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  1. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Thriving underground music scenes starting to blossom in China's second-tier cities

    Posted Nov 15th 2014, 08:16pm by GDN

    ... the government or other funds." Yet despite the difficulties, Changsha's niche scenes are growing; for a sign of how they may develop over the next half decade, look at Wuhan in Hubei province, ... is that it has a more developed music scene: the city is known as the biggest rival to Beijing for the title of China's "punk capital" and that is largely down to Wuhan band SMZB, one ...

  2. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Human-like fish that could be used to test China's water quality

    Posted Nov 09th 2014, 06:30am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... threatens the health and livelihood of tens of millions of citizens. Professor Chen Feng, biological researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences' South China Botanical Garden in Guangzhou, ... China is facing one of the world's most serious water pollution crises, with the rapid development of mining and heavy industry over the past few decades polluting almost every major river ...

  3. Lifestyle

    Pressure is on young mainlanders to marry

    Posted Nov 10th 2014, 05:44pm by Kathy Gao

    ... and the reverse is true for men, says Professor Chen Weimin, director of population and development studies at Nankai University in Tianjin. Another factor in the overall picture is the alarming gender ... on the mainland. Don't you just love their scare tactics? Today, November 11, marks the unofficial Singles Day or "Bare Branches Day" in China. To most singletons on the mainland, ...

  4. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - TASTEMAKER

    Film world's liaison in China

    Posted Nov 01st 2014, 11:11pm by Jing Zhang

    ... is a virtuous endeavour. And who wouldn't want to do that?" The provocative Canadian, who's lived in China for almost 20 years, has watched the mainland develop in unimaginable ways. ... "without a heroin addict in tow", and developed an interest in China- and Hong Kong- after reading James Clavell's book, Tai-Pan. He sold one of two camera bodies he owned for a boat trip ...

  5. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Don't forget climate change as Hong Kong sizzles amid political tension

    Posted Oct 05th 2014, 03:50am by Martin Williams

    ... Even as tumultuous events in Hong Kong occupy media attention in recent days, there have been developments arising from ongoing climate change which will have far greater ramifications than any ... was less likely. Those heat events included Australia's hottest year as well as heat waves affecting Europe, Japan, Korea and China. So far, scientists have required hindsight to link specific ...

  6. Business - Companies - TECHNOLOGY

    Microsoft’s man in China defects to search powerhouse Baidu

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 04:12am by BIEN PEREZ, SUE SU XINQI

    ... as head of Microsoft Research China. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates promoted the mainland facility into a regional research and development unit, Microsoft Research Asia, in November 2001. ... research and development facility on the mainland. On Zhang's watch, Microsoft was convinced to invest US$300 million in this infrastructure. At present, the budget for Microsoft's ...

  7. Lifestyle - Technology

    Hopes high for gadgets of tomorrow

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 11:20am by FIONA TAN

    ... from the US and Europe are accomplished in turning products into a brand and developing their unique business models. Silicon Valley has a mature infrastructure for start-ups, from mentorship ... start-ups developing smart devices. This trend is driven in part by accelerators such as Highway1 and HAXLR8R (pronounced Hack-celerator), which have been running so-called boot camps to help ...

  8. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Mainland vocational school gives disruptive students a second chance to learn

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 05:47pm by Linda Yeung

    ... at the school. China has announced a Modern Vocational Education Development Strategy to raise the number of students in vocational institutions from 29.34 million to 38.3 million by 2020. But that may ... taught for free. Now with 300 students, up from about the initial 100, it has dilapidated structures and a leaking roof. Its 14 teachers each earn about 1,800 yuan a month, less than half what ...

  9. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Cantonese or Putonghua in schools? Hongkongers fear culture and identity 'waning'

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:05am by Elaine Yau

    ... language development. As a cognitive science student at the University of Hong Kong, he studied how the brain processes languages, spent three years compiling a glossary of spoken Cantonese ... of 360 students over five years. Half were taught in Cantonese and the rest in Putonghua, and for fair comparison every participating teacher would teach one class in each dialect. "The ...

  10. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Hong Kong Ballet Group continues to inspire

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 06:25pm by Natasha Rogai

    ... Group. Even after half a century, "people are always confusing us with Hong Kong Ballet", the group's chairwoman, Helen Tseng Wu, says ruefully. To set matters straight, the Hong ... In an original twist, the first half of The Sleeping Princess will be staged as a rehearsal, accompanied by a pianist and complete with corrections from teachers and répétiteurs. The second half ...




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