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Archive for July 8th, 2011

Chinese Authors Claim China Lost its Soul

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2011

From here
“In the group of articles published by the International Herald Leader, a newspaper affiliated to the state news agency Xinhua, the four authors say aggressive and belligerent voices fill the nation’s media and intoxicate popular thinking.

One of them, Mr Ye Hailin, says: “The huge achievement made during 30 years of reform and opening-up has brought about unprecedented material wealth for the nation.

“At the same time, it’s inevitably contaminated us with unprecedented conceit and arrogance.”

In a materialistic society, the authors say, the nation has lost its soul. The root cause, they say, lies in China’s self-claimed uniqueness.

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Good Post About Working in China from puddingchopsticks.com

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2011

Read this post from here and go to his site also. I have tried to reblog pics but had a problem but his photos are incredible.
from here
Well maybe today is not particularly special but something is in the air lately. At our widget factory everyday my workers tell me that their salary is too low. Maybe it is, but I can’t do anything about it. Maybe because I am a foreigner they think I can. We are in the height of widget making and today we have a mini strike. In fact we have them all the time lately. Salaries are too low everyone says.

Take the two people today that stopped working and demanded more money. They watch a machine work for a few minutes then place more material into the machine and them watch the machine tun again for a few minutes. This is one of the easiest places to work in the factory. They are in their own room. Have air conditioning, work at their own pace for the most part, but yet they want more money. A cool place to work doesn’t mean food on the table but it has to account for something.
continue here

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China Then, China Now

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2011

From here History – Modern China – A Very Short Introduction ((Rana Mitter) Oxford University Press 2008)

There are signifi cant differences between China at the start of the 20th century, and the start of the 21st. The China of a century ago was the victim of Western and Japanese imperialism, in danger, in the phrase of the time, of ‘being carved up like a melon’ by the foreign powers. It was a weak and vulnerable state. Today’s China, while it has deep frictions and fault lines, is a much stronger entity. Yet the similarities between China now and China a 4 hundred years ago are startling also: political instability, economic and social crisis, and the need for China to fi nd a role in a world dominated, even if less so than in the post-Cold War moment, by the West.

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Photo of Tianjin China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2011

Photo of Tianjin China

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Photo of the Ocean Walk in Tianjin, China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2011

Photo of the Ocean Walk in Tianjin, China

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Shitty Chinese Stocks Also De-listed in Singapore

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2011

Like an infestation of termites, Chinese stocks have spread from house to house. Even Singapore has problems with lsited Chinese companies and has delisted or suspended ten Chinese firms since 2008.

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Why “Farmer” is a Dirty Word in China-China Fact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2011

In China the term ‘farmer’ is a pejorative or negative term. In a country where they typically farm by hand, the majority of the land is still worked by hand and plots are family owned and less than an acre in size.

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China’s “Meat Grinder Escalator”, Who is To Blame?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2011

In China there was a horrible incident of an escalator going haywire, which has raised the collective hackles against this foreign company. Although the elevator was from Otis, a foreign firm, supposedly the problem that caused the accident was “the result of a loose component in the escalator which should have been fixed” from here. According to the local pressies, the elevator supposedly had undergone a maintenance check by MTR two days prior, so if this is true, then isn’t culpability on the part of Otis a non sequitur? (also the elevator was manufactured in China)
Would a logical mind assume that Otis would not be held liable for a ‘loose component’ or am I a victim some illogical thoughts here….

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Another Nationalized Chinese Allegedly Stole for “The Motherland”- China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2011

In a news clip that should shock no one, another Chinese national (now naturalized American) was accused of stealing software to pass to a Chinese startup. The guy was 49 so I guess we should just be happy he wasn’t hacking up babies or other doctors in the USA, but only stealing us blind- allegedly. But of course, he will be seen as the victim in the motherland and held high as an exemplary example of Chinese ‘redness’ and spirit while we as a country will be demonized. At the end of the day I hope he does time and his ‘cellie’ is like that one guy in Prison Break who was chasing after the guy he called a ‘tweener’ or maybe the guy called avocado and his first day in the pokie he learns about re-education USA penal system style


Article from here
“An employee of CME Group, the largest US futures exchange operator, who planned to steal proprietary software and pass it to a Chinese startup, will appear in court on Wednesday (Jul 6),…Chunlai Yang, a 49-year-old naturalized American, has been formally charged with stealing proprietary source code. If convicted, he faces up to ten years in prison and a US$250,000 fine…..Yang was reported illegally copying protected source code and other information to his hard drives…planning to use these to set up a Chinese exchange….Yang, who was born in China….he is the president of the Chicago-based Association of Chinese Scientists and Engineers. In 2006, he received training in Beijing designed for overseas Chinese community leaders, according to the state-run People’s Daily….In 2007, Yang said in a conference in Beijing that the Communist Party wants overseas scholars to “serve their country” by becoming involved in their local communities.”

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