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Living in Beijing – Guide for New Families

New to Beijing?  Welcome!  The expat community is extremely supportive and there is no doubt you will quickly make some very good friends. Whatever your worries and your fears, it is likely that someone has experienced the exact same thing before you. Frustrations are normal so do not be afraid to...

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Online Reading is Altering Our Ability to Read Books

The human brain is adapting to the internet. We are getting used to skimming, scanning, picking out words, scrolling and jumping to the next page. Our eye movements are learning to move in a non linear fashion in order to gather the most information quickly. Before the internet we read...

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Mother Begs Son to Come Home for Chinese New Year

For families who live far apart, the New Year celebrations are usually preceded by much anticipation of warm reunions, hugs, laughter and too much good food. Regardless of our cultural background it can be either a pleasure to go home, an obligation or it can be a dreaded nightmare (as...

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Social Emotional Literacy

All feelings are ok – how we interpret and deal with them may not always be. Research has shown that emotions can either enhance or hinder our ability to work and learn. They affect our attention and our memory. If we are very anxious about something, or agitated, we can’t...

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Helping Teenagers learn about Responsibility

We all make mistakes. How we deal with them is the important part. When teenagers do silly things such as taking over someone else’s empty house for a heavy drinking, drugs, vandalising party, it seems like the perfect opportunity to help them understand about accountability and responsibility. A strict autocratic...

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Parent Visitors for Hire

Following the publication last Autumn of a new version of the “Paradigm of filial piety” a new Chinese government law came into effect on July 1st. This law which “firmly encourages” children to visit their parents once a year has given chinese entrepreneurs a new opportunity for business. It did...

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The Economist’s Education Global Ranking 2012

Finland and South Korea occupy the top two places of a recent study on Global Education written by The Economist. Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia are the bottom three on this list of education systems in the developed world. The rankings are based on international tests results and data such as...

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Filial Piety

“Family is the Nucleus of Society” The Confucian idea of filial devotion is deeply embedded in Chinese society. Reading it now, six centuries after Guo Jujing wrote this ode to parental devotion, “The 24 Paragons of Filial Piety” comes off as a collection of scary bedtime stories. There is the woman...