|NY Times: Wary of Future, Professionals Leave China in Record Numbers|
BEIJING — At 30, Chen Kuo had what many Chinese dream of: her own apartment and a well-paying job at a multinational corporation. But in mid-October, Ms. Chen boarded a midnight flight for Australia to begin a new life with no sure prospects.
| Attack on Wen Jiabao Spells End of Bo and Faction |
On Oct. 26 when Bo Xilai was expelled from the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), The New York Times released a front-page news report, claiming that Premier Wen Jiabao’s family maintains a hidden wealth of not less than $2.7 billion.
|The Asian Fork|
Legend has it that chopsticks have been around for over 5,000 years, yet the exact date of their first appearance is not actually known.
|Eating the Thai Way|
In Thai culture, food and gracious hospitality are indispensable ingredients of life. Welcoming others to share a meal and the pleasure of good company are part of the charming Thai personality. Shared mealtimes, which are usually sprinkled with glee and delight, are considered an important part of the day, and meals are seldom taken alone.
|A Pakistani Meal|
Pakistan is very diverse ethnically and culturally, and its cuisine reflects this diversity. Like in any nation, food generally differs from home to home and can be quite different from the mainstream foods. This said, much of the cuisine is a mix of Indian flavors, especially in the Pakistani provinces of Punjab and Sindh. Pakistanis eat a lot more meat than Indians.
|Beijing Bones up its Cyber-Warfare Capacity|
While the furor over cyber attacks against Google has lapsed somewhat, the Sino-American confrontation over the larger issue of Internet security and global digital warfare is expected to intensify in the near future. This is particularly in light of the deterioration of bilateral ties due to issues ranging from the value of the renminbi to U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. Even more significant is the fact that despite Washington’s criticism of Beijing’s censorship of the Internet—as well as China-originated sorties against the networks of American government agencies and multinationals—the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership is devoting unprecedented resources to strengthening its already formidable cyber warfare prowess.
|New Strains in the U.S.-China-Taiwan Strategic Triangle|
The triangular security relationship between the United States, China and Taiwan is under strain again. The January 29 announcement of the $6.4 billion U.S. arms sales package to Taiwan marks a low point, but no major change in direction, for a U.S.-China relationship that began a downward spiral months ago. While not likely to cause bilateral relations to nosedive, the arms package does add another dip to a recently bumpy ride attributable to a host of issues ranging from Copenhagen 2009, the Iranian nuclear impasse to the Google debacle. What the analytical tendency toward political factors tends to overlook, however, is the tectonics of the economic reshaping of the U.S.-China-Taiwan strategic triangle over recent years, trends accelerated sharply by the conditions of the global recession throughout 2009.
|Fei Tian Academy of the Arts to Open Campus in San Francisco|
SAN FRANCISCO—Fei Tian Academy of the Arts, a premier arts school based in New York which offers world-class training in dance, music, and fine arts, will be opening an additional campus in San Francisco on March 1, 2010.
|Food Tip: Keeping Ginger Fresh|
During the winter months ginger is great for flavoring winter vegetable soups such as carrot and sweet potato. It is very warming and often helps to settle the stomach if you are suffering from nausea or vomitin
|The Paradise Beyond Peach Blossoms|
Myths and legends keep alive the hope that a perfect world is somewhere beyond the next mountain peak, across the ocean or through a narrow crevice. Plato described the mythic continent of Atlantis as if it had actually existed. In modern times, James Hilton wrote “Shangri-La” based on a mystical city of Tibetan Buddhism. And as C.S. Lewis said, we’d all like to think there was a magical wardrobe in our house.