I want to go China towards the end of the year. How far can I get without knowing any Chinese languages? [more inside]
In the translation I've found of Xi Jinping's speech at the recent military parade, he says: "War is the sword of Damocles that still hangs over mankind." Does he refer to the Damocles myth in the original Chinese or is an equivalent Chinese reference transposed into Western culture? If he does refer to the actual sword of Damocles, is it a common reference in China? And if so, did it enter common Chinese parlance through the writings of Marx?
I'm trying to find someone who uses public transit in Beijing to interview about a new service offered on the subway there. I'm writing a short article about the service. Do you have any suggestions as to how I could find someone who speaks both Chinese and English to talk to, either via email or a phone interview? I'm in the U.S. Just to be clear, this isn't something I could pay for, but the interview would probably take 10 minutes or less or someone's time, so I'm hoping someone would be willing.
I'm in need of some image reference for Chinese business interiors, with an emphasis on decor vs. architecture. [more inside]
I'm looking for the identity of this Pakistani counterterrorism expert. In this [YT] documentary, the Chinese transliteration of his name appears as 古尼‧伊纳亚特‧欧拉‧罕‧尼亚文. Any ideas?
I have an idea of what I think would be my ideal career set up (involving social, ethnographic and/or market research in China) , but am not too clear on the next steps to take. Can you help? [more inside]
I lead a monthly teleconference with a small team of colleagues in China, and would like to kick off each session with a funny or inspirational image or quote. Help me find something that doesn't get lost in translation! [more inside]
I'm looking for two books, one biology, one chemistry. They are related to GCSE, they say that on the front of the books, but I don't know if they're licensed. One has a green cover, one has a blue cover, but they both have pictures on the front. The good thing about these books is that they explain scientific concepts through diagrams in one-pagers, which are conveniently in both Chinese and English. Help me find these books? [more inside]
If you google "chinese revolving shotguns" you will find lots of forum/blog posts about like these - basically "Neat pictures, I have no idea of the back story". OK, what is the back story? (Possibly related?)
Hi there, I'm teaching my Dad in China to use his Chinese App Store account - His iPhone and iPad Mini are his MAIN cameras these days, and he loves taking photos. I'm a bit rushed as I have to leave China soon, and don't have to time to search through Chinese app reviews (I don't know Chinese well anyway). So, please can you recommend any iPhone and iPad camera and photo apps (paid or free) available on the Chinese App Store that you love. Impressive apps are good; Impressive AND easy to learn and use apps (my Dad is not very tech-skilled and doesn't like complicated instructions) are the greatest. Thanks very much for your tips!!!
Hey Mefis! I am asking this question on behalf of my brother-in-law who recently got laid off. Does anyone here have advice to give to a guy with a degree in Chinese and minor in business who would like to work in manufacturing/ sourcing for a US company either in the US or China? [more inside]
Just picked up some cool paper cuts. And was wondering if metafilter can help me translate them. I believe they are Chinese but honestly I am not sure. Two images are below: Paper Cut One Paper Cut Two Let me know if you have any trouble with the images. And thanks again Metafilter!
So I'm reading the 17th-Century Chinese novel "The Plum in the Golden Vase" - which, by the way, is incredibly good - and I'm having trouble picturing something. [more inside]
Tell me what you know about building a Wordpress-based site in English, but with Chinese-language content. Or any other language, really, if it applies to this situation. [more inside]
Going to Shanghai for the first time for three weeks in Jan/Feb. Where should I go/eat/do? [more inside]
My new roommate just declared to me that there is a rule in our apartment: No dates are allowed to ever sleep over. Can you help me figure out how to have a productive discussion about this with her? [more inside]
Recommendations for Chinese literature that presents average Chinese citizens in context of a modern Chinese urban setting [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.
I'm going to China for a year to teach English. Any advice? [more inside]
Skeletons wrong / bad / taboo in Chinese culture? [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]
What's the absolute best Chinese periodical around? (Wrinkle: 简体字.) [more inside]
How do I find a Chinese Release form? Chinese-Language video resources needed... [more inside]
Looking for an article with photos where a town in China moved itself to a new location. [more inside]
What comics are popular in China right now? [more inside]
Help me find the name of a noodle dish I had in China [more inside]
Help me identify this style of chinese tea. [more inside]
How many times has the Chinese video "War of Internet Addiction", 网瘾战争, been viewed on Chinese video web sites since its released in January 2010? [more inside]
A friend has just moved from mainland China to Vancouver, BC. Her English is pretty good, but not perfect (she speaks Mandarin). Her only work experience is in teaching. I'm at the other end of the country, in Ontario, and want to do what I can to help her integrate and find work, but am hindered by my location and complete lack of immigration experience/knowledge. What helpful advice, tips, and resources can you share with her?
What do you wish you knew about Mainland Chinese dating and relationships that would have made your relationship easier? What are some common sources of misunderstanding between Westerners and people from China? [more inside]
Looking for newer, poppier Christmas/seasonal songs from Ireland and China. [more inside]
I have to produce a report on the Chinese nuclear power industry. Are there any good resources online to get me started? The focus is mainly on links between the state and business, and risk assessment for interested parties. I can read Mandarin.
I'd love to get tips/resources for 1) learning more about the Chinese language and culture for work travel, 2) doing graphic design for a Chinese audience and 3) learning more about working with Chinese writing (this was helpful, for example).* Thoughts? *Bonus points if anyone can tell me if there are any Chinese typefaces I could access that have a particularly whimsical, fun, or child-like feel. [more inside]
Apropos of the recent MeFi front-page post concerning Grass-Mud Horses: could the Mandarin-speakers in the audience help me locate a place on the Web to buy a t-shirt featuring said animal? [more inside]
I'm looking for a radio program or new article I heard/read in the past month about growing up in China and all of the pressures Chinese youth face to be successful in school and life. [more inside]
What are some good Chinese youth/pop culture blogs? [more inside]
Is there an English listing of all of the artists found in the China 2008 Olympics promotional video/theme? [more inside]
In the Art of Fiction interview in the current Paris Review, Kazuo Ishiguro says of his father: "He had a Chinese characteristic, which was that he smiled when something bad happened." Is that really considered a Chinese characteristic? Are there other cultures it's commonly associated with?
Help me create easily readable Chinese typography [more inside]
I really love these easy-to-prepare, not-too-expensive A Taste of Thai/India/China meals for lunch. What else would I like? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some good Mandarin programs in China? [more inside]
Please recommend books about China and the Chinese. [more inside]
These plates with golden inscriptions (1 2 3 4) were bought in China in the 1950s or 60s. They're 13.4 cm tall, 9.5 cm wide and about 4 mm thick, two-sided; I can't tell which ones are page 3 and 4. They're illuminated from behind in these photos so you can read them more easily. What are they and what do they say?
Help me find college-level Chinese language programs in China. [more inside]
An easy and useful research topic relating to the challenges celebrities face (in China)? [more inside]
A topic for a simple, observation-based research project on Chinese celebrities? [more inside]
Why is China so afraid of Folun Gong? [more inside]
How do I pick a good university and course to learn Mandarin in China? [more inside]
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