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Working in China-For a Chinese Company

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 14, 2010


I can honestly say that I now somewhat understand China. I have been here for a few years, but was somewhat spoiled. I had previously worked for American and foreign companies company.

I now am doing some work for a Chinese company. What a freaking difference! I enjoy the people, but the atmosphere is so guarded, so “big brother” its almost spooky. Going to work there is like something out of the one Grisham novel,  The Firm (the one with Tom Cruise).

For instance, security guards constantly prowl about and watch all that you do. Breaks are not taken, and no one uses cell phones at their desks. You do not feel free to roam the halls of the place, and conversation is kept to a minimum.

The big brother factor is also deep in so far as after lunch we all take a little nap. Just like in pre-school, people will turn off the lights and all of the workers will retire to their cots to sleep. As the lights are off,  no one can work, so it is implied that I nap as well. In addition, we have several cafeterias for the workers, which controls the time and place of our meals. It honestly feels like being incarcerated.  I will leave shortly.

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Death of a Martyr- Drinking Death Caused by Public Officials in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 15, 2009


Check this out, some guy (again I am not belittling the loss of life-but raising awareness)
Here is the story line: SHENZHEN: A traffic police officer who died after drinking too much alcohol was named a martyr who "died in the line of duty" (story here).
What happened was that this guy, Mr. Chen ( a cop) was drinking with his superiors (other cops) who in something akin to a fraternity hazing, forced him to drink until he passed away. What gets me is that it was called "dying in the line of duty", this was done so that his widow could get more cash, that makes sense. But by calling him a martyr and phrasing it as such, doesnt it lessen the severity of the actions by his superiors, didnt these guys have someting to do with it. By calling it martyrdom, it makes it as if his actions were heroic and not that the actions of his superiors nothing less than barbaric…

My condolences go out to his family…

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Another Product Quality Issue or Just Bad Luck- Problem With Chinese Fireworks

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 15, 2009


A novel approach to handle quality issues, ban the product. Here is an article from the Chinese news, the title is something like preserving a Chinese tradition- fireworks. The article is sad, as a truck carrying powder for fireworks just blew up while the guys were driving it, unfortunately four people were killed. The author tires to tug at our heartstrings, focusing on the fact that fireworks are a Chinese tradition and due to this event and others like it (the new hotel by the CCTV building (see avatar) was destroyed by fireworks) the Chinese love for fireworks could be in danger (article here).
Ok so let me see if I understand this. We have some guys driving firework powder in a truck. Now remember, this stuff is highly combustible and dangerous. So these guys are driving, probably smoking or what have you, and poof the truck goes up in smoke, leaves a 100 meter crater. From this the lady wonders if the time honored tradition of fireworks is in danger of being banned.
How about the time honored issue of product quality. I don’t mean to minimize the loss of life, but it seems to me that countries haul weapons-even nukes and this type of mishap is way out of the norm. It would seem to me that rather than banning fireworks, they try to implement 1)product quality standards, 2)governmental oversight to ensure #1 is followed. Anyone who has been here has seen how they pack trucks in such a manner that would make degrees architects proud. Couple this with the fact that there are no trucking regulations (or poorly enforced) and the typical driver knows about as much as hauling goods in China as I do. When taken into account, this is an obvious recipe for disaster.
How about this… Forget banning fireworks, take that cash plus a little that the Shanghai guy allegedly siphoned off (see below), and educate these folks, the streets will be safer for us all.

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