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【BBC】 Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School - YouTube

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1. given the nature of the experiment (not randomized, too small a sample of the teacher etc.), the opinion could be very bias and it indeed looks like that.

2. it is unimaginably difficult to teach pupils maths, chemistry and physics in a foreign language setting, esp for Chinese teachers, if you realize the morden science roots from the western world.

3. Generalization bias of Chinese teachers (it's a prolem for the whole nation):

  • Not many, at most a small group of chinese pupils play with chinese ring when they are young.
  • Not all Chinese behave in a disciplined way. The lady who made this comment looks like living in the 60s or 70s. It's quite unusal to teach physics / chemistry like that, so boring, even for Chinese teachers.

4. Chinese need to learn from British people how to polish and sell their ideas in an implicit manner.

5. Everything happens for a reason, true for both sides. One reason for this teaching method is China once needed a lot of engineers to drive the Chinese economy. it did work. As the country is moving up the value chain, it will require not only engineers, but more enterpreneurs with innnovative ideas to drive the force. So teaching style of this style is and will eventually lose its market, adjusting itself to the development of the society.

6. Would it make more sense if BBC invited teachers from Germany or Switzerland to help them solve the problem?

7. More thoughts and inspirations...save for myself. 


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For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program

For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program | China | Scoop.it
A new Microsoft chatbot called Xiaoice has become something of a hit in China with responses based on actual conversations culled from the Internet.
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On the one hand, we can say scarce resources always conquer! Personal space, the western people have been used to for years is so belittled in China that it brings out such an splendid /weird product.
On the other hand, a densely populated society never fails. Just imagine how much data we could analyze! With heterogenous multiplicity comes big innovation.

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Making Sense of the Chinese Consumer Revolution

Making Sense of the Chinese Consumer Revolution | China | Scoop.it
Michael Zakkour, co-author of China’s Super Consumers, on what makes the Chinese consumer tick, brand loyalty, targeting and lessons from local brands.

Via David Alexander
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  1. It would be interesting to know more about Mckinsey model of China into 22 marketing clusters.
  2. To start thinking about Chinese consumers as global consumers makes sense, since we Chinese are truly buying the world.
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David Alexander's curator insight, July 8, 2015 5:49 PM

The real point of differentiation is not what [the Chinese] buy but why they buy it.

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What China Has Been Building in the South China Sea - New York Times

What China Has Been Building in the South China Sea - New York Times | China | Scoop.it
China has been feverishly piling sand onto reefs in the South China Sea for the past year, creating seven new islets in the region. It is straining geopolitical tensions that were already taut.
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“谋全局者方可谋一域,谋万世者方可谋一时”
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Western companies are falling out of love with China

Western companies are falling out of love with China | China | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - The Chinese slowdown is...
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1. The hastily developed Chinese economy finally reaches a turning point where the government and the market both have to take a step back contemplating what underpins a sustainably growing economy when the longstanding demographic dividend is disappearing. Nevertheless, consolidation of the fragmented industries takes time; moving up the value chain takes time, change of a stereotyped mindset takes time. But as the old saying goes, "he laughs last who laughs best." Those who could survive the ongoing bitter stage will strenthen their ability to thrive in the future.

2. It's ironic to learn the word "material-cost performance" from this article, where the speaker indicates explicitly the harsh working conditions for employees in China, in a "no politically sensitive " manner.

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