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China compiles its own Wikipedia, but public can’t edit it


It’ll be free. It’ll be uniquely Chinese. It’ll be an online encyclopedia to rival Wikipedia — but without the participation of the public. And don’t expect entries on “Tiananmen Square 1989” or “Falun Gong spiritual group” to come up in your searches, either. Scholars and experts hand-picked by Beijing to work on the project say … Continue reading

Taiwanese athlete and art student speaks out about Ministry of Education pro-China textbook issue


As Typhoon Soudelor bears down on Taiwan, my exceptionally talented Taiwanese high school friend Yen Liao agreed to do an interview concerning the recent textbook crisis and the Ministry of Education. He also spoke about the mentality of Taiwanese parents towards their children when it comes to their studies, and the need for a change. … Continue reading

China’s self-defeating crackdown on ‘Western values’


The news from the mainland these days is mostly depressing, owing to the government’s escalating crackdown on its critics. But what few observers seem to understand is that the Chinese leadership‘s fight against liberalism and “Western values” is directly undermining its efforts to root out official corruption, promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and deepen engagement with … Continue reading

China’s Confucius Institutes: A subversive attack on western academic freedom?


Xu Lin is an unusual kind of Chinese official. For starters she accepted a request for a BBC interview. Admittedly she came quickly to regret it, demanding that we delete a large section of our recording. But given that unelected Chinese officials do not need to court their own domestic media, let alone the international … Continue reading

Is China’s basic education a success, or does it destroy the morality of society?


Chinese educators and education experts believe China has extraordinary basic education. They think this education gives millions of students solid knowledge and basic skills, which is the point why our education is good. The experts think the only failure of Chinese education is at university level. They criticise the poor higher education system as the … Continue reading

China’s new education reform will fail again


China‘s Education Department published the new rules of the college entrance examination. Shanghai and Zhejiang provinces are going to be the experimental regions of the new system. Unfortunately, no matter how the Chinese government acts on the education system, all reforms are sure to be failures. The government is still unaware of the lack of … Continue reading

China complains that American education is undermining Communist ideology amongst Chinese students


Chinese students have shown an insatiable appetite for attending U.S. colleges — last year alone, more than 235,000 were enrolled at American institutions of higher education. But now, some in China are grousing that the SAT may impose American values on its best and brightest, who in preparation for the exam might be studying the … Continue reading

China: Revving up for e-learning market opportunities


The e-learning market has been reshaped by the widespread of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) set up by a large range of top players globally: from the established Ivy League universities to the most daring projects set up by innovative outsiders like Udacity or Khan Academy. Many powerful projects achieved great results in a very … Continue reading

Top executives refuse to work in China; slowing economy and pollution the main reasons


China‘s smog is making it harder for foreign firms to convince top executives to work in the country, the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing said on Wednesday, offering some of the strongest evidence yet on how pollution is hurting recruitment. Some 48 percent of the 365 foreign companies that replied to the chamber’s annual … Continue reading

Chinese spies attending US universities, says expelled Peking University professor


A prominent Beijing scholar who recently fled to the United States has warned that China was sending “spies” to American universities, and urged US institutions to tread carefully on academic co-operation. Xia Yeliang is one of the original signatories of Charter 08, a petition for reform whose Nobel Prize-winning lead author Liu Xiaobo is in … Continue reading

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s new Harvard job: US-China relations


Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has taken up a new role with the prestigious Harvard University where he will lead a major research project into United States-China relations. The appointment will see him split his time between Boston, Beijing and his hometown of Brisbane. Mr Rudd, who has worked in China and speaks Mandarin, … Continue reading

Taiwan to review limits on Chinese mainland students


Taiwan to reconsider controversial restrictions on learners from the mainland as talent drain and low birthrate take toll on enrolment. The administration of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is considering loosening controversial restrictions on mainland college students as a talent drain and low birthrate reduce the number of local students. A review of the so-called “three … Continue reading

China parents count cost of sending children to overseas universities


Jack Ma, one of China’s best-known entrepreneurs, thinks business success in China has nothing to do with prestigious foreign degrees: “When you want to judge whether a person . . . is excellent or not don’t look at whether they went to Harvard or Stanford,” he is famous for saying. More and more Chinese parents apparently disagree with the … Continue reading

British teachers fined, jailed and deported for working illegally in China


The following is one of many stories in recent months concerning foreign nationals working illegally, or vilified as serious criminals for seemingly minor matters. After ricocheting from subject of sympathy to target of vitriol by millions of Chinese Internet users who had seen photographs of him hitting a woman pedestrian with his scooter, a foreign … Continue reading

China targets schools for major Marxist education campaign


Educational institutions – from primary schools to universities – will be a major target of a sweeping Marxist education campaign announced yesterday by the Communist Party. The unusually detailed action plan released by the ruling party’s General Office was seen as an attempt by party boss and President Xi Jinping to fight against public scepticism … Continue reading

China’s supposed top world education ranking is designed to deceive


The Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) scores for 15 year olds around the world were recently released. While these scores do offer some indication as to how students from a given country compare, we should be reticent to make took much of these scores. Shanghai in particular is a city where much ado has been made about apparently high … Continue reading

China: Xinjiang college says “approved political views” needed to graduate


College students in China’s restive western Xinjiang region will not graduate unless their political views are approved, a university official said, as the country wages what school administrators called an ideological war against separatism. Xinjiang is home to the Muslim Uighur ethnic group, many of whom resent controls imposed by Beijing and an inflow of … Continue reading

Hong Kong signs up for Australian undergraduate study and internship plan


Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has signed up the fourth and final destination, Hong Kong, for next year’s trial of the government’s New Colombo Plan, which will send Australian undergraduates into the region for study, internships and long-term diplomacy. “Australian students will benefit from the opportunity to study at Hong Kong’s world-class institutions and the … Continue reading

Chinese school recruiters scam expat teachers


The following story was supplied to us by one of our readers, and serves as a warning to expats not to trust recruiters when looking for teaching jobs in China. Previously respected expat websites are increasingly and knowingly promoting these recruiters for large sums of money, knowing that the expat will run into these problems. … Continue reading

Longer wait for China residency permits irk foreign firms


Foreign executives in China are upset at a new rule that allows authorities to hold passports for up to 15 working days when processing and renewing residency permits, saying it could disrupt essential business travel within China and abroad. The changes are evidence to those who argue China is becoming a harder place to do business, especially … Continue reading

Chinese students find Australia’s capital city too quiet for study


The majority of Chinese do not consider Canberra as a study destination and those that do find it too quiet, ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has found. Ms Gallagher is in China, with University of Canberra vice-chancellor Stephen Parker and Australian National University vice-chancellor Ian Young, to promote Canberra as a tertiary education and business … Continue reading

Martin Luther King Jr in China


“I have a dream” are words the freshmen students I taught were actually familiar with. They knew that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was perhaps the most influential leader in the fight for racial equality in America, and they knew that the “I Have a Dream” speech he recited on the steps of the Lincoln … Continue reading

Poll: Young Chinese use ‘daddies’ to get ahead


To get ahead in China, you need the right daddy. So says a recent online survey showing that nearly 84% of respondents believe the young people around them would prefer to play a game of pin die rather than work hard. Meaning something like “powerful daddy,” the phrase refers to competing on the basis of … Continue reading

Getting China’s Tower of Babel on record


Michael Wu, 20, a student at Peking University, grew up in Shanghai. But when he wants to talk to his cousins in Hainan, he needs to bring his mother along to interpret the conversation. The cousins in Hainan speak two kinds of Hainan dialect. “I actually cannot understand either of them,” Wu says. “It’s actually … Continue reading

China talent outflow is highest in the world


China is losing top-notch talent at the highest rate in the world as students who seek degrees abroad opt to remain overseas, the official People’s Daily newspaper reported today. An average of 87 percent of students in science and engineering stay overseas, the newspaper said, citing an official from a government working group on talent … Continue reading

Job prospects grim for China’s 7 million fresh graduates


When James Zhao, 23, read news reports last Friday claiming Renren, the “Facebook of China“, could be laying off three-quarters of the staff at its 3G technology department, his heart sank. Having been unsuccessful in his job applications to several multinational tech firms, including mobile giant Motorola, he was hoping to have better luck with … Continue reading

‘Don’t teach freedom of press or Communist Party mistakes’, Chinese universities told


Mainland universities have been ordered to steer clear of seven topics in their teaching, including universal values, press freedom and civil rights, two university staff said, offering an insight into ideological control under the new Communist Party leaders. A law professor with a Shanghai-based university who requested anonymity because he feared persecution said yesterday that … Continue reading

Terrifying climb to get to school in southern China


That’s one way to get to the top of the class… The terrifying climb of Chinese school children as young as five, forced to scale sheer cliffs to get to school. The mountain-top village of only 100 residents is cut off from the outside world, apart from ladders leading to the valley below. Brave schoolchildren … Continue reading

The real cause and impact of China’s labour shortage


China continues to suffer a labour shortage in its key coastal manufacturing regions. This, no doubt, is impacting U.S. and other foreign companies operating in China. But the labour shortage is not due to a lack of available workers. Instead, it is prompted by Chinese government policies, as well as prevailing work and living conditions … Continue reading

Australia’s “Asia Literate” plan fails: more students learning Latin than Chinese


Asian language teaching in Australian schools has declined to the point where more year 12 students are studying Latin than Chinese. Despite China’s growing importance and the Gillard government‘s goal of creating an ”Asia Literate” society by 2025, fewer high school students who don’t speak Chinese at home are learning the language than four years … Continue reading

Australian government getting serious on China university scams


The Australian Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (AITH) is an intermediary. It doesn’t belong to China and it doesn’t belong to Australia. It is registered in Hong Kong, where neither country can touch it. That doesn’t stop it from cheating Chinese students on a massive scale, possibly tens of millions of dollars. However, that may … Continue reading

China Foreign Teachers Union scams expats


The thing to remember about China is that all unions are state controlled. Independent unions are illegal. Yet China Foreign Teachers Union (CFTU) claims to be the one exception in the whole country. It seems impossible to believe that the Chinese government would allow western teachers to form an illegal union, and allow that union to … Continue reading

Wages rising in Chinese factories? Only for some


If we are to take recent news reports at face value, the collective conscience of the world’s consumers can be eased: conditions at Chinese factories are improving. Last year, The New York Times told us that these workers are “cheap no more.” This February, the Heritage Foundation, touting the virtues of global free trade, claimed that Chinese factory wages have risen … Continue reading

Where have China’s workers gone?


Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang are taking over China’s leadership at a time when growth has slackened and labour issues have become more complex. Reports that businesses such as Foxconn Technology Group are raising wages and struggling to recruit workers in China have intensified debate over just how many surplus workers the country still has. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

Cambodians flock to learn Mandarin


Seventeen-year-old Muth Sovannara is not like most Cambodian teenagers. For starters, he speaks three languages – his native Khmer, the English he spent most of his life studying, and, for three years now, Mandarin. Each weekday, he wakes early to get to his high school at 7am. After four hours of lessons in Khmer, the … Continue reading

The labour relations crisis in China


As Chinese labour becomes more expensive and a disaffected migrant workforce increasingly stays home, an increasing share of China’s export manufacturing business is drawn to cheaper venues in Southeast Asia. But this is only the tip of a very large iceberg.  The rise of labour protest in China and the systemic problems which underlie it are … Continue reading

In China, families bet it all on college for their children


Wu Yiebing has been going down coal shafts practically every workday of his life, wrestling an electric drill for $500 a month in the choking dust of claustrophobic tunnels, with one goal in mind: paying for his daughter’s education. His wife, Cao Weiping, toils from dawn to sunset in orchards every day during apple season in May … Continue reading

China’s Xiamen University expands into Malaysia


Xiamen University in Fujian Province announced that it would open its first overseas campus in the Malaysian state of Selangor in September 2015. It will become the first Chinese university to open an overseas branch. The final agreement for the Xiamen campus will be signed in early February during the launch of the Kuantan Industrial Park … Continue reading

China’s atypical labour challenge – facts and figures


China’s working age population is set to peak in 2013, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest demographic projections. However the impact of this milestone on the country’s economy will be different from the experience of other, predominantly rich countries that have already undergone the process. While ageing, the country’s urban workforce will continue to … Continue reading

Online essay mills target Chinese students


Kexin Lee is a 36-year-old man from Southern China,. He has never had college education and can hardly speak any English, but when it comes to essay writing, hundreds of Chinese students in the UK turn to Lee with their essay tasks, paying him from £100 to £300 per thousand words. Lee then assigns the … Continue reading

China: Easing of college exam barriers fails to satisfy migrant parents


Migrant parents expressed disappointment yesterday after three of the largest magnets of migrant labour – Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong – announced only a modest relaxation of residency restrictions for college entrance exams. Officials in the three regions each submitted plans in advance of the State Council‘s year-end deadline for policies to overhaul the much criticised … Continue reading

A Chinese education, for a price


For Chinese children and their devoted parents, education has long been seen as the key to getting ahead in a highly competitive society. But just as money and power grease business deals and civil servant promotions, the academic race here is increasingly rigged in favor of the wealthy and well connected, who pay large sums … Continue reading

Visiting China mainland students unfairly punished by Taiwan politics


Asked for their first impressions of Taiwan after stepping on a university campus here, many mainland students happily reply “friendly and free”. Wait a few months, however, and some of those same students might have a much less flattering description: “narrow-minded and biased”. Who could blame them? Taiwan has been anything but hospitable to mainland … Continue reading

Hong Kong: 65 percent of parents believe foreign English teachers offer better education


A survey of 300 households in Hong Kong showed that 65 percent of parents believe a foreign teacher of English can offer better education than a local teacher. In response, early childhood education experts have issued statements reminding parents and institutions to check the qualifications of foreign educators during the hiring process. Experts also warn … Continue reading

Harsh rules on migrants’ education opportunities in China


SCMP reports today: “Migrant parents are unhappy with new State Council guidelines that set harsh rules for deciding which of their children can sit high school and university entrance exams in the cities where they live. “They say the restrictions will deny their children the chance of an education. “Minister of Education Yuan Guiren said … Continue reading

An open letter from a Chinese Malaysian resident in USA


The following open letter, while not directly dealing with China, does highlight the problems of racism and injustice experienced by many Chinese and Chinese-descent people, in Malaysia and many other countries around the world: Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak Prime Minister of Malaysia, admin@portal.gov.my Dear Prime Minister, We … Continue reading

Hong Kong teachers vow to fight against brainwashing imposed by Beijing


Hong Kong is preparing for a new march against the school reform imposed by the communist government, which obliges classes of “national education”. Civil society joins the battle first launched 10 years ago by the Catholic Church and say they are ready to resist this new abuse. After the Catholic Church, the Christian denominations, parents … Continue reading

Graduate unemployment in China and USA


Unemployment of recent graduates is hovering at 50% in both China and the US. The lack of available employment for the best and the brightest is a symptom of what is wrong at a macro level with each of our respective economies. While the overall symptoms are the same, the disease, and its treatment, is … Continue reading

Rules banning rampant academic cheating in China ‘lack bite’


In my post “Hunan Hospital Passed Water for Vaccine” yesterday, I point out that Mao’s example of lies and trickery in his Anti-Rightist Campaign in 1957 has corrupted the whole nation and made even hospitals cheat their patients. Today, SCMP reports on the draft of rules to deal with the problem of rampant lies and … Continue reading

120,000 North Koreans to work in China


Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily reports, “News about North Korea’s export of 120,000 workers to China appeared for the first time on Chinese Mainland media. The first group of them, about 30 in number, have already worked for nearly 6 months in a hotel at Jiangsu’s Waxi Village, the richest village in China. They are mostly … Continue reading

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