What Does It Mean to Be Chinese?


When Gary Locke was nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to China, many Chinese were overjoyed, because Locke is a Chinese-American. Viewed as “one of us,” he was expected to have a better understanding of the concerns and interests of his ancestral country, and hence to play a more positive role in the bilateral relationship.

Yet from the day of his arrival in Beijing in August 2011 until his departure in early 2014, Locke apparently never really felt “at home” among his Chinese compatriots. The image of a humble and frugal American official — at ministerial rank by Chinese standards — who bought his own Starbucks coffee and carried his own luggage at airports, throws into sharp relief the privileged — and usually corrupt — lifestyle of many Chinese officials. Locke not only made PM2.5 a household word in China, but also had the misfortune of getting intimately — though unexpectedly — involved in Chinese domestic politics, when first the former police chief of Chongqing and then a blind lawyer named Chen Guangcheng sought political asylum from the United States.

Just two days before Locke’s departure, the state-run China News Service published an opinion piece entitled “Farewell, Gary Locke.” The author was undoubtedly inspired by one of Mao Zedong’s most famous works, “Farewell, Leighton Stewart,” which was a damning criticism of U.S. China policy during the Chinese civil war in the 1940s. In the article, Gary Locke was conveniently referred to as a “banana,” that is, white/American inside but yellow/Chinese outside. “But the skin of a banana will eventually rot, exposing the white inside, which will also rot and turn dark,” wrote the author, extending the metaphor. The article contends that Locke’s humble lifestyle as reported by the Chinese media was deliberately staged to embarrass Chinese officials and to incite discontent among the ordinary Chinese. “Unable to read his ancestral country’s language and ignorant about Chinese laws,” the author claimed, “Mr. Locke is nevertheless particularly fond of messing up with Chinese domestic politics.” The closing line of the article reads: “Goodbye smog, goodbye evil spirit. Farewell, Gary Locke.”

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The New Middle Age: What Is Middle Age and Does It Really Mean What We Think?

In 2023, “middle age” isn’t what you might think—now 40 to 50, middle age (in theory) is older than ever before—and everyone’s choosing their own path as we live longer lives. Gone are the days of hiding grays, being cagey about your feelings around Botox (one way or another), or believing bikinis are solely reserved for the 20-something crowd (just ask Elizabeth Hurley). In 2023, people are stepping up in middle age, and they’re proud of it. It’s not a one-size-fits-all experience, either. We asked psychologists, dermatologists, makeup artists, and more to help us paint a picture of middle age (in all its glory) with our package on Healthy Aging—including how we view middle age, what we still want to learn about middle age, and how to take care of ourselves in middle age, too.

People all around us are proof that age is merely a number. With 90-year-olds running marathons, 70-year-olds becoming kings, and so much more, life is full of possibilities.

Middle age has often been used to account for everything from surprising mid-life changes (like those chin hairs you’ve suddenly started sprouting decades after puberty has come to an end) to out-of-character choices (who hasn’t heard the joke about the person who surprisingly purchases a cherry red sports car).

However, Carrie Ditzel, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Baker Street Behavioral Health, says that middle age is best described as a time when people get a bird’s eye view of their lives and find themselves faced with a decision about what comes next. So what really is middle age? And with life expectancy constantly evolving, is it still what we think it is? Ahead, experts help us better understand the concept of middle age.

Back to school season is upon us. That means shopping for supplies. The return of school buses on the road and the end of summer. But ever since the pandemic schools have been functioning *** little differently. So what’s new? This is clarified? We all want to put the pandemic behind us and bury it into some dark part of our collective memory. Trust us. We know. Unfortunately, the truth is we can’t not when it’s still affecting the next generation. Let’s rewind. The mysterious respiratory virus has killed two and sickened at least 45 in Asia. The first death in the United States from the virus. The superintendent says schools here will be closed until March 27th. Amid concerns over COVID-19. For the next two weeks, classes will take place through remote learning. Child has 20 students since remote learning began, she’s been able to make contact with 15. She typically has 5 to 6 students log on to her classroom hang out at *** time. Two years of disruption to learning, lack of socializing, less accountability and the fear of getting sick has tremendously impacted America’s Children. Schools might not feel that different but ever since COVID-19 upended our lives. They have been struggling looking around the classroom. Kids may notice fewer students and may even miss some of their friends. According to an *** P and Stanford study, 1.2 million school Children remain missing from public schools since the pandemic hit. But where did they go? Well, around 14% of the kids that disenrolled from public schools since the pandemic have headed to private schools. The reasons for this range but commonly cited are religious teaching, specialized attention and better mental health. I couldn’t sacrifice my kids’ safety and health and mental well-being. Um By staying in the schools, another 26% of the absent public school students are being home schooled. In fact, home schooling has seen *** 30% increase since 2019. According to the National Center for education statistics, the most popular reason for home schooling is *** concern about the school environment from safety to peer pressure safety. You know, you hear all these shootings at school. So that’s one of my concerns

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