Miscellaneous

Welcome to Berkshire’s China Connect University

Welcome to Berkshire’s China Connect University

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FaceToFace in Words

Hello, Good morning, How is the Weather Today?

It’s all over the news these last few days: the extreme smog problem in Beijing and other areas in China. I don’t really follow the news, read a newspaper, or watch the 8 o’clock broadcast at all, but even I heard about this. It’s pretty bad, and at the same time pretty hard to imagine that entire cities and large […]

Say What?! Misunderstandings in Mandarin

I come from Holland. Holland in Chinese is pronounced Helan. Sounds a bit like each other, right? But that was not the reason why some Chinese people looked very shocked and surprised when I told them that I wasn’t American, but came from “Helan.” Whether it is my insufficient pronunciation and odd accent, or some listeners inability to clearly distinguish […]

Recycling in China

Recycling in China

In 2008, Chinese shoppers had to start bringing their own bags to the supermarket, because the government banned the use (and production) of plastic bags. In a country as large and populated as China, this measure resulted in saving 4.8 million tons of oil, and an estimated 800,000 tonnes of plastic by 2012, according to a representative of the National […]

CCU Tour

If you want to know what you can find on ChinaConnectU, watch this short introduction video in which we show you the highlights of ChinaConnectU!