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Chinese culture

What in the Middle Kingdom? Lucky red squares

This Chinese New Year, I noticed something I’d never noticed before in China. All of a sudden, cars and other vehicles were sporting little red squares of paper. They were adorning the hoods, front ends, or back bumpers of most… Continue Reading →

Baa-ram-ewe, baa-ram-ewe, to the Year of the Goat-Ram-Sheep be true

So, which is it? Is 2015 the Year of the Goat? Year of the Sheep? Year of the Ram? I’ve had several people ask me, and the answer is easy: it’s all of them. In Chinese, it’s Year of the… Continue Reading →

“Little Apple” by The Chopsticks Brothers – it’s time to jump on the bandwagon

Two months ago, “Little Apple” by The Chopsticks Brothers (小平果 – 筷子兄弟) won the International Song Award at the AMAs. It had already spread like huo huo huo huo all over China, and it was ready to take over the world…. Continue Reading →

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