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Archive for May 16th, 2011

Shitty Translations and Frustration in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 16, 2011


I have many friends who are business owners here and they outsource the translation of their documents. Usually this price is included in a larger deal, kind of like a McDonalds value meal whereby the 3rd party will do some consutling, provide some useless resutlts and then translate them into ‘English’.The way it works is like this:
company A contracts with company B for a market study. The price is U$200,000. The price includes fees to be paid to the principals, those doing the work, expenses and of course translations. Lets assume for the sake of argument that the translation portion occupies 5% or U$10,000.

What happens is that the local chinese company fumbles along, cuts and pastes from the net and adds little to no value, aside from providing killer massages and some really good back rubs…. settign that aside, they will inundate you with phone calls, fly all over china, claim they are so tired and at the end of the day cut and paste someone else’s work from some website. Then they will provide you with a ‘translation’ the understanding of which will drive you batty. The reason is that being a chinese company, they will cut corners when possible and being chinese they believe one of the easiest is in their english translation, after all, how hard can it be, they’ve studied english all their lives right..
So my friend receives shitty work like this…
“Dear honorable customer, XXX provide this translation for your looking
xxx is good its advantage is charge efficiency high and its effect on service life of xxx msall, also, it charge can in valley period of grid. ”
So I look at my friends and tell them it’s incomprehensible and to send it back. The problem is that the guy running the translation already pocketed the 10k and now does not want to give it back. So he’s farmed out the work to some students whose English is basically shite…
This is China

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24 Hospitalized for Food Poisining in China?-Will Their Problems Cease?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 16, 2011


chinadaily

KUNMING – Twenty-four people were still in hospital three days after they were sickened by suspected food poisoning in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, a local health official said Monday.
The incident occurred in Jinji Village, Longyang District, in the city of Baoshan on Friday after more than 240 people attended a banquet held by a villager to celebrate his child’s birthday, said Su Shaode, deputy director of the district’s health bureau.

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China’s Ecologicl Problems in a Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 16, 2011


China had the same problem in the late 50’s, due to some poor governmental practices they ruined their lands. Now man is helping vz global warming, but also the chinese in an attempt to make money to get out of China are leading themselves to an ugly finality… photo from the chinadaily

Drought leaves 1,400 reservoirs 'dead' in C China
A vessel is seen stranding on the dried up riverbed of Hanjiang River in Yunxian county of Shiyan, Central China’s Hubei province, May 15, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

WUHAN – A lingering drought in Central China’s Hubei province has rendered 1,392 reservoirs virtually useless as only dead water remains in them, said the local water authority Monday.

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New Packaging Laws in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 16, 2011


China says they will make it mandatory, or maybe make it strongly suggested to print all of the ingredients of a product on the package labels. My Chinese is pretty poor but does this carton say anything about melamine? If not and if it does contain the deadly toxic substance that San Lu used and its leader, the same leader who was in charge of the communist party grouip in the company who hid the truth altough many say that BJ knew of it but hid it due to the 08 games, oh but i mean if it does not say that it contains the toxin melamine and if it does contain melamine, then do I sue for false advertising, attempted homi cide, or do I merely shut my pie hole so I do not get shoved into a jail cell and beaten….

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90% of Chinese County Maintained Hospitals in Debt

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 16, 2011


from the chinadaily
The director of Chinese Hospital Association, Cao Ronggui says that 90 percent of county-maintained hospitals are in debt, on a forum for hospital chiefs.
Cao said those county-maintained hospitals pay back the debt through payments from patients and that causes the fees for medicines and treatment to rise.

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Funny Chinese Sign Warning Prostitutes to Stay Away

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 16, 2011


from weirdasianews

no prostitiutes01 Restaurant in China Helps Identify Prostitutes picture

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Affluence in China-China Pic

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 16, 2011


The chinadaily, in her mission to maintain peace and harmony in China, ran an article today stating that 80% of Chinese billionaires “built up their careers from nothing”. Hmmm, 80% of all chinese billionaires are children of or members of the communist party. Thus is the survey stating that materially speaking these people had nothing? If so, then it would make sense as the word is being a party member is a way to acquire wealth vz favors. My real question is if the man picutred here, who presumably has little to nothing, started out on the same footing as China’s princelings and children of party members. I wonder if this man had as good a chance as one named H or M or W to make his way in life…maybe he did and maybe I am missing something

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China Faking Collector Coins

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 16, 2011


from here- http://www.coincommunity.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=86823

“Has China no shame? Is anyone teaching morals in China?

U.S. Customs agents at O’Hare International Airport continue to seize counterfeit goods sent over from China — this time more than 350 forged rare antique U.S. coins. Agents spotted something strange when X-raying a heavy package shipped from China and found 361 coins that appeared to be U.S. Trade Dollar coins, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents announced Thursday.

The coins that were pressed with dates ranging from 1873 to 1878 could have sold for as much as $2,000 a piece if real, according to U.S. Custom’s research. The intended recipient had planned on selling the coins over the Internet, and contacted Customs and Border Protection agents when he or she did not receive the shipment, authorities said. A laboratory test later revealed the coins were made of brass with a thin, silver-plated coating, according to the agency.

“Legitimate traders are being duped into buying these coins believing they are genuine,” said David Murphy, CBP Director of Field Operations in Chicago. Since the beginning of the year, agents at O’Hare have seized more than 1,700 false drivers licenses that were shipped from China. The agency said the high volume of seizures had been unprecedented and the IDs addressed to college students across the country were “high quality” counterfeits.”

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Chinese High School Student Beaten to Death Over Debt

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 16, 2011


from here (http://china.globaltimes.cn/society/2011-05/653257.html)

A Henan Province high school student was punched, kicked, axed and hammered to death by two classmates who refused to repay him borrowed money.
A Changyuan county police publicity department employee told the Global Times on Monday that one suspect surnamed Cheng had been criminally detained.
Another suspect surnamed Zhang who was younger than 14 had been sent to a city of Zhengzhou teenage asylum and discipline center to accept education and reform for a year, he said.
Tian Yushuo, a first-year student at Changcheng High School in Xinxiang, had allegedly lent 500 yuan ($77) to a classmate. Tian was younger than 14, according to the China News service.
After quarreling on the Wednesday morning, the classmate and his friend took Tian to the classroom building first-floor toilet where they took out an ax and hammer they had brought from home

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Small Back Knocks and Big Back Knocks- Get Your Freak on in China….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 16, 2011


Chna has a long history and apparently the good old rub and tug has been a part of that long history, or so it would seem. The amount of places here in china where one can get little ‘mud for his duck’ or a five finger friendship is incredible to say the least. Before I posted that a ‘yellow massage’ is a key to getting a little more, but I just learned about this gem as well.
A small back knock (“敲小背”: qiao xiao bei)- means a little hand action

A big back knock (“敲大背” qiao da bei) means the full monty.

Of course prostitution is illegal in China….

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