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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. Spike Lee just made the movie of the year – saw it The Great Chinese Art Heist American Hostage: The untold story … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 读书小马甲8天前259评论 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。 … Continue reading

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The Eagles and the Wynners

This is a long story but I’ll make it short. Both are bands, one in USA and one in Hong Kong. Glenn Frey was the lead vocal for the Eagles who had passed away in 2016. Alan Tam and Kenny … Continue reading

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Workplace Compliance Services

1843 Central Avenue, #142 Albany, NY 12205 Is this company a fraud, charging $90 to renew a biennial statement, which on the state government site costs only $9 (link here).

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Putin

10 years ago Putin gave an interview – he was chosen as Man of the Year – around the time he got naked on a horse (while Bush was in a fighter pilot suit…) and Mr. Putin said … the … Continue reading

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