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Archive for January 21st, 2012

Cock Blockers, Over Bearing Bosses and China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 21, 2012

Here is a poetic post about what China is really like. The guy nails it in every aspect!
Excerpt from http://www.puddingandchopsticks.com
“SSo this is a little interesting piece of advise that no one tells you about before you come to China. When you are on vacation here you don’t really get to experience it but when you live and work here everyday you do.
Time spent not at work. It’s better for foreigners but for Chinese, or at least some of them it’s not really “their” time. I guess it has something to do with powerful people wanting to control everyone. Really I have no idea where this comes from. But here goes.
In the States, at least in my personal life and the people I know, when you are punched out you are done. That’s it. But here in China it’s not.
For instance, your boss want’s to treat everyone to dinner. It is strongly advised you go. Yes this happens in other countries including the States but it seems that here it’s really strongly advised. If not you are disrespecting him. Work could very well become harder and that raise,”
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(ps the photo is from the USA, but definitely not China, I took it off the East coast)

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Innovation in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 21, 2012

Good story on China and the ‘innovation fallcy here


We have been told, but simply put, the China apologists and companies have bombarded us with a ‘white noise’ of misinformation which has drowned out the truth.
The brutal reality is that quite often that China is a land of smoke and mirrors – a black hole of forced transfer due to a paucity of indigenous innovation coupled with an academic system fraught with fraud, untruths and fabrications which threaten legitimacy of the country.
Although China has increased her spending on R&D (59), it does not make her a technology leader (60)(61)(62).

from hwew

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Comment on Flowers of War, a not so Subtle Bit of Anti Japanese Ideology

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 21, 2012

Here is a comment from http://www.puddingandchopsticks.com .the author is an American whom I ve never met, but through the marvels of al gore s wonderful invention, the Internet, have come to be aware of.

Puddings blog, unlike my own form of ‘ anger, bile and hate speech’ is good in ‘a high emotional IQ ‘ sort of way.

He describes the wonders of living in china without the ill temper and cuss words of which the present author is so fond.

Oh yeah, he takes kick ass photos, tells you what it’s like to work and date in china, and seems like a decent bloke.

Anyho, here is his take on the movie. Flowers of war, which I posted about earlier.

From http://www.puddingandchopsticks.com

If they, as in the producers and decision makers, are anything like my boss, there will never understand what it takes to make a blockbuster. I personally think it’s quite easy. But whenever I tell my boss about a move he should make for his business outside of China in an industry where he has no idea and I have personal knowledge and experience in, he says ok, doesn’t do it, and continues to lose money. Don’t listen to the guy you pay, even thought that’s what you pay him for.

I can see this happening in movies. Maybe hire some consultants from the States, or the West. but don’t listen to them because you are too proud to have a bad idea. Or want to spread China across the world. Or whatever other silly idea they have. Contrary to every other Chinese movie ever made, it is possible to make a good movie without sending out government messages and reminding everyone that the world if out to get you. But whatever, to each their own. As long as I can go buy copy DVD from my local shop from anywhere but China, I don’t give a rat’s as*.

To this the current author would like to say, amen…

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