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Public Pooping in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 18, 2010


In China, the kids use crotchless pants so if they have to urinate or defecate, it is much easier, apparently. Oftentimes they dont wear diapers, so it can pretty nasty to see kids urinating in public. These photos come from another site and show a child actually defecating, I guess accidents can happen, but then the mom wipes the kid like it is the most common thing in the world.

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Chinese Even Fake Coupons, and Then Bitch When Promotion is Cancelled

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2010


This place is a trip. Here is the skinny on the story below.  KFC ran a promotion, probably worth maybe 2-3 U$ per meal. All the Chinese had to do was to print a coupon and redeem it, much like we in the rest of the world do on a daily or weekly basis- it really presents no problem, but then again like they ssay here, “It is China.”

So, they run the promo and people are redeeming coupons before they have been officially released ( something like that, the piece is not clear). But in a nutshell, the Chinese faked the coupons worth a few US dollars, and KFC shut down the promo 3 days early. The Chinese were up in arms, they actually sat at the KFC demanding their food, police had to be called. Now, if you live in China, you would not be surprised, after all, Jackie Chan has said that these people cant handle democracy, but for someone overseas, this may seem as low class and ridiculous. But, you have to remember , this is China.  Now, it makes a bit more sense to see companies like Godaddy, Google, Dell, and others pulling up their stakes, and the US getting closer to India.

chinadaily excerpt:

SHANGHAI – KFC, the US fast food giant, is under widespread criticism in China after it cancelled a promotional activity on Tuesday, claiming that some customers had fake coupons.

The restaurant chain had planned to issue three types of coupons at 10 am, 2 pm and 4 pm on Tuesday to the first 100 netizens who registered at each interval through its official Chinese website.

The coupons were supposed to be accepted through Friday and copies of them were also allegedly intended to be valid.

However, starting at 2 pm on Tuesday, customers who wanted to use the coupons in KFC stores across the country were told the promotion had been stopped following an order from its China headquarters.

Some customers in Nanjing, Beijing and Shanghai had bitter quarrels with KFC staff, resulting in police rushing to the scene to maintain order.

The cancellation was due to fake coupons, KFC China said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the company, at 10 am on Tuesday 100 netizens successfully retrieved the first round of coupons. But before the second and third round of activities began in the afternoon, stores across the country had already received many customers with the additional two types of coupons.

A preliminary investigation revealed that some other websites had made these two coupons available for downloading without the authorization of KFC China, the statement said.

The company claimed it had made it clear in its promotion that only coupons issued by its official websites would be valid.

“KFC has reported the case to local police and we’ll cooperate with the investigation,” the statement said. “KFC is sorry for the disturbance. If consumers insist that their coupons are from official sources, they are required to show evidence.”

However, the explanation failed to satisfy the disappointed customers. At a KFC store on Wujiang road in Shanghai on Wednesday, about 30 customers whose coupons were rejected sat on tables waiting for an explanation, while a McDonald’s delivery boy was called in with their lunch.

“The McDonald’s delivery was ordered on purpose, in protest to the unfair treatment we received,” said a customer who declined to be named.

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Living and Working in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2010


My work place has a ton of Chinese, mostly younger ones. But, we do have a few older Chinese as well. The older ones were brought up in the ‘iron rice bowl’ days, and didnt worry about output, after all, they had a job secured for life. The problem is that they have not fully recovered from that. Every few days, I catch them taking a cat nap at work. Everyone else working, or appearing to do so, and these two are conked out, snoozing as if they were at home on their love seats.

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China Toying with Online Funerals- Anything to Save a Buck

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 31, 2010


Ihave heard of this, and heard that quite a few Chinese were pissed about the idea, but this snippet comes from weirdasianews.com- Basically the idea is to save cash by allowing the funeral to be witnessed online. I dont known about this one, Chinese are pretty sentimental about this sort of thing.

“The goal is to “avoid a waste of social and natural resources” (UPI) by promoting a concept known as the online funeral. Instead of wasting space on a grave, the deceased individual is cremated, the ashes discarded, and his or her life celebrated via a virtual cemetery. Mind you there is still a ‘farewell party,’ but the pictures and any associated eulogies or poetry are instead posted online.

Zhu Yong, deputy director of a research institute under the Ministry of Civil Affairs, told UPI that inspiration came from countries like Australia and New Zealand, where online funerals have been a big success. Plus such a concept would work especially well with China, especially considering its “sparse land and huge population.”

However, are the Chinese people ready for such a radical idea? Dou Yupei, Vice Minister of Civil Affairs, said, “More members of the public are willing to remove undesirable funeral customs and transform some traditions.” He also noted that statistics show a preference towards cremation versus a conventional burial. Plus online funerals save land and wood, not to mention boatloads of money.

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China- Color Matters

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 31, 2010


In Chinese stocks and such, colors are differentiated differently than in the west. For instance, if a stock is treding up, the line is colored in red, as red is a good and lucky color in China. Also, if one were to speak of being “in the red” which in the west means to be without cash, here it may mean a positive thing.

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Chinese and History

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 29, 2010


When one comes to China, one of the first things that you will notice is that they always will discuss history, their history. Yes they do have a long one, and will quickly tell you about all of the things they have invented, the emperors they have had, and other such wordbloat. It is charming for about a day.

Then, one finds out that it is not just bragging about Chinese history, but a part of their way of thinking. For instance, if they are discussing a project or introducing a company, they will go into detail ad nauseum about the history of the place, the specifics of the leaders and that sort of thing. To me they got lost in the minutiae, but I am a big picture guy.

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Chinese Safety- Crazy Bus Driving

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 27, 2010



This is so common! Photo from worldmustbecrazy.net

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Unemployed in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 27, 2010


Each year China graduates 10 million young people, thus finding work is always difficult Lately this has been a primary focus of the communist party. Recent graduates can expect to earn as little as 2-300U$ per month.  Also, if one has no money, no relationship , no power, than it is even more difficult.

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More China Porn- Jailing a Guy for Downloading Porn

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 27, 2010


So the officials can steal money, they can produce tainted, toxic products, but a guy gets thrown in jail for surfing porn…

“Porn fine Revoked after outcry

The public bureau in Yibin, Sichuan province, on Wednesday revoked the decision to fine a man who allegedly downloaded pornographic content from the Internet, after the case provoked wide concern online.
The man was fined 3,000 yuan ($439) for allegedly downloading a considerable amount of pornographic videos and pictures. The decision was made by Nanxi county police, who caught the man red-handed.
The case later aroused fierce criticism from the country’s netizens who claimed the county’s authority had greatly violated the man’s civil rights.

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Consumerisim in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 25, 2010


The US, and the west are consumer driven countries. We have tons of products that line the shelves, we dedicate literally tens of square meters on toothpaste and soap alone. China reminds me more of Cuba. They have products, but maybe about one-fifth of what you would see in the states. When you first enter most stores, they remind you of what you would find in a small general store in Iowa. Oh yeah, they dont stay open very long either.

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