All the single ladies, all the single ladies! Well, and single guys too. Yesterday, bachelors and bachelorettes in Hangzhou flocked to a grand blind date party, scouring personal ads hung clothes-line-style to find that special someone. The event, which was televised nationwide, is one of many blind date parties becoming popular in China.
Check out the full gallery here!
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Apparently hip hop is getting popular among the 50+ folks in China…
Funny, I just had a convo with my coworker about how her 95-year old grandpa sends her emails, and how my 85-year old grandma swims for two hours every morning. Seriously, these senior citizens are making us young’uns look bad!
(Thanks Lydia for the link!)
I’ve always said the romance languages are way overrated, and the language to learn is actually Chinese. Well, looks like locals in Liberia are moving in the right direction–at least in my fobby opinion. The newest trend in this West African country seems to be Mandarin classes.
It only makes sense, though. China has a huge role in the economic development of this war-torn country, from rebuilding roads with funding from the World Bank, to running hotels and restaurants. And naturally, Liberians are realizing increasingly that Mandarin is a necessity.
“Traditionally, we Liberians are closer to the Americans than we are to the Chinese, but the irony is that the Chinese are more open to us than the Americans are,” 57-year-old John K. Cooper, who works for a local youth development center, and is one of 15 students in the Mandarin class that began this week, told AP.
“Americans know and have technologies, but they are not yet ready to bring them to Africa. The Chinese are doing just that,” he added.
In fact, the Chinese firm China Union recently became Liberia’s largest investor ever. China Union signed a $2.6 billion agreement earlier this year to go into the iron ore business in a town about 30 miles north of Monrovia. Africa’s trade with China reached more than $100 billion in 2008 and has multiplied by 10 since 2001, according to the African Economic Outlook.
I’m telling ya, everyone needs some Mandarin skillz…
Link (thanks Ed @ehoa)
I wonder if her lips will be sore (or have sores) after her Parisian kiss quest. A 27-year-old Taiwanese music student, Yang Ya-Ching, who is schooling in France’s capital, aims to kiss a 100 strangers and is keeping a record of it via an online photo album and blog. Any guesses as to how many rejections she has received? Check out the gallery of photos–they actually look very artsy.
Disgrasian via Taipei Times
You know those machines at the bank that can count a huge stack of bills in mere seconds? Well, check out China’s human version. Featured on CCTV, these incredible individuals are “both fast and accurate” in their ability to count money, newspapers, and stamp envelopes at superhuman speed. Crazy!
(Thanks to my pops for sending me this fobulous video!)
What does a community of dwarves in China do to escape discrimination? Turn themselves into a tourist attraction! Whether or not the idea settles well with you, this community from the mountain commune in Kunming, China decided to capitalize on their height instead of letting it be a barrier to social acceptance and employment. Pay an entrance fee and you will get a chance watch these people dress up like fairy tale characters to entertain you. Would you pay for this tourist attraction?