Monday, November 13, 2017

Double 11: The Annual Chinese Black Friday Event

By Asia Pop Culture

Double 11 is also known as Chinese Singles' Day or Bachelor's Day (光棍節). The date, November 11th (11/11), is chosen because the number "1" resembles 光棍, an individual that is alone. This was a marketing idea originated by Alibaba with the aim of creating a shopping festival in between National Day at the start of October and New Year’s Eve.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Only in China: App Bots Removed Because They Hate the Communist Party

By Asia Pop Culture

A couple of months ago, Chinese tech giant Tencent was forced to remove two chatbots in its popular QQ messaging apps after both bots went rogue.  One chatbot named Baby Q was on the popular QQ messaging app before it started taking shots at the Communist Party. 

What Can We Learn from Chinese Philosophers?

By Alexus McLeod, The Conversation 

Zhuang Zhou (Michael Hofmann 2013), Wikimedia commons

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Speak Mandarin and Love Kids? You Could Get Paid $110,000 a Year at the Zuckerberg's

By Asia Pop Culture

Rumors are running wild on Chinese social media right now that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is looking for a Mandarin-speaking nanny who will be paid upward $130,000 a year for her (or his) work. The rumors are linked to a nanny job posting on which has recently been circulating around WeChat groups of Chinese living and working in Silicon Valley. That job posting listed all the usual requirements: 3+ years of experience, a bachelor's degree, a love for children, basic medical training, and wait for it ...... must be fluent in Mandarin.