Chinese Society: A Study in Contrasts

Chinese society is often thought of as being somewhat homogenous, but in reality it’s actually quite diverse. From ancient times to the…

Taming the Year of the Tiger

An ancient, cross-cultural symbol of ferocity, bravery, and intelligence, the tiger occupies a unique position in traditional Chinese mythology and culture. The…

What is Putonghua?

Putonghua, also called Standard Mandarin, is mainland China’s official language. As such, it’s also the version of Chinese that most international students…

Your Guide to the Year of the Monkey

The Chinese zodiac and its 12 associated zodiac animals are an important aspect of Chinese traditional culture. Even if you weren’t born…

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