Why are so Many Hongkongers Moving to Taiwan?

By Nick Westra / 1 October 2017 / SCMP

The cha chaan teng (tea cafes) started by Michael Lee in 1999 could be carbon copies of those that punctuate street corners in North Point and Mong Kok. Staple foods like century egg and pork congee, pan-fried radish cakes and French toast with thick slabs of butter are dished out around the clock to customers in Art Deco seating areas adorned with posters dripping with nostalgia for Hong Kong, the city after which the chain is named. But one thing is out of place: the cafes are 800km away, in Taipei. Continue reading “Why are so Many Hongkongers Moving to Taiwan?”

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China issues textbooks educating children about the country’s ‘legitimate sovereignty’ of Tibet and the South China

By SOPHIE WILLIAMS FOR MAILONLINE / 30 August 2017

China is introducing new textbooks into its elementary and middle schools next month that it hopes will help make children aware of ‘national sovereignty.’

These new textbooks will cover three main subjects including Chinese language, history along with moral and legal education.  Continue reading “China issues textbooks educating children about the country’s ‘legitimate sovereignty’ of Tibet and the South China”

Historical records of Nanjing Massacre exhibited in Japan

(People’s Daily Online)  July 17, 2017

An exhibition on the Nanjing Massacre opened in Hiroshima, Japan, on July 15, Nanjing Daily reported. It’s the first such exhibition in the city in 20 years. Fifty displays consisting of more than 200 photos show the various atrocities that Japanese invaders committed in China, especially in Nanjing. Continue reading “Historical records of Nanjing Massacre exhibited in Japan”

China’s Astounding Religious Revival

by Roderick MacFarquhar / June 8, 2017 / ChinaFile

If there were just one Chinese in the world, he could be the lonely sage contemplating life and nature whom we come across on the misty mountains of Chinese scrolls. If there were two Chinese in the world, a man and a woman, lo, the family system is born. And if there were three Chinese, they would form a tight-knit, hierarchically organized bureaucracy. Continue reading “China’s Astounding Religious Revival”

Studying in China? Law, culture, language classes are now compulsory

by Nectar Gan/ June 6, 2017 / SCMP

Foreign students pursuing higher education diplomas in China will have to take compulsory courses in Chinese and about the country’s general conditions and culture starting from next month, the government announced on Monday. Continue reading “Studying in China? Law, culture, language classes are now compulsory”

Traveling With Chinese Characteristics

05·16·2017/ by Hatty Liu/ The World of Chinese

Founder and CEO Liu Shaojun of China’s boutique hotel chain, The Emperor, says he got into the hospitality business by accident. While looking at a rental property for a business incubator he was intending to develop, he came across a building belonging to Tsinghua University just outside the eastern wall of the Forbidden City. “As soon as I saw that view across the rooflines of the palace, I knew,” he said, and the rest, is history; quite literally. Continue reading “Traveling With Chinese Characteristics”

How well-off is China’s middle class?

by Chinapower/csis.org

Over the past several decades, China’s economic development has lifted hundreds of millions of Chinese out of poverty and resulted in a burgeoning middle class. Middle class households typically have enough income to satisfy their primary needs – food, clothing, and shelter – with some disposable income left over for additional desired consumption and savings. In 2002, China’s middle class was only four percent of its population. A decade later this number had climbed to 31 percent, constituting over 420 million people. China’s growing middle class presents an array of new economic opportunities, but also poses significant political and demographic challenges. Continue reading “How well-off is China’s middle class?”

Cyberpunk is alive and well in China

by  Jose Bernardo Reyes Facio/ March 31, 2017/ The World Of Chinese

Cyberpunk– a science fiction genre that tends to be defined by high-tech-low-life urban dystopia—is usually set in the not-too-distant future: think The Matrix, ExistenZ or the forthcoming Bladerunner 2049.  But the mainland release of Ghost in the Shell on April 7—a film based on a 1989 anime series originally inspired in the landscapes of Hong Kong—has placed the focus back on the Chinese cities of today, rather than the Japanese cities of Bladerunner’s tomorrow. Continue reading “Cyberpunk is alive and well in China”