April, 2013

China In Ten Words

The last three chapters of China in Ten Words reveal phenomena about China that are supposed to be revolutionary and provoke the masses. I don’t think “grassroots,” “copycat,” or “bamboozle” represent any revolutionary sentiments or even overly provocative. I think this book’s censorship made it seem more appealing to the masses than its content even reveals. The “grassroots” chapter talks about the people in China’s society that go against the mainstream and find creative ways to operate in the economic and governmental system. They typically aren’t overly educated, but still find ways to make money and live comfortably. I don’t believe the “grassroots” example shows any real issue with China, it just highlights people who are forced by necessity to innovate.

The “copycat” article talked about the phenomena of Chinese companies making knock-off cellphones, cameras, and other goods without investing in the R&D, turning quick and large profits. Yeah, they aren’t ethical companies by business standards, but they make money and are extremely adaptive making them hard to stop. Again, I don’t see this chapter as anything Chinese people don’t already see and recognize. They are well aware of the knock-off brands and aren’t concerned with them, especially because of the rapid economic boom during the 80’s and 90’s.

The “bamboozle” chapter too, is not unfamiliar to people in China. I think it draws the most provocative sentiments, but still is not overly radical. Of course people try to pull fast-ones on the government to avoid persecution. People will always be adaptive and try to avoid negative governmental actions. It happens in every country. It is certainly not going to persuade the people to rebel against the government, because the sentiment is already throughout the masses.

Coal Mining Outline

Completing my outline is a huge step forward preparing for the paper. My thesis is:

“China’s opening of the economy and rapid expansion of private enterprise resulted in unexpected regulatory enforcement issues for the State. Specifically in the mining industry, the expansion of the economy placed huge demands on energy, resulting in coal mines opening to meet demand, but absent from regulatory safety protocols to protect the safety of their workers. The State was/is unable to keep up with the regulatory protocols throughout the mining industry, resulting in a massive death rate for coal miners.”

With that in mind, I was able to find plenty of reports on accidents through out China and the data to reflect trends over the last ten years. China is producing 2x the amount of coal their were ten years ago, but accidents are slowly declining as the Party chooses to enforce regulations stronger.

From hear, condensing my outline into a paper is my main goal.