China On The Brink - identity http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/taxonomy/term/88/0 en 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