VICE explores shady side of China’s ESL industry

Edgy investigative journalism mag VICE has published an article delving into the rapidly declining frontier of shady ESL gigs. “The Chinese ESL-Industrial Complex: How English Teachers in China Are Lied to and Exploited,” features interviews with a handful of teachers that backup the article’s exposition on bad teaching jobs in China.Read More

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Watch: Under the Dome, Chai Jing’s viral documentary on China’s air pollution [English Subs]

After going massively viral across China, Chai Jing’s popular documentary, Under the Dome, is quickly being removed from Chinese sites. With estimates of more than 100 million domestic views, it’s anyone’s guess as to why the government would bother to crack down now. Thanks to a dedicated group of people, led by a grade 12 …Read More

Ni Keyi — two women challenge themselves to walk across China for charity

Ann and Darrah are unquestionably very different women. Darrah, from New Mexico in the US, is a certified USPTA tennis instructor who only moved to China last June to teach the sport. Guangdong-native Ann, the wife of a British-Aussie expat whom she met while managing an ESL school, has lived here her entire life. Together they are walking from Zhongshan to Beijing to help raise money and awareness for people with disabilities in China.Read More

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Foreign lung donor saves Wuxi man’s life

The tragic death of a 22-year-old French man during the Spring Festival holiday has brought new hope to several terminal patients through his organ donations.Read More

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Update: Suspected Canadian Christian spy in Dandong released on bail

Some positive news recently for the Canadian couple who were arrested last August in Dandong on suspicion of stealing state secrets. While husband Kevin Garratt remains in detention, his wife Julia was released on bail last week.Read More

US Embassy warns of possible terrorist attack in Kunming over Spring Festival

The US Department of State today sent out an e-mail warning US citizens of the alleged planning of a possible terrorist attack in Kunming, Yunnan. While the message made clear that the US Embassy in China was not able to verify the accuracy of the report, it obviously felt it important/reliable enough to send out. The …Read More

Warning: Have you seen these markings outside your door?

Recently an officer from our local police station compiled a series of markings thieves use to tag homes. The officer had uncovered the markings during several years of working the robbery division, and circulated them on WeChat with a warning for people to watch out for them outside their doors.Read More

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Expats leaving China at twice the number of those arriving

According to a recently released study, expatriates in China are leaving at a rate much higher than they’re being replaced.Read More

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Q&A with Danielle Sumita, host and creator of Sindicator

In the latest edition of Things Done Well, I talk to Danielle Sumita, whom some will undoubtedly know from her excellent China-focused Web series, Sindicator.Read More

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Daily visitor limit, megaphone ban for Beijing Palace Museum

Beijing’s Palace Museum, better known as the Forbidden City, has proposed a crowd-control plan that will see daily limits for visitors set at 80,000. The plan, announced Tuesday, is awaiting approval from the appropriate authorities.Read More

How to clear customs ordering from Amazon.com in China

As mentioned back in November, Amazon.com is now offering expanded speedy shipping from select international Amazon locations to China — including the US. One area that can prove to be a bit complicated is assuring the package clears customs. What follows is a detailed guide to walk you through the process.Read More

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Foreigner catches, beats thief on busy Xi’an bus

On the afternoon of January 19, a foreign man thwarted a robbery on a busy Xi’an bus — catching and beating his would-be thief before debarking.Read More

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