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Share Back to China soon
2014-4-15 14:03
Time passed fast, but sometimes so slow... And I arrived at the last week of my internship. These days I've been trying to enjoy the rest of my time here, busy with planning to meet people, making plans, struggling to find things to do after plans are cancelled.... etc etc. Now I can more confidently say that most foreigners living in Asia lack basic time management skills and responsibility stuff, unfortunately. (I know it sounds bad, probably I will be less harsh on the community when my feeli ...
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Share Dedication to: Work or Mere Economic Growth
2014-4-14 13:32
And then we see it in the wheels, the wheels! Which never like to rest, the wheels! . . . How heavy are the stones themselves, the millstones! They dance in merry ranks . . . the millstones! (A. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago ) I’m reading a book about girls working in factories in China, mainly in Dongguan. It is actually a serious research, but as you can guess, not many people really want to read any “serious research”. The book starts w ...
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Share What Russia and China have in common
2014-4-9 14:26
Yes, I’m putting this “exciting” title, but is it to create an illusion of exotic bombardment ? No. I just hope to reach more people in pointing out why Russia and China have been supporting each other in vetoing certain resolutions. (But no, I’m not going to put a mail order Russian/Chinese bride ad here) And why so often you can see Chinese people admiring the great world leader Putin. And maybe also why there are similar rumours about Putin and Kim Jung Un being capable of heali ...
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Share To China with love – or why you should admire Chinese post office workers
2014-4-4 13:58
To China with love – or why you should admire Chinese post office workers
Honestly the people at the post office close to my campus irritate me a lot. Whatever I want to send, they first tell me no. You can’t send it, they say. Even though it is the very same thing I sent like a week ago. They insist, “No”. I tell them my friend received the same thing, so why another friend of mine shouldn’t? Then we don’t take responsibility if it’s sent back, they say. ALRIGHT! And I receive an email from my friend, thanking for the small gift 10 days later. Rules ...
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Share Hiking
2014-4-1 19:38
Chinese people of every age seem to enjoy hiking a lot. There are mountains and hills of various levels of difficulty. There is one very close to my campus, and actually one of the routes starts from the backside of the campus. So when I have classes in the morning, I usually see people heading towards the mountain to start hiking. Words are sometimes not enough to describe things. So were my colour pens. Nevertheless I chose to draw the scene I see so very often, using whatever pen I had: ...
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Share What is KTV?
2014-3-25 07:08
What is KTV?
Photo source: Let's CC KTV, karaoke, noraepang... is a very popular form of entertainment in Asian countries. The Japanese word, karaoke means "empty orchestra". Basically, you rent a room with sound system and a screen. Some rooms are small, some are huge and 15-20 people can fit easily. You choose the songs, the music plays and you sing. Sometimes you can choose effects like echo or applause or whatever, colourful lights also, lots offun. Speed or tone of the song can be chang ...
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Share Beautiful girls don't cry, says Chinese Wisdom
2014-3-24 08:32
Beautiful girls don't cry, says Chinese Wisdom
It sounds very Chinese, doesn't it? But I don't think WISDOM is anything that is believed or practiced for centuries. No. Ancient people are "ancient" and wrong in many ways as well, just like us. OK, I know many of you will think I have a chip on my shoulder about gender. Yes and no. Yes because I'm a social scientist, and no because I experience it VERY often in my life as a woman. It's not me, it's life bringing gender in front of me again and again. I don't watch TV, but in China I r ...
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Share Flying Dragons and Dancing Elephants
2014-3-19 22:17
Liberalism and free market economy has bred entrepreneurs of all kinds, business and finance world goes on as usual with numbers, values of equality and global citizenship are being promoted every day. Yet, our tomorrows don’t differ much from our todays and yesterdays. Many believe in a hegemonic world, and the status quo doesn’t seem easily changeable. We are plagued by political mistakes and apathy, above all. Western heroes, having lived a life of slaying dragons and f ...
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Share 14-year-old killed in Istanbul or Political Realism: Power-philia
2014-3-14 07:07
14-year-old killed in Istanbul or Political Realism: Power-philia
I didn't mean to write today, but can't help... Because... you may know the reason. In Turkey a 14-year old got hit by a gas bomb in the head. The proper (!) way for the police to use a gas bomb is by the way, requires aiming at the ground, not at people's heads. The boy, named Berkin, stayed in coma almost a year. He turned 15 in hospital. And died several days ago. He got killed by the state. By the government. And there were 7 more people who died before him, during the Gezi protests. Man ...
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Share Words and Meanings
2014-3-12 23:24
I know the title is too broad, but I will focus on two words: Expat and words referring to a female human (woman, girl, etc) While trying to style my text I lost two paragraphs, now I'm trying to remember those while mourning for the loss. Basically I'm again inspired by commentors' posts to my previous writings. Sartre mentions concepts having meanings because they are given names. That's why even though we are capable of the same emotions, some feelings are more prominent in peop ...
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Whenever I get lost I look super-confident. Whenever I feel so scary, boring and ordinary people tell me I\'m so nice, interesting and friendly.

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  • My Study Abroad in the UK 2017-1-6 22:17

    Hi, Maierwai. Admittedly, it is fun to read your blogs, as some of your stories about your life on exotic lands are intriguing and hilarious. However, I would also like to read about things you have experienced that would be billed as positive. Is there anything that your really appreciated when living abroad, e.g. in China, Japan, the UK and etc. I don't think that you are an overly cynical person, and you simply can't be critical of everything, right?

  • 有趣的人 needs to hold her tongue? 2016-12-22 09:30

    Maierwei: That question is common worldwide. They want to see if you have vision, if you plan to stay long in the company and take more responsibilities. They w ...
    Sorry for the late reply. Interesting. I will remember it in my next interview. Im working as a foreign teacher in China now, teaching my mother language in university. At the interview, they asked me a question like this
    "How long do you plan to teach in our university?"

    And I answered
    "At least for two years"

    And they accepted me. I don't know if my answer have nothing to do with it or not, but Im just trying to be honest with them hahaha.

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