Once again I would like to thank him for the immediate response and sympathy that allowed the following interview:
Eric Langager (EL) - Who am I? The story really begins with my grandfather, who was from
You already lived in 4 different countries (
(EL) - Kipling said that "East is east, and west is west, and never the twain shall meet."
What was the biggest shock when you start living in
(EL) - You know, I went through major culture shock when I moved to
(EL) - First of all,
But the modern leadership is not this way. The days of one man being able to arbitrarily overrule the party are history (at least for now). Don't get me wrong, Hu Jin-tao is not just a figurehead. He is an executive, much like the
Now, as to the main part of your question: What is it like? Well, when times are good economically, it's great. I took a drastic cut in pay to come to
But what would life be like in an economic downturn? There could be problems, because corruption is quite widespread in
We talk about censorship in
(EL) - Basically, if you can read English, you can get the information you need in this country. I read the
Chinese people seem to be amazingly resigned to getting news from the sources that are allowed to them in Chinese. This is not all bad, because there are some very good papers in
In your opinion, how does the Chinese people perceived the western countries?
(EL) - Generally favorably. The
(EL) - Deng Xiao-ping's economic reforms lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty (at least the population of the
Still, many more people than before have the money to provide their children with good education even if they did not pass the National Entrance Examination.
(EL) - Well, I alluded to it before...I don't know, I guess I just like being able to decide for myself how modern I want to be. I ride a bike, but I carry my laptop with me.
Being connected to technology what was the best inovation for you? And what innovation do you want to see in the future?
(EL) - The most useful innovation since I have been in