Just saw the uproar created by Pete Hoekstra over his commercial featuring an Asian woman with broken English. Take a look and then see my comments. https://youtu.be/p6fvey0rdCg The first thing I would like to point out is that this woman is a fake! Being a language student, an English teacher AND having lived for 5…… Continue reading Pete Hoekstra
A note of caution – this is a very personal (and slightly incoherent) rant. It was caused by a casual dinner I had last night with an acquaintance. There I was, absolutely knackered after a week of crazy work, and the last thing I wanted to do was talk about Burma, because well, almost everybody…… Continue reading I have a problem with nationalism
Putting this in the perspective of the “cult of personality”, there are those that still hang by the idea that they are “Mac People” and proud of it, (more than they are American, German, etc…) proving the futurist right by a certain perspective. However, the deterioration of employee and customer loyalty in recent years (in part due, to a basic insecurity that certain companies may even continue to exist… thanks Lehman) leaves, China!
Multiculturalism is a logically incoherent and self-destructive ideology that resembles colonialism and is equally morally wrong. In this post I am going to examine the origins and current status of the multiculturalist discourse in Europe. During the 18th century Western powers went to the four corners of the world and colonized poor countries. Western values,…… Continue reading Why I am not a Multiculturalist
Recent comments by Chinese premier and media darling Wen Jiabao have made waves in the China observing community. On a recent trip to Shenzhen, the city where Deng Xiaoping announced his great economic reforms, Wen said: “We need not only to promote economic reform, but must also promote political system reforms. Without the guarantee provided…… Continue reading Chinese Politics and Wishful Thinking
In China decades of concerted efforts to destroy social morals and interpersonal trust have left a country where paranoia runs rampant. With justice being a question of who can wield more power, the first thought running through the head of someone helping another person on the street is: “I hope I don’t get framed for this”.
Main points from seminar on Diplomacy in East Asia – Japan, China, and the US.
Just read an article in the New York times entitled “Guest-Teaching Chinese, and Learning America.”
The article piqued my interest in that I’m all for building bridges between cultures and this program is a wonderful way to help American students learn the language of a country that will be (and is already) very important on the world stage. The article on the overall was very good but there was one statement that I take great issue with.
For the past year I keep hearing this word “Socialist” being flung around like a 10lb bag of crap. On the “conservative” channels it seems this is an extremely dirty word and akin to calling someones mother a so on and so forth. In the political blogs there is always some comment or other about…… Continue reading We're All Socialists
It seems not a day goes by without some mention of protests and the Olympic torch. I for one didn’t pay much attention until today when I read the Sunday edition of the San Francisco Chronicle 4-6-2008. The articles “2 views of Beijing as Olympics approach,” contained “Tibetan Americans: Bay Area exiles fight to keep…… Continue reading Olympic Torch – San Francisco