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Archive for March 10th, 2011

Chinese at Work

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What Do You Get When You Put a Dozen Chinese Workers Together

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You get:confusion, mess ups and broken stuff….

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If Confucius Saw China Today, He Would Shit Himself

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This is an excerpt of what Confucius thought a good leader was like….Poor Confucius, it’s a good thing he’s dead or after seeing what China had done to herself, he’d probably throw himself from the CCTV tower head first…caveat, the Chinese have really cozied up to the notion of loyalty to the group vz the group who can give you cash….
” Historical Antecedents Chinese Business Ethics” here

The Confucian manager is expected to be a good-natured manager and to manage with kindness. The manager is expected to focus on relationship building and to be more cordial. The Confucian manager values dedication, trustworthiness, and loyalty. Each employee performs to the best of his/her abilities and works for the good of the group. The relationships in a Confucian culture are reciprocal in nature. Duty flows in a two-way direction

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Mencius and Business Ethics in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 10, 2011


Excerpt from here-

While Mencius continued the Confucian tradition, he differed somewhat from Confucius in terms of respect for authority and the special emphasis placed on the inherent goodness of humankind. Some debate and reevaluation of the influence of Mencius on Chinese cultural development has taken place (Chan 2002), however, most Chinese scholars feel that Mencius followed the Confucian tradition with a few modifications. Where Confucius gave great deference to rulers, Mencius felt that rulers had to maintain de, or virtue, in order to maintain their position of power. Having de meant having the power to rule with wisdom, self-sacrifice, and humility. As he stated: “The people are the most important element in a state; next comes the gods of land and grain; least of all the ruler himself”

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CCTV Tower Beijing

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China Fact- Driving in Shanghai

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 10, 2011


My friend informed me that to get a ‘liscence’- I think he means liscense plate, in Shanghai, one has to pay 40,000 RMB or about U$6000. No wonder they all want to leave this place.

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Rolls Royce Sales in China

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My friend works for Rolls and said in China last year they sold 200 units.

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Mencius and China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 10, 2011


Mencius lived during the Warring states period (475 BCE – 221 BCE) and witnessed the horrors of that period in Chinese history ( Xu & Zhang 2007). Mencius believed in the inherent goodness of humankind and believed that all people have the inherent qualities to do the right thing. As he states in Mencius: “No man is devoid of a heart sensitive to the suffering

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Chinese Political Correctness

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 10, 2011


I just received a perky note from one of the helpers at a university I attended. BTW in China they have dorky names like helper and class monitor for the morons who love to boss around the other students. But anyway this guy sends an email about an upcoming trip. He says we will go to the great wall and have traditional Chinese food- like thats a surprise, we are in China. But then he says we will eat at the house of a Chinese “Peasant”! NO shit…. how would you like to be the ‘peasant’ serving us? The Chinese have no idea of how disparaging of a word this is and everyone from the head red on down seems to use it….

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Another Reason Why The Chinese Hate China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 10, 2011


China has a lot of people and the emperors of the past had all the rights and the tlypical guy had nothing. This is a problem now, as the cities were designed for only the emperor to pass with glee and damn the rest of them. In order to relieve China’s congestion, the authorities are limiting car purchases in Beijing. Last month 240,000 people applied for a car permit and only 17,400 got one. This means that in Beijing you have a 7% chance of being able to buy a car…..

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