Review: You Don’t Know China

The book is divided into 22 chapters, each one tackling a specific topic -- from Feng Shui to Richard Nixon, Tiananmen to TCM. Here are a few quick excerpts:

On the value and validity of Traditional Chinese Medicine:
It would be nice if Chinese herbal medicine really were the outcome of some proto-scientific process of trial and error over thousands of years, the ineffective cures weeded out, and only the tim…


Long-term Canadian expatriates regain voting rights

Approximately 1.4 million Canadians living abroad have been denied the constitutionally-guaranteed right to vote since a 2007 law made residency a requirement.

That law was recently overturned, and long-term Canadians expats, regardless of where they reside, will once again be able to vote in federal elections.

The rule disenfranchising Canadians abroad for more than five years was enacted in 1993 amid debate a…

Chris and Kathleen Matthews in Hangzhou, China

US news anchor gets shaken by China, nothing falls out

American Chris Matthews, star of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, recently visited China -- and it "shook" him. In a piece for his show's blog entitled, "The 10 Days in China that Shook Me", Matthews redefines parachute journalism and brings new depth to negative stereotypes surrounding Americans travelling abroad.

I try not to be "that" China expat. The guy that sits around picking apart the minutia of t…

春节快乐 - Year of the Horse

Happy Chinese New Year — Let’s Horse Around

No CNY is complete without a few plates of jiǎozi, particularly if you're in the North. And while you can certainly just hop down to the supermarket and pick up a package of frozen dumplings, making your own is a whole lot more rewarding.

If you're not fortunate enough to have Chinese in-laws to lend a hand, constructing the suckers can be a bit of a challenge. Jen at Tiny Urban Kitchen has a great step-…


Guy dances across China in 100 days, goes viral

I danced and filmed all over, including: Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'An, Lhasa (Tibet), Yangshuo, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai, Feng Huang, and Hong Kong. In some locations I had 100+ people gathered around my camera taking pictures and videos on their phones.

The video is somewhat reminiscent of Matt Harding, who pretty much remains the be-all/end-all dance-around-the-world guy. That said, in just a week and a half since G…

Convicted child rapist Neil Robinson. Source TBJ

Former Beijing school teacher convicted of raping a minor

Ex-China expat Neil Robinson, who made headlines last spring, has been convicted to twelve years in a UK prison for sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13, making an indecent video of a child, and possessing child pornography.

The 47-year-old Briton turned himself in to UK consular officials in Beijing last April after his appearance on BBC's "Crimewatch" drew attention to the former international scho…

Tom Carter looking lonely at an in-store book-signing in Hong Kong

Tom Carter on the making of a China anthology

It was in the heat of a sweltering Hainan summer that I stretched out and read Tom Carter's carefully collected expat compendium, Unsavory Elements. The book had already made the rounds of the expat city mags and a few blogs, and thus I had read a healthy mix of reviews. Even with its impressive contributor list, I must admit my anticipation was somewhat tempered by my concern that I would be forcing myself throu…

Hu Xiaoyi, vice-minister of human resources and social security. Photo:

Foreigners remain lukewarm to China’s social security scheme

Two and a half years after China's Social Insurance Law rolled out, an action that saw the extension of the country's social security programs to foreigner works, only about 20% of expats working in China had joined.

Hu Xiaoyi, vice-minister of human resources and social security, told China Daily that more than 200,000 expats have participated in various social insurance programs covering basic pension, medic…

The unnamed foreigner in question, the damage to his coat clearly visible

Foreigner who cried ‘fraud’ and his father to be fined, detained and deported

Beijing police have announced the foreigner who originally cried "fraud" after being accused by a woman of hitting her with his motorbike will be fined, detained and deported.

The incident occurred on December 2 and immediately went viral across Chinese social media. Initially netizens appeared to favour the foreigner's story, as tales of (fake) accident victims blaming people just trying to help abound in China. …


Foreigner smacked, de-shirted in altercation with Beijing cabbie

A video making the rounds, lacking much in the way of details, shows a foreigner being held by two Chinese after what is presumed to be a dispute over a fare. After being hit several times, and being unable to get the cabbie to release his shirt, the foreign man slips out of his shirt and attends to his bag.

If you have more information, or have been in similar situations, please let us know in the comments.