Blog Tag - Culture

Mandarin Month: Is it Offensive to Be Called a Laowai?
Due to the 40 percent likelihood of rain on Saturday, we are postponing our Mandarin Month Social on the Q Bar roofdeck to Sunday, June 25, which ...
Cultural Stereotypes Perpetuated as China Media Reports Foreigners Unequivocally Hate Cilantro
Food is, by far, the topic that expats in China are questioned about the most. But, strangely, it always seems to be about the same things. For...
R Secret Meaning of Smiling Emoji Angrily Refuted by Chinese Netizens
An angry backlash has erupted after claims that Chinese Internet users attach secret meanings to emojis in order to disguise their contempt of others...
Why Do We Call it Spring Festival?: The Origins Behind the Name
Has there ever been a blander name for a holiday than “Spring Festival”? What the hell does it even mean? It’s held in the middle of winter. In North...
From Americans Abroad to the US: It’s Time for Dialogue, Not Argumentation
Below is an opinion piece written by Annie Wang, Iris Kim, and Lyssa Freese who are stationed in China, looking at the US from the outside. Seven-...
Beijing Crummy for Residents, But Great for Visitors, Managers and Artists, According to New City Ranking
It's like a A Tale of Two Cities, with some aspects prosperous, and others nothing short of disastrous. First the good news: Beijing cracked the top...
Beijing's Top Cultural August Events Roundup
Below you'll find some of the best cultural events that Beijing has to offer in the next month. Every Thursday: The Bookworm’s Weekly Sci-Fi Book...
Cultural Adjustment: Where Do You Draw the Line?
How much do you adjust in a culture different from your own to show your respect of local customs? How much cultural adjustment is enough, how much...
Two Best Exhibitions You Can’t Miss This Week At Capital Museum
There are two reasons to visit Capital Museum this week: not only is it an all-round educational gold mine, full of ancient Chinese paintings, bronze...
How to Use the F-Word (他妈的) Properly in Chinese
As part of the Beijinger’s daily Mandarin Month series ahead of our June 25 Mandarin Mixer, we're bringing you some handy tips and tricks to make...
China, India Promote Cultural, Historic Ties Through Film
This post comes courtesy of our content partners over at China Film Insider. When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with President Xi Jinping...
To China, with Love: A Relationship Deepened Over Time
When I first came to Beijing I was already in love with Chinese culture. I pursued a degree in East Asian Studies with a concentration on China,...
Look Ma, No Regifting! 10 Culturally-Appropriate Presents for Spring Festival
Spring Festival is now in full swing, but choosing seasonal gifts for Chinese friends can be a knotty task for expats – especially newcomers to...
A Month-by-Month Guide to the Most Common Chinese Festival Foods
It's hard to keep track of the traditional Chinese festival calendar, and it's even harder to keep track of all the customs and special foods that go...
The Beijing Bucket List: Lao She Museum
In a tiny hutong north of Wangfujing lies the former residence of one of Beijing's most beloved literary figures of the 20th century. The modern cult...