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Foreigners in China
Foreigners in China | 外国人在中国

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.
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
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!”
British Face, Beijinger's Heart
Carl Crook has a foreign face, but Mandarin is his mother tongue.

The Briton was born in Beijing in 1949, the year the People's Republic of China was founded.

The 58-year-old introduces himself as "a contemporary of the New China" in recognition of the fact that his life story includes many of the experiences that defined the lives of most Chinese people his age - from the "cultural revolution" to economic reform.
Business Elite Profile
He is a British but never works in other countries except in China,he have been stayed in China for 18 years.He is the CEO of Swire Group in Xiamen. Straight after graduating from Cambridge in 1988, he moved to China.Now he can spesk fluent Chinese and is versed in Chinese culture.

Q: We’ve heard that you have been working in China for quite a long time.
A: That’s true. Straight after graduating from Cambridge in 1988, I moved to Hong Kong. Since then, I have worked in Beijing, Nanjing, Xi’an and Xiamen. I have been in this part of the world for over 18 years.
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