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China Expats and Culture Blog

Patrick Kim

Patrick Kim is an editor at TutorMing. He has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from UCSB, and has worked in China for 3 years. His hobbies are soccer, being outdoors, and studying Chinese.

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Top Six Chinese Internet Memes of 2016

Patrick Kim | December 31, 2016

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Memes go viral quickly on Chinese social media, and become an important part of popular culture for the short time while that they remain novel. Most Chinese internet buzzwords poke fun at events in the news or mock something affecting their daily lives. While some of these internet phrases come off as derisive or purely cynical out of context, they are usually meant in a good-humored way, like sarcastic jokes between friends.

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Chinese Winter Tonics: Food Meets Medicine

Patrick Kim | December 10, 2016

 From steamy casseroles to hearty soups, hot comfort food is popular everywhere it gets cold. This especially true in China, where people have believed since ancient times that one’s diet should be harmonized with the seasons. Chinese cuisine goes far beyond just good old comfort food, however, incorporating traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) into seasonal dishes and dietary tonics called 冬冷进补 (dōng lěng jìnbǔ). It is common to consume winter tonics in China, usually just as part of a meal. Chinese medicine's dietary principles are very much a part of culinary culture.

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Live-Streaming: China's Latest Internet Sensation

Patrick Kim | November 30, 2016

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Live-streaming is an important trend everywhere in the tech world, but in China, millions of people are watching live-streams at any given moment. From singing and dancing to speed-eating, the content of live streams varies a lot, but often a host may just be talking about daily life, or having casual chit-chat with their audience. Typically, broadcasters are girls and most are of university age. While people in the West might find it implausible that people pay money to hear broadcasters talk about their daily lives, it is not uncommon in China for someone to earn a comfortable living being minor internet celebrities. Live-stream (直播 zhíbò) apps like Inke , Hua Jiao, Yi Zhibo and Meipai have all partnered with or been bought up by Chinese tech giants interested in their hundreds of millions of users, as well as the in-app purchases many of users make. Unlike live-streaming apps elsewhere in the world, Chinese live-streaming apps generate a lot of money from their users, who buy digital tokens to tip and support their favorite broadcasters. 

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9 Simple Feng Shui Life Hacks

Patrick Kim | October 31, 2016

Feng shui (风水 fēngshuǐ) is based on the idea that we are affected by everything in our environments through a universal force called “qi” ( qì). The idea that we are affected by everything in our environment is empowering because it means that there are relatively cost-free options to make simple but significant improvements in our lives. For instance, feng shui teaches that beds are best placed facing southeast in the direction of the sunrise as this is beneficial to the body's natural clock. Feng shui also recommends perhaps more superstitiously that we keep mirrors out of our bedrooms, as they bounce negative energy around and disrupt our rest. While some ancient feng shui practices are seen as superstition only backed up by anecdote, others are rooted in common design sense.  Let’s take a look at nine (the lucky number in feng shui numerology) of the most practical and applicable feng shui solutions for your room or house. 

Related: What Is Feng Shui And How Does It Work?

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What is Feng Shui And How Does it Work?

Patrick Kim | October 27, 2016

Feng shui (风水 fēng shuǐ) means “wind water” in Chinese, and is the art of channeling natural energy called  “qi” (气 qì) to benefit our health, energy, and wealth. According to feng shui, the proper arrangement of objects in our living spaces will deflect bad qi, and beckon the good qi to flow in our lives. Setting aside the more superstitious elements of feng shui, most of the basic principles of the practice make a lot of practical sense. For instance, feng shui takes advantage of natural elements in our world like sunlight or greenery so we can be more in tune with our body’s natural inclinations. Scientists have found that color strongly affects our psychology and physiology, something feng shui was on to a long time ago. Feng shui is an ancient art with many superstitious elements, but many of its applications have striking relevance today as they are grounded in the age-old human interaction with nature. 

Related: 9 Simple Feng Shui Life Hacks

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Weird And Fascinating Architecture in China

Patrick Kim | October 12, 2016

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Out of China’s economic boom has come a flood of ultramodern and abstract architecture designed to make Chinese cities look futuristic. Chinese skylines are often compared to science fiction movies like Blade Runner or Star Wars, and China is considered somewhat of an architectural playground. In 2014, President Xi Jinping had to call an end “bizarre” and “odd-shaped” buildings, stating that architecture should be economical, functional, and aesthetically pleasing, rather than unconventional and eccentric for shock value. Let’s take a look at some of the most experimental futuristic designs that have cropped up along the bewildering skylines of major Chinese cities.

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