This delicacy has been enjoyed by people over thousands of years in East Asia. Nowadays, people normally have to pay high price to be able to taste the fresh picked shoots, but you will be able to enjoy them with a reasonable price if you don’t mind to get canned or frozen products.
Bamboo shoot is the sprout of the Bamboo, the plant grow out of the ground in spring. Timing is important when picking the plant, if it is too late, it will be too old to consume. Bamboo shoots grow very fast and some of the spices can grow more than 100cm per day.
Last weekend, we went for to Makara Bay in Karori in Wellington to explore the start of New Zealand spring.
It started as a beautiful day, as the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the air had this warm, earthy and spring feeling.
We decided that it was the best day to eat fish and chips, and some beer of course.
With freshly made fish and chips, we arrived Makara Bay. It is located in Karori. Although it is a nearby suburb, I was surprised to watch all the farms with sheep and cows eating away, and horses scratching their backs on the grass.
To celebrate the Chinese National Day on 1 October, the weekend of 27 & 28 September was abuzz with Chinese related activities. The weekend started with the Confucius Institute Day at 11am on the Wellington Waterfront.
Confucius Institutes around the world held events to celebrate Confucius Institute Day and the 10th anniversary of the first institute. Activities included sessions focused on Chinese culture and exhibitions of Chinese painting, music and martial arts. Nearly 1,200 Confucius Institutes have been established in more than 120 countries since 2004. The institutes aim to teach the Chinese language and teach people overseas about Chinese culture.
(Image Forever Young from Mina Anot)
Culture & Art Youth (文艺青年 pingyin: Wen Yi Qing Nian, C & A Youth) is a name given to someone who loves art and culture in China.
Recently, these people have been getting a lot of attentions by the Chinese media and the public, as people are starting to recognise a considerable amount of them raising in China, especially in the cities. Starting from 2011, people posted pictures to compare normal youth (Pu Tong Qing Nian, 普通青年), Stupid youth (2b Qing Nian, 2b青年) and Art & Culture youth (Wen Yi Qing Nian, 文艺青年).
The competition went viral as many people entered the competition online.
Some people argue that these people should be called the Chinese Hipsters. There are some common characteristics between the general term Hipster and the Chinese Hipster. Hipster is described by Urban Dictionary as:
“a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.”
The C & A youth possess most of the above, however, they are still different in their own right, in this article I try to find out what these art, culture, literature and fashion loving youth.
On the 17th September 2014, the Wellington branch of the New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS) welcomed Councillor Jo Coughlan to give a speech on her perspective on building relationships with China. For the last five years she has been a Director of Silvereye Communications and has worked with an extensive range of public and private sector clients and industry organisations both in New Zealand and globally. Jo is in her third term as a Wellington City Councillor, having been originally elected in October 2007.
I want to share with you some of the websites that I have been following to catch up with China related news, some of them are serious journalism (if not biased); some of them are Chinese news agencies’ English websites that are targeting English speaking audiences; some of them are blogs that digested information directly from popular Chinese websites; and some of them are personal blogs that sharing anything from travel, food to fun facts about China.
Microsoft China launched the intelligent chatting robot Xiao Bing in May 2014. It was first launched on We Chat but was banned by Tencent (the company that owns We Chat) after two days it was launched. Tencent claimed that the Xiao Bing account was not obeying their company rules. 24 days later in June, Microsoft has settled an agreement with Sina and launched Xiao Bing on its’ popular Twitter like website Weibo.
The Xiao Bing Weibo account shows that Xiao Bing is a female, astrological sign is Virgo, lives in Beijing DongCheng district, she is the sister of Microsoft Cortana and has 954707 fans.
Xiao Bing app uses the “big data technology” to search into Microsoft search engine Bing’s database to generates her conversations with the app users. According to Market Watch:
“Microsoft Xiaobing is the crystallization of collective wisdom. Relying on Microsoft’s technology accumulation in mass data, natural semantic analysis, machine learning, and neural network, she has combined the wisdom of nearly 700 million netizens for years in China to refine more than 15 million pieces of real and interesting dialogue data.”
With great curiosity I downloaded the Xiao Bing app on my Android phone, and checked her out. The following conversations are between me and Xiao Bing (XB).