What a delicious baby!

Oh Boy! There are sources that say there is a wave of baby eating crises in China. A friend posted this message on her facebook status: ‘CHINESE EAT ABORTED FETUSES. Can anyone who visited/lived in China confirm this? Not sure if this is real but if it is it’s absolutely disgusting and insane.’

According to the article (read it here:  http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?ul=%2FST%2Fdb%2Fread.php%3Fidx%3D7333), there is a town in the southern province of Canton (Guangdong) that is now on a trend of taking baby herbal soup to increase overall health and stamina and the power of sexual performance in particular.

The Seoul Times reports that the cost for such a meal is $4000 RMB ($52,464 JMD). According to a factory manager, the dish  is a delicacy whereby expensive herbs are added to boil the baby with chicken meat for eight hours of boiling and steaming. He swears it has boosted his sexual drive in many ways. 

Additionally, dead babies can be purchased in Taiwan for 70 US dollars for being used as grilled delicacies. The trend seems to be growing in Asia with China taking the credit for the initiation of it.

People worldwide have been shocked and very concerned about this. “In China, they eat everything,” said one software developer who was aghast at the thought of eating a baby. 

Sadly, these heinous crimes arise from the fact that majority of Chinese people prefer to have male babies and the poor families end up selling their female babies because of China’s one baby policy.

Pictures below courtesy of The Seoul Times


A human baby is being made into soup for sexual power in China. 

Head of boiled human baby is about to be served at the table


Types of Assessments

Assessment determines if students have reached certain performance levels and provides data for improving teacher effectiveness. Assessment need not take time away from learning; assessments can be learning experiences in themselves. Active assessment strategies enhance student content understanding and promote skills that will be beneficial to students throughout their lives.

1.    Authentic Assessment -Tasks are practical, realistic and challenging, eg. Making a map, creating a recipe, producing a video

2.    Portfolio Assessment – This is a collection of student’s work. Includes models, plan, letters, audiotapes, videotapes, photographs, team or group activities, journals, essays, experiments, oral history collection

3.    Peer assessments – Students assess one another’s work.

4.   Self assessments – Students assess their own work and the thought processes. This allows them to develop awareness of the factors that promote and hinder learning.

5.   Performance based assessment – This is evaluation of an actual performance or application of a skill. A product created by the student.

6.   Alternate assessment – These are alternative ways of gathering data about students with disabilities.

7.   Project based learning – An integrated instructional approach that allows for a variety of learning styles.

8.   Other forms of assessments:

i.   Objective Tests – correct or incorrect, no subjective judgments

ii.  Essays, Rating Scales – Teacher rates the level of skill of students

A ‘Before-During-After’ language skills lesson with PPP activities

Objective: Students practice reading a story for the main ideas.

Before-reading activity
Discuss the title (for example, ‘A disastrous adventure’). Students suggest words connected to the topic which may appear in the text, and possible story lines (without reading the story).

[New vocabulary – optional PPP activity:  present and teach key words from the text to make sure that students understand the meaning, the use and the correct pronunciation of the new words.]

During-reading activity
Students read the story within a time limit to encourage faster reading, and fill in a chart to note what happened, and when.

After-reading activity
Students compare their charts (without the text in front of them) in pairs or groups  to confirm what they read. Then students individually write a letter to a friend about the incident.

[Functional language – optional PPP activity: to practice the 3rd conditional using information from the story, for example: ‘If he hadn’t left home late, he wouldn’t have missed the bus.’ Students suggest further examples and then the teacher checks the meaning of the 3rd conditional. Students work through the events in the story by drilling and controlled pair work.]

Top Ten Reasons to Study Abroad in China

1. Stand out
Most people follow the crowds to Europe or USA. Head instead for China, where the ancient and the up-and-coming coexist. You’ll stand out in a crowd while there–and your resume will draw a second look back home too. But go soon! According to USA Today, there are at least 10,000 U.S. students studying in China each year. If trends continue, China will soon pass study-abroad mainstays like England and Spain.

2. See the (economic) future.
The Chinese economy may overtake the U.S. by 2035 and be twice in size soon after. See this economic engine in action, learn what makes it go, and you’ll be in a position to grow right along with it.

3. Feel at home.
The Chinese people are eager to entice Westerners to visit and learn about the wonders of China. You’re also likely to encounter sympathetic professors and tutors who have studied in the West and know what it feels like to be in a foreign setting.

4. Travel cheaply.
The dollar has taken a beating these last few years. Stretch yours by studying in China, where transportation and food are less expensive than in the U.S. or Western Europe.

5. Communicate with the masses.
885,000,000 people speak Mandarin Chinese – more than any other language on the planet. To really master a language, you have to immerse yourself in it. So go ahead, haggle with the shop keepers!

6. Move beyond language.
Studying abroad isn’t just about learning the language–it’s about understanding a foreign way of thinking. Perhaps you’ll catch yourself using a Cheng Yu saying, the Chinese equivalent of our aphorisms like “time is money.” Maybe it will become second nature to offer the tastiest tidbit on the table to the eldest guest. Or perhaps you’ll pick up tai chi, kung fu, or calligraphy.

7. Eat like an Emperor — or on the street.
China is justly famed for its widely varying regional and ethnic cuisines. But you may find yourself becoming an expert on the nuances of each neighborhood’s dumpling stands, noodle shacks and chuar (meat on a stick) vendors.

8. Dig deeper.
China brought paper, the compass, gunpowder and printing to the world. With a history that stretches back nearly 6,000 years, it’s no surprise that anthropology, archeology, architecture and art majors will find plenty to float their boats.

9. Get out of town.
Nearly all study abroad programs offer short trips to interesting spots on the map. Get up close and personal with pandas, marvel at Mount Everest and walk the Great Wall. When your friend posts her picture of the Eiffel Tower on Facebook, won’t it be great to respond with the one of you in the Forbidden City?

10. Challenge yourself.
Maybe you’ll bring yourself to tears trying to ask where the bathroom is. It might take weeks to make a true local friend. That thing you ate could turn out to be a bug. So, are you up to it?

Foreigner’s Favorite Foods in Asia

 Back by popular demand – The foods that Foreigners love in Asia. Mouthwatering, sizzling and tasty…

1.    Gung Pao chicken is a classic dish in Sichuan Cuisine, originating in the Sichuan Province of central-western China. Allegedly, the dish is named after Ding Baozhen (1820–1886), a late Qing Dynasty official. Born in Guizhou, Ding served as head of Shandong province and later as governor of Sichuan province. His title was Gōng Bǎo (宮保), or palatial guardian. The name “Gung Pao” chicken is derived from this title.


2. Spring rolls is an umbrella term used in Western culture to describe disparate varieties of filled, rolled appetizers similar to the Chinese chūn-jǔan (春卷, lit. “spring roll”), from which the term was derived. East and Southeast Asian cuisine foods referred by the term have different names depending on their country of origin, as well as the type of wrapper, fillings, and cooking techniques from which they are made. They are commonly eaten in many Asian countries, most notably China, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines.


3.  Fried rice with egg is a popular component of Asian cuisine, especially Chinese food. It is made from steamed rice stir-fried in a wok with other ingredients such as eggs, vegetables and some kinds of meat. It is sometimes served as the penultimate dish in Chinese banquets (just before dessert). As a home-cooked dish, fried rice typically is made with ingredients left over from other dishes, leading to countless variations.


4. Ma Po Bean Curd is a popular Chinese dish from the Sichuan (Szechuan) province. It is a combination of tofu (bean curd) set in a spicy chili- and bean-based sauce, typically a thin, oily, and bright red suspension, and often cooked with minced meat, usually pork or beef. Variations exist with other ingredients such as water chestnuts, onions, other vegetables, or wood ear fungus, but these are rarely considered authentic Sichuanese.


5. Dumplings are cooked balls of dough. They are based on flour, potatoes, bread or matzoh, and may include meat, fish, or sweets. They may be cooked by boiling, steaming, simmering, frying, or baking. They may have a filling, or there may be other ingredients mixed into the dough. Dumplings may be sweet or spicy. They can be eaten by themselves, in soups or stews, with gravy, or in any other way. While some dumplings resemble solid water boiled doughs, such as gnocchi, others such as wontons resemble meatballs with a thin dough covering. 


6. Won Ton Soup – the name Won ton means swallowing a cloud, and the wonton floating in this popular soup are thought to resemble clouds.Wontons are made by spreading a wrapper flat in the palm of ones hand, placing a small amount of filling in the center, and sealing the wonton into the desired shape by compressing the wrapper’s edges together with the fingers.In American Chinese cuisine (and in Canada as well), wontons are served in wonton soup (wontons in a clear broth).


7. Chow mein – In American Chinese cuisine, it is a stir-fried dish consisting of noodles, meat (chicken is most common but pork, beef or shrimp can be used), onions and celery. It is often served as a specific dish at westernized Chinese restaurants. There are two main kinds of chow meins available in the market: 1) Steamed chow mein, and 2) Crispy chow mein, also known as Hong Kong style chow mein . The steamed chow mein has a softer texture, while the latter is crispier and drier. Crispy chow mein uses fried, flat noodles, while soft chow mein uses long, rounded noodles.


Weirdest Birthing Traditions

Teachenglishcaribbean is pleased to introduce our first guest blogger, Crystal Tao, who currently has her own  blog      http://www.lovelovechina.com/ . She decribes herself as a 28 year old girl who has not passed yet through her share of Chinese woman’s hardships. She writes from Chongqing, China.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     About two months ago my friend Zeng gave birth to a baby daughter. Just like most Chinese girls she wanted to have a child immediately after getting married but there were some medical problems and it took few years before she finally became mother.

When I called to congratulate her, she just had finished the “zuo yue zi” (坐月子) – one month period from the childbirth during which Chinese young mothers follow a long list of strict rules.

Of course, I know the customs to which postpartum women in China obey, but I was curious to hear more from someone who just experienced them firsthand. What was so terrible about them?

Well… in Zeng’s case she was forced to abide by the following rules:

  • Immediately after giving birth she had to constantly wear a hat or some other cover to keep her head warm.
  • Because Zeng had Caesarean section – during the whole month she wasn’t allowed to leave her bed except going to toilet.
  • No matter how hot it was getting in the evening she was prohibited from exposing her hands or feet and had to keep them under the blanket.
  • First food was given to Zeng only after she was able to “break wind” for the first time (… I’m not sure if I chose the right euphemism for that :smile: )
  • My friend left the hospital after 5 days. Before being “transported” back home she was carefully wrapped with multiple layers of clothes. And upon arrival home she, of course, was immediately put to bed again.
  • Zeng’s mother-in-law didn’t let her to eat with the rest of the family and the food was brought straight to her bed.
  • Wash hair – forbidden; taking shower – forbidden; wash hands, feet and face – no, no, no…

“I was really weak and felt so hot – especially after eating. I felt that in the evening my clothes were completely wet. But I wasn’t allowed to use air-conditioner or even small electrical fan.” – continued my friend – “You know, since I couldn’t wash my feet, I developed some rash. It was so itchy, I hardly could stand. Only after two weeks, when I really couldn’t bear it anymore, my mom helped me to wash my feet.”

But you might be quite surprised that in the end Zeng rationalized her experience in the following way: “I think that because I abided by these rules, I will have less diseases in the old age.”

Chinese believe that women following the tradition of “zuo yue zi” later will have less health problems. I asked some other friends of mine how they behaved during that period. Most confirmed that they didn’t wash hair for 2 weeks and didn’t take shower for 3 weeks. And their opinion on the usefulness of such procedures was almost unanimous – “Some rules are questionable, but it’s better to put up with this hardship for a month and avoid serious health problems in the future.”

And here are some other prescriptions and explanations regarding the post-birth period which I gathered from different sources:

  • Drinking tea is not allowed because it might harm an infant and make him/her cry without any visible reason.
  • If woman doesn’t stay in bed for the whole month (and some even recommend to prolong it for the period of 45 days) and gets up or makes any kind of exercise – it can result in the prolapse of uterus.
  • Chinese women use a special bandage (more than 10 meters long and 30-40 cm wide) to tightly wrap their belly so that it becomes flat again as soon as possible.
  • Instead of taking shower women clean themselves with the mixture of hot water, alcohol and salt. Towel or other cloth is soaked in this solution and used to wipe the body.
  • Only boiled water (after it cools down) is used to brush teeth or wash face.
  • It’s not just that air conditioner and fan are prohibited – one can’t even open the window. Break this rule and in the old age you’ll have arthritis and migraines.
  • Women are not allowed to breastfeed in the sitting posture. Instead they have to lie on the side and the baby is put next to mother’s breast.
  • All fun activities, like reading or watching TV are limited. Disobedience is “punished” with the prospect of eye diseases.
  • There are also many dietary restrictions which vary in their strictness. No cold food. No sour-tasting food. Some exclude from their ratio raw vegetables and fruits. And most orthodox even refrain from drinking water (the main source of liquid being soup).

If you ask me whether I am going to abide by these rules myself, I will say that it mostly depends on who will take care of me during my “zuo yue zi”. If it is my future [non-Chinese] mother-in-law – then I will escape from most of them (probably, being forced into some alternative ones in exchange :smile: ). But if it’s my mother… well, I will have some hard times.

Spinach Egg Drop Soup

I never knew I could love spinach egg drop soup. The taste did not appeal to me when I first tried it, but over time, I grew to love it. Try the recipe below and let you taste buds sizzle!

5 clusters spinach
2 eggs
1 spring onion (escallion)
2 cm ginger root
1/3 teaspoon yellow rice wine
1/3 teaspoon vinegar
¼ teaspoon white pepper powder
1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
2½ tablespoons oil


1. Wash spinach and cut every cluster into two parts separating roots from leaves.
2. Smash ginger by patting it strongly few times. Cut white parts of spring onion into two parts, and chop green parts (leaves).
3. Beat eggs with 1/4 teaspoon salt, yellow rice wine, vinegar and few drops of water.
4. Heat oil in a wok(large frying pan) over high heat. When oil is hot, add egg mixture. After 10 seconds, turn it over, scramble and take out the omelet.
5. To the same wok, add 0.8-1.0L water. Put smashed ginger, spring onion root (white part) and white pepper powder. Bring water to the boil.
6. Add spinach root and cook for 2 minutes after water boils again.
7. Put spinach leaves and scrambled eggs, cook for one minute more.
8. Add salt and chicken bouillon.
9. Cook spinach soup with eggs
10. Serve hot with chopped spring onion (escallion).

(Recipe from: http://www.lovelovechina.com/)