Chinese Corruption vs US Corruption

Chinese Corruption vs US Corruption   Not a day goes by when the New York Times or Wall Street journal makes another claim to the ingrained corruption and nepotism that plagues Chinese Society and political dialogue, citing purged officials and an angry Chinese public whose growing demands for accountability and truthfulness are not being met. The similarly styled articles are printed every week by our most highly regarded sources of investigative journalism to a nauseating degree, so much that we now ignore these articles as Read more [...] Read More

To Pee or Not To Pee?

To Pee or Not To Pee? Babies and toddlers in China don't wear nappies because they are 'uncomfortable' and 'mafan'. Not to mention an 'unnecessary expense'. Having witnessed it, we know that adults are happy to lift up a child from behind, gripping the back of its thighs, and allow it to urinate (or worse) in full and clear view of passers by in public places such as parks or pavements. Underwear doesn't have to be removed because there isn't any. Just a rudimentary hole cut out of the child's lower-body wear. As strange Read more [...] Read More

The Problem with Helping in China

The Problem with Helping in China Those of us who have spent time in China have all encountered situations where we are left scratching our heads in disbelief. No instance more so than the sight of a citizen in distress, surrounded by a sea of public common indifference. Those of us who have taken in the nightspots of China have probably witnessed alcohol-induced physical confrontations between natives. Of course, bar districts of the world suffer more or less the same problems; this in itself is not exclusive to China. The Read more [...] Read More

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube returning to the mainland

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube returning to the mainland   Since mid-2009, following riots in Xinjiang, the Chinese authorities have blocked Facebook, Twitter and Youtube in mainland China, claiming that they were the medium through which the riots were organised. Computer-savvy expats have long been using VPNs to access their favourite censored content, however, soon some of them won’t need to any more. According to The South China Morning Post, many censored sites such as Facebook will be accessible within a newly planned Free Trade Zone Read more [...] Read More

Talk About Missing the Boat

Talk About Missing the Boat This week in east China's Shandong Province, a severely hungover and confused man awoke in a huge container which was about to be shipped out of Qingdao City Port that morning. Mr Jiang, shocked and dazed, was jolted awake when the container he was in was hoisted 20 metres into the air and stacked on top of other guowai bound shipments. He had stumbled into the container three hours before being woken up by the crane at 7.20am - he had mistaken it for his employer-provided dormitory. Jiang was Read more [...] Read More