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Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography Live on OUP

Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography Live on OUP

We are happy and proud to announce that the first three volumes of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography are now available through Oxford University Press’ online platform “Oxford Reference”: http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780190214371.001.0001/acref-9780190214371    

What Rice Pudding and Wen Jiabao Have in Common

What Rice Pudding and Wen Jiabao Have in Common

The world is full of unexpected connections, little links that pop up when you least expect them. Recently, as I was looking up Chinese translations for a list of ingredients often used in Chinese cooking for our forthcoming project on Chinese cuisines, I came across the expression babaofan 八宝饭. Babaofan, or eight treasure rice, is a sweet rice pudding with […]

Scandals Leading to Greater Food Safety

Chinese subsidiaries of international fast food brands, most notably KFC and McDonalds, face a scandal as a major supplier of meat products, Shanghai Husi, (owned by OSI Group, an Illinois based food products conglomerate)  has been discovered to have been changing dates and reprocessing old chicken and other meat products. This is exactly the kind of practice that Chinese consumers […]

by · July 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Miscellaneous

China’s Growing Global Clout Expands

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/06/18/chinas-big-new-export-regulation/ Very good news out of East Asia today, as both China and Vietnam have taken concrete actions to resolve their disagreements over territory in the South China Sea. The Senkaku island dispute between Japan and China, in which China protests over Japanese ownership of the island group, have long been ignored by Japan due to sovereignty, in the words of […]

by · June 23, 2014 · 0 comments · Miscellaneous

A sign of progress in East Asia

Very good news out of East Asia today,  as both China and Vietnam have taken concrete actions to resolve their disagreements over territory in the South China Sea. This is important because several recent disagreements in East Asia over land have been described by one side as “indisputable,” for example the Senkaku island dispute between Japan and China in which China […]

by · June 12, 2014 · 0 comments · Miscellaneous

Linked: Internet in China

As I wrote in my last blog post, there is an endless stream of information about the rapid development of the Internet in China being released on a daily basis. Here are some links to interesting articles from the last few weeks: Reuters published an interview with four ex-censors working for China’s Twitter-like microblogging platform Sina Weibo. Journalist and writer […]

by · September 19, 2013 · 0 comments · China in the News
China in Numbers: Internet

China in Numbers: Internet

Sometimes somebody writes a book that, in retrospect, turns out to have predicted the future quite accurately. Some people write books that are “way ahead” of their time, others are simply “timeless.” But what if you are tackling a topic that is developing so rapidly that (almost) everything you write runs the risk of being outdated as soon as it […]

Teamwork and Reaching our Goals

Teamwork and Reaching our Goals

That’s me with a copy of our newest publication, Education in China. I’m not married and I don’t have any kids, so the proudest and happiest days of my life so far are made up of graduations, moving countries, finding a job, and days spent with loved-ones. Now, I can add opening a package and finding this baby inside to […]

by · June 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Miscellaneous
Celebrating 1,000 Posts

Celebrating 1,000 Posts

It’s time for a celebration! Not just because it’s Friday, which means at 4.00pm it’s Beer o’clock (a tradition I miss celebrating with my colleague Bill dearly!), and at 5.00pm it’s weekend, or because it’s 21 June, the longest day of the year, or, for that matter, because today is Bill’s birthday! No, also because we now have exactly 1,000 […]

Now That’s “International” Education

At Berkshire, we like to pride ourselves with being pretty international. Based in the small town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Berkshire has satellite offices in New York and Beijing, staffers working from Germany, China, Colorado, and contributors from around the world. In addition, we are very passionate about international education. We work a lot on China and ways to support […]