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We are a team of bilingual, bicultural Chinese in America who have lived and studied in both the US and China. Each of us has navigated the somewhat complex American educational system and we collectively bring our own real life experiences, challenges and knowledge to bear. We fully recognize that applying to American colleges from China or anywhere overseas, and moving or transitioning to a new life in America is no easy task. Yet, we believe we can best guide you through your journey down America’s higher education system, culture and way of life. We hope you’ll allow us to help you and always appreciate your input.
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Ever wondered where some ever-present idioms originated from in the English language? We’ve researched some of the most commonly used sayings and traced back their fascinating and sometimes bizarre history.

“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride”

Definition: Literally, always being a…

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Dust grays Lhasa’s blue skies

Dust is obscuring the sights of Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region since Thursday.

Renowned as “sun city”, Lhasa normally basks under blue skies with rarely a foggy day.

Liu Yijun, a senior engineer at the local meteorological observatory, said a sharp drop in temperature, lower pressure and accumulated particulates are main causes of the murk.

The dust cloud first manifested itself in Lhasa and neighboring counties of Quxu and Gonggar early on Thursday morning.

cctvnews:

Private collection to commemorate Mao’s birth

Zhu Baoguo, a private collector in Yichang, Central China’s Hubei province, shows his collections. This year marks the 120th anniversary of Mao’s birth. He has collected 5,000 items related to Mao Zedong, including badges, publications, posters, Chairman Mao’s quotations, certificates of merit and marriage registration certificates.[Photo/icpress.cn]

thewangpost:

Chinese Indie Rock on the Rise

Little by little, Chinese indie rock is finding its place in the world.

Rock music entered China…

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hollybailey:

The Most Surprising Photos of 2013: A boy plays in a Chinese traditional pavilion next to an inflated Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman at the Summer Palace in Beijing (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters via LightBox)

cctvnews:

China’s State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission announced on Thursday that the country will promote a mixed-ownership economy by diversifying the shareholding structure of state-owned enterprises.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, commission officials said that China will speed up the transformation of SOEs, especially parent companies, into joint-stock firms. 

The pay system will also be reformed with a focus on using performance as the basis for compensation for SOE managers. 

It will also improve the shareholding structure of SOEs.

The following are the key points made by Huang Shuhe, Vice Director of State-Owned Assets Supervision & Administration Commission:

  • Some state-owned enterprises, state-owned capital investment companies and capital-operating firms that are vital to national security, will be wholly invested in by state-owned capital.

  • Absolute majority shares can be held by state-owned capital for SOEs in major industries and key fields that are the lifeblood of the economy.

  • State capital can hold a relative majority of shares for important SOEs in pillar sectors and new-and-high-tech industries.

  • State capital will hold minority shares in, or will totally exit from SOEs that do not need to be controlled by state capital, and whose majority shares can be held by capital from other sources.

cbrmagazine:

The China Business Review’s Most Popular Stories of 2013

The Third Plenum of the 18th Chinese Communist Party: A Primer

The third plenum has historically been a platform for announcing reform—political and economic. Here’s what you need to know about November’s meeting. Read more

What a China Team Needs

To thrive in today’s China business environment, companies should be asking: “Do our people based in the United States and in China work together to define and address issues? Does everyone involved have the knowledge, skills, and motivation to work as a team?” Read more

Compliance after China’s Healthcare Bribery Scandals

Changing everyday business practices instead of focusing only on legal issues may help companies comply with Chinese anti-corruption laws. Read more

China’s New Visa and Residency Rules ‘Trip Up’ Foreign Businesses

Complying with Chinese immigration rules has never been easy. But new visa and residency regulations that went into effect September 1 have been making it especially hard for foreign executives to navigate China’s immigration system. Read more

The Expat’s Competitive Edge

Technical skills, cross-cultural knowledge, and language abilities can help expats in China find positions in a competitive market. Read more

What America Exports to China

Soybeans remain the largest export, but shipments of higher-value products like vehicles and airplanes are also growing. Read more

The Great Leap Outward

At the start of 2013, a transition quietly took place that points to a fundamental shift in the global role of Chinese businesses: China invested more overseas on a monthly basis than it absorbed in foreign direct investment (FDI). But this “great leap outward” is proving a challenge, especially when it comes to corporate and brand communications and the navigation of a more diverse and transparent set of stakeholders compared to the domestic market. Read more

China’s Online Supermarket Shopping Spree

E-commerce players in China are trying to take the sting out of grocery shopping for busy urbanites by devising solutions to give shoppers the convenience of ordering groceries online to be delivered to their doorsteps within days and sometimes hours. Read more

Making the Most of China’s Massive Healthcare Market

China’s healthcare market presents huge opportunities, but companies must know their customers and choose their partners carefully. Read more

Destinations Target Chinese Tourists on Weibo

Brands and destinations are using social media to attract China’s big-spending overseas travelers. Read more

nbcnightlynews:

JUST IN: President Obama to nominate Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) as U.S. Ambassador to China, White House announces

theatlantic:

Glenn Greenwald’s New Media Company is a Bespoke Firm

In October, American media received a gift: The birth of a new, major publication that wouldn’t be predicated on listicles or emotional headlines. Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, announced he would found a new media company, temporarily named “NewCo,” to highlight the work of star national security journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill and other, yet-to-be-named investigative journalists. 

NewCo isn’t just a boutique investigative team. It aims to be a complete news publication, living inside a larger media company, called First Look.

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