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Archive for January, 2011

Hu’s the man? (胡锦涛是谁) Posted by on Jan 28, 2011

Who’s the man leading the world largest country and a rising super power? Hu. No, I’m asking “who is the man?”. Hu is! But that’s what I’m asking….Who? Yes. Eat your heart out Abbot and Costello. All jokes aside, many people are now trying to figure out who Hu really is. Known as a…

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Mr. Hu Goes to Washington, pt. 4: The Issues Posted by on Jan 23, 2011

Now that Mr. Hu’s visit to Washington is complete, we can reflect on the issues surrounding his visit. While both sides of the pacific have come away with pros and cons following the meeting, most are pleased with the gains made diplomatically and believe this to be a stepping stone for stronger cooperation among…

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Mr. Hu Goes to Washington, pt. 3: The Visit Posted by on Jan 21, 2011

This Tuesday, President Hu Jintao, in a remarkable display of statesmanship and cooperation, made the trip across the Pacific to Washington to meet with US leaders and lawmakers. His visit has been touted as an attempt to thaw icy relations between the US and China on a variety of human rights, economic, military and environmental…

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Old Beijing Hot Pot (老北京火锅) Posted by on Jan 20, 2011

While there are countless options for fine dining in Beijing, one of the best places to go for a good meal is Ghost Street (簋街). Here, you can find many great restaurants, including plenty of places specializing in hot pot. Your table is turned into a stove top, a massive bowl of broth is brought…

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Riding That (Chinese) Train Posted by on Jan 19, 2011

With the Spring Festival (春节 – chūn jié) fast approaching, hundreds of millions of folks in China will be buying train tickets to head home for the holidays. This is the biggest mass migration of people in the entire world, and it happens like clockwork every year. While I wouldn’t recommend attempting to travel by…

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Simatai Great Wall in January(司马台长城) Posted by on Jan 18, 2011

As the transition from winter to spring occurs, and we experience a “change of seasons” or 物换星移 (wùhuànxīngyí), a real chance to shed off all those winter layers and have some fun outside emerges. Sure winter was frigid, summer’s going to be sweltering, but right now Chinese weather has found a happy medium. To understand…

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History of the PRC – Part Thirteen Posted by on Jan 12, 2011

When we last left off, the CCP and KMT had ceased fighting with each other, albeit temporarily, to fight together against Japan. For years now, a civil war had been raging within China’s borders and little attention had been paid to its neighbor to the East, thanks to a policy of “first internal pacification before…

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