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Red is China’s Only School Color

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For Chinese college students, joining the party does not translate into a game of beer pong. Rather, it means gaining entrance to an elite club that is largely Communist in name only. Continue reading

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Chinese Beauty Is Hardly Skin Deep

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One night while in Baoding, I was drawing a portrait of my Chinese friend Jing. Jing is a slim 19-years-old young woman with fair skin, long black hair and high cheekbones. To me she epitomized a beautiful Asian girl. I especially liked her high cheekbones and told her so. Continue reading

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Private Enterprise, Chairman Mao Salutes You

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A towering stone statute of Chairman Mao greets all visitors to the sprawling, fortress like campus of China Juli Group, one of China’s premier private companies. Asked about why a private company would honor a man who persecuted businessmen, Guanjun Liu, the company’s executive vice president shrugged and said with a sly smile, “We want to honor our heritage.” Continue reading

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Early Birds Flock to Chinese Parks

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It was not even 7 in the morning, yet the sound of high-pitched Chinese opera attracted my attention. I could see 30 middle-aged Chinese women performing a synchronized routine with red accented fans in the middle of a park before I even stepped out of the van. Continue reading

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机场滞行记

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6月13日,午饭后告别了河北大学的同学们。提起行李踏出宿舍的时候,八天在大学校园欢度的时光开始在脑海中盘旋,下楼的步子走得略显凝重。上车前,我回头仰望被我们戏称为“白宫”的宿舍楼:白的墙,蓝的窗,红色电子屏上不断闪现的诗句。我们结束了在一座小城的故事,开始了南方的旅程。 Continue reading

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