January 15, 2012 |
A few months before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I read a blog post by an Atlantic Monthly correspondent about Chinese wine. Chinese what? I grew up outside New York City, where I ate hundreds of pounds of lo mein and pork-fried rice but didn't see, taste or hear of Chinese wine. Even when I traveled to China in 2009 and 2010, I saw drinkers mostly tossing back beer and baijiu (Chinese liquor). But Western-style wine is attracting the attention of China'srising middle class.
October 2, 2011 |
Born in northern China and raised in Beijing, Sally Liu came of age in the 1990s and dreamed of becoming a filmmaker. With the world's most populous nation swelling with thousands of new cinemas, big-budget productions proliferating and box-office grosses multiplying, the movies in China aren't just glamorous, they're a serious growth industry. When it came time to apply to film school, though, Liu didn't look to China's most prominent institution, the Beijing Film Academy. The competition is fierce — the academy accepts only 500 students each year from among 100,000 applicants, making it about 140 times harder to attend than Harvard University.
June 29, 2008 |
I had been trying to learn Mandarin at Beijing Language and Culture University and still had about 3,500 Chinese characters to memorize with two months left in the semester. It was going slowly and, often, not well. So, taking a note from American college students, I packed my bathing suit, flip-flops and a mystery novel and came to Qingdao for spring break. Millions of Chinese sun-seekers annually visit Qingdao, the beach capital of northern China.
November 24, 2002 |
A U.S. destroyer docked in eastern China today, the first port call in China by a U.S. Navy ship since the two countries curtailed military ties after a dispute over a plane crash last year. Chinese sailors lined the dock as the destroyer Paul F. Foster pulled into Qingdao. A Chinese military band played and a girl held a bouquet in welcome. Military ties were cut back after a Navy spy plane and a Chinese fighter jet collided over the South China Sea in April 2001.
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November 8, 1986
The article on Qingdao brought back memories of the liberty days I had spent there in 1945 when it was known as Tsingtao. The people were very friendly, and the surprise was the quality of the beer, which still is ranked very highly. My ship, the USS Hydrus, had been in the Philippines just prior, and there was hardly any diversity in the entertainment due to the war damages. We also visited Tianjian, then known as Tientsin, but due to the lack of port facilities had to limit liberty to 10% of the Port Watch, I being one of the lucky ones to go. By comparison, Tianjian was a tremendous city, with people from many countries, somehow living then through the war. In 1945, one could hear the sound of remote firing of weapons, which were attributed to fighting between the Nationalists and the Bandits (an expression used in Tianjian for the Communist troops)