My new blogsite: www.polinomicspost.com January 29, 2011Posted by hslu in Chinese Food, Economics, Food, Life, Death and Yuanfen, misc, My Restaurant, Politics, Restaurants, Shanghai, Travel, Wine.
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If you are looking for my blogs on politics and economics, may I present you a new blog site of mine thanks for the help of XB:
xiaohua remains to be my blog on personal matters such as:
food, travel, life in the US and China, 命运 “ming4 yun4”, 生 死 “sheng1 si3” and 缘份 “yanu2 fen4.
A new blog! A new beginning!
It is still evolving and may take a while to reach its final stage.
Shanghai World Expo 上海世界博览会 – USA Pavilion January 24, 2011Posted by hslu in China, Global Affair, Shanghai, Travel.
Tags: Shanghai World Expo, USA Pavilion, 上海世界博览会
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Our last stop of the evening was the USA Pavilion.
I had high hope for the USA Pavilion as we were approaching the big building at the southwest corner of the big complex. I couldn’t help but wondered that the Chinese government stuck USA Pavilion at this corner far away from the entrance for a reason. They probably purposely located USA Pavilion here so it was away from where the actions were near the Chinese Pavilion.
As I entered the building with many other people, I thought I would see examples of advance technologies. I would see medical researches that improve people’s quality of life and save people’s lives. I thought I would see an image of a rich nation that helped other troubled countries in the world. I thought I would see the superior military power that contributed to the world peace. I thought that I would see a Wall Street that epitomize the glory of capitalism. I thought that I would see a country that prided itself for exporting democracy to the rest of the world. I thought I would see the history of a strong nation that protect human rights as they preached to every leaders in the world who came to visit this nation.
Like I said that I had high hope for this short visit.
As we strolled into a staging area of the building with about 200 hundred other visitors, we were told in broken Chinese that our group was the last group ever to visit the USA Pavilion. And the door was closed for the last time. Tomorrow these volunteers would go back to where they came from in the United States. A sense of farewell permeated in the air and they told us that they had a good time here in Shanghai and they loved this country and its people.
There was a few words of welcome and explanation of what we would see in the next building. Then the doors opened and we were rushed into an open area for a 10 to 15 minutes of video.
I have to say that I was totally disappointed and disgusted by what I saw. The video depicted a group of people of many ethnicities in an inner city setting putting their efforts together to rebuild a small corner of their community. Of course, it was the tireless pursuit of a small girl who inspired other people to volunteer their money and effort. Flowers were planted. Trees were put in to provide shades. Grass was put in to symbolize green initiative has taken root here. A small piece of waste land was transformed into a small park right in front of our eyes. Everyone was happy as if for a moment everyone felt like they belong to a big happy family under the sky. There was peace. There was harmony. There was happiness in the air.
But the reality was far from what was presented in the short video. The inner city of any big city in the United States was filled with drugs, homeless people, rundown neighborhoods, kids skipping school, people with no jobs, crime and murders. In 30+ years I was in the United States, I have never heard people working together to transform anything with government grants. There was no little girls planting flowers in any corner of a city using her own money. The whole thing was a big lie. It was put together by liberals who cared more about making people feel good than presenting a true picture of what the United States was about.
Wasteful to the nth degree! Aggressive and in other countries’ faces all the time! Butt in other countries’ business and changed their governments to enhance America’s interests. Promote democracy as if it is the panacea for world peace. Pushes human rights to other countries but completely neglects areas in Africa where it needs the most.
Other areas of human rights violation were conveniently swept under the rug by the very same liberals who put the video show together: woman’s rights in Muslim countries and discrimination against blacks, Latinos and Asians in the US by white people in America’s inner cities and work places.
I am sorry to say that the America I knew was no where close to what the video was trying to project.I felt cheated. I totally wasted my time there.
The other half of the room had short films and displays which also didn’t tell the story of what America really is. it merely used the opportunities to promote American companies such as GE, United technologies, Citibank, P&G, etc.
Well, all I can say was I was too naive to the point of being foolish.
The highlight of the tour was the sales of cowboy hats at ¥10 a piece, a deep discount from ¥50. I didn’t think that they wanted to ship all these unsold hats back to the US. They probably got them from China anyway.
Well, I survived the Shanghai World Expo and all we got was a lousy bag from Turkey Pavilion.
Well, this was the first and the last World Expo I would ever go!
Shanghai World Expo in the evening 上海世界博览会夜景 January 24, 2011Posted by hslu in China, Global Affair, Shanghai, Travel.
Tags: Brasil Pavilion, Columbia Pavilion, 观音, french Pavilion, Iceland Pavilion, Peru Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, Turkey Pavilion, Vietnam Pavilion, 天下一家, 上海世界博览会夜景
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口氣還不小呢﹗”kou3 qi4 hai2 bu1 xiao3 ne1.” What a claim!
prix fixe dinner for ¥598 or ¥698. Your choice. That’s about $100 USD. French perfume sold for ¥188. There was a line and the wait was about 30 minutes.
Sorry, I added the word “happy” in there.The catchy slogan didn’t say anything whether we are a happy family or not though.
Knowing what have happened in the world, the killings, the war and endless conflicts stemmed from religion, political differences and territory dispute, etc., made you wonder what this “make-you-feel-good” slogan meant. Well, for a moment, we’d pretend that the family was a happy one.
While we were touring the complex in the evening, the World Expo closing ceremony took place in that flying saucer-shaped building. There were many big screen TV all over the complex and we could see what was taking place if we wanted to.
Obama doing the slick willie trick? January 22, 2011Posted by hslu in Economics, Global Affair, Health Insurance, jobs, Obama, Politics.
Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, liberal, nationalize health care, Obama, Politics, President of the United States, slick willie, unemployment rate, United States, White House, Willie Nelson
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The guy is imitating Clinton’s trade mark: slick Willie. With 2 years to go on his re-election, he is all the sudden concerned about US economy?
He is 9.4% unemployment rate too late. Or was it 17%? I lost count with so many variables in the unemployment report.
He should have done so in the first year when he took the office. Instead he worked on nationalizing health care against American people’s wishes.
Don’t be fooled by this guy. He is a liberal and will always be a liberal no matter what face is heading his economic team.
Shanghai World Expo 上海世界博览会 Saudi Arabia Pavilion January 22, 2011Posted by hslu in Shanghai, Travel.
Tags: Saudi Arabia Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, 上海世界博览会
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If you didn’t know, you might think you are under siege by a flying saucer. It was actually Saudi Arbia pavilion.
Shanghai World Expo 上海世界博览会 – South Korea Paviion January 22, 2011Posted by hslu in Shanghai, Travel.
Tags: Korean Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, South Korea Paviion, 上海世界博览会
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The most unique building of them all was the South Korean Pavilion. The exterior of the building looked like long white walls with irregular holes and flaps of different shapes on them. The under side of these walls have thousands of colored Korean characters on them.
It was very creative, beautiful with no other building looked like it at all.
Shanghai World Expo 上海世界博览会 – North Korea Pavilion January 22, 2011Posted by hslu in China, Shanghai, Travel.
Tags: North Korea Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, 上海世界博览会, 上海世博会朝鲜馆
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XB wanted to see the North Korea pavilion and it was eye-opening:
You wouldn’t know this is North Korea Pavilion unless you know Chinese: 上海世博会朝鲜馆 “shang4 hai3 shi4 buo2 hui4 chao2 xian2 guan3.” Chao2 xian2 is the ancient name for Korea.
It has big screen TVs showing their priced shows:
The background picture was made possible by hundreds or thousands of young girls and boys holding cards.
Shanghai World Expo 上海世界博览会 – Qatar and Iran Pavilions January 22, 2011Posted by hslu in China, Shanghai, Travel.
Tags: Iran Pavilion, Qatar Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, 上海世界博览会
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Saw this near the entrance of Iran Pavilion. The Chinese characters read as follows:
“a1 dan1 zi3 sun1 jie1 xiong1 di4 ,
xiong1 di4 you1 ru1 shou3 zu1 qing1,
zhao4 wu4 zhi1 chu1 ben1 yi1 ti3,
yi1 zhi1 luo3 bin4 ran3 quan2 shen1.”
If you think this one is too expensive, try the next one instead:
Shanghai World Expo 上海世界博览会 China Pavilion January 22, 2011Posted by hslu in China, Shanghai, Travel.
Tags: China Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, 上海世界博览会
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We were told that we needed special invitation to get in. The wait was at least three hours long. We got a few pictures and left. The building was quite impressive from the outside.
China Pavilion is one of a few buildings which will remain a permanent exhbition in the World Expo complex. We will be able to visit these buildings with the tickets we have in a later day.
We will do so next time when we visit Shanghai again.
Shanghai World Expo 上海世界博览会 Taiwan Pavilion January 22, 2011Posted by hslu in China, Shanghai, Travel.
Tags: Taiwan Pavilion, 上海世界博览会
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The wait was about three hours and we were told that it was a very popular place for Chinese visitor.
I saw very few foreigners anywhere in the Expo complex.