Gifts in Chinese Culture

Written by Wong Yee Lee


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Umbrellas would not be welcome in most places in China becauserepparttar pronunciation of 'umbrella' resembles separation. Of course nobody would likerepparttar 132228 idea of separation, particularly concerning your loved ones.

Clocks would not be welcome, particularly on someone's birthday becauserepparttar 132229 pronunciation of 'clock' resembles termination, which means death. No wonder people don't like receiving clocks as birthday gifts.

If you want to give your friends some fruits, remember to buy an even number of them because odd numbers would bring bad luck. So buy 10 apples instead of 9.

Foreigners may find it awkward when your friend says 'You don't need to buy anything when you come here.', or 'Keep it to yourself. I have a lot of these'. He may not mean it. What you need to do is to insist on him receivingrepparttar 132230 gift since Chinese people do not tend to receiverepparttar 132231 gift immediately.

Don't mind it if he doesn't open your present immediately too. Chinese people would think openingrepparttar 132232 present in front of you would be impolite and so they would tend to put it aside and only open it after you have left.

These ideas can only be served as guidelines. Knowing that you come from a foreign culture and being more broad-minded to foreign ideas, Chinese people are nowadays more tolerant to things which are not in line with their culture. So, don't worry too much when you visit a Chinese friend or family. Maybe your exotic idea would bring them a lot of surprises!!



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Malthus and Synarchy

Written by Robert Bruce Baird


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more of an impact onrepparttar population debate than Thomas Robert Malthus. His reactionary work, Essays inrepparttar 132226 Principles of Population, created an economics of scarcity and austerity that served to promote inequality in defense of a landed aristocracy. Malthusian theory has survived two centuries and continues to be atrepparttar 132227 center ofrepparttar 132228 population debate,repparttar 132229 controversy overrepparttar 132230 limits to economic growth, andrepparttar 132231 argument concerningrepparttar 132232 nature and causes of poverty (Myrdal, 1962, 5-6)

Henry George, writing a century afterrepparttar 132233 dismal economist, understoodrepparttar 132234 ideological function that Malthusian economics served. He provided a most thorough critique of Malthus in Progress and Poverty. George's radical paradigm provided an economics of abundance and social justice. He insisted that poverty did not result from nature as Malthus contended, but rather fromrepparttar 132235 social policies that protectrepparttar 132236 landed class atrepparttar 132237 expense ofrepparttar 132238 poor. (4)

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