Michael D. Hsu

A first, full fledged Chinese heading a fortune 500?

The new CEO (appointed) of Kimberly-Clark, will replace Thomas Falk on Jan. 1.

Pre opening, KMB was at $106, now is trading at $104, down about 2% – amid 497 points drop in Dow industrials, to 25,820 or 2% – just about the same.

There isn’t much personal info on Mr. Hsu, no wiki page on his either, except the following from his Company:

Hsu joined Kimberly-Clark in November 2012 and currently oversees the company’s nearly $8 billion North American Personal Care and Consumer Tissue businesses. Since joining K-C, he has reinvigorated the North American business, delivering excellent financial performance, improved market shares and strong innovation, marketing and sales execution.

Prior to joining K-C, Hsu was executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Kraft Foods. Before Kraft, he spent six years at H.J. Heinz, holding the positions of vice president, marketing for Ore-Ida and Frozen Meals, and later as president for Foodservice. He launched his career in the consumer products industry as a consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton, where he rose to partner in the firm’s consumer practice.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He and his wife will relocate to Dallas.

Years ago, Motorola had an interim CEO from Hong Kong, I think was a Chen (?) and not sure if he succeeded to be the CEO. Mr. Hsu will be the first Chinese CEO (?). There are more than a dozen India CEOs in the US. A scientific breakthrough 科学性的突破, as a friend joked.

华人第一个?纸巾金伯利克拉克宣布新任首席执行官 Michael Hsu (徐? 许?)将于1月1日取代托马斯福尔克. 小徐 2012进入金佰利. 之前在 Kraft (卡夫)食品. 再之前是 Heinz (亨氏) 6年. 他毕业于卡内基-梅隆, 芝加哥的MBA. 他开始是在 Booz Allen & Hamilton 当顾问.

开盘前KMB是$106, 现在$104 – 不过整个市场都在拉稀 – 道琼斯工业平均指数下跌了497点.

多年前, 摩托罗拉有一位来自香港的临时首席执行官, 好像姓陈(?)不确定他最终是否升任首席执行官. 徐先生将成为第一位中国CEO(?). 在美国有十几位印度CEO. 科学性的突破, 一个幽默的朋友开玩笑说.

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Postal Union

US under President Trump, is threatening to leave the 144-year-old Universal Postal Union. The postal (stamp)  rate that was made a long time ago, puts US in disadvantage when Chinese economy began to surge. A shipper in China pays $2 while an American pays $10 to move a package or letter. The old organization has 192 member states, not sure one country one vote is a good thing. But is there a better way to make matter fairer within the organization?

This is finally coming to light – shows one part why the clothes from China can reach us so inexpensively.

 

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Some news of the day

Lawsuit against Harvard. Wondering, what’s the percentage the petitioners want to see the Asian students in Harvard? Say 40%, 50% or 60%? If so, will Harvard still be Harvard and do they/their kids then still want to attend?

Judge throws out Stormy Daniels’s lawsut against Trupm and ordered her to pay his legal fees. From a news show I learned that she’s dancing at a stripe club near DC … guess she’ll be dancing there for a while to pay the legal fee … meanwhile her lawyer is making rounds in the tailored suit … and might even run for the White House.

“We don’t want them to treat us like we are not human” Kenyans who work for Chinese complained.

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen (1953-2018) died of cancer (from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) on Monday afternoon, who’s owner of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. RIP Mr. Allen.

Saudis preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation, sources say. Earlier the NYT reported that Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan boss pulls out of Saudi conference – a few others as well due to the killing. (BBC)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test and President Trump’s $1 million offer.

 

 

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How much do you know about Indians?

The native Americans. Recently I watched two movies about Indians living on reservoirs: Wind River and Hold the Dark. I liked the first one better, with a more coherent story. The second one’s darker and too many unknowns. Suspense is good but if I’ll have to guess often during the two hours, I’d say the story needs a little work or rewrite.

Both are bloody. Both are we vs them.

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The trade war amid the mid term

“Chinese-backed newspaper insert tries to undermine Iowa farm support for Trump, trade war.”  President Trump tweeted about it, and Scott Paul who’s the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, penned an article on Des Moines Register, Americans know blatant propaganda when they see it on Sept 28.

The American ambassador to  China, Terry Branstad gave the following, Creating Fair and Balanced U.S.-China Trade Relations, stating, fair competition is the key between USA and China.  To be clear,  he stated, the Administration is not seeking to constrain China’s economic growth through our actions. (Chinese version is here 创造公平并平衡的美中贸易关系)

With Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court in the air, the mid term is fought with all they have, on both side.

 

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Hold that door, please

Reading this post on holding the door for the people behind you, in 2018, makes me feeling sad. It’s such a common courtsey elsewhere but in China.

 

 

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First They Killed My Father, the movie

First They Killed My Father (2017) is based on the same name book by Loung Ung. The screenplay was by the author and Angelina Jolie, who directed and produced.

It’s such a good subject on a little talked about country but the movie has a weak story, as if none. As I was watching, I felt like seeing postcards, or picturial book. The cinematography is very good as if you’re there. I understood more than other friends who watched together because I was the only one knew about cultural revolution in China. The subject matter, Pol Pot regime during the Khmer Rouge years (1975-9) had rich materials but the movie failed to show.

Jolie adopted her first child, seven-month-old Maddox Chivan, from an orphanage in Battambang, Cambodia in 2002.

I remembered seeing Norodom Sihanouk (1922-2012) Cambodian royal politician and the King of Cambodia, in beijing in the 1970s often.

柬埔寨的文革
安吉丽娜·朱莉和同名书的作者合写的剧本, 她自己导演出品. (她第一个孩子是领养柬埔寨的孤儿.) 电影没有什么连串的故事 反而像看明信片 – 摄影挺好 有些身临其境的感受. 波尔布特; 红色高棉 有着丰富的色彩和资料 拍成这样太可惜了. 我们几个人看 就我明白一些 – 他们根本不知道文革是嘛玩意儿.
西哈努克亲王 七十年代常去北京 … 怎么回事?

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How The Economic Machine Works

This 31 min long video by Ray Dalio, also picked up by Chinese and made it into Chinese.

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Chinese tourists in Sweden

A family of three from China, adult son and his parents made a headline recently. They landed in Stockholm at 1 am and wanted to check in to the hostel that they booked for that day, which is 3 pm check in time. Reportedly it’s the Generator Hostels and it’s fully booked. The son and parents wanted to sleep in the lobby of the hostel. When they were told to leave, they began to make noise … and police was called …. From the video, the son fall to the ground himself. … just an ugly incident that could have been totally avoided by booking for the night of arrival. Certainly no hotel is going to let you check in without paying.

Here are some reportage by a Swedish siteGlobal Times, Sputnik news环球时报: 有些人不谴责瑞典警方的粗暴 却先自我反思; 撒泼都是到华山派,从来没有上黑木崖打滚的; 瑞典事件, 你看到的是反转, 我看到的是幕后操纵 and  SCMP.

(On the  SCMP post, there are two links regarding Chinese tourists: Chinese tourists apologise after being publicly-shamed; ‘Please just go’: thumbs down after Chinese tourists asked to leave Osaka restaurant.)

Interestingly, another case made the round in China right now, a lawyer’s rant on two young men who refused to swap seats on a rail in China with him: 知名律师火车换铺被拒:”对不起,善良不是我的义务”.

Looking over the comments on the Chinese social media, the shaming of the family of three in Sweden and the lawyer are overwhelming, which is a progress and good sign.

Watching the video of the mother sitting on the ground, outside of the hotel, howling, reminds me a conversation I had in Beijing in the 1970s. I was a teenager and getting ¥12 a month from my dad, which wasn’t enough… one of my relatives told me, “go to your mom’s danwei, ask them for money …” 看看我的破衣服 可怜可怜我 Yes I was in poverty but ‘pity me’ and begging, was and is something I couldn’t do.

 

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Farm to table

Without enough sun, the chives are so thin and few.

 

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Flower

 

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BerryLook online clothing

Don’t buy from them: terrible service and garbage products. I saw their ad in FaceBook on May 6, and liked this dress. Then, I purchased 3 more. They offered 5% for first timer but there’s not a code available. So I contacted them immediately after placing my order. They got back to me a day or two later: glad to give me the code for next purchase.
Who said I’ll buy from them again?
I wrote to them, “if you’re not willing to honor, pls cancel my order.”
A week or two later, they wrote again: one of the pieces is ready and they’ll ship that and cancel the remaining 3.
“No, cancel the entire order.” I replied firmly and immediately.
A couple of weeks later I got two packages from them. I disputed through my credit card. It dragged on … till I saw the two packages again. These are what they advertised on their web site and the second row is what I received.

      

  1. dress: no complaine although the fabric doesn’t feel like cotton linen – very hot!
  2. Band Collar top: thin and soft but very itchy/stinging (size is bit small)
  3. Losse dress: wrong color and the material seems wrong – knit
  4. White top: it states cotton but filmy, like a hospital gown.

Overall, $75 for them but I think you can get some better products by shopping in the USA. They could offer such low price, cheap shipping is one part of the equation.

 

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Court v Robbery

The more I think about the Chinese art heists reported in GQ the more I think about Gustav Klimt’s painting Women in Gold (a movie of the same name … in 2015). I feel uneasy and wonder why did Chinese (I assume they’re Chinese …) choose to go through this route to gain back what was plundered from China in the 19th century?
Essentially, it’s lawfulness v. unlawfulness.

Do they not have the confidence in the legal system? Sounds a little uncouth.

Why can’t the Chinese take the high road, though the court of law, to get back what was rightfully theirs? With their economic might, the chance of success is great.

我对GQ中报道的中国艺术品抢劫,想到 Gustav Klimt 的绘画“黄金女人”(2015年的同名电影。这幅画的收复是通过法律解决的)。 想知道为什么中国人(我认为他们是中国人……)选择打砸抢劫这条路线去收回19世纪从中国掠夺走的东西?

从本质上讲,这是合法与非法。他们对法律制度没有信心吗?弃阳关大道 专行阴暗的独木桥?

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GQ, popular vs interesting

The August issue of GQ has a few good articles but I didn’t read till this past weekend.

The cover of the issue is the least interesting but can’t argue with the popular culture … if there is a such thing. Does skin deep refer to popular culture?

Lee’s movie BlackkKlansman is also written up by Vanity Fair Sepember issue. I enjoyed the movie.


GQ Aug issue has some interesting stories 1⃣️2⃣️3⃣️ 是这期里的好文章 4⃣️封面 无语😓 有误导嫌疑 [ThumbsDown].
1⃣️是讲自从2010 年以来,欧洲博物馆里的中国19世纪掠夺去的展品频频被盗. 这些专业小偷 干净俐落 不碰更有价值的展品 … 你觉得是中国ZF在指使 还是民间自发的行动?
2009年 一个中国代表团来纽约大都会 … 博物馆的人紧张到找了个中国律师声明“大都会没有掠夺来的展品.” [Grin][Grin]

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Honey, from PA

I love to recycle, and eat/drink a lot of honey. My son brought home this tiny bottle of honey: Pure Honey *Orange bloossom* from Drapers Super Bee Apiaries Inc. (Millerton PA 16936, DraperBee). It tastes very sweet. Looking at the cap, I think the little holes maybe mean for you to reuse it as salt or pepper shaker. IF so, this is a good company to buy from.

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A benefit of a credit card

This is the first time that I dropped my phone, starting from the flipped Nokia. Crying over it, I remembered remotely that one of my credit card offers some sort of protection benefit. So, I hesitated called Uber visa, and sure they do. The nice Uber guy gave me a phone to call to stage my claim. All has gone well … but when I began to file online, I ran into this problem: the month of August is NOT available on their site. And today is August 23.

Oh well.

不要为了手感快感不戴套
喜欢没有套的爱疯 – 精致, 薄薄的. 极少几次不戴套 结果就掉地上了 然后就没有然后了.
第一次摔烂手机. 以为修个荧光幕 结果要买个新的.
心灵鸡汤: 虽然丑笨 但是戴套很重要

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Pure color orchid

As I was walking out of Whole Foods Supermarket @ 2101 Northern Blvd, Manhasset, NY 11030, I spotted this whitish orchid – pure colore @ $10. The supermarket is now part of Amazon empire and I got $1 off as prime member. This pot lasts for about two months.

 

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Opium war reversed

The first opium war was waged in 1839 and

Mo yan

德国人顾彬:余华莫言是落后作家 他们根本不懂人是什么
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德国汉学家顾彬对大家而言可能是个陌生的名字,这里简单的介绍一下他:
德国人顾彬:余华莫言是落后作家 他们根本不懂人是什么
顾彬

沃尔夫冈·顾彬(Wolfgang Kubin),中文名顾彬,1945年生于德国下萨克森州策勒市。著名汉学家,翻译家,作家。波恩大学汉学系教授,德国翻译家协会及德国作家协会成员。他是德国最著名的汉学家之一,以中国古典文学、中国现当代文学和中国思想史为主要研究领域。主要作品和译著有《中国诗歌史》《二十世纪中国文学史》《鲁迅选集》六卷本等。
当顾彬把中国当代小说比作为“大个的火腿”时,不禁让人想起了莫言的《丰乳肥臀》,那本厚得像砖头的小说还真是个大家伙。而顾彬的形象有点像小一号,或者说清瘦版的史泰龙。他看上去基本上是一个温文尔雅的人,他的语调也没有丝毫火药味,但是话一出口,就像洛奇的出拳一样凶狠。
而这一次 ,以“中国当代文学垃圾论”闻名的他没有把谁比作垃圾,可是余华、格非、苏童、莫言,这些当代中国文学的中坚力量,在他眼里比垃圾也好不了多少,“他们根本不知道人是什么。”他几乎判了他们的“死刑”。
中国当代作家根本不知道人是什么

作者|顾彬
星期柒新闻周刊:提起您,就会想到“中国当代文学是垃圾”这个话题。绕开“垃圾”,让我们从您的另外一个有意思的判断开始今天的对话。您说过1949年前,中国文学,也就是现代文学是五粮液;1949年后中国文学,也就是当代文学是二锅头。这是不是有种时代决定论的味道?因为我们知道即便是同一个时代,也会有不同的作家。
顾彬:那是因为1949年前后,中国文坛发生了很大的变化。在三四十年代,中国在文学上比一些欧洲的国家进步得多。而在1949年后,中国就和现代性的文学告别了。1949年前,就有一部分中国作家希望文学能够帮助中国得到解放,文学应该为政治服务,比较有代表性的作家是何其芳和臧克家。今天来看,他们走的这条路被证明是错的,因为文学应该是为语言,为艺术,为美学而服务。现在,中国的文学基本上不再和政治相联系。
星期柒新闻周刊:您在去年出版了《20世纪中国文学史》,据介绍,您是站在世界文学的角度,来对中国文学作出判断和评价的?
顾彬:是的。20世纪上半叶,中国文学可以和世界其他国家的文学相媲美,像法国、意大利、西班牙,没问题。1949年到1979年,恐怕只能和东欧国家的文学相比较。1979年以后,中国的诗歌肯定没有问题,80年代的中国诗人可以和世界上重要的诗人相比较。从戏剧来看,中国在80年代做过一些现代化的努力,但是成就没法与同时代的世界戏剧相比,因为中国的戏剧基本都是模仿的作品。从小说来看,在80年代,中国还是出了一些好的作品,比如张洁的一些写妇女问题的小说。她的思想和当时国际上的价值观很接近,所以她的小说很容易被欧洲的读者所接受,她当时在德国非常红。王蒙的小说也具备了国际水平。但是80年代,中国文学的成就主要在诗歌,而不是小说。
星期柒新闻周刊:再往后呢?
顾彬:从1992年以后看,中国文学和世界文学一样,也慢慢迈上了走向市场的路。德国读者大部分不看德国文学。在德国出版的文学作品,70%都不是德国文学。德国读者喜欢看美国小说和中国小说。为什么呢?因为1945年以后,欧洲的小说家不再写什么真正的故事,对小说而言,不再是讲故事的时代。唯一还写故事的作家是美国人和中国人。这也是美国和中国小说受德国读者欢迎的原因。但这些读者不包括知识分子,也不包括汉学家。这些读者的文学素养和文化水平都是比较低的。
在德国,我们把通俗文学作品称作为火腿。火腿,你今天买,一年后你还能吃,在路上在旅行的时候也可以吃。德国读者旅行时喜欢带上一本书。这本书应该比较厚,比较大,就像火腿一样。莫言、余华、苏童、毕飞宇,他们在中国发表的书,到了德国以后,变成了火腿。德国知识分子、文学家看到这些书以后就会觉得很反感。他们会觉得,这些书不是为我而写而出版的,它们是给不了解真正文学的那些人看的。让他们觉得好玩,从中得到乐趣。所以中国当代小说,在德国根本不属于严肃文学。
中国当代诗人不一样。德国人和中国人一样,很少有人看诗歌。但是无论是哪个城市,无论是哪个文化中心,如果请中国诗人来朗诵或者开座谈会,至少会来40个人,有时候会多到100个人、250个人。如果中国小说家来,最多来10个、20个读者。
中国当代作家根本不知道人是什么
星期柒新闻周刊:您刚才提到的这些作家,在中国都算是严肃作家,而且都曾经是先锋派。怎么到了德国就成了通俗作家了呢?
顾彬:因为他们讲故事。莫言的《生死疲劳》,还特别用章回体来写。欧洲的作家写小说通常都写一个人,莫言的小说一写就是几十个人,这让人受不了。中国当代小说家,他们不会写人的内心,他们根本不知道人是什么。他们写的都是人的表象。中国的当代小说家写不出一个城市的味道来。王安忆写上海,她写的是一个非常抽象的上海。中国当代小说家喜欢讲已经讲过的故事,他们没有什么想象力。
我们为什么不需要故事呢?我们看报纸,看电视,听新闻,生活里有作家们想不出来的故事。我们需要的不是故事,而是揭示。但是中国当代作家没办法给我们揭示什么东西,不能给我们揭示为什么会发生某件事情,为什么一个地方会有某个特点,为什么有人会跳楼,为什么有人会对生活失望,人应该走什么路,人应该怎么办。
星期柒新闻周刊:回答您这样的问题,难道不应该通过一个故事来表现吗?
顾彬:应该看这个作家有没有思想。现在的作家都是为了钱而写作。他们写作不会少写一句话,而一定会多写一句话。因为多写一句话,他们可以多拿一点钱。德国的翻译家翻译中国的小说,要“翻死了”。德国翻译家翻译中国作家的作品都是意译,都是减缩的。中国的小说都太冗长了。
在德国文学界看来,美国和中国的小说都是通俗小说。
德国人顾彬:余华莫言是落后作家 他们根本不懂人是什么
中国当代作家:女的胸部大,他就想摸一摸
星期柒新闻周刊:翻译到德国的中国小说多吗?
顾彬:很多。卫慧、棉棉、虹影的书卖得特别的好,因为德国大部分读者是女性。
星期柒新闻周刊:您在2007年说的“垃圾”,实际上指的就是这些女作家的作品?
顾彬:对。
星期柒新闻周刊:如果说卫慧、棉棉的书是垃圾,那么您如何评价余华、格非这一代中国作家的作品?
顾彬:他们根本不是先锋,他们是落后的。他们都在讲故事。比如格非的最新的小说还是在讲故事。还有一个问题,中国不少作家,他们小说中的叙述者对女人的态度是我们所受不了的。在他们的作品中,男人没办法了解女人。女人都是肉。比如说,莫言的《酒国》,男的碰到女的,女的胸部很大,他就想摸一摸。我打开一本书,看到这样一句话,我马上就会把书合上。我不能接受他们对女人的态度。
德国人顾彬:余华莫言是落后作家 他们根本不懂人是什么
顾彬在长城

中国当代小说家应该沉默二三十年
星期柒新闻周刊:在您看来,中国当代文学存在着很严重的问题,就像一个病人,那怎么医治呢?
顾彬:第一,他们应该沉默二三十年;第二,他们应该继续写,写完后把作品放在抽屉里,过了二三十年,拿出来看好不好;第三,他们应该学外语;第四,他们应该读外国的原著;第五,他们应该和外国的作家见面,进行交流,不应该通过我们介绍。很多汉学家,没有文学的背景。
中国当代诗人写出了最好的诗歌
星期柒新闻周刊:高行健之后,中国作家有谁会诺奖呢,或者说您欣赏的当代中国作家有哪些呢?
顾彬:诗人:北岛、多多、杨炼、王小妮、翟永明。他们可以和世界上最好的诗人相比。
星期柒新闻周刊:请您也具体评评中国当代的小说家吧。
顾彬:格非,《迷舟》不错,但后来的作品不喜欢,都在讲故事。苏童,一样问题。余华,他的先锋作品我不喜欢,我比较喜欢他作品中的人道主义,但最近的小说不喜欢,《兄弟》写得比较脏。孙甘露,是在玩文学。
星期柒新闻周刊:您看过韩寒、张悦然等80后作家的作品吗?
顾彬:我知道他们。应该有一个中国人告诉我应该看,但是没有一个中国作家、学者向我推荐他们。我也看过一些,他们中的一些人寄作品给我,他们用最简单的语言写作。新一代的人有可能会有他们的贡献。但我还要对此思考。
星期柒新闻周刊:最后一个问题,您最欣赏的当代中国作家是谁?
顾彬:这是一个非常麻烦的问题,因为北岛是美国人,多多是荷兰人,杨炼是新西兰人,他们还是中国作家吗?我这样回答你:翟永明。她是生活在中国的中国诗人。
星期柒新闻周刊:再加一个问题,如果范围扩大到整个20世纪,包括那些逝去的作家呢?
顾彬:鲁迅。
德国人顾彬:余华莫言是落后作家 他们根本不懂人是什么
诗人北岛:卑鄙是卑鄙者的通行证,高尚是高尚者的墓志铭。

文章来源:《现代快报》,记者

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