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Veteran American Helps Mould Olympic Host
As the 2008 Olympic Games approach, Beijing is trying to correct signs all around the city that have been badly translated into English.

For example: a theme park dedicated to China's ethnic minorities had been called "Racist Park."

The bad translations are being corrected -- not merely for cosmetic reasons, officials say, but also because they may distract attention from Beijing's cultural treasures and cosmopolitan status.
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Talk show about foreigners lives in China
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2008 20:37
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First Assignment, First Love
Written by Cool Han

When most people think about events at Dongcheng district’s more than 140 embassies and diplomatic missions, they're picturing black-tie galas, stretch limos, bold-face names and photos accompanied by the front page headlines, cocktail parties where every discussion is bathed in foreign-policy nuance. They're probably not thinking about embassies and diplomats as tremendous cultural resources. That's why the chance to come to a diplomat’s home is so valuable.
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You've Got a Mail
Written by Cool Han

When I came into Gabriel’s room, the first eye-catching thing was a shinning guitar lying on the sofa. Actually Gabriel is quite satisfied with this deal, for the high quality Korean made guitar cost him only 180 RMB. A former guitarist, drummer and composer who had established his own band years ago in his native and far-off island of Puerto Rico, Gabriel is now a university teacher in Beijing. It seems that our artist had fewer chances to get himself involved in music after shifting into an intellectual giving lectures on International Relations every day, so is the guitar a elegant decoration or not?

“No it’s not for decoration. I can play the guitar, but not as a specialist, just for fun and self-enjoyment. For me, music is always a way out, a way to express myself.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2008 22:14
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A Dialogue Between A Chinese Girl And A French Guy
Written by Cool Han

Michael Corcia, a twenty-year-old boy from France,
an exchange student in

China Foreign Affairs University from Marseilles is now on his way to discovering China and identifying himself.

"I love my Chinese name”

Michael has a unique Chinese name, Kou Lexia, given by his Chinese teacher in France. He explained to me confidently that “Le” means happy or music while “Xia” means knight. When I told him that according to my understanding “Lexia” together had deeper meaning, he opened his mouth in surprise and stared at me. I told him that his name brought me a picture of an ancient knight-errant man, who has a strong sense of integrity and honesty, magic powers or fantastic magic art skills to protect and safeguard the people in need and chastise the rogue gangs. He smiled and nodded while listening: “That’s fantastic! I love my Chinese name!”
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