March 07, 2012

Chinese Government 101: China’s National People’s Congress and Standing Committee

{Source from below from my Pinterest} With March 5th marking the last meeting of the National People’s Congress (“NPC”) before the decade transition in Presidential leadership, it’s a timely topic to start off the Chinese Government 101 series. Here are the basics on the NPC: The first session of the NPC began in 1954, five years […]

March 05, 2012

New Series: Chinese Government 101

There are so many aspects of Chinese life that I love, but one of my favorites is conversations with cab drivers.  Not only is it the tried-and-true way to practice Mandarin, it’s also a view into the Chinese mindset.  Particularly when it comes to politics, Chinese cabbies don’t pull punches – and they usually know […]

February 20, 2012

Burger Wars, China Edition: In-N-Out v. Cali-Burger

{Source: via Courtney on Pinterest} China’s piracy of Western goods is hardly a new story – unfortunately,  probably the most well-known fact about China is that the country is replete with fake designer brands for cheap. From my first trip to China to my most recent, the quality of the copies has skyrocketed. Previously […]

February 13, 2012

Reading Between the Newspaper Lines on Xi Jinping US visit

{Xi Jinping hosts US Vice President Joe Biden in 2011 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Source: via Courtney on Pinterest} As reported in several major US media outlets, PRC Vice President Xi Jinping, the “heir apparent” to current PRC President Hu Jintao, will be visiting the US this week. Once elected later this year, Xi will […]

February 01, 2012

Chinaful News : NYT “To Understand China, Look Behind Its Laws”

{Patriotic red star sculptures in Wudaokou District, Beijing} Without a firm understanding of each society’s culture and history, discussions of fundamental rights tend to slide toward harsh and automatic conclusions on each side. But when we talk honestly about fundamental concepts like property, punishment of crime and ethnic diversity — in light of their cultural […]