User Comments - BigUniverse
Posted on: Interesting ArchitectureMay 18, 2011, 05:55 PM
You know, I'm surprised there wasn't an Atlas Shrugged reference in this lesson. Maybe say that the true "heros" of capitalism and architecture have moved to China.
Posted on: Interesting ArchitectureMay 18, 2011, 05:54 PM
China's got a housing bubble and it's going to pop soon enough. That's pretty much it...the people are taking out loans that they cannot ever repay, too many homes being bought by the rich, and there is a huge labor force for construction jobs. If you stop the construction, then you suddenly have millions of people without jobs. You've seen it with the 清洁工 in the north who spend their days sweeping dust off the streets. The government is trying to keep everyone employed, well-fed, and out of trouble. It's simply big government policy: create random useless jobs to keep people from revolting. The government is well aware of the housing problem, but they need to find something to do with the construction workers and prepare for a labor market shift. Ancient Chinese curse: may you live in interesting times. And these are indeed, very, interesting times.
Posted on: Living in NanjingMay 10, 2011, 03:55 PM
From what I've heard, they like the Aryan look: blue eyes, blond hair, and white skinned. But most peoples prefer lighter skin tones over darker ones, even in communities that traditionally have darker skin tones. From my personal experiences and travels, Chinese tend to think black people look bad. There was a huge controversy in a small village I lived in when a black girl and a local started dating (they eventually married). The town, quite literally, rioted and protested the couple as "obscene." At another place I lived, the locals consistently said that black women looked horrible. When I told them that my girlfriend was black and showing them a picture of her, they insisted that she isn't black (because she has lighter skin tone), haha! She eventually came to Beijing and we had fun asking locals where they thought she was from. Most guessed the Caribbean and Brazil.
Posted on: 5000 Years of HistoryMay 09, 2011, 11:48 PM
I also heard that Australian immigrants were the first to come to the Americas. They were killed off by the people we currently call "Native Americans." Of course, nobody is taught that; it might offend someone. Also, China needs to be big in everything: biggest history, biggest population, biggest polluter, biggest parties, biggest economy, etc. I feel like China is going to become the next America, start driving SUVs, and having hate-speech laws apply to obese people.
Posted on: 土葬和火化April 09, 2011, 07:41 PM
This is true. When it comes to Chinese formalities, you need to have a speech, poem, and a song in hand to make sure you won't embarrass yourself, haha. Drinking etiquette is also extremely important.