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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Where to buy fireworks?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on Yesterday at 05:28:45 AM »
Are they even sold in China anymore? Places around here that used to start displaying boxes big and small and crackers and sparklers around festival times these days put up sprays of flowers. (And actually, this year that road has been dug up and fenced off so I don't even see the flowers.)

Is it still possible to buy fireworks on the street?
The Champagne Cabana / Re: What Are You Reading??
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 21, 2017, 07:46:25 AM »

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The Champagne Cabana / Re: What Are You Reading??
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 21, 2017, 07:42:57 AM »
An Excess Male turns out to be much more romance novel than an examination of the dystopic elements of modern China. It's really about love and family and GAG ME WITH A SPOON  aaaaaaaaaa

But for people who do want to read that kind of thing with a Chinese spin, no doubt it's worth some of the rave reviews.

The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's in the News
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 21, 2017, 06:28:10 AM »
Chinese students question Australian education sending chills through industry

Beijing: The plight of a Chinese student whose parents sold their home to pay for an Australian university education but only found a job handing out product samples has sparked debate in China questioning the value of overseas education.

The worsening job prospects for graduates returning to China could send a chill through Australia's third largest export market – international education – which is worth $21.8 billion annually, Australian trade officials have told Fairfax Media.

The trend is so marked that the once affectionate moniker for Chinese students returning home, "sea turtles", has changed to "seaweed". ...

I question Australian education too when what the Chinese students are questioning is the utility of a higher education gained in Australia to a person intending to return to China.

But as for the "seaweed", yeah, it's about time. Question the hell out of that, and push for something better in your own homeland.
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