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... 
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... 
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... 
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Getting to Know You There is no “right” way to get to know a city. A tourist will often spend time visiting popular attractions, eating at the most well-known restaurants, and walking the most commercial streets. Although this method will give you a glimpse into the area’s history and highlights of a culture’s... 
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While SAIS D.C. has the SGA (Student Government Association), HNC has what is called the Banwei (班委) or “student committee.” The Banwei is comprised of four student representatives (one male and one female representative each on the Chinese and international sides) that act as bridges between the student... 
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Ma La Tang: It Hurts That Good
As a student at Beijing Foreign Language University (Bei Wai), I avoided Ma La Tang like the plague.  The problem was: that plague looked mighty fun.  For the uninitiated, Ma La Tang is a customer chosen concoction of vegetables, noodles, tofu, meatballs, and whatever else your procurer of Ma La Tang goodies happens...