China On The Brink - On The World Stage en Beijing School Trains China’s Future Ping-Pong Champions <p>Chen Xubin just turned seven. His favorite part of playing ping-pong is hitting the ball. He is missing his two front teeth and his face barely reaches above the table. Yet he regularly beats children almost twice his age. Chen has lived at the Xian Nongtan Sports Training School for almost a year. In that time, he has learned to play the game, quickly building skills that take others years of practice to develop, says his coach, Wang Libo, who maintains that the pint-sized player has Olympic potential.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Beijing children olympics On The World Stage sports Sat, 07 Jun 2008 09:53:04 -0600 Carol Schliesinger 195 at Identity in 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="">read more</a></p> 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 One Big Christian Family <p>Late one afternoon, our giant charter bus rolled into a quiet town two hours northeast of Xian to explore life outside the urban centers in China. What we found was, in my opinion, a level of hospitality unmatched thus far in our travels. After finishing a delicious dinner prepared by a group of local women, we took a slow stroll to the town’s only Christian church, escorted by the <i>cunzhang, </i>&quot;village head.&quot; <br /><p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary countryside On The World Stage religion Xian Sun, 15 Jun 2008 22:03:26 -0600 Suzanne Edwards 272 at davis_schleisinger_pingpong_01.jpg <p>A student at the Beijing Ping Pong Training Base during afternoon practice. </p> On The World Stage Sun, 15 Jun 2008 05:44:49 -0600 Rebecca Davis 268 at davis_schleisinger_pingpong_01.jpg <p>A student at </p> On The World Stage Sun, 15 Jun 2008 05:43:28 -0600 Rebecca Davis 267 at michels_michels_techbeijing_tianfei <p>Tian Fei, a programmer in Beijing, says Chinese managers' focus on the bottom line is stifling homegrown innovation.</p> Beijing On The World Stage Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:19:16 -0600 Patrick Michels 260 at michels_michels_techbeijing_market <p>Zhongguancun's giant electronics markets add to the neighborhood's high-tech atmosphere.</p> Beijing On The World Stage Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:19:10 -0600 Patrick Michels 259 at michels_michels_techbeijing_makepolo <p> founder Morgan Su hopes to grow his product search site into a global hit.</p> Beijing On The World Stage Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:19:02 -0600 Patrick Michels 258 at michels_edwards_media01 <p>China's state-controlled newspapers are one key influence on local opinions on America and the world.</p> Beijing On The World Stage Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:18:48 -0600 Patrick Michels 257 at In Search of a Chinese Silicon Valley <p>Morgan Su, the founder and CEO of a young Internet search outfit called, is sitting in the dark, plugging away at his keyboard late on a Friday afternoon. The darkness lends the room a quiet calm, but one gets the impression it’s either the cost-cutting decision of a lean, young technology operation, or, as an old tech startup romantic might tell it, maybe Su had arrived that morning too eager for coding to dally with something so trivial as light.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Beijing business Growing Pains On The World Stage technology Sat, 07 Jun 2008 03:58:27 -0600 Patrick Michels 185 at