Tag Archives: Culture of China

Social obligations and the meaning of meals


Yesterday we took a careful look at the budget of my office’s unpaid intern, and some of you questioned her spending habits. So today we’ll be looking at the importance of social obligations, and why spending more than 20% of … Continue reading

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The cost of living in China – How a soon to be graduate spends her money


Today I want to illuminate what life is really like for the average Chinese person that has yet to fully reap the rewards of China’s rapid development. We’ll be looking at a friend’s monthly budget up close, which I think … Continue reading

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From The Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society – Book Review


From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society is not a typical book on modern China, largely because it was written 70 years ago. It’s author, Fei Xiaotong, was one of China’s first sociologists, and was writing at a time … Continue reading

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