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Archive for July 22nd, 2010

Angry with Chinese Cops

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2010

I am pissed off and inconvenienced by the Chinese police! China is a great place and I love Beijing, it is a class city. The problem is that now the Chinese police want to play police, this means that they are currently enforcing the law, or one of them and it really pisses me off and inconveniences me and my life.

In China only authorized vehicles can be taxis, for obvious reasons, but all Chinese cities are filled with illegals taxis- called black cabs. The rickshaw that I take on a daily basis is an example of an illegal taxi. Each day there are no less than 50 of these going to my point of departure, they are quite convenient.

The problem is that now the Chinese police have decided to crack down on these taxis. Its not as if this is a permanent solution, more like a shake down. They hassle the guys and basically these drivers stay away from the subway stop that I take to work, they merely go to other parts of the city, thus no solution is provided by the cops viz it does not stop this activity.

Thus, due to the inconsistent nature of police work in China, I must now be able to divine if the cops are in effect, doing their jobs today and plan accordingly,. If they are this means i must wake up some 15 minutes earlier, an inconvenience that i despise. These 15 minutes can much better be utilized while day dreaming, sleeping, or ranting on my blog, instead of slogging up the street, and quaffing copious amounts of Beijing smog (lately it is horrible).

I love Beijing, but dislike the cops, or at least this practice. FYI, the three houses of prostitution that are on my street have had no disruption in service. The cop cars are stationed on my street, to make sure that an illegal taxi is not used, but the houses that offer a massage plus extras, receives no scrutiny, no raids, nothing but customers (prostitution is illegal in China). I guess that is just China.

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Chinese Slang-

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2010

[hǎiguī / hai3 gui1]
This word can be derogatory, it is a nickname for Chinese people who have studied abroad and have returned to China. 海龟
They typically are seen as the spolied youth who cannot make it overseas and are forced to return.

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Panda Rabbit

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2010

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Yummy Fish in China- Photo of Guys fishing in Polluted Waters

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2010

This is by Dawanglu, you see this quite often. To be honest the water is rank, it reeks, but these guys are always fishing there.

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Marco Polo’s Wanted- Come to China Be an Anchorman on TV! No experience Necessary

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2010

This is China and opportunity abounds. The company listed below, imho is bullshit, they are bontv, a veiled arm of the communist party, and do these odd ‘cultural exchange’ shows. But, if you want to experience this place, you can give it a shot. Below is the ad.


We are currently seeking a host/presenter with the experience, manner, confidence and maturity to front a brand-new Business News and Talk show currently in pre-production. This is an exciting opportunity to continue an international television career or to transfer your skills from a similarly public role.

Start Date: ASAP
Salary: Negotiable.
Contract type: full time or part time
Location: Beijing


– Performs as a presenter of information on business news and other station programs covering news stories.
– Is part of the “face” we present to our geographically diverse audience and, as such, represents the company to the public.
– Writes and/or proofreads stories on assigned broadcasts and advise on the continual development of the qualities of the show.
– Reads China-focused business newspapers, reports and like magazines to stay informed on current and ongoing events.
– Works with producers, reporters and associate producers on assigned business news broadcast.

You will have:

– A college degree or equivalent.
– An active interest in business news regarding China and developing business decisions between China and other global powers and industry.

– We would prefer an individual who has anchored for a minimum of three years in a growing or major market and who has either anchored a regularly scheduled news/business news broadcast or hosted a serious talking-heads show on a commercial or public television station.

– We will also consider new talent for audition.

Please include your resume, a cover letter describing your relevant experience and why you are suitable for this role, and a head shot photograph. We look forward to receiving your application and will contact all applicants who meet the criteria described.

Please send your application to HR Manager at recruitment@bonlive.com

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Getting Angry While Negotiating in Asia- Dont Do It

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2010

Insead has done research on the subject and found that Americans and Europeans may acquiesce in negotiations when one party exhibits anger or strong emotions, the opposite is true in China. If you show them anger, they will show more resolve and it is actually counterproductive.

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Hilarious Article from the China Daily

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2010

The China daily sucks, it is nationalistic bullshit propaganda, imho, but it is a necessity, I must read it to keep you guys in formed. A bright spot, in the CD can be found. And that bright spot is in author Linda Gibson, she is pretty hilarious, here is one of her posts (this has the Chinese steaming mad, I will post some of their comments.

Linda Gibson
“Chinese hosts and colleagues, please excuse me if this message seems too blunt to be polite. It’s the Western way, you know, to come right to the point. It’s a point that already has been made countless times without any effect. There’s no reason to think that bringing it up one more time will make any difference in Chinese willingness to indulge in public displays of a disturbing habit.

But maybe venting frustration and disgust in this way will keep me from screaming next time I see someone picking his nose in public.

Don’t try to tell me that only migrant workers or rural residents do this. We all know better. It isn’t even limited to the male sex. We’ve all seen everyone from grannies to teenaged girls, as well as males of all ages, digging away as if they were in the privacy of their own bathrooms instead of crowded shoulder-to-shoulder on a bus or subway.

On the subways this weekend, on lines 5, 10 and 2, it was impossible to avoid the sight, although I tried. A dozen times in one afternoon, during rides totaling less than 60 minutes, I swallowed my disgust, clamped my lips shut to keep from causing a scene and simply moved to a different part of a car.

But it made no difference. There always was someone else within close range, mindlessly excavating without the benefit of a tissue.

Even at work, it’s not unusual to see one of my Chinese colleagues gently drilling a fingertip into a nostril while staring at the computer screen. Granted, she tries to be dainty about it, but that’s impossible.

Asians might scoff at this as excessive Western prissiness. Maybe it is. But as long as Western economies and countries continue to dominate global affairs, they’ll set the standard for First-World behavior and status. As long as that’s true, no country of nose pickers, no matter how populous or ambitious, will be able to gain that coveted status.”

Here are some of the nationalistic Chinese hate comments on the site.

btn_face.gif Huaqiqiao 2010-07-22 20:21
Jewish graves desecrated by swastika’s. Car drivers stretching their index finger to one another. Vandalized public property such as shattered bus stops, knifed bus and metro seats, ruined ticket machines. Sweaty old men exhibiting their hairy legs, and sometimes something else too. People who swallow their nasal and esophagal mucus. People ***ging in front of the kids in public parks and on beaches.
Sure, I have seen this all, but not necessarily in the same Western country.
On the other hand, I don’t mind seeing things Western folks commonly frown on: muslim women wearing burqa’s while shopping for sexy underwear, or cajoling in the sea fully dressed. Or Asians or Arabs in “beautiful-people”, glamour commercials.
Just call this “double standards distaste”. Feel free, I’m mighty tolerant.
btn_face.gif Patriot 2010-07-22 19:29
Great Article!! 2010-07-22 17:03

“The article is for entertainment, and as far as the responses go, it looks like she achieved this goal.”

Great article my foot!! Lunda Gabson achieved her goal because China Daily is the fifth column of the state. This mod is a self hating traitor. Criticizing is different and showing racism is different. China Daily does not have any self-respect. I used to know, only pimps don’t have self-dignity, but now I am surprised to see that some traitor Chinese elites also belong to their category. They bite the hand that feeds them.

Just ask that girl Lunda Gabson to show racism to Indians and see how much harsher responses she receives. Shame on you China Daily, you get pleasure hurting your own nation!! Thats why Angloids look down upon you

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Learning Chinese- Police!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2010

Jin Cha is police in Chinese, it means ‘alarm check’
jin che is police car
ma ma hu hu means average, not good not bad

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Communist Party Buys Votes in Chinese Villages- Cost U$177

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2010

BEIJING – Bribery has infested the grassroots elections of the Party’s branches and the villagers’ self-governing bodies in South China’s Hainan province, and the price to buy a vote has risen to a record price, an investigation has found.This article in the chinadaily is interesting (excerpt below). Corruption is so rampant in China and the communist party that they know how much a purchased vote costs, as well as its inflationary rate, Chairman Mao must be turning in his grave. This place is truly bizarre…

“Residents in some villages of the Xiuying district in Haikou city, the provincial capital, said candidates to the villages’ Party branch and the villagers’ self-governing committee now have to pay as much as 1,200 yuan ($177) to each voter in exchange for their support at the ballot box, the Procuratorial Daily reported, citing an investigation conducted by the provincial prosecutors.

The price of a bribed vote has skyrocketed, especially compared to the tiny sum of 10 to 15 yuan in the past, the report said. Local prosecutors found the villages undertaking projects that are likely to attract investment or property development are more likely to breed bribery. The bribing varies from giving money to providing entertainment to the voters.

The tendency is so rampant that the heads of more than half of the 18 villages or communities in Longquan township of Haikou were elected after providing money for votes or feting the voters, said an unidentified township leader.

The investigation also disclosed that clannish behavior and favoritism to blood relations make a substantial influence on the outcome of elections in some places.

Moreover, in some cases, local hooligans and gangsters even used violence to intimidate the villagers to vote for a particular candidate.”

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Living and Working in China- Prices

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2010

Internet cost U$ 15 per month
Illegal satellite – U$200 for the dish and then no recurring costs
dry clean a shirt and pants – U$2 each
bowl of rice- U$ 0.3
Snickers- U$0 .55
Coke- “U$ 0.30-0.40
Beijing rent, good place, 2 BR 100 meters- U$ 650
Cab fare – minute ride – U$3
Decent meal Bejing – U$ 4

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