The Last Americana

imageI haven’t been to Tiffany for a few months. Today, when I went there shopping, I stopped short to see the UnionPay sticker on the door. There’s nothing else on the tall glass door except this colorful reminder just, how far the Chinese has come.

I won’t be surprise to see tourists swamp the Fifth Avenue, but come one, this is the suburbs. It seems the last Americana has been invaded. Not mention the shoppers but the half the staff are Chinese and Mandarin was spoken. Oh boy, I waste so much time to learn a second language, only to find out holding on to the native tongue is the best bet, -:)

imageTheir shopping bags suck: never right. They don’t have skinny tall bag for things like a ball pen. They don’t have right size for a vase. I could have larger one but it would too big for the things I bought.

When can they get their act together?

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tiffany courted a friend of mine, who’s Asian to work there. They hoped she would bring in diversified shoppers. She did work there for a short time then quit. I didn’t know her reason for quitting but the fact her husband drives a Ferrari might explain her short employment period. During the short time I was in Tiffany, could only say I wished for the old world charm.

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I often go shopping grocery at the New world Mall in Flushing because it offers free parking for two hours with $30 at the grocery store on the second floor. The mall may sound impressive but it’s really nothing. Food court, hair salon, ice cream shop, small clothing stores, jade shops and a restaurant on the third floor. These two cars came to my view during my last two trips there. The third picture was today: the Chinese driver couldn’t wait for me to leave the tight spot. He pulled in and had to get out from the passenger’s side. I was dumbfounded. Really? Why can’t you park straight and have a little courtesy, like … let me leave first?

Anyway … more pictures of Tiffany and the Mall.

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My yummy yam is growing

Some may call it sweet potato.

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Andy Borowitz & Xinhua; and 梁文道

According to New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz (see his bio below) that Xinhua News Agency, China’s official press agency has been reporting on his real fake news. It’s hilarious. In this video: on Dec 4 2013 @ 92Y, Borowitz lists a few fake news that were picked up by Xinhua 新华:

  1. Kim Jong-un: NK’s missile test was delayed by Windows 8. The report has since been taken down but you can still read from SCMP,  The Atlantic, CNET.
  2. Jeff Bezos: buying Washington Post: Amazon founder says he clicks on Post by mistake .. $250m on his Amex
  3. Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner… Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is running … Dominique Strauss-Kahn

I dig a little, actually it’s Chinese daily 21st Century Business Herald, not Xinhua. And the WSJ report on Journalists at China’s 21st Century Business Herald Extorted Millions, State Media Says on 2014.09.11.

In any case, I thought of Leung Man-tao (梁文道 Liang Wendao) on 从抄袭来的《货币战争》看我们对无知的恐惧 (2014.09.09):



Google translates:

Chinese publishing industry over the past few years there have been a lot of strange phenomenon, sometimes we see some books, just being plagiarized work, but still in the market to sell well.

Another is fiction books out. What is fiction? Some books will be advertised themselves as “New York Times” best-selling book in the world, like how well received and so on. You see, the translation of this book, the author is a foreigner’s name, you carefully investigation continues, the original book did not exist, “New York Times” bestseller list has never been this book. This book is obviously written by a Chinese person, but on the pretext of a foreigner’s name, it is a translation back, but also to pretend it is acclaimed bestseller.

Mr. Leung wrote that the book Currency War was plagiarized from documentary 《The Money Master》. When could China writes its own real stories?

Andy Borowitz is a New York Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. In 2001, he created the Borowitz Report, a satirical news column that has millions of readers around the world, for which he won the first-ever National Press Club award for humor. The Borowitz Report was acquired by The New Yorker in 2012. He has published two recent best-selling books: “The 50 Funniest American Writers,” which became the first title in the history of the Library of America to make the Times best-seller list; and a memoir, “An Unexpected Twist,” a No. 1 best-seller, which Amazon named the Best Kindle Single of 2012. His Twitter feed, @BorowitzReport, has more than half a million followers and was voted the best Twitter feed of 2011 in a poll by Time. As a comedian, he has performed sold-out shows around the world and has made countless television and radio appearances, on National Public Radio, VH1, and Comedy Central, among other places. He has been called a “Swiftian satirist” (the Wall Street Journal), “America’s satire king” (the Daily Beast), “the funniest human on Twitter” (the Times), and “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS News’ ”Sunday Morning”).

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Why my Yelp post was being removed?

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Hi Irene,
We wanted to let you know that we’ve removed your review of H Mart. Our Support team has determined that it falls outside our Content Guidelines ( because it contains inappropriate content.

We hope you will continue to participate on Yelp while keeping our Content Guidelines in mind.

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Screenshot 2015-07-17 17.38.35I searched high and low, on Yelp’s Reviews Photos and their FB page but can’t find a place to ask question. So I’m posting here again (being removed again), the 3rd time on 7.21 … hope to get help:

What content and photo that I posted was in violation with the Yelp guideline? Here is the post on my own website (Thanks god I posted ..) The yelp post had fewer photos.


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Xi Dada and Yeye

People reports on his activities. He looks huge on the sofa with the little man. Maybe it IS the image they want to project? Holding a baby, he looks like someone who could use a help. Kissing? Are you kidding me? the 2nd and 3rd pictures are so American.
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Kiss pic caption: 2013年5月21日,习近平到四川芦山地震灾区慰问受灾群众。“爷爷。”1岁半的骆俊成奶声奶气地喊了一声,嘟起嘴巴想亲亲习近平,这时,习近平笑着摸摸骆俊成的脸,亲了亲他。温情的一吻,让帐篷里原本很紧张的人,一下子放松了
4th pic caption: 2013年2月3日,习近平来到东乡族自治县布愣沟村困难群众马麦志家中看望,并给马麦志的两个儿子带来了学习用品。


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Ellen Pao

It’s reported that the interim CEO of Reddit 鲍康如, after losing her gender discrimination lawsuit (filed on 2012.05.10) on 2015.06.05 in court, has stepped down. To get you up to speed, here are some bits
ellen pao

  • 1973, born to Chinese immigrant parents; raised in Maplewood, NJ; Dad a prof @ NYU
  • Princeton 1991, Harvard Law 1994 & MBA 1998
  • 1994-6, worked as corp attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • 2005 joined Kleiner Perkins as chief of staff then venture capitalist; terminated on 2012.10.31
  • Dec 2007, married Buddy Fletcher, a former hedge fund manager after meeting four months earlier (Ellen divorced Roger Kuo)
  • Jul 2008, their daughter was born “One of Pao’s first calls was to Bo Fowlkes (Buddy’s ex boyfriend, see insert) to ask him to be the child’s godfather.”
  • 2013 joined Reddit and became interim CEO Nov 2014
  • 2013,03.01, Vanity Fair on Pao & Fletcher: Sex, Lies, and Lawsuits (pix: Ellen and her 2nd husband)

P.S. Her hubby suited a couple of times, 1991 Kidder Peabody where he worked and in 2011 the Dakota co-op building where he lived/lives. The legal fees between the two estimated at $40m. In 2012, his fund was liquidated and he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Manhattan.

Ok, she’s only the interim chef, so not a big deal. However, I spotted this reader’s comment, under Ann Coulter (not sure it’s the same Ann)

imageGet real, here are the qualifications at the top of her resume that made the rest superfluous. She:

  1. is oriental
  2. a female
  3. perfect fit for the people who hired her to trump their commitment to inclusion and diversity.”
  4. bad looks, accentuated by the de-riguer lack of make-up to give her that perfect feminist dog look employers prefer lest they be accused of sexim with men giving her a second-look.

I happen to think Ellen is ok looking, not bad. Oh well.

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Beijing is moving

Beijing is moving its government out. This has been circulating on Chinese social media for a while. Yesterday, the NYT confirms it. Byline is from Ian Johnson and Adam Wu contributed research from Beijing. I’m wondering, why the Chinese matters/affairs are always written by non Chinese and the Chinese sounding names/persons are only assisting?

Chinese Officials to Restructure Beijing to Ease Strains on City Center,

Beijing will undertake a major restructuring of the capital government as part of a broader plan to create a giant urban corridor in northern China, officials said Saturday.

At the end of a Communist Party meeting, city officials said on the evening news that hospitals, wholesale markets and some of the city’s administrative offices would move outside the city center. Beijing is to limit its population to 23 million, slightly more than its current estimated population of 22 million, and reduce the population of its six core districts by 15 percent. Many important services will move to suburbs or neighboring Hebei Province, officials said.

The centerpiece of the plan will be an administrative center in the Beijing suburb of Tongzhou, a historic move that reverses decades of urban planning that wedged government offices into the imperial city center. The move will begin by 2017 at the latest, the Beijing party secretary, Guo Jinlong, said in a speech.

Outside the Forbidden City in Beijing. Officials are finalizing plans to move the municipal government to a site outside the city.China Aims to Move Beijing Government Out of City’s Crowded Core

In addition, city officials said, 50 city hospitals will begin cooperating with hospitals in Hebei Province, and some will move important facilities to surrounding communities. The neurological unit in Tiantan Hospital, for example, will move to another suburb, Fengtai, by 2017, they said.

The city also said it would move 1,200 pollution-causing businesses out of the urban center.

The moves are part of the creation of a major new urban area called Jing-Jin-Ji, after the three districts it encompasses (“Jing” for Beijing, “Jin” for the nearby port city of Tianjin, and “Ji” for the ancient name for Hebei Province). The city is trying to develop industries like tourism in poorer mountain areas surrounding the capital, with one area bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The plan has been debated for decades, but only began to be implemented in recent months as part of an effort by President Xi Jinping to reform the Chinese economy. The idea is to reduce the sort of duplicative, polluting enterprises like coking and steel that dominate the greater Beijing area and other large urban centers, and in their place create a more modern economic structure.

Jing-Jin-Ji would have more than 100 million residents and be about the size of Kansas, with high-speed rail lines making most cities in the corridor reachable within an hour.

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The butterfly lovers 2015

This year the butterflies are different, on Youtube

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See, debate … and buy

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Went to shopping and … see these orchids. They’re just drop dead gorgeous, I could never get enough of orchids. I debated. Took a few pictures. Debated. Then bought this plainest one.

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Chinese City Defends Dog Meat Festival, Despite Scorn

I don’t eat dogs, but appalled by the finger pointing at people who do eat. What’s the difference between eating dogs and other animals? Many Chinese find eating cow horrifying because agrarian society such as China depends on cows to do the hard labor in the fields like the tractors. Funny this is written by a Chinese – I don’t find often read a byline by a Chinese on NYT – they’re usually credited at the bottom as the researchers.

Is this a Chinese way to tell people who appalled at eating dogs to shut up?


YULIN 榆林, China — It was the night before the summer solstice, and the tables at a streetside food stall here were set for the annual feast: steamed pumpkin, sautéed morning glory, smashed cucumbers and cold-skin rice flour noodles. At the center of each table were the two traditional dishes most essential to the celebration here: fresh lychees and heaping bowls of stewed dog, pungent with ginger, garlic, dried orange peels, bay leaves and fennel.

It is this last dish for which Yulin has become notorious, thanks to an annual dog meat festival that ended Monday, and the locals have heard enough, thank you.

“Why do people always pick on Yulin?” asked Tang Chengfei, 24, a recent university graduate who was sitting at one of the tables. “Haven’t you seen how the Japanese eat live bullfrog sashimi?”

Indeed, it is the perceived hypocrisy of the critics that seems to most annoy residents of this bustling city of seven million in the southern region of Guangxi, which borders Vietnam.

Dog meat for sale at a market in Yulin on Wednesday, ahead of this weekend’s celebration of the summer solstice with banquets of dog meat and lychees.Q. and A.: Peter J. Li on the Clash Over Eating Dogs in ChinaJUNE 18, 2015
Dog meat vendors and local residents stood on cages of dogs as animal rights advocates protested nearby on Saturday during the annual dog meat festival in Yulin.Yulin Dog Meat Festival Proceeds Despite ProtestersJUNE 23, 2014
Dog meat on sale ahead of the dog-eating festival in Yulin. Animal welfare advocates have called for an end to the event.City Aims to Play Down Its Dog Meat FestivalJUNE 17, 2014
With pet ownership growing rapidly in China, the Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival has been canceled.Dog Meat Festival Is Canceled in ChinaSEPT. 29, 2011
video In Thailand, Tracking the Dog TradeNOV. 1, 2014
“I understand the other point of view,” Mr. Tang said. “Many people feel a special bond with dogs. But we grew up around dog meat. For us, it’s normal.”

Yulin, whose lush subtropical surroundings are said to be the birthplace of the legendary imperial beauty Yang Guifei, has become the target of a fast-growing animal rights campaign, which has made its residents feel increasingly under siege and at times defensive.

Led by domestic and international activists, animal lovers have called on local government officials and the Chinese public to put an end to eating dog meat and to the often gruesome practices that accompany the nation’s largely unregulated dog meat trade. More than 10,000 dogs are said to be served at the summer solstice celebrations in Yulin each year.

Celebrities like Ricky Gervais and Gisele Bündchen have rallied behind the viral social media hashtag #StopYulin2015, while an online petition addressed to the Guangxi governor and China’s minister of agriculture had gathered more than four million signatures by Tuesday.

“Dear Morons: Stopping the #YulinDogMeatFestival is less to do with them being dogs & more to do with them being tortured and skinned alive,” Mr. Gervais wrote on Twitter last week.

In China, where the issue of animal rights is given more space for debate relative to most grass-roots causes, opposition to the festival has become increasingly vocal.

Over the last few weeks, millions of messages condemning the culinary tradition have flooded Chinese social media. Protests and vigils organized by animal rights advocates were held across the country over the three-day holiday weekend, while more than 40 activists from around the world traveled to Yulin last week to champion the cause, many for the second or third year in a row.

The campaigners notched a big win last year when the Yulin city government, in the face of mounting criticism, distanced itself from the festival by declaring that it was not a sponsor and that it would strictly enforce food safety regulations.
Despite the rapid growth of the movement, however, animal rights advocates say they are encountering increasing difficulties communicating their message to the people who matter most: the residents of Yulin.

As many as 10 million dogs and four million cats are consumed in China each year, according to animal rights groups. Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times
“The environment is much more hostile than ever before,” said Andrea Gung, the Taiwanese-American founder of the Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project, based in California, who visited the festival again this year. “Before, the dog meat sellers might cut off a piece of dog flesh and throw it near you. Now, they are much more aggressive. The undercover police had to step in to protect me.”

The condemnation of Yulin has contributed to a growing us-against-them mentality here, with many people saying they are being unfairly singled out.

Locals say the moral hypocrisy over the eating of animals is a bottomless grab bag. What about the consumption of beef when cows are considered sacred in India, they say, or guinea pigs in Latin America, or dogs in Korea or turkeys in the United States? What makes eating dog meat any different from eating the flesh of chickens or pigs, they ask?

“I feel like the activists would be making better use of their time addressing issues like the global water shortage or kidnapped children instead of making things more chaotic here,” said Yu Ping, 48, a Yulin resident and a preschool teacher. Ms. Yu, like many residents, insisted that the dogs eaten in Yulin were specially farmed, while animal rights groups say that a large percentage of the dog meat comes from stolen pets or strays.

Dog meat is not widely consumed in China, but it is a long-established part of the diet, particularly in the far south and north. As many as 10 million dogs and four million cats are consumed in China each year, according to animal rights groups.

The processing, like that at any abattoir, is not for the squeamish.

Around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday at Dongkou Market, the main source for dog meat, most of the shops were dark and quiet except for a small slaughterhouse.
Dog meat was part of the offerings at an annual feast. Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times
Through an open door, a man in a white T-shirt could be seen working silently in dim fluorescent light. With a small club he bludgeoned dog after dog, pausing periodically to move the dazed animals with tongs clamped around their necks.

In the back alley behind the slaughterhouse, five men, some shirtless, worked with boiling vats of water and blowtorches to prepare the carcasses for Yulin’s specialty, crispy skin dog meat.

A small group of animal rights activists stood silently outside in the alley, documenting the scene with photos and video to share with the news media and with lawyers who are gathering evidence for a potential court case. Behind them, a group of men who did not identify themselves were shooting video of the activists, and later followed them back to their hotel.
By afternoon, Dongkou Market was open, and the scene was transformed. The range of food offerings on display was impressive, from everyday vegetables to ram heads, about $8 each, and live civets, which were selling for as much as $580 an animal. Farther down the market, across from the now-silent slaughterhouse, butchers lined across three aisles hacked away at gold-skinned dog carcasses on thick wooden blocks, as customers, some still sitting on their motorbikes, placed orders for dog meat at $3.50 a pound.

Not far away, a commotion erupted at the outdoor animal market. Yang Xiaoyun, a 65-year-old animal rights activist, had arrived, bracing herself for yet another day of dealing with dog traders looking to capitalize on her willingness to pay above-market prices to rescue dogs and cats.

On Saturday, Ms. Yang, a widow who runs an animal shelter in Tianjin, had spent more than $1,600 to rescue about 30 dogs and 60 cats. Her actions have drawn criticism from other activists, who say that it only encourages dog traders to set aside surplus stock for Ms. Yang to buy.

“A life is a life,” Ms. Yang says.

On Sunday, however, she was forced to leave the market after being swarmed by passers-by and traders threatening to torture the animals unless she bought them. As she drove away to the temporary shelter she had set up to house her rescued animals, the crowd of dog traders continued with their taunts.

“We are also dog lovers!” they yelled. “We are dog meat lovers!”

Huang Yufan contributed research.

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We the juror II

Been there in 2011 Not much has changed at the county supreme court since. First pix is the old court house. Pix 2-4 the current one and its lobby. Parking lot 14 is for the jurors. The jury questionnaire
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At 8:45, potential jurors begin to check in. This time, the security guards by the entrance wear bullet proof vests. Didn’t see that last time. imageThe orientation is held at the big hall to the right (if you enter the building from parking lot 14). A short film, doesn’t look like aged is shown, about the process and what means to be a juror. The atmosphere is respectable and proper. Right side of the line was for those with questions.

After the movie, a man takes the mike takes over. Juror selection depends on the court cases. He walks us through the process, where the phone booths (no cell signal inside, at least in the area the jurors are), internet ready computers and lounge (on lower level) are. Also the time frame one could expect. . 12:30-2pm is the lunch break. Days end at 5pm, could be early. Some jurors would be dismissed today while others could be called back tomorrow. Each jury duty call would exempt one for the next six years – as if being a juror is a drag. To some it is and I’m sure to others, it’s a welcoming thing.

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After the orientation, a female clerk comes to collect section ABC (keep the D section as the ID). Everyone is waiting to be called into a Empaneling Room, where both side of attorney meet the jurors and select. The jurors learn about the case and the attorneys get to ask each juror a question or two. Mostly about his or her background, what does she or he do, etc.

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It differs from Demi Moore’s The Juror (1996), when the jurors selection was in an open room.



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Chinese foot binding: so wrong

Chinese foot bindingThe Guardian reports on the Chinese foot binding yesterday: The last women in China with bound feet: ‘They thought it would give them a better life’

During a chance encounter in the cab in Shanghai, the photographer Jo Farrell began her decade long journey. She tracks down 50 women, includes the four pictured here

  1. Si Yin Zhin, 90 years old in 2011
  2. Su Xi Rong, 75 in 2008, Shandong province
  3. Pue Hui Ying, 76 years old in 2011, Yunnan province
  4. Zhao Hua Hong, 83 years old in 2010, Shandong province

The last factory producing “lotus shoes” – the triangular embroidered platforms used to showcase the women’s minuscule pointy feet – closed just six years ago

I thought they were gone long time ago, both the ladies and the factories. Guess I was wrong.

However, Jack Mills writes:

Foot binding was outlawed in China 103 years ago, following almost 10 decades of the practice.

NO NO NO. It’s a thousand years old practice. One Thousand. NOT ten decades.

Farrell insists her photo series isn’t meant to sensationalise, but to educate us about a little-known custom.

NO NO NO again. It’s widely known fact and custom.

China has long history, perhaps as long as the foot binding cotton bandages (we actually have a saying 老太太的裹脚布 又臭又长 …), not a few days or months could digest. If one couldn’t get such little custom right, may I suggest that you stay away from writing about China? Please don’t mislead.

On wenxue city

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A dill dip

IMG_8594This dip is delicious!

  1. 1 part mayo
  2. 3 part Greek yogurt
  3. a handful dill
  4. dash of lemon juice
  5. dash of rice vinegar
  6. dash of olive oil
  7. dash of pepper

I also add garlic and cucumber.

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Sneakers with gold wings

FiFa is in the news lately, corruption and FBIs, very intrigue. The two pictures below, left is from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: FIFA II (HBO) youtube here and right is from a sneaker shop at 812 Broadway in downtown NYC, which I happened to visit last week too.

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I saw many young Asians shoppers there. Most sneakers cost four digits. A friend I went with bought five pairs for his son who collects them, from US$1,000 to US$4,000.

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The Flight Club staff said some of their inventory are on consignment.  One pair was made in Tianjin and arrived in USA February 2015 and commands US$4,000 a few months later. Wow.


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Some thing to eat: not very appetizing, not nicely displayed but they cost a lot @ Lake Pavilion. This is the first time I learnt about maca or Peruvian Ginseng or Lepidium meyenii – acquired taste:

(Aphrodisiac claims)…

In recent years, maca has been grown in China, and Peru has recently accused Chinese companies of illegally exporting maca from Peru and biopiracy, as they have applied for several patents on the plant.

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It’s better to ..

Just enjoy it: King cooked a delicious chicken the other day but I wasn’t home. So he cooked it again. What did a smart mom like Irene do? Of course telling him what to do … of course came out dry.
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Our dinner
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Collectors Club

China is the guest of honor this year at the Book Expo. The stamp exhibit uses special screw to secure the valuable scrappy papers.
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The highlight, of course is a nice young man came up to me and said he reads my blog! Holy smoke, can you imagine that? Irene now can brag that her blog is popular.  Philatelic is really a small world.

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I haven’t been to the Collectors Club in ages and some of the books are missing from its library. Hmmmmm … this is NOT nice.

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Asia Society: Xi and Mao, and visa

ChinaFile Presents: Does Xi Jinping Represent a Return to the Politics of the Mao Era? by Asia Society
21 May 2015, 6:30pm – 8:00pm (file 26977)
725 Park Avenue (at East 70th Street), New York, NY

image image image imageFour accomplished academics, (at one time or another, they’re or were) put up a show last night at Asia Society. I enjoyed their talk. Orville Schell moderates a panel featuring Andrew Walder (of Stanford), Roderick MacFarquhar (of Harvard) and Susan Shirk.

Walder thinks Mao did well till 1957, was the only leader who encouraged his people to attack the system he established. Mao liked disorder, disliked stability. MacFarquhar, the Brit who taught Miss Xi thinks Hong Kong is still very important to China, can’t be replaced by Shanghai, just yet. Xi is trying hard to avoid to repeat the fate of Mikhail Gorbachev. Deng’s gift to China was to unleash the people.

image image image imageThey mentioned the conversation between Jimmy Carter and Deng Xiaoping when Deng denied there was any restriction on Chinese to go aboard/to come to USA. “10 million, would you welcome that?” Regime change is never predicted nor forecast.  China is carving the approve of USA, not from UK, France or Germany but USA.

China has achieved remarkably in the past 39 years but why isn’t she getting the respect from USA and the world?

The highlight of the night was Winston Lord who was the first one to raise his hand during the Q&A.

Today my child went to Chinese Consulate in New York to apply for a visa. As usual, the line went out of the door, around the block. With our past experience some were downright harassing, even my child was prepared to face the hurdles but ..

The black security guard was hissing everyone to turn off their cell phone, in Chinese, “guan, guan …” My child understood but a white woman didn’t who apparently had no clue what the guard was talking about. China has become wealthy couldn’t they afford to hire someone decent? 见人说人话

The adage that you only have one chance to make a first impression. But guess China doesn’t care. The New York consulate always feel like a bazaar, crowded in disarray. Last year I had a travel agency to deal with it. The small fee they charge was well worth it.

Another hurdle was the application form. It has to be filled on line and printed, handwritten isn’t acceptable. I’m thinking, why can’t they go a tiny step further, generates a number once it Once filed to save paper. Guess not.

The talk and visa doesn’t seem to have any correlation but I feel, small thing count. Maybe start from the root. Do not do things from the lowest denominator. The respect may come one day?

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