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Archive for July 28th, 2010

Off Color Chinese Slang

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 28, 2010


kǒujiāo / kou3 jiao1]

Is the way to say ‘oral sex’ in Chinese slang.

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Chinese Bridge Collapses Killing at Least 37

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 28, 2010


ZHENGZHOU – The death toll from a bridge collapse last Saturday in central China’s Henan Province have risen to 37 with 29 still missing, rescue headquarters said at Tuesday midnight.

Among the killed people were three tourists. The headquarters counted retrieved bodies and asked family by family about missing people to get the numbers, which may rise as witnesses say they saw about 100 people on the bridge when it collapsed.

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Great Wall, Why so Great – Great Wall of China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 28, 2010


The great wall is pretty ingenious, as it is quite long as well a pretty good work of art or design for its age. In addition, its purpose was much more than just a wall to keep out the Huns. The walls could be scaled at places. The key to the wall was that it actually kept away the horses of the would be marauders and the Huns without horses were not very effective.

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Living and Working in China- Chinese Universities

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 28, 2010


I have lived and worked in China for 2.5 years now, I have also taught at two different universities for 1.5 years. What I have seen in Chinese education is appalling.
Dont get me wrong, I am no teaching virgin, I have an extensive background in teaching at universities (mostly part-time) as in China and have seen some pretty sketchy practices by schools and students. I have taught in almost a half dozen places in Latin America as one in the USA, and thought I had seen it all, but then I came to china.
Usually I teach management classes or marketing, things like that, so that is what I did here. While here, I had the opportunity to teach at one of the better universities and one of marginal acclaim. The system of education in China is broken and beyond repair.
The corruption is endemic, the students level of English (I taught programs geared for students to study abroad), was woefully inadequate, and the universities had no desire to see the students improve, but merely to pay a fee and leave the school.
In China, at two different universities I have seen:
1-one students mom had offered to pain the school as her precious little daughter did not like the color of the walls and felt it affected her studies
2- one student pissed off her roommates as she would only bathe 1 every two weeks as her mother, a doctor said that to do so more often was bad for her health
3- I was told to change grades by one school administrator
4- I was told that my employment was predicated on my passing students
5-I flunked two students only to have them miraculously receive a passing mark, that I did not give
6-I have seen cheating at an incredible level

I have many Mexican friends and have also taught there, and I can honestly say that the level of cheating in Chinese institutions rivals that which I have seen in any other country. In reality it is a disaster. I can understand peeking at someones exam, but the levels to which they stoop her is incredible.

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China Facts- History

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 28, 2010


Chinese Emperor Shi Huang-Ti built a network of 270 palaces, they were connected by tunnels. He was afraid of assassination and slept in a different spot each night.

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Former Party Member Kills Concubine Cuts Body into Pieces- Will Stand Trial in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 28, 2010


This is pretty crazy and sad. This guy was a former communist party member who killed his concubine, at least there may be justice…He supposedly chopped her up into tiny pieces. The guy’s name was Xie Zaixing and is 48. The trial was held in Hangzhou. The guy said he didn’t mean to kill her but only covered her mouth as she was screaming and it was an accident.

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China, How Governmental Matters Get Resolved- Protests in Nanjing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 28, 2010


China is odd in this sense. To some it may seem as if they have a ‘mob rule’ mentality whereby the mob, if strong enough an change the government. this seems opposite to a rule of law nation.

Here is an example from the china daily.

NANJING – Relocation projects have been suspended and two government officials fired after 1,000 people protested for four consecutive days last week over abuses by local authorities in land compensation cases in East China’s Jiangsu province.

Party and government leaders in Tong’an township in Suzhou city, Jiangsu province, were dismissed after protesters gathered at the town headquarters from July 15 to 18, according to a statement on Wednesday from the government of Huqiu district, which administers Tong’an.

Protesters were demanding higher compensation for their land which had been acquired by government officials who sought to build industrial parks, the statement said.Some villagers reportedly clashed with officials, smashing furniture and windows in the building.

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China Things to Love

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 28, 2010


In China there are many wonderful things:
-the food is incredible and cheap
-taxis (Beijing) best and most honest in the world, also speak some English
-Beijing most people speak some English, makes living here quite easy
-They take English names so we don’t have to figure out how to pronounce Xing
-inexpensive
-great infrastructure
-great metro
-great rail
-great historical sites
-great sense of history and love to talk (Beijing)

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This is China- China Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 28, 2010


Common sites here in China.

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China Prices

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 28, 2010


Taxi 3 U$ for 20 minute ride
Subway .33 U$ anywhere in Beijing
simple breakfast U$2.00
sing at KTV U$15 per hour

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