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Education in China- Dont ask for the Powerpoint

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 19, 2010

I attended some law classes in China at one of the best law schools in the country. The professor for one class was candid and supplied poignant information, it was revealing and very useful to all of those in attendance. When we inquired about receiving a copy of the material- powerpoint, we were told that we could not.
Supposedly the government had some of the professors under ‘house arrest’ for not clearing the informatin they provided wiht the ruling communist party. All material must undergo the scrutiny of the party before passed on to the students, meaning we get a watered down version of the truth. This prof may have overstepped his the boundaries of what was prudent, so he provided no material to us, other than his spoken word.
This is education in China

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Chinese Communists Economic Genius or Uneducated Louts?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 19, 2010

I hear a lot about the Chinese miracle, and its true. The world has come together, and many countries and big businesses have piled tons of cash and expertise into China to assist her dramatic economic development. My question, is however, what part has the ruling Chinese Communist party played?

To hear the western media talk about it, the communists are economic geniuses utilizing great control and foresight in enabling this growth, to hear the locals talk about it, the growth has come ‘in spite’ of the meddling and cronyism that the Communist party enjoys. They explain it to me like this.

Before Mao took over China, the place was a mess, but the KMT was lead by some well-educated and insightful men. The KMT, supposedly was progressive and espoused many of the same ideals as most democratic nation states. The KMT, it would appear, was the ‘thinking mans’ government, while the communist party and the red army was the opposite, it was populated by less educated or ignorant workers who were manipulated into believing in a vision of equality- or merely provided food and/or sex for their participation in the war effort.

They claim that the communist party, through several purges, one following the “hundred flowers bloom” period, and then the dreaded cutltural revolution. In the former, Mao had asked the leading scholars to comment on the government, offering assistance. The people who had offered suggestions were bright, well educated, men of insight. After receiving their feedback, Mao had many of them sent to the farms for ‘re-education’ or they were imprisoned, or worse. The effect of this was two-fold, it culled the brightest and well educated from the party, moving them safely to the fields. It also taught the party members to learn the beauty of silence and obedience, after all, who wants to offer their opinion, only to be beaten for it. Thus, the party was left with oafish uneducated men less than capable of making well-reasoned decisions.

After this ‘thinning of the intellecutal herd’, the communist party was then able to govern as it saw fit. Thus, accomplishing the murderous and chaotic cultural revolution was an easy task. The party was filled with ‘yes-men’, for the most part, (Deng Xiao Ping- a notable exception), and they followed Mao’s orders to the letter.

The impact is that today, the princelings, or the men chosen by the party to be the future leaders of China, have all been selected by those men who fought with Mao during the periods mentioned before. According to my friends, it is this same stock of uneducated yes men that guide the country today with the same lack of vision as Mao before them. According to the locals, the dramatic growth of China, has given governmental officials a nice pay check while receiving nothing from them. Thus, one of the biggest problems within China today is the party trying to justify its existence to the masses. Fortunately for them, the vast majority of the people are uneducated and ill-aware of the true goings on of the party- or so I’m told.

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In 2007, The USA Rejected 25 Times More Chinese Than Canadian Food Products

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 19, 2010

From here:

“China’s less-than-stellar behavior as a food exporter is revealed in stomach-turning detail in FDA “refusal reports” filed by U.S. inspectors: Juices and fruits rejected as “filthy.” Prunes tinted with chemical dyes not approved for human consumption. Frozen breaded shrimp preserved with nitrofuran, an antibacterial that can cause cancer. Swordfish rejected as “poisonous.”

In the first four months of 2007, FDA inspectors — who are able to check out less than 1 percent of regulated imports — refused 298 food shipments from China. By contrast, 56 shipments from Canada were rejected, even though Canada exports about $10 billion in FDA-regulated food and agricultural products to the United States — compared to about $2 billion from China.

Although China is subject to more inspections because of its poor record, those figures mean that the rejection rate for foods imported from China, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, is more than 25 times that for Canada.”

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Chinese Store

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China Has no Communists- China has Many ‘Party Members’

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 19, 2010

I have many friends who are communists, but they never attest to it. They are smart enough to know this term is seen with derision in the west, thus they will never admit to ths fact. What they will tell you, however, is that they are a member of the “Party”. Even their resume’s in English will say party member. I dont think I have ever heard a Chinese use the term communist party, in my presence…..

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Chinese Law- Ahem….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 19, 2010

When China opened up in 1978, she invited the world to help her write her laws. After all, ;76 ended the cultural revolution where millions of chinese died at the hands of other chinese for no particular reason, other than to show who loved Mao more, or for being intelligent- a thing that was not tolerated in 66-76 in China (interestingly enough, also a time when the current leaders of china began their political careers- ’nuff said). Anyway, China had a constitution but it sucked, so they needed help and called upon civilization for such help. The world gathered togehter, came here, ate good food, got massages and wrote laws that were printed upon beautiful papyrus and soon forgotten.

Currently in China, one can be ““re-educated through labour” (laodong jiaoyang) under which persons may be detained for one to three years without any criminal trial”

In the US, for instance, you must be given a trial and cannot be held without being told what you are held for. I guess that is why so many Chinese, especially communists and their children want to come to the USA’

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Recycling in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 19, 2010

Tons of these older poor people help China to recycle.

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Glimpses pf China

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Chinese Pollution

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From Chongqing China

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China Life-In Pictures

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