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2009-07-15 08:05:40

In the United States, adolescence is a time when many teens become less interested in academics. A new longitudinal study has found that this disengagement is greater for American teens than for Chinese teens.The study, by psychologists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, appears in the July/August 2009 issue of Child Development, a journal. It may help explain why Chinese children consistently outperform Americans in academic areas such as...

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2009-06-25 05:48:45

Prominent US trade executives announced they have submitted a request to the Chinese government pushing for the relinquishment of a new rule demanding all computers be installed with Internet filtering software, the AFP reported. China may be breaking the established terms of agreement with the World Trade Organization by making it mandatory for all computers within its borders to operate with the "Green Dam" program, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said....

2009-04-29 08:51:33

Facial recognition is not as automatic as it may seem. Researchers have identified specific areas in the brain devoted solely to picking out faces among other objects we encounter. Two specific effects have been established as being critical for facial recognition "“ holistic processing (in which we view the face as a whole, instead of in various parts) and left-side bias (in which we have a preference for the left side of the face). Psychologists Janet H. Hsiao from the University of...

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2009-04-16 08:05:00

China is using its checkbook to gain influence in Latin America, a former U.S. Commerce Department official said. This is how the balance of power shifts quietly during times of crisis, David Rothkopf said in a report Thursday in The New York Times. Loans are an example of the checkbook power in the world moving to new places. China is negotiating deals that include a $12 billion development fund in Venezuela and a loan of $1 billion to Ecuador for a hydroelectric plant, The New York Times...

2009-03-17 07:00:00

HONG KONG, March 17 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Knowledge Factories Limited today announced the first public release of Mandarin FastTrack 1.0 that works with the iPhone. The program is an effective and flexible conversation Chinese learning tool as well an easy-to-use English-to-Chinese dictionary and translator. Skill competitiveness is always one of the key factors in making a career successful especially in an environment under economic crisis. Acquiring Chinese, the must-have language...

2008-10-09 12:00:22

There's no shortage of U.S. Internet companies that have failed to replicate their successes at home in Chinese cyberspace. Despite throwing considerable resources at its Chinese-language operation, for instance, Google (GOOG) is a distant No. 2 in online search [BusinessWeek.com, 8/30/07] behind local champion Baidu.com (BIDU). In online auctions, eBay (EBAY) threw in the towel [BusinessWeek.com, 12/19/06] in December 2006 after failing to dislodge the market leader, Hangzhou-based Taobao,...

2008-08-24 15:00:27

By Bonnie Washuk LEWISTON - Hannah Fazio is ready to go back to school - in China. The Lewiston High School junior won a School Year Abroad scholarship - awarded to one student in the United States each year - to study in Beijing. The $39,900 scholarship covers tuition, room, board, travel within China, medical insurance and laundry. What helped her win? Hannah, 16, is fluent in Mandarin, the standard language in China. Learning to read and write in Chinese is challenging, she said....

2008-07-25 06:00:36

By Jennifer Robison By JENNIFER ROBISON REVIEW-JOURNAL International travelers know the scenario: The hapless foreigner wants to ask locals where he'll find a bus stop, but thanks to his mangled translation, he inadvertently queries about the nearest whorehouse. Hilarity ensues, unless he's in Pahrump or Amsterdam. Sure, it's funny, especially when it didn't happen to you. But linguistic mix-ups aren't so amusing when they involve national identity and pride. That'll be the case...

2008-06-25 09:03:04

Olympic volunteers from U.S. learn Chinese calligraphy in Beijing BEIJING, June 24 (Xinhua) -- "It's just like drawing a picture," Emily Doolittle said as she was trying to write Chinese characters at a calligraphy class here on Tuesday. Doolittle is one of the 24 students from the University of Iowa in the United States, who started their week-long orientation course on Chinese culture, environment, economy, media and ethnic minorities at Tsinghua University as of Monday. "I once took...

2008-06-22 12:00:05

By Souren Melikian Nothing is less universal than art, contrary to a widespread conviction rooted in French 18th-century ideas about the equality of all men and the assumed analogy of all that mankind strives to achieve. Some of those who cling to that long cherished notion may see things otherwise after viewing the illuminating show "How to Read Chinese Paintings," on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until Aug. 1. And should they still question the existence of a fundamental...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'