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 …

Li Bing Bing on America's The View

Li Bing Bing, one of China’s biggest celebrities made an appearance on ABC’s “The View” last Thursday. She has been in the USA promoting the movie version of the novel Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. This is her first official American national television interview. You can see her “The View” interview here: What do …

Open Sesame: Alibaba and the Alipay Controversy

In the ensuing controversy over Alipay – China’s largest third-party payment system – is the problem a result of internal conflict, or a result of complicated regulations in China’s budding capitalist market system? The controversy began in March of this year, when Alibaba shareholders Yahoo and Softbank announced that CEO Jack Ma had transferred ownership …

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