Author Profile: Eva Romero
I am amazed at my lack of common sense.
“Don’t forget to keep a travel diary,” they told me. I remember whipping out my little Associated Press notebook I snagged from a career fair last April and jotting down some thoughts upon landing in the Beijing airport nearly a month ago, but I never kept up with it. Why not?
To my credit, this past month has been one of the busiest experiences of my life. When I wasn’t attempting to actually get to know the city I was visiting through museum …
When Professor Gao Yanming began teaching at Fudan University’s School of Public Health 10 years ago, the idea of teaching a course with the word “homosexual” in the title was unthinkable. Today, however, Gao teaches “Homosexual Health and Social Science”– the first gay-related course to be offered at a Chinese university.
The reason for this dramatic turnaround is difficult to pinpoint, but people familiar with gay and lesbian issues in China – gay and straight, locals and foreigners – voice the opinion that the West’s increasing openness about LGBT people and culture has had an impact.
“You can’t deny that Western culture, which is always pushing the bar, has something to do with it,” said Chris Xu, a gay Shanghai man. “I doubt being gay in China would be any more accepted if America [had] made no progress for tolerance in the past couple of decades.” Ironically, homosexuality in China is celebrated in the country’s ancient art. . . .
Where did the semester go?
It feels like just yesterday our “China on the Move” group met in the CMA to discuss our assigned readings from “China: The Balance Sheet” and nervously (as least for me) recite last weeks’ happenings for News of the Day. For weeks we completed special assignment relevant to being a foreign correspondent in China, meanwhile further educating ourselves on China’s emerging position in the world. Now, the much-anticipated departure to China will be taking place in just over a month, and I’ve got a lot of …
“You are supposed to help me because we are both Chinese,” an angry shopkeeper told Xia Wengian, a local man helping a visiting American student bargain for a piece of jewelry. The seller’s tone and facial expression made it clear that she felt Xia was interfering with her business.
Aside from its concentrated minority population, Xi’an’s vibrant Muslim Quarter is a tourist district where store and stall owners are known for their ferocious haggling techniques. On any given day. . . .
“Do they really eat dog over there?” is a question many friends and family have asked me about China.
I wanted to find out for myself as well, since, according published reports, hosting last year’s Summer Olympics led authorities to mandate that 112 Beijing restaurants remove dog meat from their menus. Now a year later, I discovered that the consumption of dog meat is not as popular as stereotypes would have led me to believe. In fact, Beijingers have become enthusiastic dog owners. Ordinary citizens walk their toy poodles. . . .
For Chinese families, June 1, International Children’s Day, is normally one of the happiest days on the calendar, something like Christmas and Fourth of July rolled into one.
This year, a reporter visiting Beijing’s scenic Houhai Lake district found herself in the midst of a typically festive scene, with student volunteers wearing the bright red neck scarves, a traditional symbol of childhood, and parents on their way to neighborhood toy stores to buy presents for their children.
She stopped to chat with a young couple, Mr. and Mrs. Ging, who happened to be delivering their three-year-old son to a public dance performance. That may explain why he was wearing bright red lipstick and pink blush on his cheeks, and was dressed in an elaborate multicolored dragon costume.
“We are so proud,” said Mr. Ging.”This is our first year participating, but our family hopes to continue this tradition until [our son] is no longer a child.”