Chinese tourists have recently discovered Europe as a destination. SPIEGEL traveled with a group who covered 11 countries in 14 days by bus, snapping the sights and buying up brand names.
China claims that its economy is growing at 10 to 11 percent a year, and China’s official analysts say that their nation will catch up with the United States long before the 22nd century arrives. Don’t believe it, says Lester Thurow of the NYT.
It’s a story that has made headlines around the world: Slave laborers have been found in Chinese brick factories. The authorities have freed many of them, but some fear there could be hundreds more being imprisoned, beaten and starved.
Today, in many of the countries where the new Chinese emigrants have settled, like Chad, Chinese-owned pharmacies, massage parlors and restaurants serving a variety of regional Chinese cuisines can be found; the Western presence has steadily dwindled.
“I didn’t mean to get into a fight with Susan Sontag”, says Val Wang of Salon, but she eventually did. A dinner with Sontag in 2000 would prove to be her initiation into New York literary life.
By Chinese standards, the city of Yanji is rather small, with a population of nearly 400,000. About a third of them are ethnic Koreans: Yanji is the capital of Yanbian autonomous prefecture in the northeastern province of Jilin.
China’s rising generation of worship leaders [Christian Post h/t Danwei]
John, a composer who was once a rising star at a state-owned symphony, has started a Christian music school where graduates are dispatched throughout the nation.
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