Ever notice the fish tanks with koi carp near the entrance in many Chinese restaurants? A friend told me that they are actually there to indicate (perhaps through the number or type of fish?) whether the restaurant owner has paid up to the local Chinese mafia (triad). Is there any truth to this or is it just another urban legend?
What are some good Chinese youth/pop culture blogs? [more inside]
How do I do Windows in Chinese? I don't have the original Windows XP discs, and when I try to install the Chinese characters add-on from MSFT -- the laptop says I need the original XP discs.. do I really need them? [more inside]
I'm looking for a reputable and effective Chinese Mandarin school / teacher / tutor in the Los Angeles area. [more inside]
Is there an English listing of all of the artists found in the China 2008 Olympics promotional video/theme? [more inside]
what is this email? [more inside]
Wherever you go in the United States, Chinese restaurants are suspiciously similar. What's the deal? [more inside]
What do my cufflinks say? I believe it's Chinese. A friend got them for me in Hong Kong, wrote down what they meant, and then lost the slip of paper.
How do I cook genuine 'posh' Chinese food? [more inside]
I'm on a Chinese-language computer and want to use Windows XP and Windows Vista in English. How can I do this? [more inside]
My girlfriend's parents have been told that they may develop 森林脑炎 -- a Chinese disease which seems to be similar to Lyme disease. Can you help me find out what this is called in English, so I can find out how serious a condition this is? [more inside]
Where can I get Disney movies dubbed in Mandarin? [more inside]
Chinese language filter: is this site legit? And, if this is a scam, what kind of scam is it? [more inside]
Help a chinese student: I am teaching elementary statistic to a young chinese , but I have an hard time explaining him words such as : average, mean, median, mode, quotient, ratio, standard deviation etc. I am looking for a list of math/science words english<>chine, a mini vocabulary (doc/pdf/whatever) as I don't trust online translation programs too much.>
Where can I buy the Japanese version and a Chinese version of Microsoft Vista Business online for use in the United States? Media and license. [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?
What are your experiences in taking Chinese as a language in college? How difficult is it really and did you learn enough for it to be useful? [more inside]
Help me create easily readable Chinese typography [more inside]
Websites that have a lot of traffic from Chinese people where I can post an ad? [more inside]
How are people dealing with >16 bit Unicode code points? Specifically, in languages like Java, C# and C++, which assume 16 bit characters (I believe), how are you supporting GB 18030? I would suspect that the various languages' methods like substring(), charAt(), operator, etc can't be safely used in China. If your wstring, say, contains a Chinese string, then .size() doesn't tell you how many characters are in it, right? On a related note, what interesting Chinese characters require more than >16 bits? I'm thinking about making a short presentation for my co-workers on this subject and I'd like to have some interesting examples. (Oh, and I'm going to run any examples by my Chinese colleagues first, so don't bother trying to make me say "penis" or something in front of my co-workers :-))
I need a Word macro that will go through a folder, run word/character counts on each file in the folder, and deliver a total count of Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters, ignoring all English. This seems like it shouldn't be hard to script, but insufficient leetness on my part (and the fact that I've never written a macro before) means I'm more or less clueless here. What am I missing?
Why does Chinese writing, when including a few English words, always seem to use the same font? [more inside]
Which Chinese dialect should I learn to best survive in Shanghai, and how? Difficulty: I have 6 weeks. [more inside]
Can you please read this calligraphy of Mao ZeDong (in white) and translate it and/or give me the pinyin. [more inside]
It's kind of the opposite of questions that have been asked in the past: What activities can you recommend for an American host to arrange for some Chinese Visitors? [more inside]
How much Chinese should I be able to study in a Chinese degree? [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]
How do I make decent egg noodles? [more inside]
Real Long Shot. Soup bowl, sentimental value, I broke one, need replacement to salvage tattered pride. Bought in London Chinatown a few years ago, shop gone. Can anyone help identify/source replacement? Thanks in advance. :-) Images: Image One Image Two Image Three
Can anyone confirm or deny the current existence of that Chinese food stall that used to be parked outside the Downtown Berkeley BART station - it was green and red/pink at one point, earlier than that pink and red - which serves these amazing, incredible dumplings (pork, shrimp or chicken)? Is it still there?
Can anyone recommend some good Mandarin programs in China? [more inside]
The U.S. calendar new year sucked for my sister and me so we'd like to commemorate Chinese New Year today. How can we celebrate the Year of the Rat? [more inside]
Recommend a good Chinese restaurant for Chinese New Year! (Los Angeles) [more inside]
Please recommend books about China and the Chinese. [more inside]
Could you help me reach out to the predominantly Chinese elderly voters in my neighborhood? [more inside]
What are some good combinations of ingredients for stir-fry? The fewer ingredients and shorter prep time, the better. [more inside]
What nice message can I write in a Chinese New Year card? [more inside]
I'm looking for a cool Kanji/Hanji nickname that I will use to identify my Kendo/Kumdo equipment bags. [more inside]
Where can I find authentic Chinese food in Madison, Wisconsin? [more inside]
I want to read a book in Chinese to keep myself from getting rusty. What is a good novel for doing so? It has to be modern Chinese (classical Chinese twists my brain into noodles), and preferably available online. [more inside]
I (well, my boss) am/is inputting Chinese-language sub-station Alpha subtitles into VirtualDub for DVD's, and what comes out are, surprise surprise, piles of unicode. The citizens of the PRC are not known to be fluent in unicode, so what could be going wrong and how do I, his designated software monkey, fix it? [more inside]
I need a better Pinyin input system than Microsoft Pinyin IME. [more inside]
What Spanish-language audio materials are out there on the Internet - aimed not at English-speaking, but at Chinese students of Spanish with little English? [more inside]
Are there any restaurants in Texas where I can get Chinese soup dumplings? [more inside]
A caveat: I prefer New Green Bo to all of these. However, with a group of 10 friends from out of town, do you recommend Jing Fong, Golden Unicorn or another one of Manhattan's giant dim sum emporiums? I'm looking for quality and range. I haven't been back in Jing Fong since it was remodeled but I assume it's still pretty nice.
What kind of cheap Chinese tube amp should I get? [more inside]
How can I get my Sony Ericsson k750 to a) display 3rd tone letters in Chinese pinyin and b) stop telling me I'm out of memory for text messages when I have another 100+mb free on my memory stick? [more inside]
Wanted: Chinese paper yo-yos. [more inside]