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“You All Like to Eat This”: Responding to Chinese People Saying You Can’t Eat Chinese Food

By: Hannah Lincoln A Chinese person asking me if I’m used to using chopsticks and eating Chinese food has always been a sure way to tick me off, especially if that conversation is in Chinese. You would figure they would know that if I speak Chinese, I must have been studying at least a few years, and that in those few years, I would have to have eaten to survive. And in the unlikely scenario... 
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Cave Adventure in Guangxi

Cave Adventure in Guangxi
By: Gabriel Nelson “Hey! Hey! Shine your light over here! Look! Look! Shine it here!” The four hyperactive little boys buzz around me like mosquitoes, distracting me as I try to take a pretentious photo of some old personal photographs lying on the cave floor. “Yeah, okay, okay.” I turn my flashlight in the direction they’re demanding, and reveal… Nothing. There’s... 

Career Day

Career Day
By: Xiao Liang Getting up at six in the morning is definitely not something fun or cool. But it was still amazing to see how our center beauties and handsomes dress up nicely in suits when daytime was still yet to come. After sleeping for two hours on the bus, everyone woke up and energetically started talking about this upcoming and mysterious career day. At 11:20am, a group of about 100 center students... 

Changes in our Cafeteria

Changes in our Cafeteria
In the first session of the orientation week in last September, Mr. Zhang Suogeng, deputy director of the cafeteria, informed us that our cafeteria was equipped with first-class sanitary facilities for cleaning utensils, and that the ingredients were guaranteed to be clean and fresh. At first, students and professors liked dining there and praised the dishes. However, as time went by, we grew tired... 

Why Chinese Succession Matters

Why Chinese Succession Matters
By Bernard Geoxavier and Neil K. Shenai Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on CNN’s website on March 14, 2012. It can be found here. It is reprinted here with the authors’ permission. On Wednesday, March 14th, the Chinese Communist Party reaffirmed that Xi Jinping would succeed Hu Jintao as the Party’s General Secretary and seventh President of the People’s Republic... 

Star Signs and Magic Coins: Seeing into the Future in Modern China

Star Signs and Magic Coins: Seeing into the Future in Modern China
On a busy day in Nanjing, the street corners around Jiming Temple are full of self-employed suanmingshi (算命师fortune tellers). Their “eight-character” charts, held down with bits of metal or rocks to protect against gusts of wind, are ready to show one’s entire destiny for just a few kuai. In wintertime, the suanmingshi huddle over their charts, perched on small stools and wrapped...