Archive for June, 2011
Led by Erwin Sennett Wu, a 28-year-old American from Long Beach, California, the backyard football club represents a small portion of Chinese football fans. The crew meets every Sunday at local parks and universities to run through warm-ups, drills, and scrimmages.
Located in the heart of Shanghai’s French Concession, Jiashan Market is a residential and business community that focuses on fostering an environment that sustains healthy lifestyles. Inspired by the concept of sustainability and an eco-friendly ideology, the people of Jiashan Market are trying to nudge Shanghai—and China—in a greener direction.
The majority of rural Chinese practice traditional folk religion, which incorporates deities, spirits, and ancestor worship. But more and more rural Chinese are converting to Christianity, with its own Chinese characteristics.
The petite drag queen strutted to the middle of the floor in a pin-straight pink wig, a strapless wedding gown and a pair of elbow-length white gloves. She grabbed a microphone and belted out a Chinese pop song in honor of Father’s Day as middle-aged men in the audience catcalled and threw 100 RMB ($15) notes at her.
When a woman wears a Chinese qipao—pronounced “tee-pow”—people notice its distinctive design. A tight-fitting dress that usually falls above the knees or ankles, the close fitted neck and buttons for doing it up along one side of the body make the qipao unique. Although a dress with traditional roots, Chinese women haven’t always been permitted to wear it.
The current draft of a new mental health bill, made available for public viewing and comment on the Legislative Affairs of the State Council website June 10, would ban compulsory mental health screenings and would allow patients diagnosed with mental disorders to be discharged from the hospital at their discretion. Patients with serious diagnoses would require the consent of their doctor or guardian.
Looking at it by the numbers, Tsingtao should be considered a very good beer. In fact, the omnipresent lager is the top-selling native beer in China, which makes it the leading brew of the world’s most highly populated country. Tsingtao also exports bottles to 62 other countries and regions. In a country of 1.4 billion people, that means a lot of mouths that favor the taste of Tsingtao.
Monika Lin has made a name for herself on Moganshan Shanghai art scene with contemporary work that explores the social problems in modern society. Despite government censorship of critical artistic expression, the 33-year-old Chinese-Latino American has lived and worked in China where many of her exhibits have created awareness of gender inequality.
McDonald’s has been a fixture of China’s fast-food scene since 1990. Like many of its competitors, the burger chain has adapted some items to local tastes, like chicken McWings with spicy garlic sauce. But its flagship sandwich, the Big Mac, tastes the same in Beijing as it does in Boston, down to the two meat patties, special sauce and sesame seed bun.
Stacy is not alone. In 2008 China Youth Daily conducted a survey on 900 college students, 83 percent of whom admitted to cheating on exams. Many Chinese students have cheated often without apparent remorse since they regard their action as necessary to get ahead in China’s highly competitive society.