For a country that boasts one of the oldest civilizations and the biggest population of any nation on Earth, China somehow remains a mystery to many Americans. It's understandable, really, as the country maintains a bit of a split personality. Its communist government makes many think of an austere, agrarian society, and there are definitely elements of that throughout China. However, it's also a place that is extremely technologically advanced and cosmopolitan. These clashing perceptions (and realities) make the country something of an enigma: I'd be hard pressed to really describe what the day-to-day experience of the average Chinese person is, and I consider myself to have a basic... More >>>