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Chinese college students in the early 1980s. (Image: Susan Ruel)

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 been known as China’s most Westernized city. Yet, during this…

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…

In the book Zizhi Tongjian, there is a remarkable account of Emperor Taizong and his 'death agreement' with 390 death-row prisoners. (Image: meesh via flickr  CC BY 2.0 )

The Emperor and the Death Row Promise

Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty was one of the wisest and greatest emperors in Chinese history. The reign of Taizong (626-649), also known as the “era of good government of Zhenguan,” has earned the admiration of generations of Chinese…

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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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The Emperor and the Death Row Promise

Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty was one of the wisest and greatest emperors in Chinese history. The reign of Taizong (626-649), also known as the “era of good government…

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Here’s Why You Should Hold Off Buying Gold

The massive sell-off in gold has crashed the price of the yellow metal. And given the economic uncertainty triggered by the CCP coronavirus outbreak, some investors believe that buying gold…

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Has a Chinese EV Startup Beaten Tesla?

Xpeng, a Chinese EV startup, is expected to launch its battery-powered P7 car this year. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) recently rated the vehicle with a range…

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Traditional Chinese Culture Symbolism: The Phoenix

The phoenix is probably the most iconic mythical bird in human history. Multiple cultures, from the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, and Arabs, revered the bird. In traditional Chinese culture, the…