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China Expats and Culture Blog

Leo Xia

Leo Xia is a contributing writer at TutorMing. He spent 12 years of his life in China, before going to the University of Southern California (USC) to get his degree in Industrial Systems Engineering. Through his writing, he hopes to generate interest in modern Chinese culture while also fostering deep appreciation of China's rich history.

Recent Posts

How I Felt About Chris Rock's Asian Oscar Joke As A Chinese-American

Leo Xia | March 12, 2016

Note: This is an opinion piece that does not necessarily reflect the views of TutorMing or any of its affiliates.

During this year’s Oscars’, host Chris Rock decided to bring three children of Asian descent on stage for a joke that involved the stereotype of Asians being “smart and hardworking.” The three children, “Ming Zhu, Bao Ling, and David Moskowitz”, were introduced as the “most dedicated, accurate, and hard-working” accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the firm that is responsible for counting up the Oscar votes.

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5 Snacks That Will Make Chinese People Miss Their Childhood

Leo Xia | July 01, 2015

Just as traditional Chinese toys and games can make Chinese people miss their childhood, snacks from when they were young can just as easily make them feel intense nostalgia. In Chinese, snacks are called "零食 (líng shí.)" Ranging from sweet, savory, and everything in between, Chinese snacks have something for all palates. (Want to learn how to say these flavors in Chinese? Check out our post here.)

As if that wasn’t enough to convince you to try some of these out, these snacks are also generally incredibly cheap, especially in China, for those of us living under a tight budget. We polled ourChinese tutors for some of their favorite snacks when growing up. For those that grew up elsewhere, here’s a starter list of Chinese snacks that you should try if you're in China, or if you’re shopping at a local Chinese market!

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