Category Archives: Celestial Empire

From China With Love

Anson Burlingame and the Chinese

PBS has a docu tonight at 8 (I think; by CAAM) about this Act. As I’ve been doing some research (unrelating to this Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882) and noticed that this Act is an amendment of Burlingame Treaty signed in … Continue reading

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Qin Shihuang and his books and scholars 秦始皇焚书坑儒

Turning on tv tonight, Smithsonian channel is showing China’s Dragon Emperor, which claims books/scholars burning never happened 秦始皇焚书坑儒没有发生 and he wasn’t a terrible emperor as we had taught/believed. The tv show gives credit to him as  who had unified China and language. … Continue reading

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The Most Influential Chinese Trump Supporter in the World

2017.12.08 Not sure why later David Wang’s face was painted over when I wanted to forward this article to friends. It’s no secret that Donald Trump is not particularly popular among minority groups — especially Asian Americans. In a 2016 survey … Continue reading

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Low end population; Amazon; RYB

I ordered Hershey chocolate on Nov 26 for a birthday boy in Beijing.  In 22 hours, it shipped out from Shanghai and arrived in Beijing (Dahongmen 丰台大红门 Big Red Door @ Fengtai district), to be delivered. However, after two days, it returned to Shanghai on … Continue reading

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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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