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Posted by sprague on June 30, 2012

Apple is not being “allowed” to do well in China, it simply is doing well.

…There is no Communist cabal in China waiting in the wings to sabotage every successful foreign invested enterprise. Even that suggestion smacks of ignorance and misguided ideology.

http://www.chinahearsay.com/apples-china-success-time-asks-the-wrong-question/

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Posted by sprague on June 29, 2012

Beijing streetsweepers unclogging the sewer in the rain. (Taken with Instagram at Microsoft Beijing West Campus 微软亚太研发集团总部)

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Posted by sprague on June 27, 2012

Hunger Games on DVD at last. Wish the photographer had sat closer to the front of the theatre, but hey it’s only 5Rmb=$1. (Taken with Instagram at Hotel G)

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Posted by sprague on June 26, 2012

The pressure to drink, and drink a lot, is so great that even Mormon Jon Huntsman admitted he tippled while serving as U.S. Ambassador to China.

http://www.theawl.com/2012/06/china-baijiu-culture

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Posted by sprague on June 26, 2012

Commuters caught in a downpour outside the Beijing subway. (Taken with Instagram at 地铁海淀黄庄站 Subway Haidian Huangzhuang)

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Posted by sprague on June 24, 2012

Learning how to make my own siphon coffee. Tastes good but I’m not sure it’s worth the trouble. (Taken with Instagram at Ocean Grounds)

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One Child Policy on @sinicapodcast

Posted by sprague on June 24, 2012

already being repealed quietly through lower fines, lax enforcement, and waivers.  Among registered residents of Shanghai the birthrate is already below its replacement level, as economic development makes couples want fewer children.

Also interesting public choice observation: most people think the Policy is good overall, but just shouldn’t apply in my case.   More evidence that people who worry about population control aren’t really worried about population overall — they’re worried about the wrong kind of people being born. 

Some items mentioned in the podcast:  

One Child Policy for Dummies: http://www.china-mike.com/chinese-culture/society/one-child-policy/

WSJ review/summary of “Unnatural Selection” :http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576361691165631366.html

Incidentally, I know at least two Chinese couples who want their child to be a girl.  Boys are too expensive and difficult to handle.

 

 

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Posted by sprague on June 23, 2012

US Embassy says this morning’s @beijingair is “very unhealthy”. China official test station says it’s “good”. Which do you believe?

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Posted by sprague on June 23, 2012

The newlyweds with the Hello Kitty wedding (previous photo) probably shop here. (Taken with Instagram at 东方银座 Ginza Mall)

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Posted by sprague on June 22, 2012

What can you say about a groom who agrees to this Hello Kitty themed wedding? (Taken with Instagram at China Lounge 唐廊)

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