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Archive for July 23rd, 2010

Chinese Universities Did not Hold Entrance Exams but Exams for “Revolutuionary Purity”- Ie. Belief in Communism

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2010

During the period from 1965-75 China underwent one of the most chaotic times in recent history, millions were killed, tortured and cast from their homes. During this period schools were essentially closed, and the only thing really taught was mao’ist doctrine. Legitimate professors were cast away or scorned.
To enter university at that time the only test one needed to pass was that of “revolutionary purity”- you can guess what that means, considering the time. All Chinese universities even maintained those “revolutionary purity” exmas until 1973 until proper entrance exams were brought back.
The really scary/crazy thing is that the current number two man in China graduated in 1968 during the height of this era, and the number one took his oath as a member of the party in 1964 one year before this horrible period started, what are the implications of this?

What this also tells us is that everyone who is from53- 63 in China had this background in their formative years. How many more Chinese leaders who were brought up during this shameful time will emerge?

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Beijing Smog Watch, Daily Pics- June 29- July 2, 2010- Pollution in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2010

This is my attempt to show the effects of pollution in the Beijing air. I try to take the photos at the same time of day. These shots are taken facing west and a little south.  I use my cell phone cam, its a 3.2 mp, Nokia e-71.

July 2, 2010

July 1, 2010

June 30, 2010

June 29, 2010

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Chinese Pissing in the Washbasin in McDonalds

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2010

Chinese people, as I have shown, like to urinate and defecate when the mood strikes them. I dont know if this is a physiological or psychological phenomenon, but it is rampant.

A good example is the fact that I went to McDonald’s yesterday (dont ask why- I hate the food), and it happened, for the second time, I saw a lady holding up her child to urinate in the wash basin of the McDonalds restaurant.  You have to understand the layout of the place. In China, the washbasin is between the women’s and men’s rooms, so this lady was only four steps away from a proper toilet. But, for whatever reason, the lady decided that it would be better, for this little bundle of joy to pee in the sink where thousands of people will wash their hands. This is China living…

(apparently their habits are more ghastly, as now they have a sign above the basin that reads, “Do not Urinate nor Defecate in the sink”- no shit…)

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What I saw on My Way to Work in China Yesterday- Part 2

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2010

This is what I saw on my way to work, and some were on my way home but what the heck, you get the point…

photos taken with my cell phone in Beijing China.

Just some guy

Trash collector and child

New building

buttloads of traffic and traffic jams

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Living and Working in China- China Fact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2010

Chinese can only go to schools by their homes. Many schools are overcrowded and poor, thus many Chinese try to buy an extra home or rent one by the good schools. The impact of this is that the young kid, sometimes 10 or so, is forced to live with his mom or grandma, just so they can attend a good school. They do not receive the love that their counterparts do and become angry and resentful.

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China’s Cultural Revolution

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2010

Good article
The Beginning of the Cultural Revolution
When Jiang Qing and her allies complained in late 1965 that v a r ious cultural productions were openly criticizing the Communist leadership, Mao decided that China needed a new
evolutionary movement. Beginning in May 1966, Jiang Qing’s allies purged key figures in the cultural bureaucracy and criticized writers of articles seen as critical of Mao.

That same month, the top party official in Beijing University’s Philosophy Department wrote a big character poster, or dazibao, attacking the administration of her university. Faculty at the country’s other universities soon began to do the same, and radicals among faculty and students began to criticize Party members. This wave of criticisms spread swiftly to high schools in Beijing. Radical members of the leadership, such as Jiang Qing, distributed
armbands to squads of students and declared them to be 3“‘Red Guards—the front line of the new revolutionary upheaval.”
Mao endorsed the revolutionary discourse and the attacks on authority figures, whom he believed had grown complacent, bureaucratic, and anti-revolutionary. Local Red Guards attacked anyone whom they believed lacked revolutionary credentials, and then turned on those who simply failed to wholeheartedly support their efforts. In August 1966, the Central Committee issued a directive entitled the “Decision of the Central Committee of the
Chinese Party Concerning the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” (a.k.a. the Sixteen Points) in an effort to define the revolution’s goals. Later that month, Mao began to greet huge parades of Red Guards holding aloft the “Little Red Book.”

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Harmonious Society- Beijing Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2010

Here is a typical scene in terms of traffic in China. This is Beijing.

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Communists and Tatoos- China Fact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2010

I heard the communist party members cannot have tatoos, but I am not 100% sure. Most Chinese do not have tatoos.

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Foxconn Pissed at China, Pissed at Taiwan, China Pissed at Apple Inc.- Convoluted Chinese Logic

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2010

Foxconn is from Taiwan. Foxconn produces products for many companies. Foxconn has had about a dozen people kill themselves in their Shenzhen plant over the past 8 months…
So what does China do? They get pissed at Apple of course, makes sense right?
Obviously not, this is convoluted Chinese logic. The problem is that Taiwan is Taiwan, and China will always consider them part of china, so to criticize them is like criticizing China. So China attacks one of Foxconn’s biggest customers, Apple inc.
This is China, and this is how they think, it is some cowardly ‘hive mentality that astounds me. But I must finish my rant, I have vented enough…
So the point of the blog is that the Chinese are bitching about the fact that all these Foxconn people are killing themselves. They blame Apple, as Apple is
1- from the USA
2- excellent
3- innovative
basically all that China is not. So it is safe to bash them.
But now Foxconn too is feeling the heat as well. They have raised wages over 50% at the facility and now are saying that due to pressure from China and investors, they may have to re-review their China strategy, they may have to pull out, they are even talking of pulling out of Taiwan, in order to get away from the bad press.
You can say that Foxconn is bad, they exploit workers. I say wake up! EVERY company in China exploits workers, that is why they come to China! In China, the government allows companies to hire under aged workers, to pollute the country and make money in doing it, this is China. So, to bellyache about Microsoft, or Apple or Foxconn, to me is foolish. This is business in China, do your homework, read credible blogs and learn a little. Information is power….

excerpt: from an executive from Foxconn regarding the spate of negativity regarding his company.
“”I don’t know why our image has been smeared to this extent,” he was quoted by Huang Chiu-lien, chief financial officer of the group, as saying during a briefing on Wednesday night. “He said he was even wondering if there was still room for us in Taiwan…. We’ll review our local investment plans, though the plans as a whole have yet to be finalized,” Huang said.

Huang also said Foxconn plans to charge clients more to help cover wage increases at its manufacturing compound on the mainland.

The extent of price hikes will differ according to products, she said.”

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Chinese 40 Somethings Marrying and Divorcing Foreigners, Who is Using Whom?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2010

It is a well-konwn secret that many Chinese are looking for a green card, and will marry any guy in order to acheive that end. there are many dating agencies that assist in this and probably many of the men who use the services are actually happy. If a 60 year old man finds a woman who treats him well, then congrts to him. The problem is that many of these women are gold diggers or unscrupulous.

excerpt from Chinadaily
” Citing a recent typical case, the judge said a 45-year-old Chinese woman had filed for a divorce from her Japanese husband, whom she had married just 20 days after they met. The woman said the man returned to Japan the second day after they got married and they have had no further contact. Wang Fei, a judge of the civil court, said such divorces are commonly seen as these marriages are not based on love.According to Wang, most divorce proceedings involving foreigners are initiated by Chinese females aged between 40 and 50, most of whom have been married more than once, and are unemployed with no stable income. These women sometimes marry foreign men in the hopes of immigrating to another country or having a better life, but later divorce their foreign husbands if this goal did not come true.

Many divorce cases get even more complicated as matchmaking agents and high service fees are involved, Wang said. International matchmaking services are banned by the Chinese civil affairs department but the business is still making big profits.”

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