Month: January 2013

Press Freedom in China: An Insider’s Perspective.

So I read this article by a Mr. 吳國光(Wu, GuoGuang): http://wuguoguang.com/2013/01/25/1449 In it, he has links to videos explaining his years working in the Chinese Press. Several things to keep in mind when you’re watching this: You’ll need to get…

中墨經濟以外

在美國加州洛杉磯市中心住了好久,我親身經歷過與當地墨西哥人。因為美國西部(加州絕對包括在內)曾經屬於墨西哥地盤。後來跟美國打了仗,墨西哥輸了,就把一大塊割捨給美國。所以好多墨西哥人來到美國,就覺得這塊土地還應該屬於墨西哥的。非墨西哥人,他們覺得要滾開。就如收到愛國/國民教育的中國人恨八國聯軍跟西方國家一樣:都覺得自己民族因為當年是受害者,導致他們今天如此悲慘的生活。加上墨西哥人看到的是亞洲的”新富”(nouveau riche)來了之後,開的車是奔馳,寶馬, 住的是好宅, 就覺得憤憤不平。可是他們看不到的: 無論是墨西哥的還是亞洲的, 貧窮人民拼命來到美國,只不過是為了過好日子。居然是同道的, 就應該相謀,相處得不錯吧。非也… 就恰恰有了跟他們一樣窮的人,他們就覺得這些”外來人”在剝奪他們的資源。 曾經有個墨西哥女孩兒問我,”你們中國人憑甚麼來到美國? 你們幹嘛不滾回中國去?” “我出生在洛杉磯, 要’滾回’的話, 就只能原地踏步。” 她就很無理說”你至少給我滾回到唐人街!” 我跟我朋友就反問”我出生在唐人街以外的醫院,你拿我怎麼樣? 那,你們墨西哥人憑甚麼也來到美國呢? 不就是為了同一個原因嗎?” 她就說, “不過這塊地以前是屬於墨西哥的. 所以我們應當回到這兒!” “可是,墨西哥還沒從西班牙得到獨立之前, 這塊地是被西班牙人從原住民搶回來的。” “那是我們強的好! 強的有理!” “你們’強的有理’? 那美國就更有理吧! 好, 雖然出生在此,你要我先從美國’撤回’到中國? 好, 那你們先’撤回’到墨西哥吧!你給我撤回到你那角落去,你不說話沒人當你是啞巴。” 我最恨的就是這種受害者心態。 沒想到兩國之間也會有這麼大的磨擦。 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/OA25Ad01.html … 根據聯合國的經濟委員會拉丁美洲和加勒比地區數字,中國在墨西哥的希薇投資跟美國對比,那年年美國的外國直接投資在該地區向上於八十億美元,還有前一年的150億美元投資。 China’s meagre investment in Mexico…

Outsource to China. Not All That Bad, Maybe?

CROSS POST from the Huh? Category Watching today’s episode of Security Now, and they were talking about this story: http://www.fastcompany.com/3004896/software-developer-caught-outsourcing-his-own-job-china http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9811275/You-never-catch-me-outsource-work-to-China.html http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/01/16/verizon-security-audit-developer-bob-outsourced-china-facebook-reddit-ebay-linkedin_n_2485633.html A US-based software developer has been caught outsourcing his work to China for less than a fifth of…

Chinese in Europe

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/OA24Ad02.html It is a fact: Chinese criminal syndicates based in Europe are increasingly thriving in their business, notably by means of a successful hybridization with indigenous organized crime groups. The phenomenon is impacting the Old Continent as a whole, with…

Sleeping On the Job

http://www.thenanfang.com/blog/netizens-unamused-by-sleeping-officials Officials sleeping on the job? Maybe there’s something in Chinese labor laws that define everyone working needing an afternoon siesta? OK, so much for giving them the benefit of the doubt. But you know, sleeping on the job beats…

Communism Still Looms Large

梁秉鈞 (Leung, Ping-Kwan) recently passed away. I never read any of this man’s poems, but I think his view is supported by all overseas Chinese, of which until recently 2/3 had come from Cantonese-speaking areas: http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/the-death-of-a-poet-who-defined-hong-kong I had interviewed him…

KMT or DIE!

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/OA10Ad01.html TAIPEI – Taiwanese activists and human-rights advocates ushered in the New Year with promises to prevent “a return to authoritarianism” and bring justice to the families of prisoners who were executed just before Christmas. Rights lawyers say they plan…

Emperors Eating Chickens

http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2013/01/11/chinas-only-children-risk-avoiding-untrustworthy-pessimists China’s “little Emperors” have got a lot of bad press in the 30-odd years since Mao Zedong created a generation of pampered and pilloried only children with the “one child policy”. It did not help that KFC, the Western…