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”

China’s Female-only Mosques

04·06·2017/  Jose Bernardo Reyes Facio / The World of Chinese

China has a long, nuanced history of Islam, and one of the most surprising outcomes of centuries of cultural exchange and experimentation has been the creation of female-only mosques, led by female imams.

With a dense cluster located in Kaifeng, Henan Province, and over a dozen more scattered throughout the country, these matriarchal mosque stand in stark contrast to the majority of mosques which cater to both genders, but have segregated areas and only male imams. Continue reading “China’s Female-only Mosques”

Show of the Week: Letters Alive

by Sun Jiahui / 03·17·2017 / The World of Chinese

What makes a TV show popular? The answer is probably all-star cast, eye-catching program design, advanced techniques or endless media hype. But if you are tired of those superficial variety shows full of insane games, boring talks, and poor acting, it’s time to flee to Letters Alive, a new cultural TV show based on the British show Letters Live. Continue reading “Show of the Week: Letters Alive”

China’s ‘House of Cards’ hits the TV screen as Xi Jinping whips his cadres

by Nectar Gan / 05 April, 2017 / SCMP

A Chinese government official is caught in bed with a blonde mistresses, a communist cadre who stuffs his apartment with banknotes, and a “deputy state-level” leader who ferociously resists a disciplinary probe were all aired to a billion television viewers last week in China’s answer to House of Cards. Continue reading “China’s ‘House of Cards’ hits the TV screen as Xi Jinping whips his cadres”

When religion and politics mix: the Dalai Lama and India–China relations

5 April 2017 / Author: Jabin T. Jacob, ICS / East Asia Forum

Amid loud protest from Beijing, the Dalai Lama is slated to visit Tawang in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh from 5–7 April. The visit follows a public meeting with the president of India in December 2016 — the first in some 60 years — and a mid-March address at a major Buddhist conference in the state of Bihar, where the Dalai Lama shared the stage with India’s minister of culture. Continue reading “When religion and politics mix: the Dalai Lama and India–China relations”