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Reasons I want to stay in Hunan

Feb. 4th, 2006 | 05:28 pm

To be honest, I don't like Hunan that much. The floor is greasy in the restaurants. The people always speak at the top of their lungs. The weather is even worse than shanghai, keeps raining all winter. But I want to stay here longer.
1. I'm treated better.
2. I have more freedom.
3. I don't need to rent an apartment.
4. I get to see how corrupt officials are from the lowest level to the higher.
5. I get to eat fresh fish every day.
Reasons I don't want to go back to beijing:
1. Finding a satisfactory apartment is a pain in the a**.
2. Food is terrible at my danwei.
3. I have to sit in the office from eight to five.
4. Complex office guanxi to deal with.
5. I'm just not ready for bj emotionally.

So help me God. Let me stay!

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My Apple days begin!

Jan. 28th, 2006 | 04:09 pm
mood: excitedexcited

Happy exploring!

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They don't really care

Nov. 22nd, 2005 | 06:53 am

Since the death of his sister, He Junyao, now the first confirmed human bird flu case in China, has been in the spotlight. Local and foreign media have kept bugging him. The day when he was discharged from hospital, some reporter asked bluntly whether he missed his dead sister, the boy started to cry. When we visited his home, TV reporters kept asking him what he learned from his illness, blah blah blah, things they need to make news. It was then that I began to think: 1. we can't really trust TV. What we see on TV could be totally created, acted or only half truth. 2. Journalists are so cruel. They don't really care what the boy is thinking and how he is feeling. All they need is some quotes to put in their stories.

The boy said he hated flies but he couldn't do anything about them. Flies are ubiquitous in their house and the whole village.

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Nov. 3rd, 2005 | 07:25 pm

Women workers are wrapping up firecrackers in a fireworks factory in Liuyang, an hour drive from Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan province. They wrap up 2000 firecrackers a day and get paid from 600 to 700 yuan a month. Their products are exported to the United States under an American label.

Zhou Kangbao, co-owner of the factory, burnt his hands by the chemicals when testing for the fireworks formula. A heavy somker as he is, he can only can a puff far away from the workshops, obviously for safety concern.

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Shut up

Oct. 20th, 2005 | 03:29 pm

I always wonder why a lot of Chinese don't turn off their cell phones at meetings or seminars or any other events require a quite environment. This is not the worst. Some people even answer their phones on the spot, with no regard of his/her surroundings. It's not that their phones are so out-dated that they don't have the function to turn to silent mode. They act like they are the only busy people and have zillions of important phone calls to answer. Sun Huashan, vice-director of the State Administration of Work Safety, was listening to a work report of fireworks safety in central china's hunan province. The head of the hunan work safety department talked incessantly on his phone. Sun gave him several hostile looks but the guy just don't seem to get it. In hunan, or maybe in other parts of china, people always answer their phones in meetings. At last, Sun broke out and asked the guy to shut the fuck up.

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this is me

Sep. 30th, 2005 | 07:40 pm

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That explains it

Sep. 21st, 2005 | 05:33 pm

Just came across this today:

"The year 2005 has been designated as The Year of Languages in the US:
http://yearoflanguages.org . There are numerous material reasons to learn
a new language. But the one I believe most crucial is this: once we speak
the language of a people, it's much harder to hate them. And once they are
no longer alien to us, it's much more difficult to drop bombs on them."

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Don't get sick

Sep. 6th, 2005 | 08:26 pm

It's too expensive to be sick, not to mention the ordeal you have to go through in a hospital if you don't have any guanxi there...

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My friend is in love

Aug. 20th, 2005 | 08:00 pm

J called me this morning, at 7, when I was sound asleep. But since she was calling from Germany, I got up and answered the phone. She told me she met someone. That's the first time in 12 years since I knew her she has ever said something like that. She never had a boyfriend in high school or college. The boy is younger than her. That shouldn't be a problem, I said. You are in the right direction cuz old men are such pain in the ass. I just think he's very cute. Is he Chinese? No, he's from latin America. Good, latin americans have long black eyelashes. It's all good, I'm so happy for you, I said. I need some advice, she said. I told her that I couldn't give her any advice cuz I just broke up last night and felt like I've never been in love. I can only tell her that safety first, and there are STDs cannot be prevented by using condoms. I'm so happy for her that I almost forgot my breakup. Jia you, J!

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A Secret Untold

Aug. 17th, 2005 | 09:29 pm

"TJ is very talented but likes to have too much fun,"my friend told me about his colleague. "What do you mean by having fun? Prostitutes?"I asked, in surprise. "Of course, what else can it be?" His reply left me speechless for a moment. I would never think TJ is the kind of the guy that would visit prostitutes, not only because he has a beautiful wife and a cute boy, but that he just doesn't look or act like one. "Almost every man in my company has visited prostitutes,"my friend said. He said he is the exception. "What about DXJ?He too?" "Yes." Then he said once his colleague called two prostitutes to their hotel rooms when they were on a business trip. "W's enery is really amazing," he said. "He could still manage to get up early the next day after a whole night's work." His stories went on...

It's probably the most shocking secret I've been told so far. In China, the farther away from big cities, the more rampant and common sex trade is. For example, once I stayed in a samll city in Hunan. The street where my hotel stood, was full of hair salons or foot message parlors with red light inside, which is a sign of prostitutes. Big and small KTVs occupied the other side of the street. Ironically, the hotel was a government hotel. Male colleagues received phone calls of sex service and they confided that being a journalist involves traveling all the time and they did get lonely in hotels sometimes.

I read on the Internet about 10 percent of Chinese men frequent prostitutes, and that's just the official statistics.

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