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Ember Swift
Ember Swift is a Canadian musician and writer who has been living in Beijing since 2008. She lives with her husband, a prominent Chinese musician, and their two small children born in 2012 and 2013 respectively. For more information about Ember Swift and her life and work, please visit: www.emberswift.com
September 30, 2018
Ways to beat the crowds during China's National Holiday
Going off the beaten path, visiting tourist sites at odd hours are some of the ways to beat the crowd during the Golden Week National Holiday.
February 14, 2017
Subway matchmaking ads reveal marital trends in China
Matchmaking ads in Beijing subways suggest finding a marriage partner is getting more high-tech -- but little has changed.
October 29, 2015
Possible solutions to rural teachers shortage
To ease the shortage of teachers in China's rural schools, this writer suggests making half-year practical work experience in the countryside compulsory for a university education program graduate.
October 14, 2015
Regrets provide a tool for improved learning
Students from East and West have regrets about aspects of college life, and the writer hopes they can form part of the learning process.
July 25, 2015
China's inevitable path to same-sex marriage
China will eventually make quiet adjustments to marriage laws and legal rights for same-sex couples, but these changes will not be a result of a public outcry.
March 28, 2015
Over-education in China
An obsession with higher education has resulted in many young Chinese facing a tight job market in which they are over-qualified. This requires a total rethink of labor market needs and the link to education.
January 5, 2015
What's behind poor passenger behavior?
China needs to implement higher fines for air travel passengers who behave badly in order to curb the culture of entitlement that several recent incidents reflect.
December 1, 2014
The road rules of Chinese society
One foreign cyclist's attempt to check Beijing drivers' disregard for traffic rules sparked an online debate.
April 29, 2014
Compassion lacking in HK public urination clash
A healthy dose of collective compassion is necessary between the residents of Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.
April 11, 2014
Building collapses in China must be avoided
Recently, another Chinese building collapsed, in Ningbo. A nationwide set of strictly enforced building construction standards and codes is urgently needed.
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