Trailing houses, cars, and travel, cosmetic surgery is the fourth most popular way that Chinese citizens spend discretionary income. Similar to Western cultures, it has become quite commonplace for Chinese women to get procedures done. It’s estimated that China ranks third behind Brazil and the United States in » Continue reading Where Does China’s Standard of Beauty Come From? »
Expats living in China notice many ways in which the Middle Kingdom is different from their homeland. However, some of these peculiarities are not merely Chinese and can be witnessed in other Asian countries as well.
The title of this post is inspired by one blog reader who left comments to the poll that compared Chinese and Western women wearing cheongsam (qipao).
Let me quote that comment: “Crystal, you should do a post on why Chinese women wear such rubbish underwear. This is an area where most Western women are far » Continue reading Why Chinese Girls Wear Rubbish Underwear? »
It was with some trepidation that I first went to teach in China, in 2004. All my information about China had come from old newsreel films. Basically, I was expecting a drab, black-and-white place where people queued to use the local telephone. How wrong was I ?! I entered a vibrant world of happy, busy » Continue reading My Qipao Mission »
About two weeks ago I stumbled upon the article about Shanghai Qipao Salon. This is a club for Shanghainese ladies who gather together to learn the rules of etiquette; take part in cultural events and travel. Distinctive feature of this club is the passion that its members have for beautiful Chinese dress, » Continue reading Shanghai Qipao Salon »