Recommended Reading on China and Learning Chinese

This week we’re back by popular demand! More blog posts and articles for you to read on China and the process of learning Chinese:

Learning Chinese

How to Say “Cheesy” in Chinese - The World of Chinese

They should teach this in school.

A Chat With Eveline Chao, Slang Guru and Accidental Hepcat - The World of Chinese

Interview with author of Chinese slang bible “NIUBI!”

Mandarin Love: Chinese Phrases On Love and Destiny - Speaking of China

If you’re into love and destiny.

Oct. 14 Buzzwords - Shanghai Daily

Great source of new Chinese slang that tells a lot about Chinese society too.

Benchmarking progress to stay motivated - Hacking Chinese

A Simple Way to Test Your Chinese Listening Progress - Lingomi Blog

 Chinese Culture and Society

Across China during National Day holiday - Danwei

Beautiful photos showing you how Chinese people spent the holiday.

The Hakka: Nomadic gypsy tinkers or China’s ancient Han? - the China Travel Blog

Fantastic in-depth article on the origins and customs of the mysterious Hakka minority.

In Brief: Why People Become Officials - ChinaGeeks

Interesting though not scientifically rigorous Weibo poll.

China’s stature as cheap producer fading into history - The Globe and Mail

Child Trafficking and Sina Weibo - China Hush

A major issue in China – one microblogger decided to do something about it.

Chinese Cuisine

Niang Tofu: A Hearty Hakka Dish for the Fall - The World of Chinese

Intro, photo, and recipe for what looks like a really good dish.

How to Cook with Chinese Vinegar - The World of Chinese

Chinese People in the News

“Oprah of China” Shares How Young People and Microblogs Have Impacted China - Penn Olson

Make sure you watch the video too – her English public speaking skills are amazing!

Tang Lao Ba: The Street Sweeper Who Became One of China’s Best-Loved Bloggers - The World of Chinese

This street sweeper has 44,000 real Weibo fans!!

Couple in their 60s backpacked around the world and fell back in love - China Hush

The Chinese couple went to six continents, including Antarctica!

Traveling/Living in China

China’s 7 Best Outdoor Music Festivals - The World of Chinese

Shanghai Culture Square: the space turtle has landed - the China Travel Blog

10,000 expected at matchmaking party - Shanghai Daily

This probably won’t exactly be speed-dating – “The matchmaking party seems to be more popular among parents than young singles themselves.”

Tech

Video: Meet Kong And Wu, The Ping Pong Playing Robots From China - TechCrunch

Tudou CEO Gary Wang: My Disastrous Meeting with Steve Jobs - TechRice

Extremely hilarious.

Other

How American Companies Choose Their Chinese Name - Tom’s China Blog

Interesting article that also includes long list of Chinese names of American companies.

Photos: Chinese use Maxipads, dead ducks to skirt traffic cameras - Shanghaiist

Chinese ingenuity at its finest.

Hope you enjoy! Please let us know if you have any other posts or articles on China or learning Chinese that should be a part of next week’s recommended reading!

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