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China’s Ancient Culture Incinerates Modern Structure

February 11, 2009

When the Chinese see Americans they see our weakness and frivolous habits — too often.

The Chinese hate “American Idol” and our blockbuster Hollywood products.

But the Chinese also crave those same Hollywood products so much that counterfeiters sell pirated DVDs on the streets of Beijing before most theaters in America get a shot at the newest Hollywood offering.

The government of China hates Western porn and all the time wasted by Chinese workers on the Internet.  But China has the largest Internet readership of any country on earth — and they love their porn.

So there are many contradictions in China — especially contradictions between the ancient Chinese culture and the modern world.

So it should come as no surprise that a China New Year celebration featuring that most famous of China’s celebration products — fireworks  — exploded upon merry makers in Beijing this week.

It seems the state run communists TV system, CCTV, invited all its Beijing employees to celebrate the end of the New Year with a feast followed by a fireworks display.

But CCTV had no permit to set off the fireworks and the police protested.

But CCTV is the state in many ways so the police were ignored — which is also an ancient Chinese tradition.

Well you can guess.

The fireworks set ablaze the building still under construction adjacent to the CCTV tower.  That building burned and hundreds of firefighters were needed to bring the inferno under control.

CCTV offered aplogies and said it was ashamed to lose face.  And tower.

Now party-goers tell us, their entire year will be “not lucky.”

So if you are off to China to do business this year: be careful.  The cultural odds may be against you.

Note to Barack Obama: when your oath went badly on January 20, my Chinese grandmother said, “Not lucky.  Four years not lucky.”


Fire damaged Mandarin Oriental hotel building, left, and the ...

Fire damaged Mandarin Oriental hotel building, left, and the new China Central Television headquarters building, right, are seen in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. An Olympic-style fireworks display put on by China’s state-run television broadcaster was the cause of a spectacular blaze that destroyed a luxury hotel that was part of the network’s landmark headquarters in Beijing, a fire department spokesman said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)


Vietnam: Bad Omen Opens New Year

January 25, 2009

One year ago, a wicked snow storm with cold and ice kept millions of Chinese from reaching home for the start of theLunar New Year.  This was considered an “unlucky” omen that could potentially marr the entire year.  Now Vietnam is experiecing grief instead of joy after a ferry accident claimed several lives at the start of the new Year….


Associated Press
“It’s a tragedy for the province,” said Phan Lam Phuong, the governor of Quang Binh. “It should have been time to celebrate the Lunar New Year.”

He said the provincial government has decided to cancel a Lunar New Year fireworks show.
A small ferry overloaded with passengers sank in central Vietnam on Sunday, killing at least 40 people including seven girls and 27 women.

The 40 bodies, including those of three pregnant women, were recovered from the Gianh river in Quang Binh province, about 315 miles south of Hanoi, provincial police chief Phan Thanh Ha said.

Rescuers were still searching for two others missing, he said. Thirty-six passengers were rescued.

Ha said they initially though another four people were missing, but that turned out not be the case.

“This is one of the worst ferry accidents in Vietnam,” Ha said.

An initial investigation showed the boat was overloaded with nearly 80 people, even though it was designed to carry 12, he said.