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Buy Dollars in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2010


When I first got here in ’07, it was difficult to buy dollars in China- almost impossible. You had to show a receipt that you had actually traded some in when you arrived, and then you could receive an equal amount back, or you went on the black market and purchased them. Also, they made it difficult if not impossible to sen them to my bank back home. Since the Olympics, however- and the government’s rancor with the dollar sn the US, it has become much easier.

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Xiao in China- Kids Must Suffer for Their Folks

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2010


This is from the 24 paragons of filial piety. This is a group of stories, where children must suffer, pretty nasty stuff here, so that their parnets can be comfortable. Tis seeminly flies in the face or the western notion of beauty of children and how parents will do anything to protect them, Good stuff culturally- site here.

Modified from: http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/paragons.htm

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Filial Conduct That Impressed The Gods: Shun The Great
2. Personally Checking His Mother’s Prescriptions: The Learned Emperor Of Han
3. His Heart Was Pained When His Mother Bit Her Finger: Zeng Shen
4. Clad In A Threadbare Jacket, He Tolerated His Cruel Stepmother: Min Ziqian
5. Carrying Loads Of Rice On His Back To Feed His Parents: Zi Lu
6. Entering Servitude To Pay For His Father’s Funeral: Dong Yong
7. Bringing Deers’ Milk To His Ailing Parents: Young Master Tan
8. Taking On Menial Labor To Support His Mother: Jiang Ge
9. Stealing Oranges To Take Home For His Mother: Lu Ji
10. Never Tiring Of Feeding Milk To Her Mother-In-Law: Lady Tang
11. Attracting Mosquitos To Drink His Blood: Wu Meng
12. Lying Down On The Ice To Get Carp For His Stepmother: Wang Xiang
13. Burying His Son To Save His Mother: Guo Ju
14. Wrestling With A Tiger To Save His Father: Yang Xiang
15. Resigning Office To Search For His Mother: Zhu Shouchang
16. Deeply Concerned, He Tasted His Father’s Stool: Yu Qianlou
17. Costumes And Pranks To Amuse His Parents: Lao Laizi
18. Picking Mulberries For His Mother: Cai Shun
19. He Fanned The Pillow And Warmed the Sheets: Huang Xiang
20. A Bubbling Spring And Leaping Carp: Jiang Shi
21. Crying By The Grave When Thunder Rolled: Wang Weiyuan
22. Serving Wooden Statues Of His Parents: Ding Lan
23. Tears That Brought Bamboo Shoots From The Frozen Earth: Meng Zong
24. Personally Scrubbing His Mother’s Chamber Pot: Huang Tingjian.

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It snowed yesterday so August will have no visible moon

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2010


I just learned that according to Chinese lore, if it snows on the day of the lantern festival (yesterday) then on August 18 the moon will be blanketed by clouds. We shall wait and see…

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Going to School in China- Buy your way in

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2010


My colleagues have often talked about the effort they expend in sending their child to the "right " school, I am not even talking about university, but grade school and middle school. To them, it is a way of providing the spring board to success for the child. the problem is that, it is well, China and getting into school, like everything else requires money and guanxi.

The problem is that the good grade schools have a leg up on sending the students to better middle schools and so on. Thus, it is imperative that one’s child attend one of the better schools. The problem is not only cash, I am told, everyone will pay the school officials an extra fee, or gratuity -bribe, once the child enters the school. This is not the problem, the problem is that in addition to paying nearly U$15- 30k, they must also have a recommendation from a governmental official or someone of equal status.

Back home it is much easier, your school is dictated by where your house is located.

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Nursing Kittens in a Coffee Shop in Beijing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2010


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