Category: China

The other country I’ve lived in the longest, a second home, and a place only too full of challenges for the at-home-maker

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Visiting China, living like a Chinese, celebrating a wedding – it just had to involve some home purchasing aspect… :-p The background, if you need it: You may have heard about the challenge in finding a wife that the surplus of men in China faces. You may have also heard of the phenomenon of “leftover women” who are considered too old (at around

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“Cities are all the same nowadays,” you will often hear. Global trade has led to many brands (seemingly) being everywhere, and many an inner city has come to look basically the same as any other, it is true. The beginnings of globalization in the Columbian Exchange (as in, when Columbus “discovered” the Americas and species of “Old” and “New World” started to spread

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Going to the beach is not exactly a lesson in cultural identity and intercultural issues – except that, as the summer of 2016 came around, with the burkini ban in France, beachwear did show its political, cross-cultural side. While this debate was raging, we went to the beach in Haikou, Hainan. This being China, things were a bit different from what one might

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China’s tropical island paradise, Hainan, may easily be one of the most interesting places for getting to know the craziness that is China. Especially if you look at it with an awareness of Chinese history, it is quite paradoxical – and all the more interesting for it. Hainan, after all, used to be one of the places where people who had fallenĀ out of

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