Graphic cigarette warning labels in Southeast Asia and Taiwan: Are they effective?

Over the past three months I've amassed a few cigarette boxes from my travels with large warning labels that -- when placed side by side -- string together a grotesque gauntlet of images ranging from gangrene-ridden feet to cancerous mouth sores (not all of which I've blessed your eyes with above). First implemented in Canada …

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10 Traditional Chinese Medicine Exercises to Promote Longevity

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can be a bewildering science to make sense out of, and not just for foreigners. Prescriptions offered by TCM gurus are increasingly thought of as archaic to today's younger Chinese, but perhaps that's because they're not old enough yet to soak up the real benefits of the practice. Catching myself at …

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Is China Looking to Singapore for Lessons in Filial Piety?

Who would have thought that passing assertive laws that forced the majority of a population to bear no more than one child would have harmful effects on a society? Well, it’s starting to happen in China as the coevals of America's “baby boomers” (engendered by Mao’s well thought-out policy of “人多好办事,” or “more people gets …

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Shanghai: Introducing Nivea Skin-whitening Cream — For Men?

Skin-whitening cream has been in vogue throughout Asia since cosmetics companies made it cheap and easily accessible. And, I had thought, it was a fad only popular with women. Yesterday while jumping onto South Shaanxi Road Station, I spotted an advertisement promoting the familiar-looking bleaching product --- for men. The cream claims it can help …

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