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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Some videos

I saw this video out on YouTube, and at first I thought this was filmed in China... Shanghai to be exact. Anyways, after watching a little bit of it I thought it must be somewhere else. This is about as opposite as you can get as to what life in China is like. I am not even sure why this film was made... Is it an ad for Shanghai? Is it a training film to teach people what their mothers should have taught them when they were children? I have no idea.

After watching the above video, see if you can guess which of these behaviors is a typical behavior in China...

Being nice to strangers? Wrong.
Acknowledging that strangers are people too? Wrong.
Take a picture for some foreigners without thinking of a way to steal their camera? Wrong.
Helping someone avoid an accident, instead of just watching and then laughing at them in their pain? Wrong.
Giving your used newspaper to someone instead of throwing it on the floor? Wrong.
Not pocketing some nice electronic device someone left on the subway? Wrong.
Letting a stranger go by you on the escalator? Wrong.
Holding the elevator for some helpful person you don't know? Wrong.
Lining up in a queue? Wrong (Only if someone makes you).
Letting someone back into a queue if they left it for some reason? Wrong (Hehe. Get real!).
Boarding an airplane in an orderly fashion? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Someone sitting in the sun? Wrong (Maybe a kid would, but not likely).
Throwing trash in a trash can, instead of just throwing on the ground? Wrong (They have trash cans in Shanghai?).
Helping a handicapped person up a wheelchair ramp? Wrong (They have wheelchair ramps in Shanghai?).
Non-corrupt/helpful police officer? Best to avoid that subject.
Letting someone else have the last piece of some particular food in the market? Wrong (think vultures).
Picking up something that has dropped on the (dirty) floor of a restaurant with the intention of returning it to it's owner? Wrong. (Ugh!)
Walking into a public place when it's cold outside and not closing the door? That's correct!

This video is a little more accurate...

It's the video story of Hu Jia and Zeng Jinyan, some human rights activists in Beijing, and their story of being under house arrest. A very interesting story about the latest attempt by the Chinese authorities to silence domestic activists' public criticism of China's human rights record.

On a lighter side here's a video of President Bush having fun in Africa...

From what I have seen not much of Bush's visit was reported in the US news. It was mentioned in the Washington Times, and in some local newspapers. And it was mentioned in the foreign press. It's good to see him having fun for a change. It must have been a drag to go back to Washington D.C.


  • Funny, the message I got from Video No. 1 was that most Chinese women are beautiful.

    By Blogger Lex Luethor, at 8:00 PM  

  • Wow, you can barely see the strings attached to his hands and feet while dancing out of sync. Amazing!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:55 AM  

  • I believe that's the Government video to be used to instruct the population on how to act during the Olympic Games. You mentioned queue-day some time back.

    By Anonymous Richlloyd, at 2:22 PM  

  • @Lex, I've gotten use to that, so I didn't notice.

    @Greg, BDS is getting dull.

    @Lloyd, I'm not sure. As far as I know there are no Olympic events in Shanghai. Shanghai is sort of like China's version of NYC, so maybe they are starting to care how foreigners view their city.

    By Blogger Steve Harms, at 2:51 PM  

  • Hehehe never dull bashing Bush--he makes it too easy Steve. However, I have to say Hillary is just as fun and asks for it to. Guess you could say I am an equal oppurtunity sacarastic cynic.

    Sorry forgot to sign on that one.

    By Anonymous Greg, at 1:05 PM  

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