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Alice is an American grew up in Taiwan. Now she is working on her master degree in Journalism in UTAustin.
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After: You’re not a fish, how do you know fish are happy?

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[29 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Finally, this trip is going to end. Before coming to China, I was totally prejudiced. I was paranoid about food safety, for example – and I did get sick on the fourth day of the trip, but I was fine for the rest of the time. I was worried about meeting the nationalistic people. Well, they really are nationalistic. But I didn’t have serious argument with any of them. China is not as scary as I imagined, but now it seems more exotic to me than before.
During our month-long tour, …

A private school in Shanghai: New forms of education for a new China

A private school in Shanghai: New forms of education for a new China

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[26 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

“The needs of the public have diversified,” said principal Yang Yishang of the New Century Private School in Shanghai. “Private schools offer better education for parents who can afford it.”

New Century, founded in 1992, is the city’s first private school, offering instruction in grades one to five. As tuition goes, New Century is relatively pricey. Public schools are free to Chinese citizens, but New Century charges 11,000 RMB (1609.60 USD) per year, not including textbooks and extracurricular expenses.

“The quality of service we provide is worth the cost,” Yang said.

Classes are more comprehensive than at public schools. For English education public schools only use one textbook, while New Century includes supplemental audio and conversational materials, said Yu Chunyan, the school’s curriculum administrator.

Before: Heading for China, a place so near and so far

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[23 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

“Are you Chinese?” Ever since I came to the U.S. people kept asking me this question.
In fact, in the past 24 years, I and people in Taiwan, have been asking this question again and again.
Ethnically, are we Chinese? Yes and no. China is such a huge country with different races so it’s hard to say which race is Chinese. Okay, our ancestor came from China so we might be Han. However, some of our ancestor married the native people. Are we still pure Han? Maybe not.
Culturally, are we Chinese? Yes …

Chinese speak brashly and boldly – through their T-shirts

Chinese speak brashly and boldly – through their T-shirts

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[22 Jun 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

In central Beijing, I walked past a guy sporting a T-shirt that said, “If hope is fire, and future is smoke, life is a cycle of smoke following fires; light seven fires and see smoke erupt from eight places.”

I asked the man if his shirt held some philosophical interpretation, but he said: “[It's] just for fun.”

When I asked for his name, he wrote “Fearless” in my notebook. I thought he was kidding, so he gave me his business card. A blogger and freelance T-shirt designer, he actually goes by the nickname Fearless. . . .

The Children’s Palace

The Children’s Palace

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[22 Jun 2009 | One Comment | ]

Youth learning centers allow elementary school-age students to excel in China’s educational sweepstakes.

Beijing gets its groove on

Beijing gets its groove on

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[13 Jun 2009 | One Comment | ]

Zhong Guan Cun Square is the place where Beijingers come to dance, roller-blade, or just people-watch, all to vibrant new urban rhythms. Whether people are working to perfect their moves or simply being adventurous and taking a tumble in stride, they suggest exuberant new lifestyles that were absence in China not all that many years ago. And whether line dancing or boldly ballroom, the citizens of Beijing now makes their picks strictly according to personal preference – and to help reduce the stresses and strains of big city life.

Support your local developer… lose your business

Support your local developer… lose your business

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[5 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

When Luo Lei and his wife signed a five-year lease last year on a small storefront in Beijing’s historic East Town District, they thought they had found the ideal place to fulfill their dream of launching their own line of stuffed animals. They had planned to open branch stores by 2010, followed by a themed restaurant. Now the couple’s big plans have slammed into an immovable object — a new city subway station.
In April, Luo and his fellow business owners discovered that they would be forced to relocate within two months when the local authorities would begin demolishing their neighborhood to accommodate the new facility. The shopkeepers will have to start over in a new area, losing the time and money invested in their local clientele. None of them received individual notices – the news was announced through flyers posted in the neighborhood. . . .