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Archive for February 2nd, 2011

Hilarious Rant on Chinese Man Purses-Reblog from “anotherlaowai.com”

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My New Hairdo in China

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What it Looks Like When you Forget to Pay Your Bribes in China- China Photo

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Why Worry About Hu.man Ri.ghts in China, We are Making Fat Money There

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In an attempt to show just how full of shit we Americans can be , as long as we are making money we dont care how shittily a country treats her citizens, GM may open more car plants in China.
excerpt from here:

BEIJING, Feb 1 (Reuters) – General Motors (GM.N), the top U.S. automaker, is considering adding new plants in China in 2011 and after, a senior executive said on Tuesday, as it moves to meet steady demand in the world’s top auto market.

GM, which competes with Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and other top global manufacturers, is also planning to export a “substantial amount” of its Chevrolet Sail small cars from China to other emerging markets in the coming years, said Terry Johnsson, vice president of the automaker’s China operations.

Global industry giants, from Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMWG.DE) to Volkswagen (VOWG.DE), have racked up eye-popping sales in China, where growing national wealth has pushed auto sales to record highs.

But the once-simmering market is returning to a more rational growth pattern of 10-15 percent this year after the government scrapped most of its auto incentives at the end of 2010.

The Beijing city government’s recent move to impose quotas on new car registrations and possibly similar moves by other big cities to tackle traffic gridlock will also apply the brakes on sales.

Still, GM, which sold 2.35 million vehicles in China in 2010 and always aims to outpace the market, remains under tremendous capacity pressure this year, Johnsson told Reuters in a telephone interview.

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Beijing or Beirut

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 2, 2011


The cachophony of fireworks did not allow me to enjoy my usual 12 hours of off time slumber. Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year so we do not work. Since the wee hours of the morning people have been setting off fireworks making sleep nothing more than a wish.
I heard they set of fireworks to scare off the bad luck or bad ghosts.
The Chiense word for fireworks is Bien pao- pronounced beeee en pow. Oddly enough a vulgar word for making love is Da pao…

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Chinese and One Child Issue

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 2, 2011


I had dinner with a Chinese guy who works for an SOE- state owned enterprise and is a communist. He is bemoaning the fact that while some people could pay from 200,000 to 400,000 rmb or about 20-30k U$ to buy hukou or permission for a second child, he cannot. If he had a second child he would be fired from the SOE who employs him.

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More Chinese New Year Lore

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Chinese used to say that for the New Year, the first five days of the Chinese lunar year you could not say anything bad about anyone or anything. I am unsure as to why this is.

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1 000 000 Chinese Will Lose Their Water Supply in one Chinese Province

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chinadaily
“JINAN – Water supplies to nearly one million people will cease if a drought in east China’s Shandong Province lasts until the end of March, disaster prevention officials warned Thursday, as much of China’s northern region continued to experience less than average rainfall, which started months ago. The drought is the worst in six decades, said Yang Zhendong, director of the provincial flood and drought control office.

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Chinese New Year, How the Chinese Roll

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 2, 2011


Today, actually yesterday for us and today for you. Tuesday was the last day of the lunar year. What this means is that everyone should spend the night with their family or closest friends. Chinese are very process oriented and have many superstitions. Some of them are that you should eat fish on this day for the Chinese word for fish- yue, is like some other word, I forget what, but its a good thing. So you need to eat fish and leave some extra, dont eat it all and then you will have good fortune next year. Also you should let the kids eat the fish eyes, I dont remember why, maybe so they can pay you more money when they grow up, or maybe to make them smart.

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You Think Your Retirement Sucks, Go to China- They Live Like Parakeets

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 2, 2011


Ever benevolent Chicoms raised the pension for those chinese who were unlucky enough to be stuck here and could not leave thus have to live in the misery that her rise has caused, to an earth shattering 140RMB PER PERSON PER MONTH!!
Wow, lets see, that means that your typical doddering old China man gets about U$ 20 from her government, if and only if they worked for SOE’s, which leaves about
1 238 765 546 people not in receipt of the benefit. In addition to this, that princely sum of U$ 20 will not go as far as you may think.
After inflationary pressures your U$ 20 per month will buy
– 1/2 of one bribe
– 1/3 of a library card
– 1/10 of a Kindle book reader
– 1/40 of an Ipad
– 1/ 250 of a QQ car
– 1/1000000 of a beijing home
– 5 bags of those shitty seeds that all Chinese eat

chinadaily
“The State Council, or the Cabinet, decided at an executive meeting last December to raise the retired enterprise employees’ pension about 10 percent from 2010 levels, or about 140 yuan per person per month in 2011.

The MOF also said local governments had issued 10.24 billion yuan of festival subsidies to 85.97 million people.”

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