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It’s Tuesday in China today.But it’s Monday night in America.

The single’s day has become a shopping gala in recent years.It’s said
online sales hit a record on that day.Did you buy anything?If you ask me
,I have to tell you I was one of the minority who bought nothing online
that day.Of course ,I’m a rational custumer who won’t buy things I don’t
need because of discount.Actually,it’s necessary for me to purchase a
few items of clothes for the cold winter.But I dared not to buy clothes
online due to a couple of  unpleasant online buying experiences .Plus,
I’m not huge on choosing items among tons of products which I have no
idea they are the same as it’s described or just some pale imitations of
those in original.When I was boggled by too many choices, time was

【亚洲必赢官网app(】为啥美洲人比其它地域的人更擅长算数。If you are interested in China, here are the books I find will be useful
to you.

Asians are known the world over as being “good at math.” This is a
stereotype perpetuated by popular culture in the West. But is there some
truth to it? Yes, as it turns out. I can say that in daily life, Chinese
people do more math than their American counterparts. In fact, one can
even say daily life in China is an ongoing math test. Right off the top
of my head, I can think of three examples, starting with shopping in
China’s capital.

I always thought America is faster than China.But is opposite.

Like I just said, I’m on the minority side.The majority really went to
town on shopping for whatever they liked.One female I know made
calculations on two pieces of paper to make good deals.One male told us
told us he went to bed at arond 3:00 A.M to fininsh the purchase.Another
female friend said her boyfriend failed to pay because what they wanted
to buy were out of stock.Can you imagine the hot atmosphere of this
shopping spree now?

亚洲必赢官网app(,Peter Hessler’s 3 books on China.

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【River Town】It is about Peter’s 2 year’s teaching experience in a
small city Fuling in Sichuan. I like it so much that I bought both the
English and Chinese version. I admit it touched my heart’s soft part
while reading his story. Especially the story that he gave the students
homework to write about their families. Many of them wrote about life in
country side. In the end, Peter wrote:

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His description and prediction are so accurate 20+ years ago. I also
grow up in a poor family in Sichuan, and my life is also a notch better
than my parents generation. But the steady quiet struggle of the normal
Chinese are still the same. We appreciate our parents love and
sacrifice, and appreciate the relative peaceful period we enjoyed so we
can work hard to improve our life.

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【Country Driving】I actually read country driving first. It is so
funny. My take on this book is if you are trying to figure out how
Chinese economy is developing so fast, this book offer you some unique
insight. There is no exiting path for Chinese development, the rules
sometimes are funny and just wrong. Yet we must move ahead, the Chinese
creativity in “driving” through and push ahead are just amazing.

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【Oracle Bones】This is the only book that cannot be published in China
due to some “you know why” reason. Actually the majority of the book is
just about the life of one oracle bones scholar. But for me it is a
mirror to let us think deeply about our culture, our heritage. I read it
with tears, and laugh.

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【Fortunate Sons】Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to
America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization by
Liel Leibovitz. It is a story about 120 Chinese kids sent to USA in
1870s to study. They are hoping by learning from USA, they can save this
ancient civilization. If you want to understand why China picked its own
path for political and economical development, you will have some
understanding from reading this book. China’s own path is the result of
failed efforts dating more than 100 years ago. I was impressed by Liel’s
deep understanding of this.

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Some other books:
Henry Kissinger’s “On China” is a good one if you are interested in
politics. You will get the big picture, but not the normal people’s
heart and mind in Kissinger’s book.
Another book I would recommend is “Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s
Insights on China, the United States, and the World” by Graham Allison.
Lee is very special because his unique understanding of western culture
and Chinese culture, and his open mind. You will get a good insight on
where China is heading based on his vision.

Links to buy these books from Amazon

  • River
    Peter Hessler
  • Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to
    Peter Hessler
  • Oracle
    Peter Hessler
  • On
    Henry Kissinger
  • Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United
    States, and the
    Graham Allison
    Liel Leibovitz


Time differences is a very strange thing.

Some foreign social medias showed how shocked their people were by the
purchasing capability of Chinese.Is the increased purchaing capability
totally responsible for the rise of sales?Of course not, we have to
admit people’s consumption view has changed from saving money to
spending money by swiping credit card in advance.Is it a healthy and
safe way to lead a happy life?I’m not quite sure.But some people are
truely  living under the pressure of credit card repayment.For those
people, when money are buring holes in the pocket ,they are supposed to
control impulsive consumption.

When you walk into any department store in Beijing, chances are there is
a sale going on. You will see signs with a single digit number and the
Chinese character zhe prominently displayed next to products that are on
sale. Experienced shoppers can jump to the conclusion that 7 zhe must
mean 70% discount. Alas, the Chinese system encourages shoppers to go
one extra step in calculating their discount: i.e., 7 zhe means you pay
70 percent, resulting in a 30 percent discount. Some adults in the West
couldn’t do this simple math in their heads. Because, why would you need
to? We left all that behind in elementary school.

At the first time,I didn’t found anyone to talk.I had a little mood.But
someone replied me in the afternoon.We talked about day life.I always
thought she is a Chinese .Because she doesn’t like American ,doesn’t
have blue eyes、high nose,ect. she was a hybrid as expected.Her mother
is a Chinese.In the process of chatting with her,I found that my answer
or ask too complicated.


This is my daily life.

Another example is the loyalty card, or membership card, offered by
retailers, dentists, hair salons and massage parlors, just to name a
few. But signing up requires you to do math quickly in your head. The
more you spend up front, the bigger the discounts, a not uncommon sales
strategy. But commit at your own risk. If that business suddenly decides
to close its doors, you will not be refunded, nor will you even be

I always consider American are enthusiasm.But it’s not case.Maybe the
reason is we are not familiar with each other.


It’s a very little child’s full moon birthday today.She’s been sleeping
all the time.As a newborn child,there should be nothing besides
eating、sleeping and crying in her world,These are important things of

Shopping for groceries was among the challenges we first encountered in
Beijing. Trying to buy milk and yogurt at the local supermarket almost
turned into an international incident when, upon seeing all the past
expired dates marked on packages throughout the entire dairy section, I
demanded to see a manager and tried to bring it to his attention. In
vain, of course, as the language barrier prevented us from communicating
effectively. Later, a friend explained that those were production dates,
not expiration dates, as I had assumed. She also showed me where they
helpfully printed the shelf life of each product. So, to put it in
American terms, production date+shelf life= expiration date. Again, they
are encouraging shoppers to do math.

I read a book called 《meet the best of you on the way》.It’s talked
about experience.We need learn more and experience more.Not just stay in
the classroom.


The other book called 《Giant baby》,It’s talked about human
nature.Chinese have been looking for mum.Like shopping,eating
together.Because our psychological immaturity .Psychological age less
than biological age.

Newcomers to China will no doubt be confused about this system, which
nobody here seems to think twice about. But as an American, it was all
very taxing until I got clued in. I often felt put out that I had to be
doing math when I simply wanted to buy stuff. But now that I’ve been
here a while, I see the wisdom of such a system. Could it be how Chinese
people stay sharp into old age? After all, using your brain with word
games and riddles are believed to be countermeasures against the onset
of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related ailments. It appears that
in China, they’ve incorporated into ordinary daily life a brilliant
system where nobody forgets their early math lessons.