Understanding China, One Blog at a Time

An American in China

Archive for June 8th, 2010

Chinese Invade the US, or are Trying…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 8, 2010

“According to the latest statistics from the association, Chinese applicants for the EB-5 visa for Immigrant Investors to the United States reached 1,000 in 2009, doubling the 500 who applied in 2008. It was in that year that 147 magnates raised $73.5 million, with each contributing $500,000, to invest in the expansion of Philadelphia Convention Center. But due to a suspicion of illegal immigration, all applicants were turned down.

But the dream of moving to the United States is still strong among many Chinese. Statistics released by U.S. Department of State show 70 percent of the 4,218 EB-5 visas issued in 2009 were applicants from China. Canada also allocated more than 1,000 of its targeted 2,055 immigrant investors to China in 2009, the report said.

Posted in China Fact, Cultural oddities | Leave a Comment »

WTF in China- Over Half the College Men Have Abnormal Sperm!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 8, 2010

China is just adding to her woes. Here is a study whereby it was found that over half of college aged men had abnormal sperm. The study blames the internet, but one has to wonder. Mother nature is a powerful thing, and China has a horrendous 1 to 1.2 girl to boy ratio, due to abortions and such. Do you think it is mother nature’s way of getting even.

“Surfing the Internet for too long is a major reason more than 50 percent of male university students in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region have a low sperm count, a survey has found. According to the survey, conducted by the department of andropathy of the No 1 hospital, the sperm count of 56.7 percent of the male university students was “abnormal”.

The findings were revealed after the sperms of 217 voluntary sperm student donors from 19 universities and colleges in the region were examined and the external genitals of 1,640 male students were also inspected.


Posted in China Fact | Leave a Comment »

Stressed Students in China- 2 Die after Exams

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 8, 2010

Truly sad,

“Two candidates of the national college entrance exam, or Gaokao, died Monday, the first day of the two-day exam, in Central China’s Hubei province, cnhubei.com reported Tuesday.

A male student, who had failed the annual test before, jumped to his death from a hospital building about 7 am on Monday in the province’s Guangshui city.

In Ezhou city, a female student died early Monday, the city’s publicity department said. Police have begun investigating the incident, according to the report.

Posted in China Fact, Cultural oddities | Leave a Comment »

Dragon Boat Day in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 8, 2010

Next week we have the Dragon Day Boat festival, or the Dragon Boat Day festival, I am a little unsure on the specifics. I have asked many colleagues, but in true Chinese fashion, they have given me vivid details of what it means to them, but little on its heritage. In essence, I believe it is a day to celebrate the death of a guy who was against corruption in China.

Here is what the net has to say, however.

Qu Yuan

served as minister to the Zhou Emperor. A wise and articulate

man, he was loved by the common people. He did much to fight

against the rampant corruption that plagued the court– thereby

earning the envy and fear of other officials. Therefore, when

he urged the emperor to avoid conflict with the Qin Kingdom,

the officials pressured the Emperor to have him removed from

service. In exile, he traveled, taught and wrote for several

years. Hearing that the Zhou had been defeated by the Qin,

he fell into despair and threw himself into the Milou River.

His last poem reads:

Many a heavy sigh I have in my despair,
Grieving that I was born in such an unlucky time.
I yoked a team of jade dragons to a phoenix chariot,
And waited for the wind to come,
to sour up on my journey

As he was so loved by the people, fishermen rushed out in

long boats, beating drums to scare the fish away, and throwing zong zi

into the water to feed braver fish so that they would not

eat Qu Yuan’s body.”

Posted in Cultural oddities | Leave a Comment »