Is calling a Westerner a 鬼佬 Gwei Lo offensive? — COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE

BY ANASTASIA CHOO A recent court case filed by a British worker (with dual Australian citizenship), Francis William Haden, against Leighton Contractors (Asia) for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination has ignited much debate and outrage from some quarters on Chinese social media. Haden claims he was referred to as “Gwei Lo” and excluded from projects […]…

Kung Hei Fat Choy! 恭喜發財!

BY ANASTASIA CHOO As Chinese New Year is fast approaching this Friday 16th February, I am having my house spring cleaned or as the Chinese say, “Sweeping of the Dust” which represents a wish to put away old things, bid farewell to the old year and welcome in the New Year. Pretty much all the […]…

Mao~Women hold up half the sky…

Mao implemented laws which improved the lives of women and they were liberated: freed from foot binding, arranged marriages, spousal abuse, child marriages and prostitution. However, he failed to change hearts and minds as traits of Confucianism linger on in China…

Dim Sum Etiquette

Dim Sum Etiquette I met some friends for Dim Sum yesterday and her little boy asked why the Chinese are so rude, tapping away at the table every time the waiter refilled our cup of tea? For those that don’t know, it probably does come across as rude, why can’t the Chinese muster a “Thank…

百年好合 A Hundred Years of Happiness

百年好合 A Hundred Years of Happiness In ancient China, Confucianism defined marriage as the beginning of ethics and a wedding ceremony as the essence of etiquette, which has a substantial influence on social stability.  The basic principles of an ancient marriage mainly involved the matched social status, the dictates of the parents and the advice…

The Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival 元宵節 in Chinese is a traditional Chinese festival with great significance, which is on the 15th of the first lunar month, marking the end of New Year celebrations. During the Lantern Festival, children go out…