Explainer: The Fishy Chinese Origin of Ketchup

The word ketchup has Fujian roots, but does it hold any other resemblance to its ancestry?

by Joshua Cawthorpe, 28 August 2020

Explainer: The Story of Qixi, AKA Chinese Valentine's Day

The Disney-worthy tale of the weaving girl and the cowherd.

by Ella Wong, 21 August 2020

Explainer: The Story Behind Dragon Boat Festival

What's with all these dragon boats anyway?

by Cathy Wu, 24 June 2020

Here's Why Today is Another Shopping Festival in China

The mid-year shopping event is a prime excuse for JD to celebrate its founding while also racking in sales.

by Ryan Gandolfo, 18 June 2020

May 20 is Yet Another Chinese Valentine's Day, Here's Why

Are you wondering why your social media feeds are filled with references to the magic number '520?' Prepare yourself for yet another lovers' day...

by Emma Li, 20 May 2020

Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About the Year of the Rat

The Cat and the Rat were once best friends before trickery pushed one into a river.

by That's, 22 January 2020

Explainer: Why is Chinese New Year Called 'Spring Festival'?

Why doesn't everyone call it that, and why is there no Winter Festival or Summer Festival?

by Ryan Kilpatrick, 21 January 2020

Explainer: Why 12/12 is the Sequel to Singles' Day

The follow-up to everyone's favorite shopping holiday.

by Matthew Bossons, 11 December 2019

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