No.8 Chinese Girls’ Money Worship

24 Apr

InChina, Some female contestants’ blatant materialism has sparked widespread criticism. There is a very famous TV program inChinanamed “If You Are the One” (Chinese take me out). A female guest from the program said, she would like to cry in a BMW car rather than smile on a bicycle. Then, a strong storm of girls’ money worship is caused inChina’s society.

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 There was a German newspaper published a article named: “Do you want to work harder? Marry a Chinese girl.” It was a totally satire but we can not negative. However, Material Girls become more and more inChina’s society. Because of the development with these 30 years, people’s material expectations become higher and higher. People get used to evaluate a person by the number of his account. A rich boyfriend can satisfy girls’ vanity. Even, girls want to rely on their boyfriends or husbands to enjoy rich life. 

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Compared to Western men, Chinese men seem to be more willing to assume the role of financial provider. I don’t want to stereotype here, and I’m sure there are exceptions, but in general Chinese girls are less shy to admit they judge men by their bank accounts and Chinese men seem to accept it as the most natural thing in the world.

If you watch TV or go to those famous wife-hunting corners at public parks inBeijing, you see single men label themselves as “salary 200,000 yuan ($30,462) per year” or “with a two-bedroom apartment in Haidian district.” The dating market inChinacomes with clear price tags.

However, at present, money worship is a natural tendency for most developing countries. Probably after 20 or 30 years,  Chinese can have a new value system just like nowdays western people.

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No.7 Money worship

24 Apr

InUnited States, “World News” 22, released a poll, it showed that Chinese, Japanese and Korean most believe “Money Talk”. World Wide Web 24 launched an online survey on this topic; the result was 80% of Internet users surveyed admitted that China is the first “money worship” State. The survey showed, young people are particularly concerned with money and the money be seen as a symbol of success. The people in these three countries generally thought money is a symbol of personal success. 69% people of China and South Korea think money means success.

However, Europeans generally thought that money is not important like before, especially for Dutch. More than 50% Europeans thought like this. In addition, there was only 30% of American people thought money is symbol of success.

 

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Money worship is a real social issue. It can be reflected in many areas:

In economy area, some people only focus on economic benefit and ignore social responsibility. There is only money in their eyes. Many inculpable People become the victims of their benefit. Just like 2008 Chinese milk scandal.

In political area, many leading cadres of the ruling party use the power they have to make money. Power-money deal, corruption and bribery usually appeared inChina’s society. Some government branches put their benefit over the public’s benefit and irregular (illegal) charge from people to satisfy their personal demands and benefit.

In cultural area, some media companies made some vulgar and low level content just for market share and ignored a company’s social responsibility.

It is fact that money worship has become a hot topic inChina’s society.

No.6 Concerns and controversies over the 2008 Summer Olympics

23 Apr

Actually, 2008 Beijing Olympics is a tough mission forChina’s government as well. It is fact that there were some political issues leading up to the games.

Wikipedia introduced the controversies of Tibet Issue.

Some pro-Tibetan independence groups, such as Students for a Free Tibet, initiated a campaign against the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics to protest for Tibetan independence, It also objected to the use of the Tibetan antelope (chiru) as the Fuwa Yingying. The Tibetan People’s Movement has also demanded representation of Tibet with its own national flag. American film actor Richard Gere, chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet called for a boycott to put pressure on China to make Tibet independent. There were also plans by Tibetans in exile to hold their own version of the Olympics in May, at the headquarters of the exiled government

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It is just one of the controversies. Many foreign journalists and visitors complained that the internet is still blocked by the government. Many people overtly resist the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. American film director Steven Spielberg‘s decision not to help direct the opening ceremony drew worldwide attention. Many Chinese people and foreign democrats appealed to improve Chinese human rights by the government especially for free speech and press. Some pacifist and human rights activists requiredChina’s government stopped to support Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Finally, facing the complex situation,Chinastill held a wonderful and excellent Olympic Games. However, the concerns and controversies can not be ignored in the future.

No.15 How do you think about 2008 Beijing Olympic Games?

22 Apr

No.5 The Overview of 2008 Beijing Olympics

22 Apr

 (Beijing 2008 Olympics logo)

With the Olympics already more than two years in the past, the Chinese government appears to have achieved what it wanted, producing an overwhelming show to awe foreign and domestic audiences.China’s achievement has got worlds’ attention. They not only saw the advance equipments, excellent organization ability and outstanding figures, but also found the new Chinese generation.

Beijingwas awarded the Games over four competitors on July 13, 2001, having won an absolute majority of votes from members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after two rounds of voting. The Chinese government promoted the Games and invested heavily in new facilities and transportation systems. A total of 37 venues were used to host the events including 12 constructed for use at the Games (Such as the Birds’ Nest and the Water Cube). The official logo of these Olympic Games, titled “Dancing Beijing“, featured a stylised calligraphic character jīng (meaning capital), referring to the host city. Media outlets reported unprecedented audience interest in the Games, and these Olympics had the largest television audience in Olympic history. During whole the Olympics process, There were 43 new world records and 132 new Olympic records set at the 2008 Summer Olympics. An unprecedented 86 countries won at least one medal during the Games.

(Birds’ nest)

(The Water Cube)

Beijing 2008 Olympics left an amazing image to all people. It showed a newChina’s mental outlook to the world. It is fact thatChinais still on the way of its rise, and it is just a milestone forChina. Beijing 2008 Olympics improved Chinese national pride and became a excellent platform to show a realChinawhich has one fifth population of the world. Just like International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said: These were truly exceptional Games.

( 2008 Summer Olympics Torch)

No.4 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

7 Mar

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A rich assembly of ancient Chinese art and culture dominated the ceremony. It opened with the beating of Fou drums for the countdown. Subsequently, a giant scroll was unveiled and became the show’s centerpiece. The official song of the 2008 Olympics, titled “You and Me“, was performed by Britain’s Sarah Brightman and China’s Liu Huan, on a large spinning rendition of the globe. The last recipient in the Olympic Torch relay, former Chinese gymnastLi Ning ignited the cauldron, after being suspended into the air by wires and completing a lap of the National Stadium at Stadium roof height in the air.

The opening ceremony was lauded by spectators and various international presses as spectacular and spellbinding. Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the XXIX Olympiad, called the ceremony “a grand, unprecedented success.”

No.3 The Social Problems Caused by the Reform

7 Mar

 It is fact thatChinahas achieved huge improvement. However, with the development, social contradiction becomes more and more grisliness, mass disturbances usually happened between public and government.

Slow Political Reform

After the Thirteenth National Congress of the Party, the party decoded to start political reform with economic reform together. However, in 1989, the student movement rocked the government; the party stopped political reform and paid attention on class conflict and keeping social stability. At present, there has been too much concentration of power in the hands of few people; it has formed a resistance for economic reform as well. Social contradiction and corruption become more serious.

In addition, there is no reform for news system. The fully free speech and press have not been given by government. The censorship is still existent. The information for public are all been checked before they come out.  In the society, there is only one dominant ideology can be promoted, which is from the government. The media are first foremost “the Party’s mouthpiece”, journalists and media’s right to continued existence lies in the hands of the Central Propaganda Department. That also is why people are disappointed.

Officials’ corruption

Every country has corruption issues. However, Corruption issues inChinabecome more and more since the reform. Because of many officials’ corruption issues, there were more group conflicts between public and the government. The root of public’s disappointment is officials’ corruption. With the reform and opening-up, people’s acquisitiveness heart was excited by the rapid development of economy, the national public servant depend on the national power they have to make profit for themselves. People can not find way to solve their problems and do not believe government any more. Finally, they have to appeal to the higher authorities for help so that affect the social stability.

Lower the standard of social morality

With the economic development, people’s life quality become better and better. However, money becomes a new standard to measure people’s personal life. Social morality is on the way to be ignored. These years, many food safety issues are a reflection of the society as a whole lack of moral belief.

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Rich-poor polarization

It is fact that Chinese famers are still in the lowest class of Chinese society.  Rich-pool polarization will cause pool people’s psychological of hate rich, it could become serious social issue just like a potential bomb. The effect of the reform do not cover farmers totally. Farmers need get attention by the government to improve their life quality.

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Environment

With more than thirty years reform, people only focus on economy and ignore environmental protection. It caused many environmental problems: Dust, water pollution, air pollution and so on.

Since 1978 the reform and opening-up,Chinahas got huge achievement. However, there still are some issues have not been solved and need us to think. The thingChinaneeds to do is find the lacks and summing up experience. The future ofChinais bright ifChinacan continue and deepen the reform.