Imperial Yellow: A Costume Colour at the Top of the Social Hierarchy

Written by Jing Han. When considering popular colours in China, one’s immediate thought may be of red, the colour of the national flag and the colour of celebration. However, it is actually yellow that dominated the imperial wardrobe in ancient times. This piece will explore the hierarchy of costume colours in ancient China and tell the story of imperial …

Clearing the Air: China’s Air Pollution Policy

Written by David G. Streets. At the beginning of 2015, China formally introduced an updated Environmental Protection Law, designed to strengthen the protection of the environment and to raise its standing relative to other economic and social priorities. This action came none too soon, for in 2013 and 2014 many parts of China were enveloped …

China’s traditional diet hits modern marketing and food technology

Written by Barry M. Popkin. In the early 1980s when the Chinese first thought of creating dietary guidelines, the average Chinese individual consumed 1 gram of sugar per day. Sweet pastries and such were not to be found in China, nor were sugary beverages, convenience stores or, for that matter, any stores other than very …