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China Cracks Down After Firms List Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet as Countries

China Cracks Down After Firms List Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet as Countries

The Chinese website of Marriott International has been shut down and an dployee sacked after two incidences of the hotel chain “disrespecting China’s sovereignty”.  Photo: Wikimedia The outcry began last week when Marriott customers noticed that a Chineselanguage survey sent out by the hotel listed Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as independent countries.The Chinese government considers self-ruling Taiw... Read More>>
Google Maps Are Working Again in China!

Google Maps Are Working Again in China!

Good news for non-Chinese readers who get lost easily. Google Maps are working in China again! While most longer-term residents have learned to deal with the sometimes frustratingly non-bilingual Baidu Maps, others with no knowledge of Chinese characters have been forced to prat around with VPNs to use Google services when lost.No more must your phone’s battery been drained just to get where you’re going!As of the time of writing, Google Maps is working again in China, albeit only from a web page.The Google Maps app can still only be accessed when using a VPN.Still, this is progress and certainly good news ... Read More>>
The Reality of Raising Kids in China.

The Reality of Raising Kids in China.

I always knew that parenthood would be a challenge, though I assumed that I’d be doing it in my home country instead of China. In many ways it's what I imagined parenting to be like but raising Chinese-Australians here does present some interesting challenges: Everyday Life The boys’ childhood has been anything but traditional by Chinese standards – actually it’s bordering on rebellious. The... Read More>>