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 Gang of Four arrestedGang of Four arrested by The Ovi Team
October 11th 1976; the new chairman of China\'s Communist Party, Hua Guofeng, ordered the arrest of four leading radicals in Peking. A sign that China is changing political direction following the death last month of Chairman Mao Zedong. The so
 The Empty Chair, but Democratic Vistas RadiateThe Empty Chair, but Democratic Vistas Radiate by Rene Wadlow
 The Sino-US relations - Recalibration or Repetition?The Sino-US relations - Recalibration or Repetition? by Ovi Magazine Guest
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 Can Shame become the next major Tool to change public behavior?Can Shame become the next major Tool to change public behavior? by Prof. Michael R. Czinkota
Beijing, the Chinese capital, has, for decades, been infamous for its heavy smog. Since 2014, the government has focused on improving the air quality. Smog related investments amount to $130 billion in support of policies designed to move away
 Deng Xiaoping deadDeng Xiaoping dead by The Ovi Team
February 19th 1997; China\'s paramount leader Deng Xiaoping died at the age of 92. He had been suffering from failing health for several years and was last seen in public three years ago. The country\'s official news agency said his death was t
 Who Defines Us? - A Lesson from the Buriats under Soviet RuleWho Defines Us? - A Lesson from the Buriats under Soviet Rule by Valerie Sartor
 M&MM&M by Valerie Sartor
Bakhtin was right: Nothing sits separate. All major ideas and social forces in our vast human history are connected to something earlier, something analogous, something in the past. No break exists between the past and the present. We just thin
 The Worst Year To Graduate In China - Jobless 2013 The Worst Year To Graduate In China - Jobless 2013 by Lily Jade
 How Chinese Women Help Their Husband to Prosper - Be a Water-like LadyHow Chinese Women Help Their Husband to Prosper - Be a Water-like Lady by Lily Jade
They say “women are made of water”, probably because women cry a lot. Researchers found that a woman would spend more than 12,000 hours (16 months) crying due to all kinds of reasons in her entire life. But today
 The Dragon, the Snake, and the Horse - the coming year aheadThe Dragon, the Snake, and the Horse - the coming year ahead by Dr. Yoshifumi Harada
 Money Oriented Happiness In China Money Oriented Happiness In China by Lily Jade
Talking of China, most people must be thinking about The Great Wall, low cost Made-in-China goods, and the fast growing economics in the past 30 years. Well, let’s leave those behind and have a look at of modern Chinese people's life.
 Social issues and societySocial issues and society by Vieno Vehko
China has undergone many social shifts over the centuries. As in many other societies, social status in China has corresponded to the way political and economic resources are distributed. However, with the advent of the Communist Party, occupation
 Spirits and ExamsSpirits and Exams by Valerie Sartor
“Chinese mythology has many gods and spirits. One of the most enduring and popular of these gods is called Ho-Poor Ho-Shen, the Spirit of the River.  Chinese ancients perceived him as a greedy god, because he often took a fancy to morta
 ConcernsConcerns by Vieno Vehko
I have been coming to China since 2000. From 2005-2008 I lived and worked in north China; two years in XX, my current residence, and one year in Beijing. Since I came back to China in late August, I have seen and experienced many things that have
 Chinese Conversational NormsChinese Conversational Norms by Valerie Sartor
 Chinese CinderellaChinese Cinderella by Valerie Sartor
Some of the world’s greatest inventions, ideas and concepts originated from China. Very few Westerners know, however that a beloved fairy tale - Cinderella – has been traced by scholars to the Zhuang people, a minority group that has l
 The Empty Chair, but Democratic Vistas RadiateThe Empty Chair, but Democratic Vistas Radiate by Rene Wadlow
Ever the undiscouraged, resolute, struggling soul of man;(Have former armies fail’d, then we send fresh armies – and fresh again)                            Walt Whitman ‘Life’The chair for Liu Xiaobo was emp
 The Chinese warnings over Peace Nobel PrizeThe Chinese warnings over Peace Nobel Prize by Thanos Kalamidas
The Chinese government warned all the countries usually participating at the award ceremony that their participation will be noticed and there will be consequences. The Chinese vice-foreign minister Cui Tiankai went one step further saying that th
 A Chinese letter we missedA Chinese letter we missed by Thanos Kalamidas
It is natural that the Chilean miners monopolized the news the last few days touching the hearts and the minds of the people all around the world. However there was other news that we really missed and to my opinion one of them was something drama
 Beauty is in the eyes of the beholderBeauty is in the eyes of the beholder by Valerie Sartor
I was just home in the US on a short vacation. I stood in line at my favorite grocery store and was somewhat startled when the pretty, young female cashier grinned at me. Both of her ears were pierced, adorned with big, black button like things; h
 The death sentenceThe death sentence by Thanos Kalamidas
I recently read the announcement of the Chinese officials that they are going to punish the ones responsible for the Uighur riots, threatening them with the death sentence. A couple of days later, I watched a documentary about the Sharia law. The
 Zen Buddhism or "A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body"Zen Buddhism or "A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body" by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Within Buddhism there is a meditative, contemplative school known as Zen. It originally arose in China but the three philosophers who were mostly responsible in transforming the school into a tradition were from outside China: Bodhidharma from Ind
 Caption This! June 2009Caption This! June 2009 by The Ovi Team
To mark the 20th anniversary of this iconic photograph and courageous non-violent protest, we invite you to write a caption/speech bubble/thought bubble or anything else that captures your imagination.
 Religion and the Secular State: A RevisitingReligion and the Secular State: A Revisiting by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 The Art of Guanxi, Final Chapter: On Guanxi Going GlobalThe Art of Guanxi, Final Chapter: On Guanxi Going Global by Valerie Sartor
Chinese people are no strangers to the concept of networks and networking. For thousands of years, Confucian ethics have promoted strong bonds of loyalty, affection and obligation between people. The terms renqing (literally,
 The Art of Guanxi, Part V: The Graceful and the SeedyThe Art of Guanxi, Part V: The Graceful and the Seedy by Valerie Sartor
Guanxi is not universally distributed across Chinese society. Different types of people, different social classes and even different genders employ guanxi uniquely. Nevertheless, guanxi tactics are prevalent and common in ever
 The Art of Guanxi, Part IV: Politicizing RelationshipsThe Art of Guanxi, Part IV: Politicizing Relationships by Valerie Sartor
Although popular culture in China often denounces guanxi, it also encourages and teaches guanxi tactics. Everyone does it, so one must not be left out.
 The Chinese debateThe Chinese debate by Thanos Kalamidas
Amazingly, within just a couple of days of one another, we have two …interesting - that’s the best word I could come with - announcements from or regarding China. The first one came from the Chinese parliament chief Wu Bangguo who emph
 The Art of Guanxi, Part III: Relationships in So Many WordsThe Art of Guanxi, Part III: Relationships in So Many Words by Valerie Sartor
Guanxi vocabulary contains both semantic meaning and moral connotations. For example, a guanxiwang is a person’s guanxi network; it can be large or small, among friends in various social classes and jobs,
 The Art of Guanxi, Part II: Understanding RelationshipsThe Art of Guanxi, Part II: Understanding Relationships by Valerie Sartor
No single definition for the complex notion of guanxi exists.
 The Art of Guanxi, Part I: The Making of Modern Chinese RelationshipsThe Art of Guanxi, Part I: The Making of Modern Chinese Relationships by Valerie Sartor
Guanxi – the art of social relationships - is a unique Chinese phenomenon that dates back to ancient times, but still is in full force in modern China.
 Just Four Years to GoJust Four Years to Go by Clint Wayne
As the immensely encapsulating Beijing Olympics draw to a close there is a real sense of anticipation and feelgood factor presently sweeping Great Britain as the 2012 London Games become a step nearer. This current excitement
 The Olympic opening ceremony and the paradeThe Olympic opening ceremony and the parade by Thanos Kalamidas
So, did you watch the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games? Did you see all the fireworks and the dancers? What about the gigantic globe? Did you see the athletes from all around the world parading? I didn’t! What I’m describi
 Beijing, the end of the Olympic spiritBeijing, the end of the Olympic spirit by Thanos Kalamidas
The clock in the centre of Beijing counts down the last hours before the beginning of the 2008 Olympic Games, the Chinese president Hu Jintao has appealed to the international media not to "politicize" the Beijing Games and, for the firs
 On Being Mystical and Mad in MongoliaOn Being Mystical and Mad in Mongolia by Valerie Sartor
On June 26 at 7:30 PM Mr. James Palmer, a youthful but quite knowledgeable historian, gave a talk at The Beijing Bookworm about his first and already highly acclaimed book: The Bloody White Baron. Mr. Palmer is a curi
 La Vie Sucre: Beijing's Top Pastry ChefLa Vie Sucre: Beijing's Top Pastry Chef by Valerie Sartor
Phillipe Ancelet sat down in a booth at his East Lake shop and grumbled good-naturedly: “I’m past my prime”. He raised his huge shoulders and gave an abashed shrug. Clearly he wasn’t the coy type – yet at 52 this robu
 Beijing BedouinsBeijing Bedouins by Valerie Sartor
Modern technological gadgets: young people love them and older people are trying to get used to them. For my grandmother cars represented the height in mobility; for me watching television and later riding in a Bo
 Our Furry Friends in BeijingOur Furry Friends in Beijing by Valerie Sartor
If you come to Beijing most tourists and ex-pats will take one long upward look at the towering buildings, scurry out of the way of European Audis and ogle all those stylish women clip clopping along on designer heels. Foreigners think: “Gee
 The Big Three in AsiaThe Big Three in Asia by Valerie Sartor
Bill Emmott, a slight, dignified middle-aged man with a tonsured head and dark mien, is a career journalist. He’s also the former chief editor of The Economist, a unique, thriving British weekly magazine that publishes astute but un
 Future prosperity for all?Future prosperity for all? by Valerie Sartor
Today China must seriously address the impact of continued economic development upon the environment at large. The country's increasingly successful economic growth has unfortunately created constantly escalating harmful effects upon China
 Murphy's LawMurphy's Law by Valerie Sartor
With her fair skin, rosy cheeks and silky, straw colored hair Ann Murphy embodies a true Irish rose. But don’t be fooled by her delicate beauty: behind those baby blues is a sharp wit that has been honed by decades of hard intellectual work.
 Green World, Many DreamsGreen World, Many Dreams by Vieno Vehko
A little Chinese history: on September 12, 1979, Zhang Changlin was working in a local chemical factory in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. He accidentally forgot to shut off a flow valve before leaving work; consequently, 150 tons of wastewater, 30 perc
 Castles in the AirCastles in the Air by Valerie Sartor
As of May 1, 2008 stricter anti-smoking regulations went into effect around Beijing in accordance with international treaties that guarantee a smoke-free Olympics. Earlier, in 1995 and 1996 the People's Congress established the first set of la
 Beijing's BookwormBeijing's Bookworm by Valerie Sartor
“I’ve been in Beijing over fifteen years, actually I came here to study music at the Central Conservatory of Music but I think of myself as only an amateur musician,” Alexandra “Alex”
 The gangsters of MyanmarThe gangsters of Myanmar by Thanos Kalamidas
What happens this minute in Burma is heartbreaking and the only way to put the way I feel is that I’m really angry. I’m really angry with the international community that has failed to stop once more a crime against humanity. I’m
 Born to be WildBorn to be Wild by Valerie Sartor
"Women often ask if they can tag along on my expeditions but I usually have a good excuse to put them off," John Hare said, eyes twinkling, "In this case, because were again traipsing across the Lop Nur Desert, a former Chinese nucl
 Economic Euphoria or Inferno?Economic Euphoria or Inferno? by Valerie Sartor
China's progress into the international economic community has not been simple or linear despite the fact that Chinese businesses are currently enjoying enormous economic success. The western world has been hurt job wise b
 The Un-peaceful PacificThe Un-peaceful Pacific by Vieno Vehko
Today China is more than a defensive, easily offended, blustering nation: the PRC is a superpower with economic clout, nuclear weapons, an independent space program and currently the chary host to the 2008 Olympic Games. But clearly in the global
 A Must Read: China Shakes the WorldA Must Read: China Shakes the World by Valerie Sartor
On 26 October 2006 James Kynge won the prestigious Financial Times & Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award for his work: CHINA SHAKES THE WORLD, (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, publisher). He picked up the award and the 30,000 pound prize
 For Heaven's Sake, Stop the Olympic FlameFor Heaven's Sake, Stop the Olympic Flame by Europe & Us
Now, this is getting really weird. The Olympic flame is crossing the world and everywhere, it needs to be protected from protesters who do not wish to support these Olympic Games in a country which is oppressing Tibet and systematically violati
 Diametrically Different: Dragons East & WestDiametrically Different: Dragons East & West by Valerie Sartor
To begin to grasp the extreme differences in culture and thought between China and the western world one of the most startling distinctions can be found by examining the universal dragon motif. This ancient symbol ha
 The Heavenly StoneThe Heavenly Stone by Valerie Sartor
“Why are the Chinese putting jade onto the Olympic medals?” I asked my colleague Wu Nanlan as we sat in a weekly planning meeting. Raising her elegant eyebrows she gaped at me in surprise. “Haven’t you
 Free Tibet by Standing Up for TibetFree Tibet by Standing Up for Tibet by Linda Lane
Somehow, this series of images reminded me of what Tibet would feel like as a free place, with freedom of speech and religion, sort of floating up into the blue like a sky flower.
 Paper TigerPaper Tiger by Valerie Sartor
I am a woman who is easily duped. Moving to Beijing drilled this character defect into me after months of being tricked, cheated and laughed at by my Chinese landlord. It all started when I came to Beijing, China's capital city, late last sum
 China's Forbidden FruitChina's Forbidden Fruit by Valerie Sartor
Last week I stopped at a very traditional looking teashop, hoping to buy some good Chinese tea for Jane, my friend Michael's wife, before flying to Santa Fe to visit my friends. Jane loves tea; she never drinks coffee. The quaint looking store
 Peace and ecommercePeace and ecommerce by Linda Lane
"In his book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Thomas L. Friedman proposed The Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention, observing that no two countries with a McDonald's franchise had ever gone to war with one another, a version of th
 On China's ChinaOn China's China by Valerie Sartor
Porcelain is a type of ceramic ware that western people call “china” or “chinaware” because potters first created it for the emperor in south central China where a special type of clay is found.
 The IT Tsunami Wave rolls into ChinaThe IT Tsunami Wave rolls into China by Valerie Sartor
Cyrill Eltschinger, celebrated author of Source Code China (2007, John Wiley and Sons), arrived on the Chinese mainland in late 1994, working for a subsidiary of GM after being based in Singapore, the business hub of the Pacific Rim at
 Outrageous Happenings in Tibet: Boycott the OlympicsOutrageous Happenings in Tibet: Boycott the Olympics by Alexandra Pereira
Every citizen of the supposedly democratic western and eastern, northern and southern countries should not only be shocked, but also show his/her repulsion towards the recent happenings in Lhasa and the almost 60-year-old occupation of Tibet by China,
 China's Copycat EconomicsChina's Copycat Economics by Valerie Sartor
North American factory workers are fuming as China taps into more and more industries, almost effortlessly gaining the market share majority. “They copy us and sell cheaper!” irate laid-off American workers shout. But China experience
 Feng Shui and Celestial CreaturesFeng Shui and Celestial Creatures by Valerie Sartor
From time immemorial Chinese culture has been loaded with symbols. They range from auspicious numbers, ancient Chinese characters and pictographs, colors and coins, dates and times - to animals, both f
 The Tao of SilkThe Tao of Silk by Valerie Sartor
China’s most ancient gift to the world: silk, arrived long before gunpowder, paper and printmaking. This coveted fabric predated Christ and Buddha. Durable, useful and elegant, it is one of the oldest fibers known to man. Production remaine
 Aggression in ChinaAggression in China by Valerie Sartor
“The police said it was a good thing I slept through it,” my Irish friend Daragh in Beijing reported, “Otherwise the robbers might have killed me. It’s quite common in large Chinese cities, actually.”
 Growing PainsGrowing Pains by Valerie Sartor
As China continues to enter the global arena many Western nations have questioned many of the country's policies and actions. Some countries consider China as a threat, a lone bully and/or an economic wildcard. To begin to understand the mo
 E.T phone ChinaE.T phone China by Thanos Kalamidas
The involvement of celebrities in major international issues often makes me feel suspicious and sceptical but, as I have often written, if it helps to highlight these issues and make more people aware of them, then well done and it doesn’t m
 Black Market BodiesBlack Market Bodies by Valerie Sartor
China's account of prostitution, like her history, is long and venerable. Imperial Chinese concubines and courtesans evolved during Victorian times into Shanghai's famous "flower girls". These histo
 The Cycle of Time: The Chinese New YearThe Cycle of Time: The Chinese New Year by Rene Wadlow
Talk of the Year ahead and the devil laughs”- Chinese proverb This 7 February marks the start of the New Year in China. The start of a New Year is
 Economic Yin & YangEconomic Yin & Yang by Valerie Sartor
In August 2007 Chinese news reported that the Beijing Chidong Culture and Media Company began a lawsuit against a Japanese TV station. Apparently SKYperfecTV on Channel 785 broadcast their Japanese production of the Chinese TV series Ku Cai Hu
 Eyes on AsiaEyes on Asia by Valerie Sartor
When the western world looks at Asia most people, particularly Americans, focus their gaze on China. Rightly so: the country has made remarkable economic strides, with average annual growth rates in excess of 9 per cent over the past two decades.
 China and Food: Gobbling up the GoodiesChina and Food: Gobbling up the Goodies by Valerie Sartor
Everything in China is in a state of transition. The Chinese government is enacting new legislation; people are migrating to better jobs; young people soaking up western culture via the Internet and family dynamics are evolving into new patterns.
 China & Food: The Tao of FoodChina & Food: The Tao of Food by Valerie Sartor
It's no secret that the Chinese have always cherished exquisitely prepared, thoughtfully presented and delicious food. In China business has long been conducted over banquet tables and every Chinese friend will tell foreigners that no meeti
 China & Food: Vegetarian DiplomacyChina & Food: Vegetarian Diplomacy by Valerie Sartor
In recent years foreign media has been praising China for opening to the West and stimulating the world economy but actually the country has been going global for centuries. This process has impacted upon all level
 Like an insurance salesmanLike an insurance salesman by Thanos Kalamidas
Would you ever expect a nation to have a party because an insurance salesman made a deal of 3000 euros a year? I imagine not, I doubt if the insurance company would make a party with an insurance contract like that. They might have if it was a con
 East Asian artists wantedEast Asian artists wanted by The Ovi Team
LONDON’S FAMOUS CHINATOWN CALLS FOR EAST ASIAN ARTISTS AS PUBLIC ART SCULPTURE COMMISSION ANNOUNCED As part of the Chinatown Arts Festival 2008: Five Circles, London based arts organisation Chin
 Chinese toying with the OlympicsChinese toying with the Olympics by Thanos Kalamidas
Another blow for Chinese toys manufactures was the latest news from the USA and Australia with the recall of millions of toys due to a drug contained in the coating of the toys. I decided to check in my daughter’s room, not to make sure what
 Chinese executional tricksChinese executional tricks by Thanos Kalamidas
As we get closer to the Olympic Games year criticism is coming more often about different things, therefore Peking had to do something, even if that something is just for show. The Chinese Supreme Court has ordered judges to be more …sparing
 Proposal for reducing air pollutionProposal for reducing air pollution by William Edo
Air pollution is a threat to human health and to the ecosystem. It results in global warming, the greenhouse effect, ocean acidification and respiratory diseases that can sometimes can lead to human death. There are a few steps men can do to re
 E.T. call homeE.T. call home by Thanos Kalamidas
I was browsing through the news when I noticed that China had launched a new missile that destroys satellites. So they successfully tested it with an old Chinese satellite 800 kilometers somewhere above the earth and then warned all the other spac
 It's a wonderful life!It's a wonderful life! by F. A. Hutchison
I'm sad tonight, but why...? I think tired is a better description, as is emotionally drained! Physical exertion is nothing compared to emotional 'exertion!
 70 years after the Long March70 years after the Long March by Amin George Forji
On Sunday 22nd October, China commemorated the 70th anniversary of one of the most significant days in their contemporary history - the Victory of the Long March, traditionally considered the turning point of the famou
 My first Chinese orgasmMy first Chinese orgasm by F. A. Hutchison
I heard my first Chinese orgasm the other night (or morning)! I think it was something like 0430 B.T. (Beijing Time), although the Chinese are late uppers!It was the female partner, as men only snore in China! How do I know
 Mao thirty years afterMao thirty years after by Thanos Kalamidas
The year 2006, among others internationally, has become important for China. It marks thirty years since the death of Mao Zedong, thirty years without the man that connected his life with the future of this great Asian
 Tarja Halonen and the ASEMTarja Halonen and the ASEM by Thanos Kalamidas
The Finnish president Tarja Halonen made me proud to be living in Finland with her remarks on human rights issues during her opening speech for the Europe Asian summit ASEM in Helsinki, Finland. I have to admit that
 Chinese-English ProblemChinese-English Problem by F. A. Hutchison
"When a 'foreigner' uses a computer in China-it better 'speak' Chinese!"If you think using a computer is challenging in your own language, you should try using one in another language, like Chinese! This has b
 Do you have a condom?Do you have a condom? by F. A. Hutchison
I've come across something cute in the 'Lonely Planet's, Mandarin Praise Book.' I now know how to say the following in Chinese, in case I should need:"Do you have a condom?""Let's
 $1 million lesson!$1 million lesson! by F. A. Hutchison
A recent title to an editorial in 'China Daily,' probably the most widely read English-speaking publication in China: 'As we get wealthier, do we get happier?' I read the editorial (in the February 11-12th edi
 The True MeaningThe True Meaning by F. A. Hutchison
Isn’t it interesting how questions go unanswered for years, if answered at all? But, it seems to me that questions are always more important than answers anyway! Take for example one question which was asked of me at the Hindu Vi
 
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