10 Things to Keep in Mind as You Learn Chinese

| May 31st, 2015

There are a lot of different ways to learn Mandarin Chinese, but whatever method you choose, it doesn’t have to be all that hard, provided you’re willing to work at it.

Forget all of the doubts that may have come up the first time you heard the language spoken and saw the written characters.  Many people have learned Mandarin Chinese as a second or third (or more!) language, you can too.  Just keep these 10 things in mind […]Read more…

Amazon VS. Alibaba: The showdown

| August 28th, 2014

From SmartIntern:

With China’s Alibaba on the verge of what will likely be the biggest IPO in history, we decided to compare some of their numbers with American E-commerce giant Amazon. Following are the surprising results (hint: Alibaba is MUCH more impressive than you think)…

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#ChinaEd a Global Education Hot Spot

| June 17th, 2013

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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"Fairness" and the gaokao: the invalid argument against reform

| April 19th, 2013

Almost all Chinese students agree: The Chinese education system isn’t conducive to enhancing students’ creative skills that are necessary to create dynamic economy.

The reason is because the education system is too focused on memorization and test taking. The most important of those tests is the gaokao, the one and only factor determining where students will attend college. After years of memorizing answers to pass tests, students are not well prepared when they get a job with a multinational company and […]Read more…

My American journey

| December 13th, 2012

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…

Colleges and professions most loved by opposite sex in China

| February 12th, 2012

From life.ce.cn:

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Which university do you wish your other half graduated from? What profession do you want him or her to have? Recently, media in China released rankings of colleges graduated from and professions singles took which are most loved by the opposite sex. This ranking is provided by China’s popular dating site zhenai.com, based on the number of times asked on a date by the opposite sex out of their 35 million members. The most popular men graduated from […]Read more…

I fought for 18 years to have a cup of coffee with you

| October 25th, 2011

Reports on Rural China from Shanghai by Maizi (麦子) – a popular read on the Chinese Internet.  Translated by Cathy

Cathy is a recent college graduate who tweets here. If you’d like something translated on ChinaHush or offer her a job, you can reach her at xiaosongbird[at]gmail.[dot]com

Here’s a question I pose for my white collar friends: what if I never graduated from middle school, and had become a migrant worker? Would you sit down for a cup of coffee with me […]Read more…

Man lies to parents about studying in UK for 6 years, spends 6 million

| October 21st, 2011

Beijing Morning post reported (via Netease): a man has been living in Beijing for long time, but his parents far away in Jiangsu Province thought he was studying at Oxford University. For 6 years, parents sent him over 6 million yuan. But now, he spent all 6 million yuan and also owed another 400,000 yuan to the loan sharks. Parents finally found out the truth, he had nothing to say but to threaten to commit suicide. Yesterday, he finally gave […]Read more…

Grandson of Mao Zedong and his handwriting

| September 21st, 2011

From Xinhua:

Mao Xinyu, grandson of China’s founding father Mao Zedong,. In 2010, His promotion to the rank of major general in the army his grandfather co-founded eight decades ago has put him under the spotlight of the Chinese public. Many people questioned his qualification of the promotion and decried it was a promotion of nepotism and "Promotions and government appointments should depend on a person’s ability, not their name, even if that name is Mao."

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Hacker gets laughed at for his poor English in an attack at a foreign language university

| September 4th, 2011

From QQ:

Grammar and spelling errors in the pop-up window of the hack attack pointed out by the hack attack victims

On the first day of the new semester in Guangdong University of Foreign Studies(GDUFS), the school’s campus network experienced a hack attack. "My computer was running when suddenly it shut down." One student said. The same thing happed to all his roommates. When they restarted the computer, a window popped up, assuring the students that the hacker is not destroying […]Read more…

Law professor claims all Chinese girls studying in France are debauched

| August 27th, 2011

From IFeng:

Controversial video clip attracts attention

On 23rd August, microblogger "巴黎观察" (Paris Observe) posted an video in which, associated professor Zhang Haixia in Ministry of Justice claimed that "All the mainland girls who study in France come back as losers and become like "Super Pan Jinlian".

Pan Jinlian is a famous literary figure in Shi Nai’an’s Water Margins (Outlaws of Marsh) one of the 4 best known novels in ancient China.

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Peking University plays favorites with foreign students

| August 23rd, 2011

From 21cn:

A post on the Renren.com (a popular student social network in China) by an American student under the Chinese name Guo Jiaxin exposed the difference between Chinese students’ dormitory condition and the foreign students’ in Peking university, China’s top-notch university and bringing the issues under the spotlight.

A Japanese student in her dormitory – Zhong-guan-xin-yuan in Peking University

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Girl from Tsinghua University showing off on a train, claiming BMW sent by an official is waiting for her

| August 3rd, 2011

From iFeng | Translated by Jenny Jiang

“I’m heading for Wuhan, where a BMW sent by an official is waiting for me.” A girl from Tsinghua University was honored as “Sister school show off” (炫校姐) because she was ostentatious telling her Tsinghua story to other passengers on the train. The message that the commentary editor of Shanghai Securities News Shi Hanbing wrote on his micro blog yesterday sparked heated discussions.

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You are not qualified to be my student if you can’t afford an iPad

| July 21st, 2011

From Eastday:

A teacher from Shanghai Maritime University became famous because of a piece of Weibo (micro-blog) he wrote “go buy an iPad during the summer break. If you don’t have money, just earn it by yourself. If you can’t get 4000 yuan in two months, it means you are not suitable to be majoring in finance, neither to be my student.” These controversial words spread widely through the internet. (He later deleted this post on his Weibo and even changed […]Read more…