China’s First-Quarter Growth Is Expected to Boom on Paper

The world’s traditional growth engine reported an 18.3 percent leap in the first quarter. But consumers and small business aren’t fully sharing in the spoils.

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Would you believe it? Another bad brand tweet.

New year, same bad brand tweets.
Despite continual, exhaustive pleas from social media users for brands to stop taking part in every viral trend, popular meme, or noteworthy holiday celebration, the cringeworthy brand content persists.
The latest online outrage was sparked by Burger King UK, whose social media team thought it would be a good idea to fire off an International Women’s Day thread that began with the words, “Women belong in the kitchen.”
Yes, really.

Women belong in the kitchen.
— Burger King (@BurgerKingUK) March 8, 2021

The thread went on to say that because only 20 percent of chefs are women, Burger King UK is “on a mission to change the gender ratio in the restaurant industry by empowering female employees with the opportunity to pursue a culinary career.” The restaurant chain also announced that it’s launching a new scholarship program “which will help female Burger King employees pursue their culinary dreams!” Read more…More about Memes, Brands, Culture, and Web Culture

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A Bored China Propels Box Office Sales to a Record

“Detective Chinatown 3” received tepid reviews, but Covid-19 travel restrictions drove many to the movies when they might have been journeying to their hometowns instead.

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Don't spontaneously FaceTime people and expect them to pick up

At 4:25 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 2020 I got a random, out of the blue FaceTime call from a friend. When my phone started ringing I was wearing pajamas, slippers, and an unflattering fuzzy gray robe. I didn’t have any makeup on, I was in the process of removing little hot dogs from the oven, and When Harry Met Sally was on pause in the living room. In other words, I did NOT feel FaceTime ready.
I know this friend extremely well, so I was confident that the FaceTime request was nothing urgent. I caught one glimpse of my unprepared self in the answering screen, thought “absolutely not,” and waited until she hung up. Read more…More about Iphone, Facetime, Culture, Web Culture, and Iphone

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Connecting My Children to Their Heritage in Mandarin

Although my parents’ English is serviceable, it is only in Mandarin that they’re at ease, that they can inhabit their own skins.

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Indoor Dining Resumes in N.Y.C.

In the coming weeks, New Yorkers will also be able to return to sports arenas and attend larger weddings across the state.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend

Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually.

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