Globalization continues to gather pace despite resistance in some parts of the world. Unfortunately, the educational institutions in developed countries have struggled to keep pace with the changing face of 21st-century life. The challenges now facing young people in developed nations are unprecedented, which is why school children need a well-rounded education that has real-world relevance. To that point, there is an upsurge of popularity for bilingual education in the United States and Europe.
Chinese Zhuazhou ritual. Photo source: Flickr
A baby's first birthday is a special milestone. Parents around the world go to great lengths to celebrate this special day with different traditions.
First Birthday Traditions in China
The Chinese aren't big on having birthday celebrations every year; instead, they focus on the 1st, 10th, 60th, and 70th. For a child's first birthday, friends and relatives are invited to come for lunch. Long noodles called "longevity noodles" are served as a wish for the child to have a long life. The tiger is thought to protect children, so friends and family often bring tiger-themed gifts including clothes, toys, and books. Other gifts include money in red envelopes.
Double joy stickers used to decorate at Chinese weddings.
There are few cultural events that inspire as many traditions as marriage. In China, marriages used to be arranged by the parents of the bride and groom with the aid of a matchmaker. Although that practice is not often practiced today, some traditions from past times have lingered on.
Once a couple is engaged, it is tradition for the groom's family to send food, cakes, and other gifts to the bride's family. It is not easy to break the engagement once the bride's family accepts these betrothal gifts.
In recent years, Apple has maintained a strong presence in the U.S. market for desktop and laptop computers, mobile phones and music players, but until this week, it had yet to cater to the world’s most populous market online. On Tuesday, that all changed when Apple announced the launch of its online store for China (The screenshot on the right shows the current home page).
The header represents an actual caution sign displayed in a Shanghai cab found by German author Oliver Radtke. China's specific translation of English, or “Chinglish”, as referred by Radtke, has created quite a skeptic controversy in language translation.