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Archive for August 9th, 2010

Living and Working in China-Naming in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 9, 2010

In China, you typically call someone by only two names. For instance if someone’s name is Li Xaio Wen, with Li being the family name. You will call them Li Xiao. If they have only two names like Xiong Dan, then you will call them Xiong Dan.
You will not usually call them by only one name, ie Xiong. Also, in the first example of Li Xiao Wen, it is not uncommon, actually it is common to address them using this convention. For instance, if your name is Jon Smith, in China you become Smith Jon. Mothers, fathers and good friends can call you Jon, but usually work mates will not do so.

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Beijing Skyline- China Photo

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US Spy Helps China Develop Stealth Weapon

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 9, 2010

Traitors are scum, it is sad to sell the security of one’s family for a few pennies. Here is the story of a traitor imho. If this guy had done this in China he would never again see the light of day…


“HONOLULU – A federal jury convicted a former B-2 stealth bomber engineer Monday of selling military secrets and helping China design a stealth cruise missile.

Noshir Gowadia was accused of pocketing at least $110,000 from China, which he allegedly used to pay the mortgage on a multimillion-dollar oceanview home he built on Maui’s north shore.

Gowadia, who has been in federal custody since October 2005, faces life in prison when he is sentenced in November. The 66-year-old gave China a design for a cruise missile component and then showed its effectiveness when compared to United States’ air-to-air missiles, according to federal prosecutors.

“This verdict sends a very clear message that no, you can’t do that, and we can take care of our business here in American courtrooms when that happens,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Sorenson said.

Gowadia’s defense attorneys argued during the nearly four-month trial that while it’s true he gave China the design for the cruise missile exhaust nozzle, he based his work on unclassified, publicly available information. Gowadia plans to appeal.

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Chinese Lady Shows Effects of Foot Binding

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 9, 2010

Here is a post about a Chinese lady whose foot were bound when she was young. She is still alive and hobbling around the streets of China.

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Foot Binding in China- China Fact- Foot Binding for Sex?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 9, 2010

Foot binding started in China in the 9th century and ended with Mao ( in the middle part of the 20th century. But check this out, I have found this website, and it explains foot binding. One of the oddest things is that foot binding was seen as erotic, and the man actually had sex with a cleft in the woman’s foot created by the foot binding. This is bizarre!

Until 1949, the ideal length for women’s feet as long as this bar


The story goes that the practice started in the 9th century when an Imperial concubine had her feet bound because her Prince loved her little feet. Other women started copying this “desirable” look, and the teeter-totter sway it produced as you tried not to fall on your face somehow got to be seen as ‘erotic’. In ancient Chinese sex manuals, the fold between the ball and heel of the foot was the preferred site for intercourse. Whether the women got a thing out of the whole act was less than unimportant. Foot binding was designed to literally keep women in their place. Regarded as property, they couldn’t walk more than a few steps with out someone to support them. This guaranteed they weren’t going to get anywhere unless they were willing to crawl.

The ‘ideal’ length of a perfect foot, called the “Golden Lotus”, was three inches long. This was a rare occurrence, this 3 inch perfection, but it was something to strive for nonetheless. Perfect feet were seen as a type of dowry to sweeten the pot when trying to marry off your daughter to someone with Standing. If your feet ended up over four inches long you could pretty much forget them bringing you any extra leverage when marriage offers came around – they were considered too large, and ruined; all the work done to mutilate them had been a “waste” of time.
Bound2.jpgThe practice of foot binding wasn’t made illegal until the formation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.
An attempt had been made to outlaw it around 1911 but by then so many were in the process of having their feet bound that there was no turning back.

This means there could be women today as young as their late 60s who are living in this very modern world with feet that will never allow them to walk it”

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