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Archive for November 16th, 2010

Happy Chinese Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 16, 2010


Happy Chinese in the streets in Beijing.

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Odd Chinese Behavior

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 16, 2010


When you come to China, and you should you will see many odd things. One of them is how the Chinese behave on the subways. One of my favorites is that they will literally push, shove , growl and snarl at one another just to have a seat on the subway. I watched this the other day, an older woman literally shoved at a younger one and stepped on the foot of a child, just to get a seat. I figured maybe she was exhausted and really needed to sit. Then, we approached the next stop and the woman got off. I was like WTF?? This woman basically acted like an animal, just to get a seat for a 90 second journey…. this is china

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China Builds a ‘Collapsable Hotel’ in Only 16 Days- Well Not Really “Collapsable”- Yet

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 16, 2010


In a sudden move to show her dominance in all things manufacturing, China introduced the first multi-story death trap (hotel) and it was completed in only 16 days…
Here is the story. This is true, the Chines have built a kind of “prefab mobile home, hotel, massage parlor, multi-story buiilding thing’ in only sixteen days. 16 Days!. For those of us in the know, that number actually happens to be the exact same gestation period for the golden hamster….I will now go on a super digression, then put my summary at the end. Actually I just googled fast gestation periods because I thought it would be funny. It would be a good idea to compare the rapidity with which these uneducated workers slapped up this building that supposedly can withstand an earthquake of 9.0 on the richter scale. Then while digging I read about the golden hamster, then I found this post. It is awesome as it exposes what my belief about this building is….this post states that animals with shorter gestation periods die earlier (what do you think the implications for this building are)….I guess it is logical, but I never thought of it but I am now pleased with my creativity in my China bashing and how we have all learned something today…

Ok my summary
1-6 Days WTF
Come on, I’ve seen them toiling over buildings for 3- 6 months only to have them collapse before completed. Think of all the things that go into building a building, like… well I am not sure, but I know there a ton of screws and then wiring to lay and bolts to be tightened. To me, intuitively it just seems like an abbreviated time period for a place built to house humans.

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“Cultivation of Ethics and Fundamentals of Law”- In China???

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 16, 2010


I have a good friend who works with local universities and one of his roles is to determine the veracity or applicability of transfer credits for Chinese students transferring to the UK and Canada. He is a very honest, diligent and forthright man but quite often is presented with ethical dilemmas of his own.
The other day he was explaining one such dilemma. He said that as a professional he must look at classes that a local chinaman takes, and then try to forget the fact that this student has probably plagiarized and/or purchased their way through school. In China this is a given so you can do little. But then he is faced with another problem. The following is a course that the local Chinese youth typically takes.

“Cultivation of Ethics and Fundamentals of Law”

Yeah, I am pausing to let it sink in. Let me repeat this for you. Chinese youths take a class called

“Cultivation of Ethics and Fundamentals of Law”

Forget the fact that china has to find someone to teach the class, and forget the fact that the person would probably cheat through it anyway, but how can my friend with a straight face offer a transfer credit to anyone from china who has taken this ‘class’…..
When he told me this I almost spat coke out of my nose I laughed so hard.
opinions welcome….

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Children of the Revolution- Damaged Goods in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 16, 2010


Yesterday a friend was telling me about China’s history. They said their parents are 55 and thus were ‘educated’ during China’s cultural revolution. If you know nothing of that time, it was crazy anarchy in China- Mao’s failed attempt at cementing his final legacy. During this period from 1966-76 no ‘educating’ went on in China. This is what this person told me.
-The universities were all but closed and people would go there to learn Mao’ist doctrines
-the grade schools did no educating, but the students played and had propaganda piped in proclaiming that capitalism was evil and need be crushed
-kids could disrespect teachers and quite often they were beaten or tortured for not being
‘red enough’
Now with that as the background, think of this. The people in this age group, who ‘grew up’ with such craziness are the next leaders of China. In addition, they are the parents of many of the ‘one child policy’ Chinese that now inhabit our universities. Just consider this when you are talking to that polite young man-sarcastic, or arguing with his mother about why her precious little Xian Wo was not offered a job….

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Uncle Chicom Says- “No Aids in My Classrooms”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 16, 2010


In a surprise move -heavy sarcasm- uncle chicom, or the ruling Chinese communist party, has decided to rule against hiring a teacher who is HIV positive. The communists actually have a policy precluding the hiring of such people, and this guy sued. The guy lost, but at least he took a shot.
excerpt:
“The court ruling on Friday against a HIV-positive job seeker in Anqing, Anhui province, reflects ingrained homophobia in our society. It highlights the harsh reality that there is still a long way to go before discrimination against people suffering from the deadly virus can be lessened or even erased in this country.
All my sympathy goes to Xiao Wu, the plaintiff who struggled to defend his basic right of employment by suing the local education authorities for denying him a teaching job. He is not the first who has suffered discrimination because of his being different, but he chose to be the first to use the law to fight for his rights. In this sense he has not lost. It is justice that has been compromised.
The court based its verdict on the criteria for recruiting civil servants, which stipulates that any applicants tested HIV positive should be deemed disqualified. But it remains questionable whether a teacher should be seen as a civil servant, and whether restrictive rules governing the two professions can be used interchangeably.

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Danger From Above- China Introduces Her New Hindenburg….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 16, 2010


China showed off a mock up of some airplane its building…. I shutter to think of the possibilities. In other countries we have governing bodies that measure the quality of these types of machines and when and if parts fail, there are other bodies that scour the planes looking for the cause of faults. Does anyone think the Chinese will do this? Oh yeah, another thing. If the Chinese cant produce milk and without poisoning it, and milk comes directly from a cow’s teat, then how will they manage to make something as complex as an airplane?

Photos below, China introduces their new Hindenburg….

A look inside China's C919 passenger jet
A model of the China-made C919 passenger airliner is seen at the 8th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong province, Nov 15, 2010.

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