The Telegraph: When is Chinese New Year 2016 – The Year of the Monkey?


The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year.

The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year.

The Chinese symbol for monkey

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Harvard Magazine: Toward Cultural Citizenship


by Jonathan Shaw

New gateways into the humanities for students “still fully molten as human beings”

Thomas Rowlandson’s view of the library of the Royal Institution in London, circa 1810

One day in the early spring of 2013, Alexander Rehding asked the students in his graduate seminar to join him in experiencing the sound of silence. As he led them through an exercise in deep listening, the students sat quietly for 15 minutes, becoming calm, and bending their attention to the sounds around them. “Over time, your listening experience fundamentally changes,” the Peabody professor of music said later. “You become much more attuned to the very quiet background noises that we normally just ignore. Many of the students report that, after a while, they stop trying to identify what the sounds are and where they are coming from. The sounds surround us, and everything becomes musical in a way.”

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Harvard Business Review: How Meditation Benefits CEOs


By Emma Seppala  December 14, 2015

Mindfulness is quickly following yoga in becoming a billion-dollar industry. It’s no surprise, then, that the popularity of meditation – one way to practice mindfulness – is also growing among CEOs and senior executives. Why are business leaders embracing meditation rather than, say, massage or ping-pong? Because there’s something to meditation that appears to benefit CEOs more than recreation or relaxation do alone.

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Harvard Medical School: What meditation can do for your mind, mood, and health


Harvard Women’s Health Watch

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Taking a few minutes to focus your mind each day can reduce stress, pain, depression, and more.

You can’t see or touch stress, but you can feel its effects on your mind and body. In the short term, stress quickens your heart rate and breathing and increases your blood pressure. When you’re constantly under stress, your adrenal glands overproduce the hormone cortisol. Overexposure to this hormone can affect the function of your brain, immune system, and other organs. Chronic stress can contribute to headaches, anxiety, depression, heart disease, and even premature death.

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这个问题就是巨大而且僵滞的债务池,它由全球各地的企业和 个人难以偿还的贷款构成。自2008年金融危机以来,不良贷款一直在拖经济活动的后腿,但最近几个月,过多的不良贷款所构成的威胁似乎在不断加大。中国是 这种担忧最大的源头。据一些分析人士估计,中国的不良信贷规模可能已经超过了5万亿美元,这是一个惊人的数字,相当于中国年经济产出的一半。


What’s Wrong with the Humanities?


by Bruce Cole

It is undeniable that, for centuries, the humanities have made important contributions to other fields of inquiry, such as medicine, law, and engineering, to cite just a few. Ideally, university administrators, business executives, foundation directors, policymakers and many others—both in the private sector and in state and federal government—can and should benefit from the knowledge and wisdom embedded in the humanities. Unfortunately, these people are increasingly alienated from studying them in our colleges and universities.

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中國歷史上所有的皇帝都在這裡了… 建議存一下,看完絕對長知識!…

Newsweek: China Forces Its Political Prisoners to Sell Body Parts


“It is known that Chinese surgeons perform the removal procedure [on political prisoners] and sometimes the ‘donor’ has still been alive during this process—the organ-removal process is what actually kills them,” Katrina Bramstedt told us in an interview. Bramstedt is a professor at Bond University in Australia and an outspoken critic of the practice of prison organ harvesting.…

Reuters: China forex reserves fall $512.66 billion in 2015, biggest drop on record


China’s foreign exchange reserves, the world’s largest, posted their biggest annual drop on record in 2015, adding to worries about growing capital outflows that are dragging its yuan currency to multi-year lows and mauling global financial markets.

Foreign exchange reserves fell $512.66 billion in 2015 to $3.33 trillion, central bank data showed on Thursday.…

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