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In July 2015, an elementary school girl's poem entitled 'Tears' appeared on the Internet. (Image:  chinasmack.com )

A Poor Child’s Sad Poem

In July 2015, an elementary school girl’s poem entitled Tears appeared on the Internet. The author of the poem was Liu Yan (pen name), a fourth-grade Yi girl from the Loving Care Elementary School in Daliangshan, Sichuan, China. In the most…

According to estimates, China uses almost 45 billion pairs of chopsticks a year. (Image:  Michael Johnson  via  wikimedia  CC BY 2.0 )

A Peek Into China’s Culture of Chopsticks

The Chinese never traditionally used forks or knives for eating food. Instead, they have been using chopsticks for centuries. To accommodate the usage of chopsticks, Chinese cuisine has developed dishes that feature small, bite-sized pieces of food. According to estimates, China…

The idiom dé gāo wàng zhòng refers to a person of high morality and prestige. (Image: The Epoch Times)

Chinese Idiom: High Morality

The idiom dé gāo wàng zhòng refers to a person of high morality and prestige. It is often used to praise the elderly, much as we would compliment someone in English by saying: “You’re a saint.” Here is the story…

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A Poor Child’s Sad Poem

In July 2015, an elementary school girl’s poem entitled Tears appeared on the Internet. The author of the poem was Liu Yan (pen name), a fourth-grade Yi girl from the Loving…

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China Takes Steps to Make Preschools Cheap

The Chinese government has issued a notice mandating that kindergartens that are affiliated with urban residential communities should be nonprofit and inexpensive. The notice was issued by the General Office…

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Chinese New Year: A Celebration of Divinity

Following the traditional lunar calendar of East Asia, the Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 5 this year. Its zodiac animal is the Pig and the year’s position in the…

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The Story of China’s Fascination With Rice

In Chinese culture, rice is more than just food. It is an important part of festivities and is held in high regard. The Chinese have been cultivating rice for thousands…

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A Peek Into China’s Culture of Chopsticks

The Chinese never traditionally used forks or knives for eating food. Instead, they have been using chopsticks for centuries. To accommodate the usage of chopsticks, Chinese cuisine has developed dishes…

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Chinese Idiom: High Morality

The idiom dé gāo wàng zhòng refers to a person of high morality and prestige. It is often used to praise the elderly, much as we would compliment someone in…

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How China Can Benefit From Studying Taiwan

In the recent local Taiwan elections, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suffered a big defeat. The people had decided that the DPP was failing to serve Taiwan’s best interests.…

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The Battle of the Hutong Kid

Hua Xinmin, who is half French and half Chinese, was born and raised in a hutong in Beijing that dates back to the Yuan Dynasty, making her an authentic “Hutong…

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The Magnanimous Emperor Taizong

In the 7th century A.D., China’s Sui Dynasty collapsed. Wasteful policies and civil war devastated the country and its people.

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A Shocking 50 Million Empty Homes in China

The fact that China has a large number of unoccupied homes has been an open secret in trading circles. A yet-to-be-published report suggests that almost 50 million homes, or roughly…