The short answer is no. It will be worse than 2018. I want to consider myself the most optimistic author about China’s future (in the very long term), but in 2019 it’s a very definite […]
lost in Pyrmont Yesterday evening I was walking in Pyrmont, going to an event. Being unfamiliar with the streets, I was lost between Pyrmont St and Harris St. I had to climb up the […]
I have been a migrant for my entire life. When I was just ten months old, I migrated from Northeast China to Southern China. That’s a distance of 2,342km – quite far for a baby. […]
From the western world’s perspective, the one-child policy of China was just evil. We have all heard of some horror stories about the one-child policy. You can find online – thousands of negative stories about it. However, […]
This article was first published on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/should-you-take-career-advice-from-your-father-barry-li/ My grandfather’s advice to my father The “cultural revolution” had interrupted the higher education in China for a decade. 1978 was the first year of national higher […]
This article was originally published on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/life-rewards-action-whats-next-barry-li/ The guy who thinks – when he’s sick I was sick this week. Every time I get sick (and only when I get sick), I start to […]
A large part of Chinese superstitious beliefs is tied up in numerology – lucky numbers and unlucky numbers. I talked about it before in Rich Chinese ; crazy things are done and large amounts of money is spent to get the right numbers and avoid the bad ones. Barry Li, author of The New Chinese: How they are changing Australia recounts a story of a Sydney house that failed to achieve the same ludicrous selling price as other Sydney properties, all because it had the street number of 74 (it probably still sold for other 1million AUD though). With different tonal inflictions, the pronunciation of 74 can easily become ‘wife dies’, ‘angry to death’ or ‘die together’, so Chinese buyers steered clear.
As I brought up the Monkey King in my previous post on religion in China I thought it would be reminisce of me if I didn’t expound further on this little guy. In some regards he’s a bit like Santa Claus: everyone is familiar with the image and the symbolism in some small way. A guy with a white beard in a red hat is easily synonymous with the term Christmas. But Santa didn’t appear out of nowhere. Like how facts and truths about Santa’s reindeers, elves and home address are a bit more quick to mind than the story of his origin as a monk, the history behind the Monkey King is equally mystical, and also if it not as instantly recognisable as his appearance.
Barry Li’s view on the mindset of the new generation of ‘new Chinese’ (basically those born from the 1980s on) can be summed up in the final paragraph of his extract:
“They do not like to hear anyone, including the mainstream Australian media, describe China as an extreme communist country, because it simply is not true. They probably will not be offended if you describe the Chinese as realists, because they mostly are. They will be offended if you tell them that the South China Sea does not belong to China, even though they personally do not own a single drop of water in that sea.”