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Note from Steve: I wonder how many of
those NY clubs are for real. I heard some good music the last time I was in
Culture is hard to find is the point. Greg H Waters
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cul·ture (k¾l"ch…r) n. 1.a. The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought. b. These patterns, traits, and products considered as the expression of a particular period, class, community, or population. c. These patterns, traits, and products considered with respect to a particular category, such as a field, subject, or mode of expression. 2. Intellectual and artistic activity, and the works produced by it. 3.a. Development of the intellect through training or education. b. Enlightenment resulting from such training or education. 4. A high degree of taste and refinement formed by aesthetic and intellectual training. 5. Special training and development.
Steve looking for Culture:
“I just want a situation where I am free to enjoy people without worrying
when they are going to take advantage of me. It is not a cultural difference,
it is a legal one. The
Here is how ludicrous it gets. I needed to change some money
last month to send to daughter in the states so I went to the Bank of China,
but the bank of
I heard a story from another teacher here about yet
another teacher who was leaving the country but had her purse stolen, with all
her documents in it. It took the officials four months to determine that
she had been in the country legally before she could leave. The American
Steve looking for real music in Shenzhen.
As for the music "scene," my god, there's more music in
Everyday Life in Shenzhen as an English Teacher by Steve
I had two calls this week to teach for low pay or no pay, and, as you know, whenever you do anything here there is a question as to whether you will get paid. I really want a very simple life where I have enough money to meet my needs and my wife's needs, and a work load that is not insane. I believe I am a good teacher, but you can't do much with a room with 62 students, no matter what their native language is. These young people will not learn English, but they will get jobs teaching English, and the problem just perpetuates itself -- I have no answers. I am not sure whether they cannot or will not change the system.
Keeping to myself by Steve
I don't go out much, but I have been in about a half a dozen little clubs that would make great venues for live music, but the owners aren't interested. What they are interested in is selling stuff four or five times what it should cost for the people foolish enough to walk in or to the wealthy elite who form the conspicuous consumption portion of Shenzhen, and those guys don't give a damn what things costs. They are beyond it.
Music Culture in
One Chinese writer said that the Chinese taste for music was pretty well ruined by the simplistic songs popularized during the cultural-revolution -- they moved quite easily from that to the Back Street Boys and Bobby G, or whatever. Of late I have been reading several dated books, published in the mid-90s, that give a clear idea of where the country is going. It is basically moving from the Jihad of the Cultural Revolution to MacWorld, and there is little room in either for honesty, art, music. Hong pointed out to me that Americans tend to be concerned with the ideas of "right: and "rights" while Chinese are concerned only with power, following the lead of the present American administration.
I hope these words can take us away from our everyday
problems and bring us into a state of
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