There are some things in the world whose majesty should only be appreciated from afar off.
Pudong, Shanghai city limits
I had a strange feeling in my gut when I was first told that I was being nominated to attend a seven week conference in China (of all places in the world). I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to be excited or perturbed. It took me only 4 days in China however to realise that I should’ve stayed home. This post covers the last four of the 10 critical lessons I learned about China.
Be warned. It gets pretty ugly from here on out:
China is a lot like a hot chick that is scheming to divorce you, take half of all your stuff and then sell it back to you at a profit.
Over the last couple of months, I and a few of my colleagues partook in what I could best describe as part of a grander initiative by the Chinese government in opening up China to the rest of the world. Our seven week experience however, turned out to be an ordeal that gave the expression “Made in China” a whole deeper meaning – and I’m afraid, it wasn’t overwhelmingly positive.
You may have noticed that I haven’t updated this space in over a month. Truth be told, I’m in Shanghai, China at the moment on business. Why I agreed to this is beyond me, but here I am. Apparently however, the Communist Government in China has blocked a lot of websites, like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and yes, even WordPress. I think it’s time I hosted this blog on my own domain.
Anyway, the only reason you are able to read this is because I’ve managed to find a proxy site that I could use to bypass this country’s communist attempt at inhibiting free speech (or maybe they have some other justification – perhaps one of you can inform me). Either way, I’ll be here for the better part of two months on consultation with the Chinese Government with respect to governance, policy and a bunch of other stuff.
So there you have it. Now you know why and where. As soon as I get off this side of the planet and return to the liberal West where I rightfully belong, I’m going to rip China a new one. I can promise you that. With that said, this proxy site is a tad slow, and so it doesn’t lend itself to a proper blog post as per my regular M.O. So if you guys have any suggestions, I’m all ears (or eyes, rather).
Looking forward to hearing from you.