Tag Archives: china

When Food Speaks

Spending a few hours to eat dinner is not a strange thing in China. This meal is regarded as an indispensable activity necessary for a day to be considered complete. There is an old Chinese saying, which translates literally to: “People regard food as their sky, their god.” This saying...

A Foreigner in Familiar Lands

As a child, I felt as though I had two sets of parents. I had my American ones, consisting of my sweet, cute mom and my quiet, reserved dad. Then I had my Chinese ones, consisting of my outgoing, bubbly mom and my witty, boisterous dad. I was amazed by...

Teaventures

Guangzhou, China Wooden chopsticks and porcelain spoons clink against white bowls and white plates, intermittently cutting through the buzz of the restaurant crowd. I sit in my wooden chair draped in a light gold silk cloth and look down to see my Velcro sneakers dangling, too short to touch the...

Dancing in Paradox

Hangzhou, West Lake. Bleachers set up by the waterfront. A stillness in the air before all the commotion of tourists and locals alike. She watches 『印象西湖』 with wide eyes. The entire “Impressions of West Lake” show is staged on a platform built on the surface of the water. The storyline...

The Necessity of Strait Talk

One of the Strait Talk delegates put it this way: Imagine you’re on a date with a girl. While you’re eating, you notice that she has something on her face. Do you tell her on the spot? Perhaps you hesitate out of politeness. After all, you don’t want to embarrass...


Flowing Stories: China’s Women Directors

On October 4th, 5th, and 6th, Brown hosted the second Chinese Women’s Documentary Film Festival and Symposium: a three-day-long celebration of female filmmakers from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. During those three days, a total of nine films were screened, with topics ranging from Taiwan’s matchmaking culture to the...

Rethinking Chinese and American Education

Over the seven months I spent in China, one of the most frequent questions people asked me was this: What’s the educational system like in the US? Often, the unspoken assumption behind this question was that whatever it was like, it must be better than China’s. This attitude seemed to...

Harbin, China: A Fresh Start

The well-known Saint Sophia Cathedral on a smoggy day. BY BAILEY HU “You’re going to study in Harbin?” My aunt asked in me in Chinese, her expression a mixture of amusement and alarm. “You know it’s negative 30 degrees Celsius there right now!” She paused for effect, perhaps expecting me...

China’s Coffee Revolution is Brewing

 Siphon coffee is one of the most interesting ways of brewing coffee. Utilizing the physics of vacuum filtration, the syphon allows for a cleaner, less-bodied taste than French press while retaining the crisp flavors from the coffee. BY IRIS SHAO In today’s Beijing, coffee shops have become as ubiquitous as...