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East Meets West: How the Brain Unites Us All

Ed Yong at the New Scientist discusses the conventional notions of an ‘individualist, analyitical’ Western psychology and a ‘collectivist, holistic’ Eastern one, and how a recent psychological experiment...

Salsa Fever Sweeps into China

From the International Herald Tribune: This week’s third annual China Salsa Congress in Beijing, which features four days of performances and competition, highlights the growing popularity of salsa in China. Salsa was...

Tea, Wild or Not, Enriches Chinese Province

Yunnan Province has long been a main source of tea and today plantations supply many of the trendy tea shops in China’s major cities.  But locals reject the mass produced grown tea, preferring to drink wild species from...

Rolling Stones To Rock China In April – Reuters

From Reuters, via Billboard (link): The Rolling Stones will likely follow the beat of China’s censors when they offer mainland fans some long-awaited satisfaction with an April concert. The veteran British group, who had two shows in China canceled in spring 2003 because of the SARS epidemic, will make its mainland debut in Shanghai on […]

In China, Echoes of the Past – John M. Glionna

From Los Angeles Times: Video recorder in hand, Wang Hong sat inside a small stone-and-brick house with one of China’s aging musical masters ” a Mongolian vocalist named Hajab who once sang his region’s ancestral melodies for Chairman Mao Tse-tung. Wang had ventured from his home in San Francisco to the grasslands of Inner Mongolia […]

Mark Magnier: Flip Side to Fame in China

From LA Times: CHONGQING, China ” Tian Liang, 25, is handsome, tall and was, until recently, the pride of China. When he returned from the 2004 Athens Olympics with a gold medal for synchronized diving, his star appeal skyrocketed and advertisers banged on his door. Tian decided to take a breather, grab some endorsements and […]

AP:Chinese adviser urges lip synching ban

From the AP via The San Jose Mercury News : BEIJING – Chinese government advisers meeting in Beijing this week have some weighty matters to discuss: blocking Taiwan’s formal independence, alleviating dire poverty in the countryside. And lip synching. Ma Bomin, an official with Shanghai’s municipal radio, film and television administration, likens the practice of […]

BBC:Web demo launches hip-hop in China

From BBC NEWS: A demo placed on the internet has triggered the initial success of one of China’s first hip-hop groups, Hi-Bomb. Hi-Bomb – composed of Lionel “Little Lion” and Shang Hao – rap in English, Mandarin and the Shanghainese dialect. Their success was triggered by Lionel placing a demo on the web – which […]

China Hurries to Animate Its Film Industry

New York Times ran a story on China’s booming animation film industry. China is far from alone among fast-developing nations eager to pursue a piece of the lucrative animated film business by marrying their mastery of advanced computer technology with low labor costs.

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