Category Archives: China

New Colonial

From “Is this the end of China’s second housing bubble?”, by Valentin Schmid, Epoch Times, July 7-13, 2017: …When the economy started to cool in the beginning of 2016, China opened up the debt spigots again to stimulate the economy. … Continue reading

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Worshiping Trees

Asked a political person why some in politics seemed to be such protectors of Falun Gong. Seemed like a cult. Remembered a reception involving a Chinese official who, in personal conversation, expressed such sentiments. Though maybe cult-like elements are found … Continue reading

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Met someone from China, in mid-20s, whose English was perfect, with a slight American accent. Wondered how this had happened. Turned out her mother, a university professor, valued English for her child from an early age. From the age of … Continue reading

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Happiness Measure

Measuring national happiness seems to be a major activity of some. Well, at least the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Earth Institute seem to focus on this. Some of the dimensions, from a March 16 story by Philip Pullella … Continue reading

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From Bloomberg Business, “The World’s Coolest and Largest Winter Festival“, in relation to the ice sculptures of Harbin, China: Together and alone:

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Moving Towards Fade

Image from Beijing, of yesterday, or today. This beauty, this horror. Breathing no fire.

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Best Middle School

“I went to the best middle school in the country,” he said. Mentioned this to a friend, who said “I went to the same school.” Saw both then in a particular light. Thought middle school meant Grades 7 to 9. … Continue reading

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