November 2006

Content added to youtube.

November 26, 2006 // 0 Comments

I also have uploaded some utube content….Search for it at www.youtube.com under the name hoggenstein.Although I am responsible for the content, I am warning you that you might not find it funny. There will be many more uploaded in the coming days, so please check back. I am hoping that there is a little fun for everyone.

Thanksgiving–rememberances

November 23, 2006 // 0 Comments

In honor of today’s Thanksgiving, I thought it might be a good idea to go back in time one year ago today and remember what will always live in my memory as the strangest, yet most personal thanksgiving ever. Although this journal entry, which I have printed below is just a small example of how I felt that day, looking back on the memory it was an exciting time. One thing about the chinese that always interested me more than anything else was how they managed to get as excited as young children over the western holidays with which they had so little familiarity. Today is bound to be equally as special as it is Lili’s first thanksgiving as well and I think she, like the Chinese, is equally excited to see whats in store, to feel that holiday cheer that comes with all of these winter like holidays. I had a lot more to say in the previous entry that was swallowed up by cyberspace when the computer decided to go […]

Chinese Thirst for Petrol

November 9, 2006 // 0 Comments

IN BEIJING NEXT WEEK, leaders of 48 African countries will converge for the largest international summit in modern Chinese history. Many will go home with what they came to collect: rich incentives to sign deals trading away their natural resources to China.China’s fast-growing economy has created a deep thirst for oil that has pushed it to do business with some of the most corrupt and dangerous regimes on Earth, several of them in Africa. The continent now accounts for 30% of China’s oil imports, and growing. The widening trade isn’t all one way — Africa is becoming a market for Chinese consumer products — and it isn’t all harmful for Africa’s impoverished people. Some Chinese investments are giving birth to beneficial new industries in Africa.Yet Beijing’s guiding philosophy of noninterference with the affairs of other nations, and its growing financial involvement in the developing world, are having an overwhelmingly negative effect on stability and human rights. Setting aside China’s stonewalling on efforts to crack down on nuclear threats posed by Iran and […]

College Degrees Lose Their Magic in China; Graduates Flood the Job Market;

November 9, 2006 // 0 Comments

Lai Chuanlong frowned anxiously as he waited his turn among the hordes of recent college graduates, all jostling for a chance to sit on a folding chair opposite a recruiter from a local company.Tall and slim, he held his shoulders erect as a protective barrier against those with designs on cutting in front. He was concentrating on the objective at hand — gaining a place in the white-collar world that only last year seemed guaranteed for a holder of a college degree in modern-day China.No longer. This recent job fair in this city on China’s east coast turned out to be a trading pit of disappointment and dashed dreams. Like many of the thousands of other graduates here, Lai, 24, was the first in his family to attend college, the son of illiterate villagers who borrowed heavily to pay for his education. It seemed a no-risk investment in a brighter future. Two months after his graduation, however, prospects remain bleak. Other than a brief stint as a factory laborer and a job […]

Shrinking Opportunity on China’s Campuses; Government Seeks to Limit Glut of Students Produced a Booming Economy; [FINAL Edition]

November 9, 2006 // 0 Comments

Copyright The Washington Post Company May 12, 2006The Chinese government has decided to slow down an explosive increase in the number of college students in recent years, saying the growth has produced bulging campuses, overworked professors and graduates unable to find suitable jobs.Overpopulation at Chinese universities has emerged as the latest in a string of problems brought on by the country’s swift economic growth — the downside of progress. Prosperity has enabled more people to buy cars, for instance, but at the price of heavy pollution. Similarly, the number of teenagers whose parents can afford to put them through secondary school has climbed quickly, creating pressure on college slots once reserved for the privileged few.“The social expectation for going on to higher education has become very high,” Li Zhiren, a specialist at the Education Ministry’s Higher Education Research Center, said in a recent study.Although beneficial to millions of families, more-flexible admissions policies adopted at government urging — to take account of the changes — have produced an enrollment increase of nearly 500 […]