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Welcome to the International Chinese Corner (ICC). Our mission is to help bridge the gap in understanding between the cultures of China and the USA Introduction to the ICC by Iiro Maki

Health Benefits Of Coffee

Get numerous benefits from coffee! Research shows that in many cases, more is better when it comes to coffee improving health. The evidence is so robust that the medical community is even changing its tune from “coffee is more trouble than it is worth” to “it is not as bad as we were told!” Read More

ObamaCare Summary

Basics of the ObamaCare Bill

The following are just a few of the Acts and Reforms that comprise the Obamacare Bill (you can download the full text above, or check out the other pages on this site for further facts), however let’s look at some things that Obamacare does do: Read More

Herbal Cancer Treatment

Many herbs (including astragalus, dong quai, echinacea, and Asian ginseng) supposedly “boost” the immune system and so shore up the body against future or existing cancer. Extremely small studies suggest that shiitake or maitake mushrooms, mistletoe, extracts of the Venus flytrap, and various botanical therapies used in traditional Chinese medicine may help treat certain forms of cancer. But until better evidence is in, we cannot completely rely on them. Ginger, and maybe some other herbs, may help relieve nausea that often accompanies conventional cancer therapies. Read More

The Net Worth Of The American Presidents: Washington To Obama

George Washington,the nation’s first President, was also one of the wealthiest men to hold the office.  His Virginia plantation, “Mount Vernon,” consisted of five separate farms on 8,000 acres of prime farmland. Washington made significantly more than subsequent presidents: his salary was two percent of the total U.S. budget in 1789. Read More

Chinese Fashion – Clothes

DIGITAL CAMERAcontributed by Ronna Fleischman

Characteristically, Chinese clothing is not only an external expression of elegance, but also contains cultural symbolism.  The Chinese associate certain colors with specific seasons: green represents spring, red symbolizes summer, white represents autumn, and black symbolizes winter. The Chinese have a fully developed system of matching, coordinating, and contrasting colors and shades of light and dark in their apparel.

Traditionally, darker colors were favored over lighter ones.  Ceremonial clothing tended to be dark. Lighter colored clothing was worn more frequently by the common people for everyday, around the house use.  Read More

American Clothes

amer fashioncontributed by Ronna Fleischman

In America, styles tend to come rapidly into vogue, then disappear just as quickly as they came. But fashion as an expression of self is intrinsically connected to elements of the American experience, from the economy to pop culture, religion, politics, and social status. From our Nike’s to our Levi’s, what we wear has, for centuries, spoken volumes about who we are and what we want. Style carries a certain social meaning because American culture has long placed great significance on individualism and public image, and image has long been intertwined with the American capitalist economy. Read More

SpeakMandarin.com

Why is SpeakMandarin.com?

By utilizing interactive whiteboard technology, SpeakMandarin.com creates an excellent learning environment that integrates the benefits of a virtual classroom that is as adaptable, convenient and efficient as a physical one. Our classes are conducted live; in individualized settings and using teaching materials that can be customized based on your needs. You will receive the most professional, efficient but affordable solution on your Chinese study with us! Read More

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