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Heart of Art: Musician brings folk to China

Heart of Art: Musician brings folk to China

民谣复兴工作坊带美国民谣来中国

CHINA has witnessed much in its millennia-long history. Steel guitar and washboard might be a first, however.


The cause of the cultural mash-up was a recent music tour coordinated by Vanderbilt and Ohio State universities through the US State Department. 


Dubbed "The US-China Center Traveling Folksong Revival Workshop," the two-week tour — Octorber 9-23 — gathered five scholar-musicians, myself included, with personal connections to America's folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Burlington Free Press | November 8, 2014, Saturday


Foreign student numbers in US reach record high, with almost one third from China

Foreign student numbers in US reach record high, with almost one third from China

赴美留学生人数创新高 中国学生超三成

THE number of international students enrolled at US institutions has increased for the eighth year in a row, with China being the main driver of growth.


There are now 72 per cent more international students studying at US universities and colleges since 2000, according to this year’s Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, published in association with the US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


The total number of international students enrolled in US higher education increased by 8 per cent to a record high of 886,052 students in 2013/14.

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South China Morning Post | November 17, 2014, Monday


The rise of China’s design generation

The rise of China’s design generation

中国设计新一代崛起

WHEN Daniel and Sonja Gross were looking for an architect to design their home in Bellmund, Switzerland, the couple considered a few local firms in neighbouring towns. But they ultimately chose someone nearly 6,000 miles away: Zhang Xi, a Chinese architect and co-founder of EXH Design in Shanghai.


“We were impressed by the diversity of ideas,” says Mr. Gross, who says he found Ms. Zhang through the recommendation of a Swiss architect. Her firm’s “solutions were even stronger than ours.”


The couple, who have two children, worked with Ms. Zhang via email and Skype, and the architect was able to come to Switzerland a few times to check on progress. Completed in 2010, the resulting 3,230-square-foot, three-bedroom contemporary home promotes internal and external views; the experience of overlooking another space is typical in Chinese garden architecture. A top-story living room has a commanding view of Lake Bienne, and a large window brings light into the all-white kitchen. The wood staircase can be seen from the ground floor to the roof. Light wood panelling on the inside creates a sense of warmth, and a gray industrial-panel exterior battles weather.

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Business Spectator | November 17, 2014, Monday


More dinosaur species have been found in China than anywhere else

More dinosaur species have been found in China than anywhere else

在中国发现的恐龙种类世界最多

A GIANT, pinkish femur juts out of the ground, longer than a person is tall. The area is littered with the fossilised vertebrae, leg and arm bones and skull of this Hadrosaurus. For 70m years it and other dinosaurs have lain buried here. Now the site in Zhucheng, in Shandong province in eastern China, is known as “dinosaur valley” for its more than 10,000 fossils found to date. The hunt for dinosaurs only properly began in China in recent decades. Already more species have been identified there than in any other country.


The bonanza is explained by China’s great expanses of rock from the Mesozoic era, when “fearful dragons”, as they are called in Chinese, roamed. In many areas rivers, floods, sandstorms and earthquakes buried the animals soon after they died, so preserving them. An unusually large amount of the rock from this era is now close to the surface, so the troves of bones, eggs and footprints have been uncovered comparatively easily. A recent discovery in Liaoning province, the Changyuraptor yangi, is the largest known four-winged flying reptile and marks another vital step on the evolutionary path from dinosaurs to birds.

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The Economist | November 15, 2014, Saturday


Chappypie China Time: a 'Chinese Disneyland' for the central coast

Chappypie China Time: a 'Chinese Disneyland' for the central coast

澳洲建中国文化主题公园 打造中国版“迪士尼”

THEY say you can see the Great Wall from space, but it is Bruce Zhong's dream for Australia to see the Forbidden City from the M1 motorway.


The final days of the Year of the Horse will be crucial in advancing his plans to build a $500 million Chinese cultural theme park – working title "Chappypie China Time" – on 15 hectares of industrial land on the central coast.


Mr Zhong, a former Sydney journalist and self-described "culturati", expects to this month submit a development application for the first stage of a complex that promises to integrate "culture and happiness, nature and spirit".

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The Sydney Morning Herald | November 14, 2014, Friday


Ears of Ancient Chinese Terra-Cotta Warriors Offer Clues to Their Creation

Ears of Ancient Chinese Terra-Cotta Warriors Offer Clues to Their Creation

兵马俑制造之谜新线索:没有两个陶俑耳朵完全一样

CHINA'S first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, was a man haunted by death.


In 246 B.C. the adolescent ruler commissioned a massive tomb furnished with everything he'd need for the next life, including an entire army of life-size terra-cotta warriors, from mighty generals to humble infantrymen. Arranged in battle formation in pits near the emperor's tomb, the clay army stood watch for more than 2,000 years. Then, in 1974, local farmers rediscovered the site while digging a well.


Since then, archaeologists have puzzled over how ancient artisans produced the estimated 7,000 lifelike clay soldiers, right down to their stylish goatees and plaits of braided hair. Some have suggested that the statues were modeled after real, individual soldiers; others think they were assembled from standard clay ears, noses, and mouths, similar to the Mr. Potato Head toy.

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National Geographic | November 14, 2014, Friday


China's Tencent, Warner Music partner for music streaming

China's Tencent, Warner Music partner for music streaming

腾讯与华纳音乐合作 代理其在大陆音乐版权

CHINESE fans of Linkin Park and Jason Mraz will be able to stream licensed music from Tencent Holding Ltd after the internet firm said on Thursday it had signed a distribution deal with Warner Music Group (WMG).
In a statement, the two companies said the deal would help music companies and artists by giving consumers better access to licensed music. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Tencent doesn't disclose how much money it makes from its music business, including its QQ Music streaming service, but QQ Music falls under its social network group, which contributed almost one quarter of total revenues for the third quarter, growing 47 percent from a year ago.

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Reuters | November 13, 2014, Thursday


9 of China's craziest, most creative marriage proposals

9 of China's craziest, most creative marriage proposals

盘点中国最疯狂、最有创意的九次求婚

MAYBE you've decided to show your partner love with a new iPhone. But how about 99 of them?


In Chinese, the number 9 sounds like "forever," so on Sunday a man proposed marriage to his partner in Guangzhou, China by lining up 99 brand new iPhone 6s into the shape of a heart. The phones cost him around two years worth of savings to buy, but it's unclear whether she said yes.


November 11 is China's Singles' Day (it's the date with the most 1s). As a bit of inspiration to those who have yet to leap into happily ever after, here's a quick list of some of China's most creative and entertaining marriage proposals in recent years.

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CNN | November 10, 2014, Monday


China unveils first Mars rover and exploration system for red planet

China unveils first Mars rover and exploration system for red planet

中国火星探测系统将于珠海航展首次亮相

CHINA’S largest space contractor has unveiled the nation’s first Mars rover and the technological hardware set-up for the race to the red planet, Xinhua reported.


The robotic rover was to crawl over the rough Martian terrain with a powerful six-wheel drive, according to the prototype that will be shown by The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) during an air show starting tomorrow in Zhuhai, Guangdong.


At first glance, the Mars rover looks almost identical to the nation’s first lunar rover, Yutu or Jade Rabbit, with wing-spreading solar panels, head-mounted cameras and a forward-reaching robotic arm fixed at the front of a boxy torso, according to photos released by the state news agency.

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South China Morning Post | November 10, 2014, Monday


Momo, a flirting app with 180m users, is latest Chinese tech firm to file for a US IPO

Momo, a flirting app with 180m users, is latest Chinese tech firm to file for a US IPO

陌陌拟赴美上市

THIS year’s been notable for Chinese tech IPOs in the U.S.. Alibaba, close rival JD.com and Weibo — China’s Twitter equivalent — have listed on North American soil, but there’s another incoming. Momo, China’s top hook-up app, has filed for a $300 million public listing, as Technode first noted.


The company intends to list on the Nasdaq. Earlier this year it was speculated to be considering a U.S. IPO at a valuation of around $2 billion. 


It’s valuation isn’t clear at this point.

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TechCrunch | November 10, 2014, Monday




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