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Share An improvement in the manners of dealing with the public is needed
2015-4-4 17:23
Recently, I had the misfortune of dealing with individuals in the Chinese public sector when my Chinese wife and I went to notarize some documents. I was perplexed and bewildered by the manners in which the employees at the notary offices responded to her inquiries. They were shouting at her for asking questions regarding the notarization process. I expressed my sentiment of anger and frustration to my wife. She smiled and informed me that I was overreacting. She emphasized th ...
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Share To Coexist Harmoniously, All We Need Is Tolerance
2015-2-15 11:09
As a writer and educator, one of my routine daily tasks is scanning through my favorite newspapers to be familiar with current affairs. Lately, most of them have been cluttered with items that focused on the tension between Muslims and Westerners along with conflicts among nations of different religious, political or racial backgrounds. That prompted me to wonder about the reasons behind all major conflicts that we are exposed to on a daily basis through the various ve ...
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Share Happy Father’s Day to the Unsung Heroes, Dads
2014-5-24 17:58
As Father’s Day approaches (June 15th, 2013), I began to contemplate about significant means to pay tribute to the forsaken heroes, our fathers. We should seize the opportunity to pay respect toward our dads by celebrating the event in joyous manners. The fundamental question should focus on the reasons behind celebrating Father’s Day. Without stating the obvious, most individuals are caught on the daily struggle of survival in the complex societies of today. Consequently, we a ...
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Share We must bow in respect and admiration to mothers everywhere on their day
2014-5-5 19:43
Living and teaching in China for more than 10 years granted me the opportunity to observe the behavior of Chinese youth, including my own students, carefully. I was able to discover their moods and their attitudes about life in general and toward the treatment of their mothers in particular. For certain, the Chinese children love their mothers dearly. However, some youths take them for granted. One can attribute that to the fact that mothers, without realizing the nega ...
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Share Multidimensional relationships and marriages
2014-5-1 18:53
Nowadays, most marriages end up in divorce. Few relationships can stand the test of time and last for more than 5 years. One may wonder about the reasons behind that phenomenon. Almost all marriages are based upon love. However, is love sufficient to keep the marriage or the relationship alive? Today, couples are facing numerous challenges in dealing with the hardships and complexity of life. We ought to pose the question: Is there a hope for human beings to be able to handle the issue of ...
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Share Beijing, a harmonious Blend of Eastern and Western Cultures
2014-4-30 12:18
Beijing succeeded, where most of its counterpart capital cities in other countries failed, in fulfilling the diversified desires of its visitors. It harmoniously encompasses monuments of progress along with reminders of its extraordinary history. One can experience the invigorating life of Paris, New York, Montreal or London by walking down the streets of modern parts of Beijing, staying at ...
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Share Can we be honest at all times!
2014-4-28 06:22
Without stating the obvious, most human beings fanaticize about leading an idealistic life. One aspect of a Utopian existence is being honest at all times regardless of the circumstances. However, life is not that simple. From time to time, we have no other option but to refer to white lies to achieve harmonious coexistence with our fellow human beings. Consequently, I have no apprehension to state that honesty is an elusive concept and an occasional fib would be harmless. I will elaborate ...
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Share The Canadian Easter spirit is alive in China
2014-4-22 17:45
As a Canadian, I pay a great deal of attention to festive holidays. I do believe that they permit us a golden opportunity to socialize with our families and friends. The everlasting memories of past celebrations in Canada helped me to combat the feeling of missing my children. Therefore, I have a profound tendency to try to share the joys of festivities with my students who will advance their studies abroad. I am hoping that the experience will prepare them for the social events of the Wes ...
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Share Lost in translation, hilarious incidents
2014-4-20 08:33
After landing a contract to teach English at IMAU in 2003, I arrived to Hohhot (Huhehaote), Inner Mongolia, armed with only five Chinese words, Ni hao, xiexie and zai jian (Hello, Thank you and Goodbye). I was informed by my Chinese friends in Canada that I would find numerous individuals who could communicate in English. Unfortunately for me, I only encountered few persons who spoke English in Hohhot. Despite having enough English vocabulary, it was hard to understand them due to their mi ...
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Share Who are more romantic, men or women?
2014-4-20 08:29
The word romance is associated with the notion of being vulnerable in men's minds. They are conditioned to perceive being romantic as being feminine or being a wimp. Even the meaning of the word romance is confusing to men in general. I took upon myself the task of asking the men whom I encountered in my daily life about their perceptions and definitions of the word romance and discovered that there was no distinct consensus to the concept of romance among men. ...
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