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 […]

The Missing Social Network

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The refreshing lack of access to social media and movie streaming websites is one of my favorite parts about being in China.  While in the United States, I probably check my Facebook an upwards of five times per day, not out of need but merely out of boredom.  The Office (U.S.) TV show is constantly […]

A little stall in Wudaokou

catch 22

One of the biggest adjustments I have to make here in China is the lack of access to English.  Although being constantly surrounded by Chinese speakers and Chinese texts was exhilarating for the first few weeks, I began to yearn the feel of an English novel in my hands.  I missed the stories, the adventure, […]

The Political Side of Lao She’s Teahouse


While my first visits to Lao She’s Teahouse provided me with a glimpse of how teahouses facilitate a growing relationship between people, my last few visits revealed another dimension of this important cultural landmark.  Through my interviews and observations, I have noticed an increasing link between Lao She’s Teahouse and the Communist Party of China.  […]

Lao She’s Teahouse


Based on the play Teahouse by Chinese author, Lao She, Lao She’s Teahouse is a restaurant dedicated to the mixture of fine cultural performances and the art of drinking tea.  This enchanted places offers the unique chance to mix pleasure with more pleasure and allows for its guests to enjoy a variety of shows, like Jingju and […]

Project Proposal

For my ethnographic field project, I want to study the demographics behind the people who subscribe to the various food superstitions in Chinese culture or the archaic practice of eating dog.  One of the main instances that sparked my interest in the topic were the Internet protests that halted the celebration of a dog festival.  […]

Who Eats Dog Nowadays Anyway??


In a follow up to my last blog post about cultural food practices in China, I found an article from the “Winnipeg Free Press” that discussed the ethicality of eating dog.  For the past six centuries in Jinhua City, Zhejiang province a dog eating festival takes place where 5,000-10,000 canines are killed and consumed.  This […]

Generational Food Culture


In an article from a 2003 Seattle Times issue, Ted Anthony calls into question the practice of using chopsticks due to some reports that link chopstick use with arthritis.  Although there is much disagreement about the validity of these reports, it may cause a shift in the way many Chinese eat their food.  Anthony wonders since […]

Matt’s Project Ideas


The one thing that sticks in my mind whenever I think about China is the quality of the food.  Almost once a week for the past three years I have thought about pork baozi.  So, I would like to do something that involves food.  I am leaning towards observing the interactions around a dinner table.  […]

Matt Ramsey Bio

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My name is Matt Ramsey (任民修), and I am currently a junior planning on majoring in English with a Chinese Minor.  From Lynchburg, Va, I went to an all male boarding school in Orange, Virginia.  I hope to teach English as a second language in China after I graduate through the Peace Corp or an […]