Opinion Posts

Offshore bank accounts in China

| July 17th, 2014
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Offshore bank accounts in China provide you with a number of different benefits. Nowadays, more and more people are beginning to realize that opening offshore bank accounts in China is becoming a more and more viable option. People are becoming more aware of how the government siphons their money off from their bank accounts. Don’t pay your money, and the government will take it from you! And now, the new generation has become more receptive to this problem. That is [...]Read more…

China auto sales steadily rising

| April 28th, 2014
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Vehicle sales in China may increase by 10 percent this year. General Motors, the second-largest automaker in China, is planning to launch 19 new vehicles, as the company looks to use profit from North America to offset costs overseas.

China had a strong 2013 with growth in automobile sales. Despite an economic decline, people continued to buy more cars. The consumption of steel also went up. Since steel is one of the most critical contributions for automobile manufacturing, demand for [...]Read more…

Ignore the Asians: Bloggers laugh off #CancelColbert Twitter campaign

| April 3rd, 2014
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It seemed like any other day in the world of Twitter. A comedian made a racially tinged joke that offended someone, and they responded with a campaign for the comedian’s firing.

#CancelColbert may have been stupid. But it was no stupider than any other Twitter campaign.

But this one ended somewhat differently. Instead of advertisers jumping ship and the comedian issuing a half-hearted apology, the responses were mostly to dismiss the Korean-American activist Suey Park and her campaign to “#CancelColbert.” Stupid Asians [...]Read more…

Expats: It’s your own fault if you don’t integrate

| March 6th, 2014
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“Why do so many foreigners still insist upon living in a land where, at this point in history, integration is impossible?” Kevin McGeary writes in a post at The Nanfang.

A common sight in Chinese bars.

I am reading his post while I sit in a coffee shop after getting back from seeing the plum blossoms at Zijin Mountain with two Chinese college students I met yesterday at Xuanwu Lake (see post: Plum Blossom Festival photos). I met the two students [...]Read more…

Gun control works in China

| March 4th, 2014
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In the wake of a massive knife attack at the Kunming Railway Station, Chinese netizens have praised China’s gun control measures on Weibo.

“The only thing I can rejoice in is China’s gun ban,” International Business Times quotes one user. “It is difficult to imagine the amount of innocent lives that could have been taken otherwise.”

American gun rights supporters, on the other hand, have mocked the attack as an example of the failure of gun control. “Another win for gun control,” [...]Read more…

The 3 worst attacks on foreign journalists in China in 2013

| February 23rd, 2014
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Being a foreign correspondent in China is tough.

In 2013, the Foreign Correspondents Club of China reported five major attacks against foreign journalists in the Middle Kingdom. Tibet, Xinjiang and social issues such as the HIV blood harvesting scandal, government dissidents or the Falun Gong movement are the most sensitive topics, according to the FCCC, although recently reportage on land disputes has been sensitive as well.

After analyzing the organization’s 2013 incident reports, below are the three worst things that [...]Read more…

Spring Festival fireworks celebrations should continue

| February 2nd, 2014
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Lantern Festival 2011 was the day I arrived in China for the first time. I was dazzled that night, by the fireworks and firecrackers exploding in every alleyway as I walked down the streets of Nanjing, a study abroad student fresh off the plane.

So it is with disappointment that I read that Shanghai and other cities might ban the use of fireworks this Spring Festival if the air quality is too poor.

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#ChinaEd a Global Education Hot Spot

| June 17th, 2013
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In the past decade, China has been the driver of international student growth for much of the world. The most popular destination for Chinese students has been the United States. The US is, in fact, the leading destination for all foreign student intake worldwide.

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Has China exaggerated the “Leftover Women” problem?

| June 13th, 2013
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“My uncle tells me I’m the ‘monkey king of leftover women’,” confided Ms. Ma. An attractive technology manager with chunky turquoise jewelry, a pixie haircut, and an American graduate degree, Ms. Ma was chatting with me about dating in one of Shenzhen’s juice bars. “It’s a way of saying that I’m super-extra leftover,” she qualified with a chuckle. The ‘Monkey King’ is a superhuman monk-character in a legendary in Chinese fable, but the expression can also mean the “top” or [...]Read more…

China’s "Naked Marriage" prove not all brides demand premarital payout

| May 17th, 2013
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Popular Chinese TV series ‘Naked Wedding’ (literally ‘Naked Marriage Era’) explores the rising ‘naked marriage’ trend in China.

Media stories about Chinese marriage trends read like an endless refrain on the subject of materialism. In last few years, reports by NPR, the Telegraph, the National, and the New York Times have focused on the enormous financial transactions that precede the nuptials of China’s younger, materialistic generation and keep its poor men single. Tales of staggering dowries and “bride prices” depict couples [...]Read more…

Absurd racism claim and attacks on Chinese culture

| February 21st, 2013
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This year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit was photographed internationally in eight locals and included local flavor of each local. As such, it has been accused of racism by some notable bloggers, and the story has spread into mainstream media outlets.

The claims of racism go to such absurd lengths as to actually denigrate minority culture in China. Jessica Gomes was photographed standing with some members of a minority ethnic group in Guilin wearing traditional attire. Anne V was photographed on a raft [...]Read more…

Can China Create a “Small Government, Big Society”?

| February 3rd, 2013
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The ushering in of China’s new President Xi Jinping later this year has caused a lot of discussion about what the future holds for China’s economic and political system. A string of recent issues have highlighted problems caused by corruption, rising inequity between cities and countryside, distrust of the government, and questions about how long 8-10% growth rates can continue. In 2011, in Wukan, Guangdong province, citizens revolted, kicking the local government out of town, over a disputed land deal. [...]Read more…

Signs of corruption in Macau casinos

| December 14th, 2012
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In recent years casino tourism in Macau has exceeded that of every other area of the world, including famous Las Vegas, NV. In 2011, Macau pulled in five times the revenue of Vegas after collecting $33.5 Billion in revenue. Macau is now considered to be the new gambling Mecca of the globe, a title that Las Vegas held for decades. Unfortunately, Macau’s new status does come at a price as the seeds of corruption have begun to creep up in [...]Read more…

My American journey

| December 13th, 2012
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When I was seven years old, my first impression of America was that it was a “Country of Chocolate.” The reason for that was that I was given an American Chocolate by one of my aunt’s friends who had just returned to China from the U.S. While the adults were talking about the country with such a strong interest, for me, the chocolate represented everything in the world. When I started the fourth grade, I began to learn [...]Read more…