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Meat scandal reveals sheer greed on part of McDonald’s, others

WHEN I passed through a McDonald’s outlet in the vicinity of my office last night, I saw an almost empty dining room in the wake of allegations that the American fast-food giant fed its customers in Shanghai ...

Li Xinran | July 25, 2014, Friday

Slow down and look within promise to put us on path to gaining contentment in life

IF we allow ourselves a few minutes for meditation, we would find the Earth we inhabit is perfectly tuned for life. So perfect that the slightest tweaking of any constants of nature cannot but give rise ...

Wan Lixin | July 25, 2014, Friday

Economic slowing in China not a problem, but less codependency with US is needed

EDITOR’S note: Few people are in a better position to make observations about the Asian economy than Stephen Roach, former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and its chief economist. Roach now teaches at ...

Ni Tao | July 24, 2014, Thursday

Designers of streets and parks, in pursuing ‘bigger is better,’ lose sight of human needs

“SPACE is the first thing whose magnitude impresses the child. It is the first magnitude which the child encounters in the world. Hence the child holds a big man to be a great man ...” Thus wrote Karl ...

Wan Lixin | July 23, 2014, Wednesday

Consumers often set up when buying services

A beauty salon I regularly visit opened its door again after a two-month renovation, its third makeover in two years. My barber stood at the door chatting with someone when I went in during the weekend, ...

Li Xinran | July 23, 2014, Wednesday

Abe’s 3-pillar economic restructuring risky, may carry serious repercussions for China

EDITOR’S note: Amid its saber-rattling against China over territorial disputes, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing through radical economic reforms at home. His reforms, often referred to as ...

Ni Tao | July 22, 2014, Tuesday

For Italy, lifting economy helps lower debt, and exporting to China is a way to do it

EDITOR’S note: Beginning in July, Italy will hold the rotating EU presidency for 6 months. As one of the five heavily indebted European economies, Italy is trying to lift itself out of the debt morass. ...

Ni Tao | July 21, 2014, Monday

To regain moral compass, people must rediscover and act on own conscience

Editor's Note: What's wrong with our lack of moral compass today as so many Chinese race to flaunt their riches in public but fail to help a fallen old person on the street? What’s wrong with our lack ...

Li Xiecun | July 18, 2014, Friday

Re-understanding man and nature is our ultimate hope to survive our arrogance

DEAR Wang Yong: I enjoyed your wonderful article that appeared in the July 4 edition of Shanghai Daily. Your words “As I rambled in the shade, watching leaves waving in the wind and hearing insects singing ...

Greg Cusack | July 17, 2014, Thursday

Cocooned, we lose sight of our communities

ONE of the salient features of modernity is a cultivated responsiveness to events that do not really concern our immediate environs. Today only a pristine country bumpkin in a backwater village is still ...

Wan Lixin | July 16, 2014, Wednesday


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