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Archive for December 6th, 2010

Ipig in China- Chinese Business, Life and Attire

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 6, 2010

I am a businessman, as in legit businessman, or at least that’s what my biz cards say. I was educated in some good schools, and worked for some big companies, so I learned to do things in an appropriate or acceptable manner. I dressed like the big boys

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Walked and talked like them, hell I even learned to love to play golf and make snazzy power point slides that were quite pointless, but wonderfully mind-numbing and had lots of pretty sound effects and eye candy, boy wasnt I a great businessman.

Then I came to China. I dont know how to put this delicately, but like all, I have ‘lowered my game’. As a businessman, I will always maintain a certain level of professionalism, or so I thought, and then I came to China.

Nowadays, as I lameneted above, I have lowered my game, I dont want to outshine the rest. You can even see this in how I dress now and carry myself. I still find the need to run a comb through my flowing locks every few days, probably to ensure that I still have some hair, as opposed for any aesthetic reasons. And yes, I do wear clothes, but maybe not the quality that I was accustomed to wearing when I was back in civilization, I mean the west. Yes I still consider myself to be a professional, somewhere deep down inside. I guess you could say that I’m ‘going native’ working at a pace and level consistent with my peers.

Today I feel good, I feel competent, even if I have lost a bit of my glamour, I still feel that I can be a contributing member to business, at least in China. Oh yeah, today we had a company party and theyl took photos, here’s mine.

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Britannica on the Chinese

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 6, 2010


Encyclopedia Britannica “The Chinese is cold, cunning, and distrustful, always ready to take advantage of those he has to deal with, extremely covetous and deceitful, quarrelsome, vindictive, but timid and dastardly. (Morgan, 1979, as cited in Grunberg, 2001)”

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Chinese Cheaters

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 6, 2010

This is a great post from here. They are talking about the level of deceit in China in schools. I have been offered work to do everything mentioned below (by a company lead by the govt)

” With this in mind, are there any implications for the educational setting as well? The most damaging evidence for deceit can be traced to the New Oriental School in China, where many of their students pay upwards of $1000 to have their resumes, personal statements, or other documents doctored by paid writers who make up a lot of the information to enhance the possibility of admission to American graduate Schools (Walfish, 2001). In addition, what Walfish calls “ghostwritten essays�?, the forging of degrees and or transcripts, or the hiring of “gunners�?, a person who takes the place of another on a test, are shortcuts many students are even willing to use. The Educational Testing Service has even won a court case, being appealed, against the New Orient School accusing the school of stealing and selling copies of TOELF and GRE tests and having students sit in in the place of others (Jones, Oberst, 2003).

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Organized Crime in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 6, 2010

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On your Marx- Get Ready- MBA Entrance Exams in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 6, 2010

My friend is Chinese and studying for the entrance test into an exclusive MBA school in China. They are now studying the words of Karl Marx, the papa-san of communism. Lets all jointly yell “WTF”?
Yeah to get into the school, you must know your Marx theory, or how else can you prove you are properly brain washed.

the following is from Marx
” Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness”-
This is what our happy neighbors are reading/studying as we speak.

fyi the school is University of Beijing

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My Chicom Friends

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 6, 2010

I have a few friends here, and some of them are part of the communist party. Most of them, however, are benign members as in they joined in college as they thought it wold be easier to get a job that way. I do , however have a few who work for the local gvmt as well. They tell me interesting stuff, but nothing too juicy.
But today I opened my skype, and felt as if I were a communist, 99% of all my skype contacts (work) are from China so my contact list is littered with little red chicom flags.

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