Sister Ping: The Pirate Whose Treasure Was the American Dream

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Work hard, and you can be anything you want to be. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and take advantage of the Land of Opportunity. Slogans like these have become the tired parlance of political campaigns on both sides of the aisle, every candidate arguing that the American dream is suffering, but they can… » 6/30/15 2:00pm Tuesday 2:00pm

How Backpacking Changed the Way I Looked

When I quit my job in New York to go backpacking in South America, I agonized over what to pack. I couldn’t, for instance, not bring my Ferragamo flats, even if it meant ruining their soles on dirt paths and crumbling cobblestones. I certainly couldn’t leave behind my beloved red lipstick—I wanted it for nights out… » 6/17/15 5:00pm 6/17/15 5:00pm

Guy Sues Chinese Actress for Staring at Him Too Hard Through the TV

Seems legit: the Associated Press is reporting that a Shanghai man is suing popular Chinese actress Zhao Wei for staring at him too hard through the TV. As the AP notes, this could have something to do with China’s newer, laxer lawsuit rules, or Zhao might need to take a picture because it lasts longer. The unnamed… » 6/09/15 6:50pm 6/09/15 6:50pm

Chinese Government Sick Of Chinese Knockoffs

It’s about to be much harder for Chinese shoppers to buy counterfeit luxury goods—even those made in China, reports Slate. The business of importing knockoffs and selling them domestically—as well as the act of re-branding goods made in China as imports—has been “booming in a regulatory gray zone,” but will soon be… » 5/04/15 7:40pm 5/04/15 7:40pm

The Best Restaurant in the World Is: Disney's Epcot Theme Park

For the past year, Rich Juzwiak and Caity Weaver have scoured New York in search of the city’s greatest restaurant. This spring, the authors expanded their quest into a global hunt: the search for the Best Restaurant in the World. Due to time and budget constraints, it was determined that the most efficient method to… » 4/30/15 12:25pm 4/30/15 12:25pm

Funeral Strippers Are an Actual Thing in China

When we get caught up in the humdrum repetition of our day-to-days, it can be easy to forget how different the lives—or deaths—of people in other parts of the world are. In China, funerals appear to be far more interesting than the ones people attend in the U.S. because they have strippers. These exotic dancers—some… » 4/23/15 11:15pm 4/23/15 11:15pm

The Best Time My Bosses Teamed Up to Find Me a Chinese Fiancé

My first date with Cai involved a lot of tongue. Not the fun kind—like, a literal plate of seasoned duck tongues on the table between us. But that wasn't the weirdest part of our date, because I swear duck tongues are delicious. The weirdest part was my coworkers, all gathered together at another table, watching us. » 4/14/15 1:50pm 4/14/15 1:50pm

Reporter Drives Chinese Couple 500 Miles to Attend Their Own Wedding

In an attempt to learn more about the ever-changing social landscape of Shanghai, NPR's Frank Langfitt has been driving driving citizens around their city and learning their stories. In his most recent installment of the series, he took a break from the usual routine to drive a couple 500 miles to their home village… » 3/26/15 2:50pm 3/26/15 2:50pm

Woman Cuts off Husband's Penis Twice, Then Throws It Out a Window

This right here is commitment: Feng Lung has been arrested for causing grievous bodily harm to her husband (and father of her five children) Fan Lung after she discovered that her man was sending "saucy texts" to his new lover from his wife's phone. So she cut off his dick. And then she cut it off again. And if she… » 1/13/15 5:30pm 1/13/15 5:30pm