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Recent Chinese Test Scores Underwhelm the Country- The Demise of Bright Chinese

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2010

In an article from the chinadaily, they stated that in the latest go-round of nation wide testing of Chinese high schoolers, they all sucked. The test results were pretty poor which lead the country to collectively be underwhelmed by their performances. (story below). The thing is that one has to wonder if it is not mother nature or Darwinism impacting this country. In a place where only one child can typically be borne (there are exceptions), this leads the Chinese to do bizarre things, ie. infanticide, killing female fetuses, having 120 boys for every 100 girls.

The impact is that in general the one-child babies seem to be less bright, emotionally and physically adept, and mentally stable as a result (this was proven in tests by both the USA and China). It has also been stated that the young Chinese boys are less “like a boy” than other countries children (the view of the Chinese). So, it makes you wonder if it is not mother natures way of ensuring that the new breed is not overly hostile so as to preserve the race…

“Every June, they capture the nation’s attention as they become the top scorers, or zhuangyuan, in the college entrance exam, or gaokao, across China. People take it for granted that these students are headed toward a bright future. But a recent survey revealed that reality shows otherwise. The survey kept track of more than 1,000 top scorers from 1977 to 2008, and found that none of them stood out in the field of academics, business or politics, failing to fulfill people’s expectations.

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Six Killed Ten Injured at Chinese Amusement Park- Ride Goes Awry

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2010

Chinese products are not typically safe, and unfortunately many people were waiting for this type of thing to happen. Six people were killed and ten injured in China at an amusement park. China, being China is sketchy on the details, but one can only imagine the grisly scene. China’s primary concern is money and safety in every aspect takes a back seat. This type of thing is very sad to me but not surprising.

“SHENZHEN – Six people were confirmed dead and at least ten others injured, five in serious conditions, Tuesday in an accident at an amusement park in Shenzhen City of south China’s Guangdong Province, local government said early Wednesday at a press briefing. Two women and one man out of the six dead people had been identified, according to the government of Yantian district, home to the park.

The accident happened at 4:45 p.m. after an entertainment facility that simulates conditions in a launching rocket for passengers to experience doubled gravity malfunctioned in the park, the Overseas Chinese Town East (OCT East).

But the nature of the accident remained sketchy. Xiao Wenhong, a publicity official with the Yantian district committee of the Communist Party of China, only said the cause of the accident was under investigation.”

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Chasing Hookers in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2010

You could call this the China effect. The fabulous Hilton in downtown Chongqing (one of my favorite places in China) was closed down for holding “illegal acts” ie. prostitution and such. Hmm, my house is about twenty minutes from the capital of the country and within a mile there are at least a dozen brothels, and I live in the nice area of the country’s capital. So, to me it is odd to read that they closed the place down. As a matter of fact about 1200 meters from my place is one of the most expensive KTV/massage/ brothels, in the city. But it operates 7 days a week with impunity. Thus, when I read news like this, it merely means a changing of the guard. This means that the old mob boss is out and a new one is in and the new one needs his bribes. It means nothing more than this. ”

“CHONGQING – Police in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality on Monday gave its nod to reopen the Hilton Hotel following a week long suspension for activities involving gang-related businesses.
The police agreed the hotel could resume trial operations on Tuesday after an inspection tour by the city’s deputy police chief Gao Xiaodong on Monday morning. The Chongqing Hilton Hotel was ordered to suspend operations on June 20 after some of its employees were found to have connived with gangsters to allow prostitution and drug-related activities at the hotel.

Though the hotel has been permitted to resume all its services, the Diamond Dynasty karaoke club located in the basement of the premises will remain shut.

Police raided the club a day before the hotel was shut down and detained 102 suspects, of whom 22 were arrested.

“So far, we haven’t got any new notices from higher authorities about when the hotel will reopen. But our original plan is next Tuesday,” Doris Tan, a public relations officer at the hotel told China Daily.”

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Google’s Nemesis is Hiring- Baidu from China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2010

Baidu, the big Chinese search engine that works with the communist government in China, has stated it is going to the USA to hire engineers to come to China. I see a few problems with that:
-communist China is still tightly controlled by the government, so much so that the type of personality that may like the profession may be put off by the level of Chinese communist party intervention
-money, China pays much less than the west
-status, ’nuff said, you tell me, would you rather have ‘Google’ or ‘Baidu’ on your resume
-structure, read my previous posts, Chinese companies are somewhat stifling and treat employees like kids
-panache- ’nuff said

If they pull it off, it will be a coup for them and a sign that they are international. My bet is that they get the stragglers, from lesser universities or foreigners who are looking for any job just so they do not have to return to their native lands. As for highly skilled labor, I really doubt it.

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Post about Chinese New Year and the Chicoms

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2010

Great Post to follow, it really captures the essence of the Communist party in China and how their presence is felt.

“Fun and Laughter with the ChiComs [John Derbyshire]
Sunday was Chinese New Year’s Day. CCTV, the state TV network in mainland China, marked the event as usual with an entertainment extravaganza, the highlight being a five-hour “Spring Festival Gala.” on Saturday night, New Year’s Eve. This is one of the most-watched programs in the world, estimates of worldwide viewership in the range of 800 million to a billion.

You can watch the show in North America on the CCTV international channel. We passed on it, preferring to spend the evening entertaining friends, but a correspondent in China sent me this report.

This year’s shows, apart from their entertainment function, seemed to have a higher than usual component of communist and nationalist propaganda.

One segment near the end of the gala highlighted half a dozen chubby and rosy-faced teenagers of the [Communist Party] “Young Pioneers” wearing the emblematic and conspicuous red scarves, standing shoulder by shoulder together with three teachers, and singing in unison, lauding the “great and glorious Communist Party of China under whose infallible leadership and guidance our mission of building a new and powerful China would be totally inconceivable.” (Those were the actual words of the song.)

Another scene showed large pictures in chronological order of the so-called four generations of the supreme leadership of the new China, stressing their fatherly kindness and concern for the common people of China. The four pictures featured Mao Tse-tung, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and current president Hu Jintao.

In addition to all this pompously self-important and self-congratulatory posturing, the New Year programming also had a more than usually anti-American slant. One show, a comedy-drama, featured a Chinese farmer who had donated a big amount of money to a poor family — a single mother supporting a college-student son. The farmer proudly declared to his family and a news reporter interviewing him: “Everybody needs the help of others! It should be given without hesitation. Nobody can stay in a state of affluence throughout a whole lifetime, right?” He continued sarcastically: “See, even those proud, arrogant Americans have to come to our China to borrow money from us nowadays!”

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Shit Youth in China- Finqing in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2010

“Fenqing” is a term used in China to describe the obnoxious and xenophobic behavior of many of the one-child Chinese kids. They are young have not much knowledge of the world and are looking to make a difference, thus they exhibit anti-social behavior that the coutnry disapproves of.

Part of this is generational, as throughout history, generation gap issues create problems. Here in China, perhaps it is more pronounced due to the fact that the one child policy kids have parents who were so sheltered, they were like North Korea. Thus, the kids have time warped into the present, but their folks still have those old ingrained beliefs.

Another possibility is that the one child policy kids suck and have emotional problems, as reported in the China daily (30 million one-child children have severe mental health problems ). I don’t know the truth, but it is probably in the middle somewhere.

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