Beijing tries to rid the country of tainted products
  • Taiwan accuses China of breaching airspace

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    Taipei scrambles military aircraft after Chinese spy planes enter airspace, days after Beijing was accused of intercepting a US surveillance aircraft
  • Chinese developers slash homes prices

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    Developer discounts of up to $325,000 signal the sector’s desperation to shed unsold homes as groups resort to creative tactics to boost sales
  • Chinese airline rebrands first class

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    First-class renamed business class as China Southern Airlines seeks to win back government officials banned from buying top-priced tickets
  • Vanke slashes home prices for Taobao users

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Developer discount of up to Rmb2m signals the sector’s desperation to shed inventory as groups resort to creative sales tactics to drum up custom
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    Welcome To China

  • Chinas Top Food Cities

    Rodney
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    Number 1: Chengdu I will never forget Chengdu, my first food experience there was the famous spicy hotpot, my mouth and lips were on fire from the red soup of chiller and peppers! In 2010, Chengdu was designated the “Capital of the World’s Gourmet Food” by UNESCO, and renowned for hot pot cooking, spicy bean […]
  • Let’s Eat…… Snacks

    Rodney
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Here’s a quick guide to some of the popular local snacks foods you’ll see on your travels around China (excuse the translations, will get to correcting the dish names): Lijiang: delicacies include spiral dumpling, buckwheat cake, walnut meatball, champion cake, Naxi Bowl Tsai cake, millet meatloaf, spiral cake, pineapple rice pudding, purple meters Baba, fried […]
  • lets eat.. Cicada

    Rodney
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Cicada make for a tasty snack… At first I was a little reluctant but once I got over thought of it, I really look forward to munching on these tasty little critters.. They are simply fried in a little oil till crispy, a little salt, and munch away.. A meaty almost peanut buttery kind of […]
  • Shaoguan and Nanhua Temple

    Rodney
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Shaoguan is a quick and easy getaway from Shenzhen or Guangzhou being linked by the High Speed Rail. It takes about 2 hours from Shenzhen and 1 hour or so from Guangzhou. On this trip I came from Qingyuan, I missed the fast train having ended up at the wrong train station but I managed […]
  • 兴隆寺 Xingfu Longgu Temple – Qingyuan

    Rodney
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    Out along Provincial Road there’s numerous sight seeing attractions and one of those is Xingfu Temple across from the Niuyuzui scenic area. Getting to either is easy, take the bus number 24 which terminates at the gate of the scenic area, then walk through the main gate and follow the path for 5 minutes. Map […]
 
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    Beijing Cream

  • Jaycee Chan rats out friends, and the most embarrassing letter in pop history

    RFH
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    Someone at an informed level seems to be leaking information on the Jaycee Chan drugs case with gleeful disregard for the judicial process. And we’re not just talking about CCTV. Jaycee Chan: as NWA might say, a snitch is a snitch/ if you’re poor or rich In the hopes of avoiding getting bored to death in a Chinese prison cell, film “star” Chan has allegedly spilled on his friends like an action hero, according to Liberty Times, a Taiwanese newspaper. The “laundry list” contains up to 120 names including a singer with a Taiwanese band “whose surname starts with F, has…
  • Foreigners Told: Stay Off The Drugs – And Twitter?

    RFH
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    New details have emerged about last weekend’s drug raid in Beijing, which allegedly saw five foreigners deported and a similar number of Chinese detained – sending local Twitter users into collective shock. A comprehensive report on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s website by correspondent Stephen McDonell explains how he’d headed down to dirty dawg bar Dos Kolegas for some beery r ’n’ r following a stint in sunny Ukraine. It was at this point that Knacker turned up with some “small containers” – which didn’t contain Welcome Back gifts. This phone camera image,…
  • Sindicator, Ep.04: Chai-Na, Development By Destruction

    Danielle Sumita
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Chairman Mao once said, “Without destruction there is not construction. The destruction is the criticism, the revolution. The destruction comes first, it of course brings the construction.”  In recent years this quote has been taken literally, and the character 拆 (chāi), which means to “tear down,” adorns the entrances of many-a-doomed domiciles. The phenomenon has evolved so that the Chinese have nicknamed their country 拆那 (chāinà – get it?), referring to the daily razings that make way for growth. This HULK SMASH!!!! approach to development has…
  • Dispatches From Xinjiang: Uyghur Rock Star Perhat On The Voice Of China

    Beige Wind
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It’s been two weeks since the Uyghur rock star Perhat Khaliq took on The Voice of China, and the Uyghur Internet is still buzzing about the way he delivered his songs of loss and longing to a national audience. Perhat surprised everyone with the painful tension in his voice. Strumming an acoustic guitar, he started his song in a low, almost spoken-word register that slowly evolved into a full roar. Like so many young Uyghurs, Perhat experienced the loss of those he loved far too early. First his brother died, then his parents, well before the average Uyghur life expectancy of 61. As…
  • Dispatches From Xinjiang: Celebrating Roza In A Time Of Fear

    Beige Wind
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    On Friday, the first of August, we woke up to the sound of an explosion in the alley. It was a deep resonate boom: not a firecracker, not a gunshot. It was a window-rattling explosion. We knew immediately what it meant: mangled bodies, screaming women, terrified children, a suicide bomber. But when I leaned out the window, I saw a young man with a fire extinguisher putting out a few small fires next to a mangled three-wheel cart. It was just an accident. A gas tank blew up, shattering the glass of nearby restaurants and melting the plastic signs that advertised five-kuai pork-stuffed flat…
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - Study More Chinese

  • A Cooking Ingredients List from "Lily's Wai Sek Hong"

    Thomas Doherty
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Lily's Wai Sek Hong ( lilysbest,blogspot.com ) has posted a very extensive and useful list of cooking ingredients in written Chinese and English.  This list can be used to help in understanding cooking videos seen on the internet that are in Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien or any other language that uses the written Chinese system.  { Only a maybe because all these languages ( and sub regions ) sometimes use their own words to describe things }.  The list can also be used as a vocabulary builder in probably one of the main areas one needs to talk and understand in a Chinese language, food and…
  • Five Mandarin Greetings that are Not "Ni Hao"

    Thomas Doherty
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Dave Flynn at   http://chinesehacks.com    has posted an article on ways to say "hello: that are not "Ni Hao". Follow the link:    http://chinesehacks.com/vocabulary/5-chinese-greetings-that-arent-ni-hao/;      or on the Facebook Link:   https://upload.facebook.com/ChineseHacks/photos/a.104968796231346.7503.103917736336452/715943148467238/?type=1;
  • Rana Mitter - Oxford Professor of Chinese History - a new World Journal Article on his Books

    Thomas Doherty
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    As has been becoming increasingly well know, Oxford Professor of Chinese History Rana Mitter has written a current best seller released last fall 2013 entitled "Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937 - 1945", available in ebook, paperback or hardcover.  Here is a link to the Amazon kindle page:       http://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Ally-China%C2%92s-World-1937-1945-ebook/dp/B00AUZS5OI/ref=tmm_kin_title_0; A few of his other books are worth reading also:     China's War with Japan ( hardcover only ...  I have not read it yet and wonder if new book is a rewrite )        …
  • On YangYang's Blog -- Ways to say Good Bye in Mandarin

    Thomas Doherty
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Over on YangYang's Blog ( yoyochinese.com ) there is an article by   Julie Tha Gyaw  on different ways to say Good Bye  in Mandarin.  Check it out at this link:     http://yoyochinese.com/blog/learn-mandarin-chinese-how-chinese-people-normally-say-goodbye;     
  • World Cup Words in Mandarin

    Thomas Doherty
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I recently visited the easymandarin site and they had a great list of Mandarin Football ( soccer ) and World Cup words. See the list at this link:     http://www.easymandarin.cn/world-cup-vocabulary-talk-about-football-in-chinese/;
 
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    China Law Blog

  • China Compliance: Don’t Rely On Your China Staff, Part IV

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    In Part 1 of this series, I discussed how Chinese staff of foreign companies operating in China typically view China compliance very differently than the foreign company itself. In Part 2, I talked about how the views of Chinese staff can negatively impact the foreign company’s China compliance efforts. In Part 3, I discussed one aspect of what often happens with the local Chinese staff when the foreign company starts to enact real changes in its operations. Today, I focus in on how Chinese staff will seek to undermine those who it sees as behind the foreign company’s seeking to…
  • China Compliance: Don’t Rely on Your China Staff, Part III

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    In Part 1 of this series, I discussed how Chinese staff of foreign companies operating in China typically view China compliance very differently than the foreign company itself. In Part 2, I talked about how the views of Chinese staff can negatively impact the foreign company’s China compliance efforts. In this post, I am going to discuss one aspect of what often happens with the local Chinese staff when the foreign company starts to enact real changes in its operations. Typically when a foreign company begins establishing strong anti-corruption and compliance polices for its China…
  • China Trademarks: Like a Box of Chocolates

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Those of us who deal with China trademarks on a regular basis are used to a certain level of weirdness. To be fair, most decisions from the Chinese Trademark Office (CTMO) are logical, apply the appropriate laws and regulations, and occur within the general expected timeframe. But a nontrivial number are simply bizarre, and come with neither warning nor explanation. A trademark might be rejected for a ludicrous supposed conflict, like having the word “the” in common with a previously registered trademark. A trademark might be registered when it should be rejected for being identical to a…
  • China Compliance: Don’t Rely on Your China Staff, Part II

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    In yesterday’s post, we briefly talked about the rash of legal problems lately besetting foreign companies doing business in China and of how foreign companies must avoid the temptation to assume that their Chinese staff have all China legal issues covered. This post addresses the resistance foreign companies (and their lawyers) often face from Chinese staff when the foreign company seeks to comply with Chinese law. This resistance typically stems from Chinese staff who believe that “Chinese laws are stupid and unrealistic and routinely ignored.” They are of the view that if…
  • China Compliance: Don’t Rely On Your China Staff

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    You’ve heard the message. If you want to keep operating in China and stay out of legal trouble, the time is now to get your China house in order. And this is quite possible. But, can you rely on the advice of your China staff to establish corporate and regulatory compliance procedures, as well as anti-corruption policies? The answer is a weak (or is a strong?) maybe. The problem is that far too often your local China staff  views compliance and legal issues far differently than you or a government audit would. In Dead and alive: metaphors for (dis)obeying the law U.Penn’s language…
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    Quality Wars - Your Boots on the GROUND in China

  • 8 Concepts for Success in China…

    Laura
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Last month, Andrew Reich, founder of InTouch Services, delivered a presentation to CRCC Asia, a company which specializes in connecting China and the global community through award-winning internships. Having lived and worked in China since 2002, Andrew’s presentation covering his own experiences, offered pearls of wisdom and revealed effective ways to conquer the Chinese business world while developing professionally. These are his 8 Concepts for Success in China: 1) Understanding the Chinese Mentality With China’s growing importance on the world stage, it’s important to understand…
  • Jewelry QC: Stone Placement and Setting

    John
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Jewelry QC inspections generally require very little equipment, despite the often high value of the product. Last week we covered inspection methods and assessing quality of casting, soldering and glue assembly. Jewelry items need not only be highly presentable and appealing, but they also need to stand the test of time. There are few other products for which expectations of durability and craftsmanship are higher. That’s why our focus this week is on stone placement and setting. A ring with the best casting work and the most highly-prized gemstones can really take a tumble in terms of…
  • Jewelry QC: Casting, Soldering and Glue Assembly

    John
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    Have you ever spent a significant amount of money on an item of jewelry only to be ripped off by poor quality materials or workmanship?   Jewelry QC requires precision and a trained eye. Whether you buy jewelry for resale,  investing, for giving to someone else or for when you just feel like treating yourself, you know how expensive it can get. Jewelry is a luxury good, and nothing takes away more from its value than a quality defect like a crack in the metal casting or soldering. All of us at Quality Wars want to make sure you’re getting what you pay for, especially when it comes to…
  • Chairs: 6 Essential Quality Assurance Tests and Checks

    John
    12 May 2014 | 1:28 am
    How much of your life is spent sitting down? Vincent’s Chair, a 1888 painting by Vincent van Gogh According to one study, the average adult spends more than 90 percent of their leisure time sitting – 90 percent! That figure doesn’t even include the time you might be sitting at work or, as most of us in the Western world tend to do when nature calls, sitting on the toilet. As long as you’re spending so much time sitting, wouldn’t you like to be sure that the chair you’re sitting in is one that’s not only comfortable and durable, but safe and stable as well? That’s why…
  • Cultural Caveats: The Power of Guanxi

    John
    25 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    How many times has networking played a pivotal role or, more still, been critically decisive in the success or failure or your career or business? Who needs to wait in line at a popular night club when you’ve got guanxi? The people you know can introduce you to friends, business partners even your future husband or wife. Your network can even help you get your name to the top of a list of applicants. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs in the United States are found through networking. We sometimes refer to a powerful friend as a connection or a…
 
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    Blog - Digital Jungle

  • What you should do for Penguin 3.0

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Recently, there has been a lot of people online speculating about the Penguin Update 3.0. It has been more than 10 months since the last Penguin algorithm change was released, and now it seems like it’s on the horizon. The question is,…
  • Content marketing in China: Your Questions Answered

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Branded content is a relatively new form of advertising. Brands create targeted content so they can attract consumers to their website. This approach entails a mix of entertainment and advertising that provides a unique identity to a brand. Unlike the…
  • How to put Your Social Media Into the Fast Lane

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    In the early naughties China had 4 million cars for 1.3 billion Chinese people. Fourteen years on and China has become the world’s largest automobile market. Chinese people love cars, be it talking about cars or showing off their cars.…
  • Insights: How Chinese Perceive Foreign Brands

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Every marketer will tell you to adapt your strategy to the market you are targeting to be able the break into it effectively. When it comes to China, there isa great amount of differences, which make this market truly different…
  • Why Develop a Mobile-Optimized Website

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
      In June 2010, about 420 million of Chinese people were using the Internet making China the biggest Internet market in the World. It perhaps is a little simplistic to say but many Chinese consumers went straight from using the…
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    InternChina » Languages » English

  • Qingdao International Beer Festival

    Hyacinth Garnett
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:27 am
    Nun war ich auch endlich auf dem sagenumwobenen Qingdao International Beer Festival. Man muss dazu sagen, dass während das Beer Festival stattfindet, sich die Stadt in einem absoluten Ausnahmezustand befindet. Die Straßen und Busse sind einfach doppelt so verstopft, wie sonst eh schon. In der drei Wochen strömen ganze 4 Mio. Menschen in die chinesischen […]
  • Sightseeing the Chinese way

    adam mashongamhende
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    Now I’ve been to China before…I have lived here for a year and did a fair amount of touristy stuff so I like to think that I know when it’s good to go somewhere. Brushing all of my common sense and knowledge of China aside, I naturally decided to take some interns on a trip […]
  • Snapshots of Chengdu Photo Competition

    Sebastian Schrade
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
        Congratulations, Jordan! The InternChina office managers in Chengdu, Qingdao and Zhuhai have made their decision: Jordan’s photo of our interns teaching the Chinese the Macarena dance while they were all hopelessly stuck in traffic is our Snapshot of the Month. We hope you will enjoy your stay at the Ruicheng 5 star hotel! […]
  • Au revoir Qingdao! Goodbye Qingdao!

    Lindzey Miller
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Ni hao! Hi readers! Bonjour lecteurs! Well… this is already my last blog. Ceci est mon dernier blog. Le temps passe si vite! This coming Sunday I will be getting on a plane for a long journey home…24 hours to be exact!  Yes, it will be long and tiresome and probably very boring, but after […]
  • Differences between France and China – Part 1: Food

    Hyacinth Garnett
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:35 pm
    My internship here is drawing to an end soon, so I would like to take the opportunity to compare the two amazing experiences I have had in the last year. No. 1: I was  placed on an Erasmus year in Toulouse, France for seven months. No. 2:  A marketing internship in Qingdao, China for six months […]
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    China Stock Research - China Stock Research - Blog posts

  • Qihoo 360 (QIHU) Q2 FY2014 Results

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU, profile) released Q2 FY2014 results which included revenue of 317.9 million USD (exceeding management’s earlier guidance) and net income of 37.0 million USD. The Q2 results beat the consensus revenue estimate of about 309 million USD and also beat on earnings (non-GAAP EPADS of 0.50 USD vs. 0.46 consensus). In addition to Q2 results, the company offered a strong Q3 outlook. Management’s Q3 FY2014 revenue guidance was for about 363 million USD (higher than the 357 million USD consensus), reflecting growth of about +93% YoY and +14% QoQ. Along with a…
  • Week in review - Aug 22, 2014

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:49 pm
    US-listed China stocks had a see-saw week this past week, with some early in the week optimism from recent earnings news deflating after the mid-week release of the HSBC Flash China Manufacturing PMI. In addition to the worse-than-expected flash PMI (50.3, barely showing growth vs. the strong 51.5 expected), there was also some other data (home prices, FDI inflows) to digest. Although the market was primed and ready for rough numbers after the private data released earlier in the month, the NBS data cemented the fact that things will probably get worse before they get better. FDI inflows year…
  • Mindray Medical (MR) outlook positive

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    MR down a bit, but might snap back…positive view This could be an interesting stock to have on your radar. It doesn’t trade much though so watch your risk size. After coloring outside the lines a few times, the stock has come off four days in a row. Maybe it has been disciplined long enough and will continue the uptrend now that the market has adjusted to MR’s (is it just me or do you chuckle when you read/say this ticker?) volatility.   Current technical rating is: 1.75 Note: technical ratings are -3 to +3 indicating bearish to bullish; a…
  • Sohu.com (SOHU) poking higher, looking positive

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:11 am
    Sohu…so long? Maybe, maybe not… Sohu.com Inc. (SOHU, profile) has been floundering since May. Since then, it has broken above tops from May, June and July. It might be best to wait to see a 64 print before you make any further decisions. That represents the March support and April resistance. You’ll also note it has colored outside the lines and our CCI oscillator has gone above where one would normally make an entry… and shows overbought with a sell signal on Wednesday’s close.   Current technical rating is: 2 (previously rated a -2.75) Note:…
  • NetEase (NTES) - pushing higher after strong Q2, positive outlook

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:07 am
    NetEase (NTES) – pushing higher after strong Q2, positive outlook NetEase (NTES) reported a strong Q2 last week, despite hurdles to advance its push into mobile, and the market has pushed the stock higher. The only reason this isn’t a full on 3 rating is it is getting sold after coloring outside the lines (close above upper Bollinger band) and went into overbought territory on RSI and our CCI.   Current technical rating is: 2.75 Note: technical ratings are -3 to +3 indicating bearish to bullish; a zero is neutral to cautionary.     Price and moving averages: NTES…
 
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    Red Luxury

  • Is Macy’s Finally Ready to Take On China?

    red luxury b
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Macy’s has apparently set its sights on China in its ongoing efforts at international expansion. Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s chairman and chief executive officer, has been eyeing China for a while, planning on either opening a Macy’s department store or a series of specialty stores featuring popular in-house brands like Alfani, American Rag, Material Girl, [&hellip
  • Fast Fashion Is Displacing Chinese Casual Wear Brands

    red luxury w
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Fast fashion brands such as Zara, H&M, and Uniqlo are displacing established Chinese casual wear brands. Popular Chinese brands, including Meters/bonwe, Espirit, Giordano, and Baleno, are finding it hard to compete with the low prices, high product variety, and quick turnover of the fast fashion brands, according to Want China Times. Compared to the pricing [&hellip
  • China Says Celebs Have to Actually Try the Products They Endorse

    red luxury w
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Celebrities who endorse ads for products they don’t try may need to start being a guinea pig in China. On Monday, an updated draft of the Central Party’s advertisement law submitted to lawmakers said that celebrities who are paid to be spokespeople for products, should try the product before they represent it, according to state [&hellip
  • Chinese move into luxury Manhattan property

    red luxury w
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Owning a home on US soil is no longer only an American dream. Increasingly, buyers from China are snapping up luxury property in America, particularly in high-priced markets like New York. Cynthia Liu, 26, is among the Chinese buyers who have decided to invest in upmarket residential real estate here. Ms Liu grew up in [&hellip
  • China’s Wedding Industry Tops $50 Billion

    red luxury w
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    The wedding industry in China is booming, and everyone wants a piece of the pie. With around 20 percent of Chinese being single, and the growing middle class, businesses from dressmakers to dating websites and marriage headhunters to real estate developers and travel agents are getting in on the action. Weddings in China are already [&hellip
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    Travel China Cheaper

  • Private Internet Access Review | VPN Pros vs Cons

    Josh
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Perhaps you’ve come across this Private Internet Access review thanks to a Google search or maybe you’ve been browsing through some of the other reviews I’ve done. Either way, I hope you can find this useful. I’ve spent the past few months personally testing out quite a few VPNs and although I am by no means an expert in […] The post Private Internet Access Review | VPN Pros vs Cons appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • Top 5 Mandarin Phrase Guide Books

    Josh
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Being able to communicate during your journey to China can make a huge difference in how much you enjoy your travel. While I’ve already talked about how it is certainly possible to travel to China without speaking Mandarin, the truth is that some level of language – even if it’s extremely basic – is vital. […] The post Top 5 Mandarin Phrase Guide Books appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • How to Buy China Train Tickets Online | Tutorial

    Josh
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the biggest headaches for most China travelers over the years has been dealing with buying China train tickets. I feel your pain! It’s not like you can buy them months in advance like you can with airline tickets so it feels like you’re leaving a part of your planning up to chance…and that’s never […] The post How to Buy China Train Tickets Online | Tutorial appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • 12VPN Reviews | Pros, Cons & Discount Codes

    Josh
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Perhaps you’ve come across this 12VPN review thanks to a Google search or maybe you’ve been browsing many of the other VPN reviews I’ve done. Either way, I hope you can find this useful. I’ve spent the past few months personally testing out quite a few VPNs and although I don’t claim to be an expert, I […] The post 12VPN Reviews | Pros, Cons & Discount Codes appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • My Top 5 Favorite Tools for Learning Mandarin

    Josh
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    You may not be fluent, but during your travels throughout China you’re going to want to speak at least some basic Mandarin Chinese. I’ve already spent a little bit of time talking about how it is possible to travel in China without speaking Mandarin, but for those of you who desire to experience the Chinese […] The post My Top 5 Favorite Tools for Learning Mandarin appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
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    New Life ESL

  • Meet Vanessa: Half Blogger, Half Hustler

    Monica
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Can you introduce yourself? 

 My name is Vanessa Menchaca and I’m the owner of Wanderonwards.org! I’m an Indian-looking Mexican who is working and studying Chinese in China. It’s very confusing. Where are your current stomping grounds? I live in Beijing, China and there’s nowhere else in the world I rather be at the moment! Any place you recommend for future travelers who are visiting? Don’t be afraid to stay in hostels! China hostels are amazing! Everyone speaks English, there are common rooms/spaces everywhere so it’s easy to make friends. You don’t need to shell out a…
  • How to Ruin a Diet: Dining Locally in Inner Mongolia

    Monica
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    You know that term, “You’re paying for the environment.” people use when referring to restaurants or bars? This place is like the opposite of that. Describing this restaurant as authentic is an understatement. It’s cutthroat, but with a charm. Think of the busiest place to eat where you live. There’s probably a hostess and the tables go to a specific server. You might even be able to make reservations. Hell, it might be reservations only. When you pull up in the shady alley this little hole-in-the-wall is located in, be prepared to push and shove. If you don’t have a loud voice or…
  • Teacher City Spotlight: Qingdao – The Green Island

    Guest
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    Seafood, sailing, beaches, and beer: the recipe for the perfect city to teach English! Qingdao is a unique city with a blend of Asian and European influences, as it was previously occupied by Germany before World War I and is also home to one of the largest Korean populations in China. With beautiful German architecture and a brewery which pumps out tons of the famous Tsingtao beer daily, Qingdao provides a mixed bag of new and exciting experiences to be had. Toss in clean, crisp, sea air compared to the thick smog seen in most large Chinese cities and Qingdao just might be home for longer…
  • Teacher Interview: Cody From America

    Derrick
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    As you plan your trip to come teach English in China, we know you’ve likely got tons of questions running through your mind. One of the questions I hear most often from potential teachers is what the experience is like coming to China and what they should be aware of while preparing to come over. We’re always happy to answer these questions, but I think it’s even better if we can let some of the teachers we’ve helped get jobs in China speak for themselves. That’s why we started this series of interviews with our teachers, so you can get a feel for what it’s really like directly…
  • Girl Talk: 7 Things Lady Travelers MUST Bring to China

    Monica
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    WARNING: This is a girls-only article. That means NO BOYS ALLOWED. Sorry for yelling. If there was a way for me to filter out male eyes from peeping through this, I’d take that route. Does anyone know how to do that? No, seriously. Tell me. I’ve been watching a lot of Girls lately and have been starting to think about the things I can’t get access to in China. There’s only a handful of items that I can’t go out and physically find at markets. Mostly everything is bought on taobao.com, the Amazon meets Ebay of China. Taobao has every single thing you could ever want in life. I’m…
 
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