Watch this video to see how to Import from China and make money! Click Here!

2012/04/21

Chinese History AP World History: Chinese Dynasties Overview --Slideshare

What are People Doing in Chinese class? (other than going on Twitter!)

Ford Betting $5 Billion on 'Made In China' #tcot #ows

-WWOD? What would Obama do? 

Ford said it will build a $760 million factory in eastern China as part of a plan to double its production capacity there by 2015, marking the motor-vehicle maker's largest industrial expansion in at least 50 years. In what it calls its largest industrial expansion in at least 50 years, Ford is adding plants and dealerships in Asia, where it lags behind its chief rivals in sales and production capacity. When the expansion is complete in 2015, the Dearborn, Mich., company will be capable of building 1.2 million passenger cars a year in China—nearly half the number it built last year in North America.
http://youtu.be/H7sMR0j3CQM

Rattle Your Teeth: 5 Chinese Car Crash Videos that will make you Give your License back!

-Ouch! 

http://youtu.be/OcsZxUDWCXg
-Oooof! 

http://youtu.be/MILNdrtfDq4
-YOUCH! 

http://youtu.be/H0z3fBfTbHc
-That's gotta hurt! 

http://youtu.be/2nNf6gJ3QHQ *************BEWARE! *************
This is the worst one! BLOOD AND GUTS! Watch if you dare! http://youtu.be/6E0u_6Cfszk

Historic San Francisco Chinatown Eatery SAM WO Shut down by Government Overregulations, Conan O'Brien Ad from 2007

-I only go to sam wo's at 2am when my friends and I are drunk. -YouTube commenter Danny0221
A 100-year-old Chinese restaurant, Sam Wo, in San Francisco once known for having "the world's rudest waiter" is slinging its last insults and barbequed pork noodle rolls. (April 20) http://youtu.be/5UE9yDF0x2g

More from the media:
SF restaurant known for 'rudest waiter' closing - Yahoo! News:
San Francisco's Sam Wo Restaurant
San Francisco bids farewell to beloved Sam Wo Restaurant - latimes.com:
Iconic Chinatown Joint Sam Wo To Close: SFist:
Sam Wo - Chinatown - San Francisco | Urbanspoon:

Sam Wo San Francisco:
Sam Wo Restaurant - CLOSED - Chinatown - San Francisco, CA:

Sam Wo, San Francisco Chinese restaurant once known for ‘world's rudest waiter,’ closing after 100 years - NY Daily News:

The health inspection report noted a series of violations ranging from employees not washing their hands and contaminating food to rodent feces in the kitchen and improper food storage.

But the fact of the matter is, the restaurant is "too old. Everything's too old," said David Ho, 56. And bringing the rickety, three-story building into this century will be costly.

"My understanding is that a lot of the violations require a large infusion of money to fix," Shields said. "They're major fixes - everything from venting to plumbing to electrical all need to be upgraded."

Julie Ho said a lot of people are involved in possibly reopening the restaurant, including the landlord, but they'll have to see what happens after Tuesday's meeting.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/20/BAJH1O73B6.DTL#ixzz1sfk3MgRu



http://youtu.be/0hvnPbXBpF8

Edsel Ford Fung (often spelled Fong) (May 6, 1927 - April 1984) was a Chinese American restaurant server from San Francisco, California. [1] He was often called the "world's rudest, worst, most insultingwaiter".[2]

Edsel Ford Fong was born and raised in San Francisco's Chinatown. He worked the second floor of the Sam Wo Restaurant on Washington Street. (The restaurant name means "three in peace", a reference to its founding partners.)[3] As head waiter, Fong greeted visitors with an admonition to "sit down and shut up".[4] He was known for calling patrons "retarded" and "fat", criticizing people's menu choices before telling them what they should order, slamming food on the table, complaining about receiving only 15% tips, and groping female patrons.[2] An imposing man with a crew cut hair style, he also was notorious for seating people with strangers, forgetting orders, cursing, spilling soup on customers, hazing newcomers, refusing to provide forks or English menu translations, and busing tables before diners were finished.[5]

Fong was made famous by columnist Herb Caen, who often described the misanthropic Fong during his visits to Sam Wo. Caen would interview Fong on matters of local politics and gossip, then reprint Fong'sYogi Berra-like responses, which Fong would in turn proudly show to his loyal regulars.[5] Caen included Fong in his guide of things to do in San Francisco, under "58. See the world's rudest waiter".[6] Although genuinely rude, his style was self-conscious and his role at the restaurant was not just to serve food but also to be a resident "entertainer" and "madman".

Edsel Ford Fong - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

SAVE THE PANDA!! Injured panda treated by vets in Sichuan province, China. Cause FOUND!

-Quick Get the panda pills! 

An injured wild panda is being treated by vets in China's southwest Sichuan province after being spotted with injuries to his eyes and paws. Report by Lisa Snell.
http://youtu.be/4_1Iee-c7H4

Perhaps the Panda got sick from this baby Panda's sneeze.



From http://www.sneezingbabypanda.com/
WHO IS SNEEZING BABY PANDA?
A few years ago Australian production company Wild Candy was filming in the Wolong Panda Breeding Centre in China’s Sichuan province. A female panda was munching a piece of bamboo bread, oblivious of the fact her six week old son was hungry too. Clearly frustrated as well as starving, the tiny panda cub suddenly let loose with his now infamous sneeze. The moment was recorded for posterity and Sneezing Baby Panda was born.

How to Shop on China's Biggest Online Site TaoBao: English Instructions --Slideshare

2012/04/20

New James Bond 007 Movie "SKYFALL" Shanghai Clip

-"I haven't seen anything like it."  Because you are a 土包子! 

The fourth official BTS production blog from James Bond 'Skyfall' starring Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem. Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
http://youtu.be/lHhwNUGGlO4

Learn to Speak Chinese: Beginning Mandarin Chinese for Native English Speakers


-Available on KINDLE! 

Learn to Speak Chinese: Beginning Mandarin Chinese for Native English Speakers (with Chinese Characters)

As an extremely easy read, this practical, but fun overview of the beginning components of Mandarin Chinese will have you embarking on a journey that you never thought possible!

You can learn Chinese in a manner that makes sense to the native English speaker, but still includes Chinese characters as well as the PinYin! Since this text is a simple way to learn Chinese online (or on your Kindle), you’ll find that how to learn Chinese is easier than ever!

Take the time to read this brief overview so that you understand how to speak Chinese and can even learn to speak Chinese in a much faster and more understandable fashion! It IS possible to learn Mandarin Chinese, so begin your journey today!


Reviews:
Finally! A book that shows the characters & PinYin very clearly! This book makes it easy to speak Chinese because you know what the most important elements are! (& the Youtube videos listed in the description were an additional help in getting started) Plus, everything is explained from a beginner's point of view, making it so much easier to understand Chinese!

Iron Man 3 Trailer: Made in China


Made with a Chinese partner, Disney has announced, in Hollywood's latest effort to tap into the growing Chinese film market. The film will be co-financed by Chinese company DMG Entertainment, which will be responsible for scenes shot in China. DMG will also distribute the film in China.

"We know Chinese audiences love Iron Man. So we are going to add Chinese elements and a Chinese story into Iron Man 3," Stanley Cheung, Disney's general manager for Greater China, told the BBC.
Iron Man 3 is scheduled to be released in the US in May 2013.

Co-productions with Chinese firms skirt import quotas, as China only lets in 20 foreign films for national distribution per year. But storylines must conform to themes the Communist Party wishes to promote, such as submission of the individual to government authority for the greater good of China.

Will Disney ruin the Iron Man franchise in return for Chinese money and access to the Chinese market? Leave your thoughts below.
http://nma.tv/
http://youtu.be/xkRkAS11k2A

16 Photos of Jason Lee's 2 Daughters: Some of the Funniest Photos on the Web Today

Source: boredpanda.com via Luke on Pinterest
Source: boredpanda.com via Amy on Pinterest
Source: boredpanda.com via Tara on Pinterest


Jason who is a wedding photographer started taking photos of his two little daughters back in 2006 when his mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The girls were constantly sick, with colds and coughs so he couldn’t always bring them to visit their grandmother. Jason wanted her to be able to see her granddaughters without catching their kid germs so he started a blog where his mom could see what was going on in their lives. Most of the ideas come from his daughters – eight-year-old Kristin and five-year-old Kayla. Jason says that they are never-ending source of ideas.

Creative Dad Takes Crazy Photos Of Daughters | Bored Panda:

Chinese aren't innovative? Smuggling iPhones past customs in BEER BOTTLES, around their ankles with a crossbow etc.

-They just innovate illegally. 


Watch: How Smugglers Sneak iPhones into Mainland China » M.I.C. Gadget:




Since iPhones sell for $125 more in China than they do in Hong Kong, quite a number of smugglers have been bringing phones across the border to make a quick buck. Well, one smuggler that had the same idea wasn’t so lucky when he was caught by security. The security guards noticed something was amiss when the smuggler had trouble bending over to pick up his suit case. Needless to say, after a thorough checkup, they discovered 30 iPhones strapped around his body. Watch the video above that shows some pretty funny footage of the smuggler being caught red-handed.

Man gets caught trying to smuggle iPhones into China | Ubergizmo:




http://youtu.be/ks2fbIWhyKE

Using a crossbow, smugglers shot a fishing line from a 21-story building in Sha Tau Kok, 300 meters across the Sha Tau Kok river to a small rural house in Hong Kong, Gizchina reports. The whole idea was to sell the illegal imports in Hong Kong for a profit by avoiding mainland taxes.

The smugglers worked in the wee hours, hoisting black nylon bags stuffed with iPhone 4s and iPad 2s, and wheeling them into Hong Kong via a pulley system made out of what looks like a giant bike wheel.

Smugglers move iPads, iPhones via crossbow, zip line - Technolog on msnbc.com:


Guy Had Hundreds of iPhone4S Wrapped on Body Guy Had Hundreds of iPhone4S Wrapped on Body

http://youtu.be/Wj0XO3CQZnQ

Boston Police Raid Chinatown Stores In EBT Card Crackdown, Arrest Pat Lu -Asian American. See a Pattern?

-Who is Pat Lu?? 


CHINATOWN (CBS) – Boston police raided five stores in Chinatown Thursday morning in a crackdown on welfare fraud. As a result, 22 people have been charged with larceny.  The businesses were suspected of misusing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards.  Some are suspected of paying cash for the food assistance cards, which are limited in how they are used.

Boston Police Raid Chinatown Stores In EBT Card Crackdown « CBS Boston:

“The store became a hub for food-stamp fraud,” Pine said.  Pine said customers would come to Pat Mini Mart from Weymouth, Boston, Stoughton, Braintree and Malden.  Pine said Lu travels to Hong Kong or Taipei every year and is “very much a flight risk.”  Lu’s attorney, Michael Tutino, said his client has strong roots in the community, including three young children who attend school in the Boston area.

Read more: http://www.patriotledger.com/features/x1783277538/Quincy-mart-among-businesses-raided-in-EBT-investigation#ixzz1sa6Hx04r

2012/04/19

Shanghai: Largest City in Shanghai --Slideshare

The Chinese Star Fighters

-and soon China will make first contact. 
AP Images
ADMINISTRATION REPORT WARNS THAT LOOSENING EXPORTS ON SPACE TECHNOLOGY COULD BOOST CHINA’S SPACE WARFARE CAPABILITIES

China is building space weapons designed to defeat U.S. and allied long-range missiles, and U.S. plans to loosen controls on satellites exports likely will boost Beijing’s space warfare programs, according to a Obama administration report made public on Wednesday.

The report warned that if the U.S. government relaxes controls on satellite exports and related items, “China would purchase and acquire more of these items, and in turn, further reduce the technological edge of the United States’ and its allies’ space assets,” the report said.

Rhetoric vs. Reality: China, Entrepreneurial Capitalism & the Turbo Tax Defense

-30 minute show. Really informative. 

China has made a move to increase the trading flexibility of the yuan. It's reportedly one of the government's strongest moves yet to show the yuan is ready to become a global currency. It also gives banks a new pitch for bonds and other yuan-denominated investments. Though China's currency has been slowly appreciating in value for over half a decade and that move has accelerated over the past 18 months, we hear plenty of hawkish rhetoric towards China's currency policy from politicians including frontrunner for Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, who says he would name China a currency manipulator if elected. We talk about what developments like this really mean for business, the US and China trade-and-currency song and dance, and the global economy. We interview Barbara Hackman Franklin, former US Secretary of Commerce (1992-1993) who led a mission to China in 1992 to normalize commercial relations. She's now President/CEO of international consulting firm Barbara Franklin Enterprises, where she's an adviser to American companies doing business in international markets including China. She's also the subject of a new book: "A Matter of Simple Justice: The Untold Story of Barbara Hackman Franklin and a Few Good Women." Hackman separates business reality from domestic political rhetoric.

Speaking of the world economy, it "remains on life support" from central banks.
That's one conclusion from the latest Brookings Institution-Financial Times tracking index reportedly. So as central banks like the Federal Reserve continue to prop up the big banks, what's the cost to true entrepreneurial capitalism in the US? We talk about the impact of corporate welfare, Too Big to Fail Banks, and the JOBS Act on small businesses, entrepreneurial investment, and innovation. We speak again to Barbara Hackman Franklin, who is an expert in corporate governance and has served on the board of directors of fourteen public companies.

And remember when US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner got into trouble at his confirmation hearing a few years back for failing to pay some of his taxes? It came out that he used the software Turbo Tax to file his returns. He used the "Turbo Tax defense" and he saw the IRS waive his fines! So with three-quarters of individual US tax returns expected to be filed electronically this year, shouldn't average Americans have protection from some kind of Turbo Tax defense against penalties, too? We talk about that, along with the bull market in targeted drone killings and the new Dutch banker oath, in Loose Change. We're joined by special guest Alyona Minkovski, host of RT's The Alyona Show.
http://youtu.be/DA1XroeXrP0

Banned Novelist Ma Jian Speaks at Independent Cultural Event Criticizing London Book Fair

-Shame on you London! 

Ma Jian speaks at the press conference held by the Independent Chinese PEN centre at the London Book Fair. Ma Jian believes that the only acceptable form of freedom of speech is where all books are freely available to everyone.
http://youtu.be/G9IwEZXau7A

Amazon Best of the Month, May 2008: Like a latter-day Rip Van Winkle, a troubled young man slumbers away for ten years. While he slowly retraces the experiences that brought him into this dream state, the world around him morphs into a nearly unrecognizable place. The place is not a mountain fairyland in pre-Revolutionary America, but China at the turn of the twenty-first century. And, our story's hero is not a beleaguered farmer seeking solace among the mountains and rivers, but a promising graduate student named Dai Wei who was shot in the head during the pro-democracy protests in 1989 at Tiananmen Square. Beijing Coma is an unexpectedly visceral and daring work of fiction by critically acclaimed author Ma Jian that explores why a promising young student would risk it all in the spring of 1989. In this ingeniously constructed novel--which sets Dai Wei's internal recollections against the contemporary changes occurring beyond him--Ma Jian reveals the profound personal consequences of that historic struggle for freedom--long after the CNN cameras stopped rolling. --Lauren Nemroff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Beijing Coma: A Novel

Who is Ma Jian? from Wikipedia

Ma Jian (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Jiàn; Wade–Giles: Ma Chien, born August 18, 1953) is a Chinese writer.

Ma was born in Qingdao on August 18, 1953. In 1986, he moved to Hong Kong after a clampdown in which some of his works were banned. In 1997 he left for Germany, followed by a move to England in 1999. He now lives in London with his partner and translator, Flora Drew.

Ma came to the attention of the English-speaking world with his story collection Stick Out Your Tongue, translated into English in 2006. The stories are set in Tibet. Their most remarked-upon feature is that traditional Tibetan culture is not idealised, but rather depicted as harsh and often inhuman; one reviewer noted that the "stories sketch multi-generational incest, routine sexual abuse and ritual rape".[1] The book was banned in China as a "vulgar and obscene book that defames the image of our Tibetan compatriots."[2]

Ma's travel memoir Red Dust: A Path Through China (2001) is about his wanderings through remote areas of China from 1983-86 as a long-haired jobless vagabond. It won the 2002 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.

His novel Beijing Coma (2008) tells the story of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 from the point of view of the fictional Dai Wei, a participant in the events left in a coma by the violent end of the protests. The comatose narrator functions as a metaphor for the ability to remember and the inability to act.[3] It has received critical acclaim, with Tom Deveson of The Times describing it as "epic in scope but intimate in feeling … magnificent" and the Financial Times calling it “an epic yet intimate work that deserves to be recognised and to endure as the great Tienanmen novel.”

The Chinese government banned Ma from re-entering China in 2011.[4]

Red Dust: A Path Through China by Ma Jian

Chinese dissident and sometimes vagabond Ma Jian offers a sharp-edged, often surprising portrait of his native land, one that takes his readers into corners that few non-Chinese travelers have seen.

In 1983, Ma, tired of life in a China that, he writes, "feels like an old tin of beans that, having lain in the dark for forty years, is beginning to burst at the seams," grew his hair, quit his job, and took to the road. As he recounts in his able--and, at times, very strange--memoir, over the next three years he wandered into the western desert, through the mountains of Shaanxi, down the steamy southern coast, and, eventually, to Tibet. Along the way he slipped by inquisitive police agents, ate dodgy meals, fell in love a time or two, and learned much about his country--more than he bargained on, for, as he writes, "I am exhausted. China is too old, its roots too deep. I feel dirty from the delving."

Ma's travelogue, alternately humorous and sober, offers a constantly illuminating view of life behind the Great Wall. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

What do Chinese People Think of the Jewish People? Rich, Smart and Badass! (also Deleted Scenes!)

-GREAT SHOW GREAT SHOW GREAT SHOW!!! 

No Drama Real China asks about general impressions of Jewish people in a country where bookstores are full of titles like "The Magic of Jewish Investment" and "The Kaballah of Smart Business Management"
http://youtu.be/Ea0KOHt7eXI


http://youtu.be/M_yI1jL1N7k

Which Brush To Choose When Doing Chinese Calligraphy: Too Many To Choose!?

-Each one does something different. 

7-Wolf and 3-Sheep Liner:
http://www.blueheronarts.com/product_info.php?cPath=4&products_id=868

Chinese craze for English tattoos, Chinglish Tattoos and Nonsense Tattoos

-WEIRD is right!!!  
Tattoo on lower back: Chinese craze for English tattoos

Tattoos of Chinese characters have long been a fad in the West as a way of denoting the mystique of their bearers.

Zhang Aiping, a tattooist at Tattoo 108 in Shanghai, said: "Around 30 per cent to 40 per cent of our customers are choosing tattoos in English letters now. This has happened really suddenly, since the beginning of this year.

"I just did one a few days ago for a footballer at Shanghai Shenhua club. It said: 'I miss u forever'."

Tattoos have existed in China for thousands of years, but have been largely taboo under Communist Party rule.

Only in the last five years have scores of tattoo parlours sprung up, operating in a grey zone of legality.
Chinese craze for English tattoos - Telegraph:

Chinese with English Tattoo 500x325 New Trend Brings Meaningless English Phrases to Chinese Tattoos picture

See the Future of the NBA: Beijing CL Smooth Crew Mixtape Videos, Dribbling, Dunks, Attitude

-Lots of fiddling and diddling. 

BeiJing CL Smooth Crew MixTape 2
-----
1. Right thurr Remix
2. 生命要繼續
3. Till I collapse
http://youtu.be/nuDas6GJtVQ

BeiJing CL Smooth Crew MixTape 3
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BGM:
1. Black Rob-Whoa
2. Eminem-Soldier
3. Outkast-Ms.Jackson
4. 铁竹堂-为了兄弟
http://youtu.be/YVmwQUjYmaY

Will Hutton: 'I'm expecting there to be a Chinese spring within three to five years' - the Guardian

-They are in a Chinese Spring now, soon it will be summer.

As part of the Guardian Open Weekend, Heather Stewart, economics editor of the Observer, discusses the economic downturn with Jayati Ghosh, Will Hutton and John Lanchester. Here, Hutton, columnist and former editor-in-chief of the Observer, forecasts the political and economic future of China, predicting a public uprising within five years
http://youtu.be/CP9X5Ipjqsc

Shanghai Based Video Game Developers Release Ninja Birds X - Angry Bird X Game - free on Android and iPhone

-Pretty cool and it's free! 
Ninja Birds X Free by Cobalt Play Games






https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cobaltPlay.alphaNinjaBirds_X

Alpha Ninja Birds X - Angry Birds Training Game is now available for free on Android and soon on iPhone. Here's the Android link. Download and enjoy :)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cobaltPlay.alphaNinjaBirds_X

http://youtu.be/H4alBK9Iwy0

2012/04/18

Social media in China --Slideshare

On Fang Lizhi (1936–2012) by Perry Link

-With a 2007 Lecture by Fang Lizhi! 

Fang Lizhi, a distinguished professor of astrophysics, luminary in the struggle for human rights in contemporary China, and frequent contributor to The New York Review, died suddenly on the morning of April 6. At age seventy-six he had not yet retired, and was preparing to leave home to teach a class when he commented to his wife that he did not feel quite right. She urged him to stay home and he agreed, saying he would call his department secretary to explain. A few minutes later he had died in his chair at his home office....

Borrowing Fang’s wit, we might note that the authorities did more than listen. They wanted him. The 1989 warrant for his arrest was never dropped, so that when he died he was still officially “wanted”: for “the crime of counterrevolutionary incitement” and as “the biggest black hand behind the June Fourth riots.”


On Fang Lizhi (1936–2012) by Perry Link | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books:

Fang Lizhi 2007 LA Speech for the 50th Anniversary of the Anti-Rightist Campaign



http://youtu.be/F3wTjE6A22s

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake: How the Destruction of Chinatown was viewed as a Blessing

-What an interesting history. 

Cleaning up downtown San Francisco after the conflagration.
Chinese refugees
from NPS.gov 1906 Earthquake: Chinese Displacement


The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

Grade 3-7 Yep looks at the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 from two points of view. Chin is a young Chinese immigrant whose father is a houseboy for a prominent banker and his family. He has become friendly with young Henry Travis, the banker's son, through their interest in low-brow but exciting penny dreadfuls. The stories depict heroic people doing heroic things and, while both boys appreciate their fathers, they certainly do not regard them as heroes. Not, that is, until the Earth Dragon roars into consciousness one spring morning, tearing the city asunder and making heroes out of otherwise ordinary men. Yep's research is exhaustive. He covers all the most significant repercussions of the event, its aftershocks, and days of devastating fires, and peppers the story with interesting true-to-life anecdotes. The format is a little tedious one chapter visits Henry's affluent neighborhood, the next ventures to Chin's home in Chinatown, and back again and the ordinary heroes theme is presented a bit heavy-handedly. Throughout the text, the boys compare their fathers to Wyatt Earp. But the story as a whole should appeal to reluctant readers. Its natural disaster subject is both timely and topical, and Yep weaves snippets of information on plate tectonics and more very neatly around his prose. A solid supplemental choice. Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906



From the Chinese Historical Society of America Website

On April 18, 1906, San Francisco was devastated by a huge earthquake. As fires raged, Chinatown was leveled. It seemed that what the city and country wanted for fifty years, nature had accomplished in forty-five seconds. Ironically, because the immigration records and vital statistics at City Hall had been destroyed, many Chinese were able to claim citizenship, then send for their children and families in China. Legally, all children of U.S. citizens were automatically citizens, regardless of their place of birth. Thus began the influx of"paper sons and paper daughters" - instant citizens - which helped balance the demographics of Chinatown's "bachelor society." Finally, Chinatown had what it had been missing for so long - children.

The city fathers had no intention of allowing Chinatown to be rebuilt in its own neighborhood, on valuable land next to the Financial District. While they were deciding where to relocate the Chinese, a wealthy businessman named Look Tin Eli developed a plan to rebuild Chinatown to its original location. He obtained a loan from Hong Kong and designed the new Chinatown to be more emphatically "Oriental" to draw tourists. The old Italianate buildings were replaced by Edwardian architecture embellished with theatrical chinoiserie. Chinatown, like the phoenix, rose from the ashes with a new facade, dreamed up by an American-born Chinese man, built by white architects, looking like a stage-set China that does not exist.
Chinatown | The Story of Chinatown:

Gold Mountain - Story of Forbidden Love against the Backdrop of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

Forbidden Love

Against the background of San Francisco at the time of the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 comes a tale of love and loss. Ruth Greer is the spoiled daughter of a shipping magnate who finds a young boy that has run away from his home in Chinatown—an area of gambling parlors, opium dens, sing-song girls, as well as families trying to eke out a living. It is also home of a number of highbinder tongs, the infamous “hatchet men” of Chinese lore.

There, she meets the handsome, enigmatic leader of one such tong, the young boy’s father, and discovers he is neither as frightening, cruel, or wanton as reputation would have her believe. As Ruth’s fascination with the area grows, she finds herself pulled deeper into the intrigue of the lawless area, and Li Han-lin’s life. But the two are from completely different worlds, and when both worlds are shattered by the quake and fire that destroys San Francisco, they face their ultimate test.

Gold Mountain - Story of Forbidden Love against the Backdrop of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
  For example, real estate investors and other land owners were against the idea due to the large amount of land the city would have to purchase to realize such proposals. City fathers likewise attempted at the time to eliminate the Chinese population and export Chinatown (and other poor populations) to the edge of the county where the Chinese could still contribute to the local taxbase.[33] The Chinese occupants had other ideas and prevailed instead. Chinatown was rebuilt in the newer, modern, Western form that exists today. In fact, the destruction of City Hall and the Hall of Records enabled thousands of Chinese immigrants to claim residency and citizenship, creating a backdoor to the Chinese Exclusion Act, and bring in their relatives from China.[40][41][42]
"In 1906, the destruction of Chinatown by fire was considered a great blessing of the Earthquake. Many felt it should have burned long before. Said the Overland Monthly, "Fire has reclaimed to civilization and cleanliness the Chinese ghetto, and no Chinatown will be permitted in the borders of the city.... it seems as though a divine wisdom directed the range of the seismic horror and the range of the fire god. Wisely, the worst was cleared away with the best."

"Almost three months after the Earthquake and six weeks after the Telegraph Hill rally, the Chinese relocation sub-committee admitted that there really wasn't anything more it could do except allow the Chinese to return to the property they owned or formerly rented. Said the chairman, "If they prove obnoxious to whites they can gradually be driven to a certain section by strict enforcement of anti-gambling and other City laws." The subcommittee was discharged. Not that it really mattered; the Chinese were already rebuilding -- with architecture more authentically Chinese than that of the former Yankee structures.

In the end, the Chinese came out of the affair by far the wiser strategists. They had simply said that Hunters Point or any other remote area was unacceptable and then posed the economic threat that they might leave the City altogether if such ideas persisted. Soon after it became known that the Chinese might be made welcome in Oakland, relocation plans were dropped. San Francisco never could stand the idea of giving anything of value to Oakland."

© San Francisco Magazine, Inc., 1970 By Ralph Henn

The Children of Chinatown: Growing Up Chinese American in San Francisco, 1850-1920

Revealing the untold stories of a pioneer generation of young Chinese Americans, this book places the children and families of early Chinatown in the middle of efforts to combat American policies of exclusion and segregation.

Wendy Jorae challenges long-held notions of early Chinatown as a bachelor community by showing that families--and particularly children--played important roles in its daily life. She explores the wide-ranging images of Chinatown's youth created by competing interests with their own agendas--from anti-immigrant depictions of Chinese children as filthy and culturally inferior to exotic and Orientalized images that catered to the tourist's ideal of Chinatown. All of these representations, Jorae notes, tended to further isolate Chinatown at a time when American-born Chinese children were attempting to define themselves as Chinese American. Facing barriers of immigration exclusion, cultural dislocation, child labor, segregated schooling, crime, and violence, Chinese American children attempted to build a world for themselves on the margins of two cultures. Their story is part of the larger American story of the struggle to overcome racism and realize the ideal of equality.

China-UK tension heats up over Briton's death - Best Tweet of this saga @RenminB

-Cyanide poisoning? 



The wife of a former party chief has been arrested on suspicion of cyanide poisoning. http://ibnlive.com/livetv
http://youtu.be/_sHLmfEKZrQ

F1 2012 race at Shanghai International Circuit China HD Discussion Commentary Collaboration PC

-12 minutes of a video game. 

F1 2011 Gameplay. Our Prediction of the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix

Me Dave and Josh race together at the Shanghai International Circuit in the Jiading District of Shanghai! The race goes quite well for Dave for once and he managed 2nd place after spinning twice which was impressive. Josh took the win from pole after spinning once and not having to do much since the others were riddled with bad luck :P Also I did well technically but his penalty pushed me down a few places :L

I know Bernie cant actually cancel the race himself and this can only be done by the FIA although with Bernie advising this and with support of the teams it would take a very brave FIA to knock back that decision.

UPDATE
The Bahrain GP WILL go ahead after a meeting with the teams and the FIA. They have deemed it safe to go there and therefor the race will go ahead on the Planned date.

F1 2012 China Grand Prix Preview [HD]
http://youtu.be/M4u6JXoGW00

Romney Strapped a Dog on his Car Roof but Obama Ate Dog (not at a Chinese Restaurant!) #Obamadogrecipes #

-HE ATE A LITTLE BIT OF LASSIE!  HILARIOUS! 

When the president was 6 he was forced to eat a little bit of dog meat in Indonesia. Should he be held responsible for what he was forced to do when he was 6?
http://youtu.be/r6kam4hekn4

  Can you name the author of this quote?

“With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”

Yep, that’s Barack Obama, writing about his childhood with his stepfather Lolo Soetoro in Indonesia, from Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance




Obama Bites Dog | Dreams From My Father | The Daily Caller:

 And just for good measure...

Young Chinese girl learning about cooking dog meat from older Chinese woman.
http://youtu.be/RIsyqhDTXgs


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