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  • Chinese Teachers: Use Your Chinese Names!

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    John Pasden
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Chinese teachers, please have your students call you by a Chinese name. You’re not helping them by calling yourself some easier-to-pronounce English name. I would have thought that this was obvious, but after all these years in the business, I can now see that it is not obvious to many otherwise well-meaning teachers. So I’ll spell it out here. (Please forward this to your Chinese teacher who doesn’t ask you to use a Chinese name in your interactions.) So why should students of Chinese call their Chinese teachers of Chinese by a Chinese name? I’m glad you asked……
  • Is Your China Manufacturing Business Ready for Next Year’s Flood of Cheaper Vietnamese Products?

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    China Briefing
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Vietnam’s lower operating costs – in terms of both land-use rights and worker salaries – mean that inevitably, production of low and medium tech products will leech away from China into ASEAN. Here is a checklist of the issues your China manufacturing base will face as a result of this. The post Is Your China Manufacturing Business Ready for Next Year’s Flood of Cheaper Vietnamese Products? appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Hong Kong’s Absorption into Mainland China

    China Briefing News
    China Briefing
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The recent unrest in Hong Kong is not so much directly about democracy, but the impact of decades of poor governance and neglecting the needs of Hong Kong's population in terms of housing and commerce. The post Hong Kong’s Absorption into Mainland China appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Shaun Rein wants your help marketing The End of Copycat China

    The Peking Duck
    Richard
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    The End of Copycat China is the name of Shaun Rein’s new book that will be available come October 20. I am flattered that Shaun has included me on the mailing list he uses to blast information to his friends and colleagues, and I wanted to draw attention to how he wants his fans to do the marketing for his new book for him. Over the last three months Shaun has sent out two lengthy email blasts and I find their content to be intriguing, and to confirm some of my own thoughts about Mr. Rein. Perhaps most revealing was this paragraph: If you or a friend are looking for a keynote speaker,…
  • China’s Film Industry Online, Part I

    China Law Blog
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    China’s theatrical box office market may be huge but the ancillary revenues (i.e. non-box office) are still relatively small in China. This is the first in a series of posts on developments in China’s digital ancillaries in a lead-up to the US-China Film Summit, which I will be attending along with a number of other lawyers from my firm and a talk I will be giving on China’s film industry before the Beverly Hills Bar Association on November 3. In this first post, I seek to provide a frame of reference for a discussion of ancillaries in China. In recent years, a market-based…
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  • North Korea Releases One of Three U.S. Detainees

    Zeke J Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    North Korea has released Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans who have been detained by the reclusive country, the White House confirmed Tuesday. “I am in a position to confirm that Jeffrey Fowle has been allowed to depart the DPRK and is on his way home to his family as we speak,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a briefing. The U.S. negotiated Fowle’s release through the government of Sweden, which handles consular cases for American citizens in North Korea. Fowle, who was visiting the country as a tourist, was arrested earlier this year for leaving a…
  • TV Face-Off Dramatizes Gulf Between Hong Kong Protesters and Officials

    Charlie Campbell
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Huge numbers of Hong Kong people were transfixed by their screens and devices Tuesday night local time, as they followed the live broadcast of a historic, two-hour meeting between black-clad rebel students and suited officials. More than any other event in the three weeks of pro-democracy protests that have rocked China’s most international city, the dialog—the government hesitated to call it a negotiation—dramatized the gulf between the generations. It was also a microcosm of the political tension at work within all of China, between a rising, educated generation groping…
  • IS Fighters Seize Weapons Airdrop Meant for Kurds

    Andrew Katz
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    (BEIRUT) — Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to suppy Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of weapons included hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, according to a video uploaded by a media group loyal to the Islamic State. The video appeared authentic and corresponded to The Associated Press’ reporting of the event. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants had seized at…
  • Rwanda Now Screening Travelers From The U.S. And Spain for Ebola

    Laura Stampler
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    As mass panic over Ebola sweeps over the globe, resulting in widespread stigmatization of travelers to and from Africa, one Ebola-free East African nation is stepping up its precautionary approach toward people traveling to or from America and Europe. Rwanda Tuesday began screening people who have been in the U.S. or Spain in the last two weeks. A handful of patients have been diagnosed with Ebola in both countries. Rwanda is already denying entry to visitors who have been in Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, or Sierra Leone in the last 22 days. Coincidence or not, Rwanda’s new policy clips on…
  • Oil Exec Who Charmed Kings and Dictators Killed in Plane Crash

    conalurquhart
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Christophe de Margerie, the CEO and chairman of the French energy giant Total who was killed in a private plane accident in Moscow on Monday night, was fond of saying that one couldn’t drill for oil in pleasant, peaceful places — a riposte to environmentalists and human-right activists who have railed against oil companies for cutting lucrative deals with repressive leaders. “I’d be more than delighted to go find energy in Club Med,” he told TIME back in December 2009, seated on a private plane during an overnight flight from Paris to the Persian Gulf state of…
 
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    China Law Blog

  • China Company Indemnification From Product Defects. Yeah, Whatever.

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    American lawyers love using indemnification provisions in product manufacturing agreements. They love them so much that they often use them in China manufacturing contracts (OEM Agreements) even though they do not work well at all there. American lawyers often put in a provision stating that if there is a product recall, the Chinese company must indemnify the American company for any fees/costs/damages incurred by the American company arising from the recall. American lawyers also often put in a provision stating that if anyone is injured by a product defect, the Chinese company must…
  • China Employment Contracts: Do Not Try This At Home, Part II

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Did a post yesterday explaining why I got so upset with the idea of an American domestic lawyer writing the employment contracts for his company’s China WFOE. That post, China Employment Contracts: Do Not Try This At Home, listed out a few of the more important things I was pretty certain this lawyer would miss in his contracts. In response to that post, a reader emailed me to  ask what “really” goes into a Chinese employment contract. This post responds to that email and highlights what is “really” involved in drafting China employment contracts. The below is…
  • China’s Film Industry Online, Part I

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    China’s theatrical box office market may be huge but the ancillary revenues (i.e. non-box office) are still relatively small in China. This is the first in a series of posts on developments in China’s digital ancillaries in a lead-up to the US-China Film Summit, which I will be attending along with a number of other lawyers from my firm and a talk I will be giving on China’s film industry before the Beverly Hills Bar Association on November 3. In this first post, I seek to provide a frame of reference for a discussion of ancillaries in China. In recent years, a market-based…
  • China Employment Contracts: Do Not Try This At Home

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Had a conversation the other day with the in-house counsel for a relatively small American company. This lawyer thanked me for the China Law Blog and said that he had used it to write his company’s employee contracts. I was stunned by this statement and to avoid me saying something I might later regret, I immediately changed the subject. I have by now calmed down just barely enough to write this post. Here is a list of the crazy risks this lawyer took by writing his company’s own China employment contracts, even though he clearly is not himself a China lawyer, nor does he have any…
  • China Copyrights: China Piracy Means Whack A Mole

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Just read a really good, really comprehensive article on China copyright law with a focus on the music industry, entitled, Whack-A-Mole: A Brief History of Music Piracy in China. Its conclusion says it all, but I certainly suggest you read the whole thing: In short, piracy’s root causes evade simple explanations and solutions, and piracy remains a serious obstacle to the successful monetisation of creative works in China. For their part, copyright owners in China can do little more than focus on the pragmatics of how to subsist as “copyright extremophiles,” surviving in inhospitable…
 
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    China Herald

  • Why China is investing in innovation - Shaun Rein

    Fons Tuinstra
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    +Shaun Rein After his bestseller The End of Cheap China author Shaun Rein published this week his new book The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia. In five questions China Urban Development´s Adam Mayer asks him about innovation. A selection.China Urban Development: AM: The title of your new book The End of Copycat China also suggests the ‘end’ of something China is known for (intellectual property transfer in this case) as a signal for its next phase of development. Is the perception of China as a land of copycats still a…
  • Exploring Chinese travel habits - Shaun Rein

    Fons Tuinstra
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    +Shaun Rein Chinese have become avid international travelers, but they develop into a very different breed than other tourists. Business analyst Shaun Rein explains in his today released book The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia, how different China tourists are, and what they mean for the industry.Shaun Rein: I met Wang Yan one evening in 2014 in the ramshackle store from which she sells Nu Skin’s personal care products. She now earned $800 a month, almost double her earnings when she sold pirated DVDs in previous years. Originally…
  • Manipulating financial data - Victor Shih

    Fons Tuinstra
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Victor ShihChina has a long tradition of manipulating its financial data to meet its political needs. That ability is still prominently present, also today, says political scientist Victor Shih in the Global and Mail. China´s economy is much weaker than official figures suggest.The Globe & Mail: For investors, miners and even foreign governments whose revenues depend heavily on its demand, China has become the land of eternal economic sunshine. But nearly 40 years after it began to open to the rest of the world, it is increasingly beset by shadows.  Officially, there is little to…
  • Premier Li in anti-recession mode - Sara Hsu

    Fons Tuinstra
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    +Sara Hsu Europe talks already about a triple-dip, a third financial crisis, as China´s premier Li Keqiang visited the continent with a global anti-recession business trip, offering deals to Germany, Italy and Russia. Financial analyst Sara Hsu. "Bolstering growth is needed in those countries... It won´t be Li´s last tour," writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat.Sara Hsu: Li’s tour highlights the major challenges facing these countries. While Germany remains economically strong, as a producer and exporter of high-value added products, China, Italy and Russia must overcome…
  • Teng Biao on the abolished labor camps - Ian Johnson

    Fons Tuinstra
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    +Ian Johnson Journalist Ian Johnson interviewed civil-right lawyer Teng Biao on the current political situation, just ahead of the annual plenum of the Communist Party for the New York Review of Books. A fragment about the Re-education Through Labor Camps.Ian Johnson: Late last year, the government said it had abolished laojiao [Re-education Through Labor, a practice according to which police had wide-ranging powers to detain people and send them to labor camps without trial]. Have they definitively repudiated this kind of detention or is it just cosmetic? It can be…
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    The China Vortex

  • Links for 2014-10-20 [del.icio.us]

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The new iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 Plus have changed my mind about the iPad mini - Quartz The new iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 Plus have changed my mind about the iPad mini http://t.co/spTqUuvLZM via @qz Beijing broke its own air-quality rules and held a marathon in toxic conditions - Quartz Beijing broke its own air-quality rules and held a marathon in toxic conditions http://t.co/LlEjFzGGuV via @qz BBC News - China Communist Party plenum begins in Beijing http://t.co/mLqxXWQwHe China Q3 GDP Release Widely Anticipated - Business Insider We're About To Find Out China's Threshold For Pain…
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    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Chinese Shadow Economy In Italy - Business Insider An Illicit Chinese Economy Is Thriving In This Small Italian City http://t.co/olmqCdbfOq via @bi_contributors BBC News - Scandalous tales from the British embassy in Paris http://t.co/wI1qdR8vab
  • Links for 2014-10-18 [del.icio.us]

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Local Syrian Man Learns 'No ISIS Here' In English For Potential Work As US Translator http://t.co/aaSpa9cCMT via @DuffelBlog China is again slowly turning in on itself - LA Times In China, a return of purges, closed doors to outside influences and isolationism http://t.co/SlL0S7RjnM The SIM card is about to die http://t.co/xT2pg0IcPL via @verge
  • Links for 2014-10-17 [del.icio.us]

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Unlike Hong Kong, Protesters in China Find They Can Win - Bloomberg Unlike Hong Kong, Protesters in China Find They Can Win http://t.co/Z0kqWyZSUo via @BloombergNews China Said to Pull the Strings in Hong Kong Crackdown - NYTimes.com China Said to Pull the Strings in Hong Kong Crackdown http://t.co/ui0QONL6WK China Injects $32 Billion Into Banks - Business Insider China Flinched http://t.co/w2rLClAGOt via @clusterstock Nassim Taleb: Here's What People Don't Understand About Ebola - Business Insider Nassim Taleb: Here's What People Don't Understand About Ebola http://t.co/b1ZMHHMXfW via…
  • Links for 2014-10-16 [del.icio.us]

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dallas nurse: 'We never talked about Ebola' before Thomas Eric Duncan http://t.co/czULO1l0vP via @todayshowhealth China Banks Preparing For Debt Implosion - Business Insider China's Banks Are Getting Ready For A Debt Implosion http://t.co/TyIxxuk5RI via @clusterstock BBC - Travel - Hainan: China's paradise of exiles : Health, China BBC - Travel - Hainan: China's paradise of exiles : Health, China http://t.co/KCSRQ0vyJd
 
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    ChinaTechNews.com

  • 21Vianet Forms JV With Foxconn For Chinese Data Center

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    21Vianet and Foxconn have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to establish a joint venture named Smart Time Technologies Limited. The two parties will jointly build and develop a global supply chain for the Internet data center and cloud computing infrastructure markets. In addition, the companies announced they plan to open a 21Vianet-Foxconn Internet infrastructure and […]
  • Lenovo To Invest Additional USD5 Million In Thailand

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Lenovo plans to increase its Thai market share as it invests an additional USD5 million in Thailand in 2014. Jeerawut Wongpimonporn, general manager of Lenovo Thailand, said that Lenovo's Asian headquarters has approved this additional budget plan. Of the total investment, USD2 million to USD3 million will be used to expand marketing channels, enhance marketing, […]
  • Sony Confirms Launch Of PS4 In China At End Of 2014

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Sony has submitted an application to the Chinese government stating that the company plans to launch the Chinese official version of PS4 at the end of 2014 with expected annual shipments of 200,000 units. However, the detailed launch time, place, or shipment mode was not disclosed. Microsoft has already launched Xbox One in China. As […]
  • Dell Appoints New Greater China President

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Dell announced that the company welcomes the joining of Huang Chenhong as its new president for Greater China. Huang will lead the Greater China team to provide technical solutions to consumers, small- and medium-sized enterprises, cooperating partners, public organization, and large enterprises. Amit Midha, Dell's Asia Pacific and Japan president and emerging market chairman, said […]
  • Deutsche Telekom Creates Automotive Joint Venture In China

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    China Mobile and Deutsche Telekom have signed a joint venture agreement to establish an automobile company in China. With each party holding a 50% stake, the new joint venture will reportedly have registered capital of CNY180 million and the total planning investment will reach CNY270 million. The joint venture will take advantage of Deutsche Telekom's […]
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    China Digital Times (CDT)

  • Winning, and Watching, Hearts and Minds in Xinjiang

    Sophie Beach
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:35 pm
    With tensions continuing to rise between local Uyghur residents of Xinjiang and Han authorities, a series of recent violent incidents have killed dozens, perhaps hundreds, of people. Meanwhile, authorities continue to employ harsh tactics to crack down on what they deem “separatist” behavior. Now a new program promises a softer approach to “win the hearts and minds” of Uyghurs by sending hundreds of thousands of Party officials to rural regions to interact with the local population. But as Tom Phillips reports for the Telegraph, the plan also includes a more sinister…
  • Expensive Cameras the Latest Corruption Tell-tale

    Samuel Wade
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Global Times reports that high-end photography gear has become a sign of officials’ illicit income, in a similar vein to the luxury wristwatches which have betrayed many of their owners: The Xinhua News Agency carried an article on September 23 about officials accepting bribes and using public funds to pay for their hobby. For instance, an unidentified “senior official” used a police helicopter during a trip in Henan in order to take overhead photos of swans in the Yellow River, Xinhua reported. His plan was fruitless, as the loud noise of helicopter scared the swans away.
  • Party “May Never” Open All Files on Painful Past

    Samuel Wade
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Reuters’ Ben Blanchard reports comments from a senior Party scholar on the dim prospects for public release of sensitive historical documents: Xie Chuntao, Director of the Party History Teaching and Research Department of the Party School, which trains rising officials, said the party had reflected deeply on its mistakes. […] “Everyone has reached a consensus that the mistakes of the past will certainly not be repeated today or in the future.” Only a “small number” of the party’s historical files were still sealed, he said. “Some involve the…
  • China Accused of Infiltrating Apple’s iCloud

    Samuel Wade
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Apple’s aggressive promotion of encryption for its devices’ internal storage has won praise from privacy advocates and criticism from U.S. law enforcement, met in turn with vigorous counterargument and talk of a reopening of the “Crypto wars” of the 1990s. As Apple itself has argued, however, data stored in the cloud remains relatively vulnerable. Censorship monitor GreatFire.org highlighted this risk on Monday, revealing an apparent attempt to intercept Apple users’ iCloud data across China: This is clearly a malicious attack on Apple in an effort to gain access…
  • Photo: Beijing, by ilya

    Samuel Wade
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Beijing © Samuel Wade for China Digital Times (CDT), 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: ilya Download Tools to Circumvent the Great Firewall
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  • Spartacus = Super Taka?

    John Pasden
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Here’s a restaurant on Fuzhou Road () in Shanghai: So the Chinese name is , which includes a straightforward transliteration of the name “Spartacus,” which you can easily find on Baidu Baike and on Chinese Wikipedia, plus the word for “steak.” But somehow the English name of this restaurant is “Super Taka Steak.” How does that work? I’d love to hear theories.
  • Chinese Teachers: Use Your Chinese Names!

    John Pasden
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Chinese teachers, please have your students call you by a Chinese name. You’re not helping them by calling yourself some easier-to-pronounce English name. I would have thought that this was obvious, but after all these years in the business, I can now see that it is not obvious to many otherwise well-meaning teachers. So I’ll spell it out here. (Please forward this to your Chinese teacher who doesn’t ask you to use a Chinese name in your interactions.) So why should students of Chinese call their Chinese teachers of Chinese by a Chinese name? I’m glad you asked……
  • Analysis Paralysis in Chinese Studies

    John Pasden
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    You’ve probably heard of analysis paralysis, but where does it come into Chinese studies? Studying a language is fairly straightforward, right? I’m referring not to being overly analytical about grammar, but rather about vocabulary. How can one be overly analytical about vocabulary? This is something that technology has made easy in recent years. Most of my AllSet Learning clients use Pleco or Anki to review vocabulary. Both have built-in SRS flashcard functionality, so doing occasional reviews pretty much solves that problem, right? Well, maybe… SRS drawbacks aside, certain…
  • Improbable Wifi

    John Pasden
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    I’d love to see a list of the most improbable places that have wifi in China. I had lunch at this little hole in the wall the other day, and snapped these pictures: Unfortunately I didn’t notice the wifi until I was on the way out. I do wonder how good the wifi was.
  • Missing Elevator Buttons

    John Pasden
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    I recently read China Simplified’s book, Language Gymnastics. It’s a great entertaining introduction to the Chinese language which combines Chinese and foreign perspectives. The book included this passage in chapter 4, which is aptly titled “Sorry, There Is No Chapter Four“: Enter a Hong Kong residential tower elevator and you’ll often discover buttons for floors labeled 3A, 12A and 15B–no doubt alternative universes guarded by daemons and fairies. Other times the 1st floor is renamed the “ground floor” (following British conventions) and the 2nd floor is…
 
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    China IWOM Blog- Making Sense of the Buzz | seeisee | CIC

  • Kantar Media CIC Officially Releases 2014 Social Business to Big Data White Paper — Insights from Kantar Media CIC’s 2013-2014 China Enterprise Social Business Survey

    CIC
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    From 2011 to 2013, Kantar Media CIC published “From Social Media to Social Business” white paper series which served as a “step-by-step guide,” helping enterprises develop their understanding of Chinese social media and ultimately realize their social business objectives. Kantar Media CIC first defined social business for China in 2010 as “an organization designed consciously around social tools, social media, and social networks,  as a response to outgrowth of the web 2.0 technology space and its reshaped brand-consumer communication and business discipline.” After 4 years…
  • 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 *…
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    TechNode

  • Uber’s Non-profit Ridesharing Service To Be Available in All Uber Cities in China

    Emma Lee
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    Two months after launching rideshare program People’s Uber in Beijing, Uber has announced it is expanding the service to cities including Hangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. That means People’s Uber will be available in every city in which Uber operates on the Chinese mainland. As a non-profit platform, People’s Uber matches car owners with fellow city residents, while the riders cover the car owners’ journey cost. After travelling, riders and car owners rate each other, as with an eBay or Taobao transaction. For safety and transparency, every…
  • Chinese Cloud Service Provider UCloud Has Established a Data Center in the U.S.

    Tracey Xiang
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:12 am
    Chinese cloud service provider UCloud announced today that it has begun testing a new data center in Los Angeles, U.S. It’s the company’s second data center outside mainland China, with one in Hong Kong which launched in November last year. Primarily for mobile gaming, UCloud aims to provide game developers with users outside China better services with the two overseas data centers. So far UCloud is the only Chinese cloud service company to do so. UCloud has announced a total of US$60 million in two funding rounds, and plans eventually to go public in the U.S. UCloud Data…
  • YourStory TechSparks 2014 Unveils List of Indian Startups to Watch

    Vallabh Rao
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:40 pm
    YourStory, an Indian media platform for entrepreneurs, showcased promising Indian startups from which three were chosen as winners, at its annual event TechSparks. Organized in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, TechSparks Grand Finale was the culmination of a five city exercise to showcase and bring together the entrepreneurship ecosystem in India. Renewable bio-product manufacturer Chloroearth won the startup competition while mobile ad network Airloyal and analytics startup Sigmoid Analytics tied for second spot. Startup Teams on stage at TechSparks 2014 Here is the list of startups…
  • Tesla Motors to Sell Model S on Alibaba’s Tmall on Singles’ Day

    Emma Lee
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Tesla Motors has decided to sell its Model S through Alibaba’s e-commerce platform Tmall on November 11, joining the Singles’ Day shopping festival. It is the first time that Tesla’s cars will be sold other than through their own website in China. Buyers can place an RMB50,000 (US$8,200) deposit for the electric car on Alibaba’s Tmall.com. The deposit will be frozen in the customers’ mutual fund Yuebao, enabling customers to enjoy interest on the deposit before they complete the rest of the payment. They can then pick up the car in one of the five cities with Tesla…
  • Meituan: Standing out from a Huge Crowd of Chinese Group-buying Sites

    Tracey Xiang
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Meituan has over 50% of China’s group-buying market in terms of gross merchandise volume (GMV), according to multiple industry reports. According to a report by Eguan, a Chinese research firm focusing on e-commerce, as of the first half of this year, Meituan, Dianping and Nuomi had 56%, 21% and 13% of China’s group-buying market, respectively. At the company’s third annual event earlier this year, Wang Xing, founder and CEO, disclosed that as of 2013 Meituan had 70 million users and 400,000 customers in over 200 Chinese cities. Source: Company Not only does it have the…
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    The Peking Duck

  • Shaun Rein wants your help marketing The End of Copycat China

    Richard
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    The End of Copycat China is the name of Shaun Rein’s new book that will be available come October 20. I am flattered that Shaun has included me on the mailing list he uses to blast information to his friends and colleagues, and I wanted to draw attention to how he wants his fans to do the marketing for his new book for him. Over the last three months Shaun has sent out two lengthy email blasts and I find their content to be intriguing, and to confirm some of my own thoughts about Mr. Rein. Perhaps most revealing was this paragraph: If you or a friend are looking for a keynote speaker,…
  • Is Falung Gong a dangerous cult? Is it a cult at all?

    Richard
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I’ll admit it right at the beginning: I’ve always found there to be something creepy about the Falun Gong. I remember seeing practitioners in Taipei sitting with their eyes closed meditating endlessly. I remember their anti-CCP literature. I remember meeting a group of practitioners at the local annual China celebration day in Phoenix and finding them generally icky. But just because I find them creepy doesn’t mean they are a cult, let alone a dangerous one. This excellent article presents the argument of one of the best informed China Hands I’ve ever read, Ian…
  • Twenty-five years later

    Richard
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:03 pm
    I never before saw all the raw video footage of “Tank Man’s” defiance against a column of army tanks until today. It is remarkable, how one nameless man entered all of our living rooms for just a moment and is remembered so vividly a quarter of a century later. And for good reason. Let’s keep the hundreds of murdered innocents in our thoughts today, and keep alive the fight to let the Chinese people know all who died during the crackdown. Let’s remember the Tiananmen Mothers, and let’s even hope for the day when the CCP admits the demonstrations were not an…
  • Return of Liu Di, the “Stainless Steel Mouse”

    Richard
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Those of you who have been reading this blog for ten years or more (if any such reader exists) might remember an array of posts I wrote in 2004 regarding a “cyberdissident” Liu Di, who posted pro-democracy essays on the Internet under the moniker Stainless Steel Mouse. Posts like this or this, and several more. She also participated in study groups that discussed freedom and government reform, and saw herself and her colleagues arrested. I remember how angry I felt when another cyberdissident who lobbied for her release was himself arrested. Still, she has never been silenced.
  • Writing “The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited”

    Richard
    18 May 2014 | 3:51 pm
    That’s the ingenious title of a new book by NPR correspondent Louisa Lim, who I had the pleasure of working with briefly when I was working on a project in Shanghai in 2010. I just ordered it and plan to review it soon. But the story of how Lim wrote this book is remarkable and bears mentioning now; it brings to light just how dangerous a topic Tiananmen Square remains for journalists today. Lim tells the story in a Washington Post article from earlier this week. I can’t urge you strongly enough to read it all. So intent is China on wiping out all recollections of the Tiananmen…
 
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    China Hearsay

  • Stanley Lubman: Why Even Minor Legal Reforms Are I…

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    21 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
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  • Years Later, CCTV May Finally Be Moving Into HQ |…

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    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Years Later, CCTV May Finally Be Moving Into HQ | Wall Street Journal on.wsj.com/1tGOXgQ – bldg that size, took 6 yrs to move furniture © @chinahearsay for China Hearsay, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • China again blames US for disrupted cybersecurity…

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    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    China again blames US for disrupted cybersecurity talks bit.ly/1x2WdR1 – not sure here who is pot & who is kettle © @chinahearsay for China Hearsay, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • Companies look for more fairness as China eyes leg…

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    20 Oct 2014 | 10:14 pm
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    20 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
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    Robert Crawford Silk

  • SEM Marketing – 3 Search Engine Marketing Techniques to Increase Traffic

    Writer
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    SEM strategies are classified as marketing efforts performed online, focusing on trying to improve visitors to your web site along with a higher sales conversion from those visitors. You will see it as a general term which includes skilled Melbourne SEO, Banner advertising, PPC, Article and Video marketing, etc. So, the bottom line is, these are typical online activities you are doing to brand, market and sell your business, service or product. Let us take a closer inspection of the most effective three techniques. 1. Market and Keyword Research and Analysis. That’s where the success of…
  • How Our Body Protects Our Eyes

    Writer
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    There are many different issues that can occur in the eyeball. The eyeball is made completely of soft tissue. This means that it is prone to damage more so than other body parts are. Because we use our eyes so much in our world today, it is important that we keep our eyes safe and protected. If you have any issues with your eyes, you should address them as soon as possible. You don’t want to hurt the quality of your life with poor vision or other issues with your eyeballs. Fortunately, our body has a fairly advanced protection system for our eyes. We have eye sockets which protrude past…
  • Becoming a Math Teaching

    Writer
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    Mathematics is a difficult subject for a teacher to teach. There are many different types of mathematics that you can teach if you are interested in becoming a math teacher. The subjects that you will teach in mathematics will vary depending on the age range that you are teaching and level that you would like to focus on. These are all factors to consider if you are interested in becoming a math teacher yourself. Before you become a math teacher, you’re going to have to pass a set of very difficult college courses. If you don’t know the subject material inside and out, you will…
  • 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…
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    The China Sourcing Blog

  • China's Housing Market Drags Down Growth

    Tim Quijano
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The following is a contribution to the ChinAfrica magazine produced by The Beijing Axis.Amid a sustaining decrease in the value of the housing market, several Chinese cities have abolished household registration restrictions on property investment. Chengdu, the hub of development in southwest China, has notably proposed and then revoked its offer of a 3-percent housing loan subsidy for first-time buyers. Amid fears of building modern "ghost towns," Chinese municipalities began to enact restrictions on property investment from as early as 2009. The property market is considered one of the…
  • Fighting modern slavery with ethical procurement

    Tim Quijano
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    This piece was produced in collaboration with CIPSIn a guide produced in collaboration with Traidcraft and the Walk Free Foundation, CIPS defines ethical procurement (also known as responsible procurement) as procurement that respects fundamental international standards against criminal activity including bribery, corruption, fraud and modern slavery. The Walk Free Foundation estimates that roughly 30 million people live in slavery today in a number of sectors, countries and cultures around the world.  Effective procurement professionals are not only able to spot signs of…
  • Food scandals amplify need for MCIPS procurement professionals

    Tim Quijano
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    This piece was produced in collaboration with CIPS, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and SupplyFood scandals are shaking confidence in food supply chains around the world. While food safety was once assumed to be paramount in the minds of food retailers and buyers, it has become clear that consumers have been deceived into consuming foods strikingly different from what their religion, preference or cultural values allow.Both McDonald’s Corporation and KFC parent Yum recently suffered brand damage when Chinese authorities closed down a local meat supplier after evidence of old and…
  • When the "African Tigers" compete

    Tim Quijano
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    This piece was originally produced for the ChinAfrica EconometerAs costs increase in China and other Asian manufacturing countries, the "African Tigers" are competing to absorb displaced manufacturing capacity and become the next leaders of low-cost manufacturing. Recognizing the success of export-led manufacturing growth in bringing the Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan) out of poverty, African business and political leaders are seeking to mimic this success at home. The leading East African economies of Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda provide competitive manufacturing…
  • 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…
 
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    元風俗嬢の風俗回顧録

  • お客さんとの恋愛

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    デリヘルもソープも形態はなんであれ、身体を重ねるのが風俗の仕事です。 身体を重ねてしまうと、単純なお客さんは自分に気があると思い込み、お客とお店の関係を飛び越えようと考え、行動に移すような人は後を断ちません。 仕方のないことですが、ほとんどの女の子にとってそれは迷惑でしかありません。…
  • 風俗をあがるタイミング

    admin
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    デリヘルやソープランドのような風俗で働き始めるということはとても勇気が必要で、一生懸命色んな状況を考えた上で、働くことを決意することだと思います。 しかし、働き始めるのと同じくらい辞めるときも、一生懸命考えなくてはなりません。 もちろん大っぴらに言えるような仕事ではないので、早く辞めたいと思う女の子がほとんどかもしれません。…
  • 同僚との接し方

    admin
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    ヘルスでもデリヘルでもソープでも、お客さんの相手をする女の子は自分だけではありません。 どんな店舗でも、少なくて数人から、多いとそれこそ数え切れない程の女の子が在籍しています。 もっとも、在籍しているといってもほとんど出勤しない女の子もいるでしょうから、いくら機会を待てども顔を合わすことのない女の子も絶対いるでしょう。…
  • 男性店員との付き合い方

    admin
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:52 pm
    デリヘルなどの風俗店で働いているのは女の子だけではありません。 電話番、受付、ドライバー、ホームページの管理などという役割で、ちゃんと男の人も働いています。 女の子ばかりの中で働く男の人のことを、どう思いますか? ハーレム状態で働くことが嬉しいと感じるのでしょうか?それともそんな風には思わず、淡々と働いているのでしょうか?…
  • お客さんとの連絡頻度

    admin
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    デリヘルのような風俗、あるいはキャバクラのような水商売などで働いている女の子にとって、一度来たお客さんにまた来てもらうためには、ただ待っているだけではダメです。 また来てもらうための努力をしなくてはなりません。 それを努力と言うか、営業をかけると言うかはさておき、使うのはもちろん携帯電話(今ならスマートフォンと言うべき?)が必然となります。…
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    Shanghaied Weblog

  • Bitcoin in 6 minutes

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    A couple of months ago Rutger van Zuidam told me he was working with some friends on a project to create a short animated video that would explain the concept of Bitcoin to people new to the technology. I liked the idea immediately, because understanding the basics of Bitcoin is hard and most resources on the Internet assume that people know what Bitcoin is and what it can be used for. Today the video was officially launched, you can see it here in English and here in Dutch (both links on YouTube). The result is great and will send it to friends or business relations who ask me about Bitcoin,…
  • Robot suits

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    Post by 李鵬輝. On Facebook I came across this (English language) video about robot suits. Coincidentally I had a discussion about exactly this topic last week, so I have been thinking about the impact of robots and robotic equipment quite a lot over the past days. My personal belief is that robots will make our life a lot easier, but that they will also lead to mass unemployment. I am generally an optimist and I like technological progress more than most, but I do believe that within one generation most people’s jobs might be replaced by robots. And not just almost all low-end jobs,…
  • Bitcoin Watch

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    I like nice watches and I am a big fan of Bitcoin, so when I read in a Chinese WeChat group about the first watch for the Bitcoin aficionado I immediately decided to check it out. Normally I don’t buy watches off the Internet (I want to see and feel them first, especially more expensive ones), but this one is so special that I ordered it right away after seeing it online. The watch, called the Cryptomatic, is available in 4 different colors (red gold, silver/red gold, silver, and black) and I immediately liked the black one. The timepiece ships from Hong Kong and took about 3 days to arrive…
  • Maritime radio

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    One thing I realized this summer while sailing the Gulf Islands on my boat Liberty, was that I had no idea how to operate my radio. I was able to listen to conversations on channels, but I had no idea what channels to listen to nor how to initiate a conversation myself. So when I was back I did some research and found I actually needed to be licensed in order to operate my yacht’s radio. The easiest way to get certified was through a one-day course, which is offered a few times a year at the West Vancouver Yacht Club. Today was one of those days, so at 8:45 AM I showed up in their classroom…
  • Daily salary payments and other Bitcoin opportunities

    2 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    During a strategic session in our office this afternoon we brainstormed about new business models that would only be possible with Bitcoin technology. One thing we discussed was a business idea that I had read about last night in a post from Twobitidiot (a well-known Bitcoin blogger). His idea was to set up a company that would allow employees to be paid on a daily basis instead of monthly. When I read this yesterday I did not think about it t0o much, but it’s actually a very feasible idea. One reason why most people are paid on monthly instead of daily, is because it’s too much of an…
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    China Business Blog

  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 19-10-2014

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @shanghaidaily: China business confidence dips 8-month low, report says http://t.co/kdvzk608zK -> RT @fonstuinstra: Foreign entrepreneurs in China: Small is not beautiful | The Economist http://t.co/AL5dimxB5e -> RT @ChinaDailyEU: Alipay tool set to target overseas retailers: Alipay, the online payment affiliate of Alibaba…http://t.co/XTG1g4RqtV -> RT @CBR_Magazine: #China’s reserves retreat from $4 trillion mark as outflows seen: http://t.co/Tg9y8Lt1t8 via @BloombergNews -> The China Business Blog Daily is out! http://t.co/slvIa7ti3j Stories via @CLP_editorial…
  • Webinar: How to Avoid Business Risk in China

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    An EU SME Centre Webinar, 28 October, 2014: How to Avoid Business Risk in China: A Guide to Due Diligence for EU SMEs. Doing business in China involves a series of challenges and risks that international companies need to address carefully in order to achieve success in the market. Some may face bribery, business fraud, anti-trust investigations or procurement bans from government and state-owned enterprises. Thus re-evaluating your China risk exposure, and adjusting your business strategies in order to continue to benefit from the opportunities offered by the China market is crucial. A new…
  • Event: Business in China – Risks and Opportunities

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    In light of China’s economic reforms and a high-profile anti-corruption campaign, the speaker (Jeremy Gordon, author of Risky Business in China) will argue that fundamental political, economic and social shifts have changed the nature of opportunities and risks for foreign businesses in China. Event: Business in China – Risks and Opportunities Date – 23 October, 2014 Location – Chatham House, London See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/event/business-china-risks-and-opportunities. Jeremy Gordon is a director of China Business Services and China Edge, and author of…
  • China’s Risk Reality

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Things can change quickly in China, but the need to adapt is no longer just about maximising the market opportunity – it is also increasingly about managing risks. Recent, widely reported cases have covered Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) investigations into companies such as Qualcomm, Microsoft, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, as well as government procurement bans on foreign software, IT and consulting services. Aston Martin, KFC, McDonald’s and others have suffered supply chain failures, whilst companies such as GSK endured corporate scandals. Foreign executives have been detained and jailed, while…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 12-10-2014

    admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @ReutersChina: Australia miners push for China tariff relief for battered coal sector http://t.co/XseCHQJL9n -> RT @ProfGillis: China Outlines Plan to Ease Capital Controls, Boost Yuan Use http://t.co/F7djTYSj8i Direct listings abroad first step to ge… -> RT @S_Rabinovitch: Sharp drop in China's productivity is a warning sign about its growth model http://t.co/5EWYz6mNNj -> RT @beyondbrics: Is the renminbi set to slump? http://t.co/QOrXx4wwHf -> Check out "Learning to connect directly with luxury travellers from Greater China" http://t.co/SOB1AXKX3S via…
 
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    Lost Laowai

  • Photos: 30 Most Beautiful Counties in China

    Lost Laowai
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    The China Institute of City Competitiveness (CICC) has released a list of the 30 most beautiful counties in China for 2014. With little surprise to those who have visited, the tourist-laden picturesque heavyweight Yangshuo in Guangxi tops the list. The counties are graded based on their “excellence in planning and design, historical landscape, good maintenance of ancient sites, rich cultural heritage, beautiful natural scenery and the reputation of its service among the public.” Additionally, the CCIC committee used 85 different indicators in their selection process. The top 10…
  • 740 stranded Russian tourists in Sanya are going home

    Lost Laowai
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Sanya’s Dadonghai Beach, popular with Russian tourists. Photo by Jacques Beaulieu. In response Hainan authorities have offered to help ensure the abandoned tourists get back to Russia; with translators, transportation, and some meals and hotel rooms being provided for free after the Russian agency left the services unpaid. Provincial authorities have negotiated with Russian airlines to help provide chartered passage back home for the stranded tourists, with 600 having left on Sunday and the remainder leaving soon, said Chen Tiejun, deputy director with the Hainan provincial tourism…
  • Female BMW driver attacks foreigner with belt in Beijing

    Lost Laowai
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    At around 8:30pm on September 6, in Beijing’s Chaoyang District, a taxi was abruptly stopped by an irate woman driving a BMW. She was not happy that the taxi had stopped in front of her to pick up a foreign man and his Chinese companion near the right-hand turn of an intersection. She proceeded to park her car in front of the taxi, preventing it from leaving. While the BMW driver argued with the taxi driver, the foreign man exited the taxi and confronted the woman. Things quickly escalated, resulting in the foreigner kicking the woman’s BMW — a kick the taxi driver later…
  • CCTV asks if ‘expats unqualified for language teaching in China?’

    Ryan
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    With school starting up again this week, a recent CCTV news report may hint at an increase in crackdowns on illegally employed ESL teachers. In the video, a hidden camera captures a sight that surely many of us have never witnessed — foreign teachers working at a language mill without proper papers. Even the “Expats unqualified for language teaching in China?” title of the video seems to be painfully unaware of the humour in the banality of that question and the obviousness of its answer. The report states that while there are about 1,000 properly registered foreign teachers…
  • 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…
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  • how long until we learn?

    wangbo
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:39 pm
    This morning I sat in the classroom reading as I waited for students to arrive for their spoken tests. Among other things, I read chapters 3o and 31 of the Dao De Jing: 30: 以道佐人主者,不以兵強天下。其事好還。師之所處,荊棘生焉。大軍之後,必有凶年。善有果而已,不敢以取強。果而勿矜,果而勿伐,果而勿驕。果而不得已,果而勿強。物壯則老,是謂不道,不道早已。 He who would assist a lord of men in harmony with the Dao will not assert his mastery in the kingdom by force of arms. Such a course is sure to meet…
  • Dakang, An Yuan, Crafar, Lochinver, Shanghai Pengxin…

    wangbo
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    Today I see news that a company called Dakang Muye (大康牧业) is planning to spend 2.3 billion to buy two New Zealand farms. Exactly how big a sum 2.3 billion is depends, of course, on which currency we’re using. I think it safe to assume from context that the currency is Chinese Yuan/Renminbi. In which case, 2.3 billion would translate to NZ$ 457,613,434.77. Now, I have no idea how that link to XE.com will work, but that is the figure I was given. Also, I googled “大康牧业”, and among all the news articles was a site that looked like it might belong to the company,…
  • 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…
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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News , Taiwan newspaper

  • Chinese economic growth falls to five-year low of 7.3 percent: government figures

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - China's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded in the third quarter at its slowest pace since the depths of the global financial crisis, official data showed Tuesday, but analysts said the world's second-largest economy may have bottomed out.
  • Air Force pilot killed in AT-3 jet crash

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - An R.O.C. Air Force AT-3 trainer jet pilot was killed yesterday following a crash over Kaohsiung City after his aircraft collided with another AT-3 during routine training, the Air Force said yesterday.
  • Wei indicted over fraud, food safety violations, forgery

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The Taipei District Prosecutors' Office (TDPO) indicted 13 people, including former Chairman of Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co. (頂新製油實業) and Wei Chuan Foods Corporation (味全食品) Wei Ying-chung (魏應充), as well as Wei Chuan General Manager Chang Chiao-hua (張教華), over the Ting Hsin oil scandal on charges of fraud, forgery and violating the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation yesterday.
  • New iPhone models deliver better-than-expected profits for Apple

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - New big-screen iPhones helped propel Apple's profit and revenue in the last quarter, as the California tech giant smashed earnings expectations.
  • Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82.
 
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    Thomas Crampton

  • Looking forward to Social Matters 2014

    Social Matters Editor
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Great line-up for the conference tomorrow, this video shows I am willing to jump in a pool fully clothed to make this event a success! Social Matters 2014: The secrets to a perfect vine… from Work that works on Vimeo.
  • Job: Art Basel Hong Kong

    thomascrampton
    8 Oct 2013 | 7:16 pm
    Art Basel, Hong Kong is looking for a temporary staff member. Mention you saw the job post here when you email. JOB VACANCY The Art Basel show in Hong Kong is looking for a dynamic personality who is ready to step in as a TEMPORARY MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT ASIA. Your role will be to assist with the execution of marketing initiatives necessary in the delivery of the Art Basel show held annually in Hong Kong Your responsibilities for this position include: - Provide support to the Marketing and Communications Manager Asia - General Administrative support on all marketing…
  • Put down that phone!

    thomascrampton
    8 May 2013 | 9:19 am
    A great poster, among several others, by Brazilian artist Felipe Luchi as part of a campaign for Outside magazine. While I find the image oppressive on many levels – probably because I recognize my own character – the single person running away is a hint of optimism. Click on the image for a larger version.
  • Converse: Creative use of search

    thomascrampton
    23 Apr 2013 | 2:00 am
    Realize this example is not new, but I do like the way Converse used search to create an engaging game. Converse Domaination from Ross Martin on Vimeo.
  • Mandarin-speaking Digital Specialist? We are hiring!

    thomascrampton
    17 Jan 2013 | 9:47 pm
    We are keen to hire the best! Feel free to apply through LinkedIn or send an email with CV and cover letter to jason.fashade at ogilvy dot com. Details here: Who are we? Social@Ogilvy is a global, cross-discipline team of social experts from across all of Ogilvy’s businesses. We know there’s a new customer and stakeholder journey defined by the increasing impact our networks have on purchase decision and our behaviors. We design integrated social solutions that combine deep disciplines like CRM, PR and shopper marketing that are rooted in behavioral drivers. The role: Senior Regional…
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  • Rebuilding techblog86

    David Feng
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    To some of you, techblog86 remains that site that is on one day, off the next; there one year, gone the other. It’s no secret your publisher has been busy since 2008: he has been actively involved first in the tech world, then in the startup world, then in the media world (PhD, teaching, radio shows; “just about everything”). On and off times included, this blog has, though, been around for six years — which on the Internet can be a pretty long time. This newest effort to rebuild techblog86, though, is real, genuine, and “has teeth”. Here’s how this site…
  • Chinese Gov Weibo: Some Interaction, (Nearly) All Officialspeak

    David Feng
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    There are only two ways to look at the recent People’s Daily Weibo ranking of Chinese official Weibo accounts (in simplified Chinese):— Progress (minor!) has been made (mostly self-congratulatory) There remains a tonne of problems to be solved I’ll look at it from critical perspectives. 1. Weibo in China still is about sensitive topics. Never mind the government has just about canned (uncontrolled) discussion about Occupy Central; even thousands of miles away from Central, they still have critical, thorny issues to deal with. The recent People’s Daily Weibo ranking wasn’t blind to…
  • Apple Sells 138+ iPhone 6 Units Per Second in China

    David Feng
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Those figures are just the first six hours alone in the country. China has predictably gone completely crazy over Apple’s newest version of its smartphone — in a country madly obsessed by consumerism and the rise of the Tuhao (Chinese nouveau riche), it can only be explained as such, the country of over 1.3 billion has made everyone’s favourite fruit company that much richer by selling nearly an iPhone every ten milliseconds, or a thousandth of a second. The numbers tell it all: each of China’s top three three mobile phone carriers registered over a million iPhone 6 orders in the…
  • Chinese Courts: Malignant Edit-Retweeting May Be Illegal

    David Feng
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The Chinese supreme court, the Supreme People’s Court, issued on 09 October 2014 a new regulation which enters into effect on 10 October 2014. In it, the court has ruled has ruled (contents in simplified Chinese) that edit-retweeting, whilst not by itself illegal, may be problematic if the edit-retweet involves materially changing the title of the post, where it may mislead the general public. The new rules are part of a new legal document issued by the court, which goes by a very long title of: Regulations of the Supreme People’s Court Regarding Several Questions Dealing with Law…
  • iDelayed: Rethinking the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Launch Bugs

    David Feng
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was a disaster. It never made it any better for Cupertino that this failed release was aggravated by no launch date for mainland China (until very late in September 2014), and an iOS 8.0.1 update that simply didn’t work out. As an iPhone 6 Plus owner myself, I have to say that I pulled back my order online in complete disgust of Apple’s mishandling of these issues. In fact, I forgot about the upgrade — until I got a call from my wife telling me that she had booked me for picking up an iPhone 6 Plus at the Brent Cross Apple store!
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    Simpson's Paradox

  • Axonic Diodes, Revisited

    Meg Stivison
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wait! Before he begins, this was a science fiction game set on a tropical island!  –Me, attempting an explanatory preface before one of my coworkers performed a dramatic reading of one of my Next Island mission dialogues for the rest of our coworkers. When I wrote these missions, I was thinking about MMO players,and never imagined listening to an impromptu dramatic reading for the Products team at YD, but it was pretty good fun. Axonic Diodes, Revisited from Simpson's Paradox The post Axonic Diodes, Revisited appeared first on Simpson's Paradox.
  • Book Tour: City of Whores

    Meg Stivison
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    City of Whores by Mark B. Perry tells the story of an aspiring movie star and a powerful celebrity couple in 1950’s Hollywood. A thin veneer of old-Hollywood glamour covers dark secrets and disturbing choices. The story of an aspiring actor willing to do anything and everything to become a star isn’t new, but the characters are fleshed out, complex, and believable, and the particular brand of “anything” will keep readers turning pages. Overall, the novel was a great deal grittier and darker than any of the other books I’ve received from Whirlwind. (Like Black…
  • Robots Need Love Too

    Meg Stivison
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Robots Need Love Too is an iOs puzzle game about two lovestruck robots from Elephant Mouse. In the beginning of Robots Need Love Too, you can choose names, gender, and preferred pronoun for your romantic robots. In addition to the obvious he and she choices, your robots could use the genderqueer pronouns they, zie, ey, or xie, and naturally any two robots can fall in love. Robot gender and pronouns are entirely cosmetic features for this puzzle game, but character customization is always about allowing players to recognize ourselves in the game and connect more with our protagonist. The…
  • Greek Devil

    Meg Stivison
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    The Tick-Tick Diner on Route 46 used to have a dish called Greek fries, which involved diner fries, feta, thin strips of gyro, and tzatziki sauce, but they’ve changed up staff and menu, and it’s gone. By the way, a lot of things changed at the Tick-Tick, because one of the owners hired a hitman to kill the other owner!  This is a real thing that happened for real, and not a forced lead in to New Jersey mafia joke. When the story got out — and it got out because when you are hiring a murderer, it’s probably best not to hire an undercover cop —  my Facebook feed was on…
  • Classically Educated Tech Blogging

    Meg Stivison
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Female employees working at Apple will soon be offered a fertility benefit of up to $20,000 to put toward freezing their eggs, which advocates say gives women the freedom to seek career advancement without worrying about future family plans. via Apple to pay female employees up to $20,000 for new egg freezing fertility benefit. I almost wish I were tech blogging right now, just so I could title my coverage of this story ab ovo usque ad mala. Classically Educated Tech Blogging from Simpson's Paradox The post Classically Educated Tech Blogging appeared first on Simpson's Paradox.
 
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    China Bystander

  • Summers Sees Possible Abrupt Slow Down In China’s Growth Rate

    China Bystander
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    CHINA, AND INDIA come to that, will grow much less rapidly than is currently anticipated. That forecast comes from former U.S. Treasury secretary Larry Summers and Lant Pritchett, a colleague of Summers at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, in a … Continue reading →
  • Facing A Slower Chinese Economy, Xi Needs A Winning Party Plenum

    China Bystander
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND held its forecasts for China’s GDP growth this year and next unchanged in its latest quarterly economic outlook even as it trimmed those for the world economy. It is still expecting 7.4% GDP growth this year, … Continue reading →
  • Hong Kong’s Umbrella Protest: Tanks For The Memory

    China Bystander
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    PRESIDENT XI JINPING will not want a photograph of even a single Hongkonger facing down a line of PLA tanks to be the iconic image to emerge from the current Umbrella protest in the city. However, sending in the tanks, … Continue reading →
  • Slowing China’s Too-Rapid Property Slump

    China Bystander
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Restrictions placed on the property market in 2010 to deflate the real estate boom are quietly being lifted at the local level. In only six of China’s 47 municipalities that imposed them do they remain in full force. At central government level there have … Continue reading →
  • China Adds More Speed Bumps To The Road To Rebalancing

    China Bystander
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    THE PEOPLE’S BANK of China has reportedly injected some 500 billion yuan into the five biggest commercial banks in the form of short-term low-interest loans. This can best be regarded as a targeted monetary easing to perk up an economy … Continue reading →
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    Silicon Dragon

  • What's Hot/What's Not in Tech's Future

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    At our recent Silicon Dragon event in the Valley, we looked at what's hot, what's not in tech's future with Gary Matuszak who heads up KPMG's global TMT practice, and venture capitalists Osuke Honda of DCM and Carmen Chang of NEA. Yours truly (Rebecca Fannin) served as the moderator. Please check out the video clip here:  http://youtu.be/m5YYNMTmXQQ
  • Tesla Drives Into China With Big Aims to Make Its Plug-In Cars Mainstream

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Tesla at Silicon Dragon in ShanghaiTesla Motors has big plans for China, and you can bet its car sales in the Chinese market will likely top the U.S.The innovative electric car maker from Silicon Valley will “replicate its American strategy in China,” says Shanghai-based Tesla executive Dan Hsu.  The first cars were delivered in April, and Hsu says he  hopes that Tesla sales will “be bigger” than in the U.S.  Certainly anyone who’s been to Beijing and encountered the smog shares that view.Central to the strategy in China is keeping…
  • What Makes Jack Ma Tick - And How He Built Alibaba

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Alibaba’s successful IPO in New York brings back memories of interviewing founder Jack Ma in his hometown Hangzhou in 2006 long before his name was universally recognized – but well after he had saved Alibaba from failing in 2001. Silicon Dragon author interviewing Alibaba founder Jack Ma (circa 2006)in his hometown HangzhouI learned a lot about Ma as an entrepreneur during that first interview for my book Silicon Dragon.  One of Ma’s more memorable quotes resonates today: ”When I am myself, I am happy, and have a good result.”…
  • Friction Points for Alibaba As It Goes On Global Stage

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    It’s interesting to hear astute China-US venture investors Gary Rieschel of Qiming Ventures and Chris Evdemon of Innovations Works say they wouldn’t invest in Alibaba stock as the Chinese e-commerce company gets set to go public in New York late next week. With a portfolio full of Chinese tech startups poised to go public if Alibaba’s IPO does well, you would think they would be more rah-rah. But no.“At a price of $160-$170 billion, I think they’ve already done enough to help other Chinese startups,” says Rieschel. “In my opinion, they’ve priced the company in a…
  • 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…
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    chinaSMACK

  • Chinese Woman Tears Apart ATM That Swallowed Her Bank Card

    Fauna
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    From QQ: Dongguan Woman Destroys ATM Bare-Handed Because She Was Unable to Withdraw Money Recently, many Dongguan residents have seen a post in their Weixin/WeChat Moments [friend's circle]: A woman in Shilong town who apparently couldn’t withdraw money angrily dismantled an ATM machine with her bare hands. As this reporter learned, this scene indeed happened on October 16th inside the Jinshawan Shopping Mall. Shilong Police state that they preliminarily suspect the woman suffers from mental problems, have already taken her to the Dongguan Mental Hospital for examination, and are…
  • “Manchurian Princess” Scams Millions From Chinese “Investors”

    Joe
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    From NetEase: 48-Year-Old Woman Scammed 5.72 Million Posing as Qing Dynasty Princess ”The Aisin Gioro Third Princess – The Princess of Changping” was recently arrested by Xian police. “The Third Princess” is a 48 year old who claims to control “175 billion yuan in assets” leftover from the Qing Dynasty royal Aisin Gioro clan, except these assets are currently “frozen”. She hopes someone can help her by investing money to open up connections to “unfreeze these assets”, and in return promises to give the investor triple the amount in repayment. Six people…
  • Chinese Kissing Competition for an Apple iPhone 6, Reactions

    Fauna
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    From NetEase: Zhejiang Boys and Girls Kiss on the Street in Contest for iPhone6 2014 October 18, Zhejiang province Jinhua city, a department store held a kissing challenge, where over 40 young couple kissed on the street in competition for an [Apple] iPhone6. Photos: Dongfang IC and CFP Comments from NetEase: The pair of guys in the middle, talk about gross!!! Gay men can all go eat shit!!! 星空手机衣坊 [网易辽宁省丹东市网友]: (responding to above) Fuck off, [they've] left two girls for their male compatriots, and that’s [behaving like] Lei Feng [sacrificing oneself…
  • Short and Tall Couples: Which Is More Dangerous?

    Fauna
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    From Sina Weibo: @小野妹子学吐槽: The two couples below, which one looks more dangerous? Comments from Sina Weibo: First image: imaginary picture for EXO fans, second image: imaginary picture for TFBOYS fans. First one: Korean oppa with Heavenly Kingdom girl~ Second one: TFBOYS and Heavenly Kingdom auntie. Either one is enough to be sentenced several years. Both are very dangerous, look like heterosexual love. The first one is like a young female fan with her EXO oppa, while the second one is the mother of a TFBOYS. Doesn’t matter which one, bachelor dog doesn’t want to see…
  • ‘I Crossed the Ocean to See You’ by Liu Mingxiang

    Tanya
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    “I Crossed the Ocean to See You” was a song written by well-known Taiwanese singer and songwriter Jonathan Lee on a placemat while eating beef noodles. First published in 1991 and sung by Wawa, this love song has deeply touched the hearts of millions of people. In this past season’s The Voice of China, a popular Chinese television talent show, the song was sung by contestant Liu Mingxiang (aka Rose Liu). At time of translation, this cover has been played over 24 million times on popular Chinese music website Xiami, and ranks top among the over 200 songs performed during the…
 
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    China Briefing News

  • Is Your China Manufacturing Business Ready for Next Year’s Flood of Cheaper Vietnamese Products?

    China Briefing
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Vietnam’s lower operating costs – in terms of both land-use rights and worker salaries – mean that inevitably, production of low and medium tech products will leech away from China into ASEAN. Here is a checklist of the issues your China manufacturing base will face as a result of this. The post Is Your China Manufacturing Business Ready for Next Year’s Flood of Cheaper Vietnamese Products? appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • China Regulatory Brief: Guangzhou R&D Subsidies, China-Russia Agreements and Revised Dongguan Annual Inspections

    China Briefing
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    In this week's China Regulatory Brief, we discuss changes to R&D investment subsidies in Guangzhou, a swath of trade and investment agreements signed between China and Russia, and Dongguan's revised annual inspection timeframe. The post China Regulatory Brief: Guangzhou R&D Subsidies, China-Russia Agreements and Revised Dongguan Annual Inspections appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Case Study: Tax Withholding for Non-Resident Foreign Enterprises in China

    China Briefing
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    As part of our mission to provide business intelligence on the legal, tax and operational issues of doing business in China, China Briefing presents here the first in a series of case studies, based on the practical experience of Dezan Shira & Associates professionals. The post Case Study: Tax Withholding for Non-Resident Foreign Enterprises in China appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Second Cup? China’s Coffee Industry Revisited

    China Briefing
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    This week, Asia Briefing revisits our three-part series from 2013 detailing various facets of China’s coffee industry, now the fastest growing in the world. Here we discuss the growing popularity of Korean chains, independent cafés, and Indonesian instant coffee. The post Second Cup? China’s Coffee Industry Revisited appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Hong Kong’s Absorption into Mainland China

    China Briefing
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The recent unrest in Hong Kong is not so much directly about democracy, but the impact of decades of poor governance and neglecting the needs of Hong Kong's population in terms of housing and commerce. The post Hong Kong’s Absorption into Mainland China appeared first on China Briefing News.
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    Xinjiang: Far West China

  • Surviving Turpan’s 29km Death Race

    Josh Summers
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Note from Josh: this last week I asked Kevin Peters, a friend of mine here in Urumqi, to write about his experience participating in a recent race down in Turpan. I hope you enjoy the story and photos he shares!   On September 21st, 2014, three hundred runners gathered in Turpan, Xinjiang to take part in the Sixth Annual International Cross Country Desert Challenge. Stretching up to 29 kilometers, the race took participants through Turpan’s Flaming Mountains, a series of fiery colored hills with rugged terrain, sharp rocks, deep caverns, and wide stretches of desert. As a couch…
  • Traveler’s Guide to Turpan’s Jiaohe Ancient City 交河故城

    Josh Summers
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
    The ancient city of Jiaohe, which lies about ten kilometers west of the small town of Turpan, is one of the most visually spectacular ruins of the old Silk Road. More than 1,500 years of history sits atop this 30-meter high plateau and because of this it has become one of Xinjiang’s most interesting archeological sites – certainly one that’s worth your time to visit. The entire city ruins run 1,700 meters in length and 300 meters at the widest point. During its peak it was home to about 5,000 residents and boasted a “main street”, several monasteries, and…
  • “Timeless” Xinjiang | Interview with Ryan Pyle

    Josh Summers
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:22 am
    I had the opportunity this last month to chat with Ryan Pyle, a Shanghai-based photographer and producer best known here in China for his 20,000 km motorcycle journey across the whole country. He’s been described as an “anthropologist with a camera” and I think you’ll see by the photos below exactly why that is. I’ve always known he had a strong connection with Xinjiang and it was finally confirmed earlier this year when I learned he was publishing Chinese Turkestan, a beautiful photographic documentary of this region and its people. The book is available on…
  • How to Cross Xinjiang’s Irkeshtam Border to Kyrgyzstan

    Josh Summers
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    Border crossing from Xinjiang into other countries in Central Asia isn’t necessarily difficult, but getting reliable, up-to-date information is. Take the Irkeshtam border crossing for an example – it’s one of the most common ways to travel from China to Kyrgyzstan and yet I have a hard time finding any published info on the process. Thanks to the input of several travelers, I would like to present a simple “how to” to make crossing the Irkeshtam border easy for future travelers. *Special thanks to Sim Yi Hui and Jon LaRosa as well as Lee and Galen from Silk…
  • The Day I Got My First China Speeding Ticket

    Josh Summers
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    It was bound to happen at some point. Not that I’m a bad driver. In 15 years behind the wheel I can count on one hand the number of traffic violations I’ve received. Yet there splashed across the computer screen in the police station was a picture of me happily speeding down the highway between Urumqi and Heavenly Lake. “Is that you?” the lady behind the desk asked, as if it was normal for a white foreigner to be caught speeding along a Xinjiang highway. “Yes” I said as I handed over my 200 RMB fine. “That’s definitely me.” Camera-Shy in China Everybody is fully aware of…
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    Asian Ramblings

  • Experience the Globe – don’t let recent terror alerts stop you travelling.

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Opinion Piece by friend Nicky who is currently living in Turkey. If you watch the news, read newspapers, go on Facebook, or check any kind of Twitter stream, you will no doubt be aware of the rather dark goings on in the world currently. I’m not going to mention any name of any organization or specific event, because that would be giving publicity to what these people have done or are doing, and they don’t deserve that, so instead we will deal with increased terror alerts as a generic topic. It’s a topic that some feel is rather taboo to discuss too much, but when it comes to your safe…
  • Packing Tips for Travel South-East Asia

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I have been travelling to Cambodia +/- Vietnam annually over the last 4 years. Each year I have got better at paring down my luggage so that it is much more manageable and I have room for other stuff. I do medical volunteer work in Cambodia so any spare room in my suitcase is used to bring donated medical equipment and medication to Cambodia. I’ll make it clear right here that I’m a “flash-packer”, which means that I’m a budget traveller, but not one for dorm rooms. Mobile medical clinic in Phnom Pehn slum community Firstly, if you can, get a…
  • Venturing Outside Your Comfort Zone with Travel

    admin
    6 May 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Everyone’s comfort zone is different when it comes to travel. For one person, the idea of going to Thailand might see very routine, since experienced travellers tend to know it’s one of the easiest countries in the world to travel to. However, someone who has only been to Western countries might find even the idea of Thailand a little daunting. Whatever your comfort zone is – here are some tips for how you can expand your travel horizons without feeling nervous to the extent you don’t enjoy your trip. Travel with a more experienced traveller. For example, my Mum went…
  • Free Things to Do in Beijing

    admin
    9 Mar 2014 | 4:56 am
    One of the busiest, biggest, and most frenzied cities in the world, the capital of China is a huge and diverse place to visit. Of course, cities, let alone capital cities, mean money, and you may struggle to find all the fun of the fair without any cold hard cash to spend. Thankfully, there are several activities available in this colourful city that don’t require any cash to cross hands. Yes, I’m talking free! Here are five of the cheapest (i.e. free) activities to pass the time in Beijing. Tiananmen Square – You must have heard of this huge square, in fact it’s…
  • Getting Around – Transportation in Asia

    Nicky
    1 Mar 2014 | 3:58 am
    Due to the huge distances involved with travelling around Asia, it’s quite likely that you’re not going to do it on foot, unless of course you’re feeling extremely energetic and you like blisters. For the more sane amongst us, this will involve several different methods of transport, many of which you might not come into contact with on a daily basis in your own country. Here are six of the most common. Tuk Tuk I love the sound of this, just the name brings up exotic images! Basically a tuk tuk is a small vehicle that is extremely handy for zipping around, and particularly…
 
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    China Private Equity, Published by China First Capital

  • The Abacus. A Crowning Achievement of Chinese Innovation

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
      While China’s recent performance may be a disappointment, averaged across the millennia no other nation has provided the world with such an abundant wellspring of innovation. Have a look at this long list of Chinese inventions. Not a day passes for most of us when we don’t rely on at least one product of Chinese ingenuity, be it paper money, the bristle toothbrush, toilet paper, oil wells. A slightly smaller group of us wouldn’t want to long tolerate life without noodles, steamed or stir-fried food, tofu, tea, alcoholic drinks. Left off the Wikipedia list is one other…
  • China High-Tech: giant ambitions can’t disguise a disappointing record of achievement

    admin
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    “China, the innovation nation. With nine times more engineering graduates and more patents filed each year than in the US, China is transitioning quickly away from its roots as a copycat, knockoff economy to become a potent new high-tech power.” By now, we’ve all read the headlines, heard the hype. China’s high-tech ambitions were part of the sales pitch used in Alibaba’s successful US IPO last month. No story about China, no prediction about China’s future gets more attention or more traction from consultants, authors, policy analysts. It encapsulates the unanimous…
  • Alibaba grabs the IPO money but the future belongs to Jeff Bezos and Amazon China

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Alibaba Group should next week collect the big money from its NYSE IPO. But, Seattle’s Amazon owns the future of China’s $400 billion online shopping industry. Amazon’s China business is better in just about every crucial respect: customer service, delivery, product quality even price when compared to Alibaba’s towering Taobao business. Hand it to Jeff Bezos. While few have been watching, he is building in China what looks to me to be a better, more long-term sustainable business than Alibaba’s Jack Ma. Amazon’s China business fits a familiar pattern. The…
  • Investment in China PIPEs grows on Alibaba’s coattails — The Deal

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
      Investment in China PIPEs grows on Alibaba’s coattails By Bill Meagher    Updated 07:45 PM, Sep-09-2014 ET   Fueled by the anticipated initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., a renewed wave of investor interest has swept into U.S.-registered Chinese companies. Such companies have raised $4.43 billion in 35 private-investment-in-public-equity transactions this year, compared to $276.8 million in 13 PIPEs last year, according to PrivateRaise, The Deal’s data service that tracks the PIPE market. Those figures exclude transactions that raised less than…
  • 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…
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    China Internet Watch

  • China GPD 7.4% in Q3 2014, Slowest in 5 Years

    CIW Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    According to National Bureau of Statistics of China, the gross domestic product (GDP) of China in the first three quarters of 2014 was RMB 41,990.8 billion (USD 6,858.5 billion), a year-on-year increase of 7.4%. China’s year-on-year growth was 7.4% for Q1 2014, 7.5% for Q2 and 7.3% for Q3. The value added of the primary industry was 3,799.6 billion yuan, up by 4.2 percent; that of the secondary industry was 18,578.7 billion yuan, up by 7.4 percent; and that of the tertiary industry was 19,612.5 billion yuan, up by 7.9 percent. The gross domestic product of the third quarter of 2014…
  • China Replaced France as Canada’s 2nd Largest Source of Overseas Visitors

    Incitez China
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    China replaced France as Canada’s second largest source of overseas visitors in August 2014 with a 4.6% increase to a record 43,000 trips according to Statistics Canada. Overseas residents made 457,000 trips to Canada in August, up 2.9% from July and the highest level since record keeping began in 1972. Among the major overseas tourism markets, Brazil contributed the most to Canada’s inbound traveler growth (up 3,100 trips from a month earlier), followed by the United Kingdom (+2,400) and China (+1,900). China outbound tourists on average spent RMB 20,000 (US$3,252)…
  • Costco Sold 3 Tons of Kirkland Nuts in 3 Days on Tmall

    Incitez China
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Costco sold 3 tons of Kirkland nuts and nearly 1.5 tons of dried cranberries in just three days on Tmall Global according to the leaked news online. Costco Wholesale launched Tmall flagship store on Tmall Global reaching Chinese consumers directly with competitively priced food and healthcare products. E-commerce’s rapid development in China has brought opportunities to international retailers such as Costco, Zara, Burberry and Estee Lauder after some lost their battles in China such as Best Buy. Transactions generated from Chinese B2C online retailers reached RMB284.5 billion, 40.4%…
  • China Mobile Customers Reached 799Mln in Q3 2014

    CIW Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    China Mobile continued to experience a decline in its voice and SMS and MMS businesses, with a 0.3% decrease in the total voice usage and a 20.2% decrease in the SMS usage compared to the same period of last year. However, China Mobile substantially leveraged its first-mover advantages in 4G services and accelerated the migration of customers to 4G network. As of 30 September 2014, China Mobile customers reached 799 million, among which 40.95 million were 4G customers. Mobile data traffic for the first three quarters of 2014 increased by 98.6% compared to the same period of last year, which…
  • China Top Online Video Providers by Monthly Browsing Time

    Cecilia
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
    In July 2014, iQiYi, owned by Baidu, ranked top among China online video providers with monthly browsing time of 786.45 million hours, followed by Youku and Letv according to data from iResearch. In July, total number of iQiyi’s users on mobile device increased by 9.57% from June in 2014. It is estimated that the number of iQIYI’s total users will likely double by the end of 2014. In August, with monthly browsing time of 775.515 million hours, Youku ranked top among China online video providers, followed by IQiYi and Letv. Besides iQiYi’s good performance in July and August 2014,…
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    China Hope Live

  • A Chinese shrine to… Jesus?

    China Hope Live
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    Hong Kongers erected two shrines at different locations on their barricades in their battle against police and thugs: one to Guan Gong (aka and , a ubiquitous Chinese folk deity especially worshiped by police, triads and restaurant owners), and one to Jesus. (None of the HK images below are mine; click each for its source.)Comparing these shrines provides a fantastic little opportunity to explore contextualization and syncretism — big words for talking about how ideas, practices and objects are adopted by a culture, and whether or not their core meanings survive intact. But first, the…
  • Why we use SunVPN in China

    China Hope Live
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
    When we first came to China in 2007, the average expat didn’t need a VPN. But a lot has changed since then. For example, I use: Gmail for e-mail; Google for search and translation; Facebook and Instagram to stay in touch with family and friends, and share pictures of our kids with their aunties, uncles, grandpas and grandmas; Twitter for news; YouTube to make music playlists for our family; And in China, I need to VPN to access every single one of those. So without a VPN, I lose my first or only options for English-language e-mail, search, translation, news and social networking, and a…
  • “…tear gas, or as it’s known in China, ‘the sky'”

    China Hope Live
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    It’s that special time of year again: The Colbert Report clip embedded below about a lot of severely inconvenienced Beijing pigeons and Some Event Which Must Not Be Named has reminded me that it’s time to order new filters for our DIY air purifiers. Because winter is coming to China. And that means the annual airpocalypse. And we’ve got everything you need to know right here: China Essentials: DIY home air purifiers Because “…tear gas, or as it’s known in China, ‘the sky’.” (You’ll need to set your VPN on a U.S. server to see the…
  • Sunrise sword dancing & taiji, our neighbourhood, Qingdao, China

    China Hope Live
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Our neighbourhood still has a little bit of exotic China. These are from two weekends ago, literally a stone’s throw from the preschool and a 1-minute walk from our apartment. Every morning a group of retirees practices tàijíquán and sword dancing . More sunrise taiji photos: Sunrise taiji, our neighbourhood, Qingdao, China (2013 Fall) Springtime neighbourhood taiji lessons 太极拳 (2013 Spring)
  • Sidewalk water calligraphy, Licun Park, Qingdao, China

    China Hope Live
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    At our favourite local park in Qingdao this past weekend, a little Chinese sidewalk water calligraphy magic:
 
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  • Taiwanese Women: What are they really like?

    Yang Yang
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Based on what is often written on blogs, websites, and social media, Taiwanese women seem to have gained a negative reputation. This view of Taiwanese doesn’t seem to be held just by men in the West, but frequently by Asian expats as well. So what are Taiwanese girls really like? Where Taiwanese girls get their reputation As with anything, there are plenty of theories as to why Taiwanese girls have such a negative reputation. If you aren’t familiar with Taiwan, it’s a large island near the coast of Mainland China. Taiwan is highly influential in this part of the world, but relations…
  • China’s Starry future Seen by Western Psychics

    Sean Maples
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
    “I Ching Song Dynasty print” by Song era print artist – http://catalog.digitalarchives.tw/item/00/08/73/99.html. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. One of the essential religious actions in China is divination, existing from ancient times through the present. Numerous outside customers come to visit, that they are fixated on the I Ching, or the Book of Changes, as an after-effect of the overall upsurge of examining this mysterious book as per alternate Chinese psychic surnamed Li. How can it function? The resurgence of the divination is not a trend, yet…
  • Mainland media call Hong Kong protestors extreme opposition

    Annie Lee
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    September 28 is a day to remember in Hong Kong history as it sees the emergence of what started as a student groups led peaceful march escalating into Hong Kong’s unprecedented protests and police crackdown. When almost every major west media was breaking the news, mainland media unsurprisingly treated the matter in complete opposite way – silence. In fact, today’s headlines in the Hong Kong-Macau section on one of China’s biggest news portal ifeng are: 4 Chinese faces on the Nobel Prize prediction list, 2 of whom born in Hong Kong; Hong Kong expecting to receive 8% more…
  • A tooth for a tooth, farmers occupy main road as sunning ground

    Annie Lee
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    In a newly constructed Kexue Main Road in Zhengzhou City, the usual grey asphalt pavement turns into a golden boulevard of corns which covered 2/3 of the six-lane road and stretched as long as 5km. According to local villagers, the newly harvested corns can be properly dried in a couple of days and packed for sale on the spot thanks to the sunny weather and good ventilation on the road. When asked why they occupied the public road for private use, one villager explained: "The road used to be our land. The developers just came here and grab our land to build factories and compounds. We…
  • The daily life of grass root models

    Annie Lee
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    25 years old Xiao Ling comes from Gansu Province, she has been modeling in Shanxi Province for 3 years now. She met her current roommate Xiao Xie from one of her fashion show and they had become inseparable since.   Auto show and photography modeling are their main source of work. Unlike professional models, they have to live with very unstable booking. According to Xiao Ling, she can make about 4000 yuan (about 650 USD) in a good month. The auto shows every year are their best chances of making more income. Wearing high heels is a must for their line of work. Xiao Xie gets so tired of…
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  • Pacific Island Youth taking Action4Climate

    Kym Louise Smithies
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    The onslaught of climate change in the Pacific Islands that look like tiny spots from space, is a big wake-up call for the youth of these nations. Young Pacific Islanders are taking a proactive stance by raising their voices on this issue. This year, several Pacific Islanders have joined young film makers from around the world in filming and documenting their stories in the Action4Climate competition – an international video competition organized by Connect4Climate with a total 230 entries from 70 countries. Five entries have been shortlisted from the Pacific Islands. You can read more…
  • Việt Nam: Một kỳ thi quốc gia có đánh giá được hết năng lực học sinh?

    An Thi My Tran
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Học sinh Việt Nam tham dự kỳ thi tốt nghiệp trung học phổ thông. Photo: Van Chung/World Bank Sau nhiều tháng thảo luận sôi nổi, Bộ Giáo dục và Đào tạo cuối cùng đã ra thông báo về việc tổ chức một kỳ thi quốc gia chung để xét công nhận tốt nghiệp trung học phổ thông (THPT) và lấy kết quả làm căn cứ tuyển sinh đại học, cao đẳng. Cho đến năm học vừa qua, học sinh Việt Nam vẫn phải tham gia hai kỳ thi riêng sau khi hoàn thành 12 năm học phổ thông: một kỳ thi tốt…
  • Vietnam: Can One National Exam Test All?

    An Thi My Tran
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    Students in Vietnam attend the high school completion exam. Photo: Van Chung/World Bank After months of impassioned public discussion, Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training has finally announced that one national exam will determine high school graduation and the exam results will be used as the basis for university entrance admission. Until recently, Vietnamese students took two tests after completing 12 years in school: one was for high school graduation and the next was for university entrance. Both were high stakes tests that created pressure on students and their families.
  • Nothing left to waste in the Philippines

    Maya Villaluz
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    The waste sector spans from collection, sorting, separation, recycling, handling of residuals and safe, final disposal. The elements of an efficient and effective waste management system are multifaceted and its operations are complex. While many perceive the entire process as a ‘dirty’ business, it requires a high level of professionalism and sophistication to run a well-organized waste management scheme. It is not a surprise that a strong informal sector has evolved to cater to the unmet waste disposal needs of communities, industries and other waste generators. It is estimated that…
  • Vietnam’s long-term growth performance: A comparative perspective

    Axel van Trotsenburg
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Vietnam has achieved remarkably high and inclusive GDP growth since the late 1980s. GDP growth per capita increased three-and-a-half-fold during 1991-2012, a performance surpassed only by China. The distribution of growth has been as remarkable as its pace: the bottom 40% of the population’s share in national income has remained virtually unchanged since the early 1990s, ensuring that the rapid income gains got translated into shared prosperity and significant poverty reduction. GDP growth, however, has been operating on a lower trajectory since 2008. This has led to questions regarding the…
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  • List of the Best Articles Published on this Blog

    Renaud Anjoran
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    When we redesigned this website a few months ago, we wanted it to be very simple. We even removed the “resource” pages. But the problem with a blog is, the best articles get buried in the mass. So we gathered them in several topics that can be accessed on this page. Happy reading!
  • Checking a Product’s Intellectual Property Rights Before Buying

    Renaud Anjoran
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    A reader asked me how to conduct due diligence relative to the intellectual property rights of the products offered by Chinese suppliers: I am to sell accessories in a specific market. I have stumbled on many Alibaba listings where: 1. Product in question is a brand name 2. Product in question is under different (made up?) brand name 3. Product in question does not have brand The problem here is when they don’t disclose the brand, or they show a different brand because you never know if that product’s design is registered. You never know unless you are aware of such brand…
  • Do Chinese Factories Really Migrate to Inland Provinces?

    Renaud Anjoran
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    One of the very clear trends over the past 15 years in China has been the migration of exporting factories from the Pearl River Delta to the whole coast, and then (to a much lesser extent) to land-locked areas. However, my prediction is that this migration trend will slow down considerably, and for a simple reason: in many industries, it makes more sense to be located within the existing cluster of competitors rather than far away from them. First, let’s look at the exceptions — those industries for which production is very widespread. Here are few examples: Wood furniture…
  • Maturity of Manufacturing Areas in China

    Renaud Anjoran
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    I noticed that inexperienced importers tend to look at obvious signals (prices, response times, quality of English…) when communicating with potential suppliers. But they often overlook the location of the factory. The export manufacturing industry really emerged in China in the early 1980s in Shenzhen. For example, most office buildings that are in the Huaqiangbei area used to house manufacturing operations. Then the exporting factories went to Dongguan city, to the rest of Guangdong, to Zhejiang and Fujian… and so on. What is pushing new factories further and further away?
  • Explanations of Compliance Requirements When Buying in China

    Renaud Anjoran
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Here are some interesting or useful articles that I found recently. Product Testing and Certification when Buying from China Fredrik Grönkvist wrote a very good guide for importers who are not familiar with their country’s compliance requirements. This article includes: How to find what testing is applicable What determines the cost of testing What importers must do vs. what is of lower importance And he wrote three other in-depth articles and CE marking, REACH, and California Prop 65. How to Improve Quality in a Chinese Factory (video on Youtube) David Collins, a manufacturing…
 
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  • Crocodile in the Yangtze

    Joop
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    “We are fortunate to live in this time, we are fortunate to live in the Internet era. We are fortunate to live in China.” Said Jack Ma as he addressed his 16.000 employees in a stadium, as he is received with a rumbling applause. I just finished watching ‘Crocodile in the Yangtze’. A story about how an English teacher starts alibaba.com in 1999 in Hangzhou and later taobao.com to compete and defeat ebay in his home country. Having walked the streets of Hangzhou in 1999, I’m a bit sad I didn’t bump into this visionary leader. I’m really thankful to…
  • Ran from Amsterdam tot Zaandam with Startpagina.nl

    Joop
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    I’ve been avoiding large (marathon) events; why disturb the peace of running by yourself on a random dike in the Netherlands? However, I got invited for a run with the team of startpagina.nl and I couldn’t resist. It was also a great motivation for me to run throughout the summer. This run from Amsterdam until Zaandam is one of the largest in the Netherlands with almost 90.000 participants. I used to be very serious about my time; No talking, no sightseeing and straight to the finish. This day I decided to enjoy the experience. High fiving the little kids beside the road. Due to…
  • Travelling Korea; The food, the people and the nature

    Joop
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:53 am
    What is it like to visit Korea? Well, look at the video above from “yongguk namja” and get an idea. It’s really an awesome place to travel to. Additional to the above, some highlights to my trip last week; Arrived at the beach (Boryeong). One of our new year resolutions was to visit the sea this summer. However, it didn’t seem to work out and as the weather turned cold already in the Netherlands I didn’t think it would happen. So I was delighted to visit the sea in Korea! Since the end of the summer season was also approaching here, family was worried that I…
  • 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,…
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  • The Truth About Age 46: On My Birthday, So Happy Being Me

    Denene Millner
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Celebrating my birthday at age 46: it just gets better with time. The post The Truth About Age 46: On My Birthday, So Happy Being Me appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Study Says Labor Pains Don’t Hurt As Much As We Remember. Moms Everywhere Want To Shank Them In the Gut.

    Denene Millner
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Do labor pains hurt? A new study says it's not as bad as moms think. We think the researchers should go into hiding now. The post New Study Says Labor Pains Don’t Hurt As Much As We Remember.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #VestOrVote: the Dream Defenders Bulletproof Vest Campaign Is Chilling

    Denene Millner
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The Black activist group aims to inspire Black voters with this incredibly chilling ad. The post #VestOrVote: the Dream Defenders Bulletproof Vest Campaign Is Chilling appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Talk To Kids About Sex: Great Resources from Planned Parenthood

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    October marks Let’s Talk Month, aimed at getting families to talk to kids about sex. Here, ways to go beyond “the talk” and say what matters—and sticks. The post How To Talk To Kids About Sex: Great... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black Teen Mom Wins $225K After Losing Custody Of Newborn

    Denene Millner
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Just seven days after giving birth, a teen mom had her daughter taken away during a dispute with her mom. Here's why we should all care. The post Black Teen Mom Wins $225K After Losing Custody Of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Speaking of China

  • Do Some Chinese Men Really Feel Inferior to Western Women?

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    My husband John (pictured above together with me beside Hangzhou’s West Lake) never felt inferior before me. But I was surprised many years ago when a friend told me some Chinese men would — and wouldn’t want to date me because of it. Years ago, before I had finally met John (my husband), I recall spending an evening in one of Hangzhou’s many teahouses with my friend Xiao Yu, a male colleague I met in my company. Xiao Yu always felt like a brother to me from the first day I entered that company. Maybe it was his near-flawless English, his easygoing smile that always seemed…
  • Guest Post: “Am I in the ‘Wrong’ AMWF Relationship?” How a Woman Who Loved China Fell for a Korean man

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Jeongsu and Linda What happens when the man you love isn’t from the country and culture that first captured your heart?  That’s the conundrum Linda Dunsmore of Linda Living in China — a self-professed “China fan” — faced when she fell for a man from Korea. She writes, “I was worried because he was Korean, while I was passionate about China…. I kept asking myself, ‘Why do I have to fall in love with a Korean man?'” Do you have a fascinating AMWF relationship story or other guest post you’d love to see on Speaking of China?
  • Is the AMWF scene a creepy thing?

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    (Screenshot from http://www.americanfobs.com/) Is the AMWF scene a creepy thing? I know, it sounds like a crazy question for a website that includes AMWF in its tagline. But ever since I came across this article in the summer titled How AM (Asian Male) Anything Creeps Women Out, it’s been on my mind. For those of you who missed it, here’s an excerpt from the article: Sending out a little over twenty e-mails to a little over twenty attractive women, I received some painful yet truthful responses regarding the Asian male (anything) women cults. “It’s creepy. A bunch of Asian guys in a…
  • Fenshou: “He made me alive and dead” in Hong Kong

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    (photo by Steve Webel via Flickr.com) An anonymous woman writes of the Chinese man she once dated, “He made me alive and dead. He once left me sobbing on a hotel chaise lounge, naked and overlooking the Hong Kong skyline, and I remember thinking this was what it was like for an artist’s muse to become an artist’s mistress.” It’s a powerful story of an all-consuming, passionate love between one Western woman and one Chinese man that ultimately burned out — but will never be forgotten. Do you have a gripping story of passion or a guest post you’re dying to…
  • AMWF In Other Words: 7 More Inspiring Ways To Spell The Acronym

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    What does AMWF really mean? I’ve spelled it out as  “Asian Male, Western Female” in the tagline of this website. But with a little imagination, you’ll find more than one way to say it — including some rather inspiring phrases. Here are 7 of mine: #1: A Marriage With Fortune   #2: A Most Wonderful Future   #3: A Magical Wedding Fairytale   #4: Ask Me What’s Fun   #5: All Men Want Freedom (to kiss!)   #6: At Midnight We’ll Fly   #7: A Miracle Will Follow What do you think? What other ideas do you have for what AMWF…
 
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    Hidden Harmonies China Blog

  • The Mantra of “One Man, One Vote.”

    N.M.Cheung
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    It seems to be so reactionary to be against democracy, a noble concept. Yet for someone like me who has been living in U.S. for so long, a cynic, maybe jaded, the slogan of Hong Kong students of real democracy, or the Western media’s championing of human rights provoke mirth and bitter laugh in me. First let us look at the world at large, U.N. where annually at New York votes are taken in General Assembly, but essentially meaningless if it infringes on U.S. and her freedom to action in any way as a veto in Security Council is assured. When U.S. wanted to invade Iraq, she presented the…
  • Umbrella Revolution and Authoritarianism with Chinese Characteristics

    Guo Du
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    Hong Kong’s Umbrella Freedom Fighters can’t possibly be fighting for “freedom” in one of the most indulging communities on earth; it’d be like fish keep asking for more salt in the ocean. If succeeded, it’d turn them into anchovies. A popular reason cited by supporters is that China’s an authoritarian state, therefore to be loathed unconditionally. Anyone who reads mainstream newspapers would know that much. If this fear is indeed the real cause, I’d like to take this opportunity to examine China’s authoritarianism by reviewing some known facts: 1) In 1949, when the…
  • Western Media’s Pervasive Bias Against China Today

    Allen
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Zack recently pointed out in the open thread the following article by Stephen Harner that accurately – though not necessarily exhaustively – hit on so many points on what is wrong with the Western press, which I quote in full: Dealing With the Scourge of “Schadenfreude” in Foreign Reporting on China Stephen Harner, Former US State Department Official October 3, 2014 Why are we so often disturbed by Western media reporting and analysis of China? Why does reading commentary of China’s economy, foreign relations, politics, and society leave us feeling emotionally abused,…
  • Are the Occupy Protesters really about “Democracy”?

    Allen
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    As the Occupy protests continue in Hong Kong, articles, editorials and op-eds in the Western press continue to characterize the conflict as one between those in Hong Kong demanding “real democracy” and Beijing reneging on its promise of “universal suffrage” under “one country two systems.” Western media and leaders – including the New York Times Editorial Board and President Obama, for example – have all but argued that “universal suffrage” in Hong Kong means that Beijing should have no say in determining which candidates are…
  • What is Your Take on Hong Kong Police Breaking Up Protesters Occupying Government Buildings and Public Spaces?

    Allen
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The news of Hong Kong Police using tear gas to disperse crowds aimed at occupying government buildings and public spaces to protest against Beijing rules on how Hong Kong residents vote for its next leaders are plastered on the first page of all the major news site today. The Wall Street Journal, for example, has this story. HONG KONG—In the harshest response against protesters in Hong Kong in nearly a decade, police used pepper spray and several rounds of teargas to disperse pro-democracy crowds blocking traffic on some of the city’s busiest streets. An effort by police to keep…
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  • China Retail: Shanghai and Beijing Shine While Caution Looms Over Shenyang

    red luxury
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    China draws tremendous interest from global retailers due to the opportunities in its domestic consumption market. CBRE’s recent report, MarketScore: the Key to Investing in the China Retail Market, provides a framework to evaluate China’s “notoriously opaque” retail market using 11 macro and retail-specific indicators. Based on the study, Shanghai, Beijing and Hangzhou currently offer [&hellip
  • Versace’s China Growth Remains Robust

    red luxury w
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    No brand is immune to the luxury slowdown in China, but Versace is still on pace for double-digit growth this year. Despite some rocky times from the death of founder Gianni Versace in 1997 and the 2007 global financial crisis, Versace’s chief executive, Gian Giacomo Ferraris, is leading the company with a steady hand. Ferraris [&hellip
  • ‘Golden Visas’ Are Drawing China’s Wealthy to Europe

    red luxury b
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    While China is on the road to prosperity, some wealthy Chinese are hedging their bets and eyeing residency abroad. Affluent Chinese are flocking to Europe to take advantage of attractive “golden visa” residence plans that some countries are offering. Many EU countries, especially those suffering from economic recession, are offering residency permits to people outside [&hellip
  • Book Excerpt: The End of Copycat China

    red luxury
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    In Shaun Rein’s new book The End of Copycat China, the Founder and Managing Director of the China Market Research Group examines the emerging consumer trends in China’s rapid market evolution, how China’s spending classes are maturing and craving for individualism and authenticity, and the opportunities that this implies for those doing business with and [&hellip
  • Alipay ePass Gives US Online Retailers Access to Over 500 Million Shoppers in China

    red luxury b
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Alipay, the mobile payment arm of Internet giant Alibaba, is now offering Chinese consumers a convenient way to shop online in the United States. Alipay ePass is a new suite of three products designed to bridge the American and Chinese online markets: ePass payments, logistics, and marketing. ePass payments allow Chinese consumers to complete payments [&hellip
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  • China: Chengdu Laochemi 100km Road Race

    Bikedan
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    It is always good coming to race in the Chengdu area as the organizers, ‘Lao Che Mi’ are widely known for putting on great events that are well organized. They also look after their foreign guests extremely well, paying attention to every detail. I have raced at many races throughout China, and Laochemi events are right up their with the best, if not the best.  They have been putting on events since 1984 and are pioneers in the China cycling scene; they also have five TREK concept stores in Chengdu city!  If you are looking for a good race to do in China, consider signing up for…
  • Cycle Travel: Exploring off-the-beaten track in China

    Bikedan
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    China is a massive country with many off-the-beaten track gems just waiting to be discovered by bicycle, so many that you can spend a lifetime here and still not complete them all; I’ve been living in China for over four years and have barely scratched the surface. For familiarity sake and time constraints, I tend to do many of the same routes around the city of Hangzhou where I live, and travel out frequently for bicycle races around China. Unfortunately, many of the bike races around China are not held in locations that ideally show-case the region where the race is being hosted;…
  • Mountain Bike Stage Racing in Asia

    Bikedan
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Mountain biking seems to be seeing a resurgence in popularity, especially with multi-day stage racing that provides riders with new experiences and adventures in exotic locations. Multi-day MTB stage racing is already popular in Europe and USA, and its slowly taking a grip on the Asia circuit. Its a perfect way to see and experience the country close up while meeting other like-minded MTB endurance riders from all parts of the globe. I had my first taste of MTB stage racing when I took part in the Genghis Khan MTB Adventure in Inner Mongolia back in 2010. It has now become a firm fixture on…
  • Cycling Secret: Durian Fruit the New Super Food?

    Bikedan
    7 Dec 2013 | 10:41 am
    It is a stinky putrid smelling fruit. I’ve always steered clear of this fruit despite friends on numerous occasions trying to convert me to eating Durian. Last year, I had a flat-mate from Canada who loved the spiky fruit and would bring it home; I would instantly know it was around, even though it was put out in the laundry room. The smell just pervades the whole apartment. I was offered to try it but never could get past the evil smell. I did try it and was pleasantly surprised at the sweet creamy taste of the fruit, however it did leave a slight after taste.  My wife also tried to…
  • Racing: Bikedan’s 2013 Tour de Bintan

    Bikedan
    14 Nov 2013 | 3:32 am
    I had always wanted to go back and do the Tour de Bintan race for the past several years but always ended up doing something different like the 7-day Tour de Formosa race in Taiwan followed by the KOM Taiwan Challenge in 2012. I was invited to go back  and do the KOM Taiwan again, but chose to do Tour de Bintan instead as it more suited my abilities as a rider.  I first competed at the Tour de Bintan event in 2010 as a Cyclingnewsasia cycling journalist, my report can be found via this link: Cycling Tour Bintan Island.  Also check out a 2010 report on Cyclingnewsasia.  Read about…
 
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  • Do Some Chinese Men Really Feel Inferior to Western Women?

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    My husband John (pictured above together with me beside Hangzhou’s West Lake) never felt inferior before me. But I was surprised many years ago when a friend told me some Chinese men would — and wouldn’t want to date me because of it. Years ago, before I had finally met John (my husband), I recall spending an evening in one of Hangzhou’s many teahouses with my friend Xiao Yu, a male colleague I met in my company. Xiao Yu always felt like a brother to me from the first day I entered that company. Maybe it was his near-flawless English, his easygoing smile that always seemed…
  • Guest Post: “Am I in the ‘Wrong’ AMWF Relationship?” How a Woman Who Loved China Fell for a Korean man

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Jeongsu and Linda What happens when the man you love isn’t from the country and culture that first captured your heart?  That’s the conundrum Linda Dunsmore of Linda Living in China — a self-professed “China fan” — faced when she fell for a man from Korea. She writes, “I was worried because he was Korean, while I was passionate about China…. I kept asking myself, ‘Why do I have to fall in love with a Korean man?'” Do you have a fascinating AMWF relationship story or other guest post you’d love to see on Speaking of China?
  • Is the AMWF scene a creepy thing?

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    (Screenshot from http://www.americanfobs.com/) Is the AMWF scene a creepy thing? I know, it sounds like a crazy question for a website that includes AMWF in its tagline. But ever since I came across this article in the summer titled How AM (Asian Male) Anything Creeps Women Out, it’s been on my mind. For those of you who missed it, here’s an excerpt from the article: Sending out a little over twenty e-mails to a little over twenty attractive women, I received some painful yet truthful responses regarding the Asian male (anything) women cults. “It’s creepy. A bunch of Asian guys in a…
  • Fenshou: “He made me alive and dead” in Hong Kong

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    (photo by Steve Webel via Flickr.com) An anonymous woman writes of the Chinese man she once dated, “He made me alive and dead. He once left me sobbing on a hotel chaise lounge, naked and overlooking the Hong Kong skyline, and I remember thinking this was what it was like for an artist’s muse to become an artist’s mistress.” It’s a powerful story of an all-consuming, passionate love between one Western woman and one Chinese man that ultimately burned out — but will never be forgotten. Do you have a gripping story of passion or a guest post you’re dying to…
  • AMWF In Other Words: 7 More Inspiring Ways To Spell The Acronym

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    What does AMWF really mean? I’ve spelled it out as  “Asian Male, Western Female” in the tagline of this website. But with a little imagination, you’ll find more than one way to say it — including some rather inspiring phrases. Here are 7 of mine: #1: A Marriage With Fortune   #2: A Most Wonderful Future   #3: A Magical Wedding Fairytale   #4: Ask Me What’s Fun   #5: All Men Want Freedom (to kiss!)   #6: At Midnight We’ll Fly   #7: A Miracle Will Follow What do you think? What other ideas do you have for what AMWF…
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    Blog - Digital Jungle

  • A Birthday Gift From CloudFlare

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    Happy 4th Birthday CloudFlare Happy birthday CloudFlare! On September 27th CloudFare turned 4 and they have decided to mark the occasion for their team and customers. This is not the first time CloudFlare have done something special to mark their…
  • How to Recover From the Panda 4.1 Update

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    Panda 4.1 what does it do? Google have announced that the latest Panda update, which has already been launched, is a filter dedicated to penalizing poor content and prevent it from ranking well. The logic behind this latest update is…
  • The Older Social Media User

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Social Media Population of China With an approximate population of roughly 597 million active users, Chinese social media is obviously a dominant online force. When it comes to age, 51% of social media users are over the age of 31.…
  • The Popularity of Australian Wine in Mainland China

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    The Chinese Market for Wines & How to market it to China The ten years of uninterrupted growth of 25% per year in the consumption of wine came to an abrupt end in 2013. This was caused by the Austerity…
  • Why Do Chinese Students Study In American Universities

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    Why Do Chinese choose to study in America? 25% of all international students studying in America are Chinese. This figure demonstrates the popularity of attending foreign universities with Chinese people.  But what attracts Chinese students to the United States and,…
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    Chengdu Living

  • Evolution of the Chengdu Riverside

    Sascha
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I live not far from the sluggish southern end of the river that runs through Chengdu. I go down to the river maybe three or four times a month with my two sons, and we throw rocks into the sewage run off, watch the old men throw small nets at the mouth of the same run off, and run through the rubble and jungle of the wild urban riverbank. Just after the worst of winter broke, I noticed the old folk crawling around the wreckage of some old neighborhood, smashing big slabs of concrete into smaller slabs, and preparing the earth beneath for planting season. One old man dropped a huge stone down…
  • Western Entrepreneur Brings Eastern Tailors to South Chengdu

    Zak
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    Entrepreneurialism is growing palpably in Chengdu. The expat community has long been opening the doors to new establishments, particularly on the restaurant and nightlife side of things. The success, not just in popularity but also financially, of local landmarks like The Spot and Jellyfish is hardly a secret. But there has also been a movement towards more boutique shops, places that offer top-quality products from abroad. The top-shelf beer from Beer’s Nest is now being served in a second location. Then there are the boys at Natooke Bike Shop who turn out gorgeous hand-crafted…
  • 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…
 
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    Beijing Cream

  • Global Times: Nickelback Epitomizes Western Media’s Political Agitation

    Anthony Tao
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    The best lede ever? After listening to “Edge of Revolution,” a new song by the Candian band Nickelback, one can easily understand how clever the West is in expressing and propagating its views. [sic] Take a bow, Farman Nawaz. You belong to a rare class of adult on the Internet who admits to listening to Nickelback. (H/T James Palmer)
  • Refrigerator, Rambo Top Our List Of Favorite Chinese-Chosen English Names

    Anthony Tao
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    CCTV recently published an article called “Tips for Chinese choosing an English name,” which is frankly exactly the type of piece I think CCTV should be publishing more of. It features delightful sentences such as, “Many Chinese like to pick names that are in fact, not names,” and, “Meanwhile, Dong and Wang is used as slang for male genitalia. So avoid anything like ‘Bunny Wang’ at all times.” It got us thinking: what are the best Chinese-chosen English names we know? My favorite has, since the beginning, been “Refrigerator.” I…
  • For 1st Time In 23 Years, Beijing Marathon Not Won By Chinese Woman. Also, Smog

    Anthony Tao
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Congratulations to Ethiopians Girmay Birhanu Gebru and Fatuma Sado Dergo, the men’s and women’s winners of the 34th Beijing International Marathon that was run today in “very unhealthy” to “hazardous” air. It was so bad that Xinhua even called it “smog” in an article that begins with this incredible factoid: China’s bid to win the women’s race of the Beijing International Marathon for the 23rd straight year was thwarted on Sunday as Ethiopian Fatuma Sado Dergo braved the smog to finish first in the 42.195-kilometer run in two…
  • Dispatches From Xinjiang: Sheep, Sangza And Happiness: Xinjiang Celebrates Eid al-Adha

    Beige Wind
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    On the last day of the four-day celebration of the biggest Uyghur holiday of the year, Qurban Heyt, or Eid al-Adha, it rained hard and cold. By the next morning a light dusting of snow covered the tops of the mountains overlooking the city. Like many holidays of sacrifice and harvest, this “Feast of the Sacrifice” signals the end of the season of growth and the beginning of the long hard winter. People were already beginning to sell long underwear in the walkway at the intersection of Solidarity and Victory Road next to the Grand Bazaar, and in a week, the heat would be turned…
  • Laowai Comics: Race Trolling

    Laowai Comics
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Laowai Comics is a periodic webcomic. Beijing Cream is proud to debut its Thursday comic every week. Previous Laowai Comics here. Click to enlarge
 
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - Study More Chinese

  • Review of Book “Basic Spoken Chinese” by Cornelius C. Kubler

    Thomas Doherty
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I have been reading and studying a fairly new set of Mandarin Language textbooks known as the “Tuttle Basic Chinese Series” that can be used in the AP level High School or College classroom or by people studying on their own. I will only review the first book in the series “Basic Spoken Chinese” BSC at this time. At later times I will review other volumes in the “Tuttle Basic Chinese Series”. Full Title and Publishing Information: “Basic Spoken Chinese, Introduction to Speaking and Listening for Beginners” by Cornelius C. Kubler ( Tuttle Publishing 2011…
  • Comparing language courses: Private vs Group vs Online Lessons

    Zoe Wells
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Learning a new language is always a fun challenge. There are varying ways a learner can embark upon a language course, whether they are a complete beginner or have previous knowledge. How do you know which style of learning is for you? Here's the lowdown on the types of language courses available. Private Learning: Private learning with a tutor is ideal for anyone leading a busy life. The flexibility of a private tutor means you can arrange a lesson at a time convenient to you as well as having a learning plan tailored to your exact needs. The benefits include: * One on one lessons with a…
  • Chinese People and Western TV Shows - An Article posted at Yoyo Chinese Blog

    Thomas Doherty
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Michael Hurwitz over at "Yoyo Chinese The Official Blog" has written a fine article ( in English ) about some of the US/UK TV shows that are now popular in China.  "Thanks to the advent of Chinese streaming services like Sohu and Youku, it’s easier than ever for Chinese fans to watch their favorite foreign TV shows. While pirated versions have been available online for years, lately Western content providers have struck deals with Chinese platforms to allow legal distribution of high-quality, subtitled episodes, resulting in a big jump in viewership". The shows covered in the article are…
  • Taiwan Mandarin versus Beijing Mandarin - A Starter Kit

    Thomas Doherty
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A May 29, 2014  article over at "The World of Chinese" Internet Site by  Keoni Everington (华武杰) does a good job of scratching the surface of the baffling differences between Taiwan Mandarin and Beijing Mandarin.  ( It may be relatively baffling probably only to the mostly European language based members of the SMC Site ).  Read the article and some of those unknown words you have heard in a Taiwanese movie or song may now make sense.  Here is the link:         http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2014/05/taiwanese-mandarin-starter-kit/              
  • Olle Linge Points Out Problems With Listening to Chinese

    Thomas Doherty
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Olle Linge over at Mandarin.about.com has posted an article of the difficulties involved in listening and understanding what one hears in Mandarin. It is even worse in the real world where sometimes you must determine which language is being spoken and if the speaker is saying a word wrong or using a slang word or mixing languages.  It is not uncommon to hear sentences consisting of Mandarin, Cantonese and English all mixed together in some Chinatowns.    http://mandarin.about.com/od/How-to-learn-Mandarin-Chinese/fl/How-to-learn-to-understand-spoken-Chinese.htm        
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    China Law Blog

  • China Company Indemnification From Product Defects. Yeah, Whatever.

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    American lawyers love using indemnification provisions in product manufacturing agreements. They love them so much that they often use them in China manufacturing contracts (OEM Agreements) even though they do not work well at all there. American lawyers often put in a provision stating that if there is a product recall, the Chinese company must indemnify the American company for any fees/costs/damages incurred by the American company arising from the recall. American lawyers also often put in a provision stating that if anyone is injured by a product defect, the Chinese company must…
  • China Employment Contracts: Do Not Try This At Home, Part II

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Did a post yesterday explaining why I got so upset with the idea of an American domestic lawyer writing the employment contracts for his company’s China WFOE. That post, China Employment Contracts: Do Not Try This At Home, listed out a few of the more important things I was pretty certain this lawyer would miss in his contracts. In response to that post, a reader emailed me to  ask what “really” goes into a Chinese employment contract. This post responds to that email and highlights what is “really” involved in drafting China employment contracts. The below is…
  • China’s Film Industry Online, Part I

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    China’s theatrical box office market may be huge but the ancillary revenues (i.e. non-box office) are still relatively small in China. This is the first in a series of posts on developments in China’s digital ancillaries in a lead-up to the US-China Film Summit, which I will be attending along with a number of other lawyers from my firm and a talk I will be giving on China’s film industry before the Beverly Hills Bar Association on November 3. In this first post, I seek to provide a frame of reference for a discussion of ancillaries in China. In recent years, a market-based…
  • China Employment Contracts: Do Not Try This At Home

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Had a conversation the other day with the in-house counsel for a relatively small American company. This lawyer thanked me for the China Law Blog and said that he had used it to write his company’s employee contracts. I was stunned by this statement and to avoid me saying something I might later regret, I immediately changed the subject. I have by now calmed down just barely enough to write this post. Here is a list of the crazy risks this lawyer took by writing his company’s own China employment contracts, even though he clearly is not himself a China lawyer, nor does he have any…
  • China Copyrights: China Piracy Means Whack A Mole

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Just read a really good, really comprehensive article on China copyright law with a focus on the music industry, entitled, Whack-A-Mole: A Brief History of Music Piracy in China. Its conclusion says it all, but I certainly suggest you read the whole thing: In short, piracy’s root causes evade simple explanations and solutions, and piracy remains a serious obstacle to the successful monetisation of creative works in China. For their part, copyright owners in China can do little more than focus on the pragmatics of how to subsist as “copyright extremophiles,” surviving in inhospitable…
 
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    Quality Wars - Your Boots on the GROUND in China

  • Solve Your Production Issues In 24 Hours With QRQC

    John
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    What is QRQC? QRQC – or Quick Response Quality Control – is not only a quality control tool and method for troubleshooting but also an innovative concept in the field of global quality management. QRQC integrates a simple and logical solution to a given production or business operation problem within 24 hours’ time and has applications in many different segments along supply chains, including project management, manufacturing, logistics and others. QRQC focuses on quality control to ensure that any problem is identified and isolated and that a solution is found and implemented quickly…
  • How You Can Improve Quality At Your Organization In 4 Key Parts

    Graham
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    The following is an article compiled with knowledge from veteran quality control professionals we have personally interviewed and worked with over the past several years. These professionals come from industries such as automotive, defense, aerospace, plastics and oil & gas. This article touches on quality tools such as Six Sigma, Lean, 5S, 5Y, 8D, TQM, SPC, VSM and QFD.  These are marvelous innovations in systems quality assurance, and have pushed engineering excellence to a whole new level, although, unless your business is in a solid and sustainable position, and you thoroughly…
  • Manufacturing Secrets: 6 Processes That Will Make Your Product Shine

    Eric
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Do you believe in love at first sight? Have you ever had a shopping experience where you just had to buy a product as soon as you laid eyes on it? This is probably because the appearance of the product grabbed your attention immediately. Many products take on a very glossy, shiny or sleek appearance as a result of the manner in which they are produced. So how does the manufacturer achieve this? We’ll tell you with these 6 manufacturing processes that will make your product shine:   1. Sand blasting One way to give your product a shine is through sand blasting, a process which helps to…
  • 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…
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    Blog - Digital Jungle

  • A Birthday Gift From CloudFlare

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    Happy 4th Birthday CloudFlare Happy birthday CloudFlare! On September 27th CloudFare turned 4 and they have decided to mark the occasion for their team and customers. This is not the first time CloudFlare have done something special to mark their…
  • How to Recover From the Panda 4.1 Update

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    Panda 4.1 what does it do? Google have announced that the latest Panda update, which has already been launched, is a filter dedicated to penalizing poor content and prevent it from ranking well. The logic behind this latest update is…
  • The Older Social Media User

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Social Media Population of China With an approximate population of roughly 597 million active users, Chinese social media is obviously a dominant online force. When it comes to age, 51% of social media users are over the age of 31.…
  • The Popularity of Australian Wine in Mainland China

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    The Chinese Market for Wines & How to market it to China The ten years of uninterrupted growth of 25% per year in the consumption of wine came to an abrupt end in 2013. This was caused by the Austerity…
  • Why Do Chinese Students Study In American Universities

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    Why Do Chinese choose to study in America? 25% of all international students studying in America are Chinese. This figure demonstrates the popularity of attending foreign universities with Chinese people.  But what attracts Chinese students to the United States and,…
 
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    InternChina » Languages » English

  • Featured Internship Rafaela Kuznec and International Futures – ZHBS48

    Ivan Zhelyazkov
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:13 am
    You are likely never to have heard of Zhuhai – located in the southwest of China’s Pearl River delta, Zhuhai is southern China’s best kept secret. Having just been a small fishing village in the 1970’s before being granted Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status, Zhuhai was incorporated as a city in 1979. Its growth since […]
  • Generation UK Interns En Masse in Chongqing

    Clare Harding
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Being an intern based in Chengdu opens up a Pandora’s Box of travel destinations in Western China, not least of which is the fascinating tumult of Chongqing; a city of staggering development, tortuous steps and hidden charm. Chongqing is also home to the British Council in South West China, without whom many interns would not […]
  • Qingdao – Die Grüne Insel

    InternChina
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Qingdao, was soviel wie die Grüne Insel bedeutet,  ist eine Hafenstadt in der Provinz Shandong im Osten der Volksrepublik China. Heute leben und arbeiten rund 7 Millionen Menschen in Qingdao. Nicht nur der rapide Bevölkerungsanstieg, sondern auch das enorme Wirtschaftswachstum in den letzten Jahren macht Qingdao zu einer der wichtigsten Handelsmetropolen an der Ostküste Chinas. […]
  • InternChina’s newest recruit

    Ali
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hi, everyone, My name is Ali, I am turning 25 this year (sadly) and currently live in Manchester UK. I’ve been luckily enough to work for a worldwide bank in a very successful sales role where I was rewarded significantly for my efforts there in my first ever job fresh out of college as a […]
  • Praktikum in China – Interview mit Kathrin Schmitt

    InternChina
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:16 am
    Angesiedelt am Pearl River Delta, Hongkong gegenüberliegend, Zhongshan im Norden, Macau im Süden und bekannt als die Chinesische Riviera, ist Zhuhai eine der lebendigsten Städte in ganz China. Derzeit wird eine  30 km lange Brücke mit zwei Richtungsfahrbahnen und jeweils 3 Spuren von Hongkong über Zhuhai bis nach Macau gebaut, welche noch viel größere Tore […]
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    China Stock Research - China Stock Research - Blog posts

  • Hollysys (HOLI) back to positive

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Hollysys – back to a buy, but is it another head fake? Will Hollysys (HOLI, profile) finally play along and form a trend that lasts longer than a stoplight? We can only hope so; the stock has consistently failed to enter a trend over the past three times when we thought one was forming. So we’ll heed the Sirens’ call once more, and call a buy here, because hopefully our persistence will pay off. Our stochastic line has just crossed the signal line, MACD is above moving average and CCI has generated a buy signal. Maybe Holly Automation will start…
  • Eco data - IP, Fixed Assets, Real Estate, Retail Sales Sep 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:31 pm
    The National Bureau of Statistics released the monthly data on industrial production, fixed asset investment, real estate development, and retail sales for September, which all showed continued weakening trends, except for industrial production which was higher than August. All of the indicators from this month's data were lower than earlier in the year, when the government announced some targeted stimulus measures aimed at propping up growth (the mini-stimulus). With the latest round of lower numbers, it seems that policymakers will have to continue efforts to support the economy in some…
  • Eco data - GDP

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    The official GDP reading for Q3 came in at 7.3% YoY, slightly beating the consensus estimate of 7.2%, and was the slowest pace of growth since the financial crisis. The reading confirms data points released during the quarter - that China’s economy is experiencing a clear slowing down, driven by a weak housing market and shaky external demand. The Q3 data point makes the full-year target effectively unobtainable. Unless policymakers in Beijing apply a large stimulus in Q4, the numbers just don’t add up. With the Q1-Q3 pace averaging 7.4%, China’s economy would need to grow…
  • Week in review - Oct 17, 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    US-listed China stocks finally turned in a week of positive trading, after sliding lower over the previous five weeks. By the time the dust settled on Friday, the PowerShares Golden Dragon China ETF (PGJ) had clawed back some of its YTD losses, trading -4.2% lower than the start of the year, and the iShares China large-cap ETF (FXI) was showing a small loss on YTD terms. Investors had a lot to chew on, with trade data and a read on inflation early in the week, and both FDI and bank lending statistics toward the end of the week. China’s trade…
  • Shanda Games (GAME) Going Private - Update

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Since we last wrote about Shanda Games (GAME, profile) the stock has recovered somewhat, but still has a risk premium suggesting that the market sees the deal as less than a sure-thing. Investors looking at the stock now may see the deal spread of nearly 7% as attractive, particularly on an annualized basis, but that analysis is obviously predicated on the deal going through. The quick rundown: after the proposal for going private was announced in January, the stock popped, but then went nowhere for a few months until some buyout consortium members dropped out in September, sending the…
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    Red Luxury

  • China Retail: Shanghai and Beijing Shine While Caution Looms Over Shenyang

    red luxury
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    China draws tremendous interest from global retailers due to the opportunities in its domestic consumption market. CBRE’s recent report, MarketScore: the Key to Investing in the China Retail Market, provides a framework to evaluate China’s “notoriously opaque” retail market using 11 macro and retail-specific indicators. Based on the study, Shanghai, Beijing and Hangzhou currently offer [&hellip
  • Versace’s China Growth Remains Robust

    red luxury w
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    No brand is immune to the luxury slowdown in China, but Versace is still on pace for double-digit growth this year. Despite some rocky times from the death of founder Gianni Versace in 1997 and the 2007 global financial crisis, Versace’s chief executive, Gian Giacomo Ferraris, is leading the company with a steady hand. Ferraris [&hellip
  • ‘Golden Visas’ Are Drawing China’s Wealthy to Europe

    red luxury b
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    While China is on the road to prosperity, some wealthy Chinese are hedging their bets and eyeing residency abroad. Affluent Chinese are flocking to Europe to take advantage of attractive “golden visa” residence plans that some countries are offering. Many EU countries, especially those suffering from economic recession, are offering residency permits to people outside [&hellip
  • Book Excerpt: The End of Copycat China

    red luxury
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    In Shaun Rein’s new book The End of Copycat China, the Founder and Managing Director of the China Market Research Group examines the emerging consumer trends in China’s rapid market evolution, how China’s spending classes are maturing and craving for individualism and authenticity, and the opportunities that this implies for those doing business with and [&hellip
  • Alipay ePass Gives US Online Retailers Access to Over 500 Million Shoppers in China

    red luxury b
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Alipay, the mobile payment arm of Internet giant Alibaba, is now offering Chinese consumers a convenient way to shop online in the United States. Alipay ePass is a new suite of three products designed to bridge the American and Chinese online markets: ePass payments, logistics, and marketing. ePass payments allow Chinese consumers to complete payments [&hellip
 
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    Travel China Cheaper

  • 5 Ways to Watch the NFL in China

    Josh
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It was one of the biggest sacrifices for me in moving to China: no more Sunday NFL football. I’ve learned to manage, but along the way I’ve also learned a few ways to get my “fix” of American Football. If you’re in the same boat and you’re looking for some high quality and/or cheap optionsRead More The post 5 Ways to Watch the NFL in China appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • 5 Tips for Getting a China Teaching Job

    Josh
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    I taught English here in China for 4 years and not once have I looked back on that time with regret. In fact, very few jobs allowed me to travel as much, learn so much and save so much. If you’re thinking about coming to teach in China, congrats! Based on my 10 years of experience here inRead More The post 5 Tips for Getting a China Teaching Job appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • 10 China Travel Hacks All Seasoned Expats Use

    Josh
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Over the past decade I have had the privilege of traveling all across China – from Beijing to Kashgar, from Xi’an to Hong Kong. Along the way I’ve learned quite a few travel hacks that have helped make travel in this crazy country just a bit easier! Perhaps you’ve been living in China for years orRead More The post 10 China Travel Hacks All Seasoned Expats Use appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • Top 5 Chinese Tourist Scams (& How to Avoid Them)

    Josh
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a tourist in a foreign country there’s almost no way around it: you’re at high risk to be scammed in some way. Face it: you’ve got a big, fat target on your back. Scam artists, beggars and sometimes even the “average joe” see you as a gullible visitor with plenty of money. This isRead More The post Top 5 Chinese Tourist Scams (& How to Avoid Them) appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • VyprVPN Review 2014 | A Personal VPN Review from China

    Josh
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are very few VPN companies that truly “stand out” in the China market. I’ve tested quite a few this past year and I can tell a dramatic difference between those companies that say they work in China versus those that actually work hard to serve the China market. After a month of intense testing, IRead More The post VyprVPN Review 2014 | A Personal VPN Review from China appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
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    New Life ESL

  • Teacher’s City Spotlight: Shenzhen – The City of Design

    Guest
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Shenzhen is located directly north of Hong Kong in China’s subtropical southeast. Shenzhen is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and is a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), attracting businesses from all over the world. Not only is Shenzhen affectionately known as China’s Silicon Valley- owing to the booming high-tech industry, it is also famous for being China’s newest city. Prior to 1979, when it first became an SEZ, Shenzhen was just another sleepy fishing village in Guangdong province. Since then it has exploded, becoming the tenth most populous city in China and…
  • Teacher Interview: Marianne From America

    Monica
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    First off, tell us your name, age, and where you’re from:

 My Name is Marianne. I am 25 years old and I am from Boston, Massachusetts. What made you want to come teach in China? I am currently a student majoring in Elementary Education. I wanted to get a feel for teaching while also traveling. While doing research, I came to know more about working and living in China and found it as an amazing opportunity. Is this your first time teaching/living overseas? Yes. What was your experience like getting over to China? My experience getting from the USA to China went very smooth. I did all…
  • Beijing Livin’: Big City Attractions on the Cheap

    Monica
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    I’ve come to a strange realization: There’s no better feeling than being a tourist. Not many locals are fond of tourists and I can definitely see why. The khaki shorts, running shoes, bulky cameras, Ray Ban’s with the neck strap. Oooh’s and aaaah’s, finger-pointing, the overly-exaggerated “shee shee” when trying to say “thank you” in Mandarin. It is indeed painful to watch, but you can always tell a tourist is 100% comfortable with themselves between snapping photos and adapting to chopsticks. They should trade in their neon polos for shirts that say, “I know I’m a…
  • Meet Marcos: Your New Favorite Drinking Buddy

    Monica
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Can you Introduce yourself? Sure, my name is Marcos, I’m 25 years old and from San Francisco, California. I studied Ancient History and Education at the University of California Santa Cruz then headed out to China a few months after graduation. I grew up in SF my whole life but I always loved to travel and I knew that I really wanted to live somewhere very different and challenge myself. So, I made the move to China. I first lived in Beijing for about a year and a half, then when the opportunity came, I took a transfer to Shanghai and fell in love with it. I have been in Shanghai a…
  • Why Everyone Should Work With Kids At Least Once in Their Life

    Monica
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    I taught my final ESL class last weekend. I’ve been working with the same students for three years and never anticipated telling them I would no longer be their teacher. I’ve watched them grow up. They’ve watched me grow up. I’ve met all of their parents, been invited into their homes, and have celebrated their birthdays. I’ve cooked with them and joked with them. I’ve comforted them and broke up their little kid fights with each other. They know me. I love them and they love me too. While I’ve spent the last couple of weeks thinking of how I would break the news, my successor…
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    The Vision Times » China

  • Have You Played Super-Bad Mario? Hint: It’s Popular in HK Right Now

    Jane Tseng
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    This funny video is called “SUPER CY 689″ after Leung Chun-Ying, Hong Kong’s much unloved Chief Executive. It starts on the screen “CY 689,” one of Leung’s nicknames because he won the 2012 election with the lowest-ever majority: 689 votes out of 1,200. CY bounces past a political rival, and then goes down a hole when he sees protesters holding banners demanding his resignation. But after gaining extra power from the Five Stars of communist China, he goes back up and knocks them down. Then CY jumps up a slope showing his increasing “Against Rate,” slips down…
  • A Former HK Police Commissioner’s View on Chinese Sovereignty (Video)

    David Yang
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    This video is an excerpt from an interview with Lee Ming-kwai, also known as Dick Lee, who was Hong Kong‘s police commissioner from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Lee voiced his concerns over how the so-called “one country-two systems” policy could affect the police force in the future.
  • Seen Slacklining Before? These Guys Will Show You the Ropes (Video)

    Cassie Ryan
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Slacklining is similar to tightrope-walking, but the lines are more bouncy, and there’s no balancing pole. These three daredevils in Zhejiang Province are walking the line over 100 feet above the ground in the mountains of Zhejiang Province.
  • Chinese Government Attempts to Target ‘Naked Officials’ (Video)

    Wei Hu
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    The Chinese Communist Party is trying to track down “naked officials” as part of its so-called anti-corruption campaign. Such cadres send their assets, and wives and children abroad with the intention of themselves leaving China in the future. This video looks at the issue, and how it can be dealt with.
  • 2 Women Barely Escape Death in Freak Car Accident (Shocking Video)

    Cassie Ryan
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    These two pedestrians in China were minding their own business at the start of a crossing when a car flew sideways after being hit by a speeding ambulance. Seems like the car driver wasn’t looking where he was going, and the ambulance driver didn’t have time to swerve. Hopefully the two victims were okay, but at least the ambulance was right there already!
 
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