For many backpackers who seek exotic thrills, China is one of the places that both allures and frustrates. The language barrier alone is enough to thwart the idea of backpacking in the Middle Kingdom. Yet for those who do visit the country, the experience becomes one of the most unforgettable adventures of their lives. One such backpacker, Ramsay Kerr, did more than just enjoy the China experience himself. He decided to turn his experience into an enterprise.
The former consul general in Hong Kong shared her diplomatic life in China and the prospects of China-Colombia cooperation.
It feels an element of fresh on a sweltering summer day to see Neela Eyunni who is from Minnesota, also known as Land of 10, 000 Lakes. Her sparkling eyes speak out before she actually opens her mouth.
Among the hundreds of ultras on the north stand of Gongti, an American immersed himself in chanting relentlessly throughout every game regardless of a win or loss.
“China is building 14 or 15 new movie screens every day, and this kind of growth is expected to continue for at least another 5 or 6 years,” said Jules Weiner, talking about the “unbelievable” momentum of China’s showbiz. The US lawyer is based in Beijing, working as a specialized entertainment and media attorney.
Alison, who has the grace of a dancer about her, which she is but only humbly refers to herself as a ProAm, impressed me with her bubbly personality and the most infectious laughter which was a wonderful embellishment to our very pleasant talk about her work with Ping Pong Productions.
There are many people who leave their mark in this world during their lives. But few actually make an impact. Andrew Shirman and Sam Waldo, two American young men who are striving to take their fledging non-profit organization Education in Sight (EIS) across China and beyond, hope it will enable them to do exactly that.
It is a convenient habit to try to fit every new person we meet into a certain category. After all, this is the easiest way to store and recall information, especially when we are asked to process novel ideas and adapt to changes at a pace faster than ever in today’s China.
She plays the role of a foreign journalist for The Washington Post named Margaret in the recently released Chinese movie Who is Undercover. The movie is about former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai who was in charge of the Communist spy network in China around 1946. Margaret befriends him and writes the first real story about him.
“I don’t want to be rich, but I want to earn enough money to live a happy life in China.” Fluent in six languages, Daniel Castillo de Diago is running a promising business in Beijing.
Nishimura Sayaka (西村明华) chuckles a lot while talking. Her Chinese is not so fluent, but the optimism and cheerfulness shown by her chuckles is quite impressive.
Wearing a chambray shirt and a pair of designer jeans, Kevin Tallon is a fashion consultant with dual nationality—British and Swiss. Living with his wife and two daughters in an apartment near Chaoyang Park, a relatively quiet place in Beijing, he is consulting a handful of Chinese fashion brands.
As the general manager of Grand Millennium Beijing (北京千禧大酒店), Jan Büttgen gives people a cheerful impression even before he starts talking. Though in his 50s, he likes to make childlike gestures, which exudes a unique sense of humor, but his conversations carry a profound meaning.
During the concerts given by the popular Chinese rock band Secondhand Rose (二手玫瑰), the audience can see a 30-something foreigner playing percussion on the stage without singing too much. The tall and thin man has a melancholic expression on his face at times.
“I think rock music will take a huge step forward in its development in China in the next three or five years,” said Nevin Domer, owner of a music label called Genjing,which deals in vinyl records of rock music.
Walking into Walking into FACE boutique hotel and lounge located on Gongti Nanlu in Beijing, one finds it unusually quiet for a bar in the Sanlitun area. “We don’t push people to spend money in our bar; instead, we want them to understand the cultural concepts we promote,” said Fausto Leoni, marketing manager of the bar.
Having lived in China almost solidly for over 15 years, Nathaniel Davis speaks perfect Chinese with a “Chinese” mindset. As the director of operations and founding partner for a company called Split Works, he enjoys organizing music events and promoting international singers and bands in Beijing and around China. He hopes to expand the music horizon of the Chinese audience.
Brian D. Brendel works as the deputy director for Beijing American Center (BAC), a section of the U.S. Embassy responsible for holding cultural exchange events in Beijing.