Arise! Arise! Arise!

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Flag of China  , Guangdong,
Sunday, March 29, 2009

Have you ever seen or done something over and over again without ever really thinking about it until one day you stop and 'think' about that which you have seen or been doing? It was during our weekly English classes that we decided to sing our national anthem "O Canada" at the start of class to encourage our students that I decided to 'think' about what we were signing and then ultimately what our students where singing in their anthem.

Without going into my own personal interpretation (2 bits worth) of our national anthem I encourage you to think about it. While you are at it, take a look at the Chinese National Anthem Lyrics. I was surprised to hear our class of 4 - 13 year olds sing this:

Arise, ye who refuse to be slaves!

With our flesh and blood, let us build our new Great Wall!

The Chinese nation faces its greatest danger.

From each one the urgent call for action comes forth.

Arise! Arise! Arise!

Millions with but one heart,

Braving the enemy's fire.

March on!

Braving the enemy's fire.

March on! March on! On!

Unlike my customary editorial I'm not going to tell you what I think but to let you know this song was written in 1934 encouraging the Chinese to rid their country to the Japanese that had occupied it. Let's hope that this is just an old and out dated anthem like ours and is not reflective of what the people think today.

Observations this week:

* James celebrated his 9th birthday here. We ate bacon, eggs and fried potatoes with chopsticks for breakfast!!

* I had sciatica and a shoulder problem (and still may have but won't know until the bruising goes away) so I thought I would give 'traditional' Chinese Massage a go. Well, let me say that it was like nothing I had ever experienced. I was literally beaten black and blue!! (check out the photo). If I didn't know better and was not paying for it I would swear I was being beaten. I think that if I ever need the be fixed again I will get a hammer and then start beating myself. I showed our children my 'massage' and I told them that if they ever needed an 'attitude adjustment' we would simple refer to is as "Chinese massage".

* I have included a few real estate photos and video for my friends back home so they can see how a sales meeting is run here. Everyone lines up outside their tiny office on the sidewalk as people walk by and listen to the manager go over the days goals. They do chants, sing, exercise (my guess) and generally get pumped up.

* Is it just me or is North America becoming more Socialistic and China becoming more capitalistic? The US is nationalizing banks currently being run by people who are clearly incapable of doing anything right and China is privatising and encouraging individual wealth accumulation and to spend some of their spending. (more on this in the book I'm writing).

10 things to love about China:

1. You can wear your PJ's outside
2. You can tie any old child's plastic chair to your bike and call it a baby seat.
3. You can go to the beauty salon or spa for rock bottom prices-$6 for wash, cut and dry
4. Their superior customer service
5. You can find tai chi everywhere, any morning for free
6. You can go from being an unrecognized, average person back home to living like your are famous in China
7. The friendliest, kindest and most generous people
8. You can easily afford to eat and travel
9. You don't have to recycle your garbage. That task is left to a husband and wife team that sort and separate and sell all the garbage to someone to be used for something else.
10. A fake Gucci purse is only $18
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maaske on

Re: Immigration
Great question! I'm not sure about how difficult it is to immigrate. I know that a number of Chinese are and have returned after moving to North America. I have interviewed many people and their 'save for a raining day' mantra is so ingrained that I think it will last for some time.

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