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August 25, 2014

Guest Post: An Intern’s Reflections on Shanghai

Welcome today to Beatriz Lopez, an intern with Intuu China! I asked Beatriz to share with Chinaful’s readers the highs and lows of her experience learning to live and work in China. As every traveler to China can attest, China poses many new challenges that stem from the different cultures and languages. But there’s nothing […]


August 04, 2014

Eight Facts to Know About Chinese Characters

{With my friend, a national calligraphy champion, who wrote my Chinese name as a gift} As an attorney serving Chinese clients, I deal with written Chinese a lot. The Chinese written language carries complexities that are very different from English, and affect everything from searching and reviewing documents, to interpreting meaning. Understanding the basics of written […]


July 11, 2014

At-Home Version of “Zhajiangmian” Beijing Noodles

My first week in Beijing, I walked down the street from university to my first plate of Zhajiangmian, :炸酱面, or Beijing noodles–a steaming bowl of noodles topped with cucumber, soybeans, shredded carrots. But the best part was always the slow-cooked pork, cooked until the sauce permeated every piece. No matter how many noodles I ate, I could […]


June 25, 2014

SinoSaying: Nature is Heaven

{Guilin’s famous mountains and water} My SinoSaying is: 桂林山水甲天下 (Guìlín shānshuǐ jiǎ tiānxià) Translated, this means: “Guilin mountains and water are heaven.” I first learned this saying: When I visited Guilin for myself. The mountains are so curious, rounded at the top. Guilin is a pilgramage for the Chinese to see one of the most beautiful places […]


June 16, 2014

Chinaful + LEAP: Introducing China to Kids

Growing up, I learned very little about China in school. Sure, we were introduced to Asia in history class,  tasting Chinese food and seeing pictures of the Great Wall. But very little was taught about Ancient Chinese dynasties or the Communist rise. We didn’t hear about Mahjong, learn Chinese characters or study feng shui. While […]


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