eddie10: @cw, putting the Party's "8 Immortals" (okay 6 of 8) pics as the headline must be part of the "not offend" brilliant strategy. :) Ahhh... me thinks some moments spend with this book:
West Meets East: Research Methodology in Strategy and Management Building Theoretical Bridges (ISSN: 1479-8387), or perhaps other similar ones will help.
In Western literature, poetry is a natural medium for expressing and contemplating doubt,
paradox, and contradiction, but not commonly used in the public discourse on management. In China <sic> poetry carries much rich information and has been widely used by government officials to adapt to contextual factors. Hence, analyzing poem as a particular form of stories has significant implications for contemporary management research. Although the content of the poem holds constant, the audience group and associated interpretations change over time. Ambiguity is the nature of poetry, which allows readers ample room for interpretation, association and imagination.
Varnum et al (Varnum, Grossmann, Nisbett, & Kitayama, 2008) found that when comparing Chinese and American subjects, Chinese preferred dialectic arguments, while Americans preferred local arguments. Western-style causation has had a considerable impact in academic circles worldwide, while the dialectical approach has not been widely adopted in the West so far.
Perhaps CW can see fit to write a poetry about such "points for consideration of improvements"? May I introduce some works of DuFu (杜甫) and LiBai （李白） as references? ;)
llbb: I'm interested in the remarks on scooters. Has the writer never seen the signs on downtown streets prohibiting certain vehicles (carts, and/or scooters and/or bikes)? They definitely exist and are generally well-respected. Ignoring how much of the downtown scooter traffic is kuaidi and other delivery-related many of the streets are in the city core, banning scooters outright doesn't make any sense for commuters.
They're trying to have fewer vehicles on the road, and anyone currently commuting on subways or buses can attest to the fact that the metro system simply couldn't handle all those people taking the metro. Never mind that, it doesn't make sense in many cases. I can drive to work in 15 going more or less straight, or take it two stops west and two stops north and walk, which takes 35+ minutes, depending on the crowd.
There are definitely changed that should be made to enforcement, and one can look to the efforts that have been made in Kaohsiung, Taiwan to keep scooters well enforced. They have separate waiting zones in intersections, and are extremely strict on helmet-wearing (for foreigners and locals.) While a smaller city, they are working with a city whose residents average 83 scooters per 100 residents (as per 2010 stats)
editor_nick: I didn't write this but I know who did, and I think there is still misunderstanding, despite the two obvious disclaimers at the top.
Wicky it's not a complaint.
A New Yorker can still make 10 reasons why New York must improve.
So someone living in China - even someone not Chinese - can still make 10 suggestions on some basic improvements. Don't be offended so easily when no offense is meant.
Basic ideas to improve are always a good thing for everyone.
eddie10: “She hath good entrepreneur skill at her factory, that’s certain,” remarked one of the burger-hungry spectators; “but did ever a Party, before this brazen Husi, contrive such a way of dressing bad meat!"
Oh, its a Red letter day... and the pound have dropped and the children are creating.
wickymomo: How many population does NYC and London have? 8 million and 7 million, wow that's a lot, but Shanghai get 30 million according to the latest data :) Let me know which city except Tokyo can make you live as comfortable as Shanghai if it has 30 million people especially this Chinese government only established for 65 years. Change and complain is easy to raise but you have to consider about the reality before you gonna take action. I can feel Shanghai is getting better and better, you can go to your New York and London if you don't like here cuz no one force you come to Shanghai anyway. Don't think you are smart before you totally understand Shanghai and this country.
troycekey: @Louise It seems to me that in a city that boasts to be an "international city" that living conventions there should reflect what is considered to be standard conventions found in all other cities that claim the description. Actually, Shanghai is not an international city at all. It might be a cosmopolitan one but even that is debatable. "International city" is a UN designation referring to population density. To quality as an international city, a city must have a minimum of 15% percent of its total population being foreign. Shanghai, at 25 million, doesn't even have 1%. This tiny minority has no significant influence over the others to quantify Shanghai as cosmopolitan either except in a very few streets like Yong Kong Lu or the Bund that cater to largely expats seeking refuge and wanting to be with their own.
Louise, I would ask you to take one step backwards and reread your post because it is thick as oatmeal with your many biases. We all have them and you are not without yours. What I personally dislike is when I encounter people of your ilk that pretend otherwise and speak with their intellectual bubblegum.
Actually, whoever penned the article for CW pretty much had it right. What's not to agree with in any of their declarations and including the other comments provided by those who have posted here? The truth be told, this is a savage place with little rule of law in almost every area of this culture and behind this thin facade of all this glitz and bling is mediocrity at every level. What makes me aware is that every street I walk down I see only faces of worry, anxiety, fear, pessimism, and unhappiness rushing to and fro. Where are all the happy smiling positive and thoughtful to others, people? This town's in tatters. Who does the future belong to here?
louise89: I'm not saying we shouldn't get to express how we feel about life in China - after all, we do live here. I wouldn't have a problem with the article if it had been properly researched and written. And I rest my case. The author is ethnocentric.
theannoyingtick: Love how CityWeekend writes it and not post the real author of this blog, guess you forget to mention "FREEDOM OF SPEECH"
The word of the day is BRIBERY
Narsfweasels is totally correct...you are an idiot! none of these changes can be made. There are always alternative (BRIBERY) ways to get what you want in this country..if you haven't found that out yet then what are you doing here???
VPN? Satellite TV? BRIBERY?..
You mention about the metros...when last did you take the metro? have you seen how many people actually take the metro now? let alone buses and when last could you get a taxi in "rush hours"? unless you have a taxi app and then you have to tip(BRIBE) the taxi 20 rmb just so you can get a ride...
VISAS-unless you have the real documentations then you don't have to fly here there an everywhere....if you don't...then again...BRIBERY..
FOOD-Food safety has always been a problem. "cat on a stick", fake milk products, fake eggs, obviously Shanghai Husi did not pay their "BRIBERY" to some official and now everyone has to suffer..e.g Mcdonalds, KFC, Starbucks, Johnny Moos(yes they even get their food from Shanghai Husi), check sherpas and try order a burger...
"If you cant handle the heat...get out of the kitchen" ;)
narsfweasels: "Why should other countries apply the same logic and regulations as your home country?"
EXCELLENT question! Why SHOULD we expect that the laws of the land be followed? Why SHOULD we expect that the PRC Constitution be more than a piece of paper that the Politburo occasionally pull out to have a good laugh over? Why on Earth SHOULD we expect people not to smoke in a non-smoking area? Why SHOULD we expect that traffic lights be respected rather than regarded as decoration to break up the monotony of the roads?
It's clearly OUR fault for having EXPECTATIONS.
Additionally: you're an idiot.
gargantua: @ Louise
I can't shake the feeling that "tone" of your comment is that of an infatuated or fatuous, (either one works) China apologist. People who live here, whether they are from here or not, ought to express their opinions and calls for change as freely as possible, as doing so is healthy in many ways; the Hegelian dialectic model trumps top-down status-quo mongering and knee-jerk defense mechanisms any day. Unless of course, you'd care to share with us your own 10, no doubt bold, changes to life in the city&country, in your oh-so correct "tone". I'd give good odds to any takers that that list would ooze thick the tone of an obsequious little prig. I'm not holding my breath.
louise89: I think this article would have been a bit more convincing had it been better edited and copy-edited - books, covers, etc :)
I think most foreigners and Chinese would agree on many of the points you made here, but this article gives off a distinct impression of entitlement, as well as a lack of intercultural understanding. Did the author write this on a particularly bad China day? We've all had them - it doesn't justify this poorly-researched rant.
To understand the cultural values that underpin a different culture we must first examine our own unconscious bias and worldview. Maybe by doing that you would gain a better grasp of Chinese culture and why things are the way they are, or why you see them the way you do.
To add to what I said earlier, it would be easier to take this article and its author seriously if it weren't so blatantly apparent that they didn't do any kind of thorough research for this piece. Anyone can sit down and bang out a couple of pages on this topic. Why should other countries apply the same logic and regulations as your home country? The context is completely different - and context is of extreme importance in Chinese culture. Do your homework, have the respect to learn the language and more about the culture, and then maybe you can proselytize on what's best for a country you aren't from.
I appreciate that your intentions may have been good, but the tone of this piece is completely off, and this does not set the bar high for journalism at CityWeekend.
ddsclub: Taxi, use UBER!! you don't mind paying more!
Scooter- we all love our quaidi man that delivers everything in a day, we love Mc Donalds we love sherpa no scooter no luxury of delivered to your door. think before you jump the gun. The foreigner gets pulled over because he's riding the gas powered bikes and goes where ever they want because they think they are foreigners.
All over the world the visa's are hard to get. It's not just China even though you think that your bettering China because your here!!.
Internet: crime down no porn, no crap so no news is good news! you need to see world get a VPM
TV same get a satellite, China shows what they want the people to see stop throwing what you think they need or want because your use to it!!
Sandwich shops go to who you know subway, Mc Donalds, and all the other franchises.
food safety it's got a long way to catch up!!, when you make small portions everything is good, when you try to do volume you add additives and preservatives, and you need the facilities. China just tries to do mama papa manufacture, it's a while before the health inspectors enforces rules
Why does every foreigner want what is in the rest of the world. If it's all here you won't be!!
jamiekin: Dear Cityweekend, this is a good article about China. I found myself nodding a lot while reading it.
To me Food Safety and fixing the Pollution situation should be number 1 and 2. Next would be scooters/ enforcing traffic regulations for everyone, not just cars. Oh, and a stable and friendly visa policy would be amazing, as you rightly pointed out.
I hope that the Chinese authorities read this!