It's been a long and Mingbailess summer, but now the mid-autumn moon has risen, and we're BACK!
We're scaling our volume down from 5 to 2 posts per week, but otherwise we're everything you remember: Food, fame, songs, sayings, history, herstory, and all the things that most people outside China really just don't know.
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We're pumped about the next season, and we hope you are too!
The sun is shining and the Mingbai team is going on vacation! We’ll be recharging over the summer, and we plan to be back in August with a new season of things that everyone in China knows and you still don’t.
Meanwhile, don’t be sad – just think about the 100+ million children who are super happy today because it’s 儿童节 (Értóngjié), Children’s Day, in China! They get the day off from school, they’re the center of attention, and they get discounts and movie nights and camping trips and other great things. Congrats, kids.
Today’s picture has nothing to do with children or summer, but we thought this was a good time to take a moment to think about the fact that the red panda is now classified as more endangered than the giant version.
We hope you liked the first season – stay tuned for more, and have a great summer!
With giant pandas faring better, now it's time to save this little fella. Pixabay
The Mingbai team is so excited about how much has happened since our launch in November.
We're very happy that you're with us, and we'd love to know more about who you are, what you like about Mingbai, and what you think we can improve.
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The Mingbai Team
Bonus picture of the Great Wall, symbolizing our journey. Pixabay
At Mingbai, we're excited to be collaborating with SupChina, a leading force in information about China. Today we're featured with five of our popular articles:
The very idea of Mingbai is to explain Chinese culture in a simple, boiled-down way. Because of the short form, there's often little time to put things in perspective. To deal with this, we're introducing theme weeks!
This week we're doing "Stereotype Week" where we introduce loved and hated archetypes of Chinese society. Stay tuned to learn more about "oily uncles", "green tea bitches" and more.
We aim to do one theme week per month. Upcoming themes include "Chinese New Year Traditions" in February and a "Women's Week" in March. We hope you like them!
The Mingbai team is so excited about how much has happened in the weeks since our launch last month. While we go on holiday (don’t worry, we’ll be back in January!) we’d be very happy if you’d fill out this short survey to help us get better!
Thanks for your support, happy holidays, and see you in 2018!
The Mingbai Team
The weekend is here! We hope you're enjoying the e-mails (and that you'll share them with the new "forward to a friend" feature!). We'll be back on Monday!
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After a successful launch yesterday we’re hoping to get some social media love as well. We’ve made a Facebook page that you can like via this link: https://www.facebook.com/getmingbai/.
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We're very excited to be working on this, and we hope you'll share Mingbai with your friends!
Today we’re very excited to launch “Mingbai”, the daily newsletter that teaches you about China. The first e-mail goes out today. If you missed it, you can 1) sign up using the form to the right and receive future Mingbais right in your inbox, and 2) visit the Archive to see previously published Mingbais (just one so far!).
We’ve been made aware of an error occurring when signing up using certain types of smartphones. We’re working on fixing the issue, and in the meantime you can easily sign up using a laptop or desktop instead.
We hope you enjoy reading Mingbai as much as we like writing it. We’ll be in touch with more news soon!