Gifts in Chinese Culture

Written by Wong Yee Lee

Gifts in Chinese Culture

Chinese people have their own culture when it comes to giving friends or relatives presents.

When it is a new-born baby, usually jade or silver bracelet or necklace would be good, particularly ones which can makerepparttar clinging sound so it will make some noise whenrepparttar 132228 baby moves. Alternatively, some children's clothes, shoes or gloves would be good too. When it is an older child, some toys or stationary would be good.

When it comes to some old people, something practical should be considered. A walking-stick, some valuable food such as bird's nests or Chinese mushrooms would be highly welcome.

For those who go to visit their prospective parents-in-law, something more valuable would be an option, such as some good wine or something meaningful.

If it is a family, a vase, some dining sets or pictures would be ideal.

It is not easy to think of something special for every occasion. So very often if it is not of any special visits, some fruits such as apples or oranges would be good enough.

It is important to know that giving someone gifts should not be a one-way business. Courtesy requires reciprocity. The person who receivesrepparttar 132229 gift should find a chance inrepparttar 132230 future to returnrepparttar 132231 same favour by returning a gift of similar valuerepparttar 132232 next time you meet. You can do so simply by either paying a visit with a similar value gift or by invitingrepparttar 132233 friend out for a meal with you payingrepparttar 132234 meal. Don't do it right onrepparttar 132235 next day because it may appear awkward.

There are also some taboos to avoid in Chinese culture. Though modern Chinese don't seem to mind them so much, it is still necessary to know what would be suitable in an occasion.

Books would not be welcome in places like Hong Kong or Macau becauserepparttar 132236 pronunciation of 'book' in Cantonese resemblesrepparttar 132237 sound of 'loss'. Especially for those people who are frequent players in race course or Mark six, they would definitely not welcome this idea.

Malthus and Synarchy

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

There are many ways to characterize economic theory and its major influence Synarchy orrepparttar landed class. We read aboutrepparttar 132226 Equestrian class in Rome andrepparttar 132227 farmers or Bauers who becamerepparttar 132228 De Medicis and laterrepparttar 132229 Rothschilds. All of them seem to make a good case for Physiocratic laissez-faire policies that allowrepparttar 132230 landed class or Divine Kings to continue to rape and pillage rather than create wealth and co-operation. I liken it torepparttar 132231 Toilet Philosophy ofrepparttar 132232 over-arching paradigm they foment forrepparttar 132233 plebes to consume and I call itrepparttar 132234 One Pie theory. Malthus certainly was a ‘dismal economist’ and he is part of something far more intrinsic in our society founded on Platonic hierarchy. Here are some more in depth thoughts from a far larger article inrepparttar 132235 American Journal of Economics that I think most people should study.

“The population debate is essentially a struggle between "reactionary" and "radical" social thought. No one has had

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