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Hong Kong: 65 percent of parents believe foreign English teachers offer better education


A survey of 300 households in Hong Kong showed that 65 percent of parents believe a foreign teacher of English can offer better education than a local teacher. In response, early childhood education experts have issued statements reminding parents and institutions to check the qualifications of foreign educators during the hiring process. Experts also warn … Continue reading

Harsh rules on migrants’ education opportunities in China


SCMP reports today: “Migrant parents are unhappy with new State Council guidelines that set harsh rules for deciding which of their children can sit high school and university entrance exams in the cities where they live. “They say the restrictions will deny their children the chance of an education. “Minister of Education Yuan Guiren said … Continue reading

An open letter from a Chinese Malaysian resident in USA


The following open letter, while not directly dealing with China, does highlight the problems of racism and injustice experienced by many Chinese and Chinese-descent people, in Malaysia and many other countries around the world: Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak Prime Minister of Malaysia, admin@portal.gov.my Dear Prime Minister, We … Continue reading

Hong Kong teachers vow to fight against brainwashing imposed by Beijing


Hong Kong is preparing for a new march against the school reform imposed by the communist government, which obliges classes of “national education”. Civil society joins the battle first launched 10 years ago by the Catholic Church and say they are ready to resist this new abuse. After the Catholic Church, the Christian denominations, parents … Continue reading

Graduate unemployment in China and USA


Unemployment of recent graduates is hovering at 50% in both China and the US. The lack of available employment for the best and the brightest is a symptom of what is wrong at a macro level with each of our respective economies. While the overall symptoms are the same, the disease, and its treatment, is … Continue reading

Rules banning rampant academic cheating in China ‘lack bite’


In my post “Hunan Hospital Passed Water for Vaccine” yesterday, I point out that Mao’s example of lies and trickery in his Anti-Rightist Campaign in 1957 has corrupted the whole nation and made even hospitals cheat their patients. Today, SCMP reports on the draft of rules to deal with the problem of rampant lies and … Continue reading

120,000 North Koreans to work in China


Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily reports, “News about North Korea’s export of 120,000 workers to China appeared for the first time on Chinese Mainland media. The first group of them, about 30 in number, have already worked for nearly 6 months in a hotel at Jiangsu’s Waxi Village, the richest village in China. They are mostly … Continue reading

China’s new entry-exit laws for foreigners


The first overhaul of Chinese immigration laws since 1986 promises to include some of the most severe punishments for unwelcome foreigners to date. Don’t panic just yet, though; these provisions won’t go into effect until July 2013, so there is plenty of time to think about getting legal and paying a visit to your local … Continue reading

Visa rules tighten for foreigners in China; 10 years expulsion


SCMP reports today that China’s top legislature has endorsed a tighter immigration regulation aimed primarily at foreign illegal workers. The regulation, ratified by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, shortens the minimum duration of residential certificates for foreigners carrying a work visa to 90 days – half of the current period. “The rule … Continue reading

Thinking out of the book – tutors in China and Asia


A recent news report, ‘Mass tutoring churning out Robot Pupils’ (South China Morning Post, May 19, 2012) referred to a survey conducted by Mark Bray, a professor of Comparative Education at the University of Hong Kong. According to the survey about 54% of Form Three pupils and 72% of Form Six pupils have tutors. Tutoring, … Continue reading

China struggles as illegal foreigners increase


The following article was translated and edited from an article that appeared on the China Huanqiu news website. It remarks on the first several days of the recently announced 100-day crackdown on illegal foreigners, specifically those falling under the much-publicised “three illegal” category, referring to illegal entry, illegal residence, and illegal employment. The article emphasises … Continue reading

First batch of 20,000 North Korean workers in China


Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily reports: According to South  Korea’s  “Korean Daily”, the Chinese government is issuing work visas to allow 20,000 North Koreans to work in the three Northeast provinces. The Korean paper cites diplomatic sources in Seoul, that in order to ease the labour shortage in the three Northeast provinces, the authorities have decided … Continue reading

Visa row over teachers at US Confucius Institutes


SCMP reporter Shi Jiangtao reports in Beijing, “Beijing is caught up in a diplomatic row with Washington over alleged visa violations at Chinese government-sponsored Confucius Institutes in the United States.” According to Shi, a US State Department official played down the issue as “simply a regulatory matter” and denied that the Department targeted the Confucius … Continue reading

Beijing in drive on illegal foreigners


Beijing has launched a 100-day crackdown targeting foreigners who have entered the country illegally, stayed longer than allowed or who are working in the capital illegally. The crackdown by the Public Security Bureau, which will run from today to the end of August, makes Beijing the second mainland jurisdiction to clamp down on foreigners, after … Continue reading

Al-Jazeera English closes Chinese bureau


The Chinese authorities have forced the closure of the Beijing bureau of Al-Jazeera English by refusing to renew the journalist visa of its long-time correspondent Melissa Chan. Requests by colleagues have also been rebuffed. It is the first expulsion of an accredited foreign correspondent in over a decade. Chan was said by China‘s foreign ministry … Continue reading

‘Roadmap’ rolled out to reform public institutions


Guidelines from the Communist Party’s top decision-making body say changes should be in place by 2020 to provide better services to the public. The central government has issued a roadmap for reforming public institutions – a large and diverse sector that is a remnant of the planned-economy era – to deepen its now decades-old market-oriented … Continue reading

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