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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Unequal treaty 不平等条约

I grew up with the term “unequal treaty” of the Qing dynasty. Learned from schools and read from books. But as I’m getting older, I begin to question it. Crying baby. Loser. Sour grape came to mind. And wondering: 1. … Continue reading

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Shame on the school

An incoming freshmen kid from Beijing is happily showing off one of her top picks. For reasons not too clear why would I click the picture but I spot the wrong word in the second paragraph: After careful review or … Continue reading

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$1:¥7.48

Is this for real? Really??? Trader’s mistake? Confused with Singapore $? One US dollar is worth more than 7 yuan – RMB. Oh my.  Howeverm Yahoo has at ¥6.878 and Bloomberg at 6.8815.     正在睡梦中,忽然觉得有点儿什么事儿,一屁股坐起来发现人民币一夜之间暴跌,心中如有晴天霹雳,有件事儿让我久久不能平静,我一直在想,人民币一夜狂贬值,我的资产会不会缩水呢,想到这里我一个咕噜从床上翻起来,抓起放在桌上的一美金纸币,迅速的跑去银行排队,一夜暴富的机会终于来到了,我终于可以吃上一粒梦寐以求的茶叶蛋了…… 是不是交易员大乌龙 和新加坡元搞混了?

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Poke …

FaceBook has a feature or used to: poke. People poke each other for fun, for a little attention, to say hello. The media is going wild over Trump talking a call from Taiwan. Pls, people, get real. He’s NOT a … Continue reading

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A wise man submits to fate

Chinese has an idiom: 识时务者为俊杰, means servers are clever or whoever understands the times is a great man, or those who suit their actions to the time are wise. The youths in Hong Kong are misguided, who should learn this … Continue reading

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Divorces, Shanghai style

WSJ and 上海离婚登记处 Are you being shanghai’ed should add one more meaning now: divorce. They certainly do thing differently: In Shanghai, Couples Rush to Divorce to Buy Property Later. Splitting up often means selling the house. But Shanghai couples dashed to … Continue reading

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Service, service and service

Hunter Vision Center, Inc 华埠眼镜公司 4157 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355 @ Sanford copticalgroup.com (718) 939-6888 I go in on a weekday afternoon, at around 4pm. The store isn’t crowded. Two female staff are busy with clients. They don’t see … Continue reading

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The invading forces

I spot a dancing group at the pool after the match. It’s pretty secluded area. Many neighbors and neighborhoods in China complained about them for the noisy and turf. (Dalian and Beijing). Now they bring that to US as well. … Continue reading

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The child labor

This 2014 Time article is about 73% parents are supporting their adult children. With the help of a chart, it shows adult children live at home much longer nowadays … and goes on to write: … Little more than a century … Continue reading

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‘Gangster grannies’ and China’s shadow banking world “中国大妈”和影子银行世界

BBC, 18 August 2016 Karishma Vaswani, Asia business correspondent Think of the words shadow banking, and you’ll probably conjure up an image of a slick-suited, smooth-talking mafia-esque character who will most likely be found in seedy bars or night clubs. … Continue reading

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What do they see?

Looking at the map of China, each profession within the finances see differently. 行研:  行业研究 Industry Research 投行: 投资银行 Investment Banking (中国大陆称为券商) 基金经理: Fund/Money Manager

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Haier buys GE

It’s official on Monday June 6: for $5.6b, GE belongs to Haier. … and there isn’t a buzz. No major media coverage. Google haier GE today, no major media coverage. Reuters covered on Jan 15 and WSJ on March 3 (0 … Continue reading

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美国疯了?奥巴马傻了? 7月23日到8月3日,一条中国有关南海主题的宣传片以每天24小时,每小时5次的频率在美国纽约时报广场密集播放。3分12秒的宣传片向全球受众介绍中国对南海诸岛的合理、合法拥有无可争议的主权,澄清所谓南海仲裁案的闹剧真相。 这是一个巨大的耳光!而且打这个耳光子的国家是跑到被打者里家里面去打的!而且要一连打十天,而且还要每天打120次!我在震惊之余,陷入长时间的沉默。 一个国家竟然允许和自己的政府不一样的声音存在,并且允许其在公共场合进行传播,而且是如此巨大的幅度,而且是如此针锋相对的观点,而且是事关自己的重大国策! 美国真的疯了吗?奥巴马真的傻了吗? 他的政府,他的国会,他的军人,他的党派,他的政法人员,他的爱国人士,他的粉丝儿,他的追随者,他的航空母舰,他的那些智囊团,难道全都睡着了?他们为什么没有一个人、一个组织公开站出来,为了他们的政府立场,一起来阻止我们的声音? 我曾经担心,他们中的一些激进分子会因此而抵制中国货,会向那个大屏幕抛掷杂物和鸡蛋,会游行示威喊口号!然而我又错了!因为此时此刻,在美国唐人街确实有一批人打着标语走过来了。然而,他们不是反对中国南海宣传片的。恰恰相反,他们是反对美国政府的,更确切地说,是反对自己的户籍所在地政府的。他们是声援中国政府的!是因南海问题向美国政府讨要说法和施加压力的!我向他们竖起了大拇指!OK!你们真棒! 然而,我再一次陷入长时间的沉默! 美国政府、军队、国会、法庭竟然都没有权力阻止言论自由! 然而,更让人匪夷所思的是:美国权威的教育思想库“亚洲协会”公布了一份报告,标题竟然是《全球化时代的数学和科学教育——美国能向中国学习什么》。作为当今世界的唯一的超级大国,第一军事、经济、科技强国,美国不是全力以赴抵制中国的各种思想和观念,而是要向中国学习! 其实,早在去年7月31日,美国《纽约时报》经济版就发表了一篇题为《向中国学习》的署名文章。作者斯坦恩在文章中说,如果你既想要活得好,又无所事事,只知道担心中国发展,那还不如趁早从中国学点东西。学习人家如何通过提高个人能力、大量储蓄及谨慎投资来使个人和国家变得富有。 在经济方面,美国学术界一直在探讨,为什么中国能够在较短时间内,取得经济上的巨大进步?究竟哪些东西值得借鉴?在军事上《孙子兵法》被美国军事界奉为战争宝典。在文化上,美国在自己的国土上建设了近60多所孔子学府!他们不仅知道老子、庄子、韩非子,而且知道李时珍、张衡、董仲舒…… 许多中国人一听到美国向中国学习就飘飘然起来!甚至认为美国衰落了,不自信了,不值得尊重和担忧了。 其实都不是!美国不仅没有衰落,而且自信的很!因为美国不仅有人提出向中国学习,而且还有人提出向朝鲜学习,向俄罗斯学习,向伊拉克学习,向越南学习,向古巴和非洲学习,向世界各国学习!他们会在最落后的国家找到值得自己学习的那一点! 学然后知不足。一个不断学习的国家,一个允许各种意见充分表达的国家,一个能尊重人的基本权利的国家,一个有权力不能为的国家,不是自信是什么!不是发达是什么!不是进步是什么!也许,这正是美国能够成为世界第一强国的真实原因所在! 然而,就在此时此刻,我看见祖国的网络阵地上,一片喊打喊杀喊封之声。什么美狗、汉奸、叛徒、西奴、美爹、走狗;什么反D分子、卖国贼、特务、豺狼,什么删帖、禁言、销号;什么书籍下架、电影禁看、禁止&&&,一拨又一拨的“激进”分子,喊着口号,打着旗帜,如火如荼,不断揭批和揭发。他们有人砸苹果手机、抵制肯德基、诅咒美国人;有人把自由、平等、民主、文明视为美国的专利去嘲笑;甚至有人喊出中国死十亿人,美国死三亿人的豪言壮语!再看看一些大报大刊、舆论阵地、网络战士也全都因中国政府在美国纽约时报广场,打出了自己的南海主张宣传片,而兴高彩烈,手舞足蹈,摇旗呐喊!好似我们打了一个大胜仗!攻克了敌人的一个阵地,收复了一片原本属于我们的土地。 而我无论如何也高兴不起来,忽然感到一种从未有过的惆怅和沉重! 是啊!一个国家允许另一个国家在自己的广场上,宣传和自己的政府截然相反的观点和思想。这需要什么样的胸怀和包容能力!这需要什么样的规则去制约!要打败这样的国家需要什么样的智慧、能力、心胸和文明? 47681

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Does David Beckham …

.. really associate with this Shandong 山东 company, Luneng 鲁能 Group? According to this red banner over a Jinan 济南 street, he’s the strategic partner and ambassador of Luneng Group. This Forbes article claims that Michael Jordan, still is the king: … Continue reading

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My experience on Taobao

I needed a party favor for an event with my own logo. Preferably a cup 杯子, as it sounds bei in Chinese, which rhymes with eternity 辈. The search for a cup on Taobao wasn’t easy due to wide range … Continue reading

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An art work

This colored glass eagle is liuli 琉璃 man-made crystal by Xia shi. It’s a limited edition of 3200 (pretty large quantity!). Mine is : 902.

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