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Archive for March 29th, 2011

Reblog Plus My 2 Cents-NYU Comes to China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 29, 2011


Here is a reblog from weatheringthejourney.wordpress.com
The author, as can be seen below, seems to be questioning the ability of the new NYU/China university to foster ‘open communication’. (see her post below, and then below my comments)

Sexton estimated that the university would accommodate about 3,000 Chinese and international students in the future, two thirds of whom would be undergraduates.

The syllabuses and curricula of NYU Shanghai would follow the examples of world-leading universities, and the new university would feature all-around education, English lectures and small classes that encourage open discussions, Yu said.

via Shanghai begins construction of China’s first Sino-American university.

“Open discussions”. Hmm, I wonder how well that’s going to work out? Perhaps there will only be “open discussions” on a tightly limited and controlled list of subjects.”

end of message from weatheringthejourney.wordpress.com

The women authoring that post is pretty well versed in all things Chinese, and I usually agree with her. So, it is no surprise that once again she has struck a chord that is close to my heart. When I first saw the news of the NYU/China hookup, my knee-jerk reaction was that the quality of the endeavor would be substandard and cheating would be rampant. Thus, I offered up a quick snarky post with that in mind. After reading the post above, however, I understood the depth of the realities of ‘Chinese education’ and its inherint disabilities and disadvantages.

The author states, “Open discussions”. Hmm ; and in this she has nailed it. The problem is that NYU can come to China, or any uni for that matter, but they are still in China. And as they are in China, they must obey, after all, China is a communist country. So, when the notion of ‘free and open discussion’ is suggested, I have to chuckle. Talk to anyone who has worked here, both in academia or business and they will tell you that one cannot talk about religion and the government. This is an absolute.

As a student here I have also learned that you cannot ask about things such as the government and to a lesser extent, religion. Let us not forget that liu Xiaobo was just handed a ten year prison sentence for ‘free and open discussion’ and a professor from Zhong Guo Zhong fa Daxue- China University of Political Science and Law, who is an active guardian of rights, has gone missing over the past month.

If one were to look at it under that backdrop one has to wonder how much ‘open discussion’ will be going on at that campus.

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China’s Year of the Rabbit

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Chinese Bike Repair Shop

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Man on a Bike in China

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China and Iran

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From The Beijing Consensus- (Stefan Halper)

The all-important driver in this process? Business, plain and simple. In blocking international efforts to bring Tehran to account, Beijing profited from its commercial links with Iran, securing vital energy contracts. While European and American businesses removed their investments from Iran to satisfy the sanction policies of their governments, Chinese enterprise moved in to fill the gap.39 China is the single largest buyer of Iranian oil and gas. Between 2006 and 2007, Beijing signed contracts with Tehran that guarantee annual exports of ten million tons of natural gas to China over the next twenty-five years, plus guarantees of exploration and drilling rights in Iran for China’s state oil company, China National Petroleum Corporation. Chinese companies have, moreover, secured contracts for new highways in Iran alongside a billion-dollar subway system. Iran has also been a useful market for Chinese exports in arms and advanced technology, including antiship cruise missiles, antitank missiles, sophisticated naval mines, missile control and guidance systems, chemical-weapon precursors, and nuclear materials. These deals serve two functions: They help to keep the lights on and the factories running in China’s high-speed industrial revolution, and they also provide a useful check on Western influence in the Middle East.40

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China Means People- Beijing Subway Shot

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Street-Side Shake Down in China

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Here is a shot from last year. The cops who obviously have nothing better to do, are shaking down, I mean enforcing the law in China. They are actually hassling the illegal taxis who romp about Beijing.

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China Photos

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Cool Photo From Last Year

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Beijing Dumper- Public Defecation in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 29, 2011


I took this one last year and don’t know if I have psted it before. This is a shot of a granny… well you can see what she is doing. Her little one child off spring has pinched a loaf in the heart of the city and now she is cleaning the guy up. I have this on video, it’s pretty nasty imho.

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