Category Archives: China General

Anchluss or ANZAC? – A Solution for Taiwan

Thor May Bris­bane, Aus­tralia 12 Jan­u­ary 2012 In the minds of China’s rulers, past and present, there has only ever been one pos­si­ble view about the future of Tai­wan. For a mul­ti­tude of rea­sons – strate­gic, eco­nomic, eth­nic, lin­guis­tic, his­tor­i­cal and … Con­tinue read­ing

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Snow Flower & The Secret Fan

Snow Flower & The Secret Fan  com­ments by Thor May When Wendi Deng from China mag­i­cally fell into the pan-national world of inter­na­tional busi­ness and mar­ried the media bil­lion­aire Rupert Mur­doch, (who had aban­doned Aus­tralia for the same state­less realm of … Con­tinue read­ing

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Bye-bye China

Farewell speech – Zhengzhou, China – Decem­ber 2010 – Thor May Forty years ago I was work­ing in a large gov­ern­ment office in Syd­ney. There were many desks in the room, and my desk was the least impor­tant. At the desk … Con­tinue read­ing

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Somebody Else’s Problem – Decision Making in China

Once long ago I was inter­viewed for a job as lan­guage direc­tor of the Defence Coop­er­a­tion Lan­guage School in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia. (The place pre­tends to teach Eng­lish in three months or so to exchange mil­i­tary offi­cers from places like Indone­sia). … Con­tinue read­ing

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The Big Parade At Dragon Lake

The deal was 8am. I’m a just-in-time guy, but here she was knock­ing on the door at 7:15. Jeez. Can I offer you some break­fast? We sat look­ing at each other across a big wooden cof­fee table, the golden drapes … Con­tinue read­ing

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The Cigarette

Win­ter morn­ing light had bro­ken clear and cold, so early that night’s shad­ows were still about and a wispy moon hung in the sky. A small col­lec­tion of street food ven­dors had already parked their hand carts by the col­lege … Con­tinue read­ing

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Mind Games Under Heaven

All the world art mad but thou and I. So it seems. The col­lec­tive mind of peo­ples as nations expressed either through the bal­lot box or by the voice of the emperor ( L’Etat c’est moi) seems erratic at best … Con­tinue read­ing

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Choose Your Game

On the wrong side of the rail­way tracks in Zhengzhou city, cen­tral China, you can find some ugly old con­crete class­rooms built around a small paved sports ground. It is a rail­way tech­ni­cal col­lege to train nurses and logis­tics stu­dents, … Con­tinue read­ing

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Australia Blue (cheerfully ripping off Mao Zedong, “Snow”)

Cen­tre coun­try scene: A thou­sand miles of desert, Ten thou­sand miles of shim­mer­ing heat. In and out the Dead Heart, Only one great vast­ness; Up and down the Dia­man­tina, Sand tor­rents stopped and stilled. Hills dance like rain­bow ser­pents, Mirages race like shad­owed … Con­tinue read­ing

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The Earthquake

The earth­quake: I was run­ning back to my apart­ment from the class­room for some­thing, and didn’t feel a thing. The other for­eign teacher here stag­gered out of her apart­ment and said she thought she was dying. I told her to … Con­tinue read­ing

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