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I don't see myself as a scientist. But as an engineer working for an American company who makes scientific instruments and s them here in China. I feel I can say something about this.|
Being a creative "netizen" is one thing. Being creative scientifically is a whole different story. Innovation in science and technology requires years of hardwork, both dedication and passion, and most importantly, the loyalty to truth.
Now in China, there are loads of universities and institutes setting up god knows how many new projects for R & D in the most cutting-edge areas. But sadly, not much of those are actually the real deals. In fact they are also just one of the side facts of the Chinese property bubble.
In the last few years, just like other departments of the government who profited themselves well because of the bubble, the science and technology ministry also became extremely rich and got a incredibly huge amount of money to spend. Most of those new projects are how all the universities and institutes persuade the ministry to spend that money and invest on them. The more important, meaningful and cutting-edge those projects look like, the more money they will get. The truth is, well, no one cares about the truth anymore, what most of them are really doing is buying instruments and equipments from overseas and assembling them into something looking good, but the core technology is never Chinese. However, those bureaucrats from the science and technology ministry are easy to fool or just do not care about it anyway. Those "fake" projects just keep getting more and more investment. Meanwhile those real scientific research work actually do have a huge risk of not achieving anything in a certain period, which will lead to not getting anymore support afterwards. So why bother doing the real work and taking the heat when you can make money and fame much more easily. Now, most "successful scientists" in China are more like politians, who spend most of their time thinking about how to making up "projects" to make them famous and rich.
In the same time, most elite Chinese scientists have been doing lots of cracking jobs overseas, for universities, institutes and companies like mine.
As an engineer working for an American company, I cannot complain about this since my company is actually making profit because of it. But as a Chinese, I found the fact really really sad.
[ Last edited by parsdeeth at 2011-1-16 05:39 PM ]