China’s new open-door policy and spectacular growth over the past three decades has prompted droves of westerners to make the leap to the Middle Kingdom. The total number of expatriates presently living in China reached over half a million in 2010. Expatriates can be seen in nearly every provincial city in China, Shanghai and Beijing of course hosting most of them.
Life in China for expatriates today is not as difficult as in years past. The living standard in China’s largest cities like Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai is as enjoyable as that of the western cities like New York, London and Paris.
Some expats find Chinese culture confusing, most consider it fascinating. The stable development of society and economy and rich job opportunities are all positive factors that attract more and more expatriates to come live, work and travel in China.
Taking pictures in China can land you in a Chinese prison if you are in the wrong place at the right time! This is exactly why, compared with the rest of the world, there have been so few published photographs of Chinese culture. In fact, the majority of commercial coffee table books and stock photos and about China focus wholly on tourist attractions rather than people or street life. It takes a keen eye and familiarity with Chinese culture for a photographer to be able to evade the Communist authorities and escape the country with his roll of film in tact. The following fourteen famous Chinese photographs, spanning from olden times to the digital age, including several scandalous (but nonetheless iconic) images, managed to slip past the Communist censors and have come to define “New China.”
1) Baby Soup by Zhu Yu
Chinese performance artist Zhu Yu’s most famous piece of conceptual art, titled “Eating People,” was performed at a Shanghai arts festival in 2000. It consisted of a series of photographs of him cooking and eating what is alleged to be a human fetus. One picture, circulated on the internet via e-mail in 2001, provoked investigations by both the FBI and Scotland Yard.The piece’s cannibalistic theme caused a stir in Britain when Yu’s work was featured on a Channel 4 documentary exploring Chinese modern art in 2003. In response to the public reaction, Mr. Yu stated, “No religion forbids cannibalism. Nor can I find any law which prevents us from eating people. I took advantage of the space between morality and the law and based my work on it”.Yu has claimed that he used an actual fetus which was stolen from a medical school.
As an Admissions Consultant I have built up experience over many years assisting Chinese students gain admission to top-tier LLM programs in the United States. Personally, I have studied Law at the University of Cambridge and have an LLM degree from Harvard Law School. I have worked with many applicants with different backgrounds from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong and have helped these clients to gain admission to LLM programs at top-tier law schools in the United States such as Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and Yale Law School.
As a result of my work, I have seen a lot of “first draft” personal statements and application documents and have noticed that Chinese applicants tend to make the same mistakes time after time. All of the Chinese applicants I work with are personable, hard-working and intelligent, with impressive resumes. However, almost all of their “first draft” documents make at least one of the five mistakes listed below. Avoid these pitfalls when applying to LLM programs and your application will be stronger, giving you a much better chance of gaining admission.
1. Avoid Imprecise Language