Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chinese Dominate Top Materials Scientists

Thomson Reuters released a ranking of the world's top 100 materials scientists, based on their research impact in the past 10 years. Altogether 15 Chinese made the top 100 list, while 6 of them occupying the top 6 slots.

  1. Peidong Yang of University of California Berkeley
  2. Yadong Yin of California Riverside
  3. Michael H. Huang of National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan
  4. Younan Xia of Washington University St. Louis
  5. Yugang Sun of Argonne National Laboratory
  6. Yiying Wu of Ohio State University

Yang, Yin, Xia, Sun and Wu all graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, Anhui Province.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Chronical of The Educational Destruction

  • December 20, 2012, the Department of Justice settled a complaint with Lesley University regarding on campus food service. By the agreement, which sets a precedent to all high education institutes that provide on campus food services, the university must "do more than simply provide gluten- and allergen-free options in its food lines (though it has to do that to). It must also develop individualized meal plans for students with food allergies and allow them to preorder meals; provide a dedicated space in its main dining hall to store and prepare foods to avoid cross-contamination; display notices concerning food allergies and identify foods that contain specific allergens; train food service and staff about food allergies; and try to retain vendors that offer food without allergens."

    As if the cost of education is not high enough, and answering to mounting accommodation requests has not complicated the core mission of teaching and learning enough.

  • October 16, 2012, Washington Post published a call for not teaching Chemistry in high school, the argument being that Chemistry is 'painfully' difficult. The author claimed he couldn't remember a thing from his own Chemistry class, and he could make a living as a philosophy major in college.

  • October 9, 2012, French President Fran├žois Hollande found it was unfair to assign any homework at all, because some kids had parents who were willing to help them to figure out problems. To foster an 'equal' societal eco-system, the French President proposed banning homework all together.

  • July 29, 2012, New York Times published a op-ed calling to abolish teaching Algebra at high schools because it prevent students from graduating.

Well, all taking place while youth in China, India, Korean and Japan are studying 120 hours a week, and asking for more.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Troopers Round Up Asian Looking People on Miami Streets to Fulfill Racial-Based Jail Quota

Oct 16, 2012 Miami, the Florida State Board of Education passed a plan which set goals for students based on their race.

By 2018, the Board wants 90% of Asian students, 88% of white students, 81% of Hispanics and 74% of Blacks to be able to read. As to math, the goals are 92% for Asian kids, 86% for white, 80% for Hispanics and 74% for Blacks to be 'proficient'.

Chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan stated that measuring students by race was needed to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act enacted under the Bush Administration.

The practice at K-12 level schools echos mainstream ideology in the education system. Study showed an Asian student would need 140 points in SAT score higher to compete with an otherwise equal credential white student in college admission of elite schools. Still, white students feel being discriminated against by race. Abigail Noel Fisher, a white student, sued University of Texas for its holistic admission process. The case is under review at the Supreme Court, Docket No. 11-345.

President Obama has instructed Justice Secretary Eric Holder to study a proposal to set a federal quota on inmate demography based on race. President Obama disputed criticism that the policy mirrors the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. "Asian is severely under-represented in federal and state jails as well as local detention centers," the President spoke at a campaign stop in battlefield state Ohio, "a fact that American simply can not afford to turn their back upon. We have to recognize that not every group is staring at the same point, and it is the obligation of the government to ensure that no one should make advancement alone." The implementation requires Census data being used in a lottery system to facilitate identifying and locating selections of Asian candidates, because not enough could be produced through the regular justice system.

Along Black, Hispanics and other minorities, Chinese Americans have been proud of being yellow dog Democrats. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Pulitzer Went to Dr. Geobbels

Mo Yan is the not the first communist Party member to be awarded the Nobel Prize, and he might not be the last. With the expanding economic clout of red China, the committee will have to try hard not to have their eyes on the giant.

Mo Yan is not an ordinary Party member of the 80 million strong Chinese Communists Party, but a top propaganda official. While attending the Frankfurt Book Fair, he withdrew China delegate from a symposium when he noticed the organizer allowed a writer Dai Qing who was not favored by the red regime.

Having passed the loyalty test with glowing scores, Mo was named the Deputy Chairman of Chinese National Writers Association.

Last year, Mao published his calligraphy, a handwriting copy of Chairman Mao's 'Talk at the Yan'an Conference on Literature and Art' to showcase his admiration to the late dictator. The 'talk' is not yet another piece of Mao's crazy revolution advocate. It is the single main guideline and handbook which is used to convert Chinese intellectuals to 'tamed tool of the Party (quote and unquote)'.

At his news conference after the Nobel news, Mo comforted Chinese writers: "... writing is not free at any place in this world. Comparing to the past, Chinese writers have great freedom in writing. The freedom Chinese writers enjoy today is astonishing broad." Mo went to Beijing Normal University. Another known alum of Beijing Normal University is Dr. Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Laureate 2010. Liu is serving a seven years jail time because of his writing, which calls for peace and democracy. Liu's wife, Liu Xia, has been placed under house arrest for two years, for no other reason but being the wife of Liu Xiaobo.

Mo is aware of criticism on his close tie to the Party. At one occasion, Mo defended himself, 'I also write under pressure, often great pressure. If you read my works, they are different than the mainstream.' Mo praised youth leader Han Han, a race car driver and writer. Han Han advocate for political evolution, comparing to radical revolution. Because Han's moderate ideas appeal to the general public, he has been treated as a dangerous enemy of the state by the communist government.

A talented writer, Mo is skillful of producing beautiful words and interesting plots. Actually he is highly acclaimed as a master of Chinese language. Even before the Nobel tap, Mo had been consistently ranked top 10 modern Chinese writers by various standards. As the old Chinese wisdom: it's easy to find a best worrier, but impossible to decide the best writer. Not everyone agree with the Nobel committee's choice on Mo. German scholar Wolfgang Kubin felt Mo's 'eighteenth century story-telling style' was obsolete.

Despite stunning art and skills in steering public opinion, Dr. Geobbels was not rewarded with a Pulitzer. Walter Duranty did receive a Pulitzer medal in 1932, in the height of a great famine in the USSR, which was conveniently ignored by the Moscow Bureau Chief of the NYT at the time.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Drag Asian Down to The Same Level of White

The Supreme Court is weighing the affirmative action with Fisher v. University of Texas. A white student is suing the Texas University on discrimination based on races, because she would have been admitted had her skin been darker, with her other credentials.

The Seagull was deeply troubled by the thought that some white people felt wronged by the education system in the US. Being the majority in the nation, a white students can walk in any elite college, with 140 points lower than an Asian student at any given day. What the heck to make Fisher thought she deserve to bump out Asian students who earner hundreds of points higher than her?

Alike the passionate school cook in Falun, Sweden, the American education system find it easier to achieve equality by punishing hard working students, rather than make the rest work harder.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Luxury Hotel in Paris Will Not Serve Chinese Tourists

Zadig & Voltaire Opened a new hotel in Paris, which will not serve Chinese tourists. "We are going to select guest, I won't be open to Chinese tourists, for example," said Thierry Gillier in an interview with Women's Wear Daily.

The hotel is a renovation out of a rundown house on the Left Bank of Paris.

Thierry Gillier is the owner and founder of French brand Zadig & Voltaire. Gillier's father Andre Gillier is a co-founder of Lacoste.

Despite strong anti-Chinese sentiment, Paris remain on the top list of most popular tourists and shopping destinations for Chinese, partially thanks to relax visa regulation of the France.

A Chinese group stuck at the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann for six hours on Feb 11, 2008. A suspected cashier thought a new wed couple from Zhejiang Province used a counterfeit 50 euro bill. The young couple were detained by the security, and booked in a French police station where they were tourtured. French police cut the bride's underwear to pieces, and locked her up with real criminals. It turned out the bill was authentic, and the couple were released, naked. French police officers offered to send them back to the store if they pay him half of their money (thousands of dollars). They had to call a cab in shreded clothes to get back Galeries Lafayette Haussmann.

At the store, while the group was waiting for the couple to return, the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann had serurity to throw them out since they were not shopping. A senior sat down on a stool as he was tired, a security gurad kicked the stool away.

The young couple finally get back to Galeries Lafayette Haussmann and joined the rest of the group.

The most amazing thing was that the group immediately started shopping again.

More than 900 thousands Chinese tourists visited France last year.