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China Boasts Most Billionaires After US


Wealthy Chinese look around Bentley’s showroom in Beijing on June 6, 2013.

China now has more billionaires than any country in the world except the U.S., according to a report published by Wealth-X and UBS last month.

According to the Billionaire Census 2013, China now has 157 billionaires with a combined net worth of $384 billion. Reflecting China’s rapid economic rise of recent years, nearly all of the surveyed billionaires are self-made — fewer than one in 10 inherited their wealth. The country’s new super-rich are also relatively young. China’s billionaires have an average age of 53 — nine years younger than the global average.

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The five Chinese entrepreneurs leading the country’s technology revolution


From a global online ‘anything store’ to high-end smartphones challenging Apple, a generation of billionaire entrepreneurs is rising in the East. We take a closer look at five of them.

Jack Ma is currently leader of the Chinese tech pack. As executive chairman of Alibaba, a web service used by businesses around the world to trade an incredible variety of goods, he has a high profile in the US.

It has helped that the 49-year-old former language teacher is a fluent English speaker. A large part of the interest also stems from the potential for Alibaba to list on Wall Street this year. He is being courted after a falling out with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange over stock structure.

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Biden urges Chinese youth to challenge authority


BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is opening a visit to China by urging Chinese students to challenge their government, teachers and religious leaders.

Just after arriving in Beijing, Biden paid a surprise visit to the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where Chinese citizens were waiting to get visas to visit the U.S.

Biden says the U.S. is able to remake itself because Americans reject orthodoxy. He says the only way you make something new is to break the mold of what’s old.

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Online Shopping Neighborhoods

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With 300 million new shopping choices online, how do Chinese youth use social media to figure out what the right choices are?

For Chinese youth exploring the online marketplace, social media is crucial to help filter decisions. But behind this practical need to cut through the clutter, is an emotional need to fit in and feel like choices connect you to the right group of people, even as you try to stand out with a style all your own.

Online shopping neighborhoods is a concept to reframe ‘social commerce.’ Enjoy!


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Pea jelly: a bite of Shigatse


Photo shows the Tibetan styled pea jelly “pengbi” of southwest Tibet’s Shigatse prefecture.

Either on the streets of downtown Shigatse or at the entrance of Tashilhunpo Monastery, there are always Tibetan ladies carrying large aluminum pots, with a group of people gathering around her. They are the peddlers moving about selling a kind of food called “pengbi”.

“Pengbi” is a kind of pea jelly of Tibetan flavor. Since this Tibetan name has the same pronunciation with the words “friend” and “must” in Chinese, Tibetans would like to say that “pengbi” is a must-eat food when good friends come, in order to make it remembered.

The pea juice used to make “pengbi” is extracted from the juice to make bean starch vermicelli. When making bean starch vermicelli, peas will be ground into powders, and then water will be added to make it juicy. After sedimentation, the supernatant can be used to feed stocks, and the subsided amylum on the bottom is the material of bean starch vermicelli, while the thick juice in the middle is for making “pengbi”.



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Chinese students a new funding source for U.S. high schools

Chinese exchange student Jixian "Johnny" Wang gets a pep talk from Rinate Jefferson, an official with the private recruiting company Tower Bridge.

Tuition-paying Chinese students escaping intense competition back home are providing much-needed money and cultural exposure to U.S. high schools.

Yosemite High School once offered six wood shop classes. Now there are three.

Things got worse when a new high school opened in a neighboring district and many students transferred. Campus enrollment is down from 1,100 five years ago to about 700 today.

School officials are now looking to a faraway place for salvation. As soon as next fall, Yosemite High could welcome 25 students from China who would pay $10,000 or more in tuition to enjoy an American public education amid mountain scenery. They would boost revenue and inject an international flavor into a school with few immigrant families.


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Chinese students a new funding source for US high schools


Students from Qingdao No. 17 High School in China  wrote about their experiences visiting Weston High School during the first week of this month, as well as excursions to New York and Washington, and have composed a lengthy memoir, complete with many photos  The Chinese was translated into English by Sharon Mae Wong, Mandarin teacher at WHS.

“It is an interesting perspective!” declared Lisa Deorio, high school principal.

Our Amazing and Eye Opening Trip to America and Visit to Our Sister School (A Memoir)

In 2013, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 8, 13 students and teachers went on a trip for an <exchange visit to Weston High School in Connecticut and a subsequent tour of America. We were impressed by our sister school’s advanced teaching facilities and curriculum ideas. Our host families were warm, cordial and forthright. Many memories still linger, the blue sky, the pristine fresh air, the beautiful tree colors of the fall, and many impressive eye-opening museums. … These novel experiences are thought-provoking. We would like to share a few of these with our readers.