"Language is a bridge, because when a person begins to learn a foreign language, the person falls in love with that country, its culture, and its people," she said, expressing the belief that Chinese learners will become goodwill ambassadors between the two peoples. … [Read more...] about Feature: Learning Chinese becomes new fad among Cuban university students
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CAIRO, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Having lost its typical scene of buzzing foreign tourists, Egypt's centuries-old Khan el-Khalili market in Old Cairo has been hit hard since the suspension of flights to and from China earlier in February over the novel coronavirus outbreak. … [Read more...] about Feature: Egypt’s famed bazaar yearns for Chinese tourists after suspension of flights
The Shape We're In is a sobering store of reflections and images of the obesity epidemic. Boseley's intention was to look into its causes and consequences, and she succeeds more with the latter than the former. She relies heavily on interviews with oft-quoted figures in the healthy eating establishment, and as a result, does not challenge its orthodoxy. She draws no distinction between the corrupted vegetable oils used to fry fast food, for example, and the natural fats in meat and butter. "Fat is a problem," she tells us bluntly, damning the lamb chop from grass-fed sheep along with the KFC chicken nugget. … [Read more...] about The Shape We’re In review – sobering reflections on the obesity epidemic
It is an extreme psychological situation for millions of people, and yet many seem to be rather relaxed. One of the reasons for this is online communication. Even before this collective quarantine, China's population tended to spend more time in the virtual world than Europeans. It is very easy to conduct business or to order goods and food online in China, and there is an inordinate amount of digital entertainment, from video and gaming platforms to messenger apps such as WeChat. Since so many people are already used to spending so much time online, they might feel less affected by the fact that they are barely allowed to leave the virtual world at the moment. … [Read more...] about Sieren’s China: A problem streamed is a problem solved
Milk has an almost entirely undeserved reputation as a healthy food. In fact it has been implicated in many of the very conditions and diseases it is supposed to protect against – from rheumatoid arthritis to ovarian cancer. And the relationship between osteoporosis is much more complex than usually claimed: indeed, dairy products aren't part of the Chinese diet – they get their calcium mostly from vegetables – yet osteoporosis is uncommon in China. The government's decision also has a racial dimension: up to 75% of black people are lactose intolerant, along with large swaths of Arabs and Ashkenazi Jews. … [Read more...] about Should all British schoolchildren get free milk?