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Chinese culture is important, as it plays a significant role in defining every aspect of a Chinese individual’s life. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

The Importance of Chinese Culture

Chinese culture is important, as it plays a significant role in defining every aspect of a Chinese individual’s life. This includes the way the individual conducts business, how one treats the family and elders, how responsibilities are distributed in a…

Leftover women — regardless of the derogatory words against them, this group of women is changing China’s culture. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

Not ‘Leftover’ Anymore

Chinese women have had to put up with one of the worst forms of emotional and mental harassment, unfortunately, even at the hands of their own parents. The family and societal pressure on women to get married (at the right…

Dried orchid flowers are used to boost the immune system of the body, fight stress, and improve blood circulation.  (Image: via   pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

The Oriental Blossoms

Hong Kong’s Flower Show in March 2018 opened up to much fanfare and celebration as it honored the joy of blooming flowers. This annual show is always a success as flowers have a great importance to the Chinese people.

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The Origin of the Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival, celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, is one of the oldest and most popular traditional Chinese festivals. This…

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The Beauty of Zhuge Liang’s Ugly Wife

In China, Zhuge Liang’s wisdom and talent as a military strategist are well known. He had a strong build and stood eight feet tall. Needless to say, he easily captured…

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The Importance of Chinese Culture

Chinese culture is important, as it plays a significant role in defining every aspect of a Chinese individual’s life. This includes the way the individual conducts business, how one treats…

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Not ‘Leftover’ Anymore

Chinese women have had to put up with one of the worst forms of emotional and mental harassment, unfortunately, even at the hands of their own parents. The family and…

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The Wonder Businesswomen of China

Women in China are changing the corporate culture — you are more likely to find women in senior management positions in China compared to most developed and developing nations. The…

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The Oriental Blossoms

Hong Kong’s Flower Show in March 2018 opened up to much fanfare and celebration as it honored the joy of blooming flowers. This annual show is always a success as…

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Chinese Student Driven to Suicide by His Advisor

After suffering long-term oppression from his advisor, a 3rd-year graduate student, Tao Chongyuan, from Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in Hubei Province, China, told his mother: “Mom, I can’t stand…

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How to Bargain Like a Native in China

Thirty years of marriage to a Shanghainese-born wife has taught me a few lessons about her culture. One of them is that bargaining in China is a national pastime.

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China’s Very Own Superhero

Amid the serious discussions and debates on China’s political atmosphere, the Bank of China has made a decision to pledge 10 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion) to build a huge conservation park…

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Surviving on Garbage in Hong Kong

A recent photo on the Internet showed a white-haired elderly man riding on the subway in Hong Kong with a heavy-duty public garbage bin. The man, 69-year-old Bo Yuan, lives…

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China Heading Toward the ‘Milky’ Way

China has one of the lowest levels of milk consumption in the world at about 20.3 liters of per capita consumption according to 2016 statistics. In contrast, Ireland has a per capita…

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The Quiet Conqueror: Poet Yan Shu

Some ancient Chinese advisors led vast armies to suppress rebels, while others devised elaborate stratagems to eliminate political rivals. Yet others were like Yan Shu. Born in a peaceful era…

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The Emperor’s Mirror: Wei Zheng

Wei Zheng, one of the most celebrated Chinese officials of the Tang Dynasty, defied his Emperor by slaying a sinful dragon. In his sleep.