Author Archives: Venus Lee

Asian, African Nations Lead China’s Foreign Student Boom

According to statistics from the Ministry of Education, 397,635 foreigners from 202 countries came to study at 811 Chinese colleges during the 2015 school year. But while total foreign attendance increased 5.46 percent, the number of students coming from Europe and the Americas has...


Shilaijiuzuo Offers Chinese Take on Foreign Favorites

Looking for a Chinese take barbecued pork ribs and other American favorites? Shilaijiuzuo, a two-story restaurant managed by a few 30-year-olds on Banqiao Nan Xian, offers ribs and other foreign favorites on a street that is far removed enough from Guijiu to be free...


Private Equity Rules May Force Star VC to Close

Star VC, the private equity fund established by several movie stars, could be forced to shut down after China’s Fund Industry Association (CFIA) announced changes to how it regulates and approves private equity funds. The fund was created by Ren Quan, Li Bingbing and...


Knowing the World Through Ears and Heart

The 20 viewers present for Xinmu Cinema’s screening of Lost in Hong Kong shared more than laughter and applause last Saturday morning: they shared a disability. Xinmu, whose name literally means “Eye of the Heart,” is one of Beijing’s only cinema venues dedicated to...


Going Abroad with Your Animals

Finding a way to deal with your pets when leaving China can be a heart wrenching experience. It certainly was for Kim Van Rijssen, a flower trader, who adopted two dogs during her time in Beijing. “My aunt will take care of the wounded...


Money Lures App Makers to Make the Jump to Hardware

The smart home battleground is moving into indoor air cleaning systems. On January 11, appliance giant Haier released its first intelligent air monitor called the Air Box. The round and black device monitors home air quality and records data on ambient temperature, humidity and...


Net Giants Enter the Live E-learning Arena

Xu Xueqian, a 17-year-old student from Shanghai Foreign Language School, is preparing to study abroad. She enrolled in several training classes but got little progress until she enrolled in a new online class at 100 Education. After scoring 109 on the TOEFL, Xu attributed...


App Boom Comes to Chinese Take-out

China’s restaurants are the most recent newcomer to the country’s e-commerce boom. Most young shoppers are used to ordering their pizzas online or downloading coupons through branded apps, but the arrival of generic take-out and delivery apps is making waves. Xue Yang, an office...


LeTV and Xiaomi Begin Battle of the Box

LeTV and Xiaomi have been lobbing increasingly fiery verbal bombs at one another. The latest battle stems from LeTV’s allegations that the Xiaomi Box, an Internet TV set-top box, infringes on its private network by sharing several of LeTV’s exclusive movies and series, such...