Monday, December 04, 2006
Ni hau! That's the world's most widely spoken form of "Hello"
Chinese is a tone-based language. An example: the difference between the words and pronunciations of the numerals 4 and 6 are minuscule, says student Lily Wu.
Mandarin (in English the word implies high-born or high in quality) is the northern and the official language. There is also Cantonese Chinese, mostly spoken in the south. And there are many dialects.
Great cities of the People's Republic of China:
Shanghai (the most populous at 17 M)
Hong Kong (the richest city)
Taiwan (the Republic of China)
- There is a considerable contrast between the European dragon and the Chinese dragon.
- Chinese people are top performers in both business and the arts. They think of themselves as the world's greatest culture. They're as ethnocentric as Americans.
Some 15 years ago the communist government limited their tight control of the economy. With a capitalistic freedom the Chinese have been accelerating their economy.
The WalMart business model has hastened the loss of manufacturing jobs from the US to China, I'd say.
The US has developed a Service economy, focusing on:
high-tech business, as in eBay and Google.
The US Working Class timeline shows progression from a Chinese-like no-rights worker to one protected and enriched by the union system. Today the salaries and benefits demanded by unions have priced US workers out of general competition.