In an Orwellian turn of fate, in a surreal moment where life imitates art, the Chinese play the role of capitalist pigs as the US food market is sold to the three winds like pork bellies.
“If you dined on tilapia recently, chances are it came from China. And that artificial vanilla you just used to make cookies? It, too, may have made the same long journey to your …”
via Wariness Over a Deal Intended to Deliver More Pork to China – NYTimes.com.
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October 26, 2012 • 4:20 am
The NYTs reports on Chinese leadership corruption and wealth.
“The mother of China’s prime minister was a schoolteacher in northern China. His father was ordered to …”
More via Family of Wen Jiabao Holds a Hidden Fortune in China – NYTimes.com.
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October 18, 2012 • 1:03 am
As China prepares for its once-in-a-decade change of leadership, the Chinese people believe their country faces serious and growing challenges. In particular, the side effects of rapid economic growth, including the gap between rich and poor, rising prices, pollution, and the loss of traditional culture are major concerns, and there are also increasing worries about political corruption. While the Chinese have consistently rated their national and personal economic situations positively over the last few years, they are now grappling with the concerns of a modern, increasingly wealthy society.
The Chinese public also increasingly expresses reservations about relations with the United States. Over the last two years, ratings for the U.S. and President Obama have declined significantly, and the percentage of Chinese who characterize their country’s relationship with the U.S. as one of cooperation has plummeted from 68% to 39%. Still, many Chinese embrace aspects of America’s soft power, including U.S. science and technology and American ideas about democracy.
via Growing Concerns in China about Inequality, Corruption | Pew Global Attitudes Project.
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September 21, 2012 • 5:52 am
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When it comes to religion, the Asian-American community is a study in contrasts, encompassing groups that run the gamut from highly religious to highly secular. A new survey report examines the Asian-American population from the angle of religious affiliation, highlighting the beliefs, practices and views of diverse faith groups.
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MORE via Asian Americans: A Mosaic of Faiths – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
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August 16, 2012 • 4:23 am
The Census Bureau presents new research tomorrow that attempts to address the frequent mismatch between Americans’ self-identity and the race or Hispanic categories they are offered on their census questionnaires. The issue is especially important for counting Hispanics, the nation’s largest minority group. Currently, Americans are asked separate questions about origin and race. The 2010 Census form first asked people whether they are of Hispanic origin (and, if so, which origin). Then, all respondents were asked to check one or more of the boxes assigned to the five race categories (white, black, American Indian, Asian, or Hawaiian/Pacific Islander). The form noted, “For this census, Hispanic origins are not races.” The race and Hispanic origin categories are set by the Office of Management and Budget, and the last major revision was in 1997.
But these categories do not always match people’s ideas of who they are. Despite the Census Bureau’s hopes that respondents would select from the offered race categories, more than 19 million people in the 2010 Census chose a catch-all category, “some other race.” The number and share of the population choosing “some other race” grew since the 2000 Census.
Most of those who chose “some other race” were Hispanic. This mismatch between the categories and the choices that Hispanics make on their census forms is growing in part because the Hispanic population is increasing rapidly. Yet government officials want people to choose from the offered categories because they are widely used, not just on the census form, but also in many federal surveys, on government forms such as school registrations, and in scientific research. Race data collected in the census are used to support enforcement of civil rights laws and redistricting of congressional districts.
via Census Bureau Considers Changing Its Race/Hispanic Questions | Pew Social & Demographic Trends.
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CHINESE companies have started to win first place in global markets. Huawei has just overtaken Sweden’s Ericsson to become the world’s largest telecoms-equipment-maker. Even though many foreigners still cannot pronounce its …
MORE via Chinese multinationals: Who’s afraid of Huawei? | The Economist.
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Baba Shiv: Sometimes it’s good to give up the driver’s seat
Over the years, research has shown a counterintuitive fact about human nature: That sometimes, having too much choice makes us less happy. This may even be true when it comes to medical treatment. Baba Shiv shares a fascinating study that measures why choice opens the door to doubt, and suggests that ceding control — especially on life-or-death decisions — may be the best thing for us.
Baba Shiv studies how “liking” and “wanting” shape the choices we make, and what that means in the world of marketing. Full bio »
via Baba Shiv: Sometimes it’s good to give up the driver’s seat | Video on TED.com.
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“IF THE Philippines gives us such an opportunity, we will certainly seize it”, wrote a Chinese general, Luo Yuan, about the possibility of war over some uninhabited rocks in the …
MORE via Nationalism online: Backfired | The Economist.
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For the first time in U.S. history, whites of European ancestry account for less than half of newborn children, marking a demographic tipping point that is already changing the nation’s politics, economy and …
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The blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng escaped from house arrest last weekend during a rescue operation mounted by supporters, but his whereabouts and …
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