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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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Change Brewing in China’s Political Hot Pot

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Change is brewing in the hot pot of China’s Internet Underground as students join the country’s single party hoping to serve up reform. 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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Head Hurts; Treat Foot

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Dr. Zhang Ji Hong placed three fingers on Sheena Rubino’s wrist and told the 25-year-old American graduate student that her spleen was weak. Continue reading

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Pint-sized Warriors Fight to Preserve Ancient Art

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An 8-year-old girl plunges a knife at a boy, who eludes the attack and manages to block it. Struggling, he pries the knife from her hands and slams it into the ground. She tries to run, but he grabs her from behind. They continue to tumble across the room as a crowd stares in awe. Continue reading

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Kung Fu Artists Battle Smog & Heat

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In nearly 100 degree heat on a smoggy morning, student martial artists in silk gowns fought through their routines in front of a cheering audience. They leaped through the air swinging broad swords and long sticks. Continue reading

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