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Archive for April 2nd, 2010

Making Money in China- Not Quite

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 2, 2010


employees in Shanghai was 3,292 yuan (US$481) a month in 2008, a 13.8 percent year-on-year rise, Oriental Morning Post reported today.

The average salary of employees in Beijing rose 12.17 percent to 3,726 yuan a month last year. Employees in 10 industries made more than 100,000 yuan annually with those in securities and the banking industry topping the list, Beijing Statistics Bureau said yesterday.The biggest average salary difference between companies in the securities industry in the capital is above 1 million yuan.

The textile and manufacturing industry is at the bottom of the list with annual incomes of less than 20,000 yuan.

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China = Waiting in Lines

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The Hell With Law, Say the Chinese- The Judiciary in China

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This is from a guy named Randal Peerenboom, he is basically a guru for Chinese law. Chinese law is in a shambles, but was even worse 5 , 10 15, and 20 years ago. Even Today, judges and lawyers do not need a law degree to practice, and in some villages in China, judges and lawyers have not even finished high school. Here is an excerpt from Peerenboom on the situation in China.

“For the nearly 75 percent of justices who are not lawyers, the only initial training is six days of stateadministered classes, followed by a true-or-false test so rudimentary that the official who runs it said only one candidate since 1999 had failed… Some 1,140 justices have received some sort of reprimand over the last three decades – an average of about 40 a year, either privately warned, publicly rebuked or removed. They are seriously disciplined at a steeper rate than their higher-court colleagues… Many justices preside in intimidatingly tight quarters, admitting participants one by one. Many have heard testimony, settled claims or ruled in criminal cases without notifying the prosecutor, lawyers or even the people directly involved. Describing his 13 years on the bench, one judge said: ‘I just follow my own common sense … [a]nd the hell with the law.’”

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Slinging in China- The Drug Scene

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 2, 2010


I have a friend who lives in Guangzhou in southern China. He assures me that the city is pretty much modernized. His point is that if you go to the Garden hotel, or thereabouts and spot anyone from Africa, odd are that they are selling weed. I don’t know much about it, I am from Beijing. But I would say that Sanlitun in Beijing has about the same reputation, so it is probably true.

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Bathing in China is Dangerous to Your Health

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 2, 2010


When I first came here, I taught at a local university. At his university, I was informed by a girl that her mother was a doctor. And, being a doctor, her mom told her that bathing each day was actually bad for your health. Being a respectful girl, she obeyed. This girl only bathed maybe once every two weeks, no shit.

I cant say that this is indicative of Chinese bathing habits, after all, this girl also tried to convince the school to repaint the facade, as the colors we had were driving her mad.  China is a great place.

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From a Bridge- China

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Fresh Air in China

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Some Chinese Hospitals Classify Fetuses as “Medical Waste”

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This comes straight from xinhua,

“No legal definition for dead infants or fetuses exists in China, but classifying them as “medical waste,” as many hospitals do, is not appropriate, said Cao Yongfu, deputy director of the medical ethics institute at Shandong University.”

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Whats Your English Name- Chinese Taking English Names

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 2, 2010


In China nowadays, all Chinese, or at least all of the educated one’s will take an English name. The reason is convenience, after all, how in the hell does one pronounce,  xiang or xxkdi ling? So, they do their best, try to study the meaning of names, and then use them judiciously.

But, through all of their attempts at learning the western culture from watching Friends, and Sex and the City, their understanding of the important of names is quite limited.  I have seen younger people with the names of:

-ant

-thousand

-devil

-ghost

-bucker

-boss

and these are just the ones that come to mind,,,

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Chinese Time Frames- Short or Long

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 2, 2010


In general, the Chinese government is like an old 8 cylinder truck, it takes a while to warm up, but once going, it keeps on moving. It builds up the inertia, is hard to steer, basically it just ploughs forward. The government governs itself in 5 year plans, and it is actually a good idea imho. They do a good job of focusing on the long term.

Most businesses here, however, do not. They have lived with the shit of the communist take overs, have lost land or had their families lose land, so they know what can happen. To them it is all about toady and making a buck. They want to gather enough cash to buy a home, and then move overseas, where their money is safe.

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