Are they like us?

 

Well, this is my last post on this page for a little. I begin my journey to Kaifeng, China at 430am EST, so I will be off the grid for a few weeks.

As I am about to embark on college life in another country on the other side of the world, that has a different political system and value system then us; I wonder: are Chinese college students like us?

I stumbled on to this page today and realized that yuppers they sure are….lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Pics here: China Porky’s: Chinese Students Revenge, 110 pics – china-underground.com.

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The Lastest Invation into North Korea? K-pop!

According to the website donga.com  The K-pop Wave that has been sweeping
Europe and all of Asia has jumped the fence into North Korea.

Can this be the diplomatic event that could
bring the peninsula back together? I don’t know but I am happy to watch them
try….for hours and hours…

Heres the scoop:

South Korean pop music, or K-pop, has reportedly
started to gain popularity in North Korea.Despite a stern crackdown by the North’s security authorities, many people in
the North led by the children of high-income families are learning the latest
South Koreanfolk songs and dance, news reports say.Introducing this trend, the U.S.-based Radio Free Asia said Tuesday, “Names
of South Korean dance groups, such as Girls’ Generation’ and Big Bang are no
longer unheard of in North Korea.”

A Chinese trader who frequently visits North Korea told the broadcaster,
“South Korean dance fever is sweeping young people in Pyongyang,” adding, “A
homemaker of a well-heeled family asked me to get a Girls’ Generation CD to her
recently.”

The Radio Free Asia report said dance is so popular among children of the
North`s rich and powerful in their teens and 20s living around Pyongyang’s
Junggu or Daedong River districts. Rumors also suggest that “those who cannot
dance disco cannot play with other children.”

Private lessons for dance have gotten popular, and tutors even teach dance
and singing at homes and exercise rooms for 20 U.S. dollars per month.

The trader said, “These days, homemakers of rich households don`t tell their
children to learn the accordion or another instrument, and are more interested
in teaching modern dance entailing both dance and singing.”

The children of senior North Korean officials who attend prestigious schools
such as Kim Il Sung University and Pyongyang Commercial University are enjoying
South Korean and Western music by dodging the relatively loose crackdown on
them, he said.

“Hallyu,” or the Korean Wave of South Korean pop culture, has been repeatedly
confirmed by North Korean defectors. With more South Korean dramas and music CDs
flowing into the North via the North Korea-China border, chances are high that
famous South Korean singers, including girl groups, will enjoy increased
visibility, experts say.

An official at Hanawon, a state-run training center assisting North Korean
defectors to settle in the South, said, “Many North Korean students really like
South Korean songs and dance, and they easily follow South Korea’s singing and
dancing,” adding, “Dance performances staged in the trainees’ completion
ceremony at Hanawon is just as impressive as performances by South Korean
singers or students.”

North Korean authorities are stepping up their crackdown on hallyu, with one
saying, “The inflow of external trends, including the Korean Wave, should be
blocked.”

Pyongyang apparently believes that external winds of this nature could pose a
stumbling block to consolidating the structure of power succession for heir
apparent Kim Jong Un.

In a visit to Shinuiju early last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il
reportedly criticized his country`s fashion and social disorder by saying,
“North Pyongan Province has become a dance hall of capitalism.” He then ordered
a stronger crackdown.

I love when I accidentally find great music! NeeHaoMag & Beilei

While reading on a new magazine i am enjoying NeeHaoMag I found this awesome artist Beilei. So I searched on Youtube and found her videos there. She is awesome! Check her out!!

China: ills with capitalist characteristics

http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2011/07/26/chinese-ills-with-capitalistic-characteristics/#axzz1TDvB4XA3

July 26, 2011 1:55 pm by Patti Waldmeir

Everyone knows China is good at copying things Western – like handbags and iPods and even whole Apple stores – but increasingly, the Chinese are aping the worst aspects of Western culture, along with jeans and electronics. Increasingly China is copying the diseases of capitalism, like heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and diabetes.

According to a report today from the World Bank, the Chinese Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation, “Toward a Healthy and Harmonious Life in China: Stemming the Rising Tide of Non-Communicable Diseases”, China is experiencing an “epidemic” of non-communicable diseases – the kind that the third world poor (with their malaria and malnutrition) can only dream about.

The report says the number of cases of cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, diabetes and lung cancer among Chinese people over 40 will double or even triple over the next two decades – unless Beijing does something to prevent it.

According to the report:

This trend is rooted in the social, economic, and environmental changes the country has experienced in recent decades, in particular, the rapid aging of the population and exposure to health risk factors such as high smoking rates among males, growing obesity due to increased consumption of fast foods rich in fat and salt, sugar-rich soft drinks and decreased physical activity in cities.

In other words, these are diseases of wealth creation.

China’s exploding health problem will strain the economy and could cause serious social problems, the report says – whereas tackling it could save the country a lot of money.

Reducing cardiovascular diseases by one percent per year from 2010-1040 could generate an economic value equivalent to 68 percent of China’s real GDP in 2010, more than US$10.7 trillion, the report says. It is the kind of statistic familiar from healthcare debates worldwide: every society on earth could save money if its citizens would just jog more.

But in China, there could be an added impact on wealth creation: it seems that rich entrepreneurs – the kind who generate a lot of China’s wealth — die even earlier than poorer Chinese. According to figures published in state media last week, since 2003, some 72 renminbi billionaires have died earlier than they ought to have done – from accidents, murder, suicide or illness. (An unususually high number were also executed for getting rich illegally, the report notes).

When it comes to electronics or entertainment, China is trying hard to cast off its image as a copycat culture – but when it comes to the diseases of capitalism, it seems China is getting better and better at duplication.

 

72 Chinese Millionaires Died Premature Deaths

According to:http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_72-chinese-millionaires-died-premature-deaths_1568987

As many as 72 multi-millionaires in China have either died since 2003 of unnatural causes or have died young, a media report said on Sunday. They all had personal assets exceeding 100 million yuan ($15.51 million).

Fifteen were murdered, 17 killed themselves, seven died in accidents, 14 were executed and the other 19 died at an early age due to illness, Shanghai Daily quoted New Culture View newspaper as reporting.

The average age of the super rich who died from sickness was 48. Cardiovascular ailments and cancer were the biggest killers.

The media report said that anxiety over a long period of time coupled with high work pressure and excessive social activities contributed to their sickness.

“Chinese people live on average more than 70 years. The millionaires obviously died earlier than average,” Ding Chunsheng, director of the health education center in Changchun city, was quoted as saying.

Fifteen of them were done to death for their wealth by either a friend, partner or competitor.

China opens 1st rescue center for endangered white dolphins CCTV News – CNTV English

China opens 1st rescue center for endangered white dolphins CCTV News – CNTV English.

A rescue and breeding base for endangered Chinese white dolphins started a trial operational period on Saturday in the southeastern seaside resort of Xiamen. The base is the first of its kind in the country.

The base, located on the city’s Huoshaoyu Islet, includes a rescue center and a breeding area and can accommodate up to four to six white dolphins, said Pan Shijian, vice mayor of Xiamen.

Previously, rescuers had to return injured white dolphins back to the sea after giving them simple medical treatment due to the lack of a rescue base, Pan said.

“From now on, the base will be a hospital for injured or stranded dolphins,” he said.

The base will also be used as a rehabilitation center for children with infantile autism and brain paralysis, with the dolphins acting as “doctors” during the children’s recovery period, he added.

The Chinese white dolphin mainly lives in the seas around Xiamen and the Pearl River estuary in south China. The dolphins are under first-class state protection.

The Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences estimates that about 2,000 of the dolphins are living in China’s seas.

China Invests In Filmmaking, For Image And Profit : NPR

I just read an interesting article, China Invests In Filmmaking, For Image And Profit : NPR about the Chinese government investing big dollars into the film industry so that it can promote a film that shares both Chinese culture and large box office dollars like “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” did.

Unfortunately, the truly great movies out of China are not your kung fu epics that the American audience eats up. If it doesn’t contain high-flying, crazy fight scenes or bad guys vs good guys through a crazy antics, it wont catch the American eye.

The average American doesnt look for good stories and dramas to come out of China. They are afraid that the story is something that will be lost in translation or that you need to read a history book to follow the plot.

Both of which are not true.

Some of the best movies i have ever seen are from China. Yes, if you understand a little more of the history of the country and culture it gives you that something extra that others may notice the subtle tones. But I dont catch the stuff some get in big blockbusters in the US either.

My hope is that more movies come out of china and grace our silver screens (well i guess it is more lcd screens now) and share the beauty that is Chinese culture.

If you would like to see more about Chinese culture and quality movies out of China here are my 10 favorite.(not in any order because they all are amazing) They are available on netflix and if you want many are chopped into 10 minute sections on Youtube as well.

 

1) Raise the Red Lantern

 

2) Farewell my Concubine

 

3) To live

 

 

4) World without Thieves

 

5) Balzac and the little seamstress

 

6) Lust Caution (warning much nudity and sex scenes) (Wang leehom *sigh*)

 

7) Shower

 

8) Curse of the Golden Flower (Jay Chou *sigh*)

 

9) The Message

 

10) eat drink man women (from and about Taiwan but family is family in china and it is very good way to see life from that perspective.)

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