Soccer Culture as a Reflection of Social Change

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

The Appeal of Starbucks to the Chinese Demographic

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Introduction   Starbucks was first opened in the United States during the mid-1970’s, and has been rapidly expanding its influence across the globe ever since. Relative to its domestic expansion during the 20th century, Starbucks has only recently started to develop its overseas markets, starting in the mid-1990s. With the introduction of the Chinese Gaige […]

Fencing and the Chinese View Towards Sports

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Intro This project was originally conceived as an investigation into how Chinese people and Chinese culture approached and viewed sports, and in what way the sport of fencing had been able to fit into that framework. As Olympic fencing is clearly, due to its history and origin, a western sport, I decided it would be […]

Conclusions on Chinese Philosophical Thought

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  Introduction My initial interest in conducting cultural ethnography in Beijing was in researching the interactions of ballroom dance and modesty specifically as an aspect of Chinese moral philosophy. As such, with the aid of professor Wilcox I was able to select a ballroom dance studio in Beijing to attend lessons at as my field […]

Final Project: Conspicuous Consumption at Xidan

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By all reports and numbers, the Chinese economy is experiencing meteoric growth.  After the 改革开放(Gaigekaifang)- the opening of China to the rest of the world and foreign investment- China’s economy has grown to become one of the largest in the world. Hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty, and an entirely […]

Avant-Garde Theatre and China’s Sociopolitical and Economic Struggle

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Introduction Deep in the Hutong district, a hub for the cultural melting pot that is today’s Beijing, exists a small converted playhouse café combination named PengHao (蓬蒿). The outside of the building, originally a Hutong or traditional Chinese place of residence, features a mural of blue human silhouettes and a small sign shaped like a […]