Category : Foreigners in China

Ping Pong
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Ping Pong Diplomacy: cross-cultural understanding as an American in China

To find the origins of ‘Ping-Pong Diplomacy’ one must look back to a  tense period in modern history; the Cold War era between the West and the East, the Capitalist U.S. and Communist China. Zero communication between these two geographical heavyweights for almost two decades since the Communist leader Mao Zedong took over in 1949. […]

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best beaches in China
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Where are the best beaches in China for foreigners

‘Where are the best beaches in China?’ is not a question you would  ask. However, China is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, despite its controversial political system, population size and economic status. Millions of people visit every year, but most of China’s tourists seek out its culture and the history. But there are […]

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appartments
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How to rent an apartment in China

How to rent an apartment in China Adjusting to life in China is tricky and asking a random confused local about housing one hour after stepping off the plane is a common but unnecessary process. There are many ways to find the right apartment successfully. What not to do Don’t assume you will find an […]

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Chinese Education
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Chinese education: students, teachers, and methodology

Introduction With my interest and background in education, my teaching in China placed me in a unique position to do the firsthand observation of Chinese education at all levels, which was one of the primary purposes of my original sabbatical request and my subsequent trips there. My wife and I visited some elementary, middle, and […]

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stranger things
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Stranger things I encountered in China

I have encountered some stranger things in my short stay in China than I have ever before. And every day it’s a new thing, a learning curve. I’m continuously surprised at how China and its people still shock or baffle me. Some of this stuff becomes normal and expected with surprising speed. Driving One of […]

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best apps
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The 5 best apps for Chinese survival

Mobile phone apps have evolved significantly from the Nokia brick days. For a long time, the only fun activities on our cell phones were playing Snake or Brick Master. Now phones are computers in our hands, making our lives that much simpler. Some of the best apps allow us to access social media platforms, order […]

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Chinese food
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Choosing Chinese food: Sometimes you have to point

How do you choose what to eat when you come to China for the first time and only know how to say nǐ hǎo and xiè xie? You’re only background in Chinese food is the Americanized version, the typical beef, and broccoli, egg fried rice or wonton soup. You get to a neighborhood restaurant, and […]

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The 5 best apps to learn Chinese

1. Memrise (Android & IOS) Has in-app purchases, to go pro opening other features. You can sign up for $9 a month or $60 for a whole year. This is one of the best apps to learn Chinese because of the layout. It’s simple, clean and colorful. You start off on Earth and go further […]

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culture shock
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Culture shock – My first time in China

Culture shock is overall a sense of strangeness and disorientation experienced by people visiting a culture where things are being done very differently from their background. They can’t make sense of the cultural meanings and practices of what’s happening all around them. Culture shock is the impact you may feel when you enter a culture […]

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censored
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Familiar Favorites Censored in China

Issues of freedom and the extent to which a state should control society regularly feature in the West on current affair programs. Australia is called a ‘nanny state’ and the U.S.’s second amendment is blamed for its constant gun violence, yet countries such as China has bans on activities that westerners regard as everyday freedoms. […]

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