Chinese Anchor Baby Network Exposed -菲姐美国月子中心

68281935gw1e04on3sgqnjAnchor babying or baby tourism is such a shameless concept in China that networks running these operations are blatantly advertising their services on social media apps and all across the Chinternet (中国特色互联网 “Internet with Special Chinese Characteristics” – a play on 中国特色社会主义 “Socialism with Special Chinese Characteristics”).  In this article, we will take a look at one organization called “Sister Fei’s American Childbirth Center” (菲姐美国月子中心 fēijiě měiguó yuèzi zhōngxīn) or also called “US Baby.”  With customers paying as much as $10,000 to $50,000 or more for the service, the organization could be making millions of dollars a year for the illegal immigration practices. Continue reading

Watch:《活着》- “To Live”

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It’s a film that the Chinese Communist Party sees as an existential threat and is recognized internationally as one of the best Chinese films ever, To Live (活着 Huózhe) exposes life under the rule of Chairman Mao and the various Party policies that have caused hardship to the average citizen.  The film’s awards includes the Grand Prix from the Cannes Film Festival (1994) and Best Film Not in the English Language from the BAFTA Awards (1995), it is a piece of art that viewers are surely to admire. Continue reading

Warning about Chinese Hotels – 否接待外宾的酒店

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Foreign travelers fluent in Chinese and those that are not both find that getting accommodations in China is among the most difficult of tasks in this country.  Each city has hundreds of hotels, hostels, and inns, some of which are extremely cheap and most convenient; however, as a foreigner, you are only allowed to stay in a select/limited number of them (and these can be the more expensive, less convenient choices).  Hotels in China are required to meet certain criteria before they receive accreditation from the authorities to welcome foreign guests (外宾 wài bīn).  Not only is the law bad for business, it is discriminatory and arbitrary in nature!  Continue reading

Shark Fin Soup – 鱼翅汤

shark-fin-soup-doodleExperts know that shark fin soup 鱼翅汤 (yú chì tāng) is a traditional and regal dish, as the delicacy received mention in the imperial history books called the 《宋会要》 (sòng huì yào).  In the recent past, this dish was impossible for the average person to try.  Thanks to China’s opening up to globalization and a more capitalist market, every Chinese person with a few extra dollars can have this imperial dish.  “Everyone can live like an emperor if they want” is the way of the modern Chinese lifestyle.  At large family gatherings, such as weddings, the father–and others–would like to foot the bill for an extravagant portion of tiger penis, swallow nest soup, and/or shark fin soup.  It is a culture of generosity and, sometimes, extravagance, coupled with face-value; “I have something that you do not have.” Continue reading

Reading:《红高粱家族》 – “Red Sorghum Clan”

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Read to find out what the traditional, secret recipe for red sorghum wine is (it’s disgusting)!

Written by China’s only Nobel winner, 莫言 (mò yán), this graphic telling of a sorghum wine making village during the Japanese Occupation/Resistance is a must-read for those interested in Chinese history and literature.  While the novel attempts to provide the reader with a clear depiction of China’s Japanese Resistance Movement, the piece also showcases Chinese storytelling at its finest.  The story is gruesome, humorous, entertaining, and horrifying. Continue reading

Recommended Reading:《阿Q正传》- “The True Story of Ah Q”

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This social commentary piece reveals to readers what it was like to be a Chinese person living in the time after foreign invaders–the UK, Russia, America, and other western powers–swiftly crushed what was supposed to be the “Heavenly, Celestial Empire” or China.  The novel tells the true story of an entire nation in denial of the changing tides of the world order and the cause/effect of this massively historical event during the 1800’s and early 1900’s.  There is no better piece of literature to understanding the way Chinese felt and thought about their own situation post-Opium War and during the time of foreign invasion/colonialism. Continue reading

What is Chinese Medicine? – 中医

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Acupuncture, hot cupping, massages, and strange tasting herbal medicine is merely the tip of the iceberg of traditional Chinese medicine.  The thought and philosophy that is behind this culture is fascinating and is the most significant part of this exotic practice.  Many of us today may question the effectiveness of these bizarre procedures; however, Chinese medicine contends with Western practices still today, and there is only a growing market for it, not a diminishing one, with the evidence of its effectiveness. Continue reading