Thursday, June 30, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
kfc - Huaihua - each night their are crowds - at this fast food restraunt - Ive never seen a KFC anywhere more crowded the obvious difference in China is ofcourse the expence - when the average wage is around 800 RMB per month - the cost is approximatly 6 or 7 times more than people would pay in a western country.
Monday, June 27, 2005
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Saturday, June 25, 2005
China this week has been experiencing heavy rain - flooding in some southern provences with hundreds of thousands affected - Huaihua has ofcourse had its share - but usually it is just a "sun shower" - which lasts for only a few minutes - causing traffic chaos and people to drop whatever it is that they are doing and rush for the nearest cover.
Friday, June 24, 2005
shop - as in most countries consumerism has spread to China - brand awarenss is just as acute as in any developed country - with an emphasis on ownership of "the latest" and "the best" - spending by college students has increased by 20% in 4 years. I asked several of my classes how many of them own mobile phones about 90% raised their hands
Thursday, June 23, 2005
China's public education system, once hailed by the Beijing regime as among the greatest achievements of the 1949 Revolution, is in chaos and decay due to lack of funding. Not only is the education of millions of children being compromised, their health and even their lives are being placed at risk by crumbling infrastructure, overcrowding and inadequate staffing levels - with little regard for the actual welfare of the students education - more importance is placed on "the number of students" who pass as opposed to actual achievement and merit. Whilst teaching here in Huaihua - I have been acutely aware of the failure of the central governments policy toward education - emphasis is placed on subjects such as Marxist politics and dance and little is spent on the practical subjects such as English and mathematics. These students from the Education Department are "studying" for an Exam which they have been told the answers to in advance, this type situation is not unusual - In a system that is rife with corruption at all levals - it is little wonder that I as a teacher have been approached on more than one occasion by students with to allow them to "pass" the exams that i have set, even the teachers frowned at me when I have accuratly predicted that close to 40% will not pass the year.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Monday, June 20, 2005
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Huaihua University street - running parallel on one side of the main entry street are some of the apartments specifically for the Chinese teachers - these appear to have been built in the early 1950's or early 1960's...Concrete - aged and lacking any distinctive architectural features, except for the ultra-functional "box" design.
sleeping man - Huaihua - at the edge of the "walking street" or the "Huaihua Mall" is a street market which like every other market in China sells everything - beans to womens underwear. This man sleeps regardless of the constant noise around him - oblivious to all.