China On The Brink - Shanghai http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/taxonomy/term/118/0 en Shanghai in Photos: Week Four http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/shanghai-photos-week-four <div class="slideshowpro" id="slideshowpro-1"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=8,0,0,0" width="640" height="465" id="ssp-player-1" align="middle"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain" /> <param name="FlashVars" value="xmlfilepath=http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/ssp/bestweek4&parameters=allowFullScreen:&#039;true&#039;,galleryAppearance:Hidden,contentAlign=Left:,feedbackPreloaderAppearance:Line,transitionPause:2,transitionLength:1,permalinks:Off," /> <param name="movie" value="/sites/all/modules/slideshowpro/ssp.swf" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /> <embed FlashVars="xmlfilepath=http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/ssp/bestweek4&parameters=allowFullScreen:&#039;true&#039;,galleryAppearance:Hidden,contentAlign=Left:,feedbackPreloaderAppearance:Line,transitionPause:2,transitionLength:1,permalinks:Off," src="/sites/all/modules/slideshowpro/ssp.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#ffffff" allowFullScreen="true" width="640" height="465" name="ssp-player-1" align="middle" allowScriptAccess="sameDomain" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" /> </object></div> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/shanghai-photos-week-four#comments Travel Diary Shanghai Thu, 24 Jul 2008 09:31:57 -0600 admin 405 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Religion in China http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/religion-china <pre><div id="player">Please download the latest Flash player to view slideshow</div> <script type="text/javascript">var so = new SWFObject('http://www.jeroenwijering.com/embed/player.swf','mpl','600','450','8');so.addParam('allowscriptaccess','always');so.addParam('allowfullscreen','true');so.addVariable('height','450');so.addVariable('width','600');so.addVariable('file','http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/files/video/religion_mueller.flv');so.addVariable('image','http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/files/video/religion_mueller_titleslide.jpg');so.addVariable('displayheight','450');so.addVariable('sea<p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/religion-china">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/religion-china#comments Beijing religion Shanghai The New Citizen Xian Wed, 09 Jul 2008 21:05:37 -0600 Larissa Mueller 400 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com When Fuel Prices Rise in the Land of Production http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/when-fuel-prices-rise-land-production <p><i>Editor's Note: Excerpts from this story appear in the August 2008 edition of the <a href="http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/">China Economic Review</a>. The article can be found <a href="http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/cer/2008_08/Energy_price_hikes_unpopular_but_necessary.html">here</a></i> <i>(subscription required).</i> </p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/when-fuel-prices-rise-land-production">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/when-fuel-prices-rise-land-production#comments business development Fuel Growing Pains Hangzhou Shanghai Tue, 24 Jun 2008 06:47:41 -0600 Michael R. Jeffers 375 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Identity in 3-D http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/identity-3-d <p>“Nishi zhong guo ren ma?” (“Are you a Chinese person?”)</p> <p>Several dozen people asked me this question during my five weeks in China after evaluating my black hair, yellow skin and almond eyes, which contrasted with my mainly Caucasian classmates.</p> <p>I found it surprisingly hard to answer. On the one hand, it seems such a straightforward question; on the other hand, there’s no easy response. </p> <p>Literally translated, the question means, “Are you Chinese?” On a more significant level, however, the words can infer political connotations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/identity-3-d">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/identity-3-d#comments America Beijing China-Taiwan relations Chinese identity culture Growing Pains identity national identity nationalism On The World Stage Shanghai social identity Taiwan The New Citizen Tue, 24 Jun 2008 04:00:53 -0600 Katherine Fan 372 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Traditional Medicine Faces Uncertain Role in Chinese Development http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/traditional-medicine-faces-uncertain-role-chinese-development <p><!--StartFragment--><br /> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana">Bins of white mice, racks of sealed test tubes and beakers with unidentifiable residue are organized on shelves in a sterile room. When it comes to the practice of Chinese medicine today, the habit of reaching into a gallon-sized bin and mixing a potion of fresh and dried herbs has left the labs in Chinese medical schools following the integration of Western medicine.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana"> <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/traditional-medicine-faces-uncertain-role-chinese-development">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/traditional-medicine-faces-uncertain-role-chinese-development#comments Beijing Growing Pains Hangzhou medicine Shanghai Tue, 24 Jun 2008 04:00:13 -0600 Marjon Rostami 371 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Earthquake shifts views of psychology in China http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/earthquake-shifts-views-psychology-china <p>He Quanjia picks up his six-year-old daughter so she can get a better view of the 211-foot-tall Big Goose pagoda, a Buddhist temple that attracts numerous tourists to Xian every year. He, his wife Gao Li, and their two young daughters, are visiting the 1,000-year-old temple that although is well-preserved, was closed to visitors for structural damage caused by the earthquake in Sichuan province last May.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/earthquake-shifts-views-psychology-china">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/earthquake-shifts-views-psychology-china#comments Travel Diary Beijing children earthquake Ganzu government Growing Pains psychology Shanghai Sichuan Xian Tue, 24 Jun 2008 03:45:08 -0600 Carol Schliesinger 363 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com China's Crowded Churches Stifle 'Religious Warmth' http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/chinas-crowded-churches-stifle-religious-warmth <p><!--StartFragment--><br /> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 13px"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The group of eight assembles every Sunday morning, risking arrest.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">On a Sunday morning in June, they filed into a tiny, windowless underground apartment in Beijing to attend a Christian church service in the second little room to the left of the front door. Pastor He Xian spent the next two hours leading his small flock in hymns and delivering a sermon as congregants sat attentively on plastic folding chairs about four feet away.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/chinas-crowded-churches-stifle-religious-warmth">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/chinas-crowded-churches-stifle-religious-warmth#comments Beijing Christianity Growing Pains Hangzhou religion Shanghai The New Citizen Xian Tue, 24 Jun 2008 02:47:50 -0600 Zachary Warmbrodt 351 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com hayes_jeffers_dieselhike_001 http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/hayesjeffersdieselhike001 <p>Ms. Shen and her husband, truckdrivers from Shandon province, plan to cut cost by skipping dinner while on the high road.</p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/hayesjeffersdieselhike001#comments diesel Fuel Growing Pains Shanghai Truck Drivers Mon, 23 Jun 2008 23:51:26 -0600 Katie Hayes 311 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Safety Is as Safety Does http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/safety-is-safety-does <p> “You don’t need that,” Xian taxi driver Chang Xumin remarked sharply, as I reached for my passenger seatbelt. “It’s very safe, really.” He apparently took offense at the thought that I might need a seatbelt in his cab, but the prospect of riding beltless in Chinese traffic persuaded me to buckle up anyway. Chang clucked a few times and sped off, narrowly missing an old woman who was slowly crossing the street.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/safety-is-safety-does">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/safety-is-safety-does#comments Travel Diary Beijing economy Growing Pains safety Shanghai taxis The New Citizen transportation Xian Mon, 23 Jun 2008 20:01:36 -0600 Katherine Fan 294 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Big Brother (and Everyone Else) is Watching http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/big-brother-and-everyone-else-watching <p><!--StartFragment--><br /> <p class="MsoNormal">A 20-something woman takes off her pants in a doctor’s office. She stands wearing purple-striped bikini-cut underwear in a room full of strangers. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">A mother holds her toddler over a bush in an elevated squatting position. A convenient tailored opening allows the kid to do his business, major or minor, without the burden of diapers, or any protective layer. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/big-brother-and-everyone-else-watching">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/big-brother-and-everyone-else-watching#comments Travel Diary Beijing Hangzhou Shanghai Mon, 23 Jun 2008 06:04:05 -0600 Marjon Rostami 293 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com