Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Wealthiest Chinese Families

Xinhua News: The 0.1% of wealthiest families in China controls 41.4% of the total properties. The number of families that have more than $1 million properties rises from 121K in 2001 to 310k in 2006. The number places No. 5 in the world, following the US, Japan, the UK and Germany. The world wide figure is 9.6 million (0.7%) families with more than $1 million properties controls 33.9% of the total properties. In other words, the depth of the gap between wealthiest families and the rest of the society in China is 8.5 times deeper than the world average.

Monday, October 22, 2007

If We Don't Catch It, Nobody Does

"If we don't catch it, nobody does."

With 8 seconds left in the game and 1 point behind, LSU made a 22 yards filed pass for an ultimate super mega touchdown to win the game. They had a timeout, but didn't use it; instead they threw a 40 yards field goal. It doesn't matter anymore what in their mind, or are they crazy. What matters is that LSU beat Auburn Tigers 24-23. After a lost to Kentucky last week, LSU's national title aspiration is still alive.

Yet another memorable night in the Death Valley!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

PKU Welcomes Incoming Student Party Members

The banner reads 'Beijing University Welcomes Incoming Student Communism Party Members'. The banner is hanged atop the south gate of Beijing University. What a shame for the most prestigious university in China to bow and lick a political party's ass in public. Perhaps for PKU faculty and staff, there's no better way to swear loyalty to the Party than humiliating oneselvs.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Blogger Yugan reported his private letters sent to overseas were stamped 'UN FOR TAIWAN', a political propaganda slogan sponsored by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The slogan is not backed by the government. Actually, it is prohibited from displaying at many government installations, although the ruling party is pushing hard. Yugan thought it's a violation of his rights by throwing words into his mouth (stamping opinion on his letters).

Eastern Asia countries are rich in history and culture, but new to ideas of modern democracy. With it's economic success and political freedom, Taiwan has been an exemplar of democracy for its neighbors. However, often an opposite example. Rulers of areas that are still under communism or dictatorship are able to ask their people the question: Do you want a democracy as demonstrated in Taiwan? The answer is often 'never'.

With all the political freedom and transparency, people have been able to watch the 24/7 soap operas of cat fight in Taiwan parliament where legislatures beating each one with chairs, tables and even tear gas grenades. People have been watch the elected president cursing, swearing and lying. By all means, a democratic Taiwan has done more harm than goods for the democratic movement in its neighbor countries, especially its motherland the mainland China.

Monday, October 01, 2007

The Happiest Chinese

Chengdu residents were seen playing Mahjong along the river in summer days. The curving colorful line formed by Mahjong tables winds up to dozens of miles in nearby Hongkou National Reserve.

According to an online survey published by the Xinhua on September 29, Chinese live in Chengdu, Sichuan are the happiest, followed by those who live in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. The full list of top ten happiest city are:
    Happiest City in China, 2007 Data
  1. Chengdu, Sichuan
  2. Hangzhou, Zhejiang
  3. Qingdao, Shandong
  4. Dalian, Liaoning
  5. Kunming, Yunan
  6. Suzhou, Jiangsu
  7. Guilin, Guangxi
  8. Xiamen, Fujian
  9. Hong Kong
  10. Dali, Yunan

Chengdu tops the list thanks to its beautiful landscape, leisure lifestyle, low price and low work pressure. It's also not a surprise that those who are living in fast pacing metropolitans such as Beijing, Tianjin or Shanghai were found not planing to move to any other places, because the could enjoy luxury of modern life.