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On Inter-Cultural Relationships [Global Times commentary]

“Cultures are often more alike than they seem, ” Global Times, Sep. 24, 2009 Recently, the opinion pages of the Global Times have seen a lot of debate over such thorny issues as the relationships between older Western men and young Chinese women, and the tricky subject of living together before marriage. Relationships, especially families, […]

Bacon with Onion Greens and Chilli, the Chinese way

Chinese Food Culture [Global Times commentary]

Challenge of preserving Chinese food culture, Global Times, July 21, 2009 “Have you got used to the food?” After “Where are you from?,” this is the most common question for foreigners in China. Food is an essential element of Chinese culture, and people know that strangers may like it, but also find it hard to […]

China’s education system… [Global Times commentary]

China’s education system: good for communication and creativity?, Global Times, July 2, 2009 Much is being said about China’s education system. Whether gaokao is the best – or at least fairest – system possible or a way to test nothing but nerves and rote memory; how education supposedly destroyed rather than promoted creativity; or simply […]

Traveling in times of A (H1N1) flu [Global Times commentary]

Global Times, June 29, 2009 The flu is never a joking matter, yet it is easy enough to make fun of seemingly exaggerated measures when one is just sitting at home. Seen through the PC screen, this pandemic pales in comparison to what disaster movies make us think a pandemic should be like. Getting on […]

Patrolling the Internet [Global Times commentary]

Different approaches on patrolling the Internet, Global Times, June 18, 2009 The announcement that PCs sold in China after July 1 will have to include “Green Dam” Internet filtering software has caused a lot of reactions, both in China and abroad. Of course, some of the fears raised abroad are the usual ones, of a […]

China’s Climate Change Opportunity [Global Times commentary]

Another commentary of mine published in the Global Times: China’s Climate Change Opportunity On the occasion of the “China and Global Climate Change” conference I’m participating in, at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, today and tomorrow – and it even made it into their “Top Stories” links… Full text below the fold:

Time to build up the reputation of Chinese brands [Global Times commentary]

Global Times, May 14, 2009 Walking through shopping areas in China is an interesting experience. There is a combination of brands that is quite peculiar. What one does not find elsewhere, and what catches the foreigner’s eye most, are those labels that try to look like a Western brand, but obviously aren’t.

Chinesische Klöße? Kulinar(r)ische Übersetzungen

Das Essen ist das prototypische Element der Kultur. Kultur, die durch den Magen geht, die sich auf dem Teller anrichten und auf dem Tisch präsentieren lässt. Essen ist typisch für ein Land, typisch für Regionen. Das Problem mit dem Essen ist allerdings, dass es sich wesentlich leichter probieren, konsumieren und gut oder schlecht finden als […]

Letter to China Daily: Pride in China

Haven’t been blogging for a while, seems like it’s time to bring a few things online… and the following was written mid-March. Oh my… been a bit busy. So, first, a little opinion piece I couldn’t resist writing. I need the practice, and I felt like presenting an opinion. And it got published, too… (the […]