Archive | May, 2014

Zhong Guo (China) versus NL

28 May

Some thoughts on why I have problems understanding China? Some preliminary conclusions I made:

– Think of China as a civilization NOT a nation, we Dutch/Europeans tend to think in nation terms. (Language, writing, medicine, multiple different ways to organize a state within the country, different social customs, and has been around for many centuries, the place where agriculture of land was invented).

– One thing that stands out is the strong desire for Unity among all Chinese.

– The Chinese think they are superior compared to many other countries/races, due to long history, great inventions, high standing culture, they have not colonized many surrounding countries because they thought of them as barbarians, no use of making the effort. As long as surrounding countries would recognize the Chinese superiority buy paying tribute all was fine.

– Think of China as a Race, 90% is Han, that’s’ why China has difficulty understanding India as well as Tibetans as well as Uighur. They cannot image why they would oppose to be assimilated.

– Think of China as a well-run state. Where we in Europe try to limit and regulate the intrusion of government into our own lives the Chinese recognize the state as a guardian of the country that ensures it’s unity and the state is being regarded as member of the family. Highly competent people like to join this apparatus and help build a perfect run state, which in many cases runs very well organized. If you look into their history Confusius already laid out the ground foundations of a well-run state while we were still hunting the bears in our swamps.

We tend to focus on democracy and do some China bashing on this topics while we forget to be curious to study why this country/civilization has been around for so long and has been on top of the food chain for centuries (one exception is this era: 1870-1990).

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Mothers day

27 May

Mothers day

5 Pagodas & Little Yard

19 May

Great weekend out with our French-Italian friends Daniele, Sophie, Sacha and Matteo.
Hiking around the 5 pagoda’s and staying in their former guesthouse in a small village near the Great Wall. Laid-back 1,5 hours from Beijing; drinks, BBQ, drawing of the floor, chasing fish, rising with the sun (some of us 🙂 )
Ties overcame his dog fear with cutie pie YuanYuan.
Sunday hike on the non restored parts of the Great Wall.

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Dinner with our driver

19 May

Mr Sui, has been our driver since a year, part of our family. He invited me for a dinner near his house.

We had lot’s of fun, pijiu and baijiu (beers and rice wine), insects, chicken feet and chicken head, mian tiao (noodles), some veggies. My chinese is getting better so we could exchanges some jokes and had some laughs, Good fun.

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Zoek de 10 verschillen

16 May

In ChinaDaily yesterday:
Xi stressed that the core socialist values carry the spiritual pursuit of a nation, and he urged young people to be diligent and honest and to make the core values their basic principles. Core socialist values comprise a set of moral principles summarized by central authorities as prosperity, democracy, civility, freedom, harmony, equality, justice, the rule of law, patriotism, dedication, integrity and friendship.

Amnesty International:

Click to access Amnesty.pdf

Worldpress freedom index
http://rsf.org/index2014/en-index2014.php

nice collection of freedom in China:
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/china/freedom_and_human_rights/index.html

Walking the Wild Wall

12 May

And nobody but us!

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20% of arable land is too polluted for agriculture, CHINA GO GREEN

9 May

20% of arable land is too polluted for agriculture, CHINA GO GREEN

The author has been living in a village where in her school years there were water streams with lotus flowers but now none. Now cancer has hit 15% of the pollulation of her village….

As a result: China cannot maintain this pollution levels since over 20% of the arable land is to polluted, 50% of all open water to dive into, so China is buying land everywhere to get food for their people. In Ukraine as much as the size of Belgium, in Argentina the size of Luxemburg, in Peru 2 mountains in Myanmar complete forests….

So please don’t buy products that say made in China to save the world!

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Bad news from Urumqi

7 May

What we feared before we booked our trip to Xinjiang (west China), happened after our trip. Everybody assured us Xinjiang was safe to travel to, so we went…knowing the political situation was unstable.

2 weeks after our amazing trip we got this news from Josh who lives in Urumqi:

 

I’m extremely sad to share the news with you that Xinjiang’s capital of Urumqi was rocked last night with the news that an attack happened at the Urumqi Train Station, not but a few miles from my home.

We received a call last night asking us to stay indoors and woke up this morning to a text message from the police confirming what we had feared: 3 dead and 79 injured (4 critically). No other details were released other than the fact that the attack involved both a knife and an explosion.

What’s weird is that this whole last weekend we’ve been feeling the ground shake with explosive force due to military exercises nearby. Now this.


Wall Street Journal – Three Killed, Dozens Injured
YouTube – LinkAsia Headlines

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers,

Josh
http://www.farwestchina.com

We came out alive but for those who think islam is peaceful please watch this for 98 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krvCQbzPKiI

familie

6 May

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