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Monday, August 23, 2010

Season of going home

Year after year, I just returned to China a week or two in the summer. In my eyes, it is like a Chinese saying: “although the garden is still there, it is no more my home.”

Needless to say that China is getting better and better. Now, it is the No. 2 economics in the world, surpassing Japan in this year. Things are all produced in China, cheap and abundant. The cities are built modern and big. People are plenty and streets are busy. Public transportation in the city is cheap and convenient. Restaurants are in all price range. What do you expect more? The government takes care of a lot of things: from adjusting the industrial policy to establishing the society insurance system. I can see that industrial policies are being adjusted. Real estate development and housing prices is expected to be more reasonable. Labor-intensive industries will move to inland. Industrial restructuring will be conducted. People will have a better life.

If to say what I dislike, I should say the strong control of the cultural life. Now most of the TV programs and movies are produced in China. Import products are rare to see. These products are in good quality. However, they are all from the same angle to describe and interpret life. Internet information is also controlled. Many of the sites that I regularly visit in Canada are not accessible inside China. Blogger.com and youtube.com are also banned in China. It seems the government only wants you to know what they want you to know and understand the things in the way they want you to understand. Any individual thoughts or thoughts that disapproved by the government are forbidden. This is completely intolerable for a person who knows the taste of freedom.

Children in China do not have easy life. They are facing high competition, even more serious than any competition in a working place, because the losers can lose all their future. They learn a lot of things and practice a lot to be perfect. I always tell the parents that most of the practices and what they learn do not really help to their future life. However, on the other side, I should tell my students in Canada that without hardworking, they can lose the competition to the Chinese workers.


  • We all hope for a free world, and as you said it's hard to bear this when you know how freedom tastes, even best technologies and industry can not take its place...

    By Anonymous Saber Mirzaei, at 4:47 AM  

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