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November 26, 2014

As the temperature gradually declines, how you are going to stay warm during the cold months besides eating soup and drinking hot cocoa? Today we'll teach you about a handful of popular winter foods from Asia as alternatives, to vary your diet. These treats will warm you from the inside-out.

November 3, 2014

Macy’s revenue across the U.S. is around $6.5 billion each quarter, but there is a company in China whose sales once hit $2.1 billion in just one day. The company is called “天猫Tmall,” one of the biggest e-commerce sites owned by 阿里巴巴(Alibaba,) and the day that set the record was 11/11/2012.

October 16, 2014

Besides being the home of the Jade Rabbit and Chang’E (and perhaps one day a few taikonauts), the moon has been a source of poetic inspiration for the Chinese since ancient times.

September 24, 2014

In 1957, the year the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into space, Mao Zedong expanded China's nuclear weapons project into the country's first space program. Throughout the 1950s China cooperated with the Soviet Union, but after relations between the two countries declined in 1960, China began to work alone and to focus on missile defense systems. Though the program declined after Mao's death, China revived its space program after the end of the Cold War.

September 5, 2014

Imagine there’s a Rabbit Hall of Fame. Who would you nominate? In the west, the rock star might be the bunny that brings kids decorated eggs on Easter Sunday-the Easter Bunny! However in East Asia, most votes may go to a rabbit that is also related to a traditional festival: the Moon Rabbit.

June 30, 2014

In the United States, most of us grow up studying tales and stories from Ancient Western civilizations like Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.  The Middle East has a long history of literature that we should all spend some time learning about.  Classical Arabic literature contains some of the w

June 10, 2014

For a long time, sushi was a strange, alien concept to Americans, and many movies and TV shows from the 80s and 90s feature characters getting nauseous at the prospect of eating raw fish. But today, sushi restaurants have become an increasingly popular and commonplace feature of American cities.

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