China On The Brink - culture http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/taxonomy/term/64/0 en As China’s Economy Improves, Self-expression Becomes an Industry http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/as-china%E2%80%99s-economy-improves-self-expression-becomes-industry <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> “<i>Zuo! Zuo! Zuo, yo, zuo!</i>”</p> <p> &quot;Left! Left! Left, right, left!&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/as-china%E2%80%99s-economy-improves-self-expression-becomes-industry">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/as-china%E2%80%99s-economy-improves-self-expression-becomes-industry#comments Beijing business culture fashion China Chic Sat, 07 Jun 2008 00:05:15 -0600 Katherine Fan 182 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 Sichuan Tragedy Sparks Cultural Shift http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/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="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/sichuan-tragedy-sparks-cultural-shift">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/sichuan-tragedy-sparks-cultural-shift#comments attitudes Confucianism culture development identity The New Citizen youth Mon, 23 Jun 2008 04:29:33 -0600 Michelle Connolly 292 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com A Shot of Sincerity http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/a-shot-sincerity <p>I find myself in this alley near Houhai everyday. There is a coffee shop where I drink milky tea and a small dive where I drink cheap shots at night. Further along, past the tea and pipe shops, the path curves to the left, over a small bridge that leads you into the bar district lining the shores of the lake.</p> <p>But if you go straight into a crumbly alleyway instead of following the path over the bridge, you might come across Mrs. Xing, 51, selling incense outside the gate of Guanghua Temple. </p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/a-shot-sincerity">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/a-shot-sincerity#comments Travel Diary Beijing culture religion Wed, 18 Jun 2008 06:11:24 -0600 Christopher Sanchez 177 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Beijing Bebop http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/beijing-bebop <p>The backing band is playing Herbie Hancock's &quot;Maiden Voyage,&quot; but it's clear this isn't the saxophonist's first time around the block. He takes the song's familiar form and makes it something all his own, like a cab driver who knows the destination but chooses to take the scenic route. </p> <p>I'm in the audience of Beijing's CD Jazz Cafe with no voice recorder, notepad or even a pen. Being a reporter, that's like leaving home with no clothes on. </p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/beijing-bebop">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/beijing-bebop#comments Travel Diary Beijing culture jazz music Tue, 17 Jun 2008 06:49:40 -0600 Christopher Sanchez 275 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Backstage at a Fujian Opera http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/backstage-a-fujian-opera <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','400','8'); so.addParam('allowscriptaccess','always'); so.addParam('allowfullscreen','true'); so.addVariable('height','400'); so.addVariable('width','600'); so.addVariable('file','http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/files/video/mueller_fujian.flv'); so.addVariable('image','http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/files/video/mueller_fujian_titleslide.jpg'); so.addVariable('displayheight','400'); <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/backstage-a-fujian-opera">read more</a></p> Beijing culture music traditions China Chic Sun, 15 Jun 2008 17:42:16 -0600 Larissa Mueller 271 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Ebb and Flow - What is Old Becomes New Again http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/ebb-and-flow-what-old-becomes-new-again <p><i>&quot;What is well-planted cannot be uprooted. What is well embraced cannot slip away. It will be honored from generation to generation.&quot;</i></p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/ebb-and-flow-what-old-becomes-new-again">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/ebb-and-flow-what-old-becomes-new-again#comments Buddhism Confucianism culture religion Taoism temples The New Citizen Sat, 07 Jun 2008 05:48:50 -0600 Christopher Sanchez 187 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com The Sounds of Heaven http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/the-sounds-heaven <p>In a small corner of one of China's most famous Taoist temples, Meng Zhi Lin tunes up his <em>gu qin</em>, a seven-stringed Chinese instrument. <p>“The tone is very low, so I’ll close the window,” Meng says through our interpreter. </p> <p>The <em>gu qin</em> is not so much a musical instrument but a tool through which you practice and know the knowledge of heaven, he explains. </p> <p>Ten years ago Meng Zhi Lin turned his back on modern life and sought isolation in the mountains, abandoning everything except his <em>gu qin</em>. </p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/the-sounds-heaven">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/the-sounds-heaven#comments Travel Diary Beijing culture music religion Tue, 03 Jun 2008 00:45:31 -0600 Christopher Sanchez 158 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com