Emma Leaning

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Mother tongue: Why your language matters - China Opinion
Opinion

Mother tongue: Why your language matters

Tomorrow is International Mother Language Day, an observation established to protect world tongues. But the sad thing is, we're losing languages all the time. What about yours?
Pop Quiz: 5 questions to test your Chinese New Year Noggin - Art & Culture in China
Art & Culture

Pop Quiz: 5 questions to test your Chinese New Year Noggin

With Chinese New Year about to arrive, Shanghai Daily went out on the streets to find out just how much the city's expats know about China's most important annual festival.
Spring Festival:  a chat about  family, food and  holiday hang-ups - China Opinion
Opinion

Spring Festival: a chat about family, food and holiday hang-ups

At the heart of any celebration is its people. To learn what Spring Festival means to our Chinese friends, I sat down with mine to talk family, food and holiday hang-ups.
Naked in the arena: the only way to face your critics - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

Naked in the arena: the only way to face your critics

The arena takes many forms. For me, it's writing. For you, it might be launching a business or starting a family. Front and centre at any battle are the critics.
Screw likability and own your success - China Opinion
Opinion

Screw likability and own your success

Sometimes we need reminding of our capability, so the fruits of our labor don't spoil. What's more, when we own our success, we empower others to do the same.
Appy days: Zen inducing apps for calm commutes - China Opinion
Opinion

Appy days: Zen inducing apps for calm commutes

A challenge of big-city living is getting from A to B. Whether you ride or walk, apps can be a useful way to get between places in good spirits.
The kindness problem: an olive branch to shoddy waitresses everywhere - China Opinion
Opinion

The kindness problem: an olive branch to shoddy waitresses everywhere

We all know kindness is a virtue, and we're all as decent as we can be in any given moment, right? Wrong. What's our problem?
Dry January, I'll drink to that: a positive piece about alcohol - China Opinion
Opinion

Dry January, I'll drink to that: a positive piece about alcohol

Dry January is a phenomenon that's grown in popularity, the idea being to kick-start a healthy new year by abstaining from alcohol for a month. In 2021, I have no such inclination.
Don't read this! Stepping out from the shadow of shame - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

Don't read this! Stepping out from the shadow of shame

Shame is associated with addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, suicide, and violence. You'll know shame if you've felt it; and unless you're a sociopath, you have.
Resolutions without remorse: a revealing conversation with Shanghai's dream coach - China Opinion
Opinion

Resolutions without remorse: a revealing conversation with Shanghai's dream coach

The trouble with "new year, new you" is no matter the resolution or drive to fulfill it, you're still ... you. I call dream coach Fionn Wright to talk resolutions without remorse.
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