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By Elaine Dunn
Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province in southwestern China, is not only famous for its beautiful landscape but also its delicately made, hot and numbing cuisine, a legacy of its Miao residents (苗族), one of the 55 officially recognized minority tribes in China. Yes, numbing. The main ingredients of Guiyang cuisine are red hot peppers and dried chili powder, believed to be ideal for the cold, wet weather in winter.
One just cannot visit Guiyang without trying its famous fish in sour soup! This delectable soup is so common and in high demand that it can be had from street stalls. It is THE traditional Maio soup and each Miao family has its own special recipe! But all comes in a large pot and rumour is that Miao girls who don’t know how to make it won’t be able to find a husband.
The story behind the soup is that there once was a pretty brew master in the Miaoling Mountains whose wine was sweet as honey and clear as spring water. She had many suitors and she used to sing, “with love, water can become sweet wine; without love, sweet wine will turn sour.” If she didn’t like her suitors, she would serve them sour wine.
The soup can come in a red or white soup base. The red base is from fermented wild tomatoes and the white, fermented rice. The fish is boiled in the soup base with garlic, ginger, salt, chili, wine and special fragrant spices. Tofu and vegetables are usually added to the pot just before serving.
Aside from the fish in sour soup, Guiyang is also known for:
A form of Guizhou tapas! Soft tofu are shaped into balls and deep fried to golden color. They are crispy on the outside, but tender inside. They are eaten with a sour dipping sauce.
Sliced vegetables in rice wrappers Think vegetable spring rolls. Fresh seasonal vegetables such as bean sprouts, cucumbers, carrots and deep-fried beans are placed in rice wrappers, eaten with a sour (what else!) and chili sauce.
Chopped squid is skewered and grilled on a metal plate containing an enormous amount of sizzling chili sauce. These are served hot from street carts.
By Yongling Zhang-Gorke, contributor
During the past several years, we have witnessed the growth of Chinese programs in K-12 schools in Minnesota, especially those in the 12 affiliated Confucius Classrooms. As schools grow their Chinese program, so does the need for establishing stronger connections with Chinese schools and obtaining deeper understanding of the Chinese education system. The need is reflected in the following three areas:
1) Partner with a sister school in China for concrete activities such as exchange of students and teachers
2) Get knowledge about the latest trend in curriculum reform in China, especially on core subjects of Chinese language, math, and science, which have implications for Mandarin immersion programs
3) Understand and compare teacher development in both U.S. and China to better support in-service development for the Chinese language teachers in the U.S.
By Elaine Dunn
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang embarked on a trip to Africa on May 4, visiting Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya. His trip came on the 50th anniversary of former Premier Zhou Enlai’s official visit to the continent. Relations between Africa and China had remained stable throughout the years, and, in recent years, economic and trade cooperation between the two also has increased rapidly. At the end of his visit, Premier Li pledged an additional USD$12 billion in credit and funding to boost economic development on the African continent.
In the past decade, Chinese state-owned and private companies have become major investors in Africa, becoming the largest source of annual foreign direct investment (FDI) in Africa’s 54 countries. Even Chinese individuals are investing small amounts in enterprises ranging from restaurants to acupuncture clinics.
By Pat Welsh, contributor
In October 1838, China’s Daoguang Emperor (道光帝) assigned Commissioner Lin Zexü (林則徐) the task of stamping out the opium trade at Canton. Two features about this trade had caused great concern.
First, although most Chinese initially had little interest in western merchandise, the trade balance between China and the West had moved by 1821 from China’s to England’s favor. This was caused by the opium trade, which produced a growing depletion of silver from China’s treasury. Silver had also supported China’s many internal military campaigns at that time. During the early 1800s, the amount American merchants paid China in silver dollars had been enough to offset China’s export of silver to the British in payment for opium. From 1818 to 1826, each year British ships carried off about $50 million worth of silver while American ships were bringing in about $60 million. After 1827, the situation reversed itself when Americans also became involved with the opium trade. Ensuing imperial efforts banning the export of silver proved unsuccessful.
By Elaine Dunn
Luxury electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors’ entry into China has not been exactly smooth. And it is not for lack of orders. In fact, quite the contrary!
April deliveries were delayed, sparking protests and much negative online chatter. As part of the protest, a disgruntled new owner took delivery of his April-promised car on June 27 and smashed its front windshield within minutes to show his anger and displeasure at Tesla!
The reason for the delivery delay to areas outside of Beijing and Shanghai, as presented by Veronica Wu, general manager of Tesla China, was, “the lack of after-sales service centers and charging stations. Tesla needs to ensure that every single customer has a charging station within reach to deliver the perfect driving experience.”
Tesla had strong orders, but inadequate infrastructure. Build-out of charging stations was slow and the need to have a charging outlet at the non Beijing-Shanghai car owner’s residence is problematic. Apparently, the new GM, Wu, had not thought through her 4P’s of marketing (price, product, promotion and place)!So what’s feeding the current online chatter? The URL for Tesla’s Chinese website – tuosule.cn.
Tesla does not have an official Chinese name either for its brand or for the site, i.e., it does not have equivalent Chinese characters for it, so Web users have been having a field day giving it one!
By Greg Hugh
Some might consider Chinese tourism to be the biggest phenomenon to hit the global travel industry since the invention of commercial flight. The UN World Tourism Organization estimated that by 2015, 100 million Chinese will pack their bags to travel abroad. In 2012, Chinese overtook Americans and Germans as the world’s top international tourism spenders, with 83 million spending a record US$102 billion on international tourism.
This remarkable growth — largely due to relaxed government restrictions on foreign travel and the rise of a Chinese middle class with disposable income — has forced the international travel industry, from hotels to restaurants to shopping centers, to adapt to the influx of Chinese tourists. This phenomenal growth unfortunately has resulted in controversy as to how Chinese tourist behave as they travel the world, and prompted Beijing in 2013 to issue a handy 64-page rulebook aimed at curbing the unruly behavior of Chinese tourists abroad that has resulted in an “uncivilized” stereotype.
By Elaine Dunn
Anti-Chinese fervor erupted in Vietnam mid-May when the Chinese government parked an oil rig in disputed waters. This sparked the burning of Chinese-owned factories by civilian Vietnamese in southern Vietnam’s Binh Duong province.
The 440 rioters who were arrested were indiscriminate in their destruction. At least two Chinese were killed, 15 factories were set on fire and hundreds of enterprises, most owned or managed by Chinese, Taiwanese and South Koreans, were destroyed during the riots in the early morning hours of May 14. Monetary damage is estimated in the billions of dong (on May 15, 1VND = 0.000047 USD), not to mention the thousands of workers who may be losing their jobs.
May 16, unidentified gunmen attacked the camp of a Chinese company in northern Cameroon. Ten people are missing and one injured. As this goes to press, the reason for the attack is unknown.
On July 28, 1914, World War I broke out in Europe, which spread to other continents soon thereafter. During the following month Japan’s Prime Minister Ōkuma Shigenobu directed Foreign Minister Kato Taka-aki to throw Japan’s lot with Britain and France against the Central Powers, Germany and Austria-Hungary. The motivation for this lay not so much with the idea of helping Britain and France as it was to head off any future objections that Britain might have toward advancing Japan’s future activities in China. It was hoped that Britain would provide diplomatic interference for a Japanese seizure and permanent possession of all German mandates and leaseholds in the Pacific and in China.
In case you haven’t heard, The Chinese Heritage Foundation has commissioned San Francisco Opera for a production of “Dream of the Red Chamber,” featuring music by world-renowned Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng and an English-language libretto by the composer and Tony Award-winning Chinese-American playwright David Henry Hwang (China Insight, February 2014). The commissioned opera is planned for a fall 2016 premiere.
By Anthony James
Although it is one of the world’s largest producers of food, China is in a pickle: the country is running out of farmland. That's pretty surprising for a country that feeds close to 20 percent of the world’s population and employs more than 300 million farmers. However, with rapid industrialization, mass migrations of farmers to the cities, and the growing demand for food by its middle class, how is China going to get more food?