Thursday, December 29, 2011

China faces the Future Confronted by the Past

 Mogao Grottoes

The challenge of modern China, as we note at every symposium, is to balance the new economic model with the plight of poor rural peasants.  The job market for migrant workers has grown stale and this provides a much greater modicum of social unrest which could lead to civil war.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!

Beijing International Christian Fellowship

Saturday, December 17, 2011

People to People Relations Needed in US China Stalemate

Time for people-to-people relationships 

- Kaiser Kuo


"It wasn't long ago that encounters between the two countries were pretty much stage-managed," says Kuo, a New York-born rock musician and director of Baidu International Communications. "Sister cities were established, and trade delegations traveled back and forth." 
Today, he says, the need for real people-to-people relations has become critical as China's rising power has become a topic of debate in US elections. While the US is experiencing a crisis of confidence, China is riding a surge of nationalism. 
"Both nations have a great sense of destiny and a sense of exceptionalism," he says, and public opinion in both countries is more important than ever. 
The Internet, he adds, is not always an asset in the relationship. 
"The Internet was supposed to make us all hold hands and sing Kumbaya," he says, "but in reality the average citizen in each country knows just enough about the other to be dangerous." 
Kuo recalls the events of May 1999 when US planes bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, an attack the White House said was a tragic mistake. 
"At that time, there were 8 million people online in China," Kuo says, "and the outrage was immense".
"Imagine if that happened today, with 500 million Chinese online. The river of fire could overflow almost instantaneously, with people on both sides of the Pacific eager to think the worst of each other."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Three Things to Remember About Chinese Consumers

 Don's son, Hoku, at the Great Wall

They are not as poor as you think.
Status is a bigger deal than you think it is with Chinese.
Major opportunities exist now in smaller cities.

As America's economy slows down (crawls to a standstill), China is expanding opportunities elsewhere, including in surrounding countries.  The US needs to recognize these basic facts to produce any lasting trade with China.  And it needs to happen soon. One way to do this is through engaging vigorously areas of trade overlooked previously.  The three above points are the location of those possible neighborhoods.

The American government is largely responsible for our current mess with China.  As the 21st century unfolds, perhaps it is way past time to rethink our China policy as a nation. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Keep your eyes on Huawei going global

Friday, November 25, 2011

What's In A Chinese Name?

Four-letter names

Updated: 2011-11-25 07:35

By Chen Yingqun (China Daily)

 President Obama's brother signs books in Beijing.

Personal names in China are different compared with Western cultures, with the family name coming first followed by the given names. Most Chinese family names have only one character, while given names generally have one or two.

In ancient times after a child was born the family would first go to the ancestral temple and burn joss sticks in a tribute to their forefathers. Then the child's father, or grandfather, or some knowledgeable person in the clan, would name the child according to his or her offshoot and connection to the family.
There were about 20,000 family names in ancient times, but now there are only about 4,000, Wang says. However, only about 100 family names are used by 85 percent of the population, he says.

The top 10 most commonly used family names are: Wang, Li, Zhang, Liu, Chen, Yang, Huang, Zhao, Wu and Zhou.

Monday, November 14, 2011

APEC 2011 Wreaks Havoc on Oahu traffic

I have been working at APEC 2011 all week and I can tell you, it has had some great moments and some horrific ones, beginning with a Federal agent killing a local person at a McDonalds in Waikiki before the event even got started.  I worked inside the security zone for the entire event including high level security at the Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon, where President Obama and high level State Department officials stayed and at the Hale Koa Hotel, where all 21 leaders met.  Right now I am tired from being in the hot sun for the last 10 days or more but here are a couple of pictures.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon

Monday, November 7, 2011

Rare Chinese art donated by East-West Center leader found in storeroom

ANN ARBOR, Mich. >> Propaganda pieces produced in China four decades ago during the Cultural Revolution, donated by former East-West Center president Michael Oksenberg, have been unearthed in a storage room at the University of Michigan — a rare find in either the U.S. or its country of origin, experts said.

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