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adb2014

May 16, 2020 14:55

Articles : adb2014 commented on news How Can China Remedy its Post-Coronavirus Reputation?

The lack of PPEs when the virus broke, plus the initial denial and cover-ups proves that China learned absolutely nothing from the SARS virus. There was clearly no plan in place to prevent something like that from ever happening again. It seems they just went right back to their old habits and crossed their fingers, ... Full Comment>>

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May 10, 2020 13:14

Articles : adb2014 commented on news How Can China Remedy its Post-Coronavirus Reputation?

Um, how about by not starting any more pandemics/epidemics? In this century alone, we've had SARS, bird flu and now COVID-19, all originating in China. With this sort of record, I don't really blame anyone for being angry at them. What I would like to see happen is for China NOT to go back to their old habits. There ... Full Comment>>

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May 04, 2020 13:58

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Foreigners Breaking Corona Rules Could be ‘Deported and Banned for 10 Years’

If China insists of labeling foreigners as guests, they surely have a responsibility to make them comfortable and treat them with basic courtesy. For example, when people visit your home, you won't insult them, refuse them food or drink or make special house rules designed to embarrass them, would you? Yelling ... Full Comment>>

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Mar 18, 2020 15:13

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Some Schools Reopen in China as Coronavirus Spread Slows

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the schools in Guangdong open again very soon. Full Comment>>

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Mar 14, 2020 14:57

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Majority of Beijing Expats Working from Home due to Coronavirus

I'm sure they have access to all the first and even second-tier cities. But we only seem to get reports on BJ and SH, because news outlets just (seem to) assume that most foreigners live there. I live in GZ and it can be frustrating trying to get reliable news and updates for my area. Full Comment>>

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Mar 11, 2020 09:08

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Majority of Beijing Expats Working from Home due to Coronavirus

People working from home has been common knowledge for a while now. And why focus only on people in Beijing or Shanghai? Full Comment>>

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Feb 25, 2020 16:23

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Renewing Visas, Residence Permits During China’s Coronavirus Epidemic

Very useful article. I've also been wondering how new arrivals in China register at police stations while they're closed. Are foreigners even able to take up new positions in provinces on lockdown? A follow-up article addressing this would be very useful. Full Comment>>

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Feb 18, 2020 14:39

Articles : adb2014 commented on news 5 Tips for Foreigners Visiting their Partner’s Hometown for Chinese New Year

Thank God none of this applied to me when I met my wife's family for the first time. And what sort of person brags to other families about how much money their kids give them? Forget proud, relying on my kids for financial support is something I'd be too embarrassed to talk about with others. What pathetic people. Full Comment>>

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Feb 14, 2020 16:54

Articles : adb2014 commented on news 6 China Roommates Nobody Wants to Live With

Well, that was boring. Giving some real-life examples of housemates from hell would have made the article much more interesting. Full Comment>>

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Feb 12, 2020 08:40

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Rights of China Employees During Extended CNY Holiday

Why would this be relevant to an expat site? And can we have more articles that are relevant for all expats, not just those who live in Beijing or Shanghai? Full Comment>>

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Feb 11, 2020 23:05

Articles : adb2014 commented on news 5 Bad Habits to Avoid Picking Up as an Expat in China

6) Constantly slamming this site and its rubbish articles - yet coming back regularly to read and comment on every article. Full Comment>>

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Feb 09, 2020 09:29

Articles : adb2014 commented on news 5 Bad Habits to Avoid Picking Up as an Expat in China

Useful article for China newbies???? Full Comment>>

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Sep 08, 2019 14:29

Articles : adb2014 commented on news 12 FAQs for Foreigners Working in China

RE: being laid off. According to labor laws, how long do you need to work for a company to be entitled to severance pay? If a teacher has been there for six months or less, some companies will give the 'you were on probation' excuse to avoid paying anything. Full Comment>>

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Jun 14, 2019 14:27

Articles : adb2014 commented on news 5 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Being Headhunted in China

For me, simply being a Westerner and breathing is usually more than enough to attract head hunters. Full Comment>>

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Apr 10, 2019 13:59

Blogs : adb2014 Posted a new blog Understanding the Chinese Parent's Mindset.

There are two students sitting exam; one from Australia and one from China. The Aussie student gets 90%, drawing cries of delight from the parents. They call in other family members to share the good news and immediately log onto social media to share the result with their online friends. There may be a special ...

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Mar 06, 2019 11:45

Articles : adb2014 commented on news What to Expect When Marrying into a Chinese Family

What the...half this article is gibberish and hard to read (not the author's fault) How did this get past editing? Full Comment>>

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Mar 01, 2019 13:18

Articles : adb2014 commented on news How to Transfer Your Chinese Work Visa to a New Company

Memorandum of human relations? Application form for cancellation of foreign work permit? Huh? I'm near the end of the transfer process myself and never had to worry about those. The visa officer from my company at the time took care of that, as well as transferring my existing work permit to the PSB. All I had to do ... Full Comment>>

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Nov 01, 2018 15:42

Articles : adb2014 commented on news 5 Tips for Progressing Quickly When Learning Chinese

Interesting articles with some good advice. Any chance you could post some links to good sites about studying HSK? Full Comment>>

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Aug 23, 2018 08:04

Articles : adb2014 commented on news 5 Daft Questions Foreigners in China Get Asked

What, no 'are you from America/are you American?' I get asked this at least three times a week. Full Comment>>

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Oct 25, 2017 18:05

Articles : adb2014 commented on news 5 Things to NOT Do in China

I disagree with point 4. Hygiene and cleanliness standards in China are so bad, it's no wonder so many people get sick. Even with two major flu epidemics this century, people still eat in filthy restaurants, almost never wash their hands, spit everywhere, let their kids relieve themselves on the street (even if a ... Full Comment>>

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Sep 07, 2017 09:11

Around China : adb2014 commented on news Chinese Woman Gives Birth in Street, Walks Home with Baby

Geez, that's a pretty rough start to life. I hope that mum and baby are safe and well. Full Comment>>

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Sep 06, 2017 21:05

Blogs : adb2014 Posted a new blog Waigoren, waigoren! The Reality of Raising Kids in China.

I always knew that parenthood would be a challenge – though I assumed that I’d be doing it in my home country, Australia. Raising my two boys in China is a different ball game altogether. The following article is a tongue-in-cheek look at what it's like to raise Chinese-Western kids in China. Everyday Life The ...

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May 10, 2017 22:21

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Lost in Mistranslation

The numbers that always got me were 4 and 10 because the pronunciation for both sounded very similar. They had to use hand signals to help me understand. Full Comment>>

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May 08, 2017 00:00

Blogs : adb2014 Posted a new blog Lost in Mistranslation

I’ll start by coming clean – after nine years in China, my Chinese still isn’t very good. The main reason, I think, is the lack of incentive. I speak to my wife and sons in English and it’s the main language at my work as well. Now, my workmates speak the language quite well but they’re comfortable with basic, ...

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Apr 12, 2017 15:10

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Tips for Living Well on a Budget in China

1) The article does not say that PizzaHut is a fantastic experience. It simply says it has better food, atmosphere and value than McDonald's. 2) I personally know a lot of people who still watch DVDs. 3)I can easily increase or decrease the weights on my dumbbells. 4)I am not, and do not encourage anyone to work ... Full Comment>>

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