Final lunch with 曹荣


  Yesterday was the last day of Beijing Summer Study Abroad 2013. However, since my flight is actually scheduled to take off later today I was able to schedule in one last meeting with my language partner, 曹荣 (Cao2 Rong2). I’d asked her to take me to a kind of restaurant special to China, somewhere […]

Beijing. A foodies delight!


When I say “China”, what do you think of? One of the first things that comes to most peoples’ minds is food. Chinese food seems to be a staple of American culture now. So, one of the things I was most looking forward to about coming to China was the food. Some people from my […]

Language Views and Acquisition

Figure 2 - Delleman Error Analysis

Introduction Before beginning this paper, I thought I would write it solely about the acquisition of English by native Chinese speakers, analyzing the common types of mistakes many Chinese speakers made in grammar and pronunciation, and theorize why such mistakes might be common, drawing on previous knowledge from linguistics classes I’ve taken. However, as I […]

Hospital Service, Culture, and Satisfaction in China


At the far west end of Tsinghua University grounds is the Tsinghua University Hospital.  During my period of time in China, I choose to observe and research this site, to see what distinguishes it from Western hospitals, and its implications of Chinese health and medicine as a whole.  Some of the observations were expected, others […]

The Role of Museums in Defining Propaganda


Introduction Before coming to China, my understanding of the Communist Party’s record of information and media control suggested that Beijing’s museums, a key venue through which the party’s spin on historical information would be disseminated, would exclusively keep in line with party doctrine, especially in representing controversial events in the Communist Party’s history. Further, I […]

Soccer Culture as a Reflection of Social Change

Map of Tsinghua Daxue

Soccer, or 足球, is the most popular sport in the world.  After hearing that it is also extremely popular in China, I could not help but wonder why there is a dearth of success on the national scale.  For a population of over 1.3 billion people it stands to reason that at least one person […]

Living Online: Are Social Networks the Next Ecosystem In China?

Look Around

Anecdote: An Online Life is An Easier Life    While I was in Bridge Café, I decided to use the “Look Around” application on Wechat for my research project. This application, which I will explain in more detail later, allows you to converse with strangers using Weixin near your location. I accept the request to chat […]

Influential Factors of Perceptions of Beauty in Beijing


Beauty is topic of concern and a priority for Chinese men and women.  Advertisements of countless beauty products, treatments, and creams adorn buildings and stores promising customers the most desired looks.  This is highly prevalent in China’s capital, Beijing, since it has seen rapid growth and development as a result of China’s increasing popularity on […]

The Restoration of An Author’s Legacy


Located in old Beijing next to the Forbidden City, Lao She’s Teahouse, or 老舍茶馆 (Lǎoshě cháguǎn) operates in an exclusive niche that serves an important cultural purpose to Chinese people.  However being a cultural landmark is not its only function, a closer look at the history behind the Teahouse and the aspects that the Teahouse chooses to […]

Zoo Coffee Final Project


Zoo Coffee, a 咖啡馆 (pronounced: ka fei guan; meaning: coffee shop) located in Wudaokou, draws in students both Western and Chinese. For Westerners studying in China, a country full of foreign experiences, it is only natural to gravitate toward places that are familiar and comfortable.  Zoo Coffee often serves this purpose.  For many people, and […]