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Cake day: 2022年2月19日

  • Not just infrastructure, payments are also convenient with Ali pay/WeChat pay. Everyone pays everything by phone, most haven’t used cash or card in years, although you can if you want. Apps are also ridiculously well designed and integrated, less visible as a foreigner, as much if it is obviously in Chinese and you have a language barrier. But you can really do anything you can imagine in WeChat. Alipay can also translate in miniapps. Say you are in a restaurant, you will scan a qr code on the table, can have a menu that you can automatically translate if you so chose. You also can order and pay through that menu on your phone.

    Bureaucracy exists like everywhere else, but tends to be faster and more efficient in my experience. It’s not perfect, but the country does feel very different.

    Also, it doesn’t depend that much on the city. I have been to most large cities in China, many small and medium sized ones too. I have also been to the countryside. The latter is more relaxed, but everywhere has technology and infrastructure. Basically all cities are serviced by train. Towns will all have bus systems that mean you can get anywhere in the country with public transportation.

  • Related, China has become the number one scientific destination with the largest inflow of researchers outstripping the US, according to OECD data as reported (archive) by Science Business. I can’t cite the OECD data since it seems to be behind a paywall, but I believe you can find it here.

    China also leads the world with nearly half of all applications for international patents (46.8%), trademarks (48.3%), and industrial designs (53.8%).

    Japan’s science and technology ministry also conducted a study, as reported (archive) by Nikkei Asia, and found China leads the world in research papers. Both in quantity and quality.

    A report by Clarivate substantiates this. This report also describes how China is not reliant with collaboration with the Global North for research, and that China is expanding research with Global South countries.

    Despite all this, in the imperial core they still believe China can’t innovate. All while China is out-innovating the Global North.

  • I can confirm Lemmygrad is accessible. Hexbear is, but loads VERY slowly in my experience. No such issue for Lemmygrad.

    By the way, the firewall varies slightly in different provinces. That being said Lemmygrad seems accessible everywhere.

    ps: most sites are accessible. Only big American tech sites that don’t want to follow local law (Google, Facebook, etc.) are blocked. Many other websites are not blocked but just load really slowly. Not certain why, part of it may be the websites throttling IP address from China.

  • You will always be fighting an uphill battle in the academia of the imperial core. Global North historians in particular are on the front line of anti-socialist narratives. Of all disciples, the narratives of hustorians are probably the most powerful propaganda against radical though in the imperial core. Keep in mind that your professor is likely not sympathetic to leftwing thought, let alone socialism. This is compounded by the fact that even if they where, the structure of western academia makes it almost impossible to be a genuine Marxist that is critical of society. You won’t get grants, promotions, etc.

    Just know that you did your best to inform them, and don’t waste your energy any further. Don’t expect that professor to listen to reason or to genuinely consider your sources. As soon as you are outside the imperial narrative, they dismiss your opinion and sources as fringe. Why? Well, if they engaged honestly, they would have to change their mind.

    Try to concentrate your energy on anything that will produce results and benefit you and the mouvement. Read, stay healthy, educate yourself and others. Organize if you can.

  • rigortoShit Ultras Say“China is not socialist”
    4 个月前

    The recently I talked to a Chinese banker in one of the biggest Chinese banks. We where walking around a beautiful park, which also had a public library in it overlooking the park. A very nice public space overall. Anyway, in the library there was a stack of The Governance of China (third volume) by Xi Jinping on one table. So we talked about it, and it turns out the bankers in China read this book, have classes/study sessions, and try to find ways to implement Xi Jinping thought. Imagine calling a country capitalist when bankers read communist theory and have study sessions for it. That’s China; not a capitalist country, but a socialist country where the party is doing it’s best to develop material conditions, and they have largely been successful.

  • Even today you can visit mosques with more than a thousand year of history in Chinese cities. They have a unique style, and are beautiful. The link in the article shows some historical examples of images. You could also tale the Xi’an great mosque as an example. It retains a historical design with both Chinese influences, and Islamic aspects. Minarets for example may look more like pagodas. This is not “tearing down Islam”, but is in fact the hisotry and tradition of Islam in China. As a matter of fact, China is one of the countries with the longest hisotry of Islam.

  • Besides what others have said, this expat.clearly has a. no more nuanced understanding than your average western armchair expert.

    The point that China only cares about GDP growth is false and misinformed. China, in particular with Xi, has made a large shift to quality development. If you follow China this is clear as the official position and policy goal. This includes green development. In doing so they have thus far been quite successful.

    All thr points on real estate are superficial conjecture on a complex issue. Just consider that GDP is effectively a mesure of transactions/investments/consumption. High GDP in the US coming from healthcare prices being inflated does not translate to growth or development. Likewise, a hot real estate market might be good for GDP, but it does not necessarily translate to development. We should recognize this, as does the Chinese government.

    Not to say real estate in China is irrelevant, land sales is a major source of funds for local government. It has importamce and implications, none of which where reflected upon in the comment you quoted.

    It just means we’ll see years, perhaps decades, of negative growth in China, increasingly authoritative measures taken by the government, more protests, more suppressed protests, more people with opinions disappearing, more brain drain, more kindergarten stabbings, more music with revolutionary themes removed. Year by year, things will be a little worse off than the year before. More people will give up and lie flat. The only movies in the cinemas will be about the Korean War, and the only things on TV will be anti-Japanese shows or wuxia palace dramas.

    All of this is false and misleading. I cant go point by point, dont have the time. Just consider it is the US and EU with negative growth. (western) International organizations and financial companies project solid growth in China. There is increasing diversity and quality in Chinese cinema, even socially critical movies. There was one commenting on the challenges of rasing a kid these days, touching on house prices, education, and more. I could go on.

    I would cite sources, but most of this is easy to find. If you are reading this I encourage you to read more about China.

  • rigortoComradeship // Freechat*Permanently Deleted*
    9 个月前

    What is the general area/field your diploma is in? I dont think thr Chinese government will let arbitrary people into China to set up a commune… However, you could consider continuing your education in China (presumably a master if you have a bachelor?). China has scholarship schemes that you can look into. Many have full tuition plus living stipend. Then, you will improve your skills and enable yourself to stay more easily subsequent to your studies, if you so chose.

  • Nice read. If you’re having trouble writing everything down, as your professor talks, you may want to consider recording the class with your phone. Assuming it’s allowed. Alternatively, you might be able to only write down the important points your professor mentions, if you are able to access their power point slides or lecture notes. That way, you can revise and import the Information from the lecture notes and combine it with the points that are not written down that were mentioned in class.