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China's China

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Judging from the photo (inset), you'd have me believed that porcelain does not command the same respect it used to. Porcelain, otherwise known as china, is said to have originated from China. The country is richly endowed with raw materials for making porcelain. At one time, porcelain wares were made mainly for the imperial court. While those manufactured during the Tang Dynasty period (618–906) had been known to be exported to the Islamic world where they were highly prized, it is not until the late Ming period that porcelain was exported on a large scale to Europe and other places around the world.Then, there was a dramatic shift towards a market economy and beginning with Wanli Emperor (1572–1620), porcelain for domestic use were produced abundantly at kilns at Jindezhen. You wouldn't dream that China's china had come such a long way, would you?

Refuge

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Sun Yat-sen, the first leader of the Chinese National People's Party or Kuomintang (KMT) who played an instrumental role in inspiring the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty, was considered one of the greatest leaders of modern China. He was revered by people from both the People's Republic of China and Republic of China (Taiwan) who agreed unanimously that he was the founder father of Republican China. His political life reportedly was one of constant struggle and frequent exile and in the Net, it was recently reported that he hid from Qing dynasty agents in San Franscisco Chinatown (inset).Most probably, San Franscisco Chinatown was not the only place that he hid. I have heard that he had been to Taiping, Malaysia too and most probably there must a be a house somewhere in Assam Kumbang or in Taiping town itself where he had put up in. Everywhere under heaven is a place of refuge!

Green Post: The Real Thing

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This is the Real Thing, not Coca-Cola of course but a cell phone that could be powered by Coca-Cola. China-born Daizi Zheng who had her early education in China and study Product Design at Central St. Martins in London, came up with a mobile phone that runs on a battery that can generate power using soda, or any other kind of sugary liquid. She had found out that a normal phone battery is expensive and harmful to the environment, thereby coming out with this fully biodegradable and ecologically friendly bio battery which not only last three to four times longer than a conventional lithium battery but probably could solve current environmental problems. Cool!

Talented Tang Wei

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Chinese actress Tang Wei was at the fashion show Croisiere 2011-2012 by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld in Cannes. Tang Wei's name rang a bell and no wonder - Tang had won the Best New Performer Golden Horse award after being selected from more than 10,000 actresses to act opposite Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Wang Li Hom and Joan Chen in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution in 2007. In the movie, she played Wong Chia Chi and had to learn Shanghainese and the Suzhou dialect. Tang reportedly learned Cantonese in 2010 when she played Oi Lin, an orphan in the romantic drama Crossing Hennesy which also starrred Hong Kong star, Jacky Cheung. That really reminds me of the American actress, Meryl Streep who had to put on a Polish accent in the 1982 Sophie's Choice and a Danish accent in the movie with Robert Redford, Out of Africa. The latter is well-known for her ability to imitate foreign accents. That would be just as difficult as learning foreign languages or dialects, don't you think?

Chinese Educated VS English Educated: Cheers!

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When President Hu Jintao visited America and was honoured with a dinner in the White House, Coca-Cola Co. Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Kent reportedly gave a toast: In honor of this very historic moment, I would like to propose a toast to President Hu and also to his esteemed delegation, 'kanpai'. To this, the crowd which included hundreds of Chinese started laughing. Kanpai which means cheers ,is in Japanese and in Chinese shoud be ganbei. I couldn't see what's funny about the whole issue but then too, I was reminded of a certain learned Chinese CEO in Malaysia who was hesistant about sending his daughter to a Chinese school. In his blog, he had lamented that Chinese-educated Chinese could not speak English well and often then not, these students could not communicate with others. The toasting incident perhaps raise the question of who actually is the one who cannot communicate - In the case when someone is Chinese educated and the other is English educated, meaning…