Author Archives: Qu Chaonan

Netspeak 101: Men and Women

Zhí Nán ái (直男癌) Zhí Nán means straight guy, and ái literally translates into cancer, but the phrase means being a dominant male who wants to protect women and always be right. Zhí Nán ái lack a sense of fashion, and they don’t care...


Rural Elderly Say They’re Happy Amid Tears

Although 60 percent of the Chinese rural elderly do not have savings and 33 percent are in need of care, 80 percent are satisfied with their current situation, according to a recent survey on Chinese pensions in the countryside in 2014. Some elders who...


The British Embassy Announces First Open House

The British Embassy in Beijing is hosting its first open house from 2 to 4 pm at the ambassador’s residence on July 18. Aimed at Beijing residents between the ages of 18 and 35, the embassy expects some 350 guests to attend. Planned activities...


Gaokao‘s End Bring Divorce Spike

The end of the National College Entrance Exam is a relief to both students and their parents, many of whom have spent years continuing their unhappy marriages. Many couples choose to hide their marital troubles to avoid influencing children’s studies. With the last great...


Ask Beijing Today #68

Ask Beijing Today is our weekly attempt to make life in China less confusing. Whether it’s tracking down the papers to apply for a Chinese green card, dealing with KTV-crazy neighbors or finding the best buy on saffron, we are happy to help. Send...


Netspeak 101: I Love Staying at Home

Yù Zhái(御宅) In Japanese, Yù Zhái means “your highness.” But the phrase now refers to people who enjoy staying at home and are addicted to their hobbies such as animation or computer games. Most people think Yù Zhái are hard to communicate with and...


Pupil’s Monitor Running: An Adult Game

Featuring the real campus life of 36 first grade pupils, the TV program “The First Grade” draws people attention to elementary school education, especially the competition for class monitor. But it’s the parents who seem most passionate about the run. Wang Zixuan’s father is...


Delivery Workers Caught Nabbing Packages Again

Five employees who organized to steal packages from their express delivery company were arrested by police in Guangzhou’s Baiyun district on June 26. Police found more than 200 packages in the company’s workshop and in the employees’ homes. Contents included mobile phones, rings, necklaces,...


Ask Beijing Today #67

Ask Beijing Today is our weekly attempt to make life in China less confusing. Whether it’s tracking down the papers to apply for a Chinese green card, dealing with KTV-crazy neighbors or finding the best buy on saffron, we are happy to help. Send...


Beautiful New World Reflects on a Generation’s Memory

The docudrama About the Beautiful New World introduced the oral histories and dreams of ordinary people in China’s rapidly changing society during its three-day run from June 26 to 28 at Gulou West Theater. During the Spring Festival holiday, students from the Department of...