By Kent Clark, China Correspondent

The ability to communicate clearly with others is a skill.  The more people one knows, the more one realizes that riding a unicycle while juggling four flaming piggy banks is easier for some than the simple act of communicating an idea or a feeling.  Due to many linguistic and cultural differences, China is a fertile breeding ground for communication mishaps.  Of course language is a rather large reason for these misunderstandings, but culture plays a very important role as well.  The picture above is one from a series depicting the multitude of cultural differences between China and the generic “west”- a generalization of North American and European cultures. 


By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Attendees at a Passage to China are encouraged to participate in a survey documenting letters sent to or received from the families of Chinese immigrants from 1850 to 1970.

"Very few archives hold letters that describe the lives of immigrants or their families in China," according to Donna Gabaccia, director of the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) and Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History at the University of Minnesota.

China takes on the specialty food market

By Seth Adam Grossman, China Today Staff Writer

There is an old joke that hints at the understanding two cultures joined through food have for each other: "If, according to the Jewish calendar, the year is 5770, and, according to the Chinese calendar, the year is 4707, what did the Jews eat on Sundays for those first 1,063 years?"

LOS ANGELES-Concerned with the slow progress of TV networks in the area of diversity casting, the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC) has released its 2011 report cards grading the networks' past 2010-2011 season while simultaneously challenging ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC to cast at least one Asian Pacific American actor as the main star in a TV show within the next three years.

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