China Insights

The irony of friendship is that we often only miss it when we are separated. (Image: Susan Ruel)

Deep Impressions (Chapter 4)

Deep Impressions, from the novel The Shanghai Friendship Store (Chapter 4), introduces some Chinese college students (circa 1982) who exemplify their nation’s next generation of scholars. From the Beijing collegians who launched the historic May 4th Movement of 1919 to…

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Friends All Over the World (Chapter 5)

Friends All Over the World, from Susan Ruel’s novel Shanghai Friendship Store, portrays the claustrophobic social lives of a small, insular “foreign expert“ community in the 1980s. Shanghai had long…

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Deep Impressions (Chapter 4)

Deep Impressions, from the novel The Shanghai Friendship Store (Chapter 4), introduces some Chinese college students (circa 1982) who exemplify their nation’s next generation of scholars. From the Beijing collegians…

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Chinese Gardens Inspired by Beautiful Teachings

In China, the philosophies of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism have dominated imperial and public life for thousands of years. With a focus on a simplistic, moral life, these ideals have…