Lifestyle / Hot Pot Column

Excuse me, while I check my phone

[2014-07-11 07:01]

My mother knocked at the bathroom door one morning, yelling, "Come out and watch the TV, doctors in Singapore say that smartphone addiction is a psychiatric disorder!"

There's no place like home

[2014-07-03 07:20]

Where are you from? It should be an easy question, right? Wrong!

China’s parenting backbone: grandparents

[2014-06-27 07:07]

Second-generation parenting has become an established social practice in China. It isn't considered unusual for the elderly in China to look after the houses of their children or bring up grand-children.

Pentagrams on tower of babel

[2014-06-27 07:53]

After several years in China, Erik Nilsson no longer finds it strange that his child's nanny wears a Satanist shirt, and he's learned to keep his duck shirt for trips back to the US.

Chinese turn out for distant World Cup

[2014-06-26 09:16]

The Brazilian buzz is not exclusively felt in the host nation, or in the 32 competing countries. Nations eliminated in the qualifying groups have not let their light of fervor flicker in the wind of resignation.

How I help to bridge the gap

[2014-06-19 15:11]

Being in a foreign country is difficult, especially when it is as different a place as China, and the language barrier only makes it harder.

From Perth, with love

[2014-06-13 07:12]

There are lots of unfair stereotypes about China.

Cell phone armor bedazzles China's women

[2014-06-06 06:59]

Since I arrived in Beijing last summer, I have taken to the underground train system like a duck to water. I have used the subway to travel to work, visit tourist sites, run petty family errands, meet friends and even while away time.

We wed on wechat

[2014-06-06 06:59]

Some days, the beeping of incoming messages gets overwhelming, but technology does facilitate quick communication at little cost. Tiffany Tan writes.

Local flavors, local friends

[2014-05-14 11:02]

Whenever I'm in a new city, I like to walk as much as I can, particularly off the beaten track—first to get my bearings, then to stumble on unexpected treasures that aren't part of the regular tourist trails.

Discovering Beijing through bicycling

[2014-05-08 10:08]

Shortly after I arrived in Beijing last year, a friend in South Korea asked me if I had yet bought a bicycle.

Holiday experience through US eyes

[2014-04-15 09:20]

Ripping off my Jason Voorhees facemask, I sucked in the parched fumes that pass for oxygen in my office and stared balefully at the chocolate love hearts that were chemically bonding to my desk.