According to The Lonely Plant, Qingdao, also known as Tsingtao (青島), is “a breath of fresh (ocean) air.”
Situated on the east coast of China’s Shangdong Province, it is a rare modern city that has managed to preserve its past. Its deepwater harbor and proximity to Korea and Japan made it the target of unwelcome foreign interests during the Boxer Rebellion and forced to be conceded to Germany in 1989, during which the Germans improved the city’s infrastructure and also left behind the famous Tsingtao Brewery. After the brief German occupation, the Japanese moved in in 1914.
After World War II the Kuomintang allowed Qingdao to serve as the headquarters of the Western Pacific Fleet of the U.S. Navy in 1945. When China opened up in the 1980s, western Qingdao quickly bloomed as a port city.
By Rick King and Chang Wang, contributors
Editor’s Note: Both Rick King and Chang Wang consider themselves lucky, and the luckiness is generational. King, a “baby boomer” who was born in California and grew up in Massachusetts, believes overall, his generation is better off than his parents’ and his children’s; Wang, originally from Beijing, belongs to “Generation ’89” in China, even believes his generation is the luckiest in Chinese history since 1842.
China Insight invites King and Wang to author a conversational style essay to compare the lives and the key characteristics of the “baby boomers” in the U.S. and the “Generation ’89” in China.
In this last installment, King and Wang will describe and compare how healthcare, values and growing global citizenship affect the two groups and how the systems work in their respective countries. Who were their cultural icons and was there any overlap?
On May 21, high school students from across the Midwest participated in the 2016 Midwest Chinese Bridge Speech Contest hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota.
The Chinese Bridge Speech Contest was created in 2007 with the intention of providing a stage for high school Chinese learners throughout the world to present their achievements in Chinese language and culture. The Midwest event, which was cosponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban and the Chinese Consulate in Chicago, featured 25 participants competing for a spot in the 9th Global Chinese Bridge Speech Contest for High School Students this fall hosted in Beijing.
The 2016 Schwan’s USA CUP will expand its international footprint by welcoming its first Chinese team in many years. The Shanghai-Xingta Primary School, based in rural Shanghai, is currently finalizing visa arrangements for its players.
The Shanghai-Xingta Primary School is one of the traditional Chinese football schools and has a long history. It is the cradle of Shanghai women's football and has hosted numerous football matches and related activities. Most recent, it hosted the second Girls Football Festival, launched by the Asian Football Confederation this past March.
By Pearl Bergad, executive director, Chinese Heritage Foundation
May and June are volatile months in Chinese history.
Ninety-seven years ago on May 4, some 5,000 students took to the streets of Beijing and trashed the houses of officials they despised in an attempt to protest foreign bullying, causing Chinese diplomats to refuse signing the Treaty of Versailles as the allies failed to return Shandong Province to China. The incident is known as the May Fourth Movement.
Fifty years ago on May 16, the Communist Party announced the start of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution followed by a decade of mass brainwashing, torture and chaos that left millions of Chinese dead. So ubiquitous was the effect of this revolution, one would be hard pressed to find someone in China today who was not touched in some way by it.
By Pat Welsh, contributor
The natural course for me to take this series would be to discuss the May 4 incident and what would later be called the May Fourth Period. As I examined this incident and the surrounding events, I cannot help but conclude that this incident was itself a result of events that preceded it.
From 1911 to about 1925, China was floundering in a confusing and chaotic morass. While pro-Qing and pro-monarchists were gradually losing their support among the population, the liberal and the left-wing movements were themselves not a completely cohesive force. The emergence of regional warlords who governed locally from 1916 to 1925 had no loyalties other than to those who might support their positions. In May 1915, Japan presented the infamous 21 demands, which, if accepted, would have placed China under a virtual Japanese protectorate status and extinguish China’s independence. Yuan Shikai (袁世凱) accepted some of these demands. After Yuan had himself proclaimed emperor on December 12, 1915, the remote southern province of Yunnan rose in revolt two weeks later. Other garrisons then joined in the revolt and by March 1916, it became obvious that any further attempts to continue Yuan’s monarchy would produce a widespread civil war.