Monthly Archives: August 2021

Working for the Boss: The Art of the Staff Assistant

In many organizations, becoming a staff assistant to the leaders in your organization is a fast track to promotion. The staff assistant learns how the organization works, gets to know the personalities, learns by observation leadership skills, and gets the … Continue reading

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Fiction Award Prize Joke Reflects Local ‘Little Big Brother’ Corruption

China has a micro-fiction prize. This must have been the inspiration for the joke below. It is circulating online in the PRC. Imperial China had a rule of avoidance — officials were not allowed to be the top leader in … Continue reading

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2002: Wired China: Many Hands on Many Switches

Back in 2002, a half-year after my return from five years working in the science section of US Embassy Beijing, I wrote to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China to share with them my views on the Internet and the control … Continue reading

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2021: Difficult Job Prospects for Returned PRC International Students

Many Chinese students who returned home in 2020 entered a difficult job market. The number of returning students jumped 73% and few Chinese companies were hiring amidst the closedowns and business disruptions of an epidemic year. Other, continuing factors, were … Continue reading

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Poem: Song of the Hammer and Sickle Gang

Today on Twitter I saw a poem by Ilshat H. Kokbore @HKokbore apparently inspired by photos of a woman clothed in the flag of the Chinese Communist Party — a hammer and sickle, representing the workers and the peasants, with … Continue reading

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PRC Scholars on China’s Goals for Stopping Carbon Emission Increases and then Moving as Quickly as Possible to Carbon Neutrality

Translated text of the article 碳达峰、碳中和的经济学解读 [ Explaining the Economics of Reaching Peak Carbon and Carbon Neutrality ] Guangming Ribao June 22, 2021. Also distributed in Chinese by the PRC official Xinhua Press Agency.   Editor’s note.   In September 2020, General … Continue reading

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