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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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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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English-Language Shanghai World Expo News

English-Language Shanghai World Expo News

Lacking in fix of your 2010 Shanghai World Expo news (in English that is)? You know where to look. CNReviews browses and snoops around to help you become better informed China-philes (and Expo-philes).

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Shanghai World Expo Preview

Shanghai World Expo Preview

As part of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo trial run, CNReviews gives you a heads up on what to expect on May 1 and the following days. Includes getting to the Expo site and a whole lot of personal observations.

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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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Beijing’s Accent, Pollution, and Subway…Welcomes Me

Beijing’s Accent, Pollution, and Subway…Welcomes Me

First impressions of Beijing: Smog smog smog. In fact, does the smog cause Beijingers to speak the way they do or what? At least they have cheap subway tickets.

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“In China, My name is…”: Chinese People & English Names

“In China, My name is…”: Chinese People & English Names

Valerie Blanco and Ellen Feberwee, both Dutch, have compiled an impressive book sharing the stories and reasons behind the names Chinese people give themselves. How does one explain “Creamy?”

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Quote: Kelly Hammond on Pepsi for China

Quote: Kelly Hammond on Pepsi for China

“What does all this mean for scholars who work so hard to deflate this false conflation of westernization and modernization?” ... 

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Rednecks, Red Guards & Trolls: Kaiser Kuo on US-China Online

Rednecks, Red Guards & Trolls: Kaiser Kuo on US-China Online

Kaiser Kuo speaks at TEDxHonolulu about the crisis in US-China relationships on a person-to-person level, exacerbated by large-scale and unmediated contact over the internet.

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CNBloggerCon: For The Chinese, Not The Foreigners

CNBloggerCon: For The Chinese, Not The Foreigners

The China Blogger Conference is largely inaccessible and irrelevant to most foreigners. Even so, what happens here, every year, is something we can all appreciate.

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English Blogs About China: Moser Interviews Goldkorn & Anti

English Blogs About China: Moser Interviews Goldkorn & Anti

Summary of interesting points and the English-language China blogs mentioned in the recent BON TV David Moser interview with Jeremy Goldkorn and Michael Anti.

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Eliminating Chinglish: First 2008 Beijing, Now 2010 Shanghai

Eliminating Chinglish: First 2008 Beijing, Now 2010 Shanghai

In preparation for the World Expo, Shanghai has published a 20 page guidebook to help correct all of those weird, funny, even lovable English mistranslations.

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ChineseClass101.com Review: Good Podcasts, Confusing Design

ChineseClass101.com Review: Good Podcasts, Confusing Design

We take Innovative Language Learning’s ChineseClass101.com for a spin to see if we can learn some real Chinese through their new entrant into this competitive online language learning market.

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Quote: Col. Timothy Reese on Americans Staying In Iraq

Quote: Col. Timothy Reese on Americans Staying In Iraq

“They will tolerate us as long as they can suckle at Uncle Sam’s bounteous mammary glands.” ... 

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Talking Diplomatically: John Kerry On Climate Change

Talking Diplomatically: John Kerry On Climate Change

What can a former American presidential candidate and Frankenstein double teach us about diplomacy in communications over sensitive but important issues?

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