Aggressive Chinese Reporter Dumbfounded Obama in G20

In wrapping up the G20 summit on Nov 12 in Seoul, President Obama encountered an aggressive Chinese reporter from CCTV, Rui Chenggang. Obama wanted to give a chance to reporters from South Korea for final question; but Rui hijacked the opportunity and created an interesting, yet controversial conversation: Here is the question Rui asked Obama: …

From One Point to Another: The Twenty-Four Solar Terms of the Lunar Calendar

November 7 marks the beginning of winter on the lunar calendar – recognized not only by the Chinese but also by all who follow the lunisolar system, particularly in East Asia. The influence of Chinese culture is felt most strongly in Korea, Japan and Vietnam. Case in point: all three follow the system of “solar terms” established in ancient China.

The idea of the “solar term” is unfamiliar to the Western world, but not entirely unfathomable. The British mark the middle of winter, known as the winter solstice. “Solar terms” are not unlike the marking of seasons; the West measures …

Chinese Dating Shows Are More Than Pure Love Stories - Part 2

It may take a long time for the Chinese audience, who are not yet used to those outspoken remarks on TV, to accept the sometimes “bloody” social realities demonstrated in reality shows. Chinese Catch-Up of Reality Show Angry critics are turning their targets to “If You Are the One”, claiming that the show is promoting …

Chinese Dating Shows Are More Than Pure Love Stories - Part 1

“If You Are the One” (非诚勿扰), a TV dating show that shares the same name with a famous New Year movie blockbuster, gains its popularity quickly and uniquely since it began airing in January on Jiangsu Satellite Television. Within two months, its audience rating has rocketed to the top. According to the statistics from CMS …

Bloody Delicacy: The Shark Fin Industry in Japan and China

Shark’s fin is one delicacy that simply refuses to die, global outrage notwithstanding. In July 2010, British freelance photographer Alex Hofford spent two days documenting the unabashed attack against the dwindling shark population in Kesen-numa City, Japan – also known as the country’s shark fin capital. Despite the ban on shark fishing, Kesen-numa’s shark fin …

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