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Chance encounter prompts musings about conscientious ways to act for a better world

“ARE you a regular customer here?” A 30ish lady asked me with a broad smile as soon as I sat at a table next to hers in a small eatery in Yangzhou, my hometown, less than 300 kilometers from Shanghai, ...

Wang Yong | February 6, 2015, Friday

Economist: Challenges facing China’s slowing economy require savvy policies

EDITOR’S note: On the sidelines of a recent forum held by Fudan University’s School of Management, Ha Jiming, acclaimed economist and managing director of private wealth management in the investment management ...

Ni Tao | January 29, 2015, Thursday

Moralist attacks on ‘phubbers’ fail to recall we have always found paths to distraction

A young colleague told me on Tuesday that he would write an article to criticize phubbers — those who lower their heads and bend their necks to play mobile phones or tablets — often neglecting what happens...

Wang Yong | January 23, 2015, Friday

Kudos to city for prompt investigation, punitive actions in wake of Bund disaster

NO excuse is probably the best excuse one can give for anything that has gone awry under his or her jurisdiction. Thirty-six lives perished in a preventable stampede on the Bund during a countdown to ...

Wang Yong | January 22, 2015, Thursday

With Shanghai students topping world in homework, it’s time to reassess education

A recent survey puts Shanghai teens atop a global list of students doing the most homework (“For overworked students, no relief in sight,” January 14, Shanghai Daily)....

Wan Lixin | January 21, 2015, Wednesday

Balance urbanization with better protection of our old villages and rural manners

For months I have suspected that we must be experiencing a severe drought....

Wan Lixin | January 14, 2015, Wednesday

Why pulled TV drama re-emerged, sans cleavage

A popular Chinese TV drama featuring women in revealing costumes has been suddenly pulled and put back on screen again, fully purified....

Ni Tao | January 9, 2015, Friday

Highways’ losses

On December 23, the Ministry of Transport revealed that China’s highways posted a loss of 66.1 billion yuan last year....

Wang Yong | December 29, 2014, Monday

Medicare made easier for retirees

How wonderful it must be if you, after having worked in Shanghai for so long, decide to retire and settle down in a smaller, rural region outside the city....

Wang Yong | December 29, 2014, Monday

Working more years

On December 25, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences proposed that China’s retirement age be progressively postponed from 2018, so that by 2045, both men and women will retire at 65....

Wang Yong | December 29, 2014, Monday


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