China On The Brink - The New Citizen en Raising Frogs: A Tea-seller's Story <p>Ye Huabin sits on a low stool, perspiration beading on his smiling face. Three different kinds of tea brew in small Chinese teapots on the wooden table before him, at the far end of his small Beijing shop, hidden away in a <i>hutong</i> near the Forbidden City. Beside the teapots sit several shot glass-sized cups and a row of wooden frogs, which he says he is “raising” for good luck, by ritualistically pouring a pot of tea over them.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Beijing business tea The New Citizen China Chic Wed, 04 Jun 2008 05:40:24 -0600 Michael R. Jeffers 164 at Inside the Tea Shop <pre><div id="player">Please download the latest Flash player to view slideshow</div> <script type="text/javascript">var so = new SWFObject('','mpl','600','450','8');so.addParam('allowscriptaccess','always');so.addParam('allowfullscreen','true');so.addVariable('height','450');so.addVariable('width','600');so.addVariable('file','');so.addVariable('image','');so.addVariable('displayheight','450');so.addVariable('searchbar'<p><a href="">read more</a></p> Beijing tea The New Citizen China Chic Wed, 23 Jul 2008 11:55:37 -0600 Rebecca Davis 404 at Religion in China <pre><div id="player">Please download the latest Flash player to view slideshow</div> <script type="text/javascript">var so = new SWFObject('','mpl','600','450','8');so.addParam('allowscriptaccess','always');so.addParam('allowfullscreen','true');so.addVariable('height','450');so.addVariable('width','600');so.addVariable('file','');so.addVariable('image','');so.addVariable('displayheight','450');so.addVariable('sea<p><a href="">read more</a></p> Beijing religion Shanghai The New Citizen Xian Wed, 09 Jul 2008 21:05:37 -0600 Larissa Mueller 400 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 China's 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="">read more</a></p> Beijing Christianity Growing Pains Hangzhou religion Shanghai The New Citizen Xian Tue, 24 Jun 2008 02:47:50 -0600 Zachary Warmbrodt 351 at Safety Is as 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="">read more</a></p> 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 Sichuan Tragedy Sparks Cultural Shift <p>In the aftermath of Sichuan's devastating earthquake last May, which killed 69,181 people and injured 374,171, individuals and companies from all over the world have donated money and supplies in huge numbers to the victims. Even more significant perhaps, an unprecedented number of individuals in China have volunteered to help in the earthquake zone or contributed money, as well.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> attitudes Confucianism culture development identity The New Citizen youth Mon, 23 Jun 2008 04:29:33 -0600 Michelle Connolly 292 at Tai Chi Helps Seniors Live Fuller Lives <p>Huang Tonxi says the stroke he suffered 22 years ago left half his body paralyzed. Today the 72-year-old moves almost like a ballet dancer as he practices <i>tai chi</i> ball, a variation of the ancient Chinese form of self-defense, <i>tai chi</i>. Huang moves in circles practicing the routines he claims helped him regain mobility after his illness. His eyes, as in a trance, follow the ball that dances on the racquet. He sustains the movements for more than 15 minutes, at times slowing down only to execute yet another swirling circle.</p><p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary health seniors tai chi The New Citizen Xian Sat, 21 Jun 2008 05:40:20 -0600 Carol Schliesinger 262 at fan_lown_cctvblog <p>Three finalists line up for CCTV's spoken English competition.<br /> According to China's official Xinhua news agency there are roughly 300<br /> million English learners and English speakers in China.</p> The New Citizen Sat, 21 Jun 2008 03:59:20 -0600 Katherine Fan 282 at mueller_sanchez_temple.JPG The New Citizen Fri, 20 Jun 2008 22:13:33 -0600 Larissa Mueller 281 at