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Archive for March 19th, 2011

Irrational Chinese and Crazy Nationalism

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2011

The book, The Party is one of the best books about modern day China. IN the excerpt below, the author addresses the issue of crazy Chinese nationalism and how many of the Chinese cannot hold a civil conversation about their past due to their feelings of insecurity or humiliation. imho, if you have educated friends, however, as in your best Chinese friends, you can discuss these topics, but in three years, your humble author and servant has found two such people.

from The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)

China often feels like the USA in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, full of anger at outsiders and insistent on dividing the world down the middle into friends and enemies. Otherwise worldly and intelligent officials and friendly citizens become red with rage when topics such as Tibet and the Dalai Lama, Japan’s wartime record, the Xinjiang riots and Taiwan enter the conversation. In democracies like the USA, debates evolve and governments change. In all my time in China, it was very difficult to have even a civil exchange of views on these topics with anyone in an official position. Differences of opinion on issues such as Tibet and the anti-Japanese war can be transformed in a flash into deep slights against the nation. In the words of Joseph Fewsmith, the US Sinologist, speaking about a different issue: ‘If one part of “civil society” is civility, China has not yet reached it.’

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Legalized Theft in China- Party Officials

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2011

From here The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)

For all the hullabaloo surrounding the perennial anti-graft campaigns, the risk of going to jail remains small even for officials caught with their hands in the till. Since 1982, about 80 per cent of the 130,000 to 190,000 officials disciplined annually for malfeasance by the Party received only a warning. Only 6 per cent were criminally prosecuted, and of them, only 3 per cent went to jail. ‘The odds of an average corrupt official going to jail are therefore at most 3 in 100,’ said Minxin Pei, of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who calculated these figures, ‘making corruption a high-return, low-risk activity.’

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Do Chinese Trust Themselves?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2011

I am being serius when I ask this question, for I have heard that although the Chinese grouse about big brother, they secretly feel the need to be dictated to, as they have seen the horrible things they are capable of. Have you felt this way as well?

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Weird art in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2011

There is a cool site here. It’s Italian and filled with great photos. In this series, as far as I can tell, it’s showing shots of something from FHM magazine and I believe is poking fun at operating to achieve beauty.





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Corruption Tax in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2011

From here The Party (Richard Mcgregor)

Corruption in China seems to operate more like a transaction tax that distributes ill-gotten gains among the ruling class. In that respect, it becomes the glue that keeps the system together.

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China and Her Stealth Aircraft- Reblog from Ilookchina.net

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2011

Post from this site which has a ton of good info about whats happening in China.

China Reaching for Stealth and Aircraft Carriers

March 16, 2011
I read about China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter at the Huffington Post. Sinophobes seem to be all a Twitter saying, “The J-20 would pose the greatest immediate threat to Taiwan and undermine the Taiwan air force’s advantages.”

However, the US is currently the only country in the world with operational stealth fighters and bombers, and China is years away from deploying stealth aircraft.

read the rest here http://ilookchina.net/

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Why Many Chinese Kids Suck

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2011

Warning, this is one long bitchy sentence, followed by a conclusion…

My friend was telling me that he teaches china burdens how to teach English and the problem, he said is that if the kid misbehaves, the owner of the future burden on mankind does not chastise the child who needs to learn responsibility, but the teacher… wtf…. didn’t we learn at some time in our developmental process on that long road to being an adult and responsible member of society that we are in responsible for our actions? Apparently the Chinese don’t and that is the problem with this country today, too many people acting in only their best interest to the harm of the society as a whole.

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Adorable Chinese Pandas

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2011

from here Immagini di panda

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China and Secrets

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2011

China had a thing called the great leap forward which was a flopped attempt at modernizing the backwards country in the late 50’s. In this time up to 30 million people died, it was horrible. To this day, the chicoms refuse to acknowledge the cause. In the excerpt below, the author talks abnout what happened to the locals who tried to come forth about the truth of the problem.

from here The Party (Richard Mcgregor)

Xinyang’s leaders posted sentries at train stations and other transport hubs to stop word about the extent of the famine getting out. A number of officials who protested were beaten to death. Petitioners who did try to leave were put in prison and often left to starve to death there. ‘The city leaders all became madmen,’ said Yu. In late 1961, the central and provincial governments could no longer ignore the catastrophe and dispatched a team of officials, backed by military units, to take over Xinyang in a kind of in-house coup d’état. Over the years, the memories of the area’s famine were allowed to fade into the dark recesses of the city’s history.

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Cannibalism in China- Result of the Great Leap Forward

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2011

In the ill-gated great leap forward, many Chinaese were forced to do inhumane things, among then was cannibalism of their own. The quote below is from this great book “The Party-“Richard Mcgregor)
“Li’s own father had died of starvation. His wife had taken boiled human flesh home to feed to their children, although she was unable to bring herself to eat it. Yu could scarcely believe that the same person was chastising him for trying to alert Chinese leaders to the famine. ‘Your wife took home human flesh. Your father died of hunger, and you still lash out at me!’ Yu said he told Li. ‘Do you still have any humanity left in you?’”

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