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Monday, April 21, 2014

China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years


Wow!

China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years - Daily Mail
The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America 

I know a lot of Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants who have become Christians after immigrating to the US. In Rowland Heights, it's amazing how many churches there are. Yelp only has 3 churches, and I know there is more. Hmm.... A better list with 20 churches in Rowland Heights, which I still think missed a few. There is a huge church off of Fairway and Colima. 10 per Google Maps.

And this huge Buddhist Temple is being built in Rowland Heights.


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Bullying Impacts

I am surprised that bullying could have an impact even 40 years later. Article is so so, and basically notes there is a problem.

Childhood bullying can lead to suicide even 40 years later: Devastating effects can last well into middle age, researchers find - Daily Mail

My guess:

Bullying has caused a type of PTSD. PTSD is where the mind is focused on something negative.

One way is when your body is in a constant state of fight or flight. When you were in danger of being eaten by a saber tooth tiger, your body shuts down everything, except what is necessary to get away. This includes the ability to control your emotion, reproductive, and digestive systems. On the Savannah, this only lasted a couple of minutes. Now, people are living in a long term stressful environment. And when your in combat, you get trained to be in a constant state of arousal.

The real question is how do you solve the challenge of PTSD? How do you retrain the mind so your mind is not always in a state of heightened awareness? How do you make it so a mind can handle more stress? How do you make it so a person has more emotional resilience?








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Friday, April 18, 2014

Cantonese in Hong Kong, for non Native Speakers

Interesting:
http://www.soundstrue.com/shop/The-MBSR-Online-Course/4470.pd

Observations from the article:
  1. It's hard for a non native speaker to learn Cantonese in Hong Kong. The materials are made for native speakers.
  2. If you get the tones wrong in Chinese, native Chinese speakers will mock you. No comment about people in my family doing that to me when ever I speak Mandarin. Or asking me to repeat a word, after Of course, I don't do it when they make mistakes in English, and yes, that is a double standard. Or may be it's just funnier when a mistake is made in Chinese by a non native speaker?
  3. Great quote - Some students compared their experience of composing Chinese characters with drawing pictures, which, according to their teachers, could only be learned through rote learning and frequent practice. They found Chinese characters difficult to learn and easy to forget.

I am not understanding this paragraph:

Written Chinese is challenging for Chinese and non-Chinese speakers alike. This point is encapsulated in the title of an informative research-based book, Difficult Characters, which presents compelling empirical evidence showing speech plays a crucial role in the process of becoming literate in Chinese (and, indeed, in any language).

This makes sense:
Written Chinese is challenging for Chinese and non-Chinese speakers alike.

Not sure about this, since Chinese is Character based, and is not phonic like English:
showing speech plays a crucial role in the process of becoming literate in Chinese (and, indeed, in any language).

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Lunar New Year, Chinese Holidays Won't Be Added to School Calendar This Year

I was surprised that 80% of Chinatown's P.S. 130 have been absent on the Chinese New Year. 14% of NYC students are Asian.

Of course the challenge is the state requires 180 days of instruction, and the current school year is 182-183 days per year. Where do you get the extra days for the holiday?

Reference:
http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140418/chinatown/lunar-new-year-muslim-holidays-wont-be-added-school-calendar-this-year

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jet Search Tests Beijing's Crisis Playbook

Great article that shows a huge amount of changes in how China works with other countries.

Jet Search Tests Beijing's Crisis Playbook - WSJ
China Has Proved a Forceful First Responder in the Hunt for Flight 370, but Also Reluctant to Partner Up With Others

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Future of Small Private Colleges

My 2 cents on what is happening:
  1. Small colleges participated in an arms race for tuition charged and amenities, paid for by student loans.
  2. Parents and students are finally questioning the value of a small college that would buy a house. More money is now owed for college debt, than for credit cards, and it forces graduates with school debt, to put off a lot of things in life such as marriage, buying a house, and kids.
  3. The continued lack of success of graduates finding jobs has made the value of a small private college questionable.
  4. Moocs, online courses that reduce cost will have a huge impact in the near future.
Since I did get my MBA from a small, private college program that is 2nd or 3rd tier (top 50 in some surveys) with a bit of student loans, I do have a few opinions on the matter. MBA and Law Schools are also not the guaranteed meal ticket they used to be.

My thought on colleges:
- Go for the best value.
- If you can't get into a top tier program, and go to a state school.
- Select the program your interested in, and then the college
- Find out the employment rates and pay for graduates of the program at your school.
- Find out the graduation rate for the colleges your interested in

My thoughts on Graduating:
- Your goal in going to college is to graduate. It's not the college experience. Getting a great college experience, and not graduating, is just a waste of your time and money.
- Your time is valuable! Go to school full time, and graduate ASAP.
- Working full time while going to college part time usually does not work. It is better to go to school full time and get it done.
- They money you make before graduation is usually a lot less than you will make after graduation.

References:
Small Colleges Sink Further into the Red - The American Interest
Private Colleges Fight to Keep Data Away from Students - The American Interest
It Doesn’t Matter Where You Go to College - Time Magazine
Do We Over-Invest in Non-Traditional Students? - Minding the Campus

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

China demands satellite data as weather stops search

I don't understand all the twists and turns on the missing Malaysia Airlines.

From what little I picked up:
  1. The flight was going from Malaysia to China.
  2. Malaysia has affirmative action for native Malaysians - basically punishing Indians and Chinese for doings too well.
  3. Malaysia's government does not want to be pained with the term, Islamic Terrorism, and are doing there best to avoid it. The country is majority Islamic.
  4. The opposition and government have a horrible relationship.
  5. It appears there was a deliberate disabling of communicating / location devices.
  6. Nobody knows what happened

China demands satellite data as weather stops search - NY Post

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