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According to the 2010 National Population Census of China, 19.3 percent of the world’s population are Chinese citizens. The relationship between the U.S. and China has become increasingly important. So what do China’s approximately 1.4 billion people think about the U.S. and Americans?
In the bike parking lot of Zhang Shan Park Subway Station in Shanghai, the electronic bikes outnumber the regular bikes. There are dozens of them, ranging from brand new and fashionable Giant bikes to old, rusted bikes. No matter their condition, they are a growing trend in China’s changing bike culture.
When recently approached by a Western visitor, high school graduate Xie Jing said, “This is my first time talking to a foreigner, so I am nervous.” Xie, who lives in Xiejiaqiao, a rural village near Hangzhou, isn’t alone. Although Xiejiaqiao is a small village, even students in cities like Beijing don’t practice English enough.
The poetry of Walt Whitman has lasted more than 150 years. The poetry of Shakespeare more than 400. Both are outdone by the Chinese poet Qu Yuan, who wrote more than 2,000 years ago and is still remembered in China where a major national holiday, the Dragon Boat Festival, is held annually in his honor.
For the past three years, Zhou Lu Ying has spent many of her weekends playing games with children and talking with the elderly in her sprawling hometown of Beijing. Ying started volunteering at the Beijing Zhuren Social Work Agency in the Dongcheng District while she studied at Beijing Politics Youth College.
For the past three months, Zhou Yu, a middle-school English teacher in Beijing’s Tong Zhou district, has been trying to get her hands on a license plate for her first car. As recently as last year, all a prospective car owner had to do was to file a stack of paperwork at the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport.
Taking a test that can determine your collegiate future is never easy, but at least students in the United States can take a few extra shots if they flub their first go. Not so in China, where the annual National College Entrance Exam of China is an all-or-nothing two-day assessment that can determine a students fate.
On a quiet Thursday morning in early June, Guo Jing and Li Xiu Lan sit on small chairs outside their homes in Lian Zi Ku Hutong. Retired, they now spend their days as neighborhood public security volunteers. The community guard system, known informally today as the “Granny Patrol,” was formed in 1949.
Call of Duty: Black Ops set a one-day sales record of $360 million in the United States, and today has sold more than 13.7 million copies there. But if you’re in Beijing, you can buy a bootlegged copy for just 9 RMB ($1.38).
Although the Chinese government removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 2001, advertisements that claim to cure homosexuality through therapy can still be found.