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I’m Sure It’ll be Fine: Street Food and Food Safety Standards in China

Apr 27, 2017 Comments(0)

Street food is more than just a way to fill one’s stomach in China; it is an integral part of the food culture. And despite Chengguan, food scandals and ever tighter restrictions getting in their way, street food vendors continue. The public just can’t say no. Read more>>

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

Apr 26, 2017 Comments(6)

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>>

Charity in China: The Low Down on Street Begging HOT

Apr 25, 2017 Comments(29)

If you live in a Chinese east coast metropolis, with all its Western brand paraphernalia, it's easy to forget that China is still a developing country. In a typical month you're likely to see more chauffeured Rolls Royces than hand tended rice paddies. It ...... Read More>>

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

Apr 20, 2017 Comments(6)

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>>

10 Status Symbols in Modern China HOT

Apr 19, 2017 Comments(10)

Since the opening and reforms of the late 1970s, China’s economy has boomed, leading to a rise in wealth and a burgeoning middle class. With new money comes status symbols, and modern China has plenty. Here are 10 of the most ostentatious and intriguing. ... Read More>>

7 Initiatives to Implement International Student Success

Apr 17, 2017 Comments(3)

Students who study abroad are of a different caliber because they accept new challenges and show great determination in pursuit of higher education.  However, they may not really know what awaits them and related organizations and agencies don’t really ...... Read More>>

Food Fresh: The Fresh Market Experience

Apr 13, 2017

When Chinese people say they like their food fresh, they mean it. Even in this era of rampant consumerism and an almost endless range of fast-food restaurants, I often see locals carrying live chickens and fish still thrashing and flopping in bags. The ...... Read More>>

Happy Endings in China Not Just for Men HOT

Apr 12, 2017 Comments(3)

One comment on my article about intercultural relationships asked the rather loaded question “why don’t you see more foreign women married to Chinese men?” This is a question that gets asked a lot, and there really is no simple answer. It is obvious to ...... Read More>>

Tips for Living Well on a Budget in China

Apr 10, 2017 Comments(9)

I recently read an article by an American expat living in China. It was a good article overall but there was one point I disagreed with: that expats can live a good life in China or save money but they can’t do both. ... Read More>>

8 New Teacher Tips from a TEFL Veteran

Apr 06, 2017 Comments(3)

Do you fall in line following the backward teaching ways given to you to become a “so-so” teacher, or do you make an effort to really learn your craft? If it’s the latter, then here are 8 tips that might come in handy from an American ESL teacher of 13 ...... Read More>>

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

Apr 04, 2017 Comments(2)

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>>

4 Common English Learning Issues in China

Apr 03, 2017 Comments(4)

Language improvement comes down to focusing on two areas: providing an effective lesson and correcting the weakness.  Naturally, teachers will tend to put in more effort to create lessons that strengthen the speaking ability.  But I would argue that they ...... Read More>>

Easy Money: The Daigou Pros of China

Mar 31, 2017 Comments(2)

In the words of Wikipedia, daigou (代购) “is a channel of commerce in which an overseas person purchases commodities… for a customer in mainland China, since prices for luxury goods can be 30 to 40 percent higher in China than abroad.” Daigou literally ...... Read More>>

7 Tips for Surviving the Chinese Workplace HOT

Mar 30, 2017 Comments(43)

So, you’re new to China; new language, new air, new food and especially, new people. On your first day here you might well feel like you’ve landed on a completely different planet. But don’t worry, ...... Read More>>

Made in China 2.0: Innovation not Replication HOT

Mar 27, 2017 Comments(6)

21st century China isn’t necessarily synonymous with fakes anymore. Welcome to the world of Made in China 2.0, a new brand of Chinese innovation, not replication. ... Read More>>

9 Potentially Exasperating / Embarrassing Moments to Avoid in China HOT

Mar 23, 2017 Comments(47)

China, although simply a different country, can often feel like a different planet if you don’t know what to expect. The culture and customs here are often vastly different from those outside (or even inside!) Asia. For the uninitiated, here are nine ...... 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>>

Tips for Drinking Safe, Clean Water in China HOT

Mar 18, 2017 Comments(10)

320 million people are without access to clean water in China, which is not surprising, given the rapid industrialization and urbanization. But what is being done about it? This article will help you to better understand the environment and also offer ...... Read More>>

A Guide to Common Chinese Phrases in the ESL Classroom HOT

Mar 16, 2017 Comments(3)

ESL classrooms should always be English language only, but in the early learning stages, children and adults occasionally rely on their mother tongue as a crutch. Knowing some of the common phrases they use can help teachers correct them. ... Read More>>

Shanghai to Be the Next Silicone Valley? HOT

Mar 08, 2017 Comments(2)

A recent survey by KPMG indicates that Shanghai may be the next Silicon Valley. Could it be true? ... Read More>>

Don’t be that Guy! The 6 Weirdest Laowai in China HOT

Mar 07, 2017 Comments(10)

China is full of all kinds of laowai and some of them are just plain weird. Here is a list of the 6 weirdest types of foreigners in China. ... Read More>>

Office Craziness in China (Part 2) HOT

Mar 04, 2017 Comments(8)

Sarah is back to her old tricks in Part 2 of this teacher’s highly awaited second blog post. Are your colleagues in China this conniving? I hope not! Check on Spongebob’s story about their recent experiences as a TA. ... Read More>>

Brighter Days: Healthy Tips for Polluted Days HOT

Feb 09, 2017 Comments(6)

Living with China’s air pollution and high AQI is tough sometimes, but there are some things expats can do to make things better. ... 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>>

Is There a Growing Wave of Nationalism in China? HOT

Feb 01, 2017 Comments(15)

From harassing Olympians and nationalistic hip hop groups, to boycotting foreign brands and smashing iPhones, recent events may indicate that there is a growing wave of nationalism sweeping through the Middle Kingdom. ... Read More>>

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