What’s the Deal With C-Section Births

In mainstream thought, a mother’s agony during natural birth is an inevitability, but as modern medical procedures increase in China, almost half of the country’s women have opted to skip

What’s the Deal With Local Subsidies

Three decades of development have bestowed prosperity on the land of Dongguan. Across the nation of China the city and its people, even through recent economic woes, have been stereotyped

What’s the Deal with Wet Floors?

It’s only water, but in late February, and in March or April, many people across Dongguan are creeped out when water seeps from their walls and floors, running down surfaces,

What’s the Deal With Mandarin Oranges

Everywhere during the Spring Festival are bushes of bright orange fruits: supermarkets, private homes, schools, government buildings, hospitals, and every single shop. Some big ones can reach meters high, with

What’s the Deal with Chinese Leap Month

Ever wondered why certain Chinese traditional holidays such as Spring Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, and the Mid-Autumn Day, fall on a different date every year? While you may think this

What’s the Deal with Infinite Numerals?

Walking the streets of Dongguan, cell phone numbers can be seen pasted or painted everywhere—the ground, a bus stop, a pole, a wall, a public toilet, a tree, a statue

What’s the Deal with Fake Liquor?

Knockoffs, or shanzhai products, exist at almost every level in China, leading to a lack of surprise to hear that RMB 1,000 bottle of Hennessy VSOP sold at night clubs

What’s the Deal with Muslim Noodle Shops?

Their green signs scripted with Arabic lettering, and pictures of open pasture, cows and sheep, comfort many Chinese-illiterate foreigners with consistency and suitable nourishment. The similar interior and menus of

What’s the Deal with Land Use Rights?

In the PRC, it is known that land is owned by the state or collectivities. It was not until the 1980s under Deng Xiaoping’s guidance that the land ownership and

What’s the Deal with an IV a Day?

Walk into a Chinese hospital or clinic’s IV zone and a forest of bottles and tubes will meet you, hooked up at every corner of the room pouring fluids into