Thread 101


This is a very tall building in Taipei. Impressive, if not quite beautiful in the classical sense. Photo came to me from Jerome Keating.


Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 105 Comments

Jim, because the educated ones got more educated on the CCP line of thought. It’s not surprising.

January 28, 2006 @ 9:08 pm | Comment

Well another major reason why so many Chinese elites become disappointed in Europe or America, is because in China you really don’t have to have much talent to rise high.
In China, success is mostly a matter of how much you can bribe and cheat – and of course the Communist Party is the network where most of the cheating and stealing goes on.

Then they go to America or Europe and find out that they actually have to DO something, and they actually have to have some real talent, to succeed or be taken seriously. It’s a blow to them, to discover that just being connnected in the Communist Party doesn’t impress anyone outside of China. Quite ther reverse if anything. It’s kind of like uncovertible currency…

January 28, 2006 @ 9:33 pm | Comment

sorry, meant to spell “unconvertible” currency. Like the RMB, not fully exchangeable outside of China. Chinese “qualifications” are very similar – mostly worthless outside of China, because mostly achieved through cheating and stealing…

January 28, 2006 @ 9:36 pm | Comment

A Chinese who doesn’t say Taipei
101 is the tallest building in the world is having the ‘inferiority complex’? Yeah, likely. But, Richard did not acknowledge this when he opened this thread

Of course I didn’t acknowledge it. When I refer to what was the World Trade Center, I would never say it was the tallest building in New York – everyone knows that already. Or so I would hope.

January 28, 2006 @ 10:00 pm | Comment

We’ve reached the magic number of comments, and this thread wil be closed in a minute. Speak now, or foever hold your peace – at least until I get the next thread up.

January 28, 2006 @ 10:13 pm | Comment

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