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The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's in the News
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on Yesterday at 08:28:06 PM »
China contributes to world peace, development by achieving moderate prosperity: white paper

As the world's most populous and largest developing country, China has contributed to global peace and development by achieving moderate prosperity in all respects, said a white paper released Tuesday by China's State Council Information Office.

Achieving moderate prosperity in all respects has made China more prosperous, the people happier, and society more stable, said the white paper titled "China's Epic Journey from Poverty to Prosperity."

The country has been the largest contributor to world economy since 2006, making an average annual contribution of more than 30 percent, and become a major stabilizer and driver of the global economy, it said.

After the outbreak of COVID-19, China became the first country to contain the virus, reopen its economy, and achieve economic expansion, leading global recovery and injecting impetus into the global economy.

China succeeds in feeding almost 20 percent of world population and satisfying their diverse demands for high-quality agricultural products with only 9 percent of the planet's arable land, according to the white paper.

The country is also making great efforts to strengthen eco-environmental governance and has become a major force in global eco-environmental progress. For instance, one fourth of the world's new vegetation areas over the past two decades have been added by China, said the white paper.

Hi Everyone,

We all know that a bachelor's is not the cure-all, be-all, end-all of getting the best jobs, paychecks, and promotions.

1.  At the least, an ESL teaching license helps get teaching jobs. 

In my experience, the CELTA is the best.  What's more, all CELTA's are the same quality, and accepted around the world.

Ten years ago, I was unsure if it was worth it.  Now, I realize the CELTA is one of the best development investments I made, as it helped me get jobs in Saudi Arabia and China that I could not otherwise.

Any other top ESL, EAL, teaching English, etc. degrees people think are worth it?

2.  As for teaching licenses, it seems like every country, and every province (i.e. Canada), or even every 50 states (USA) does their own credential program.

Honestly, I am having trouble parsing it all out.

What teaching license is the best?

3.  From what I can see, top UK universities like Oxford, Cambridge have PGCE.

If I could chose anything, it would be one of those top UK places.  Even places outside the UK, like Ireland, Australia, Canada or countries that use their curriculum in China would honor that for getting the job, or getting a higher pay raise.

4.  In the US, it looks like the longer, more rigorous, more expensive programs by state require much more out of a candidate, but carry the most weight.

For example, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York State, take 1-2 years, are rigorous, cost 10,000 - 20,000 USD to complete, and require lots of in-person practice.

But, teaching jobs in those states pay better, and a teaching licences there works in many other US states and abroad.

5.  Remember how I said that China has a website that shows which programs are accepted? (  So, looking at this list, and matching based on costs shows how much of a bargain UNISA (South Africa) is: 100% online, low cost (1500 USD a year), many programs, etc. for educational credentials.

I wonder if the same comparison can be done with teaching licenses.

6.  Anyone have opinions, experiences, etc.?
The BS-Wrestling Pit / Re: What if China has peaked already?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 26, 2021, 12:39:40 PM »
How would we, for example, tell the difference between a great power on the rise naturally testing limits and seeking more global influence and, say, a very large middle power possessed of considerable economic strength but no longer seeing growth measured in orders of magnitude and suddenly, recently concerned that boundless economic gain no longer applies? Wouldn't they look just as belligerent? Wouldn't they be seeking, now, to grab what they can while they still can? Supply chains, territories, control over citizenry... the global impact they will no longer naturally rise toward and must instead use force to acquire.

It used to be that corruption was the older man's game. A lifetime spent eating bitter in expectation of the sweetness to come but finding as the years wore on that really the bitterness just continued and growth wasn't that great, so.....  But then corruption became the younger man's game, when growth was exponential and change was too fast and a lifetime of eating bitter counldn't be trusted, not in the face of such obvious sudden wealth.... But then rule of laws appeared and anti-corruption campaigns, and a concerted effort by the powers to stabilise the country... So what of now? What is corruption like now? Does it persist? Has it changed? What's the story of China now?

Impending demographic crisis, explosive growth in exports finishing, an economic transition into the higher end secondary industry kinda slow and super-questionable..... Isn't high tech production a small country's way into global influence? How can a country as large as China transition to high tech industry in any meaningful way without the vastly larger, qualitatively better education sector it won't have?

High tech economic growth has not been anything other than incremental for a long time even in the developed world. What super growth is going to come to China anymore?
The BS-Wrestling Pit / What if China has peaked already?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 26, 2021, 09:02:00 AM »

Thing about When in Rome that I can't quite let go of is it's a minor idiom, barely more than a quote. In context it was about changing the time of doing a thing you normally do because in a different place, they did that same thing at a different time.

But ru xiang sui su, that is something far more substantial. It's a major cultural injunction that isn't that hard for Chinese exactly because it is a major cultural injunction. They live and breathe that kind of complex identity.

The thing about how When in Rome is used in China is it more or less means learn how to be a person. That straight line between what you think, what you say, and what you do, that's very adorable, it's so cute and lovely, but after a while, it's enough. If you keep on being direct and admitting no complexity in your relationships, well, basically you're insulting us. Learn how to be a person, why don't you?

That's a whole lot heavier as a condition
The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's in the News
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 17, 2021, 11:52:02 PM »
The thing about AU turning toward US, that's a bit embarrassing, right? Because like, US exiting Iraq and Afghanistan, that's a sign of US weakness, right? US is failing, right?

Resources freed up, attention less divided, Asia coming into focus....

What I thought, way back in 2001, one Tuesday night in September, sitting in a poky Chinese apartment watching CNN, was we were all fucked. Because the Americans were going to come out into the world and everything was going to get messy.

I have no conclusion
The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's in the News
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 17, 2021, 06:32:47 PM »
Beijing rhetoric be like, stop hitting yourselves with our fists of fury that will surely fall in a blinding light of justice and rightitude..

Sorry France. EU never saved nobody.
The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's in the News
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 17, 2021, 06:19:33 PM »
Australia's decades-long balancing act between the US and China is over. It chose Washington

For more than 20 years, Australia tried to maintain good relations with both the United States and China.

It was good for trade and peaceful regional relations. But on Thursday, with the announcement of a new security deal with the United States and the United Kingdom, which will see Australia eventually field nuclear-powered submarines, Canberra made its position clear -- it has chosen Washington over Beijing.

By choosing sides, some experts say Australia has unnecessarily antagonized China, the country's largest trading partner, while at the same time making itself overly reliant on the US for protection should tensions escalate in the Indo-Pacific.

In recent years, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has moved to embrace the US more closely as a security partner, building a personal relationship with former President Donald Trump and attempting to do with same with his successor.

At the same time, relations between Canberra and Beijing have been slowly unraveling, a spiral which only worsened after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic amid questions over the virus's origins.

On Thursday, China reacted angrily to the new security deal with Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijan saying the blame for deteriorating relations "rests entirely with the Australian side."

Yun Jiang, editor of the China Neican newsletter and researcher at the Australian National University, said the deal was the "final nail in the coffin" of Australia's relationship with China, effectively eliminating any chance for rapprochement, at least in the short term.

"Until there is a new equilibrium in the international balance of power, I think the relationship is going to be tense," she said...
The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's Making Me Happy!
« Last post by AMonk on September 16, 2021, 11:46:08 PM »

Safe Travels  :surfing:
The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: I want a Chinese YouTube
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 16, 2021, 09:45:20 PM »
As far as I know, Chinese video sharing sites are going more Hulu-like than Youtuber. Seems like


Bilibili is the main one now for user-generated stuffs.

As for accessing it in English, I had thought Worldlingo worked better than Google Translate.

But nah. They're equally glitchy.

I guess you need a local agent.

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