The Emotional and Financial Cost of Divorce in China

On December 29, 2007, a day before New Year’s Eve, Jiang Yan jumped out of her apartment, located on the 24th floor of a Beijing residential building. An ambulance was summoned but it was too late. Jiang was pronounced dead on arrival. It was her second attempt, having tried to overdose on sleeping pills just …

Gao Kao - A Problematic System for College Admission

Besides the Spring Festival, June 7th and June 8th, when the National Higher Education Entrance Examination (or commonly referred to as Gao Kao) are held, are probably two of the most important days for many mainland Chinese. Gao Kao is an academic examination held annually in the mainland, and has long been used as the …

“Balanced” Faces, Blood Type, and Zodiac Signs: China’s Weirdest Job Requirements

When it comes to weird job requirements, China definitely takes the cake. In the midst of a booming economy, job seekers are discovering that their diplomas from China’s most prestigious universities may not be enough. A quick run-through of the local job ads shows quite a number of interesting “requirements”. One Beijing school’s recruitment ad …

Micro-blogging War in China

It is already a cliché now to argue that Twitter has become one of the landmark changes brought by Internet-based communications. With more and more companies in the United States using or planning to use Twitter-oriented business communication or marketing, Twitter is more than ready to compete in the business world as an independent and …

Senior Prostitution: Empty Nesters and an Emerging Twist on an Old Trade

Very few – if any, at all – ever take time to think of the sex lives of the elderly.  It is a highly sensitive matter – not actually taboo but often times too “weird” to even consider.  It is played for a few jokes on film and television, but apart from most people seem …

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