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The Retired Play in Baoding Riverside Park

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Photo by Jenifer Chiodo
In China, retired people exercise and recreate in the country’s many beautiful parks. They do everything from group fan dances to spinning tops with whips to lifting weights on outdoor equipment. Continue reading

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Ancient Art of Chinese Medicine Lives on

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Photo by Dan Catinella
Hebei University Professors demonstrate the ancient art of traditional Chinese medicine on curious Stony Brook students, including the use of acupuncture to relieve stomach problems and migraines. Continue reading

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This Guiyang Village Preserves Ancient Paper-Making

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Photo by Andy Mai Continue reading

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A Life Lived Outdoors

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Photo by Dan Catinella
Given their love of nature, the Chinese love their many magnificent parks. Take Qian Ling Park in the Southwestern city of Guiyang. Here residents do everything from sing Beijing Opera to play Mah Jongg to write poetry with a water brush on brick walkways. Continue reading

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University Students Compete in Kong Fu

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Photo by Sheena Rubino & Dan Catinella Continue reading

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Aspiring Beijing Opera Stars

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Photo by Dan Catinella Continue reading

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“A to Z Spells USA”

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Photo by Jing Zhang & Dan Catinella
In China, a good command of American English is a sign of both prestige and upward social mobility. Pictured below is a typical high school English class in Baoding. On a raised platform at the front of a crowded class, the teacher leads students in reciting English passages and calls on individual students to answer questions about the recitation. Continue reading

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Chinese Students Endure

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Photo by Andy Mai & Jing Zhang
Chinese college students endure without complaint hardships that their American counterparts would find intolerable. Take Hebei University, which is 90 miles south of Beijing. Its students live up to eight in a room, share communal washrooms and air dry their clothes. Neither dorms nor classrooms are equipped with air conditioning and temperatures typically soar to the 90s during the last month of the spring semester Continue reading

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Chinese Workers Strive to Improve Skills

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Photo by Jing Zhang
Whether training to be a chef or a mechanic, Chinese workers endure grueling sessions of instruction and practice. This vocational school in Baoding is representative. In classrooms without air conditioning on a 90-degree day, aspiring chefs, auto mechanics and hair dressers practiced their crafts. Everyday, their performance is ranked and publicly posted on a school chalkboard. Continue reading

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The Many Faces of Chinese Children

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Photo by Briana Neuberger & Dan Catinella Continue reading

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