June 2008 Entries
Sailors are used to surviving blustery winds or tumultuous seas, and at this Olympics, they'll have another obstacle to overcome: algae.
China's pandas have gotten quite a bit of media coverage following the earthquake. From panda funerals, to endangered habitats, to special panda exhibits in the Beijing Zoo, it seems like the nation's unofficial animal mascot has all the fun.
While it's nearly impossible to know the exact number of Christians in China, the growth of Christianity in officially atheist China has been a tremendous development over the past twenty years. Estimates generally range between 50 and 100 million Chinese Christians, making Christianity China's second most popular religion after Buddhism.
Most Americans have never heard of Macau, and couldn't even begin to locate it on a map. But Macau packs quite a punch in its nine square miles off the southeast coast of China, an hour ferry ride from Hong Kong. As one of China's two Special Administrative Regions, Macau has been a large beneficiary of China's growing economy. Because it doesn't have the same laws and regulations as Mainland China, including a ban on gambling, it has become one of the hottest gambling hubs in the
Jiang Xiaojuan was one of thousands of police-officers attending to earthquake relief in China's Sichuan Province. But Jiang's unique contribution to the relief effort set her apart from the rest her peers- she breastfed nine babies newly orphaned by the earthquake.
We're only halfway through 2008, and have had no shortage of riveting stories from China. But it's not the Olympic festivities that have taken the media spotlight- they're still two months away. So far this year, China's extreme environment has captured the world's attention.
For many new parents, finding the perfect name for your child can be a difficult process. Baby name consultants can charge thousands of dollars to help you select a name that's unique, but not too unique, and one that your future bundle of joy will love.
It all depends on who you ask.
You would probably think that most evangelists and Christians worldwide wouldn't hesitate before answering this question with a resounding "yes." But in reality, this question has caused significant cause for debate among many international Christians.
For over seven years, the world has been waiting for the start of one the most highly-anticipated Olympics ever, and the drama leading up to this August's event has definitely lived up to the hype.
For many of China's college students, who were just babies, or not even alive at the time, Wednesday's 19th annivesary of the Tiananmen Square Incident passed with little recognition. Much of the student-led political activity in China is a far cry from the student activists in 1989, but today's young people are hardly apathetic.
Today the question of whether or not China should have received the Olympic bid seems somewhat irrelevant. It won the bid seven years ago in 2001, so the decision has clearly been made. On the other hand, anyone who has caught a glimpse of the coverage of this year's international Olympic torch relay is well-aware that China's Olympic hosting duties are hardly a non-controversial event.
Leave your opium, pornography, and drugs at home, and don't even think about soiling the Chinese flag if you plan to attend the Olympics this August.
Children's Day had a more somber tone in China yesterday. It's usually a day of celebration for parents and children, but the deaths of about 10,000 children in the May 12 earthquake have cast a dark shadow over the nation, especially for parents who lost their only children.