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China’s So-Called “Middle Class”

China’s So-Called “Middle Class”

What is China’s definition of middle class? Here are profiles of 3 “middle-class” personas in China. What is their lifestyle? What do they worry about?

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Cultural Differences: Living In China Vs. Living In The US

Cultural Differences: Living In China Vs. Living In The US

Cultural differences in the eyes of a Chinese living in the United States. Stuff that seem trivial may actually hold meanings to another culture.

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Modernization Has Made Going Home For Holidays A Luxury

Modernization Has Made Going Home For Holidays A Luxury

Especially for this season’s Mid-Autumn Festival, should you go home for the holidays? Today’s generation does not think so. There are 2 ways of looking at it–being practical and/or just not placing much significance in the cultural background of the holiday.

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Shanghai’s 7 Social Classes

Shanghai’s 7 Social Classes

Listed down are Shanghai’s 7 social classes–from the extreme poor to the mind-boggling wealthy. Here are descriptions of their lifestyle. How much do they earn? What is their mode of transportation? How do they relax and entertain themselves?

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Going To The Toilet In China (And Toilet Terms You Should Know)

Going To The Toilet In China (And Toilet Terms You Should Know)

Definitely not a how-to guide on using the famous or infamous Chinese toilets. Toilet stories in China. Toilet terms you should know.

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Old Man Or Little Girl: Who Is More Shameless?

Old Man Or Little Girl: Who Is More Shameless?

Rules in riding the public transportation: 1. Take the initiative when paying your fare. 2. Give up your seat to the elderly, weak, and/or pregnant. But what happens when rude people take the bus or metro?

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What Is “Laowai” To A Chinese?

What Is “Laowai” To A Chinese?

The Internet is filled with opinions if the term “laowai” is degoratory or not. I doubt this will end the discussion, but I asked the Chinese instead on what they think of the word “laowai”; since the word came from them anyway.

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Why The Chinese Do Better In Standardized Exams

Why The Chinese Do Better In Standardized Exams

Are Chinese robots? Relating experiences from the World Cup and the Shanghai World Expo.

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The World Expo And The Chinese Homecoming

The World Expo And The Chinese Homecoming

Do you see the World Expo as a homecoming for the overseas Chinese? Hillary Clinton shares some points on Chinese-Americans during her visit to the Shanghai World Expo.

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Chinese Characteristics: What Are They Anyway?

Chinese Characteristics: What Are They Anyway?

What makes something Chinese? How are Chinese characteristics viewed outside China? Is there even such a thing as a specific Chinese characteristic?

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World Expo: Transforming China From Hard To Soft Power

World Expo: Transforming China From Hard To Soft Power

Is the World Expo changing China? An observation from South Korean President Lee Myung- bak offers a lot of insights.

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Quote: Cao Jianzhi on The Image of Shanghainese

Quote: Cao Jianzhi on The Image of Shanghainese

“We Shanghainese value our image. We don’t want to lose face in front of the entire world…” ... 

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Qingming Jie: Clutching On To A Lost Tradition?

Qingming Jie: Clutching On To A Lost Tradition?

Have traditions associated with Tomb-Sweeping Festival started waning from the cultural consciousness of the Chinese younger generation?

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Are you or your Chinese friends 小资 (xiaozi)? (quiz)

Are you or your Chinese friends 小资 (xiaozi)? (quiz)

The slang term 小资 (xiaozi) originates from the Marxist term petty bourgeoisie, but means “yuppie” or “hipster” in today’s China. We’ve developed a 20 question quiz to tell if you or your Chinese friends are xiaozi. See if you agree with us.

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Acosta: The Desert Spring

Acosta: The Desert Spring

C. Custer of ChinaGeeks translates a post by popular Chinese blogger Acosta that offers some insight into the way young Chinese view spending, sacrifice, and success.

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