I'm on an extended visit back to my hometown, Vancouver, a Canadian city full of Chinese. Chinese is the second-most commonly used language after English. My wife and I were running around a Chinese mall for fun to practice Mandarin and buy some Chinese DVDs when we overheard Chinese people talking about us in Mandarin saying, "Those foreigners are speaking Chinese!" I … [Read more...] about (Letter from Joel) How should foreigners feel about being called “鬼子,” “鬼佬,” “老外,” etc.?
Zhang Ziyi was recently interviewed on a Chinese TV network: She said (in translation): The first time I was the lead in an English-language film, I received some high praise. And especially as a Chinese person, I thought that was something to be proud of. At the Cannes Film Festival, in front of all that media, then they call your name... And as a Chinese person, they … [Read more...] about Zhang Ziyi – What's in a name?