This thing is giving off an awful odor and I have no idea what's causing it. [more inside]
You know those miniature dioramas you sometimes find in Chinese restaurants, the ones made out of something like bamboo shavings (?), usually scenes of some trees, a bridge and a small temple or gazebo, set in a little glass box/frame? My Google-fu is weak - my young son is disappoint (he would love one for his birthday)... [more inside]
Tips for getting to know an introverted, smart guy better? [more inside]
Does anyone know where to download any of these Chinese sensationalist pseudo-documentaries made of 9/11 that mix real news footage with clips from blockbuster films? They freely mix fact and fiction, using news footage and illegal clips from Hollywood films. There were three made, with the titles: 1) "The Century's Greatest Catastrophe" (I've also seen it called The Century's Great Catastrophe") and 2) "Surprise Attack on America" and 3) "America's Disaster: The Pearl Harbor of the Twenty-First Century"--all made in 2001. There is a report on them in an article that was in the New Yorker. Also mention of them made here. Since they are illegal mash-ups of existing source material, I don't mind if I have to download them from 'questionable' sites. But I'd really like to consult these films for a study I am writing, and would appreciate any pointers as to where to find them.
The Chinese guy in the office next to me belches loudly, several times a day. How can I get him to stop without anyone losing face? [more inside]
Help me find a Chinese-Englsih translator so I can communicate with my in-laws-to-be. [more inside]
Good (English-language) Chinese cookbooks? [more inside]
What's so special about French and Chinese laundries? [more inside]
I'm having trouble figuring out the pronunciation of several of my Chinese students' names. Help! [more inside]
A friend of mine has a large black and white painting of a distinguished Chinese man, next to some text, and under some other text. Can you translate these texts and identify this man? [more inside]
I am seriously allergic to shellfish (crustaceans). I need to be able to communicate this in several languages. [more inside]
Can you read Chinese? Help! [more inside]
I am attending a wedding reception for two casual friends on Saturday. They are both Taiwanese (well Taiwanese but ethnically Chinese if that makes a difference) and I wondered what is a suitable amount of money to give? [more inside]
Translation-Filter: My father is looking for a translation of this Chinese (?) scroll. [more inside]
I am a caucasian male, who has always been very attracted to asian girls. Specifically Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese. I am a member of the regular dating sites okcupid, eharmony and chemistry, but I am not having a lot of luck finding my true love. Any tips? [more inside]
Is the number 6 lucky in Chinese culture? I am confused. I read Numbers in Chinese culture and it is not conclusive. It can be both. So when is the number lucky and when is it unlucky?
Can anyone translate these Chinese characters located on a VZ 24 Mauser for me? [more inside]
How many hours of labor do you estimate it takes to produce a high-quality Chinese cloisonne vase, 12 inches tall? A couple of these vases are owned by the school that I teach at, and I would love to be able to tell my students a ballpark figure of how much effort goes into producing these luxury goods--from making the metal base, to adding wire lines, to filling it with enamel, to firing, to final polishing. Our vases are polished to a high gloss, and they have an intricate geometric pattern in the background. There is no area in the background with a gap of more than 2 mm. The foreground consists of well-rendered flowers and foliage. Any thoughts about such objects would be most appreciated.
Can someone identify the words spoken at the beginning of Ground Zero's “Revolutionary Pekinese Opera” (“Opening ~ Flying Across The J.P.Yen”)? You can here the phrase spoken on youtube here. I'm reasonably sure the voice is speaking Chinese.
Help me find one of those Korean barbecue places where they let you cook your own food! (Downtown San Francisco) [more inside]
Can anyone help find this article I'm thinking of? [more inside]
Where can I watch non-streaming Chinese TV online? [more inside]
Can someone please translate this character (or characters?) for me? It was written by a Chinese man; unfortunately that is all I know. Thank you!
Is there an online store that sells reproductions of famous Chinese and Japanese handscrolls? [more inside]
I'm going to China for a year to teach English. Any advice? [more inside]
Chinese New Year - how/when/who when saying 'Happy New Year'. If you are not Chinese at all (that's me) and you live somewhere that's not very Chinese (that's New Zealand) what's the polite thing to do regarding Chinese New Year with people who are ethnically Chinese ? [more inside]
Where can I find an evening Chinese class or teacher/mentor in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Chinese calligraphy framing in the Northern Virginia or DC area. [more inside]
Skeletons wrong / bad / taboo in Chinese culture? [more inside]
I got weird spam (?) consisting of an 8th-century Chinese poem. What's up with that? [more inside]
I'm looking for a printed calendar that shows, in overlay format, many of the world systems for describing dates, such as Gregorian, Islamic, Jewish, Chinese, etc... Something to hang on my wall. I don't care if it is "flipbook" style or a large poster. Is something like that commercially available? [more inside]
I'd like to re-read the Chinese classical novel Dream of the Red Chamber (The Story of the Stone), but I'd like to know more about the world it's set in first. What are some recommendations for books about daily life and clothing during the Qing dynasty, particularly during the 1700s? [more inside]
How do I get Windows 7 to display Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters on a non-administrator account? [more inside]
Please point me to excellent ESL beginner resources for a really motivated Chinese pupil... [more inside]
Tony-Robbins-Style Motivational audio/video for Vietnamese or Chinese people? [more inside]
Working with Chinese and English text, in a Perl programme, on a Mac. I feel like an idiot. [more inside]
My mother has given me the go-ahead to spend all the family money I need to help attract a nice girlfriend. What are some fun things I can do? [more inside]
I've watched IP Man, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Ong Bak, Chocolate, and am currently watching Kung Fu Dunk (this looks like a frighteningly bad-but-awesome movie). Please recommend me more? [more inside]
Help requested identifying a novel I read in the early 1990s involving Triads and illegal Chinese immigration.
Help requested identifying a novel I read in the early 1990s involving Triads and illegal Chinese immigration. There was an American who was tasked with transporting a Chinese illegal alien across parts of the western US in an automobile (car or pickup truck). I think his eventual destination was WA or OR, and parts of the story were in CA, in a sweatshop (I think). The Triads were involved. Any candidate titles or assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you Thank you Thank you.
Good, fast, and cheap way to learn basic conversational Mandarin? [more inside]
What's the absolute best Chinese periodical around? (Wrinkle: 简体字.) [more inside]
Good evening Chinese classes in San Francisco? [more inside]
I would like to compile a list of "must buys", or perhaps "must trys", for the next time I go to stock up at an Asian supermarket. [more inside]
Advice on getting jobs for frreelance translators? Experience with Proz.com? [more inside]
How important/useful are formal language lessons in the primary school years? [more inside]
Help me find a forgotten children's book! My memory of this is almost unforgivably hazy -- I read the book in the mid to late 1980s. The book (possibly all of it, maybe just the ending) takes place at a beautiful teahouse, I believe Chinese, where everyone brings their birds in cages. [more inside]
Help me find the San Francisco Dim Sum restaurant of my childhood memories. Barring that, what is a decent weekday morning dim sum option in or near Chinatown? [more inside]
Is it really that big a deal for a Chinese and an Indian to be dating/potentially getting married? [more inside]
I'm looking for resources (preferably online and free) that will allow me to practice reading and writing Chinese characters at the level of a beginner. [more inside]
My neighbors put these Chinese characters up on their front door. Can someone please translate them? [more inside]