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China and New Jersey: Perfect together

China and New Jersey: Perfect together

The elephant in the living room now available at Garden State Plaza.

BY LISA LA VALLE-FINAN

To some, China is not only over-populated but in our hands and on our backs; everywhere, every day with stuff that lines the shelves of all 26 malls in New Jersey. With the most malls per square mile out of all 50 states, that’s a lotta clothing, toys, refrigerators, luggage, Christmas decorations, dog food, and laptops. Like we're hungry for Chinese food, we crave for more stuff.

What's funny is that for a culture that’s all around us, we seem to know very little about what makes the Chinese tick. What we do know is probably more stereotype than typical. Maybe we’re in the dark because the numbers behind China are one mindboggling superlative after another, based on data drawn from the CIA World Fact book and the U.S. Census Bureau:

-Exports to U.S. up 130%

-Population over one billion

-Civilization over 4,000 years old

There’s even a comedy running on Broadway called "Chinglish" that chronicles the journey of an American businessman who travels to China looking to score a lucrative contact for his family's sign-making firm.

 

Ex-Muslim turned Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani sentenced to death in Iran

Ex-Muslim turned Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani sentenced to death in Iran
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNESROOM.COM

A Christian pastor who was arrested in 2009 for renouncing the Islam faith can now be executed at any time without warning, according to an Iranian court.

Youcef Nadarkha...

'Cowboy Pope:' Will Cardinal Dolan be Named this Week?

'Cowboy Pope:' Will Cardinal Dolan be Named this Week?
BY ISAAC BENJAMIN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Since Pope Benedict XVI’s historic resignation, there has been widespread anticipation over the most spiritual of parlor games—guessing who will be elected the ne...

Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox's Italian boyfriend, to release memoir first

Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox's Italian boyfriend, to release memoir first
BY WENDY EKUA QUANSAH
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

They say there are always three sides to a story: yours, mine and the truth.

For Raffaele Sollecito, another chapter is yet to be written about the charges he ...

Central American sugarcane workers dying from chronic kidney disease

Central American sugarcane workers dying from chronic kidney disease
BY TERI GATTO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Tens of thousands of manual laborers in Central America are dying of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The victims are primarily sugarcane workers.

The Center for Public I...

U.S. issues Mexico travel warning before spring break

U.S. issues Mexico travel warning before spring break
BY JOHN SOLTES
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In its latest warning, the Department of State urges Americans to take precaution when traveling to Mexico. The travel advisory, issued Feb. 8, is the strongest statem...

Stolen heart of St. Laurence O'Toole has Dublin cathedral dumbfounded

Stolen heart of St. Laurence O'Toole has Dublin cathedral dumbfounded
BY ANGELA DAIDONE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

It is not the kind of item one can easily sell on eBay or in pawn shops.

So officials were shocked when they discovered that the heart of a 900-year-old saint was ...

Rodman and Kim Jong Un "Friends For Life" in North Korea

Rodman and Kim Jong Un
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

If the United States and Iran can come together in support of wrestling remaining part of the Olympics, is there a little room for basketball diplomacy with North Korea...

Amanda Knox's legal troubles in Italy are not over yet

Amanda Knox's legal troubles in Italy are not over yet
BY TERI GATTO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Italian prosecutors have appealed the murder acquittal of American-born Amanda Knox, who along with boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, was accused in the 2007 stabbing de...

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