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Archive for April 14th, 2011

Poor Chinese Management- Lack of Talent or Training?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2011

China has a ton of people, a ton of schools and a dirth of qualified managers. In most countries one can easily find someone with whom to speak when things go awry, but in China this can be the exception rather than the rule.This link addresses the problem of poor managent in China.

“Retention in China: Lack of Talent or Lack of Leadership?

By Hans Stremme, who manages Neumann International’s offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong

As foreign investment unabatedly pours into China, more and more managers find their strategies endangered not by lacking capital or headquarters’ attention, but by not finding enough talent to implement them. IBM China recently admitted having lost up to half of potential business as a result of not finding sufficient staff in some locations.

The severe recruiting problems are often met with amazed disbelief; as Acer’s chairman Stan Shih recently exclaimed, “How can there be a shortage of staff in China; they have over one billion people!”

But shortage is less a question of absolute numbers than of scarce skill-sets across all levels. Attracting, motivating and retaining skilled people consumes far more top-management attention in China than elsewhere, be it in retaining well-trained workers in the manufacturing clusters or leadership talents capable of running global operations. ”

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Hot Room, Cold Shower- Shanghai Ascot Hotel

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2011

Earlier this week as I sat shivering beneath the arctic blast of water called a shower, I wondered why such a place as the Shanghai Ascot could command 130 Euros for a night’s stay. Sure the hotel has a great view of Shanghai and is in an excellent location but something should be said about providing those little bothersome nuances such as hot water.
Upon phoning the front desk I was told that I, surprisingly enough should have hot water. While being in total agreement with that point I then asked if this dream would come true.
“The engineer should be there within an hour.” the receptionist said.
Pondering the oddities of China as I wiped the sweat from my brow and gawked at the room temperature which seemed to be in the 80’s I then considered my next move.
Lacking 60 minutes to spare, I thrust my into the frigid torrent and made due.
Before coming to China I would have considered something like this unbearable, I am now acculturated into all things China. I console myself that each new ‘idiosyncrasy’ cannot be as bad nor as surprising as the last, I march on. After all, at least the Shanghai Ascot had water. Last year in the Holiday Inn in Guangzhou we lacked that nicety- water.
Last year when I awoke to an arid faucet, I called the receptionist inquiring about the lack of water in my room. Several minutes later a maid showed up with a bucket of hot water and a rag. “Here” she said smiling.
I was then told that I could use said bucket and an old rag to wash….

Yes it is true that I once was not even given a bucket but a bowel with which to wash myself, that had been in the jungles of Nicaragua where for U$ 5.00 I paid for a cot as I awaited my tour to one of her huge inland lakes. I guess I just never figured that I would run into the same problems in a ‘metropolitan’ city such as Shanghai or Guangzhou.

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The Atrocities of China’s Great Leap Forward

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2011

In the late 50’s China underwent the ‘Great Leap Forward’ which was an ill-conceived plan to modernize her. The result was deceit and trechory and tens of millions of deaths. Starvation was rampant and lead to cannibalism in some areas. The following excerpt expounds on one such situation in China.

“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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Road Warriors in China

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Chinese heading off to work.

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Throngs of Chinese

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Bulangui in China? – Funny Chinese Translation at Subway

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2011

I love Subway and have eaten there for a tons of years. The Subs in China are as good as the one’s at home. Even the cookies taste the same. As I was buying a sub the other day, I noticed this sign.
If you look closely it says
below what looks like a brownie.
So i was like “hey what is bulan gui?”
the girl points at the sign as if to say, “look it’s right here, bu lan gui”
so i was like, yeah i can see that but what is a bu lang gui? She attempted to explain but her English sucked as bad as my Chinese so i just bought one. Realizing it was a brownie, it dawned on my that they, instead of utilizing the phonetic spelling of the word in English, just figured it was the same word in Chinese.

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Why Chinese TV Sucks and What is Uncle Chicom Thinking?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2011

Interesting post below. In essence it states that uncle chicom is discouraging movies that contain time travel and mythical elements. Living here is often like playing Chess, or the game of Go or Weiqi as it is called here. What I mean by that is that you often have no idea what the real motive for the move was. For instance, uncle C could be thinking that this type of movie could be used to encouraage certain anti-social behaviour but be couiched in an ancient setting. Setting all of that supposition to the side, this is just one more reason that Chinese movies suck. They must stick to shitty plot lines about ancient things that no one really even cares about any more.

From here

New guidelines issued on March 31 discourages plot lines that contain elements of “fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking.” “The government says … TV dramas shouldn’t have characters that travel back in time and rewrite history. They say this goes against Chinese heritage,” reports CNN’s Eunice Yoon. “They also say that myth, superstitions and reincarnation are all questionable.”

The Chinese censors seem to be especially sensitive these days. But for the television and film industry, such strictures would seem to eliminate any Chinese version of “Star Trek,” “The X-Files,” “Quantum Leap” or “Dr. Who.” And does that mean rebroadcast of huge Hollywood moneymakers like “Back to the Future” and the “Terminator” series are now forbidden?”

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Shocker Alert- China Removes Biblical Sayings from Chongqing School

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2011

A Congqing China school has decided to remove Biblical sayings from class. In all honesty, I am shocked they ever taught it.

“BEIJING – Students of a middle school in Chongqing municipality have lost their option to learn Biblical sayings amid a public debate on whether the “literature class” they are in runs athwart of education laws, the head of the school said on Wednesday. “Our intention was good in the first place, aiming to diversify students’ knowledge and improve their characters by comparing Western and Eastern literatures”, said Deng Xiaopeng, the vice-principal of the Affiliate Middle School of Southwest China Normal University.”

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More Open Crotch Pants in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2011

As a country China may have a lot of cash but they do have 22% of the worlds population as well. The result is poverty when compared to the USA. Here is an example. Instead of using diapers, they have pants with an open crotch so the kid can just take a dump where and whenever he feels like it.

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Radiation or Poison Killing Chinese Fish

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2011

Here is a report from the Chinadaily where uncle chicom is saying that it was oxygen deprivation which killed fish in its coastal sea and not radiation. While I agree that lacking a little o2 is better than eating cesium crappie, but it is still an indicator of how the Chinese are mucking up their waterways. But in reality the chicoms running this article may mean much more than they are admitting.

china daily
NANNING – Oxygen deficiency killed thousands of fish earlier this month in the sea off Qinzhou city in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, not radioactive contamination as previously rumored, a spokesman with the city government said Thursday.

Local fishery authorities on April 7 issued a notice advising citizens not to buy or eat dead fish found in the sea.

Tests of the water and the fish showed that oxygen deficiency due to thriving algae in the sea there killed the fish.

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