Why China tolerates N Korea for so long?

The radio station wnyc this morning had an interviewee who’s knowledgeable on North Korea (was he the ambassador to South Korea?). He said China thinks (thought) the Kim family brings stability to the country. And it was unwise for the United States to ask a favor of China to reign in the little Kim. “No country does favor to another.”

It seems such short sight to think Kim brings stability to his country. A good chess player looks 5 or more steps ahead. And China looks for now.

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Race & discrimination

I have been saying that White male Americans need some sort of affirmative action protection to survive. And I mean it.

Recent the events, from the Charlottesville VA protest two weekends ago, on 08.12, to down with the statues, it’s tough to be a white American male. I’ve heard, at least, one tv anchor man mentioned China’s Cultural Revolution. OML.

Then there is “I wish Trump is assassinated” by a black senator. I didn’t read her Facebook post but saw her on tv to say that she is NOT regreat the comment and would not apologize for it. I am just wondering, what IF, the comment is made by a white senator or a white person toward Barack Obama? By the way, Obama is half only half black. Why no one is mentioning that he’s half white? Doesn’t his half whiteness matter?

The assassination plot is fermenting over the days:

  1. 08.21, resigned under pressure?
  2. 08.20, Amid calls for her resignation, a Democratic state senator in Missouri on Sunday said she made a mistake
  3. 08.19: She would later explain that she didn’t actually wish harm to come to Trump but wrote it out of frustration
  4. 08.18, Chappelle-Nadal later explained that she didn’t actually wish harm to come to Trump but wrote it out of frustration.
  5. 08.17, A Democratic Missouri state senator is … posting – and then removing – a Facebook comment saying she wished President Donald Trump would be assassinated

What was she thinking to post that comment, as an elected official? I don’t think voters want to see an air head, a hot head …

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A mean woman

Is the restaurant vegetarian friendly?”

How do you define “vegetarian”?? Sorry to come off as a jerk but … is it no meat? No dairy? Eggs allowed? Do a little home work and check their menu, will you, pls?

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Wade-Giles vs Pinyin

Pinyin is the way to go, hands down. No if but and.

Reading books that has written before 1990 and earlier, inevitable, one has to deal with Wade-Giles 韦氏拼音 and Pinyin.

Such as personal name of 周学熙: Zhou Xuexi in pinyin and Chou Hsüeh-hsi in Wade-Giles

Before the current standard of pinyin, Wade-Giles was widely used. The spelling, as you can see the example above, is quite a struggle from pinyin. For me, of course, I prefer pinyin, hands down. I didn’t know pinyin until I started to use QQ and now WeChat = very recent, no more than ten years. But I am a fan of pinyin. Because it is the standard, forward.

1990 is NOT a definite watershed. But since then, more and more books have began using pinyin. And now, it is singularly pinyin. I agree: more young people growing up without have knowledge of Wade-Giles. Why not make reading easily, by using pinyin?

I’m pretty surprised to find the monumental work by Ben Elman, published in 2000. I asked him why, he replied by saying simply, out of habit. hmmmm… It’s rather costly because as I read it, I struggle with Wade-Giles. On the other hand, another monumental work by French writer Alain Peyrefitte who used pinyin throughout his book published in 1992 – well done.


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Missing the Boat

This beautiful marble stone boat parked in Summer Palace was and is a tourist trap, for generations. When I was little, we visited Summer Palace, as well as ZhongShan Gongyuan like it was/were the only places on earth, which was not too far from the truth. Given there was no tourist industry to speak of. We went to the places that were near us.

In 2003, I took the kids to visit Summer Palace, and … they were not impressed. Well, they were only 9 and 10 years old. There was an exquisite photo of my relatives on the boat in the 1930s. Anyway, what made me talking about this stone boat, is the book Patchwork Child by Brooke Astor (see the pic to the right). With the laureate of Random House, and all the editorial power her money could buy, they didn’t get this simple fact right. It is NOT “The pure marble Summer Palace outside Peking” 132 Please don’t get me wrong, this is a wonderful book but they committed to a very elementary mistake: they missed the boat – pure marble boat instead. Summer Palace is outside of Beijing. Gosh, I must make this kind of mistakes all the time, but I am no Random House.


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Andrew Ross Sorkin interviews Jack Ma at Davos 2017

Youtube video This is a pretty good conversation. However, I don’t like the Chinese title. And the inaccuracy, i.e. at 10:31 mark, Ma said “… this is the first a Chinese leader made a number commitment. … He (President Xi) said next 10 years we are going to import 8 trillion US dollars …” I happen to glance at the Chinese title which has it as five years …  should be more diligent.

Two other things they talked about (among many more), are Amazon and counterfeits. Funny, today, Amazon just purchased Whole Food today. $995 and $41.95 surged 26%; and Ma’s Alibaba is at $134.

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A Douglas MacArthur for Mideast

I know this is crazy but I’ve been thinking, Japan was a war torn country when Douglas MacArthur arrived. There was no Japanese refugees fleeing and in a short time, Japan got on her feet and so became a power again. So shouldn’t we look for a Douglas MacArthurs for the Mideast? If an American could do for Japan, isn’t another American can do for the Mideast?

Another thought: how many refugees has China, as second economy, taken in as of now? Why not?

有件事想不通,需要开导:Douglas MacArthur 带着小日本奔上了小康之路 (战败国;2枚原子弹… 但是没有难民…)现在中东是不是需要几个麦将军?如果说日本在二战前已经是个开化的国家,那么 发达国家应不应该去指手画脚,或者干预 不发达的国家?不可以让他们继续生活在自己享受的“黑暗时代”?

另外 中国,第二大经济国,收留了多少中东的难民?

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The race

… and ethnic 民族 is such a prominent character of a human, maybe we should not dance around it, making hyphenated terms, such as Chinese-American, African-American, etc.

Here at Carnegie Hall, for “My Music Interests” lists

  • African American
  • Asian Indian

For example. I know you may say, that there are music from Africa and music from American Indian. Maybe this isn’t the best examples …


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Rhododendron 杜鹃

some other plants. In 2015.

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some of the plants

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some of the plants


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Why such high fee charged by government for online payment?

This parking ticket is $265. When choose to pay online, the government adds convenience fee of $13.12, which is 4.95%. To me, again, seems the government is discouraging people to use online service, which is more efficient to me. When I mail a check, I assume there is someone, who will open the letter/check, and look for my record, reconcile, post it, and deposit.

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Chives 韭菜

Home grown


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A white orchid

Phalaenopsis orchidwiki is one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids. It is native to southern China, Taiwan, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.


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The first basil under my green thumb.


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More cactus here

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Aloe or cactus

Or cactus?

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King protea (?)

Look what I find today? Don’t know what they’re tho 😂 – Trader Joe’s labels it as  spring flowers 🌺 wiki has it as king protea. Leaves look alike.
有人知道这是什么吗?春天之花. 公主花 (?) 帝王花 (?)

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