Opinion / Berlin Fang

Berlin Fang

Berlin Fang is a US-based instructional designer, literary translator and columnist writing on cross-cultural issues.

Bringing up babies in various ways

[2012-02-16 08:02]

As a Chinese parent bringing up two young children in the United States, I am always fascinated by such comparisons of parenting.

Geniuses should be carefully nurtured

[2012-02-01 08:01]

Han Han, the iconic young Chinese writer, is again the center of attention in China after doubts were raised about the authenticity of his writing.

We should not be afraid of greatness

[2012-01-16 08:06]

When asked about her interests, a 24-year-old candidate on a Chinese reality show Only You, in which candidates vie for jobs, Liu Lili said she was interested in Shakespeare.

Is going to college worth it?

[2011-12-24 08:01]

China Youth Daily published an article, "Has college changed anything" on Dec 14, describing a dilemma a migrant worker faced.

Affirmative action is more divisive

[2011-12-10 08:06]

Contrary to some misconception that policies favorable to racial or ethnic minority groups in the United States help them excel in different fields and lead a better and prosperous life, they could actually be doing just the opposite.

Enough of tiger moms and wolf dads

[2011-11-26 08:00]

Active involvement of Chinese parents is at best a myth, and the myth is running wild in the media.

Mediocrity the only product of copycats

[2011-11-08 08:01]

Creativity and innovation are popular topics in the Chinese media right now, but how are we supposed to have these qualities without recognizing individual strengths and potential?

Losses come along with material gains

[2011-10-26 07:39]

In October, three years since my last visit, I returned from the US to visit my hometown in China. In a sense I did not return - at least to the hometown I used to know, even just a few years ago.

A tale of two urban Chinas

[2011-08-30 08:10]

Local officials are to blame for pursing GDP growth at the cost of almost everything else. Many people I encounter think pretty much the same, as if brainwashed: That for the countryside to become a better place, it has to turn into an urban area.

Students also need to learn social skills

[2011-08-26 08:02]

In its search for well-rounded education, China can learn from character education programs in the United States, which help students develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, skills that are rarely touched upon in China.

Making tea to make a world of difference

[2011-04-08 08:03]

A friend, Yin Taiwu, visited me in the United States recently. He brought me tea from China, and interesting talks about making tea.

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