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Round Table China
"Round Table" is the premier discussion show that debates the hottest topics making headlines in China and around the world. As the most popular English language podcast from China, it covers everything from pressing social issues to the latest consumption trends. It not only keeps you informed, but goes deeper into the factors shaping the behavior of 1.4 billion people. Check it out to gain an insight into the minds of Chinese youth and feel the pulse of contemporary China.
- 2282 - Is moving to the suburbs a cure-all?
More and more people are swapping city life for solitude in the suburb. What are they escaping from and what's driving them to the suburbs (01:46)? / Round Table presents the story of Ivy Yang, the founder and CEO of a musical production company. How has she overcome difficulties along the way (25:10)? On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Jason SmithFri, 07 Oct 2022
- 2281 - Is Gen Z buying the idea of sustainable consumption?
Environmental protection and climate change have become top concerns for a new generation of consumers. And businesses are responding. Weaving sustainability into products and the production process has become a selling point, in its own right. We take a look at the different views of sustainable consumption (00:49). / Round Table presents a story of a stargazer, who has been exploring every possibility to show people why we need to appreciate the starry sky and learn about space and the universe (25:10). On the show: Heyang, Ningjing & Joshua CotterillThu, 06 Oct 2022
- 2280 - Young travelers in China prefer niche and soul-searching destinations
When it comes to travelling and tourism, young people in China have different preferences compared with older generations, preferring niche and soul-searching destinations instead. Why is it so? Does lying on a hotel bed count as traveling (00:57)? / Round Table presents the story of Wang Xuetao, who is the boss of a Beijing-based interior decoration company. She shares with us how she became a house renovation contractor in an industry mostly dominated by men (25:10). On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillWed, 05 Oct 2022
- 2279 - Smart agriculture drives modernization of farming
Technology is becoming increasingly important in agriculture. We take a look at ways to take agriculture into the digital age (00:47). / Round Table presents a story of Twenty-eight year old Tenzin Yeshi, who is a fervent performer, researcher and promoter of Tibetan opera, which was listed as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in 2009 (25:10). On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillTue, 04 Oct 2022
- 2278 - Is it a problem to have more female teachers than male teachers?
Many schools around the world have more female teachers than male teachers. The gender gap in the teaching profession gradually reduces in college. Is it a problem to have more females than males in this profession (00:58)? / Round Table takes you to a hidden-gem specialty bookstore in Beijing to meet its manager, Hong Xia, who has succeeded in beating all the odds to keep a physical bookstore alive (25:10). On the show: Heyang, Li Yi & Josh CotterillMon, 03 Oct 2022
- 2277 - Professors’ self-deprecating résumés
Setting up a personal brand is kind of business as usual in the social media age. But a few scholars from home and abroad are showing the “antithesis” to self-aggrandizing personal websites and résumés (00:49). / Can plus-size mannequins help to ease body image anxiety (26:17)? / Round Table's Happy Place (44:27)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan, Yushun & Josh CotterillFri, 30 Sep 2022
- 2276 - Why people cling to unhealthy relationships?
What would you do if your friend pointed out that you were actually in a toxic relationship? We discuss where we should draw the line when it comes to relationships (01:20)? / Hainan Airlines allow pets to travel with owners in flight (24:26). / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to firstname.lastname@example.org (36:32)! / Is using smart devices in the classroom helpful or not (44:17)? On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillThu, 29 Sep 2022
- 2275 - Are China's e-commerce platforms profiting from loyalty programs?
Latest data does indicate a continuous growth of consumers who subscribe to loyalty programs on major e-commerce platforms in China, but senior company executives say they’re not making money out of these plans. Why do they insist on keeping them (01:09)? / In the digital era, many young people who live alone increasingly turn to the virtual realm to seek companions (24:56). / Why workplace friendship matters and how to cultivate it (44:03). On the show: Ningjing, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillWed, 28 Sep 2022
- 2274 - Let's rethink tourism
On this World Tourism Day, let's rethink tourism, which dovetails nicely with this year's event theme (00:56). / Young Chinese invest in gold beans (26:28) . / Can users of different brands of devices be friends (45:20)? On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Li YiTue, 27 Sep 2022
- 2273 - The Grown-up Gap Year
The notion that gap years are only for a certain age group has become a myth that needs to be busted wide open! The reality is gap years could be for anybody at any age! As long as you can afford it! What explains the rise of adult gap years (01:00)? / Motivational Monday (26:24)! / The Phantom of the Opera will close on Broadway after 35 years (39:25). On the show: Heyang, Ningjing & Li YiMon, 26 Sep 2022
- 2272 - Some big companies start offering psychological counseling
Some big companies in China have started offering psychological counseling for their employees in need, expenses paid by the company. It's a good starting point, but how else can we better take care of ourselves (00:53)? / Commercial study rooms mushroom in smaller cities in China. What can explain this surge in demand for study rooms outside of one's home (26:12)? / Round Table's Happy Place (39:09)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan, Yushun & Josh CotterillFri, 23 Sep 2022
- 2271 - Zhengzhou to loosen hukou restrictions for non-locals
Zhengzhou, a major city in Central China, is planning to largely loosen its household registration for non-locals. What prompted the city to make this move (01:22)? / Why is it hard for some archaeology research institutes to recruit new talents (24:40)? / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to email@example.com (39:17)! On the show: Ningjing, Fei Fei & Josh CotterillThu, 22 Sep 2022
- 2270 - How do workplace cultures differ around the world?
Workplace culture can be very different from country to country. How can we better navigate ourselves in a cross-cultural company environment (01:14)? / What helped Yunnan develop into China's largest coffee plantation region (25:31)? / 16 Chinese online novels have entered a collection in the British Library for the first time (40:29). On the show: Ningjing, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillWed, 21 Sep 2022
- 2269 - Why some great students don't succeed in real life?
Here comes the hard truth. Being a straight-A student in school doesn't always equate success later in life. The question is why (01:04)? / Young people find solace through dancing after work (26:26). / Europe cuts energy consumption ahead of winter (45:30). On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Li YiTue, 20 Sep 2022
- 2268 - Who controls the money in a marriage?
Should couples merge their accounts after marriage? Or should one party hold the purse strings? If so, who is the one (01:00)? / When you hit the gym, it's not just your muscles that need some love, but also your mind. We take a look at the complicated relationship between the mind, body, and soul (28:02). / Motivational Monday (44:25)! On the show: Heyang, Fei Fei & Tony ReidMon, 19 Sep 2022
- 2267 - A look at industry hopping
More people are switching sectors, going into a new industry that might offer something new or something more for the next leg of their careers. We take a look at the trend called “industry hopping”. What does it tell us about how people view their jobs and life (01:07)? / In what ways are you curious (26:03)? / Round Table's Happy Place (44:08)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Li YiFri, 16 Sep 2022
- 2266 - Young parents adopt 'reverse parenting'
New moms and dads are always experimenting with new styles of parenting. One of them is "Reverse Parenting", which involves parents acting in ways that prompt the child to choose what is best for them. How well does it work (01:11)? / Stooping, or curb mining, as it is alternatively called, is the practice of taking someone's unwanted goods right off from their front lawns and making them your treasures. We're going to look at the pros and cons of this practice (25:06). Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to firstname.lastname@example.org (43:20)! On the show: Ningjing, Fei Fei & Josh CotterillThu, 15 Sep 2022
- 2265 - How to make the Internet more kid-friendly?
As more and more young children are using the internet and social media, children around the globe are facing increased danger of cyberbullying. How can we make the Internet friendlier for kids (01:01) ? / A survey shows, 65% of university students join student clubs voluntarily. Why are students so eager to join (25:39) ? / We will find out what Chinese young people want to express through the new internet buzz word, “relaxed feeling”(44:31). On the show: Ningjing, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillWed, 14 Sep 2022
- 2264 - A feasible way to combat myopia
Short-sightedness is widespread among kids and teens in China. It’s common to walk into a Chinese classroom and see a whole bunch of kids wearing glasses. But not a single kid is nearsighted in one particular school in Yunnan Province. What did the school do right (01:08)? / Allergies show up differently in different regions (22:02). / Stargazing tourism shines bright in China (29:37). / Cyberchondria poses psychological challenges (46:00). On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Ding HengTue, 13 Sep 2022
- 2263 - What snacks are best for older folks?
We are still in the middle of the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday in China. Let's take a dive into food gift ideas, which come in handy when you visit older family members or seniors you love (00:52). / More daytime coffee shops turn into evening bars (26:20). / Motivational Monday (45:02)! On the show: Heyang, Li Ningjing & Huang ShanMon, 12 Sep 2022
- 2262 - How Chinese people celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival
The Mid-Autumn Festival，also called the Moon Festival, is one of the most important traditional festivals in China. This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 10th of September. How is this festival celebrated? What cultural significance do the Chinese people attach to this festival and to the moon (00:59)? / Should AI-generated photos be considered art (25:13)? / Round Table's Happy Place (44:32)! On the show: Ningjing, Li Yi & Josh CotterillFri, 09 Sep 2022
- 2261 - Fired by algorithm?
A growing number of tech workers in the US are discovering that they've been asked to leave because the company algorithm had said so. How widespread is this phenomenon of fired by algorithm? How do employees feel about it (01:13)? / New school year, new stationaries! What are the latest bells and whistles in the world of stationeries (25:38)? / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to email@example.com (42:00)! On the show: Heyang, Fei Fei & Josh CotterillThu, 08 Sep 2022
- 2260 - Motorcycles are back!
Motorcycles are making a comeback! They are an incredibly convenient mode of transportation, especially if you want to avoid close contact during a pandemic (00:53). What made motorcycles cool again (24:57)? / Do childhood social connections shape one's economic prospects? / Do we become stingier with less sleep (40:21)? On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillWed, 07 Sep 2022
- 2259 - Instant retail helps physical stores grow
Good news from physical retail! Offline stores are making a comeback after COVID contraction and e-commerce attrition. “Instant retail” which involves super-fast delivery may have helped a great deal. What does "instant retail" entail (01:34)? / Art-house film Return to Dust becomes the surprise weekend box-office winner (27:21). / Furniture store bans social media influencer photo shoot in locker area (46:16). On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Ding HengTue, 06 Sep 2022
- 2258 - Hiking gaining ground among urban dwellers
Hiking or walking for pleasure has been a favorite pastime for urban dwellers. What's so great about hitting the trail for a hike(01:09)? / Let's face it! Has the internet really made our lives easier? Choice overload can be a headache(26:01). / Motivational Monday(44:51)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Tony ReidMon, 05 Sep 2022
- 2257 - Facing the global food waste crisis
UN data shows that in 2022, over 800 million people are going to bed hungry at night. Yet, food continues to be wasted. Food loss and waste must be reduced for greater food security and environmental sustainability. We go through some innovative ways in tackling the issue of global food waste(01:06). / Are young people being trapped by viral social media hashtags(25:56)? / Round Table's Happy Place(42:38)! On the show: Heyang, Fei Fei & Huang ShanFri, 02 Sep 2022
- 2256 - How to cool down cities suffering from extreme heat waves
What a hot summer it has been! Urban areas tend to be hotter than nearby rural areas. Is it possible to help cities cool down from extreme heat(01:00)? / Have online reviews missed out on the truly delicious local joints(26:13)? / Young people share their academic background on social media(45:52). On the show: Heyang, Li Yi & Josh CotterillThu, 01 Sep 2022
- 2255 - Summer vacation ideas
Another summer vacation has come to an end for students. Happy for parents and hopefully happy for kids too! We share our best and possibly worst summer vacation stories(00:45). / How much does Gen Z spend on socializing(26:22)? / Unengaged US employees are doing some “quiet quitting”. Not in the way you think(45:44). On the show: Heyang, Li Yi & Josh CotterillWed, 31 Aug 2022
- 2254 - Talent platform to promote elderly employment
Millions more are about to reach retirement in China this year and the country's demographic trend is likely to stay this way for the next few years to come. We'll shed some light on new ways to look at retirement(01:06). / How do young people view friendship(26:18)? / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to firstname.lastname@example.org(44:00)! On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Huang ShanTue, 30 Aug 2022
- 2253 - Are sequels worth the wait?
This summer, a few sequels to popular TV shows have garnered mixed reviews. What makes a sequel really good or really bad (01:01)? / Has the internet been hurting our ability to spell (26:23)? / Motivational Monday (43:42). On the show: Heyang, Li Yi & Huang ShanMon, 29 Aug 2022
- 2252 - More men joining the housekeeping business
Are you ready? More male workers are getting into the domestic work industry. Are the gents up for the job? Is the society ready for them(01:14)? / Why Fridays aren't good for working(24:29)? / Round Table's Happy Place(42:23)! On the show: Heyang, Ningjing & Josh CotterillFri, 26 Aug 2022
- 2251 - Tech giant ventures into maternity market
Alibaba, Tencent and other tech heavyweights have been dipping their toes into the healthcare industry, and some of their endeavors have the potential to change healthcare at large. Can these tech companies give niche sectors of healthcare a shakeup(01:16)? / Ride-hailing apps are commonly used by folks in cities. What determines passenger satisfaction levels with ride hailing services(25:50)? / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to email@example.com(40:51)! On the show: Heyang, Fei Fei & Josh CotterillThu, 25 Aug 2022
- 2250 - Community-based meal services for seniors
As China gradually becomes an aging society, people are searching for ways to help older people meet their basic needs. Community-based meal service is one way of making people's lives easier(01:10). / Commuters in a major city in China complain about the inefficiency of public transportation. Is it a good idea to travel by bus during rush hours? Are there ways to improve the service(26:07)? / Shanghai bookstores offer quality coffee(44:20). On the show: Laiming, Fei Fei & Josh CotterillWed, 24 Aug 2022
- 2249 - Rehabilitation therapists need more recognition
Rehabilitation is an important but often neglected part of the recovery process for patients. Many who work in the field feel the lack social and professional recognition and consider the pay insufficient. On the other hand, the country sees a severe shortage of professional talent in this field. How can we close the gap(00:58)? / EVs are hardly the perfect choice for car owners. But what car is(27:56)? / Don't make important decisions at night(47:05)… On the show: Heyang, Li Yi & Tony ReidTue, 23 Aug 2022
- 2248 - Social media hotspot turned danger for tourists
A recent tragedy caused by a flash flood at a scenic hotspot in Sichuan alerted the public's attention to the safety concerns of such places (01:02). / Gen Z consumers embrace reuse of apparel items (25:55). / Motivational Monday (46:24). On the show: Laiming, Li Yi & Ding HengMon, 22 Aug 2022
- 2247 - China unveils supporting measures to encourage childbirth
More than a dozen government departments in China have jointly issued a document outlining measures to encourage childbirth and stabilize population growth. We will look at the proposals in detail and find out whether these help with the need of people at childbearing age(01:17). / Live action role playing, or LARP, is a new form of pastime growing in popularity among young people. Some tourist attractions see opportunities in this line of thinking and create village or small town-sized settings for LARP players/tourists. Will this become a viable business model(25:56)? / The 12th Beijing International Film Festival will wrap up this Saturday, the 20th of August. Our reporter Peter brings us his observation of what this year's festival has to offer(39:24). / Round Table's Happy Place(46:58)! On the show: Laiming, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillFri, 19 Aug 2022
- 2246 - Chinese podcast market expects to exceed 100 million users
It's projected that the podcast market in China will reach 100 million listeners by the end of the year. What's so captivating about audio programs(00:57)? / Special shoes made for senior citizens(25:57)? / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to firstname.lastname@example.org(46:06)! On the show: Heyang, Li Yi & Josh CotterillThu, 18 Aug 2022
- 2245 - Fancy train trips pamper passengers
Just as road trips have made a comeback in the past few years due to the pandemic, train journeys are getting the love and attention they deserve. We take a look at rail travel in style and cruises that take in some of the most beautiful sceneries along the way(01:03). / Do people make more responsible decisions when using pen and paper(20:25)? / Is it important to love your job(26:42)? / How to drink enough water every day without it being a bore(46:06)? On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillWed, 17 Aug 2022
- 2244 - Keep kids safety during summer vacation
Summer vacation is the best time for kids but can be stressful for parents. How to make sure the little ones can stay safe this summer(01:09)? / Is being disorganized a problem(26:23)? / Is crossing your legs bad for you(45:31)? On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Huang ShanTue, 16 Aug 2022
- 2243 - Physical clothing shops are still alive and kicking
There are still brick-and-mortar shops standing. How have clothing shops managed to stand the test of time in the past few years (00:58)? / So much to do during lunch break (26:00)! / Motivational Monday (42:56). On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Huang ShanMon, 15 Aug 2022
- 2242 - Underperforming majors in some Chinese universities phasing out
Education authorities in eastern China's Anhui province have been planning to stop offering existing college majors that have lower employment prospects. How should educational institutions decide which majors to keep?(01:09) / What qualities are you looking for in an ideal partner(26:06)? / Round Table's Happy Place(43:40)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillFri, 12 Aug 2022
- 2241 - Setting a limit on skyscrapers
Cities forever competing for the highest skyscraper? Now there's a new rule that sets a limit on the construction of tall buildings in the country. What does it say about urban development(01:24)? / Rooftops in big cities are becoming farms producing fruit and veggies. We take a look at the feasibility of rooftop farming(26:06). / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to email@example.com(40:56)! On the show: Heyang, Fei Fei & Josh CotterillThu, 11 Aug 2022
- 2240 - Poor hygiene in waterparks scared people away
Water parks has become a popular, oftentimes overcrowded, destination on dog days. However, people should be prepared to deal with certain health risks. We will have more details in just a moment(01:14). / How your first job influences your future career life(25:58). / Ties vs. No ties. How to dress properly when it's really hot(45:16)? On the show: Laiming, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillWed, 10 Aug 2022
- 2239 - Young couples are rewriting wedding rules
Wedding ceremonies are usually pretty predictable, with a set routine and the couple tying the knot in the end. Young Chinese couples are rewriting wedding rules these days, kicking some of the traditional rituals to the side (01:30). / Learning difficulty clinics hard to book (26:40). On the show: Heyang, Laiming, & Li YiTue, 09 Aug 2022
- 2238 - Rural basketball matches get millions of views
Anyone who has been looking for the perfect impetus to get back on a fitness routine or adopt a healthy lifestyle can use National Fitness Day as a catalyst for action! We start off with a series of basketball matches in rural China that has garnered attention online and offline (00:54). / From long queues in front of female bathrooms to icy cold air-conditioning in office buildings in summertime, can the needs of the ladies be taken a bit more seriously (27:17)? / Motivational Monday(45:19)! On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Fei FeiMon, 08 Aug 2022
- 2237 - Misuse of colored contact lenses widespread
The sales of colored contact lenses have been a strong growth point in the consumer market since China approved its online sales in 2015. But many consumers stick them into their eyes with no questions asked. Are there any potential problems(01:05)? / The stay-at-home workout craze was a storm that landed in Chinese households a few months ago, but like a storm, it would one day subside. Are we witnessing the end of a short-lived fad(25:07)? / Round Table's Happy Place(44:47)! On the show: Laiming, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillFri, 05 Aug 2022
- 2236 - A day for love, romance and more
It is the Qixi Festival, China's version of Valentine's Day. How do Chinese lovers celebrate the special occasion? Is there anything new this year(01:10)? / Does being in a romantic relationship make people silly(25:36)? / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to firstname.lastname@example.org(43:15)! On the show: Laiming, Fei Fei & Li YiThu, 04 Aug 2022
- 2235 - Car boot fairs popular in summer
Summer evenings are perfect for fun activities when stifling heat finally dies down with cool breezes. What's more fun and relaxing than going through a car boot fair (00:56)?/ What should you do if your mom likes to meddle in other people's business (26:46)? / The art of math: how many multiplication methods do you know (48:19)? On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillWed, 03 Aug 2022
- 2234 - Annoying street photography infringe on people's rights
In busy downtowns of metropolitan cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, fashionistas are often ambushed by street photographers. Flattering it might be, but does everybody enjoy having their image captured on other people's cameras without warning(01:08)? / From pristine natural scenery to man-made architectural wonders, tourist destinations all suffer from the gnawing headache of littering. We look at examples from around the world in hope of finding out the most efficient way to solve this problem(26:04). / A new study says coffee may have stimulating effects on your shopping experience. Besides making your heart pump faster, coffee also makes you spend more. Is there any truth to this(46:12)? On the show: Laiming, Ningjing and Huang ShanTue, 02 Aug 2022
- 2233 - Cross-provincial settlement makes medical care convenient
China now has a migrant population of 125 million. Can a direct settlement policy across provinces help reduce medical expenses for migrant workers? We take a look at the nuts and bolts of this development (00:48). / Apple would like to get into your car (27:22). / Motivational Monday (46:16)! On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Huang ShanMon, 01 Aug 2022
- 2232 - Small towns shine in specialized sectors
A slew of small towns in China have been put on the map for specialized manufacturing of just one category of items. Wigs, wedding dresses, swimwear, you name it. Each category is produced in scale in one single town. How do small towns make a name for itself in specialized sectors (00:58)? / On International Tiger Day, we learn more about this magnificent big cat, and bring you up to speed on related conservation efforts (26:06). / What magic does mint possess in the summertime (36:26)? / Round Table’s Happy Place (44:37)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillFri, 29 Jul 2022
- 2231 - Teacher rotation policy to kick off in all districts in Beijing
Teachers in Beijing will start teaching in a rotation program starting this September. Will such policy be effective in improving education equality and quality in the city (01:23)? / From cockroach look-alike cushions to green fish headgear, why are we obsessed with ugly novelties (26:23)? / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to email@example.com (42:25)! On the show: Heyang, Fei Fei & Josh CotterillThu, 28 Jul 2022
- 2230 - Round Table China
"Round Table" is the premier discussion show that debates the hottest topics making headlines in China and around the world. As the most popular English language podcast from China, it covers everything from pressing social issues to the latest consumption trends. It not only keeps you informed, but goes deeper into the factors shaping the behavior of 1.4 billion people. Check it out to gain an insight into the minds of Chinese youth and feel the pulse of contemporary China.Wed, 27 Jul 2022
- 2229 - Less bossing around, better employee performance?
Imagine an office devoid of the presence of the boss. Some companies are actually like that. Will this be a new wave at the workplace in the future, or just a utopian dream, given the boss' tendency to boss around (00:59)? / Why aren't you winning your arguments (27:43)? / We take a look at a “Train Station in the Forest” in Jiaxing city (48:13). On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Ding HengTue, 26 Jul 2022
- 2228 - Young people are spending more time in the kitchen
From takeout back to home-cooking, what's driving young people back into the kitchen (00:45)? / IUCN announced the extinction of Chinese paddlefish and wild Yangtze sturgeon (21:19). / Men pay more attention to clothing, but choices are limited (26:05). / Motivational Monday (43:58)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Ding HengMon, 25 Jul 2022
- 2227 - Why are Gen-Zers breaking up with matchmaking sites?
A recent survey found that many young people have ditched online matchmaking websites for more natural and instinctive ways of finding a potential partner (00:58). / Xinjiang, one of the hottest tourist destinations (25:58). / Round Table’s Happy Place (40:22). On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillFri, 22 Jul 2022
- 2226 - Anti-domestic violence guideline provides enhanced protection
China's top court has issued a new guideline to offer victims of domestic violence easier access to personal protection orders on July 15. How can the law protect victims of domestic violence in a more effective manner (01:04)? / Can you put down roots while living in a recreational vehicle (24:38)? / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to firstname.lastname@example.org (42:03)! On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Fei FeiThu, 21 Jul 2022
- 2225 - Is romantic love necessary for everyone?
Yes, it's wonderful to be in a romantic relationship, but does it mean you can't live a great life without such experiences? Is romantic love necessary for everyone (00:58)? / Will roommate selection using online data help with harmony in dorms (23:01)? On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Josh CotterillWed, 20 Jul 2022
- 2224 - Are "kidfluencers" and "sharenting" two sides of the same coin?
Babies, like cats, are everywhere on the internet. Babies and kids are too young to work the technology. So it's usually the parents who are orchestrating the digital displays of their children. Is it safe? What are the perils of "sharenting" (00:55)? / Heat waves are sweeping over multiple regions in the world (26:28). / Are fancy menus effective in attracting diners (43:19)? On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Huang ShanTue, 19 Jul 2022
- 2223 - Shopping loyalty points difficult to use
Accumulating shopping loyalty points is a tried and tested way to engage customers. But why is the process for redeeming the loyalty points so difficult (00:51)? / Where are the best peaches from in China (26:03)? / Motivational Monday (45:14)! On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Fei FeiMon, 18 Jul 2022
- 2222 - Is recycling old clothes a form of charity or business?
Is recycling old clothes a form of charity or business (00:47)? / Buying a car is big decision to make for most people. What are some top factors that make or break a car deal (26:10)? / Counting art references hidden in a recent music video has become a fun game to play for fans and internet users alike. How many have you spotted (44:57)? On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillFri, 15 Jul 2022
- 2221 - Best summer vacation destinations in China
The scorching summer has once again descended upon us. And kids are out of school. What are the most amazing summer vacation destinations in China (00:47)? / Can livestream book sales save the publishing industry (26:04)? On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillThu, 14 Jul 2022
- 2220 - Online concerts feverish in 2022
While we hope to return to live concerts, music festivals, and shows just like in the pre-pandemic times, the online music scene has blossomed quite spectacularly in 2022. A slew of high-profile virtual concerts headlining big names in the music industry have brought in tens of millions of fans online in real time. This shift to the virtual space has unlocked, quite possibly, a new music culture. But will demand for online concerts remain when the pandemic subsides (01:20)? / Reusable packaging helps to reduce packaging waste (25:56). / Courts see rise in emojis used as evidence in lawsuits (43:53). On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Fei FeiWed, 13 Jul 2022
- 2219 - A vibe check on new social trends
We take a vibe check on the most popular social trends at the moment. To what extent do they reflect the zeitgeist of our times (00:55)? / How much money do you need to save up to achieve a sense of security (25:57)? / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to email@example.com (45:38)! On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Huang ShanTue, 12 Jul 2022
- 2218 - Shenzhen passes regulation on safeguarding end-of-life decisions
A newly revised regulation will allow patients in Shenzhen to decide whether they want to undergo certain lifesaving measures at the final stage of their lives, starting from next year. Has our attitude about death, arguably the biggest taboo in Chinese culture, changed somewhat(00:59)? / Pet care goes digital (24:34). / Motivational Monday (42:33)! On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Huang ShanMon, 11 Jul 2022
- 2217 - Why some people choose to live in hotels?
Living in a hotel for an extended period of time sounds like a lavish lifestyle. But these days, even some budget conscious people choose to live in a hotel instead of renting an apartment. What's going on (00:53)? / When food brands meet the metaverse (26:13)... / When insomnia hits, do you reach for your phone or just lie there waiting for sleep to descend (42:56)? On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillFri, 08 Jul 2022
- 2216 - Smartwatch for kids might not be such a great idea
Connecting digital devices to the internet always comes with security risks, despite its benefits. Smartwatches made for kids are no different. We address a parental concern: Is it really safe to give your kid a smartwatch? Is it GOOD to give your kid a smartwatch (01:10)? / Camping craze boosts sales of portable power stations (26:13). / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to firstname.lastname@example.org (46:31)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillThu, 07 Jul 2022
- 2215 - What are the most livable cities in China?
What factors make a city suitable for living? We take a look at a list of the top livable cities in China in 2022 (00:52). / Do these new ways of coping with stress make sense (26:19)? / How are Chinese soups different from Western ones (44:58)? On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & LaimingWed, 06 Jul 2022
- 2214 - How does a regional delicacy become a nationwide favorite?
Today we are going to dip into the profound richness of Chinese cuisine. How come some regional delicacies have managed to make it big nationwide, but others can't (01:11)? / A cheap deal is not enough. Price elasticity at work (25:56). / French fries aren't French. Surprising origins of food (43:30). On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Fei FeiTue, 05 Jul 2022
- 2213 - What do hospital visit companions do?
Most people in China don't go to the hospital alone but what if you have to? It turns out there are people who get paid to go to the hospital with patients. We take a look at how they get the job done (00:52). / Your music listening habit may reveal your relationship status (26:02). / Motivational Monday (44:26)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillMon, 04 Jul 2022
- 2212 - Meet the new podcast “Why We Love Dunhuang”Sat, 02 Jul 2022
- 2211 - The 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland
Today, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland and the establishment of the special administrative region. We take a look at the development of Hong Kong in the past 25 years, and the strengthened communication and exchange between the people in Hong Kong and the mainland. We'll also play music and share our listeners' impressions of Hong Kong (01:11). / How to master public speaking and communication skills in the workplace (25:59)? / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to email@example.com (45:48). On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillFri, 01 Jul 2022
- 2210 - Why are we hooked to short videos on rural life?
Agriculture and rural life have become a popular theme of videos on social media. We take a look at this slice of the economy that combines the internet, social media and agriculture (00:50). / How shall we deal with parking space crunch in big cities (25:57)? / Morning vs. night workout, which is better (44:14)? On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillThu, 30 Jun 2022
- 2209 - Tens of thousands teachers to be hired for rural education
China plans to hire tens of thousands more teachers for rural schools. We discuss how to recruit and retain teaching staff in the remote areas of the country (00:55). /Sooner than later. What is pre-crastination (26:22)? / Has Frisbee become a "fashion" sport (43:56)? On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Huang ShanWed, 29 Jun 2022
- 2208 - Restaurants bring shopping malls back to life
People used to go to shopping malls to shop. Now we go there to eat. Have shopping centers lost their allure in shopping? To what extent do big shopping complexes rely on restaurants (00:51)? / China Duty Free thrives amid the pandemic, but is it sustainable (26:31)? / Do people really get sick from air conditioning (43:33)? On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Fei FeiTue, 28 Jun 2022
- 2207 - What is it like being a digital nomad?
We take a look at a global work trend of digital nomads. In theory, a digital nomad can work from anywhere and get paid! Is the reality as cool as it sounds (00:54)? / Would you ask for your gifts back after a breakup (26:15)? / Motivational Monday (47:45)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillMon, 27 Jun 2022
- 2206 - Beijing hosts the 14th BRICS Summit
China hosts this year's 14th BRICS summit. We've talked to folks from BRICS countries about cooperation, development and the future of member countries (00:57). / Computer engineer claims that Google AI is sentient (39:28). On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillFri, 24 Jun 2022
- 2205 - College applications brew new business opportunities
It's that time of the year for high school graduates to decide on their university of choice and on their majors here in China. Some anxious parents are hiring so-called professional consultants to help with the decision-making. We take a look at the often nerve-wracking college admission process (01:20). / How different is the new generation of dads (26:11)? On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Josh CotterillThu, 23 Jun 2022
- 2204 - Consuming less salt is easier said than done
Consuming too much salt can raise your risk of a slew of health problems including strokes or heart diseases. It's not like we don't know that, but actually cutting back on salt intake has proven to be rather difficult. How can we consume less salt, without sacrificing flavor (00:55)? / Why most capable don't get promoted (25:58)? On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Huang ShanWed, 22 Jun 2022
- 2203 - Thoughts on entertainment for an older audience
TV and streaming platforms are trying to corner a new-found market in “elderly entertainment". But only few shows do an adequate job of offering an accurate portrayal of retirement life with some even reinforcing ageist stereotypes. How should show producers create better content for an older audience (01:59)? / Online flea market platform to charge fees (27:27). / A final good bye for Internet Explorer (46:03) On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Fei FeiTue, 21 Jun 2022
- 2202 - How should we value a housewife's work?
If you had to put a price tag on it, how much do you think a housewife should get paid? While it might be difficult and unfair to put a dollar sign in front of a housewife's work, you might be surprised by the value given by a judge. How should we value the work of a stay-at-home parent (01:58)? / TV series 'A Dream of Splendor' links ancient and modern times (27:14). / Motivational Monday (46:50)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillMon, 20 Jun 2022
- 2201 - US high earners who report living paycheck to paycheck
Recent reports show that a third of Americans making 250 thousand USD a year still live paycheck to paycheck. They have been nicknamed “HENRY”, the acronym for "High Earner, Not Rich Yet". Does high inflation pressure have something to do with this phenomenon in the US? Why do some people make a lot of money but don't feel like it (01:01)? / Education firm energized by bilingual livestreaming (26:09). On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Li YiFri, 17 Jun 2022
- 2200 - Why don't young people want to work in construction?
As more and more older construction workers retire, the industry needs fresh new workers. Unfortunately, most young people lack the interest to work in construction, and construction companies have a hard time enticing them to join. Why aren't young people interested in pursuing careers in construction (01:09)? / E-commerce platform launches price comparison function before shopping spree (26:05). / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to firstname.lastname@example.org (40:52)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillThu, 16 Jun 2022
- 2199 - The good, bad and ugly sides of management trainee programs
A Management Trainee program is typically thought of as a coveted leadership development program in a company. One is expected to rocket into a managerial position after rotation through all business units. But, with today's discussion, we'll shatter this perception and look at the strengths and weaknesses of management trainee programs (02:20). / Are men more anxious about their physical appearance than women (27:35)? / University offers scuba diving course (46:03). On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Huang ShanWed, 15 Jun 2022
- 2198 - When the generation born in the 1990s becomes parents
Those born in the 1990s are becoming parents. With the future wide open before them, we are curious as to how this generation will parent, what they will demand of institutions, and how stakeholders can support the flourishing and well-being of these families and children (01:08). / Why is it so hard to get people paying for subscription (26:24)? / Study uncovers relationship between walking and risks of mortality (45:50). On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Fei FeiTue, 14 Jun 2022
- 2197 - Has the resignation trend hit academia in the US?
The number of workers who quit their jobs in the past year in the US is at record high and the phenomenon known as the Great Resignation doesn't appear to be slowing down. Now there are signs that this wave may have hit academia as well. What will happen when academics leave their teaching and research jobs in droves (00:55)? / When a zoo becomes an internet sensation (26:12). / Motivational Monday (44:12)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillMon, 13 Jun 2022
- 2196 - Why aren't vending machines picking up steam?
Vending machines sell food and beverages and all kinds of other goods without human contact. How come they are very popular in some countries but not here in China (00:49)? / The cycling culture is back (26:03). / Do we need read receipts in online communication (44:38)? On the show: Heyang, Li Yi & Josh CotterillFri, 10 Jun 2022
- 2195 - Kindle to bow out of the Chinese market
Amazon has announced it will pull Kindle out of the Chinese e-reader market next year. We take a look at the company's hardware plus software business model and new trends in digital reading (01:01). / What does your profile pic say about you (25:54)? / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to email@example.com (46:04)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillThu, 09 Jun 2022
- 2194 - Robots show strong presence inside China's warehouses
From AGV to AMR, robots now have a strong presence inside China's warehouses. We bring you the latest on how automation is being integrated into supply chains (00:50). / Hey boss, please don't underestimate the power of saying “thank you”(26:00)! On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Huang ShanWed, 08 Jun 2022
- 2193 - Another big year for Gaokao
Another summer, another record number of students who are taking the annual National College Entrance Examination, commonly known as Gaokao, here in China. We take a look at the exam, which has been a watershed moment in every student's life in China, with pandemic precaution measures in place (00:54). / Say "no" to noise pollution. You have the law on your side (26:06). / Why do I wake up grumpy (47:48)? On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Fei FeiTue, 07 Jun 2022
- 2192 - How valuable are suggestions by experts?
Experts are supposedly people with deep knowledge in their fields of work, but how come their suggestions are sometimes met with the cold shoulder on the internet these days (00:51)? / How to make peace with people's urge to hoard (26:08)? / Motivational Monday (42:45)! On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Huang ShanMon, 06 Jun 2022
- 2191 - Dragon Boat Festival——traditions and today's activities
Today is the Dragon Boat Festival according to the lunar calendar. Our discussion will cover the common practices related to the festival and also the uncommon policies this year(01:06). / More and more people claim to suffer from a phobia of decisions, in other words, having to make decisions causes them much anxiety. What is the origin of such a phobia and are there ways to work around it(25:51)? / Do couples grow to look like each other after spending decades together(44:57)? On the show: Laiming, Li Ningjing & Li YiFri, 03 Jun 2022
- 2190 - Conservation discussion for World Environment Day
The World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5th. This year's campaign slogan highlights the fact that we only have one earth. We take a deep dive into the hard work that goes into accomplishing environmental goals in China(01:17). / Even musical instruments can be manufactured on a smart production line(26:00). / Heart to Heart - please send your audio questions to firstname.lastname@example.org(47:35)! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Josh CotterillThu, 02 Jun 2022
- 2189 - Time to know more about dyslexia
What is dyslexia and what are some common misconceptions on dyslexia? We shed light on the real challenges dyslexic children face, while acknowledging their strengths and potential (01:09). / The ice cream market is heating up (26:13). / Ever wondered who is the green running man on the exit sign (45:36)? On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Fei FeiWed, 01 Jun 2022
- 2188 - Why do young people buy insurance for themselves?
A new survey has found that young people, unlike their parents, are buying insurance products a lot younger. Are they seeking an extra layer of financial protection? / How long are the ideal titles of viral articles? / Listeners Even, Henry, Kim Feel & Walt share their stories with RoundTable! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Joshua CotterillTue, 31 May 2022
- 2187 - Are you willing to pay for online literature?
In more than ten years, the online literature industry in China went through the free model, the paid subscription model before going back to the free model again. Now new apps want a return to a paid model. Will it work? / Are we willing to share our failures more? / Listeners Lindsay, Nina Zhang, Courtney Khanna, Gordan Gao share their stories with RoundTable! On the show: Heyang, Li Yi & Joshua CotterillMon, 30 May 2022
- 2186 - Should actors pay voiceover professionals for dubbing?
Did you know that a lot of actors do NOT use their own voices in their works? Dubbing artists don’t always get the credit they deserve. We discuss voiceover work in the TV industry. / Traditional ‘Hanfu’ fashion is back, but not without its problems. / Listeners Xu Hong, Yingying Song, Chrissy share their stories with RoundTable! On the show: Heyang, Huang Shan & Joshua CotterillFri, 27 May 2022
- 2185 - What do young people think of marriage these days?
A new survey found that 61 percent of college students surveyed still want to get married one day. Experts read the numbers with enthusiasm. Has young people's idea towards love and marriage changed? / People are trying hard to break their phone addiction. / Listeners Meredith and Zhang Xiaolei share their stories with RoundTable! On the show: Heyang, Laiming & Huang ShanThu, 26 May 2022
- 2184 - Subways in 16 Chinese cities see net profit rise
Making money in public transportation services is tough, but subways in these 16 Chinese cities managed to increase their net profits in 2021. Public transportation services do run up against real-world challenges. How did these cities do it? / Why are people visit their relatives less these days? / Listener Uncle Fang and Cherry share their stories with RoundTable at our 10th anniversary celebration! On the show: Heyang, Laiming & FeifeiWed, 25 May 2022
- 2183 - RoundTable's 520 Special, Part II
Entertainment shows have seen better days. Recent numbers show a decline in viewership. Has the industry entered some kind of vicious cycle? / We are celebrating Round Table's tenth anniversary, and we share with you more 520 messages of love from our listeners! On the show: Heyang, Joshua Cotterill & Li YiTue, 24 May 2022
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