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Trucks Jammed Carrefour in China (photo)

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I collected this photo from QQ (China’s most popular IM software).

I cannot verify the authenticity of this photo.

This photo may not relate to the anti-Carrefour activities in China at present.

The Chinese words in the photo don’t represent my opinions. The words had been embed in the photo the first time I saw it.

I don’t support any anti-France activities at present in China.

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April 20, 2008 at 6:17 am

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We Chinese know less than you about the Tibet riot lately

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Thanks to subscribing RSS from CNN, Reuters, BBC and so on, I read the news headers about Tibet riot last Friday night; and I used proxy to bypass the Great Fire Wall (which bans the sensitive content in Internet coming into mainland China’ Internet) to load the pages to read the whole news.

Not many people around me, even the undergraduate students, have such eager to reach the news reported outside the mainland China. Language and the censorship are two of the obstacles, but the most important obstacle lies in the people’s outlook to the countries’ politics. Because of the strict control on the media country-widely, people have no public platform to discuss politics freely, no mentioning anticipating political activities. And at the same time, people are told that economics development should be the most important goal, to which every issue should give way. Therefore, gradually people just keep eyes on economics aspect of their lives and have seldom enthusiasm on political aspect.

Many people don’t know the Tibet problem lately, a few know but don’t realize how serious it is. Media in mainland China just feed people “pure” news.

Two of my posts quoting news about Tibet from Xinhua news agency (state-owned) and western news agencies separately meet censorship and have been deleted by the Chinese BSPs. Sometimes you just want to talk about something, not going to give criticisms to the government, or even going to say something good to the government, but they are all forbidden.

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March 18, 2008 at 5:36 am

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When The World’s Biggest Movement of Humanity Meets Storm

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This link is the Hong Kong TVB news (01/30/2008), the situation of Guangzhou Railway Station.

Passengers, stranded in the Guangzhou Railway Station, wait below a viaduct outside the station on January 29, 2008 in Guangzhou of Guangdong Province, China. PHOTO BY CHINA PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES

On 01/30/2008, there are more than 800,000 people are trapt in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province which attracts most migrant workers in China. Two or three days ago, before the administration decides to locate these people in different places, there were up to 500,000 people in the area of Guangzhou Railway Station.  Most of them are stranded in rainy outside for 5-6 days. All these people have one dream: Getting on the trains to go home.

Every year before the Chinese Spring Festival, on mainland of China, the world’s biggest movement of humanity performs. Many migrant workers in a few eastern and southern provinces in China, would go homes which are mainly in the north, west and middle of China for Spring Festival. Spring Festival holiday is the only time for these workers to stay with families in a year.

This year, a record 178.6 million people, more than the population of Russia — were expected to travel by train for the holiday, according to railway officials’ estimates.( from AP) Unfortunately, this year, souther China is stroke by the most serious snow storm in the last one hundred years. The chaos in southern China continues more than 1 week, the situation will not change better in 2 or 3 days cause the weather will not turn to better.

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January 31, 2008 at 8:44 am

My Mum in China Stock Market

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I seldom talked with my mum at dining table. But situation has changed recently. “The stock market is climbing today,” this is the common first speech of my mum these days. It triggers my interest. “Well, did you buy some?” I ask.

Mum came to get obsessed in stock market because of the atmosphere made by her female friends and her colleagues in office. Nearly all of them have participated in stock market for a certain period. Some of them have began making considerable money since last one or two year(s). Mum stood outside of the market because father’s advice that the stock market of China wouldn’t go far. But two months ago, she could not resist the temptation from around any more.

The original reason of participating in stock market given by mum is that if she doesn’t do so, she has no common topic with her friends, colleagues, and her clients as well. No matter in office, in the clothing shops, or in restaurants, they always share their information about stock. One day, my mum told me that she went to a factory to discuss the insurance (mum works in insurance company). After a short time, the factory owner and she came to taking about stock. The owner said it is much profitable that investing in stock market than managing a factory which is tired and often cannot receiving money, or at least receiving in time. He invested 1 million Yuan for a few months, and earned half million. At last, they exchanged the names of the stock they are holding.

Mum often says, the income from the stock is much more than the interest when the money in bank. In this case, I always reminder her that the interest from bank is guaranteed but the stock income is not. However, she never gets the point. She still insists that, more money from buying stock than bank. Moreover, she always corrects me when I talk anything negative about stock, “I am holding funds, not stock, they are different. Funds are much safer.” But to me, they are the same.

One day, mum gave advice to her friend that do not buy the stock which she was going to buy, because it is climbing that day. “Why not?” I asked. She said, “Because it is climbing, obviously you should buy it when it is cheaper.” “But what if it is still climbing tomorrow or even for next few days?” I argued. “It will decline one day.” she said. “But don’t you miss the increase these days? And how do you know it won’t keep falling when it start to drop?” I argued. “You don’t know the market!” she got excited, “hey guy, go to know the world outside, you don’t get in the market, you don’t understand it at all.” I know that she cannot give reasonable explanation.

There are some significant changes that happen after mum began buying stock (oh, sorry, funds). She watches the financial news in TV. Every night, she learns to use internet to see the stock. When she is driving, she listens to radio programs talking about stock.

Today, mum said she was going to sale one of her funds because it just has increased 10% in past two months. “It is too slow,” she said. I should have realized that better than receiving interest from bank is also an excuse.

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September 7, 2007 at 1:03 pm

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