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Tradition meets 21st-century consumerism at Chinese festival

Apr 6, 2015

Tradition meets 21st-century consumerism at Chinese festival

Gleaming gold watches and smartphones are piled high in a ramshackle Chinese farmhouse — all replicas made of paper and designed to be incinerated, as 21st-century consumerism transforms the age-old market in offerings to ancestors. “Our work is serving the dead,” said Pu Shuzhen, ...

Hundreds protest against Islamic extremism in rallies around Australia

Apr 4, 2015

Hundreds protest against Islamic extremism in rallies around Australia

Protesters waving Australian flags and carrying signs such as “Yes Australia. No Sharia” rallied around the country on Saturday in events organizers said were against Islamic extremism. The “Reclaim Australia” events drew hundreds of supporters but also triggered counter-rallies from other groups who criticized ...

China's first museum on filial piety opens

Apr 3, 2015

China's first museum on filial piety opens

What makes a good son or daughter? At China’s first museum dedicated to the topic of filial piety, the answer seems to be: almost superhuman levels of devotion and sacrifice. Respect for family elders has been a cornerstone of Chinese culture for millenniums, but ...

Mar 31, 2015

Rhodes scholarships open up to Chinese students

The Rhodes Scholarships, founded by one of Britain’s most acquisitive colonialists and whose laureates have gone on to become presidents and prime ministers, are to be opened to Chinese students, their administrative trust said. The scholarships to Oxford University were established in 1903 in ...

China's 'dancing grannies' irk neighbors, face new rules

Mar 27, 2015

China's 'dancing grannies' irk neighbors, face new rules

Along with two dozen of her fellow “dancing grannies,” 60-year-old Zhang Jinsu twirls and steps her way every night across a central Beijing plaza, sometimes gliding over the pavement like a butterfly, at other times marching with a plastic rifle. But when new government ...

Mar 24, 2015

Indonesia to withdraw local language plan for foreign workers

Indonesia will withdraw a plan that would force foreign workers to take local language proficiency exams after protests from investors, two government officials said. Manpower Minister Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri earlier this month told reporters the government would require existing and prospective foreigners to pass ...