If you’ve ever been to China one of the first things you’re likely to notice is that a great many people smoke. China is the largest tobacco-producing and consuming country in the world with 300 million smokers, or one quarter … Continue reading Smoking in China
Catching a domestic flight in China is usually an eye-opening experience for most foreigners. It starts when you get to the airport, as most domestic airlines won’t let you check in until two hours ahead of time. They also don’t … Continue reading Catching a Domestic Flight in China
Individualism in China is increasingly being expressed by the foreign consumer brands they possess. Chinese youth, in particular, use foreign goods to denote who they are without verbal expression. Mobile phones, western clothing, and designer goods are all used to … Continue reading Chinese Individualism goes Foreign
When we think of divorce we almost always assume that both husband and wife don’t get along and therefore decide to call it quits. But that assumption may sometimes be wrong in China. Many couples, who are still very much in love with each other decide to call it quits for a totally different reason that has nothing to do with love or compatibility. Instead, it has to do with a new capital gains tax that was announced at the beginning of March. Sound confusing? Let’s explain. On March 1, 2013 the central government, without notice, announced measures designed to … Continue reading Divorce Chinese Style
The Chinese Spring Festival is the most important Chinese holiday. This celebratory event is equivalent to both Christmas and New Year’s wrapped together and is recognized by a quarter of the world’s population. The Spring Festival originally marked the end … Continue reading What is the Chinese Spring Festival?
Just sending my third book off to my publisher, which is owned by British publishing company Pearson PLC, the same company that owns Penguin Radom House, you’d assume that my next book would be about a year or more away. … Continue reading Fourth book coming later this year