Fun Reads About China

Asia Society's China Learning Initiatives team has compiled articles below that are fun, engaging, and informative about China.


  • It may sound incredible, but China’s formal education system—the oldest in the world—was established nearly two millennia ago.
  • NYU Shanghai Junior Kiril Bolotnikov discusses the biggest shopping day of the year in China: Singles' Day.
  • Sophie Anderson, a junior at Gig Harbor High School near Seattle, was initially frustrated when she spent five weeks in Beijing this summer. However, a strong friendship with her language partner helped change her perspective.
  • Mandarin is one of many dialects of Chinese, and it's important to understand the diversity of dialects across China. NYU Shanghai Junior Kiril Bolotnikov explores the many dialects of China.
  • This year, Mid-Autumn Festival fell on September 27. To celebrate this holiday, we asked Kiril Bolotnikov, a junior at NYU Shanghai, to report on how international students celebrate this Chinese holiday.
  • Student leaders can engage and kindle their communities’ interest and curiosity about China.
  • In the summer of 2014, many students from Asia Society’s Confucius Classrooms Network traveled to China through various study abroad programs.
  • Strawn Dixon, a senior at Lake Forest High School in Illinois (a member of the Asia Society Confucius Classrooms Network), shares his experience of producing short films of cross-cultural understanding.