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A new Grand Tour - Chinese Tourists in Europe

Great article - A new Grand Tour - The Economist

Very interesting what Chinese tourists find as the must see places in Europe.


Multinationals Sit Out China Trade Battles

Not surprising, since many business decisions can get very political.

Such as Google with Advertising.

A great quote:

The result, one senior Western executive said in an e-mail, is “everybody eating bitterness in solitude.”

Multinationals Sit Out China Trade Battles - NY Times


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Stress & High School Students

I am amazed by how hard my daughter is working in school at her school.  She has heard from friends that college is not harder.  She is very lucky to have a lot of great teachers.

Stress and the High School Student - NY Times


Conned into Harvard

Student who conned his way into Harvard says sorry - Guardian

Amazing getting in and the amount of scholarships he accumulated. 


Friday, December 17, 2010

Asian Last Name & College Apps

How to explain to my daughter why one of her friends who is amazing academically did not get admitted to Stanford on the Early Decision? 

It was not a conversation I wanted to have.  My opinion is it because her friend has a Chinese last name.  Top private colleges want diversity on the campuses, and having to many Asian students (the wrong minority) is not good for diversity.

An older post about a student with a law suite against an Ivy League.

Ivy League Chinese Discrimination (student was also spurned by Stanford).

Chinese & the Ivy League - And one as the Chinese comparing them to Jewish admissions in the past in the Ivy Leagues.

And my time line Racism Against Chinese in the US

So how do you combat this?  One method is being even more amazing.  Another is select colleges that are just as good that don't openly practice this type of discrimination, but may not have the name.  UC's in California for example can no longer openly discriminate.  Instead they can have outreach to communities.  This is why at my daughter's school a representative for one top school would not meet with Asian Students, they were there to meet only with members of supposedly disadvantaged minority groups.  So the school official kept on turning away Asian students and met with nobody.

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Party School Colleges

This is a bit scary.  My daughter is currently applying to colleges and I would rather she not go to a party school.  The trick is figuring out which schools are not the right fit for her.  Colleges often have one message for students, and another for parents.  Using Business Week and other lists of colleges helped.

Five Columbia Students Arrested on Drug Charges - NY Times



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

China in Africa

WikiLeads has more about China in Africa and the resentment that is building.

Cables Reveal Resentment at Chinese Influence in Africa - Speigel Online

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iPads in the Class Room

I am very interested in iPads.

I also agree with this quote:

studies about the value of computers in the classroom indicating that results are "all over the map," according to one local educator

Just having a computer or iPad in a class does not automatically make the class better.  It takes a lot of planning.  The use of an iPad with special ed students sounds interesting.  My guess is it all comes down to content, including the content to help teachers into how to integrate them into a class room in a way that has meaningful positive results.

Rise of the iKids: Schools test iPads in classrooms - Mercury News

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Intellectual Property in China

Good article showing how China requires the sharing of Intellectual property by firms, thus creating competition for the firms themselves.  Just like what happened in the high speed rail industry.

To Conquer Wind Power, China Writes the Rules - NY Times


Monday, December 13, 2010

ADT vs. Chinese Alarm Companies

Chinese Alarm companies seem to want the original installation cost up front.

ADT subsidizes the original installation cost through a 2 to 3 year contract.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day Trading Still Alive, Outsourced to China

Amazing what can be outsourced :-)

A friend of mine's brother used to do this during the last stock bubble.

Day Trading Still Alive, Outsourced to China - NY Times


Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators

In a test given in 65 countries, 15 year old students from Shanghai, China ranked first in Science, Reading, and Math.

US was:
  • 24th in Science.
  • 18th in Reading
  • 31st in Reading.
Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators - NY Times

Shanghai is the richest area of  China.

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US Declining Power? Chinese View

I was listening last night to an interview with a person from the NY times on WikiLeaks, and I was surprised at one comment.  He indicated that China sees the US as a declining world power, while China is accending.  And since about February, the Chinese government has become much more open on this view.

I suggest read this article while keeping that view in line.  It helps explain what is driving the Chinese actions.

China Resisted U.S. Pressure on Rights of Nobel Winner - NYTimes

And this does not help either:
Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tips Suburban ChinaTown ID Theft

Some Tips

Alarms do help.  After this I noticed a lot of homes in our area have alarms.  About 30%.  Everyone seems to know somebody who was robbed in our area.

If your house is robbed, things to do:

1. Get a police report.

2. Report your ID stolen to the IRS.  Our Bank Manager had her ID stolen and 5 years later was called in for an IRS Audit for unreported income.  Income from working in the Garment Industry.  And the Bank Manager does not even know how to sew!  http://www.irs.gov/privacy/article/0,,id=186436,00.html

3. Report your passport stolen.  There is an 800 # and a form.  1-877-487-2778 and Form DS-64: Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen  The person who's passport was stolen must be the one who reports it.  And if they are a minor, they can't do it over the phone.  The form must be filled out now matter what.

4. Put a free 90 day credit alert with any of the credit bureaus.  They will contact the others.  https://www.experian.com/fraud/center.html

5. For your credit card, add a second password on it.  You can get a new card with a new #, but it takes a business day.

6. Fill out an Internet Crime Complaint Center Alert - http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx  (partnership wtih FBI and Justice Dept).

7. Do an FTC Complaint - https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/FTC_Wizard.aspx?Lang=en#last  With this plus your police report you can get a 5 year credit freeze for free.  Basically extends the 90 day credit alert for free.

8. If you lost your passport and such, apply for a new one.  Visit your congressman's office to get it expedited and may be a fee waiver. Same for your naturalization form.  If not, you need to pay $110 for a passport.  A replacement naturalization certificate seems to be $345.

9. Social Security - if you lost your card visit a social security office with proof of your US citizenship.  And yes, if you lost your naturalization certificate you need to wait and get a new one issued ($345 Fee - but may be your congress person's office can help).

10. DMV - Department of Motor Vehicles - we are still figuring this out.

11. If they got any bank account information (like a check).  Close your old account and open a new one.  You can supply your bank with a list of checks to allow to clear for your old account.  Yes, its a pain.

12. Insurance Company.  Find out what is covered!

13. Cash - Not a good idea to keep at home.

14. Gold - Keep it in the safe deposit box.

15. Make a copy of all your credit cards.  Scan them and put them off site.  Just in case something happens.  May be in your safety deposit box.  Same with your passports and other photo ID.  Old passports still count as ID, even if they have been notched.

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Barnes & Noble says e-books outsell physical books online

This surprised me.  Oops, details...  Its for their online store (which is getting killed by Amazon).  Not for the books they sell with their physical stores.

Barnes and Noble says e-books outsell physical books online - LA Times


Saving Chinese from English

I have noticed the use of English words in Chinese.

Saving Chinese from English - The Economist

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

China has seen the future, and it is coal

Two slightly different views:

China has seen the future, and it is coal by George Will, Washington Post

Dirty Coal, Clean Future - The Atlantic

The question is can coal be made to a clean energy source?  And will China actually make its coal burning plants comply with their clean air requirements.  The current answer seems to be on paper yes, but actually no.


PayPal in China

Note it is about people in China selling to outside of China.

PayPal gets toehold in China

In a move designed to help parent company eBay gain traction in the world's fastest-growing e-commerce market, PayPal inked a deal this week with China's largest municipal government to allow it to offer a foreign exchange settlement service to Chinese entrepreneurs selling to overseas consumers.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Chinese in Mexico

Interesting article (bad title that is mis-leading).

I did not realize their was a massacre of 300+ Chinese during the Mexican Revolution in 1911.  I admit, my knowledge of Mexican History could be better.

Chinese Mexicans: The first illegal immigrants - SG Tribune

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China Squeezes Foreigners for Share of Global Riches - WSJ.com

Greed vs. Common Sense.

Greed for a share of the Chinese market, verses teaching your future competition how to go into your market.

China Squeezes Foreigners for Share of Global Riches - WSJ.com


Chinese Company M&A $1 Billion

I am not understanding the strategy here.

China State Grid buys Brazil power assets for $1B - SF Gate

and they also bought the Philiphines Power Grid for $3.9 Billion.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Wal-Mart Moves to Invest in China Online Retailer

Not sure I understand the logic behind this.

Wal-Mart Moves to Invest in China Online Retailer - NY Times

$500 Million investment.

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Harvard's Hoops Star Is Asian. Why's That a Problem?

Sad that some in the US still use the Ch*nk word.

Harvard's Hoops Star Is Asian. Why's That a Problem? - Time Magazine


Christmas — and dim sum

I am surprised that for the Empress Pavillion in LA that Christmas is their biggest day.

Christmas — and dim sum - LA Times

Trekking to Chinatown to feast on the delicacies is a holiday tradition for many in the Southland.


Book publishers see their role as gatekeepers shrink

Book publishers see their role as gatekeepers shrink - LA Times
Writers are bypassing the traditional route to bookstore shelves and self-publishing their works online. By selling directly to readers, authors get a larger slice of the sale price.

The article is partially correct. Yes, book publishers are seeing some authors go directly to an e-Book, giving the author a higher percentage of sales.

Sometimes this make sense, and sometimes not.
If your established and have a huge base of fans, it probably makes sense. If your not established and don't have a book publishing deal, it may make sense.  Its a lower cost than self publishing your own physical book with the required minimums (which is also changing with print on demand). If your in between, a book publisher offers editing and the ability to sell your product.

Charles Stross on his blog has some good posts on the economics of publishing.


Friday, December 24, 2010

What the article missed was the Chinese version of the State Department is no represented at the highest levels of the Chinese leadership.  And also the Chinese attitude towards their neighbors has been a bit condescending, and not as humble as in the past. 

China has a lot of peacemaking to do - LA Times
After the Nobel mess, a row with Japan and other diplomatic missteps, Beijing is trying to mend ties with its neighbors and the West.


Santa in China

Southland rent-a-Santa spreads Christmas cheer in China - LA Times
Richard Goodman, a retiree from La Habra with a white beard and a red suit, ventures into a culture where most people know little about the jolly old elf and Christmas traditions.

And some Chinese Christmas Coloring Pages from ChildBook.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dreaming of a Hong Kong Christmas

Dreaming of a Hong Kong Christmas - WSJ

Nice slideshow!

Not much of a Chinese Christmas flavor to it. 


Chinese Christmas Coloring Pages

Chinese Christmas Coloring Pages from ChildBook.

Some free Coloring Pages for Christmas with a Chinese theme!

Santa Coloring Picture 
Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding by Leonore Look
Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding by Lenore Look
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Jenny's favorite Uncle Peter is getting married. Jenny cannot believe that the coming Aunt Stella will take her place as the most important girl in Uncle Peter's life.

  • Jenny's mischief to stop the marriage takes the wedding rites to an interesting turn
  • Demonstrates some Chinese-American rituals on getting married.
  • Fun read.


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Great short story for little kids, ages 4-7. Tells about Chinese customs for marriage through the eyes of a young girl about her uncle's wedding. Any child can relate!

This is a good, short story for young kids, 4-7 years old. It talks about Chinese customs involved in a marriage through the eyes of a young girl who's uncle is getting married. Very light hearted.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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Monday, December 6, 2010

China US Relations Cooling?

What's interesting is what is driving the cooling of the US China relations.

Delay in Korea Talks Is a Sign of U.S.-China Tension - NY Times


Vast Hacking by a China Fearful of the Web

Wow!  A good read to understand why the Google China problems have happened.

Vast Hacking by a China Fearful of the Web - NY Times

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Digital Bullying

Good read.  Scary world for parents...

As Bullies Go Digital, Parents Play Catch-Up - NY Times


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Chinese Tourists Boost Europe Luxury Sales

Good article telling you a lot about the increase of wealth within China as shown by Chinese tourists in Europe.

Chinese Tourists Boost Europe Luxury Sales - WSJ

Key Points:
  • 22% of all Gucci sales in Europe are to Chinese tourists
  • 2.4 Million Chinese tourists will visit Europe in 2010 (estimate)
  • Average spend per Chinese tourist is 718 Euro ($932) on tax free shopping
  • 30% of London Burrberry Sales are to Chinese tourists

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China's Culture of Secrecy Brands Research as Spying

Great article.  Its sad for Dr. Xue and his family being trapped in a catch 22 situation.  My reading is basically anything that is not declared as secret, is a secret and you can be persecuted for it within China.
China's Culture of Secrecy Brands Research as Spying - WSJ

Areas of secrecy include national defense, foreign affairs, policy decisions, economic and social development, plus science and technology.

Some resources to help:
Free Xue Feng - Facebook
Free Xue Feng - Twitter



While secrets from WikiLeaks were splashed all over the American newspapers, I couldn’t help but wonder: What if China had a WikiLeaker and we could see what its embassy in Washington was reporting about America? I suspect the cable would read like this...

From WikiChina - Thomas Friedman

Interesting point of view!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

iPhone App. Fraud

I just found out that the Apple iPhone Application Store has at least one fraudulent app.

Yes, I know better...  Apple at this time does not allow Flash on the iPhone and iPad and I have followed the story.  I was hoping the app. was a work around.

I was getting lobbied to get the cool new iPad in my house to play Flash.  So I downloaded a 99 cent app.
Flash Video Review

Looks like lots of spam reviews for the app.  Most of the reviews are positive, but there are a lot of negative ones.  Apple may have put in, after I bought it a summary, of reviews that shows this.  First time I did not see the summary showing the 60 negative ones.  Next step is figure out how to notify Apple on this and see about a refund.  Yes, its only 99 cents but its the principal of it.


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