Author Archives: Karena Hu

Artist Journeys from Modeling Clay to Murals

Yang Shen paints his childhood fantasies. On his canvas, pupils await the arrival of US President Richard Nixon; sailors gaze out through binoculars; and the Chinese children’s song “Yifenqian” comes to life. The 42-year-old Beijing artist grew up during a time when resources were...


Artist Duo Blends Dreams and Fantasy

Bufan is the artistic duo of Pan Long and Tian Yiran, two graduate students of oil painting at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. Pan and Tian have been friends since high school, but their decision to form an art group is more recent....


Education Policy Shifts China’s Study Burden to Parents

A mother in Shenzhen was surprised to learn her son could no longer remember any of the characters he learned during the recent school year when he returned to class after the National Day break. She and her husband were quick to blame a...


Supermarkets Confuse Between UHT Milk And Pasteurized Milk

Pasteurised milk is a kind of milk received low-temperature sterilization. Unlike UHT milk, the process is not intended to kill all bacteria in the milk therefore retains the original flavor of milk. For its nutrition and flavor, pasteurised milk has huge popularity among Chinese...


Ye’s Work Records Life of City Dwellers

Ye Guozhi dedicates his work to the story of the city, “an enormous space” that offers him a chance to express his inner world. As Vincent van Gogh found his spiritual dwelling in the starry skies, so Ye finds his in the urban jungle....


Military Participation Surges Among College Students

Under the new military participation welfare policy, Beijing college students may receive 186,000 yuan as a military allowance. The Beijing People’s Armed Police said as many as half of the city’s college students joined the army this year, up from 37.8 percent in 2015....


Court Overturns Air Gun Importer’s Life Sentence

Liu Dawes was imprisoned in 2014 for importing 24 air rifles from a Taiwanese dealer. Because 20 of the 24 guns were considered by the court to have lethal capabilities, the 18-year-old Liu was sentenced as a weapons smuggler to life imprisonment. The Higher...


‘Haigui’ Employment Begins Nosedive

Zhang Jialing, a 24-year-old “haigui” who returned to China to find work, has been disappointed in her job search. After attending two tests and four interviews, Zhang found her master’s diploma from the UK isn’t that valuable. Finding a job is the top priority...


Ningbo Couple Steals Toilet Seat from Japanese Hotel

A Chinese couple from Ningbo was caught stealing the toilet seat from their hotel bathroom on October 18 in Nagoya, Japan. Chen, the couple’s tour guide who exposed the story, said they swiped the toilet seat and hid it in their luggage. The couple...


Shi Dongxu Paints the Extraordinary in Daily Scenes

“I think Dongxu belongs with the sea, flowers, and watermelons because he paints them so realistic. It’s like the way these objects wish they could appear,” said Zhuang Qianliang, the friend artist Shi Dongxu. Shi’s is reminiscent of the creations of Vincent Van Gogh....