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China English Teaching Horror Stories

Jun 28, 2017 Comments(44)

Teaching English in China can be a risky venture, especially for inexperienced teachers who might fall victim to the more unscrupulous schools and administrators out there. Here we take a look at several horror stories which should illustrate what can happen when innocent English teachers fall into the wrong hands. ...Read more>>

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Say What? 10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Chinese Person HOT

Jun 14, 2017 Comments(7)

With so many taboos and traditions, social interactions can be a minefield in China. Although many are disappearing with time, there are still some things you just shouldn’t say in this country. Here are just a few: ... Read More>>

Trying to Make Sense of Sexual Harassment in China HOT

May 31, 2017 Comments(9)

Many expat women I know can’t recall ever being sexually harassed in China by a stranger. Some have told me ‘Chinese men wouldn’t dare.’ Yet, a recent string of reports of sexual harassment on metro systems suggests that some men here do in fact ‘dare ...... Read More>>

All the Single Ladies! Why Does China’s “Leftover Women” Phenomenon Exist? HOT

May 23, 2017 Comments(23)

China’s notorious “leftover women” are the lucky ladies who’ve reached the age of 27, but have not yet married. Why are these ladies being set apart? Why don’t men want them? In a land with a male dominated gender imbalance, how can this be happening? ...... Read More>>

What’s in a Name? Foreigners in China with a Chinese Name HOT

May 17, 2017 Comments(13)

Our names are the stamps of our identity, especially for the Chinese. So why is it that many Chinese themselves – especially those who immigrate – find the need to re-name themselves? Here, one British writer of Chinese descent recounts her experiences of ...... Read More>>

Same Name, Different Game: 5 Ugly Facets of the Chinese Workplace HOT

Apr 26, 2017 Comments(38)

It doesn't take sharp observational skills to notice that China is a very, very different place from whence you came. It doesn't matter where you're from – I happen to come from America, and so use this as a baseline for my own experience – China is ...... Read More>>

Overcoming Adversity: 5 of the Most Common Fears of China Expats HOT

Apr 20, 2017 Comments(21)

Living in a place like China that has a very different culture, language and ideology can definitely make the average person shake in their boots. Here are some useful tips I picked up over the last five years to help you integrate and conquer your biggest ...... Read More>>

The Residue of Design: 8 Symbols of Luck and Good Fortune in China HOT

Apr 04, 2017 Comments(4)

Chinese culture certainly has no shortage of symbols of luck and good fortune, many of them stemming from wordplay or riddles. These symbols are easily seen in everyday life, but sometimes their meaning is not easily discernible. Here we take a look at ...... Read More>>

Language Wars: English-Speaking Chinese Person Meets Mandarin-Speaking Foreigner HOT

Mar 20, 2017 Comments(27)

There exists a so called ‘language war’ in which a Westerner is keen to display his or her hard-to-gain Mandarin skills while the Chinese person is every bit as enthusiastic about speaking English to them. So, what tactics can you use to achieve your goal?... Read More>>

10 Inauthentic “Chinese” Dishes and What Chinese Think of Them HOT

Feb 28, 2017 Comments(8)

As foreigners, Chinese food from our home countries is rarely authentic. Here a Chinese person discusses some of the “Chinese” food they find the strangest. ... Read More>>

5 Fascinating Chinese Customs and Traditions That Will Blow Your Mind HOT

Feb 08, 2017 Comments(4)

In China, tradition is everywhere you look. Many of these traditions have spanned centuries, some even thousands of years, and are deeply rooted in Chinese culture. Some traditions are unremarkable, others however are mind blowing. ... Read More>>

Five Events in Chinese History (That Every Laowai Should Know About) HOT

Jan 05, 2017 Comments(48)

Chinese people are rightfully proud of their long and intriguing history. We’ve picked out five of the most important and interesting events to help out the clueless foreigner should the conversation at the dinner table suddenly shift to history. ... Read More>>

Dealing with Negative Stereotypes of Cross-Cultural Dating HOT

Dec 26, 2016 Comments(175)

Bowie, Iggy or Bo-ggy combo ran the boozy argument. My friends and I were debating who penned the track 'China Girl'. A quick internet search later and we were none the clearer. The mysterious algorithms and search bots, which are supposed to know our wants ...... Read More>>

The World’s Most Interesting Chinatowns Outside of Asia HOT

Dec 07, 2016

The Chinese can be found at just about any corner of the planet, and wherever they go their culture is preserved through that most essential of ingredients to any cosmopolitan city. The Chinatown. ... Read More>>

China’s Top 5 Lower Tier Cities For Expats to Live HOT

Nov 29, 2016 Comments(3)

Life in the big city is exhausting and expensive at times, but never fear. We’ve prepared a list of some of the best lower tier cities to live so that you know where to head when its time to uproot. ... Read More>>

Beijing’s Havens from the Modern World: Life in the Hutongs HOT

Nov 23, 2016 Comments(2)

Beijing’s hutongs have been a staple of the city’s culture for centuries. Their distinctive architectural style and contrast to the bustling city around them have endeared them to tourists and residents alike, but are they for everybody? ... Read More>>

A More Western China? 4 Areas Where the West Has Impacted China HOT

Nov 14, 2016 Comments(13)

One can hardly sum up the influence of the West on China in just a few words, but we certainly can’t deny that a role has been played. The following list covers some key ways in which foreign influence can be seen in modern-day China. ... Read More>>

Confucius in the West HOT

Oct 17, 2016 Comments(4)

Regarded by many as the father of Chinese culture, Confucius’ influence has spread far outside of his homeland and holds an importance place in Western thought. ... Read More>>

Foreigner Vs Chinese Tradition: Relationship Roles in a Chinese Family HOT

Oct 11, 2016 Comments(48)

In China, family roles are still relatively traditional. While it is common for both men and women to work outside the home, when it comes to breadwinning, housework, and childrearing, China tends to fall in line with long standing gender roles. The man ...... Read More>>

Vying for Control – 5 Common “Chinese Girlfriend Problems” HOT

Sep 22, 2016 Comments(65)

So, you're in trouble with your girlfriend again. Odds are, if you've been in a relationship with a Chinese girl, you've said or done something at least once that had you suddenly apologizing profusely, with your best Chinese, to a locked door, a stone ...... Read More>>

When to Hold Your Tongue: The Importance of Respecting “Face” HOT

Sep 20, 2016 Comments(24)

If you want to get along with Chinese locals, the #1 rule is never cause anyone to “lose face” by pointing out their mistakes. Even if you do it by accident, it will be an infraction not likely to be forgiven. ... Read More>>

What’s Up with Chinese Food in the United States? A Chinese Perspective HOT

Sep 07, 2016 Comments(9)

What do Chinese think of Chinese food in the United States? Most Chinese people would not recognize any of the dishes found at a Panda Express or a local American Chinese restaurant. ... Read More>>

The Path Less Trodden: 8 Alternative Reasons People Visit China HOT

Sep 05, 2016 Comments(5)

According to the words of Mao’s Little Red Book, true manhood can only be attained by taking a trip to the Great Wall of China. But what if you decide that you want to stray from the places every other tourist has been? ... Read More>>

Extramarital Affairs in China: The Key to a Modern Marriage? HOT

Aug 24, 2016 Comments(23)

In the recent past, having a mistress, or ‘xiaosan’ as they’re called in Chinese, has been a popular trend among men who take part in affairs outside of their marriage. Is it the pursuit of love or just mindless sex? ... Read More>>

5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China You Must Visit HOT

Aug 22, 2016 Comments(8)

China has a total of 47 UNESCO World heritage sites but hectic schedules and other obligations means that often we don’t get to see past the side of China lined by concrete and steel bars. Here are five you absolutely must visit. ... Read More>>

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