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Round Table 圆桌议事

Round Table 圆桌议事

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中国有嘻哈?!

Jun 29, 2017 1342

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In flashy new talent contest "The Rap of China," participants vie for golden chains that spell "R!CH," but the show itself has received mixed reviews and even two "diss tracks."

Why is that? Will hip hop music become more mainstream in China?

RT要搬家喽!从7月开始,Round Table将在㊭鵝fм上回放我们的节目,主播名称是“China Plus”。赫扬、Ryan和牛牛都在那里等你哦!

看微信学养娃靠不靠谱?

Jun 28, 2017 1342

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Social media platforms such as Wechat have become a primary source for us to receive news. And now, parents are also raising and rearing kids following orders by some Wechat public accounts.

A mother from Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, refused to take her 1-year-old daughter to hospital after the baby caught a severe fever, simply because a Wechat public account said people should let the children recover by themselves.

Why do parents listen to what those accounts say? Are there any government organs to supervise such accounts?

杭州保姆纵火案引深思

Jun 27, 2017 1357

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The recent high-profile arson case in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province, shocked many people in China. A nanny allegedly murdered a mother and her 3 children by setting a luxury apartment on fire, has once again highlighted China's chaotic domestic worker market.

Harry Potter turns 20!

Jun 26, 2017 282

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This June marks the 20th anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone," the first in a series of one of the most beloved stories of the modern era that spawned the wildly popular film franchise, a play, and multiple theme parks. Harry Potter Turns 20~!

今天,你王者荣耀了么?

Jun 25, 2017 1351

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China’s mobile game sector is seeing considerable growth as online games become more and more popular among smartphone users.
According to a new report from data tracker App Annie, Chinese companies are behind nine of the ten most lucrative mobile games in the Apple app store globally in terms of gaming revenue in May, a first-time dominance of the global gaming industry.

没有好刀工的主厨当不了合格的网红!

Jun 22, 2017 329

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A video showing the knife skills of a Michelin star chef has become the subject of mockery and ridicule. As Chinese internet users claim their moms can easily beat the chef in a slicing and dicing competition.

What qualifies a top chef?

暴雨天逃生秘籍

Jun 21, 2017 1281

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The National Meteorological Center has issued a yellow alert for rainstorms in Beijing. The larger area in north China is also experiencing rainstorm or thunderstorm today. Whenever a severe rainstorm strikes, it puts city management to test.

Would big cities like Beijing be ok during this summer?

RT问答环节:如何能说一口地道的英语

Jun 20, 2017 846

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If you have a question for us for the RT team, regarding the hosts, the show, life, send in a voice document to ezfmroundtable@foxmail.com, and be part of our live show!

你咋不上天呢?

Jun 19, 2017 712

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According to a report on Civil Pilots in China, most pilots with a private aircraft driving license were born in the 1990s. Instead of having it as a hobby, most of them hope to make a living with this skill.

Let's look into the making of pilots of private jets.

大爷大妈又双叒叕闯祸了?!

Jun 18, 2017 1378

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A video showing legions of elderly people power-walking at the middle of the street in the coastal city of Qingdao has gone viral.

One would have thought the middle of the street is for vehicles to go through. Why would the elderly occupy the middle of the street?

为啥《深夜食堂》汉化版遭群嘲?

Jun 15, 2017 1684

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The classic Japanese TV series “Shinya Shokudo,” or “Midnight Diner,” debuted its Chinese version this week. Unfortunately, the series has been deemed as an epic fail in the history of Chinese adaptation of foreign TV shows.

According to Douban, China’s most cited entertainment rating website, it has received the lowest-ever viewer score for a television series this year.

Why is the reception for the Chinese version so bad?

为何娱乐圈热衷于团体造星?

Jun 14, 2017 1247

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June the sixteenth marks the season finale of China's most popular online debate show Qi Pa Shuo (aka You Can, You Bibi), which brings together a group of diverse and vocal Chinese people.

That includes Ma Jianyue, one of the thirty members of an all-girls idol group, who claimed that Qi Pa Shuo is her ONLY job opportunity for the entire year. Is the multiple member idol group still a star incubator in show biz?

RT问答环节:身体和灵魂总有一个在路上

Jun 13, 2017 898

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If you have a question for us for the RT team, regarding the hosts, the show, life, send in a voice document to ezfmroundtable@foxmail.com, and be part of our live show!

不会拼英语单词?别急,老外也不会!

Jun 12, 2017 991

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Can you spell "sauerkraut" without looking? How about "Chihuahua," or perhaps "pneumonia?" If spelling those words trips you up, don't worry — you're not alone.

Google released a map of the words residents of each state in the US tend to have the hardest time spelling. The project is in honor of the National Spelling Bee in May.

教你毕业演讲的正确姿势

Jun 11, 2017 1369

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Recently, two graduation speeches given by Chinese students at US universities have received polar reactions from Chinese netizens.

What makes a good commencement speech?

国人不爱喝啤酒了吗?

Jun 8, 2017 1345

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China is the biggest consumer of beer in the world, but during the last three years, Chinese people are drinking less beer, why is that?

好学生坏学生,谁更容易成功?

Jun 7, 2017 959

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In Chinese classrooms, the good student who always does well in exams claims all glory. The bad student who performs poorly in exams often feels like a social pariah. But is it possible after graduation, the bad student becomes the winner in life. And what the good student achieves in life? It pales in comparison.

Who would be more successful in the later life, the good student or the bad student?

新高考元年来了!

Jun 6, 2017 1312

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Today, 9.4 million Chinese high school students are sitting the country’s grueling two-day college entrance examination, also known as the Gaokao. It was the Chinese Literature exam for most of the places across the country this morning. The students are probably taking lunch or having a nap for a rest now. This year also marks the 40 years of anniversary of the Gaokao since it was resumed in 1977.

上班摸鱼,谁损失最大?

Jun 5, 2017 1371

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Are you a veteran in your company and just feel like coasting through your working hours? Some people think it's easy being a slacker at work, only doing whatever the boss asks, but never anything more. But another perspective would say, being a slacker, is a waste of one's life.

一人作弊,全班连坐!

Jun 4, 2017 1745

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A college in south China is implementing strict measures to stop cheating in exams. The most controversial being: without a teacher supervising the exam, if one student is caught cheating, the marks of all the students in the class will be invalid.

So, everyone’s punished for one person’s mistake? Is that reasonable?

叮咚!你的RT快乐速递到了!

Jun 1, 2017 1009

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In our weekly segment called "RoundTable's Happy Place", we'll share what's made us happy this week.

你被“感恩教育”洗过脑吗?

May 31, 2017 1345

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A video showing primary school students crying after listening to a speech on gratitude education goes viral. Some criticize the so-called gratitude education as a form brain wash.

What is gratitude education? Do you agree? Should it be part of education?

遭遇现实版樊胜美家庭肿么破?

May 30, 2017 1315

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A woman living in Wuhan, Hubei Province has been asked by her father to sponsor 100 thousand Yuan so that her little brother can buy an apartment. The father said it’s the big sister’s responsibility to financially assistant the little brother. It must be done.

Is it blatant favoritism towards the son? When do you stop supporting a sibling?

甜粽子咸粽子,哪个是你的最爱?

May 29, 2017 1922

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The Dragon Boat Festival, also called the Duanwu Festival, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese lunar calendar. For thousands of years, the festival has been marked by eating Zong Zi (glutinous rice wrapped to form a pyramid using bamboo or reed leaves) and racing dragon boats. As we are celebrating the traditional festival today in China, let's talk about all the interesting things about this holiday.

什么点亮了主播们的人生?

May 25, 2017 745

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We&`&ll introduce a new segment of the show called "RoundTable&`&s Happy Place." We&`&ll share what&`&s making us happy this week.

祖国之花为何胖出新境界?

May 24, 2017 1344

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As living standards in China improve, our waistlines have expanded accordingly over the past few decades. The phenomenon poses serious threat to our health condition and increases the burden on China's healthcare system. At the same time, more kids are overweight, which becomes a rising concern over the country's future.

heart to heart听众问答环节上线啦!

May 23, 2017 788

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We’ll introduce a new segment of Round Table called “Round Table, Heart to Heart.” We will play questions from listeners and answer them on the live show. Have your question been chosen? You’ll need to listen to find out!

If you have a question for us for the RT team, regarding the hosts, the show, society, life, send them in by a voice document to ezfmroundtable@foxmail.com, send in your voice and be part of our show!

爸妈取的名儿电脑读不出,怎么破?

May 22, 2017 671

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A young man in Hangzhou has changed his name due to the fact that one character is too difficult to comprehend. In a digital era of mobile payment, the young man complains a difficult name that can’t even be recognized by the computer makes life a million times more difficult.

学习第二外语如何能影响你的人格呢?

May 21, 2017 601

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Learning a foreign language opens us up to new experiences, work opportunities, and allows us to meet people we may never have otherwise. More than that, research has shown learning a language can also physically change brain structure, adjust perception or even change moral decisions.

Would you sacrifice one person to save five? Such moral choices could depend on whether you are using a foreign language or your native tongue.

音乐剧wicked女主演讲述幕后故事

May 18, 2017 1383

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Round Table talks with Jacqueline Hughes, the star of Wicked, the musical.

暴力教训别人家的孩子对吗?

May 17, 2017 1678

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A video showing a female college student kicking a noisy kid in a restaurant has gone viral. The attitude of most internet users shocked us. As the majority of comments appear to support the violent behavior. Saying the naughty kid should be spanked. Why is that?

校园里来个爱的抱抱会招来血光之灾!

May 16, 2017 827

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A college student was hugged by his girlfriend on campus, as a result, he was beaten up by a group of students who are members of the Student Self-discipline Committee. They say hugging on campus is against the rules. What rules? Who's to decide on them?

“想哭”病毒席卷全球,你“哭”了吗?

May 15, 2017 1356

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Intranets on campus, governmental organizations, financial organizations and gas stations in one hundred and fifty countries have fallen victim to a ransomware named WannaCry.

The spread of the virus slowed on Monday as no major organizations reported to have been impacted by the global cyberattack. The hackers behind the global cyberattack are still unidentified.

What is the virus? How can we protect our computers?

减肥1斤奖100,这么好的公司哪里找?

May 14, 2017 1035

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A company in Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province, is rewarding its employees not in productivity or creativity, but in shedding a few extra pounds.

Why is the boss interested in the weight of employees?

长得丑又没才华如何当明星?

May 11, 2017 1294

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Imagine this: you are casually walking down the street of Sanlitun, a hip area in Beijing known for shopping and colorful nightlight. It is the place to see and be seen. A stranger with a camera stops you and tells you "congratulations! You are the next big star!" pay a fee and make that happen.

You think: great, I've been discovered! Actually, it is all a lie…you have been scammed.

世卫组织大咖和你谈谈道路安全

May 10, 2017 3115

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Round Table talks with special guest Dr. Bernarld Schwartlander, World Health Organization Representative in China.

你喜欢古诗改编成的神曲吗?

May 9, 2017 827

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Chinese students have all been asked to recite classic ancient poems and passages by our teachers. It is quite the challenge, as classic literature is written in archaic style of the Chinese language, which is difficult to understand and remember.

Now a new generation of artists has revised an ancient poem "Song of the Lute Player" into a pop music. We are lovin' it! What's the charm of mixing the old with the new?

自带酒水要收开瓶费,合理吗?

May 8, 2017 787

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Bringing a specially selected bottle of wine to a dinner party so that you can share your beloved drink with your friends can be such a delight, until you are charged with a ludicrously high corkage fee for it! What would you do? Pay the corkage fee? Or fight for your rights?

天价赔偿为何在中国行不通?

May 7, 2017 1347

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When Ms. Sun sat on the examination chair in a hospital in Shenyang, she had no idea her thigh would be pierced by a needle that was left there by a nurse accidentally. She demanded compensation worth 3 hundred thousand euros (2.27 million Yuan), but the hospital was only willing to pay 500 Yuan. Should the hospital pay more? What does the law say on punitive damages in China?

公园尬舞被禁,灵魂舞者何处放飞自我?

May 4, 2017 1350

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Recently, People's Park in the city of Zhengzhou, Henan province has banned dance off battles all together. The park authorities say the dance is too embarrassing for people to watch, and it makes park-goers uncomfortable. But the dancers seem to enjoy it.

Who's embarrassed by it, the audience or the park of the city?

武术格斗哪家强?

May 3, 2017 1380

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A coach of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is challenging all traditional martial arts masters after he knocked down a self-proclaimed Taichi master. Does that mean the traditional Chinese martial arts are on the decline?

北京应该整顿"拆墙打洞"吗?

May 2, 2017 1347

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Many storefronts facing the street have been dismantled in Beijing and Shanghai since the beginning of the year. Windows along the street have been sealed, walls have been built to replace the door or window, and many shops have been closed. Why is the move?

上个学也要被直播?!

May 1, 2017 1279

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A trend is quietly sweeping up Chinese education institutions from kindergarten to high school. Every move students and teachers make in classrooms and even dormitories are recorded and live streamed through online platforms such as Shuidi Zhibo.

Is it too late to talk about privacy? Is it legal?

经典回放--中美大学生对话

Apr 30, 2017 3116

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女生该不该倒追男神?

Apr 27, 2017 426

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Love will make people do crazy things—but who would have known those things could also be so professional?

A student at the University of Minnesota has gone viral for creating a detailed PowerPoint presentation to convince her crush to date her. Lizzy Fenton—who must have picked up some skills while studying genetics, cell biology, and development—took to Twitter to share the six-slide argument she prepared for her crush Carter.

你曾经钟爱的女鞋品牌还畅销么?

Apr 26, 2017 840

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Domestic shoe brands such as Belle and Daphne used to occupy the women's shoe section in big department stores. However, the popularity of these brands is dwindling among most customers. Why is it?

女生作弊轻生谁之过?

Apr 25, 2017 1722

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A 14-year-old girl jumped off the school building and died after she was reported by classmates for cheating in an exam.

Who should take the blame for the tragedy? Should you report to the teacher if you found a fellow classmate was cheating in exams?

高校为何严禁本校食堂送外卖给学生?

Apr 24, 2017 823

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A university bans students from ordering takeout. Penalties such as cutting off electricity will ensue if food delivery is found in dormitories.

Any student that reports on a fellow student, will receive 500 Yuan as a reward.

RT和你聊聊留学那些事

Apr 24, 2017 3115

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Playback of RT‘s off-line fan meeting:

Heyang and Ryan meet RT's hard core fans and talks about studying abroad with a mysterious expert and a representative of oversea returnees, Huang Shan.

留学归来,爸妈和美国男友间如何选择?

Apr 20, 2017 1951

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The plight of a couple whose only daughter insists on marrying a foreigner and staying abroad has gone viral on social media recently in China. The Chinese parents sold their house to support their daughter's study in the U.S. , but her decision of staying in the U.S. and marrying an American guy has deeply hurt the parent's feelings. The father regrets that the worst decision was to send their daughter to study overseas.

那些诡异的公共设施,真的便民吗?

Apr 19, 2017 801

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Three-meter tall bus stop signposts are creating problems for passengers, in Jianyang, southwest China's Sichuan Province, to see and read.

Why are there such user-unfriendly facilities?

共享充电宝,你用得上吗?

Apr 18, 2017 896

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When we just get used to seeing the army of sharing bikes lining side by side near the subway station, the application of sharing portable chargers is on the rise. Although its coverage is limited now, some still look forward to its promising future.

So, what do we use sharing portable chargers? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What's the future of this industry?

不用PPT的课你想上吗?

Apr 17, 2017 838

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A primary school in Beijing has put restrictions on the use of Powerpoint in class, which has brought about heated discussion on whether multimedia is improving the quality of teaching or having the counter effect?

养狗也有“积分制”?

Apr 16, 2017 1056

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A survey shows that more than 70% of the 2000 respondents say they agree with a pilot system in Jinan that uncivilized dog owners will have points deducted which is comparable to how a drivers' license works. If all 12 points are deducted, one's dog owner license can be seized too.

《人民的名义》为啥火遍全国?

Apr 13, 2017 1424

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"In the Name of People", a television series about China's anti-corruption drive has taken audience of all ages by storm. It’s been hailed as a milestone in recent Chinese TV production.

Why are viewers so hooked to this TV drama series?

司机师傅,我想静静

Apr 12, 2017 937

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There's nothing worse than getting into a cab after a long day at work and then feeling the need to make uneasy small talk with the driver.

Don't get me wrong, I've had some heart-to-heart conversations with taxi drivers in the past, but some people are saying they'd much rather put on the headphones and insulate themselves from human contact.

Thankfully, a taxi service finally understands their constant desire to travel in peace.

美联航赶客事件谁之过?

Apr 11, 2017 1338

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After waiting through the boarding line, you've got your carry-on stowed and your butt firmly planted in seat 27D. At this point, you're basically guaranteed to be on the flight, right? Well, not so fast. By now, we've all seen the video of a passenger being forcibly removed from a United Airlines overbooked flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky.

Apologies have been made and remade. But still it's difficult to unseen that video. Let's talk about the fallout from United's first-class public relations nightmare.

交警接过的是罚款还是买路钱?

Apr 10, 2017 700

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An internet user posted a video clip which exposed a traffic police officer in central China's Henan Province taking 50 Yuan of cash from a cargo driver who violated traffic rules.

The video has stirred a heated discussion on what constitutes a bribe?

心情不好,可不是小事

Apr 9, 2017 3114

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This year&`&s World Health Day, on 7 April, focuses on depression. Rates of diagnosis and treatment for mental health in China are low; depression and other mental illnesses are still largely associated with social stigma.

CRI&`&s Roundtable talks about depression with Dr. Bernarld Schwartlander, World Health Organization Representative in China.

一大波新兴职业向你袭来

Apr 6, 2017 650

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Job trends encompass more than hiring and resource trends - the very nature of work is changing. Rapid technological changes are uprooting entire industries and changing the way we interact in the workplace.

Today in Chinese cities, a number of new occupations have emerged.

These prospective jobs including personal stylist or (personal shopper), pet's nutritionist, marriage consultant, hotel connoisseurs and customized travel advisor.

捐款可以一键撤回吗?

Apr 5, 2017 723

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Mr.Li from the city of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province intended to donate 300 Yuan to a charity program, but accidently donated 30,000 Yuan instead. That's a hundred times more than what he had in mind.

But when he asked for a refund, the charity foundation said no. No withdrawals with charity donations.

Should you be allowed to change your mind with charity donations?

中国女人的不幸:守寡式育儿

Apr 4, 2017 1308

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One rather extreme claim goes as: Chinese fathers provide their children with nothing but money and a family name.

Everything concerning raising a kid falls on Mom's shoulder, from taking care of their daily eating and dressing to following up their school work. As fathers always pass the buck on the other parent, exhausted and exasperated moms call themselves 'a widowed parent' in a marriage.

做自己的女强人,让别人说去吧

Apr 3, 2017 687

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The concept of a strong woman apparently can be too much for some men and women alike. A checklist of what makes an overpowering strong woman has gone viral on social media. Bossy, ruthless, masculine, these words are used when describing a strong woman. What constitutes a strong woman? Can she be too strong for others?

愚人节的“伤心往事”

Apr 1, 2017 349

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April Fools' Day is celebrated every year on April the first, by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. It's a great day to prank and have a quick laugh. What are the best pranks you've played on your friends?

选择恐惧症们的福音来了!

Mar 30, 2017 664

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Should I order takeout or go to the canteen? There's a course that can help you find an answer. Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics has opened a new course to treat Decidophobia by using principles of economics. It has become popular among the students. However, some are asking is this course effective?

What's decidophobia? How can it be treated?

4岁学编程,赢在起跑线?

Mar 29, 2017 729

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Private education institutions are offering coding courses for Chinese kids. Chinese parents who have a reputation of pushing their kids to study, will not let their kids be left behind with this new trend. One parent has sent his kid as young as 4 years old to attend a coding course.

Is it too early too young for kids to learn computer coding? Should coding be made available for primary school education?

人生必学游泳,你介意么?

Mar 28, 2017 750

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Tsinghua University has set a requirement which makes swimming a compulsory skill, if you don’t pass the test, you can’t graduate! The news has generated praise and criticism alike. The university wants its graduates to be physically fit.

But is passing a swimming test the way to go?

语文课本里有假货,你介意吗?

Mar 27, 2017 739

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Recently, an article about the "fake" stories in the primary-school textbook on Chinese language has gone viral. Internet users say that they only realized many stories have factual mistakes after they grow up.

However, some experts argue that the purpose of the Chinese education is not to teach facts, but to appreciate the beauty of literature.

So what are these fake stories? Should they be allowed in the textbook on Chinese language?

中国吃货拯救美国龙虾业?

Mar 26, 2017 645

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The appetite for lobsters in China is growing, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States.

Have Chinese food lovers swooped in and saved the lobster industry in the US?

男女互不能忍的十宗罪

Mar 23, 2017 392

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Men make up around half the population and the other half seem to get annoyed by them most of the time. And vice versa.

Internet users have summed up the Top 10 annoying things that women do and the Top 10 annoying things that men do, which drives the opposite sex absolutely crazy.

While there are always exceptions to the rule, here is a list of pet peeves about the opposite sex.

睡觉还要别人手把手教?

Mar 22, 2017 805

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Earning money while sleeping is a dream job for many people, but now this dream is becoming a reality.

A company in Shanghai is hiring sleep advisors for an annual salary of a hundred thousand Yuan. What do they do? Well, one of their most important tasks is to sleep. This has prompted many internet users to comment, saying that they believe this must be the most comfortable job in the world.

【引言】90后的中年危机,肿么破?

Mar 21, 2017 977

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A report that's gone viral says those who fit the age cohort of 15 to 24 are categorized as young people, and those older than this age group have less sense of satisfaction in life.

Does this mean that people above the age of 24 are considered as middle aged?

And once you pass 24 years old, you encounter the so-called midlife crisis?

今天你“丧”了么?

Mar 20, 2017 947

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Dispirited culture is a popular subculture among today's young people.

They may feel they've lost a purpose in life, don't have the energy to work, love to complain, only want to slouch on the sofa and DON'T WANNA DO ANYTHING.

Some argue that young people need help to resist this culture coz it's too negative an outlook on life.

What does the culture mean? Is it that bad?

大学毕业生为啥愿意当职业农民?

Mar 19, 2017 775

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In Beijing, 18 college graduates have become professional farmers. With agricultural knowledge on planting and irrigation and ample experience in the labs, they are introducing modern agricultural technology to traditionally labor-intensive farm.

Will these highly educated professional farmers to be able to revamp China’s agricultural industry?

买房需要找议价师砍价吗?

Mar 16, 2017 837

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Would you like some help with price negotiation when you are searching for your dream property? Recently an online property exchange platform is providing a new service called House Price Negotiator for Buyers; it&`&s the hottest new job in the real estate business. Can such service help the buyer to score a good deal?

无现金社会离我们还多远?

Mar 15, 2017 1332

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We used to think a cashless society as something that is way off in the distant future. But that is simply not the case. The truth is that a cashless society is much closer than most people would ever dare to imagine.

Now, many Chinese people say cash is no longer necessary, mobile payment methods are just as good if not better.

How far are we from a no-cash society?

女司机比男司机更牛?!

Mar 14, 2017 987

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The battle of the sexes continues, but this time on the road. According to traffic police in Hangzhou and Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province, female drivers are safer on the road than their counterparts.

China‘s roads would be a safer place if everyone drove like a woman, police figures suggest.

基因检测比算命还神?

Mar 13, 2017 798

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With recent advances in medical research on human genes, China has been seen as an emerging market for gene testing. By testing blood and other tissues, people can be informed of genetic disease and also potential talent.

Businesses are now cashing on the very natural fear but also dreams of people to become improved version of ourselves.

我们为什么需要仪式感?

Mar 12, 2017 761

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According to China Youth Online, the digital version of the newspaper China Youth Daily, many college students need to go through a set of rituals so that they could be mentally prepared for some serious studying. Some students need to put on makeup, some need to go to a coffee shop to study. Are being reasonable or pretentious?

男人赚钱多才幸福?

Mar 9, 2017 903

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As your grandma might have said, there are some unspoken rules in a relationship that will secure a happy marriage. The top one being, a woman should never marry a man who earns less than her.

小学招生要求家长学历

Mar 8, 2017 990

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A private school in Guangzhou, Guangdong province has publically announced it will only take in students whose parents have at least a bachelor degree. Is it discrimination towards students and their parents?

小学性教育读本内容太“奔放”?

Mar 7, 2017 741

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A new Chinese elementary school textbook that teaches children about intercourse, homosexuality, menstruation and gender equality, has stirred up controversy on Chinese social media. Although some criticize the book for being "graphic", others are praising this bold step for sexual education in China.

法定婚龄若降到18岁......

Mar 6, 2017 888

Description:

Huang Xihua, NPC deputy and deputy secretary general of Huizhou, Guangdong Province suggests again that the legal marriageable age should be lowered to the age of 18.

If enacted, would it be able to tackle China's low birth rate problem?

你被拒载过吗?

Mar 5, 2017 398

Description:

A lady was refused by a taxi driver because she carrying a mortuary urn after attending her grandmother's funeral.

The lady was in distress. But the taxi driver thought he had a legitimate reason to reject this passenger. As he didn't want the vestige of a dead person's spirit in his vehicle.

Facing the dilemma between business and superstition, what do people make of it?

北京无美食?

Mar 2, 2017 849

Description:

China is a food nation. As we have eight major culinary systems with distinctive flavors. Chinese people are proud of our local cuisine. As we can all name a few local dishes that can make your mouth water. However, Beijing being the capital has been accused of not being a capital of delicious foods. Moreover, people are asking: Why does eating in Beijing simply suck?!

《反家庭暴力法》实施一年成效如何?

Mar 1, 2017 1922

Description:

This month China celebrates the first anniversary of the country’s Anti-domestic Violence Law. Has the law been effective to protect the victims from domestic violence? What are the challenges ahead?

儿童坠亡之殇的反思

Feb 28, 2017 1626

Description:

A tragedy happened in the city of Tianjin. Two kids fell from 5 floors above in a shopping mall and died. The father accidentally dropped the kids while holding them on the indoor glass balcony. As we mourn the death of the two children and acknowledge the pain the devastated parents are going through, we need to ask that question: who’s responsible for the tragic death of the kids?

最乐观的年轻人在中国~

Feb 27, 2017 1505

Description:

An international report has revealed that young people in China appear to be more optimistic about the future of their own country and the world as opposed to their peers in other countries. Why is it?

Apple Pay在中国行不通?

Feb 26, 2017 1343

Description:

This month (Feb.18th) marks the first anniversary of Apply Pay’s entry into the Chinese market. Despite being the most popular third-party payment service in the US, Apply Pay is currently under-performing its expectations in China. Homegrown giants such as WeChat wallet and Alipay, are not leaving much breathing room for Apple Pay.

How fierce is the competition from Alipay and Wechat Wallet (TenPay)? What problems are holding back Apple Pay’s development in China?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of NFC-based Apple Pay and QR code scanning based Alipay and Wechat Wallet?

如何避免精神病伤人?

Feb 23, 2017 1731

Description:

A noodle restaurant owner in central China's Wuhan has been beheaded during a dispute over 1 Yuan ($0.15) of the meal price. The suspect was later reported to be a former psychiatric patient.

你以为房地产税事不关己?

Feb 22, 2017 1314

Description:

Since the beginning of 2017, another heated debate on the advent of property tax simmered. Chinese authorities pledged breakthroughs in government allocation of resources to address problems such as over-reliance on administrative measures this January. It mentioned "under the precondition of supporting a national unified market, China will encourage regions to explore innovative measures in urbanization, SOEs, regional financial markets, property taxes, health and elderly care".

Chinese people are very good at reading between the lines especially in national policy documents.

What is property tax? Is the tax on the way in the near future?

中国人不爱吃巧克力了?

Feb 21, 2017 827

Description:

Just like Juliette Binoche said in the American film "Chocolate": "You cannot refuse chocolate just as you cannot refuse love," it's difficult to refuse the charm of chocolate.

However, a US chocolate producer has revealed in its latest financial report that its sales revenues dropped for 4% last year. Does that mean Chinese people don't love chocolate?

大学自主招生面试能挑到人才吗?

Feb 20, 2017 1008

Description:

This year's College Independent Enrolment procedure for undergraduate students is kicking off in March. This year, educational experts suggest the interview section will carry more weight in the whole admission process.

Can an interview find colleges the ideal student?

国产古装剧又见希望?

Feb 19, 2017 837

Description:

Our TV screens have been occupied with a slew of domestic historical costume drama series since the beginning of 2017. Domestic historical costume drama has been synonymous with poor quality TV in recent years.

Compared with last year's production, this year's drama series have achieved higher points on Douban.com, one of China's most popular review sites.

说脏话居然有益?!

Feb 16, 2017 739

Description:

Cursing and swearing is always thought to be taboo in civilized culture: it indicates poor education background, low taste, certainly not a classy act. Yet people are found doing it all the time. Scientists now find good reasons to curse: profanity helps to sooth pain and foster human relations. Let's check it out.

放开那只穿山甲!

Feb 15, 2017 810

Description:

Recently, a woman and man who claimed to have eaten dishes made of pangolin on social media platform Sina weibo have attracted the attention from the public and police alike.

Animal protection groups have warned that pangolins have "literally being eaten out of existence." How could humans do this? How can we better protect endangered animals?

朝阳群众APP横空出世!

Feb 14, 2017 755

Description:

The omnipotent Chaoyang residents are on the go again. Nicknamed the "Chaoyang Masses" became well-known for tipping off the police with vital information which busted drug taking celebrities in recent years.

Now you can become one of these informants by downloading an App called "Chaoyang Masses". What can the App do?

情人节该怎么过?

Feb 13, 2017 1348

Description:

Online retailer Amazon China has unveiled its annual list of top romantic Chinese cities. Zhengzhou in Henan Province tops the list of 2016. First-tier city like Beijing, shanghai, Guangzhou didn't even get into the top 40 list.

What makes these cities romantic? Do you agree?

你被诗词大会圈粉了吗?

Feb 12, 2017 779

Description:

Many Chinese people rekindled their interest in classical Chinese poetry recently thanks to a popular show that aims to "appreciate classical Chinese poetry, explore cultural heritage and enjoy the beauty of life" by combining ancient literature with TV quizzes.

元宵节又快到啦!

Feb 9, 2017 1215

Description:

The 2017 Lantern Festival is dawning within 24 hours. The Festival marks the end of the Spring Festival period and a resume to our busy everyday life.

如何应对负能量人?

Feb 8, 2017 922

Description:

Negative people and haters can be everywhere, whether it is a co-worker, a boss, a friend, or a family member. They are energy vampires that suck the life out of you. Some of them are just too negative that they constantly complain about all the different ways the world is set against them.

Negative mood can be contagious. And dwelling on these negatives simply contributes to their power. Let's learn to cope with them wisely and foster a peace space inside us that all negativity cannot pierce.

穷养儿子富养女?

Feb 7, 2017 905

Description:

For long, one proverb has dictated parenting strategies for raising kids, that is "sons be raised in frugality and daughters in abundance." Parents who strictly hold on to this belief say a son will grow up into a responsible and solid man, whereas a daughter will grow up into an elegant lady who can resist all materialistic temptations.

Is it true? Should sons and daughters be raised in different styles according to gender?

大学生放假回了个假家?

Feb 6, 2017 688

Description:

For one reason, or another, many young Chinese college students are deciding to stay near school for popular holidays like spring festival, instead of going home to visit their families. This change in student behavior has garnered efforts across the country to encourage young ones to spend more time with their family. One such effort has come from Xiamen University of Technology, who is offering out of city
students, money to go home. Is this what the students want? Also, is this what the parent wants?

完美女友≠完美恋情

Feb 5, 2017 414

Description:

Ladies, listen up!

It turns out acting like a textbook good girlfriend might not only be bad for your mental health, but also for your romantic relationships. According to a new study done by researchers from Binghamton University, if you're being super positive when receiving emotional support from your partner you're going to end up stressed out.

睡前故事的美好时光

Feb 2, 2017 841

Description:

Bedtime is usually one of the least favorite time for many active children, who, just aren&`&t tired yet! Needless to say, parents feel the opposite after a long day at work. Can bedtime stories bridge this gap seen between parents and their children. And if so, what can this method do for them and you? Lets chit chat, what&`&s going on guys!

得了节后综合症肿么办?

Feb 1, 2017 1364

Description:

The golden week of the Spring Festival holiday, is coming to an end and many people will be heading back to work tomorrow. Are you ones of those people who have a hard time pulling yourself back to work the day after the holiday ends? Well you are not alone, and this feeling has been dubbed, post-festival syndrome. What are the symptoms for this terrible syndrome and how can we stop it? Guys, fill me in.

时尚大牌,放过那只鸡吧!

Jan 26, 2017 513

Description:

This year it has become a trend for fashion houses to include the zodiac sign of the Chinese lunar New Year into designs. Many fashion houses have done this. But why are people simply not happy with this exclusive design of the rooster?

新年礼物送什么?

Jan 25, 2017 326

Description:

As the most important festival in China, the Lunar New Year is not only a time to get together with family but also an occasion to show them you love and care. While the best gift is always your family, what are some of the other gifts we appreciate during this holiday, guys?

看脸还是看才华?

Jan 24, 2017 938

Description:

An article titled &`&the secret of interviewing female students from a male professor&`&s perspective&`& has gone viral on Sina weibo.

The quote from the article &`&Male professors pay more attention to the bosom and bottom of female candidates than their academic performance&`& has outraged women&`&s rights&`& advocates and put the author in the spotlight.

Is the comment sexist or taken out of the context?

能不戴套吗?

Jan 23, 2017 359

Description:

Does this happen in your household? From air conditioners to water coolers, from computers to remote controls, everything is covered with a layer of plastic or crochet that&`&s carefully wrapped by your dear mother.

Moms say this so-called &`&protector&`& is absolutely necessary and has been made into an aesthetical marvel.

Why do Chinese Moms want to cover house appliances up? Does furniture need protection?

回家,这些“春运神器”你备好了吗?

Jan 22, 2017 836

Description:

As the Spring Festival approaches, the world&`&s largest movement of people is already underway. Today, we will talk about some tips and tricks that can make your way home easier during this crowded and arduous time for traveling.

相亲节目“回锅肉”

Jan 19, 2017 1058

Description:

In a recent blind dating TV show called, the Chinese Way of a Blind Date, viewers were surprised when a couple tied the knot in a previous blind dating show. But this time, the woman is rejected by her previous partner.

The younger generation is more willing to seek for their partners through blind dating shows. Are they doing it for fame, or for love?

比V拍照的正确姿势!

Jan 18, 2017 760

Description:

A media report reveals that posing for a photo with the V sign may cause your fingerprint information to be stolen. Is that true? How can we avoid such risks?

寒冬发高跟鞋,暖心or寒心?

Jan 17, 2017 894

Description:

Some street cleaners in Zhengzhou, central China&`&s Henan Province, have been given a special gift this winter by their company. That is—high-heel shoes for men and women! That doesn&`&t even fit your feet!

广场舞大妈撑起大市场

Jan 16, 2017 964

Description:

Chinese middle aged and older ladies, or damas, have arguably made a name for themselves internationally in snatching up gold bars and battling the elite class of Wall Street in 2013. But domestically, damas are known for their fervor of square dancing. That is dancing in large groups in a square. The latest news is damas also spend a lot on square dancing amongst other things. So, when a dama pulls out her wallet, China listens?

圆珠笔头与工匠精神

Jan 15, 2017 1280

Description:

China has grown by leaps and bounds during its quest for greater domestic innovation, becoming a world leader in sectors like robotics-based manufacturing and consumer software. But one of its most recent accomplishments is in an area that&`&s considerably more basic: ballpoint pens.

Now the world&`&s biggest manufacturer of ballpoint pens has finally developed its own pen tips, ending a long-term reliance on imported ones.

你如何向父母示爱?

Jan 12, 2017 812

Description:

Recently, Tencent News has released a report on the relationship between grownup kids and their parents. The result shows the majority of the adults rarely express their love to parents, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love mom and dad.

What stops us from saying what we feel?

小程序是APP杀手?

Jan 11, 2017 1243

Description:

Wechat, the most used messaging app in China, has shown ambition once again. It has now further expanded its universe with the possibility of its own operating system, and utilize what it calls mini apps!

Will Wechat be able to create that ONE app to rule them all? How will it affect the modern Chinese smart phone users?

麦当劳中国“卖身”了!

Jan 10, 2017 1363

Description:

Global fast food giant McDonald&`&s has just sold its China franchise to state-owned CITIC Group and U.S.-based private equity firm Carlyle Group.

How will this transaction affect McDonald&`&s business in China?

“死亡游戏”真玩命!

Jan 9, 2017 846

Description:

Games should be fun. But, a university student had too much fun that it nearly killed him, after playing the so-called choking game. What is a choking game? Why is there fascination for near-death experience?

手游,现代学生标配?

Jan 8, 2017 674

Description:

Kids love playing games. In a digital age, kids are playing mobile games whenever they go. Now many Chinese students bond by playing mobile games. So, for students, camaraderie is forged by playing games on your phone?

微信“禁挖坟”新功能你会用吗?

Jan 5, 2017 851

Description:

Wechat, the popular social media platform in China, has added a new function to the app earlier this week. One of which will enable users to hide the history of friend circle also known as Wechat Moments, from half a year ago.

Apparently, social media freaks are lovin&`& it. Why?

红红的枸杞火火火了!

Jan 4, 2017 834

Description:

Goji berries, a plant used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds if not thousands of years, has been widely used by Chinese people in cooking, tea, and medicine. What comes as a surprise is its newly found popularity on social media in the US. Goji Berries are becoming the new superfood. What "magical" powers does it have?

这些“科学新论”你信了吗?

Jan 3, 2017 295

Description:

Social media has become such an integral part of our daily lives. It has also offered rich soil for rumormongering. Wechat, China&`&s leading social media platform, has summarized the top 10 rumors that spread like fire in the year of 2016. The numbers are just in, let&`&s refute these rumors. And found out a way to keep us smart and not fall victim to rumors in the new year.

假唱or车祸现场,你选哪个?

Jan 2, 2017 1328

Description:

In China, there seems to be little competition of viewer's attention for the televised lunar New Year Gala. But for the New Year&`&s Eve Gala, the competition for viewer&`&s eyeballs is fierce. This year, 4 major provincial satellite TV stations joined the race of hosting the most watched and talked about New Year&`&s Eve gala. Who&`&s the winner? For what reason?

Netizens have also left many comments towards lip-syncing and poor live performance.

“我的新年计划”

Dec 29, 2016 872

Description:

New Year&`&s resolutions are a bit like babies: They&`&re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain. The year 2017 is at the corner. Have you set resolutions for what you&`&d like to achieve in the New Year? And how many of you really stick to achieving your last year&`&s resolution?

2016热词盘点!

Dec 28, 2016 820

Description:

The year of 2016 is coming to an end. Looking back at stories and social media musings throughout the year, it becomes clear that certain trends and ideas drove the narrative more than others.

Here we round up the Chinese buzzwords of the year.

亲,你喜欢被叫亲爱的吗?

Dec 27, 2016 1116

Description:

A news report shows Chinese internet users type 35 billion words a day, and "亲爱的" is the most commonly used term of endearment online. What interesting behavior does Chinese netizens bear?

怎样像RT一样受欢迎?

Dec 26, 2016 346

Description:

Some people are simply a joy to be around. The conversation flows effortlessly. You laugh. You feel genuinely interested. You find yourself looking forward to seeing them, and you leave them feeling their company was a valuable use of your time.

There must be a connection between you two. But can this connection be forged? What’s the recipe of being popular?

美国对制造业吸引力更大?

Dec 25, 2016 1332

Description:

Cao Dewang, a Chinese auto glass tycoon has caused a stir by shifting part of his manufacturing empire to the United States and setting up a factory in Ohio. He says the reasoning behind is simple, that is to avoid hefty taxes and soaring labor costs at home.

Is manufacturing too expensive in China? Is China losing its competitive edge in manufacturing?

师生互评,拒绝互相伤害?

Dec 22, 2016 697

Description:

As the end of the semester is approaching, universities are collecting students&`& evaluation towards teachers&`& performance. A recent media report has revealed that such an evaluation mechanism no longer serves its intended purpose. As the students and teachers have reached a compromise, no one gets a bad review and everyone&`&s happy.

Why is it a problem?

当班干部会有官瘾吗?

Dec 21, 2016 851

Description:

Leadership skills prove to be vital in the workplace. But what about during school years? Chinese parents are sometimes too hesitant or eager to push their kids into student leader positions 班干部. Is it really good for the kids?

歪果仁也爱中国玄幻!

Dec 20, 2016 1320

Description:

Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, The Twilight Saga and the Harry Potter series…Chinese readers are familiar to these western fantasy novels. Now, Chinese fantasy novels or 玄幻小说 such as 逆天邪神, 我欲封天, 完美世界, and 蛮荒记 has garnered substantial interest in among foreign readers.

求早求快不如慢下来听RT

Dec 19, 2016 837

Description:

A media report has pointed out that Chinese people are speeding up their efforts to achieve their goals ahead of time. Success, fame, and wealth have to be achieved as early as possible. Otherwise you are a big fat loser.

怎么撩老板给你加薪?

Dec 18, 2016 364

Description:

Want more money than you&`&re currently making? If your goal is to stay in your current job, working for your present employer, you&`&ll need to ask for a pay raise. Planning and preparation are key when you ask for a raise. So are timing, your employer&`&s pay practices, and the market-based pay rates for your job.

Here are the absolutely necessary strategies you need in asking for a Pay Raise.

Ryan遭到会心一击!

Dec 17, 2016 296

Description:

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From a spattering of stubble to a bristly bush, facial hair has become a fashion accessory for men.

Wu Xiubo has been known for his 5 o’clock shadow gentleman look, while Ben Affleck said his stubble was his ‘good luck’ charm for the Oscars.

But some experts have warned that beards are nothing more than a &`&bacterial sponge&`&, riddled with thousands of bacteria - and a perfect way to pass on germs.

最赚钱的服务业!

Dec 15, 2016 1329

Description:

There is a change quietly taking place in the Chinese job market. That is service jobs such as a maternity nurse or courier are being paid more than some office jobs.

A recent market report found the top 10 best paid jobs in the service sector in China. What are they and what does it say about the changing economy?

支教乱象谁之过?

Dec 14, 2016 1347

Description:

Recently, a Sina weibo post pleads with people to stop voluntary teaching in underprivileged areas.

“你的名字”凭啥一炮而红?

Dec 13, 2016 811

Description:

Japanese animation film called Your Name is the highest grossing film of the year in Japan, and it may repeat that success in the Chinese box office, as it is set to set a new box office record of the animation genre. Why is the film so popular in China?

怎样应对熊孩子霸凌

Dec 12, 2016 1344

Description:

Recently, a mother’s claim that her son has been bullied at Zhongguancun No.2 Elementary School, one of the best elementary schools in Beijing, has gone viral on the internet.

The school’s incompetence in tackling the incident and its indifferent attitude revealed in its statement has enraged thousands of netizens.

明星为啥爱虐狗?

Dec 11, 2016 659

Description:

Here’s the latest scoop of celebrity gossip: Chinese TV actress Tang Yan admits she and fellow actor Luo Jin have become an item. And in an era of social media, of course she announced it on weibo. Almost instantly, the news shot to the most searched and discussed topic on Chinese social media.

Other celebrities have handled their relationships quite similarly. How has exposure led to income?

喵星人凭啥走红网络?

Dec 8, 2016 306

Description:

Hey you~ If you and I can agree on anything, it's that the Internet is made of cats. But we may differ on the follow-up. Even though the occasional panda, turtle or slow loris gets a slice of the viral action, cats are, and always have been, the prevalent species to be found online.

医生炫富有错吗?

Dec 7, 2016 842

Description:

Recently, a doctor shares photos of his expensive clothes on weibo, which has triggered controversy online. Is it a show off wealth? Why are internet users furious over the fact that some doctors are rich?

看电影没免费3D眼镜了?

Dec 6, 2016 922

Description:

More cinemas cross China have stopped offering free 3D glasses for movie goers. Instead, the cinemas suggest that movie goers buy glasses for themselves. Many city-level consumer associations have received amounting complaints that it is actually forced consumption, which is unfair for consumers.

东北人才大量流失?

Dec 5, 2016 1337

Description:

Government figures show that the 3 provinces in the northeast of China have lost more than 1 million people in the last ten years, many of whom are high earners and well educated, seeking better jobs and lifestyles. Does it mean that northeast China is facing a severe brain drain?

雷峰塔会掉下来?

Dec 4, 2016 868

Description:

The ruins of a historic site's underground chamber in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province are now covered by coins and banknotes thrown by well-wishing tourists. Though at first glance uncontroversial, the behavior of those tourists has received a mixed reaction from the public.

罗一笑刷爆朋友圈的前后

Dec 1, 2016 1910

Description:

A child named Luo Yixiao has become a buzzword on WeChat, as tens of thousands of users repost her father's heart-wrenching missives. The father's journals, which contain a call for help in curing his daughter's leukemia, have already raised more than 2 million RMB, including 500,000 RMB of promised "aid" from a company for the father.

携手抗艾,重在预防

Nov 30, 2016 3181

Description:

December the 1st is World AIDS day.
On today’s program,we’ll talk about everything you need to know about HIV and AIDS. The progress and obstacles China faces as a nation that’s making more effort in fighting the disease. And of course, treatment that’s necessary and stigma we should overcome.

“小鲜肉”还能走多远?

Nov 29, 2016 1327

Description:

In China’s pop culture, the phrase “little fresh meat” has become a buzzword, used to describe young and handsome men. The People’s Liberation Army Daily slammed that several "little fresh meats" for their performance in a military-themed TV show. Apparently, the actors look nothing like soldiers, even in military uniforms.

Are we seeing a decline in the popularity of little fresh meat?

被逼“跳水”的二师兄

Nov 28, 2016 386

Description:

Would you like your bacon, to be even tastier? Maybe it’s time to tell your local farmers to give their pigs an exercise regiment. According to one pig farmer in China, this will make that piggy taste even better and might earn you some extra cash. Guys what’s going on here?

上海地铁惊现“板凳族”

Nov 27, 2016 1003

Description:

Subways in first tier cities such as Beijing and Shanghai can be crowded, especially during peak-hours. And it’s not uncommon to see the “life or death race” that ensues when the subway doors open and people rush to fill the vacant seats, but some Shanghai subway goers, have decided to “sit” this race out by opting to bring their own stool! Is this a safe solution for those who want to sit on the subway? Let’s talk about it, what’s going on guys?

你喜欢“在人家里留宿”还是“去开房”?

Nov 24, 2016 1345

Description:

A new study has found that many of China’s independent travelers - those who do not book trips with travel agencies or groups - are taking to “minsu”- The Chinese term is used for accommodations that range from bed-and-breakfasts to homestays - which offers opportunities to experience local lifestyles.

Why people nowadays prefer homestay over hotels? What are the trends of future traveling?

童工问题,没那么简单

Nov 23, 2016 1205

Description:

A video exposed what bears striking resemblance to a 19th century child labor sweat shop has gone viral. Footage of underage workers slaving away in garment factories in Changshu, eastern China's Jiangsu Province have shocked people and got us asking “how can we end child labor in China in the 21st century”?

中杯?小杯?傻傻分不清楚

Nov 22, 2016 818

Description:

Recently, a customer posted an open letter to Starbucks China CEO on the internet, complaining that Starbucks barista had to ask him every time “are you SURE you want the tall size for your coffee?” “Tall” being the smallest size of Starbucks coffees and called 中杯 in Chinese which can be confusing for people.

Why is he bugged by this? Is that a bad customer service?

你记得父母生日吗?

Nov 21, 2016 413

Description:

In its draft version of the Primary and Secondary Students Behavior Code, the educational authority in East China's Zhejiang province has included a requirement that students must remember the date of their parents' birthday.

Is remembering parents’ birthday an important testament to filial piety? Will remembering the birthdays foster children’s respect for parents?

Ryan想当“职业伴娘”!

Nov 20, 2016 360

Description:

On Round Table, we keep a close watch on the new trends in the jobs market.

Here’s what Chinese internet users compiled: the 2016 version of the 10 odd jobs where, apparently, you can make good money.

备胎式约会开始流行?

Nov 18, 2016 358

Description:

A recent survey found that 60% of respondents support the idea of dating two to three people at the same period of time before getting attached. Contrary to traditional beliefs of one person should date only one other person at the same time.

吵架了谁该先服软?

Nov 17, 2016 312

Description:

Men are from Mars, and women are from Venus. So no wonder they will quarrel while being together. But, if they want to continue the relationship, who should give in first?

微信语音消息,是爱是恨?

Nov 16, 2016 343

Description:

Since WeChat came out in 2011, it has become the most influential communication app in China, with over 800 million registered accounts. Its voice message function has, on the one hand, released our hands from typing, on the other, created unexpected inconvenience for people. There's a whole new set of social etiquette in using the voice message function.

裸贷这陷阱为啥那么多人跳?

Nov 15, 2016 1337

Description:

According to media reports, female university students have undertook risky loans via P2P platforms whereby they are required to submit nude photographs of themselves as collateral to loan sharks. If payment doesn't occur on time, the threat is borrowers' nude images will be made public.

混在“自来黑”中的“职业黑”

Nov 14, 2016 916

Description:

For some people, the internet is like the Wild West: a lawless play-pen where they can get away with being verbally nasty to anyone they&`&d like. You know—internet trolls ("black fans").

Now there are some internet trolls who are paid to spread rumors and attack celebrities with vicious words.

Who&`&s hiring them? Who&`&s behind the paid internet trolls?

5G时代要来了?!

Nov 13, 2016 658

Description:

If you live in major Chinese cities, the chances are you have access to a 4G network. But what's next for mobile connectivity?

Why, 5G of course!

The next generation of mobile network may become reality in less than 5 years, as tests and plans are underway to set the terms for such an upgrade. But why are customers not so enthusiastic about 5G?

你今天剁手了没?

Nov 10, 2016 1389

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China's Singles Day falls every year in November. You can literally see why when the date is written out, 4 single one's which can be seen to represent 4 single people. In 2009, the retail giant Alibaba used the day to promote an online sale advertising thousands of brands not just from China but from all over the world. It was now morphed into the world's biggest online shopping day of the year.

How "double eleven" is changing our lives?

和世卫组织大咖、艾力聊聊健康!

Nov 9, 2016 3113

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Promoting health, promoting sustainable development, it's our health, our future and our choice.

So let's talk about health with Dr. Bernhard Schwartlander, World Health Organization Representative in China, and Aili, lecturer and trainer of New Oriental Education Group.

让RT主持人蒙圈的神翻译

Nov 8, 2016 332

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Walls in China serve multiple purposes. It could be a tool for advertising and publicity.

Recently, pictures plastered on the walls of a construction site in Luzhou, Sichuan province have been gone viral. As the text of its English translation has been called weird and substandard.

干了这碗毒马汤!

Nov 7, 2016 967

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Chinese audiences are becoming increasingly invested in the chaotic and emotional story of the American animated comedy Bojack Horseman. Recently, Chinese fans are embracing the series, and Bojack screenshot’s hype are becoming all the rage on Chinese social media. With this kind of attention being seen for a show that some might see as a “dark comedy”, why is it so popular in China?

如何保护未成年人不受性侵?

Nov 6, 2016 1385

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Chinese lawmakers are proposing that the country should better protect underage victims to sexual assault. Highlights include making it possible for minors to claim compensation for mental anguish and emotional distress via civil action. If the law is enacted, it will be a milestone for victims of child molestation cases.

主题公园能在中国赚到钱吗?

Nov 3, 2016 1355

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After the Disneyland opened its theme park in Shanghai earlier this year, anotherforeign theme park is planning to come to the Chinese capital. UniversalStudios plans to open a theme park in Beijing in 2020. Is that good news? Arethese theme parks able to do well in China?

你是否睡在噪音里?

Nov 2, 2016 1373

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Leading environmental authorities in China have released a report suggesting a quarter of all Chinese, living in cities, go to sleep with noise. Do you sleep in a noisy environment, and what's problem with excess noise levels?

扫大街也需要大学生?!

Nov 1, 2016 859

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Over 400 university graduates were employed as street cleaners in the city of Harbin in 2012. Now 4 years later, most of them have remained in their positions, and have become core members of work force for the sanitation system, which has attracted public attention again.

你现在还串门吗?

Oct 31, 2016 253

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Paying your friends, relatives or neighbors a visit to their home used to be common. But now, people simply don‘t do that anymore. Why is that?

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晒娃要考虑娃的隐私吗?

Oct 30, 2016 572

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On social media, people show off the food they eat, the vacation they take. And for parents of course the kids they create.

But now, the generation of social media natives is rising up against mom and dad. Is it the parent's right to show off or the kid's right to privacy? Who should win this digital or social war?

恐怖车贴!吓得宝宝瓜子都掉了

Oct 29, 2016 349

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Horror stickers have become part of a scary new trend in China but it&`&s not for Halloween. Motorists across the country are hanging scary reflective covers in their rear windows in a bid to stop drivers behind them from using high beam lights.

However, some have argued that this new deterrents pose a serious safety risk because they block the vision of the owner driver, while scaring the drivers behind them.

It sounds like nobody is really gonna win from this. But maybe you guys have different views? Tell me more about the scary stickers and the rear window!

想看文稿吗?现在文稿将会更新在我们的官方微博和微信上。想看的话请移步我们的官方微博“轻松调频RoundTable”或官方微信“ezfmroundtable”。每周末我们会提供1-2篇文稿,欢迎大家关注。

是谁伤害了小蝌蚪?

Oct 27, 2016 1283

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Today (October 28th) marks the 17th World's Men's Health Day, with this year's theme focusing on male infertility. The latest figures from the largest sperm bank in China show that only 19.4 percent of sperms meet the donation standard in the first nine months, much less than that of eight years ago.

Should people be worried?

共享冰箱为啥行不通?

Oct 26, 2016 638

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People always say "there's no such thing as a free lunch in this world." But what if a free meal is offered for those in need? People living in a residential community in Shanghai now can get free food from a refrigerator. The nearby restaurants or supermarkets replenish the fridge and keep it full.

Is it a good idea to avoid food waste?

近一个月的剁手节?!

Oct 25, 2016 1359

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China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has announced that the Double 11 online shopping festival this year will be expanded to 24 days, not just the usual 24 hours.

Why is the move? What’s new in this year’s shopping frenzy?

没落的自行车王国

Oct 24, 2016 920

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When we look at some old photos taken in the 1980s, we can always find people riding bikes in China. At that time, China was called the Kingdom of Bikes. But now, less and less people still ride a bike. Why is that?

老字号不行了吗?

Oct 23, 2016 719

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Lao Zi Hao, are time-honored brands that sell more than just products, they are seen as vessels that preserve a piece of Chinese culture and memory for generations of customers.

Official statistics show that over half of these venerable brands have closed doors all together.

How can these once beloved brands survive and thrive in China's increasingly diversified marketplace?

你懂得撒谎吗?

Oct 20, 2016 760

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According to this year's Ig Nobel Prize winning research on the frequency of lies through lifespan, teenagers tell lies most frequently and young adults are the most skillful liars.

What do you know about lying? Can lying be any good?

死后变机器人是种什么样的感受?

Oct 19, 2016 750

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When someone dear to us passes away, we feel the grief. People find different ways to cope – therapy, religion, revisiting happy memories– even though never again will we be able to have verbal exchange with the deceased.

But what if that could be changed? One software developer lost a friend in an accident; she created a chatbot, using his old texts, so that she could talk to him again.

明星为啥爱开火锅店?

Oct 18, 2016 670

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As the temperature drops outside, the business of hotpot restaurant picks up. Have you noticed that many celebrities love to invest in hotpot business? Wu Qilong, Ren Quan, Li Bingbing, Huang Xiaoming, Xue Zhiqian, to name a few. Why is it so popular among celebrities?

宜家成老年相亲圣地

Oct 17, 2016 783

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Swedish furniture maker IKEA’s Xuhui branch in Shanghai has released a new company policy of “no food, no seat” in its café.

For those not familiar with IKEA’s operations in China, its café has been treated as a free matchmaking heaven by Chinese elders. Other customers are not always happy with this fact. Customer complaints include elders speak loudly, spitting on the floor and even engaging physical violence. Can this new company policy keep the unwanted traffic at arm&`&s length? Is it fair for other customers?

从手机爆炸门看危机公关

Oct 16, 2016 1289

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Samsung has finally decided to recall all the Note 7 smartphones sold in the Chinese mainland and pull the model from sale last Tuesday. Yeah, but that’s after one month since Samsung have recalled the models sold in many other countries such as the US.

少儿版《白蛇传》,造童星or毁童年?

Oct 13, 2016 1218

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Recently, a TV series titled "the Legend of the White Snake" starring 10-year-olds has become an internet hit after it debuted on the drama channel of Hunan Satellite TV. While some are astounded by the acting skills displayed by the child actors, others ask the question is it appropriate for kids to perform such a twisted love story?

地下试管婴儿黑市

Oct 12, 2016 1374

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The demand of tube babies has been increased in China. Recently, a woman received the tube baby treatment from an underground clinic in Guangzhou and ended up with her body seriously hurt. Why did she go to the small clinic? What can we do to crack down on this illegal tube baby market?

【有文稿】长颈鹿标本警示牌

Oct 11, 2016 444

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感谢热心听友“小睡猫JoJo”帮忙听写本篇文稿!

Ryan: A deceased stuffed giraffe has been drawing people’s attention at a Zoo in Wuxi, East China’s Jiangsu province, during the past “Golden Week” holiday. The zoo’s goal was to notify visitors of the dangers of feeding their animals. Is this clever or creepy? Guys, what do you think? What’s going on?

Bob: I want to tell you the story of the giraffe. It was a lovely lovely living giraffe a few years ago, about five years ago, and his name was Collin. I don’t know if you know it’s real name was Collin, but I am goanna call it giraffe Collin.(Niu Honglin: you named the giraffe) Collin wasn’t very well(Ryan: were you attached) I really like Collin, I really did. Maybe because it was really handy to have a giraffe, because you can reach high things. (Ryan: oh, yeah, make sense)yeah, Well, anyway, one day Collin was just minding his own businessatthe zoo and then somebody, a visitor, I should say, came along and throw a plastic bag into the enclosure and Collin ate the plastic bag and poor Collin died, gone, giraffe, X….

Ryan: Is that the end of Collin’s story?

Bob: No, Strangely enough, Because they decided that, I don’t know when they decided, they just decided, I know, we can still use Collin, we can just stuff him and put it at the zoo as a warning to visitors to say don’t do this, just don’t throw plastic bags, or don’t feed animals with wrong things and whatever, because otherwise you end up stuffed. You know which is what happened to Collin. Obviously, I am not saying people are gonna end up stuffed.

Ryan: That was magical story. (Bob: Thank you.)I real feel for Collin

Bob: I hope I made it live.

Niu Honglin: And on top of that, they even put Collin into this parade, saying, and just put it all around, and travelling him, I don’t know if is him or her within the zoo laps and laps, saying, see, this is what you do, you want all our animals to end up like this, if you don’t, stop feeding them.

Bob: But the problem is they keep on feeding them. This is not the end of it. There was a turkey called Frank, ok (Ryan: Oh, that’s a great name for turkey). Well, anyway, so he died because it was overfed by visitors. There were two ostriches, I don’t know their name, Linda, I don’t know, birdy, whatever, because of eating plastic bags given by visitors. There were three deer who died respectively because of (Niu Honglin: oh my god) I don’t know, help me out with theese names, for goodness sake. Anyway, so basically (Ryan: Jerry, Jim, Jonson), oh, fine, whatever, so anyway, there are all these animals, all over the place, being given things by visitors. What is the problem here?

Ryan: You know, obviously, this is nothing new. Animals are dying right and left basically; because people are feeding them. And I can understand why, you know, in my mind; here is what I am thinking. And, I am thinking, Sometimes my dog would come to the table. And my dog would always eat before the family did, soo that it will beg less. That was the strategy,never happened, Ok, so the dog had eaten its dinner. Now we’rere at the table having our dinner as a family. But the dog would always come up, and you know, flash those puppy dog eyes. (Bob: This is where you got it from, you do the same) you know when those puppy dog eyes are flashed at you, you just, you’re like“oh god, I know, you just ate, this is bad, but it feels so right”.

Niu Honglin: See, You’ve paint a pretty picture, a lovely home, a lovely dog, family dinner, but I have to say, this is very serious. A survey conducted in Guangdong province suggested that 97, 97 percent participants believe animals can eat what human eat, that is not the fact, animals cannot eat whatever human eat; and 76 percent participants confess feeding animals is for entertainment, so they are just doing it because they think it’s fun; and 18 percent participants think animals cannot get enough food. This is not all right.

Ryan: I want to go with that, that animals don’t get enough food, because these people, I do feel, when it comes to animals, they don’t know the stuff. Obviously your statistics pointed to that. ( Niu Honglin: Yes.) So the zoos not doing a good job, at least giving them that information, because this animals come up…

Bob: No, I don’t think you can blame the zoos for this, because, I don’t know, but when I was a school kid. (Ryan: tell that to Jerry, Jamey and Jonson. Ok?) They are not around anymore. But, you know, When I was going up at school, I was pretty certain that we had lessons, where they say, look, this is a lion, don’t put your hand in the lion’s mouth, don’t, you know, try to feed itfish & chips or something like this, just don’t do it. And then maybe we were taken to the zoo by family or school, and again, we were shown, just don’t do it. So I think people need to know what wild animals are and what to eat before they even get to the zoo.

Ryan: All right, fair enough, we can agree to disagree on this one. But, I will say that, in the US not too long ago, there was a famous gorilla that was shot and killed because a child fell into its enclosure, and the child was, they shot the gorilla to save the child. Well, basically it is the negligence of the mother that the child ended up in there. And I think it was the zoo’s fault, but I think people would be really outraged, in the US, if they paraded Harambe which was with the name of the gorilla, around, and saying, “Hey, guys, you know, this is the zoo, look at Harambe, he paid the ultimate price basically because you didn’t know, not to stick your hand into the lion’s mouth, or not to have your kid wonder around this enclosure.

Niu Honglin: Yeah, I agree. So for this story, I do believe that feeding animals are not correct, are not right, you should not do this, but I don’t like the idea of having this poorly tragically died giraffe, make it stuffed giraffe, and just parade it everywhere. (Bob: …We are supposed be talking about Collin, aren’t we) yeah, Collin is just the sad animal; this is a creepy creepy story. I wish Collin rest in peace. And also I do believe that the zoo is not there to blame, but, the zoo can actually do more, instead of putting Collin all around everywhere, maybe they can put signs each and every cages, saying we do not want you to feed them, your food is not proper for them, it could kill them. And also the massive media like what we are doing right now, is to our dear listeners stop feeding animals when you are in a zoo, it’s not good for them.

Bob: And I think the message, which, if you put Collin right there at the gate. The message is, hey, (Ryan: living Collin or dead Collin?)dead Collin at the gate, I mean the problem with this, is that, basically saying, Look, it doesn’t really matter, because actually Collin is still with us, he is still help us, he is still working here at the zoo, he is fine, you know, he can still entertain us all. I just think it sort of sends out the wrong message when you take this poor little animal and stick him right at the gate.

【有文稿】地铁当婚车,酷吗?

Oct 10, 2016 421

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感谢热心听友“大声Helen”帮忙听写本篇文稿!

Ryan (R): A Beijing couple has decided to break tradition and used the subway for their wedding party’s transportation. Crazy or cool? What’s going on?

Bob (B): Well, I mean, Niu Hongling and I have beenfighting over this story since... but is actually does calm down to whether this is a wedding for human beings or for cats.

R: How does it come down to that Bob?

Niu Honglin (N): I have nothing to do with it.

B: Because I think it would totally be different if this was cats? Anyway it was a story. OK. So hiring a limousine.. It’s a headache. The whole wedding thing is a headache, isn’t it? For couples who want to get married. So much they have to think about getting from A to B, moving the whole wedding party around that kind of things. It’s a huge expense. And in these days, when we’ve got to think about the environment and you know the kind of things that... What would we rather spend our money on? Do we rather spend it on luxury limousines? Or do we want to maybe spend it on things for the new house or something like that? Then you think it yourself, I KNOW! Let’s have the wedding in the subway. Good idea or bad idea, I don’t know.

N: Well, I have to justify for this specific couple. Well, in their case, they didn’t actually have the wedding in the subway. They are just using subway as a transportation choice. So they decided to go from home to the hotel using the subway, but wearing traditional Chinese wedding customs. And they walked into the subway station with their bridesmaid and best-man. And actually it’s very sweet, cuz the bridegroom checked the regulation beforehand to make sure that they didn’t violate any rules. And they set out at 8am Saturday to avoid disturbing traffic peak hours, keeping the ride low key without any special music or arrangements during the trip. So I believe it’s a cute and sweet idea and they didn’t disturb anyone. They kind of spread their joy and they have made their contribution to promoting a green idea of living.

R: I want to talk about how Bob wants to spread joy with the cat in the subway as he was referencing... I do believe? I don’t know. But you know, looking at this, I mean I don’t think we can comfortably say nobody was a little annoyed. Someone is gonna have to take the cab, not the cab, the subway. Because the cabs are maybe a little more expensive if you are cab hailing, maybe taking the subway on a Saturday. So in which case, if you’re taking the subway in the morning, for whatever reason, on a Saturday someone is, at 8am, then do you think this would annoy you? I seem to be under the impression anyone waking up at 8am on a Saturday is grouchy. Right, I would be, I would be grouchy and then I see these people having a great time, getting married... And I am single, I’m doing something at 8am in the morning.

B: Oh, he’s bitter.

R: And I’m like rub it in my face, could you just take your taxi with your tinted windows, So I don’t even have to see it. Bob.

B: Just calm down.

R: You’re gonna on the side with me Bob?

B: No, not in the slightest. So do you think it’s a good idea or not a good idea before I go onto cats?

R: Oh, God.

N: I think it’s a good idea for them. Because they are not taking a limo. They are taking the subway. And I feel like they are not really disturbing anyone. And also a lot of netizens have responded, saying that renting a limo is not that important and their way of doing this is environmental-friendly. And it’s possibly faster concerning Beijing’s traffic conditions. So I’m agree with them doing it.

B: Do you know, I think it depends on which subway line that this was going to happen on. If it’s subway Line1, then I reckon that there’s a lot of grumpy people.

R: Yeah, me.

B: You, for example. Sitting there, being grumpy and saying go get married somewhere else.

R: Bring cats.

B: But on some lines, I reckoned, on Line6. This would be fine. Everything is a bit more chilled on Line6.

R: I don’t take Line6 often, so I can’t say. But definitely on Line1...

B: And we’re talking about Beijing Subway here?

R: Yes, definitely on Line1. I would be a little bit grumpy. Niu Honglin?

N: Yeah, for me, as long as you are happily married, you will spend your day with your loved ones, friends and relatives. You can do whatever you want as long as you are not bothering anyone, you have my bless.

B: But use cats.

R: How did cats ever get into this? You got to explain yourself here.

B: Cuz everybody loves cats.

R: That’s not true. Some people love dogs.

B: Or dogs. Okay, I think more people like cats. But if you’re going to do something which is really sort of... When it comes to society like getting in people’s way. Then you just would think, okay I gotta do something to make people feel happy, in which case, take a cat with you. And then, everybody would be happy. No, you didn’t get away with more. I have done it myself.

R: See, this is where it starts. This is what I’m worried about guys. And I want your opinions. I starts with weddings. But then it ends up being with Bob with cats on the subway. And who knows how many cats Bob will bring with him on the subway?

B: I’m not a crazy cat-man. I’m not gonna bring you like 10 cats or something like that.

N: Well, let me bring the subject a little more to human wedding instead of cat wedding. For those of you who really want some creative ideas. You can also take some water ways, you can also take a bike and also a horse might be a nice choice. For those of you who want to have some adventure, you can get married on an airlift. And also you can rent a party bus to transport all your guests, relatives and friends. So whatever you want to do, just be happy and creative.

R: Guys, gotta know, quick closing statements, cute or annoying? What do you think Bob?

B: I think, annoying on Line1 and probably quite entertaining on Line5.

R: Oh my God.

N: Cute and happy and full of pink bubbles.

B: And cats.

R: Or maybe cats. That could definitely just be you, Bob, on this one.

男生免费读师范是性别歧视吗?

Oct 9, 2016 1275

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A policy in Fujian province that waives tuition fees for certain male college students has been implemented for a year now. Although the policy has been controversial since day one, it has drawn a lot more attention lately, because a female student has formally filed a request to the provincial government, demanding an investigation into the legitimacy of this policy.

四大名著是少儿不宜还是想太多?

Oct 6, 2016 780

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Reading ancient classics has been an essential part in literary education. But now, a Chinese scholar is saying that the Four Great Classics of Chinese literature or 四大名著 may not be suitable for children to read.

Why is that? What makes good reading material for children?

【文稿】狗狗便便也要入厕!

Oct 5, 2016 316

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Heyang: Imagine this, you are strutting through the street, the sun is shining, and birds are humming, and you are having a great time, until you step on something squashy and smelly. Yep you just stepped on dog poop. No way! And write in if this has happened to you. Dog poop is a problem plaguing many Chinese neighborhoods. 18-outdoor pet’s bathrooms have been created in a residential community in Xining, Qinghai province. So shall a doggy toilet solve this problem?

Ryan: well, let us talk about this doggy toilet. So this simple setup is a 2-square-meter ground with sand on the floor for the dogs to do their business and wooden fences to give that dog the privacy. So it is so much wants, you know. But anyway, this was a kind of it was brought into the community by the property management of the community. As I understand it these lavatories are used and cleaned up with disinfectants and are sprayed, and it actually having some success. But you know I think this is actually something that we can really learn from. In the US, it is a big deal, when people do not clean up after their dog. In fact, there is like this trash can, bin, type, post all over dog parks, particularly dog parks.

Heyang: so people can’t enter?

Ryan: with bags, near the can so you clean up after your dog, you pick it up, because let me tell you something, dog feces is not a natural fertilizer. Like you might imagine, some people might imagine. Actually according to the EPA, it is put on a level that it is in the same category as herbicides and insecticides. These things that kill pests that are on the crops. It is harmful. These bacterial are harmful to humans. And these things are toxic and without cleaning up can seeping to many things that we need to not have a seeping to, so it is basically dog feces needs to be cleaned up. I do not think that people know how actually it is bad for humans but maybe there is a stigma that it is natural fertilizer. People, it is not.

Heyang: and it is really disgusting. And Ryan, you know what, I am not going to give people the benefit of the doubt here at all and it does not take a brain scientist to find out that when you are not cleaning after your dog, when your dog is doing its business on the street in front of people, and people step on the feces…

Ryan: it is pretty embarrassing.

Heyang: it does not take a person with high education level to understand this is wrong. This is not benefiting anyone.

Bob: we need to use psychology here to work out why is it that people here do not want to pick it up. I know why, people just do not want to pick it up because it is horrible. I would not want to pick this thing up, but if I had a dog, I would. Yeah, for responsible, but I think we need to figure it out because this problem is not going to go away. I really do not think a doggy loo is going to help this situation either. It is a bigger problem than that.

Ryan: well, residences from this community tell, ok so let’s keep it in mind that half of this community has at least one dog, Bob, Ok? But in the two weeks since lavatory is built, not one doggy’s defecation has been spotted in the area. Good job people. So I think, you know, one thing we can notice from this is that people do not want clean up after their dog. It is irresponsible for so many reasons that you might see, but at least this community said just have all your dogs do it in here, and then we will have professional or someone come and clean it up. So at least they found this system that works where all that you have to do is take your dog there, and maybe the community will pay for someone to clean it up, but at lest it is not getting on people’s shoes and getting in the places it should not be, you know.

Bob: I do not know too many animals, too many dogs that can time when they want to do something, and you know, you have to work out so you can actually get the dog to the loo in time.

Ryan: But 2 weeks is a long time.

Heyang: yes, and according to some of my friends who do own dogs, they say that you can train a dog like a baby that you can tell them to do their business at a particular place at a particular time and train them. Yes that needs patience, and also I think these dog owners need to understand that you are not in this alone, and you need to benefit others so others can put a smile on their face when they see you and your dog in their neighborhood.

【文稿】老师也能定制?

Oct 2, 2016 467

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HeYang: A university in east China’s Jiangxi Province has launched a programme that allows college freshman to pick out teachers according to their preferences. It’s having a customized teacher a good idea? So what’s up with this idea of having customized teachers?

Liuyan: Well I think it’s a very interesting move. So basically, Jiangxi University of Science and Technology has decided to try this new thing. What the student can do is, they just lay out their preferences, for example: I want someone humorous, or maybe I want a good-looking female teacher, who’s also funny. You know things of that nature. Once you have filed you applications, you can wait. If you happen to get someone who fits all the requirements then perfect matches made, and then you will have your teacher. So I think that’s basically the idea of this trial. But the thing is, some people don’t necessarily think this is gonna work, and the reason is very simple: just because you ask for something, doesn’t mean you’re gonna get it. And also, if you only ask for a certain type of teachers, then that’s just not conducive to learning. Because when you finish your studies, and you go into the real society, it’s not like you can just ask for a certain type of people to work with, and then you will get that certain type.

Heyang: Yeah, and I just think about all those older teachers, that’s older than 40, and they don’t get picked at all. And if he’s 40 and he’s a guy and he is sitting,(LiuYan: and he’s bald), oh poor guy! He doesn’t get picked. And um I don’t think the university will allow that to happen, ‘cause they wanna keep everybodyemployed. But still, this is an interesting idea, why do you think the university is doing this?

Jessica: Well, I have to say I know that some students really want to be able to learn from certain teachers. Maybe they want a teacher who is funny and positive, and 70% of the freshmen said they would like a teacher who is positive attitude, maybe funny, even a younger teacher. I think some students really want to learn from someone who is older, and has more experience. So students you know, should learn from these different teachers about what they want. I think it can maybe encourage students to go out and choose one of their teachers, because I know that some students are a little bit hesitant, if they see someone who intimidates them, they are afraid to learn. So if they can pick someone who fits their personality in their mind, then maybe it could be good for them.

Liuyan: Yeah, as for your particular question, why does this school decide to do this? I think it’s probably trying to send the message that we care about the students, we don’t just enforce everything on you, so you have to do everything our way. We actually give you a choice, so we let your voice be heard, and then maybe possibly you will have a happy ending, something to that effect.

Heyang: Yes, I think that’s certainly the message that they are trying to send out to the students, but also I think the university is trying to send out a message to the teachers as well, and professors, sort of saying that you are being rated too. Students get to pick who they want, (Jessica:and could this be a business move by the university to see what kind of teachers their students want so they know exactly who to hire. Oooh!)

Liuyan: Actually I think this is a very clever move, because when I studied in the United States, there was this very popular website, I don’t know if it’s still popular, “rate my professor.com” (Jessica:it is popular), yeah, so I always thought that was a very good model and very smart. Because although sometimes statistics don’t tell the entire picture, but most of the time they tell a very vivid picture, as long as the number is large enough. You can certainly tell if more than 90% of their students have rated this professor great, then it’s a very safe pick for you.

Heyang: Woo, is it gonna be a very safe pick though?

Jessica: I also think yeah, it depends on if it’s gonna be safe, but I wonder if this is just catering the stereotypes. Because the university is doing this very well, like they have certain criteria that you choose from, like highly rated, or someone who is you know specialize in an area. But if the student only picks a teacher based on their looks, or I want a teacher who is tall and beautiful, that’s not exactly you know conducive for learning.

Heyang: Yeah, that’s a really good point, and also I don’t necessarily think it’s a safe option just looking at ratings. Because look at the kind of teachers that students prefer, I think the top quality or factor that they take into consideration is ‘I will be able to pass’. Ok, maybe there are lots of ‘Xuebas” out there, don’t think this way, those high achievers that want to learn everything, they don’t think that way. But I think I represent a lot of average students. And that’s all we care about. And if we can study and learn more things, yeah that is a bonus. So when sometimes I don’t think students really do know the best for ourselves, like after you graduate and you realize, “oh some of the really unattractive teachers, but are actually really good teachers, are the ones that I should have paid more attention to his or her teaching, and finish all my homework and didn’t be late to classes,” and there isso many things that you shouldn’t have done.

Liuyan: I think you are definitely right, and that’s why I think “rate my professors” is actually a better model than this one at Jiangxi University of Science and technology. Because when it comes to rate my professor, you don’t just see the scores, you can also see the students’ remarks, because they tell you why they rate that way, and also if that teacher is easy to pass, or if they actually give you very difficult assignments, but you learn a lot from them. You know with added information like that, then you can really make a good decision I think. But with this, there tends to be more cases like people just want someone because they are good-looking. I don’t know,it’s just mytwo cents.
Jessica: I mean I agree, but I also would have the position of not being able to choose your teacher, does force you into a situation like it would have in real life. So if you are not able to choose a teacher that you don’t like, maybe they can teach you more. Like you were saying, maybe they have that they are boring, but they can teach you well.

Heyang: Yeah, and a lot of those professors that are very well-known in their field, and their top researchers as well. They don’t necessarily always be the best teachers, or the most popular ones—that are funny, and attractive, (Liuyan: eloquent), yeah, like Adam Smith, the economist, but he apparently was a terrible teacher. But look at the body of work; he’s one of the founders of modern economics. So would you pick him as your teacher if you had a chance? Um it’s kind of a difficult situation.

酒店的床上发生了什么?

Sep 29, 2016 365

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With national holiday golden week right around the corner, many people are going to travel and they are going to be staying at hotels. However, hotels are not as clean as you think. You might assume the greatest hygiene risk is in the hotel bathrooms, but reports have shown that most are just as clean as your toilet at home. So what are the biggest hidden hygiene problems in a hotel? And how should us travellers deal with it?

出境游信用卡防盗刷攻略!

Sep 28, 2016 381

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Credit card fraud and tourism go hand in hand these days. With national holiday golden week right around the corner.

Let's talk about what how to avoid credit card fraud and keep your money safe?

在职场,颜值和能力哪个更重要?

Sep 26, 2016 755

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What kind of quality can get you ahead in the work place? A survey found that women in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong believe that talent and hardwork can take you far, while female office workers in Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Liaoning and Zhejiang province seem to believe a beautiful face helps a lot in their career.

【文稿】工作和iPhone7你选谁?

Sep 25, 2016 590

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Heyang: For those who worship in the Apple Chapel, the iPhone 7 is the item of ultimate desire. But a company policy in central China’s Henan province goes as this: any employee who buys an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus gets the boot. Why is the company sticking its nose in the employee’s phone-purchasing decision? Guys, what’s going on here?

Hongling: Well, according to a report by Henan based Hnr.cn or映像网, a notice was released by the company on Sept. 18 which reads “Our company forbids all employees from using or buying the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Whoever is found in violation of that rule will be immediately forced to resign”. The notice also called for employees to stop buying other U.S.- and Japan-made products, and to support domestic products instead. And also the company theory here is that “If we have some disposable income, and if conditions allow it, let’s use the money to take better care of our parents’ health. Let’s pay more attention to our kids’ growth, to the value of life and to the prosperity of our country.” So maybe instead of buying a phone I guess.

Ryan: Yeah, I don’t know, I mean hahahah (Heyang: This is completely outrageous for you Ryan), ah, yeah. I think my eyeballs did a full rotation backwards in my skull when I read this, um and I think it’s—I mean I’m all about people loving their country, I think that’s great, but at the same time too, I think competition and buying the phone that you choose andspending the money that you work hard for, the way you want, not having to worry about losing your job, that’s some security everybody should have. And you know I always kind of been skeptical myself about the iPhone. I’ve had I think a four, and that’s about it, and it was a good phone. But by no means am I like, worshipping at the ‘Apple Chapel’, we are getting married at the ‘Apple Chapel’, I don’t know, people probably done it. But um, I don’t know. Heyang, actually so if you are in this company, you might be in trouble.

Heyang: Ok, just say a little bit more about that why then.

Ryan: Well, so Heyang has been, I think she’s been dealing with a relic phone for so many years. It was all derelict. She made it work, but um she finally decided to step out the cave a little bit, look outside, and suddenly someone dropped an iPhone 7 in her hand and she’s like ‘Technology!’. And she’s still learning how to use it, but it’s a great phone, and uh it’s really cool. She totally deserves it because she’s been using such an old phone for so long. But that being said, how would you feel? Heyang, you just got this phone, do you think this company is justified if you are working there? Getting rid of you because you got this phone.

Heyang: And judging by how much I put out to purchase that phone. First of all, it’d better be good, I’m still trying to learn the functions right now, and it is not easy for a cave woman like myself, and further I haven’t gotten the previous one, so it’s a big leap for me. So you know, I’m very happy that I got this new thing. But, if my boss is judging me by the handbag I get, or my phone or what the lipstick that I’m wearing today, I feel why are you interfering with my personal business when I can delivery my A game at work, and I follow all other company rules. I’m a star employee, why does it matter what phone I get? And here I don't comprehend what the company’s explanation at all. I don't get it at all. Because it says it’s anti-Japanese aggression, well that’s apparently one of the explanations that you know you need to love your country more, you shouldn't be using foreign products especially given the history between China and Japan during the Second World War. And what’s up with the iPhone then? The iPhone is made by Americans and guess what during the II World War? We were close allies with the Americans, so judging by that logic, we have every right to use the iPhone it feels. So the logic does not hold, and what’s up with like being nice to your parents because you don't use an iPhone? So you don't use an iPhone, so you don't by an iPhone, you will spend that thousands of yuan on your parents instead? Who guarantees that? Too many loopholes in that thinking. So don't get it at all.

Ryan: Yeah, you know I’ve been called idealistic before, and that’s ok, cause I like being idealistic. But at the same time, you know, I do understand there’s history between a lot of different countries in the world. But we often talked about how we are globalizing, and how we are all moving in a direction that is kind of like human beings are coming together, on so many fronts on what we buy, and what we like and how we do things. And I think there’s beauty in that but some people are scared. But at the same time, I think the future of humans in general, lies in us taking steps forward together? I think that doesn't mean not loving your country, but at the same time, not barring your employees from buying a phone based off of things that happened in the past. And I know it’s not the so distance in the past, but at the same time, we shouldn’t live in the past. I believe in a bright future, again idealistic, and everybody being able to buy that iphone they so desire.

Heyang: Or whatever other phones you so desire. It’s up to you, why does the company have anything to do with this. And it’s sounds like the company could be very smart about grabbing public attention about this, because we’ve seen numerous stories that create controversy online, also a lot of backlash about emotionally black mailing people in ‘you have to’ supposedly love your country in some stipulated way by some stranger. Why does that make any sense to any people? Anyway, this kind of argument has also received a lot backlash online, despite supporters as well. So here, I think it’s a guarantee to talking point for people, and what better way is that to get a little bit more publicity for company even if it’s a negative one. Is that the case?

Hongling: It is possible that they are just being very sneaky, but I’m very happy that I didn't mention the company’s name in our show (Heyang: Exactly). And also, what Heyang just said about emotionally black mailing people, there’s a thing that I was always trying to follow, trying really hard just by myself. Moral code is for yourself to follow, not for others. You are not using your moral code to regulate other people’s action. That is the first thing, and also, for those of you who think you can boycott like import products in a way to support your country, I have some figures for you. In 2015, the import from America to China cost is like 116 billion yuan, and the export is 482 billion, that is to say if everyone in China listens to you and tries to boycott things from America, it will cost our country like hundreds of billions of dollars or yuan. It’s just not the thing you wanna do. So stop being unreasonably patriotic, or you think you are loving your country, but actually, you are just making a very small-minded case here.

Ryan: At the end of the day, buying an iPhone 7 doesn’t mean you don't love your country, it just means that you love apple products and you also love your country. And Niuhongling so eloquently well put that we live in a globalized economy, so if you think that just buying domestic products is going to benefit China, I don't think,Based off figures that’s true, so well put.

Heyang: And also in a globalized age, when you’re if you’re trying to boycott some of these foreign brands. They are often manufactured in China, and think about the millions of migrant workers that work their heart out, sweating in those factories to put that phone together, are you boycotting against your fellow compatriots? That’s a question for you.

【文稿】吃不到一起就分手!

Sep 22, 2016 418

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Heyang: He likes spices and she like sweets. He eats noodles all the time, whilst she wants rice as the staple food. Can this couple reconcile their difference and stay happy together? Apparently, different eating habits can be a deal breaker for some couples. Oh, what’s going on here? Is that true?

Hongling: Yeah, it can be true for some couples, cause China is a really big country and we can say that there are seven main as of language, there are seven main Chinese dialects in the country. So it is not hard to imagine that even in the same country, people from different regions are facing so many differences in many fields, including your eating habits. So I’d like to name this specific couple, a girl grows up in a coastal city, while her boyfriend grows up in an inland city. So basically they have completely different eating habits, at the end of this sad story, they did break up. The boy saying is “She is nice girl, but in terms of eating habit, she is a barbarian, and I cannot accept it.”

Heyang: Oh discriminatory, I don't like that.

Hongling: I don't like that, and I don't believe in it. I believe in love, and I do think even though you are having different eating habits, you can always find your way of solving it. You can sometimes open your mind, try a little bit of others, and then you will have a happy marriage, and maybe brought in your eating habit.

Ryan: Wow, wow, wow. Ok, so yes, I believe in love too, but at the same time, you date for a while, or hopefully for a while, it’s not like a week and you’re like: ‘I’m in love, I love you. Anyway, so over that time of dating right, you get to know each other, and it could be something as simple. I agree I think it’s pretty silly to break up with someone based off whether they like spicy food or something like that. But I painted it in a different way when I look at this. Let’s say, something that means a lot to me is my diet, and I try to eat healthy. Yeah I’m dating a girl that doesn’t care about eating healthy, and we are living together, and often when we decide to go out to dinner, we have this fight. I wanna go to X, she wants to go to Y. But, my health, and eating, right, which is often just very important to your health. Um those things could create that friction in a relationship that would be that catalyst for breaking up. So eating can be important, um anything. We say in the west all the time, it’s the small things that make the big difference in a relationship. And I think this is one of those things. You know at first you are looking at eating habits and you are saying: “Oh it’s not a big deal, but actually it’s kind of is. And I’m not saying that you have to eat the same food. I think it’s really cute my sister and her husband, I think you know he is a sushi eater, but she doesn't really like fish, but she’ll try it for him because she loves him. (NHL:Yes!) And that’s such a cute testament of how much she cares about him. But at the same time too, I know they’ll both decide, ‘Hey, we are going to eat really healthy, we are going stay healthy, we are going to keep a lean diet.’ They did it right before their wedding, so they could take really great pictures, and they were their support system, and it worked out so well. But I think if one of them wasn't on that same page, you might see some fights, some more friction and who knows, possibly a break up.

Heyang: Oh, and there’s one thing that I picked out from that little speech there, is actually completely off point. But there’s something I find very comforting and I think all young people or newlyweds they share is that they all go on a diet before taking the wedding photos. That is universal and is comforting for my heart! According to what Ryan just said, you know lovely story. I think it shows that first of all, eating habits, a difference in opinion and that department shows that you have different habits, different life styles maybe, and you have a difference in the way you think, the way you look at your life.(Ryan: Absolutely) But when two individuals who are not family, and they come together, you are kind of molding yourself into ways that fits the other person, and are you willing to do that? And how far willing are you to agree to go down that path. I think that is if you can manage to go down that path together, then it will work.

Ryan: You know I have a question for Niuhongling, because she’s from ShanXi and noodles are big there. If you had a boyfriend that hated noodles, would that be a problem?

Hongling: No, it won’t be a problem. I will have all the noodles. I will be so happy, because whatever I go, I can have noodle, he can have whatever there is. And that’s my way of solving the problem, and also I’m not judging you because you will break up with a girl because she does not like your diet thing. I will not judge you, but I think it’s a matter of your own choice, how much you love the girl, how much you value your eating habit. It’s not right from wrong; it’s just something you choose to do.
Ryan: Love is one thing, support is another, and I think it’s ok to have one person that likes an unhealthy diet, and one person likes a healthy diet. But to find the support for both of you supporting each other with such fundamental differences, I think it’s easier to speak those words and say it’s easy, but when you are actually in that relationship, it is pretty difficult.

Heyang: Yeah, it can be difficult, but yes I am a very optimistic person when it comes to love, and yes I think maybe if you make that compromise in eating, let’s say the girl says “Yeah, I will give in to noodles three days a week”, something like that. And if the guy can maybe clean the bathroom every time after he uses it, then that’s a compromise (Hongling: that a good deal). Yeah, and you know we want this to work, we want it to work, so let’s make it work, we are adults, we can do it.

【文稿】每天5元钱,就能发大财!

Sep 21, 2016 395

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Heyang: A 16-year-old British teenager has made more 64 thousand US Dollars from a website she made to give Chinese babies English names. What is the business model?

Ryan: Oh My Lady Gaga, let me tell you all about it! Beau Jessup, a British A-level student from Gloucestershire, came up with the idea after a family visit to China. They were out for a meal with friends when she was asked to give an English name to a newborn baby. Her website which she has now is titled 'Special Name', in which she assigned personality traits to each English name. Users are charged 60 pence or one USD to use the five-minute service, to ask users to pick five of 12 personality traits which they hope their baby will display, before it presents a shortlist of three names. It also provides examples of famous people with the same name. So basically, you get the idea, this lady is helping people choose their names. Now, when I look at this, I think it’s ridiculous, (Heyang: Why is it ridiculous? There is a need.) You need not to be lazy people, I mean even like parents in the US, we use baby books, like I know my father picked my name because he wanted to get in touch with his roots. So Ryan is I believe Irish or could be Welsh, and then every male in our family, our middle name is William. You know William is always present in one of our names, either the middle or the first name. So I mean the thing is picking a name should be your thing that you share with your child, that special connection that you gave to them. Now Beau Jessup from Gloucestershire, England, and you know I just think it’s a little ridiculous, but at the same time, some parents in China have picked names like Rolex, oh…

Heyang: I had a classmate called Ferrari in the UK, and he’s from Hong Kong. For some reason, I thought it fitted him pretty well! I remembered one day the teacher announced that this person is late again, and terrible grades, Ferrari! And then the whole hall of people…filled with laughter.

Yuyang: I don’t know, some Chinese parents choose some funny and weird names. It’s not lazy, I think it’s just they don’t know the proper cultural meaning behind the name. They choose name like Willow and Stone, Candy or Love.

Ryan: But at the same time, why won’t you research, why would you just kind of carelessly say ‘Ok, Stone, cause I like stones, big stones are good, so let’s name it stone.”

Heyang: Oh Ryan, let me fill you in on this. Chinese parents don’t… I mean they pay a lot of attention, or the individual pays a lot of attention into the English name that they wanna hold (Ryan: apple, banana), and with Stone, probably because (Happiness) his Chinese name has got the name of “Stone” in it. And then I know a girl who’s English name is Pearl, it’s because her Chinese name is ‘ZhenZhu”.

Ryan: But I think actually Pearl is actually you’d see some people with that English name.

Heyang: But she wouldn’t know that connotation that attached to that English name if she’s from a different culture.

Ryan: Well I thought about these guys, you know it’s like how can I judge this without giving my two cents, and people judging me for the names that I would choose for my kids. And you know I thought of some names, and here’s for the males, and you ladies can totally criticize me ok? And our listeners. But I chose Conor, cause it’s like a very Welsh I think, around that area. Roran, I really like Roran. Kale, that’s a strong name. For ladies, if I had a daughter, I would name her Madeline, I think it’s a very beautiful name, or Dominique. So those are my two cents instead of some of the other names, you know like we have mentioned, like Happiness, Smile, Banana, Love.

Heyang: Woo, or Precious!

Yuyang: Woo, it offers me some inspiration as well. Maybe we should set up some Chinese naming website to help foreigners get Chinese names. So Ryan Price, do you want a Chinese name? I can find a much better name than “莱恩 普瑞斯”, if you give me ten yuan. (Heyang: Only for ten yuan? You should totally sign up!), no as the starting point of business.

Ryan: You know, she’s making a really good point here Yuyang, you have pointed out something I was thinking about when I was looking at this. (Is) you know there’s very creative ways that people have yet to find to make money. I mean this girl made 64000 US dollars which she will use to her college. Even then, she’ll be going to a really good college, cause that’s a lot of money to be paying for your education. But still, with something as so simple as giving a name in a…What was it? A five minute process or something like that? I think it’s very impressive and creative how people can find ways to make money nowadays. It’s my two cents here.

Yuyang: It’s quite inspirational you know, the girl just wanted to do it, just to see if an idea could turn into something more than just a simple idea, and to become more than just a small project. It’s a nice surprise it turns out.

Heyang: Yeah all of that can be done in a website and connecting people from two completely different continents. And actually it’s filling a demand that is very real for today’s Chinese people. Because for various reasons, people want that English name. But I’d say, my Chinese name (Ryan: Candy?) is Heyang, and I’m very proud of that.

高空抛物责任连坐合理吗?

Sep 20, 2016 1262

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A baby girl hit by a piece of falling cement has been compensated over 360 thousand Yuan or about 54 thousand USD. Because the perpetrator was nowhere to be found, the judge ruled that most of home owners in that apartment building must compensate the victim collectively.

Is it fair?

你被老师打过吗?

Sep 19, 2016 1378

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A teacher from east China's Rizhao city, Shandong Province, was caught on camera savagely slapping and hitting first-year students of a vocational school because they were late. In recent years, news stories on corporal punishment in schools have aroused debate about the conduct of teachers. What has gone wrong?

面对抑郁症我们能做什么?

Sep 18, 2016 1329

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On the evening of September the 16th, Qiao Renliang, a Chinese actor and singer, was found dead in a Shanghai apartment. According to his agency, the 28-year-old ended his life after suffering from severe depression for years.

【文稿】父母老说“这是为你好”?

Sep 16, 2016 609

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Heyang: When parents try to get their point across to kids, they often blurt out this line. It’s for your own good. 这是为你好。Most respondents to a new survey say that they hate it when parents say this. What’s more, most respondents say that their parents’ approach in educating them at home have actually casted a negative effect on their psychological being. Why is that? So let’s start with this famous line from parents: it’s for your own good. Why are kids (and here kids I mean grown-ups too).

Yuyang: I am sorry I have to start with some facts and figures (no worries, fire away), and then thinking to this logic behind this sentence. Well, according to the online survey of 2,001 netizens jointly conducted by China Youth Daily and Wenjuan.com last week, nearly 59.4 percent of people have been hurt by their parents' "inappropriate" education approaches, with 55.4 percent saying the worst thing their parents did was to only focus on scores and study, while 50.3 percent said "stick approaches" were the worst thing. And in particular, in the survey, nearly 54% respondents cannot accept using excuse as ‘this is for your own good’. And 40.5% say they don’t agree with parents interfering with children’s work and personal life. So meanwhile, nearly 40% said in ideal parent-child relationships, a parent should serve as both friend and teacher, as well as set clear boundaries for the child. Well, when talking about the logic behind this ‘I did this for your own good’, I believe that many Chinese parents think their children belong to them, and children are their property. And they have the right to make decisions for them. You know, and parents insist their decisions are always right, and they would never apologize. What do you guys think?

Heyang: That sounds like parents in China that I don’t understand, that I think it sounds like parents that exist a hundred years ago. I mean if they actually think that their kids are their property or you know, they have so much say over their kids. I mean it just surprises you. What’s your interpretation of what’s going on here Nick?

Nick: Yeah you’ve actually said what exactly I was thinking. This sounds like kind of parents like a hundred years ago. In terms of making all the decisions and the kids have to do whatever the parents think it’s the best, and don’t make the decisions by themselves. I don’t know like obviously I didn’t grow up in China, I don’t have Chinese parents. It sounds like that kind of approach can’t be healthy for any kid to grow up under, I think from what a lot of these statistics that Yuyang gave us will indicate that that is the case. I think you know telling a little child what to do is one thing, but a grown up child is maybe a bit too much.

Heyang: Yeah I guess so, and although we say that maybe it sounds like something that parents would think a hundred years ago, but in many ways, I think tradition sort of runs deep in our culture, and even till today. Some parents still feel that they have um, that’s the part I really don’t understand. They have ownership to your ideas or your decisions in life in some way.

Yuyang: Oh exactly. Chinese culture emphasizes parental authority, as well as respect and obedience on the part of children. So basically, when the children talk about reasons with parents, their parents will talk about family. And when you talk about family, they say you are too young and naïve and have no experience in life. And when you talk about your own experience, they talk about the dignity of the elders. Finally, if it is proved they were wrong, they will say it was all for your good. Anyway, they are always right, they never apologize. Haha~

Nick: No. Presumably these people had this same experience with their own parents, their grandparents. Right? So surely they then found that really annoying, but somehow have still repeated the same thing to their own kids. This is what I don’t understand.

Heyang: oh this is such a good point Nick. And I thought about it exactly, oh great minds, think alike, that must be why. I wondered so if a young person has experienced this when you are growing up, and you become a parent once, and here I think we see the distinction of fools and people with wisdom. The fools repeat exactly what damage your parents have done to you, and you blindly just follow your parents’ action and do the same to your offspring. What kind of fool is that? And also there’s the other type of people-- I think are the wise ones. When you learn from your parents’ mistakes, and certainly just blindly saying ‘for your own good’, is not the way to go. But also I have a different way of looking at this line, I think sometimes today’s parents are feeling a little bit desperate in trying to get their point across. Because often, the kids or the grown-up kids have a lot to say, and can argue in a very affective way too. And the parents feel what is my last line, what is my last resort that I can try to tell my kid that I’m whole heartily thinking in your shoes, and trying to get this point across and I want you to understand me. That is for you own good ahahaha. So I think that actually comes from very a different kind of positions is a possibility too.

Yuyang: That also manifests the anxiety of the Chinese parents. You know one boundary the parents should set is what is over parenting and what is the useful guidance to their children. You know sometimes Chinese parents are hyper protective you know, they make decisions for children; they hire language tutors; they rush on various activities, just like a manager or an agent for a super star. And when the children complain, they will say ‘well, I do this for your own good. You will understand me in the future, maybe now you don’t understand me, but in the future, you will know this is for your own good’.

Heyang: And you will thank me. But I think this kind of language itself is problematic. Cause let’s try to figure out what the purpose is of the parents to saying this. It’s usually to try to convince your kid, trying to sell an idea to your kid, and if you use this kind of language, that is kind of didactic, that is kind of condescending, and that is kind of not encouraging any kind of feedback, but you must listen to me. This kind of attitude just doesn’t convince people. And anybody who has experience in public speaking, or even in the service sector, or in whatever sector, that is trying to get your point across and getting people to understand you, can see that this kind of language or often like imperative sentences itself, it just not make you go very far in achieving your goal. That is trying to let the other person listen.

Nick: Yeah this is the thing, because as you guys have said, obviously these parents do have their kids’ best interest at heart. They are not trying to you know upset them and make them angry, they’ve made these decisions for probably perfectly valid reasons, and not giving those reasons to the kids like ‘I did this because you know you should learn such and such, because it will benefit you in this way’. It doesn’t open the kids’ minds to why that these decisions have been taken, it’s just you know dictator, you shall do this because I said so. And of course that’s gonna promote you know like resentment and rebellion among a child.

Heyang: Or a younger person, or even a grown-up adult. Because who wants to be told off. (Child as in person who has parents hahahah) Yes, so the younger generation.

Yuyang: Oh yeah and in the long term, they might have a far reaching impact on a child, if you are being a dictator of overparenting; if you safeguard boys or girls too much; then the kids will not develop the independence or psychological resilience and the creativity to go through the future obstacles. Yeah, give your child some space.

Heyang: Yeah, and also give your child a little bit more respect I think, respect your child’s intelligence as well, and I understand sometimes kids make some stupid mistakes that parents have made when they’re younger, and they are trying to let their kids know that if you just listen to me, then you wouldn’t need to fall like I have done in the future. That kind of sentiment deserves a little bit more respect too.

中秋月饼,你是神马馅滴?

Sep 13, 2016 631

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With Mid-Autumn Festival right around the corner, mooncake sales are reaching its peak season. Beijing Business Today conducted a market study on mooncake quality through supermarkets, specialty stores, bakeries, and well-known pastry stores only to find that many mooncakes are not up to standards.

支付宝免费时代结束了?

Sep 12, 2016 1259

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Alipay, China’s biggest third-party online payment service own by Alibaba Group, has announced it will start charging a service fee for transferring more than 20,000 Yuan ($3,000) to bank accounts.

This move on the heels of Wechat Wallet which have done the same since this March will affect users in multiple ways. What is the money saving tactics?

【文稿】当心!影院怪兽出没!

Sep 11, 2016 387

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Heyang: When the lights go off in a cinema, five types of cinema monsters could be raising their ugly heads. How should we deal with them, or maybe are you one of them? Well, let’s go through this list.

Ryan: Yeah, first of all, it’s the monsters being not the one you see on the screen, but the ones coming into your movie theater either being the eater, and this is someone who just seems to manage to eat and drink coke as loud as a train going by your house if you live on the train tracks. So this, yeah you know, with this one being said, people eat popcorn and drink soda. You know I’m a little more lenient on this one.

Heyang: Yeah I was gonna say, with popcorn, like you guys eat it all the time Americans, generalization.

Ryan: Yeah, we do. It is very like culture thing to eat with your mouth closed though in the US. So I think it’s a little less loud when you do so that way?

Hongling: Yes, I think the eater is just like the smell and the sound and everything, if you lower it down a little bit, it will be fine. But when you do it, yeah, it’s not.

Heyang: The crunch crunch crunch really is very very annoying. Oh!

Ryan: Yeah, there’s couple of others we will get to them, but I just want to jump to the ones that I think are, I just wanna beat (go ahead). These are the phone flashers and the chatter box. And guys, you know what, I’m gonna level with you. In the US, like if you bring out your phone, and you start talking in a movie, someone might physically attack you. Like it is considered really rude, someone will yell like some really rude stuff to you. Almost inevitably, in the movie theater the personnel will kick you out. Like it’s just not a place where you do that. You are messing up everybody’s experience that they paid the same amount as you did. And you know, I completely agree with that. I think that’s the right way to handle it. Because these people drive me insane.

Heyang: With these phone flashers, I think the worst type are the ones that are on the phone talking, these people should be kicked out! But there’s also the less bad ones, but you are bad (yeah you are still bad). That is just wechatting all the way or checking all kinds of stuff and (obnoxious). Yes that screen, it is so bright in the dark, and that could be so annoying.

Ryan: Know that you are doing that everybody else dislikes you very much, so don’t do it.

Heyang: Yeah it reminds me in the subway when now some people are playing games without the ear phones, and it’s so loud and playing stuff (like) videos that is also so loud. I think I mean it’s time to take the social etiquette to the next level and say: that is not ok you know.

Ryan: I mean I get that, at the same time, I’m a little more lenient with the subway. But like places like the library, or like the movie theater, there’s just like a code of conduct. Just be quiet, and stop drawing attention away from the movies, so what is that being on your phone and having a conversation and seeing the light of your phone, it just takes away from the movie, pulls me out of it you know.

Hongling: All the monsters we refer to, it’s that the people that they don't care about others, they just think about themselves and live in their own world, which bring us the last two types: the critics and the chatterbox, which means they talk in the cinema a lot, maybe out loud. Either they are chatting about the movie, or they are just criticizing about what they are seeing. That’s none of it, it’s acceptable.

Heyang: And also the late comer.

Ryan: Yeah, well the late comer does bug me. I mean like show up on time, whatever maybe you got stuck in the traffic. Um, the critic, as long as you are not doing that during the film, I don't mind critics snubs, I can ignore them, just fine when they are not distracting me from a movie. But, if they are doing it during a movie, oh, pursue!

Heyang: Yeah and there’s once that me as a very calm pacifist person (so nice and sweet), yes and a lady as I am, like I just said. Well I’m not really that a lot of the times. But on the other day, when I encountered the late comer, the critic, the phone flasher and the eater, so four out of five combined in one. Yes, I brought up all of my courage, and said “could you please put a sock in it, we are trying to watch a movie here Mr.” And the guy pretty much almost was on the verge of hitting me. Yes that happened the other day, and I think those are the situations when you wonder how could people be so uncivilized and not caring for others at all. And now was the time for the very first time in my life I think, I wish I was a macho man with a heavy fist.

Ryan: And I wish I was there because of that behavior is unacceptable. First of all, he did what he shouldn’t be doing. Second of all, the guy like threatening a girl, a woman in just my code of conduct, how I was raised, everything’s wrong with that, and I think it’s just really a coward thing to do on his part.

Heyang: Yeah so those bad monsters do exist, but guess what, there were some good Samaritans I suppose (hooray!), who kind of helped out. And basically the strangers around me were sort of hushing the guy and saying that: if you don’t wanna see this, and you should leave. So for a moment, my heart was warmed by all those strangers in a Beijing cinema. And I think with all that support I got from the strangers. That it pretty much shows we are seeing that people’s social etiquette is kind of on the improve.

Ryan: So be like those people, not like the monsters.

Heyang: Yes, don’t be these five types of monsters.

爱心帐篷,暖心还是多余?

Sep 8, 2016 599

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At the start of a new semester, more universities across China are setting up tented camps for parents who are seeing off their college freshman children. On Chinese social media, netizens discuss if these so-called ‘tents of love’ are indeed a sign of love, or if they epitomize the non-independence of China’s post-1990s generation.

[有文稿]斗地主也是运动?!

Sep 7, 2016 257

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Heyang: For those who want to forge a close relationship with a Chinese person, or just want to find a popular Chinese past-time, the poker game ‘Doudizhu’, which literally means “battling the landlords”, maybe a way to go. And now ‘Doudizhu” learners may find themselves more motivated as the sports authorities has announced that, first of all: this is a sport, and it’s going to receive special funding, and top players will be recognized officially. So what is all these special attention that’s given to ‘Doudizhu”, a poker game?

Hongling: As you’ve mentioned, the poker game ‘Doudizhu” has been first to recognize as a sport early this year. Now there’s a national tournament of ‘Doudizhu’, which is basically for you who don’t know, it’s a popular strategic card game and poker game in China, and was officially launched on the September the 3rd. The price for the tournament total is five million Yuan, and in addition players will participate via online gaming platforms. We’ll receive master points granted by China’s general administration of sports. So basically it’s a sport, people are funding it, and you can play it online.

Ryan: My my my doudizhu face, my doudizhu face, my poker face, baby. Um, you know what, my deal with it is I don’t know if I would consider it sport, me and Hongling had an argue about it before the show, but one thing it is-- it’s very popular, and people their skill that comes in to playing it, I’m sure of it. And there’s money to be made, so why not have a ‘Doudizhu’ (you make it so exotic hahaha--Heyang) face of tournament where the best in the world compete. For big prize, why not?

Hongling: I gotta say Ryan said it’s not a sport, but he also believes that chess or go (Weiqi) is not a sport. It’s a strategic game. That is the background information I wanna give you guys.

Heyang: You got it from him. What about video games? Cause there are major tournaments of video game playing. Can you call it not a sport? When you are exercising your brain muscles, they don’t exist.

Ryan: Alright I mean like this is um where you get an English word, the relativity kind of matters. For me sport implies something physical is happening, whereas game just implies everything under it. I think this ‘Doudizhu’ game would just be called the card game in the west. Whereas when you say something it’s a sport, it’s most times—it is the thing that they have in common is they’re both competitive. You know like golf or even football, and this card game. But at the same time, completely different things are going on.

Hongling: I would totally agree with having this as a tournament, cause like one hundred million people are playing this game. So for me it’s like how real the thing gets depends on how many people are participating in that.

Ryan: I mean I see this sport thing because in one case, for football you have an athlete running across the football field with lots of skill, and in the other you have a guy sitting in a bathroom, smoking a cigarette, playing this game on his phone, are they both athletes? Is it a sport? I don’t know, you decide, but obviously it is very popular, and like I said require skills. So why not?
Heyang: So why not?

Ryan: So why not?

Heyang: But also I’d like to bring in a slightly controversial side of ‘doudizhu’, that is often you know with any poker game, it could be involved with gambling, and gambling is illegal in our country, so now with this national sport be in roll getting involved promoting this poker game. It’s very interesting I’d like to see what the national policy is about on this one.

圆桌的“黄金座位”在哪里?

Sep 6, 2016 561

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The new semester has just started. Lots of teachers have been getting calls from parents – parents say “My kid cannot concentrate, can he be seated in the middle of the classroom location? ""My daughter has myopia; I want her to sit in the middle." "My son got squint a little; can you arrange him to a middle seat?"

[有文稿]如何养成肌肉男神和马甲线女神

Sep 5, 2016 480

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Heyang: We were all born as chubby babies one day, but how come after college graduationor apparently during that period of time in your life, we see more skinny Chinese people as opposed to Western peers? I don't think that has much to do with genetics actually. Ok, guys, yeah so what explains this phenomenon?

Ryan: Well, first of all, I’m pretty sure that you just called me and Bob chubby babies, we were very healthy looking babies, am I right Bob?

Bob: Yes, I was possibly chubby but I totally applaud your right, to say that we were chubby, whether we were chubby or not, is neither here or there. Let’s sort it that one there.

Ryan: Let’s talk about what happens after you know that point when we were a baby, we grow up, and how it’s different from maybe the east and west. Um and I say I think first thing we’ll talk about, and we often just talked about on the show is that, how intense the school is here, and academic is that something is so important for many Chinese students. Young Chinese people preparing for this test, that seems to be the make break for them known as the Gaokao. Well we have something similar towards high school, the SAT, but at the same time in the US, you find the emphasis and the make break of the SAT isn’t really there. It’s something that helps you to get to the better school, but I think you can still manage to get to a good school, doing OK on your SAT. The thing is, in the US, we have in high schools, in middle schools, sometimes in elementary schools, but competitive sports, and we really put an influence on our kids, to go out and try out for sports. Because we believe like maybe makes you a good all-round kid, someone that knows how to compete, be a good sports man, practice good sportsmanship, know how to act in a team, you know inside and outside of a class, and because of this, we see I think in the US at least, a more emphasis on gym culture, in high school and what not.

Heyang: And also I think there’s a huge influence or emphasis in the US, correct me if I’m wrong Ryan, that if you are really good at one sport, then it’s quite easy-er you are to get into a top knot university as there's a lot of sports sponsorships or scholarships? And I think that’s so closely tied to (you know) higher education, and in China, there’s no emphasis as such, and usually the PE classes are considered as a wasted time. There’s better use of that precious time of these young people -- that is to study Math or English or some of the other subjects.

Ryan: Yeah you make a really great point. It’s true that actually I was reading not so long ago about the Olympics and where a lot of the Olympic athletes came from (I think it was) Berkeley, was one of them, I don't remember what the top one was. So these top universities are getting people not necessarily based offtheir academics, but how they perform as athletes. Why? You will find in the US, that many of these athletes bring just as much recognition to the school, and more money to the school than someone who's really good at math or what not. You know a good example is at UNM (University of New Mexico, our basketball team'sgreat, we built a huge new stadium. It was amazing, and the basketball team is very lucrative for my university. It’s a focus.

Bob: But then is that saying that if you are good at sport, then you can't do Math?

Ryan: No, that's absolutely not. But I would say someone who focuses all their time on math, like maybe what you would see here in China, someone focusing on their academics, and then someone splitting that time up between really becoming an Olympic athlete and going to Berkeley, and then competing the Olympics, and also keeping up that academics. It's gonna be harder. One person that is very focused on one thing, that's the academics, the other----it has its balance.

Bob: But I think um I suppose if I could bring in the British dimension here (yes please), because I think when we talking about Americans, I think that's probably all about um you know body building and looking fabulous, and going to the gym, and things like that. If British people I think, you know um are little larger, it's nothing to do with muscles, I think it's just we eat too much. To be honest, ah....

Heyang: And actually yeah I think my initial introduction to this topic was slightly biased, and I did it on purpose, waiting for you guys to catch me actually.

Bob: Suddenly going through colleg, and you know there has to be exams you know, it's comfort to eat as well, because I think we have a big culture that when you get stressed or upset, we go straight to the larder and just eat (we do too, the freshman 13), and eat and eat and eat.

Heyang: Yeah also I think there is this culture aspect to us as well. In China I think the parents don't really think that body building or you know having a good physics or you know playing sport is that important, and often mum says oh that is just playing, you are wasting your time, you are playing, you should be studying. And then also in traditional culture, if not ancient culture, we have this concept of Wen and WU, so it's Civil and Military, and that goes back to thousands of years. And military is usually a connected with maybe masculinity and Wen is more about being a magistrate, and you have a big brain, and the muscles don't really come in to play. People don't really care and that has been associated with also ascetics, what women think is attractive in men as well. So there's a whole concept going on.

Ryan: Yeah I think what we are seeing here in China, in how the typical male and female act in their younger years and academically and sports wise. I think it works for here, passing the Gaokao and becoming successful. Although I think it's a different story in the US, we are kind of um very a culture that does focus on the look, as well as the academics. And um I think you know it's just different, it's just different and you know what there's no right or wrong here, we just see two different cultures and how they play out in the youth.

Heyang: Yeah I think there’s no right or wrong, but there's always one that's attractive in a way. I guess although that's a....

Ryan: What you are trying to say here uh?

Bob: I think she's trending on a very dangerous ground here.

Heyang: Yes, I have some girl friends that like really skinny guys and think that muscles "eww", basically that sums it up. But also there's other girls, like myself, that we think working out is cool, and muscles I think it's sort of like a badge honor in a way, and when I myself is lean, and I've got muscles. I like to be paired up with a guy that got some too. So depends on your own, preference and ascetics, we are not judging at all. And yes it is east meeting west, and I think we are seeing each other and encountering each other so much more. So yeah that's a topic for discussion.

在家上学,进步or冒险?

Sep 4, 2016 1346

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In the spring of 2005, a father’s decision to home school his daughter raised the eyebrows of many at the time. Now, more than 10 years, in 2016, many are curious to see how the once little girl would turn out, only to find that she cannot even pass a middle school level test.

Yet, another case sheds home-schooling in a completelydifferent light. After his son Zheng Yaqi graduated from elementary school, China's "King of Fairy Tales" Zheng Yuanjie dissatisfied withChina’s education system, resorted to home schooling instead.

【有文稿】未录取通知书,感动or失落?

Sep 3, 2016 320

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He Yang:
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen branch sent out close to 2100 denial letters touching the hearts of many students and parents. One parent said here I quote: “I am so touched. The principal has such a big heart. Not getting accepted is regrettable, while receiving the letter is just overwhelming beyond words.” Some students even decided to repeat a year and apply admissions to this university again next year. So I have heard of acceptance letters, but what is a denial letter? And why is it so special?

Ryan:
So basically a denial letter is letting you know as soon as been decided that “Hey, don’ t you have to wait any longer for our words. You didn’t get in and I’m sorry”. And this is very common in the USA. And I think all universities in the US will do this say “We are regretting to inform you” as always how it starts, so when you see those first words, you know how the rest of the letter’s gonna go, but so as I understand people really appreciated this, because they took the time to apply and this guy took the time to send them a message back, saying some really poetic words like “there are neither hard nor easy paths. Life comes with happiness and sorrows”. So he had quite a great speech that he send them in the denial letter and on top of that he also send them a notebook with the university’s logo and like some calligraphy work from him. This being President Xu Yangsheng of the university.

Zhangwan:
That’s really the communication between university and the students who have, you know, although been rejected by the university.

He Yang:
Yeah, first, I was a little surprised, but then did a little bit surveying around. All Chinese colleges said “Yes, I have never heard of a denial letter before”. And here’s something quite interesting. I think it’s for Chinese students, it’s kind of important, cause in the old days when you get rejected from your dream school, what you get? Nothing. So you, the young person who’s waiting to get the acceptance letter would be waiting at your door for months and if you get nothing and then you realize it’s sort of like adding insult to injury that you don’t get any thing and you’ve been waiting for so long. That is… yeah, that’s not very humane I think. So here now maybe there’s a change in things slightly.

Ryan:
Yeah and you know one thing, I’ll say, I don’t think happens in rejection letters in such a personal message from the President and I want to read you the guys a little bit of it, because it touched me. He said, part of the letter from President Xu reads as such: “I hope all of you remember that there’s a long road ahead of you. If we were meant to cross paths one day we will. Gaokao only makes up a small part of your life. Once you turn over a new leaf, you still have your entire life ahead of you waiting to be explored. Please be positive and confident along your journey in life.”

Zhangwan:
What a nice president of university.

Ryan:
I love that. He says you know what, this isn’t the make or a break, this doesn’t decide your life, pick yourself up, dust yourself up, you are meant to do something.

He Yang:
That is so nicely said and I think that’s something, it’s a bit heartwarming. So understand why some of these parents got kind of emotional and students as well, but also I’m puzzled this is something, maybe not so personal, but denial letter, rejection letter written in nice words. That’s something that in the UK, the US, it’s common practice for all universities, but why is it such a novelty in China? And people cry over this, because “Oh, this university so thoughtful for once”.

Zhangwan:
Yeah and because it’s rarely seen here in China.

He Yang:
And why is that? I think sometimes it’s about you know feeling for the other party. I think service needs just one extra little human touch and it can just make things so much better.

Ryan:
Right and I think I can’t speak for China, but being from the US, this is like as I said a common practice. And I think that’s something to do with encouragement. In our culture, if you fail, people don’t put you down. They try to help you say “Hey, you can do better next time and this failure was just a small bump on the path of your successful life story and how you made millions and you’re rich and you’re awesome and we wish that for all of our Roundtable fans.

这是一个有味道的故事。。。

Sep 1, 2016 440

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Watch Out!! This is a smelly discussion!

A college in Southwest China’s Yunnan province is making students pay for restroom use. Every flush of the toilet will be charged with a fee from the student’s pocket.

Will a fee solve the problem of water shortages?

带爱宠去泳池健身纳凉吧!

Aug 31, 2016 371

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A swimming pool for dogs has recently been opened in Chengdu city, southwest China’s Sichuan Province. It has been extremely popular with dog lovers, who now have to make a reservation before visiting. Are the dogs loving it?

内什么,让我先定个1亿的小目标

Aug 30, 2016 537

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Set yourself a small goal of earning "100 million yuan" has become a hot internet topic after China's richest man Wang Jianlin, founder and chairman of Dalian Wanda Group said it on TV. He claimed 15 million USD was a small goal to reach during a show on celebrities' daily lifestyle.

网络直播杀生你看吗?

Aug 28, 2016 762

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Recently, a team broadcasted the hunting and killing of wild animals online, which has attracted over 30,000 fans in the live studio.

Why do people like such a brutal show? Is that illegal?

“包”治百病!非买不可!

Aug 25, 2016 1238

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What sacrifices would you have to make to afford a Chanel's gorgeous le boy, or classic flap, or 2.55 - all glam and chic, and a hefty 5-diget price tag? Some women are willing to have instant noodles for a whole month for a handbag.

The It-Bag is the ultimate 21st- century object of desire, not just for supermodels and celebutantes, but for working women from all walks of life. Why is getting a handbag giving us a bagasm?

【文稿】在外漂,父母勿扰?

Aug 24, 2016 305

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He Yang:
If you live far away from home, you may get homesick and if you feel happy while your parents visiting you. But a recent survey shows that half of young people living outside their hometown in China do not want parents to visit them at all. Why is that? What’s going on?

Yu Yang:
Well, according to a recent survey from the social survey center of China Youth Daily, it shows that 48% of the interviewees living away from home do not want their parents to come to visit them. Over 8% of them said they mind this very much. Among the 2002 interviewees involved, over 54% think lacking time and energy accompanying their parents is the main reason. And 67% respondents believe that people should pay visit to their parents’ home regularly. That makes sense to me. And 64 % of them suggest young people communicate with their parents more often.

Ryan:
Yeah. Mom, I didn’t take part in this survey. Just throwing that out there mom. You know, looking at this, I think on some levels yes, if I am going to be very frank, it makes sense. If your parents come to visit, let’s take me for an example. If my parents come to visit me here in Beijing, I have to take off time, I’m still in Beijing, yet, it’s a new experience for them. You know and of course it’s really nice, I’d love to show them around, she’s been here a couple times. But yeah, at the same time, it is very stressful for you, you know you are showing them around and but they are the tourists, you are not necessarily the tourist. This is your vacation you are using, well, you probably also want to be the tourist during your vacation. I think that’s understandable. But guys, keep perspective these are your parents you wouldn’t be here for them, they love you very much, enjoy the precious moments you get with them and try to put your personal “whatever” aside.

Yu Yang:
Time is just one problem. When your parents come to visit you, they need some place to live, right? So accommodation is another problem. Usually young people working in cities away from home, especially first-tier cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, can only afford to pay the rent of a small apartment. And sometimes they have to share rooms with others. So when the parents come for a visit, it is sometimes embarrassing for them to offer accommodation as their living space is so limited and if you book a hotel, your parents will feel embarrassed too, because they think it’s a waste of money and they think the children are not close to them any more.

Ryan:
Right. Imagine if they come to visit you, you know, they rather be staying with you than at the hotel, then they can spend as much time with you as possible.

He Yang:
Yeah and the part that I can totally understand and I also feel like even through the words when I read on the Internet about some of these young people saying that I feel a little bit ashamed that my parents come to visit me. When they see that this is the lifestyle I’m leading in a big city, it’s sort of like shattering, not only their own dreams, but the dreams of their parents to some extent. I don’ know if it’s just a Chinese thing or not, but often I think for Chinese young people, like we feel so much about what our parents, their expectations are, what they perceive for us and when they come to visit you, they think you made it in a big city, but this is what I have done for myself and that gap between reality and expectation. It just reminds you of your reality. And that’s so not pleasing.

Ryan:
Speaking an ideals though, I think you got so few precious moments on this earth, spend with the people you love, forget about the money, forget about the where their staying. Just as long as you get to see each other, that’s what really matters.

Yu Yang:
And mutual understanding. Get to know each other.

He Yang:
Yes, well you need to talk about your parents even it faces maybe the worst of your fears. Sometimes letting each other know, well just make the pain lessen. That’s what I think.

什么成就了烂片之年?

Aug 23, 2016 775

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Without a doubt, producing high quality films requires interesting plots, casting actors/actresses suitable for the role, good scriptwriters and directors among other things. Yet, movie buffs are saying ratings for Chinese domestically-made films have plummeted significantly this year.

【文稿】20岁穷就要穷一辈子?

Aug 22, 2016 314

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He Yang:
A recent study conducted by the University of Massachusetts in Boston found that climbing up the earnings ladder might be harder than you think. Their results indicated that your first job’s income will determine your level of earnings in the future. So if you start off making little money, chances are you’re stuck there. Well, this is a study that looks at the American’s story, but let’s go through it and see if it makes sense?

Yu Yang:
Well, according to a new study, individuals employed from the 1980s to 2000s are having a difficult time moving up the income ladder in the United States. And according to Michael D. Carr , who did the study, “It is increasingly the case that no matter what your educational background is, where you start has become increasingly important for where you end. The general amount of movement around the distribution has decreased by a statistically significant amount.” Ok, that’s pertinent simple language. The theme of the whole study is if you are poor at 20, you might be poor for your whole life. I hope it’s not true.

Ryan:
Oh, I disagree whole-heartedly with this actually, upon really looking and getting into this research. At least for my point of view, I see this as, you know, this doesn’t even apply to me, because into my twenties, into my mid-twenties, I was pursuing higher education. So I wasn’t really thinking about a job. At the same time, the reason why I think this is happening is because higher education is becoming more and more common. So you need something else to make you stand out. Those middle-class jobs now are harder to get, so if you just had your first job with working at a grocery store, that’s not experience, I’m sorry. If you want that, what we call in the US , a big kidjob, then you need to have experience relevant to that field as well as the higher education. And I think this is becoming something now that people, this is becoming that common knowledge now that people are starting to get.

He Yang:
And also I have a question regarding to the study that is if it looking at the individuals employed from the 1980s to 2000s, and its what year now- 2016, what’s the end job for these people, we haven’t even reached that time slot yet , so I don’t really get that this can determine the end, because we don’t see the end yet.

Ryan:
Yeah, imagine the 1980s to the 2000s, so much has changed in between that time. Take a look at the phone from the 90s to your phone currently now, it’s so different. How we operate, how business is operating, the emergence of apps, the world is changingfolks. So this kind of large datasampling, I also think, could lead to some problems.

He Yang:
And what about the Chinese story here?

Yu Yang:
Er, the Chinese, it reminds me a Chinese proverb like 三十而立,四十不惑. We Chinese usually say that when you are thirty, you must have established your career, your family and when you are forty, you are no longer perplexed to buy any confusion. But I think it applied to the older generation, because nowadays as Ryan said, the higher education is becoming more and more common. In your thirties, you might be pursuing a PHD degree, so it’s normal that you cannot super rich at twenty, because you are still a student and limited financial resources.

He Yang:
That’s true, but also I see that in today’s Chinese society, social mobility has become an increasing stagnant for today’s Chinese young people. And that is a huge social issue actually. Because I think this is not a study, maybe I think we cannot agree whole-heartedly, but I think itpoints are attention to the stagnation and that is a problem.

Yu Yang:
Yes, let me pick one sentence by a netizen, I think it’s very interesting, “Poor at the age of 20 is normal. If you’re poor at the age of 30, you’re not working hard enough and if you’re still poor at age 40, then it’s hopeless.”

Ryan:
Totally agree, twenty to thirty isestablishing yourself. Don’t stress it, enjoy your life, try to establish yourself, get those skills, get that experience, come thirty, that’s when the alarm needs to go off.

He Yang:
Woo, the alarm needs to go off. AndJamie, our Wechat listener says I totally disagree with this. Asmy first job, I was only paid 800 Yuan, but now my current annual income is 500,000.

Yu Yang:
Wow, very inspirational

He Yang:
Yes, that’s from first-hand experience of our listeners.

女排精神,为中国姑娘点赞!

Aug 21, 2016 1237

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By beating the Serbian team in the Rio Olympics' volleyball final, the Chinese women's volleyball team grabbed the gold medal. The Chinese media has been crediting the win with the so-called "Women's Volleyball Spirit".

喝尿包治百病?

Aug 18, 2016 700

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Anyone for a refreshing glass of urine? Maybe not. Some people in China are knocking back urine as a way to cure diseases and to keep healthy. They say it works like magic. Do you believe it?

【文稿】手绘避堵地图K.O.导航APP

Aug 17, 2016 290

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He Yang:
A deliveryman’s hand-drawn maps to avoid traffic jam in Beijing have gone viral. Apparently they are good enough to beat even the most powerful navigation apps. Working as a courier for nearly ten years, Dou Liguo said he has a good understanding of the roads at Wangjing and Sanyuanqiao, so Sanyuan bridge, known for their congestion. So he drew these maps up to help new deliverymen and women to choose the right and most effective roads. Guys, have you checked out these maps?

Yu Yang:
Yes, definitely. And the seven maps are really amazing. The maps include the road names, marks information on possible heavy traffic and the best solutions. As most of the roads go through communities, nameless lanes and parks. This courier use the black lines and red lines to mark landmark buildings and the most time-saving routes respectively. And what’s very interesting is that the courier also marks a dog that suggests, ok, maybe pet dogs might appear on this road.

Bob:
So useful.

Yu Yang:
Yeah! He marked what time usually the square dancing started.

Bob:
That’s a real hazard, isn’t it? If you get caught up in that, that’s you stuck.

Yu Yang:
Yeah. So when during this square dancing time, it’s better not to choose the lanes, it’s better to use the bigger road.

He Yang:
I think that’s so cool. Hat’s off to this guy, this is, hands down, the best map in the world to me.

Bob:
Because you could have kept this to himself, cause he could have just used it for his own benefit, but he seems to make it available to everybody. That’s his dedication, isn’t it? Dedication to helping society, helping people travel around.

He Yang:
And helping people who are newcomers into his occupation. I think that is a very good-hearted person and also just to say how amazing this map is. I don’t think any navigation app out there available at the moment gives such details and you know specific to the area kind of alerts. So this is very, very cool.

Bob:
Certainly, I have never seen an option on the apps to avoid the square dancing or the dogs. And yeah, that’s so crucial.

He Yang;
And why do you think that a man like Mr. Dou what be so honorably dedicated to his line at work?

Yu Yang:
I think there’s a spirit there. And no matter what kind of jobs you do, you treated as your lifelong career and you do your best and you have a future there. So that’s (what) many people lack.

Bob:
I think the biggest thing that worries me is because this map now has gone viral on the Internet, but the problem is so many people will be using it, that these little lanes and these little roads are gonna become so busy. So it almost defeats the object that he’s made it so popular.

Yu Yang:
But these kind of lanes and the small routes may be work for delivery man using like electronic tri-cycles, but not for drivers of cars.

He Yang:
So it still made for the delivery people. Yeah, and it kind moved me when I looked at the map, because these days it’s so hard to get hand-made stuff to start with. And it’s a hand-drawn map and I admire the level of dedication and thought that’s put into his work. And I think for anybody who’s so dedicated into devote it to your line of job, no matter what you do, you will be number one.

Yu Yang:
Oh yeah. And also another point I think this shows with the development of E-commerce, the service industry is becoming more and more standardized. You know there’s agreement between the customer and the courier and the courier try their best to follow the deal and to fulfill the commitment.

He Yang:
And for a day like today when it’s raining and I see delivery guys out there still on the road. You guys are our heroes in a rainy day and in a very modern China today.

【文稿】RT爱宠大机密

Aug 16, 2016 347

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He Yang:
A Sina Shanghai online survey found that close to 50 percent of respondents support pet’s-friendly workplaces. They say allowing pets at work relieves pressure and even spurs creativity. But could your furry friends rub off on coworkers the wrong way? Well, let’s talk about the survey findings first.

Yu Yang:
Yeah, the survey finds that nearly a half of people believe that having pets at work can help employees release intense pressure to stimulate more inspiration. Nearly 30% of online users suggest that pets at work makes working overtime no longer alone and boring, it is also conducive to the relationship between colleagues. However, about 10% of people think the pets will be harmful for the hygienic working environment and they may destroy office facilities sometimes. And 13% of total survey participants simply disagree because they don’t like animals.

Bob:
How can people not like animals? I love animals.

He Yang:
There are people who not like you, Bob.

Yu Yang:
Some people may be allergic to the lovely furry friend.

Bob:
Furry animal, the faces, those beautiful little faces looking at you. How could you not like them when they are so cute?

He Yang:
I know that’s a good point. But what about a lizard or a spider?

Bob:
Or a snake? I’m gonna say this all comes down to I guess, you know, what kind of pet, because lot of pets just aren’t practical in an office scenario or maybe we are talking about a shop or a restaurant, where you can’t really keep a dog or a cat in the restaurant or something like that. But curiously, I’m against the idea.

He Yang:
You are?

Bob:
Totally against the idea of having animals. I love animals so much, but as I want to run home to my pet and it will relax me and get me over the stresses and the strings of the day. But it was interesting one of those statistics, which is 25% suggesting that a pet would make working overtime no longer lonely and boring. Well, how about we don’t have to do overtime? How about we have a good work-life balance? And then we don’t need to have these stress beaters like pets and animals in the office, we just go home and have social life, maybe you know play with our dogs and cats home.

Yu Yang:
Oh, this is ideal situation, Bob, but for news people or other media people, sometimes you don’t know what kind of news is happening and you need to work on it. So sometimes you need to work overtime.

He Yang:
So Yu yang, do you agree with the idea of having a pet at the workplace?

Yu Yang:
I understand people’s love toward animals, but keep your love at your own place, not in workplace, because there might be some people who are allergic to the dog hair or cat hair or other name allergens. So it’s not good for the health of other people. And also there is safety hazard and some people just have fear deep down in their hearts, I’m one of them, ok. When I was a little girl, I was chased by a huge black dog of our neighbour’s, so that has very negative impact on me towards my feelings to dogs when I see a dog, especially large one, I feared. So it might be distraction of people’s work.

Bob:
It could take longer to do your work, because you gonna have to look after the pet, you gonna have to, you know, play with it, feed it, maybe take it for a walk. So you could actually end up with more stress, because you have got less time to do your work.

He Yang:
Or you can go the other way round, that is when you have a furry little being in the office and it comes to, you know, your chair and then you can just rub it and then it goes to the next desk.

Bob:
Sorry, are you describing a pet or Ryan?

Heyang:
I think we have mentioned he’s a tall guy.
So yeah, not the little furry one, which is so cute and some people are saying that having a pet in the office, people sort of forge more trust and more communication between each other.

Bob:
That I can understand.

Yu Yang:
Yeah, pet lovers usually share a lot in common, so it’s easier to build a trust among them.

He Yang:
And also a lot of start-ups, the cool, young companies allow this to attract younger employees and to be more accommodating to their employees. I think that is the gesture that are trying to show. And also there are some other studies saying that when you have a pet in the office, people walk around a lot more. It’s actually good for your health and there also some healthy chemicals that could be released just because you have a pet around, you can enjoy those chemicals at home and at work.

Bob:
We’re going to get a pet. We’re going to have a roundtable cat.

He Yang:
I want a dog.

Bob:
No, we can’t have a dog.

Yu Yang:
It’s a hard decision. It’s a hard decision.

He Yang:
That is a hard decision. And we want your suggestion. So send us a message on Wechat. We are ezfmroundtable, you can find us anytime, anywhere.

手机成瘾or现代生活?

Aug 15, 2016 1168

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Do you find yourself checking your phone first thing in the morning—before even getting out of bed, checking your smartphone while driving, or checking Weibo/WeChat updates during a romantic dinner. If so, then you may have Nomophobia or no mobile phone phobia. It basically means that your phone is interfering with your life and you are addicted.

现实版开心农场

Aug 14, 2016 1218

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In response to China's calls for increasing farmers' income and maintaining agricultural development, Anhui mobile's Chizhou branch and the Dongzhi County's government have worked hand-in-hand in establishing an e-commerce platform for the rural areas.

Combining the usage of internet with traditional farms, they have come up with a strategic plan to raise agricultural standards with modern technology, promoting a new form of agricultural development.

爱她就要给她......

Aug 11, 2016 745

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A recent survey found that 70 percent of married men willingly surrender their payrolls to their wives. Are families happier when the woman is in charge of family coffers?

RT "减肥大法"

Aug 10, 2016 831

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China as nation is going fat! so it's not surprising that weight loss facilities are becoming more popular. However, a report has revealed that many of such organizations do not have the qualification to do the business, and the diet doctors they hire are not professionals as well. How can customers protect their rights?

红到“飞”的拔火罐

Aug 9, 2016 773

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When Michael Phelps won his 19th gold medal at the 4x100 meter freestyle relay, people were wondering: What were those dark red or purple marks on his muscular shoulders?

For the Chinese, these blotches are very familiar. It's the result of an ancient Chinese healing technique called myofascial decompression, or cupping therapy.

【文稿】运动界的表情包

Aug 8, 2016 638

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He Yang:
Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui has become an Internet sensation after a post-match poolside televised interview on August the 8th. You must have come across the millions of memes that features her animated facial expressions. This morning, she’s won the bronze in women’s 100-meter backstroke in Rio, the Olympics. Yes! Guys, tell me more about this lady first, cause she was virtually obscure. No one knew her name until two days ago.

Ryan:
Right, so Miss Fu, the 20-year old athlete, posted a time of 58.95 seconds in the women's 100-meter backstroke semifinal at the Rio Olympics. Fu told the CCTV reporter when she was informed of her result with surprise and delight. " Huh?! 58,95 ? ! I thought I did 59 seconds! Wow! Am I so fast? I'm pretty satisfied." And what a remark saying that so cute. She also said, you’ll have to do the translation for me here, He Yang, but in English "I have used enough power to destroy the world."

He Yang:
Wow, she is like the mighty God. Yeah, she is that to me right now and her original words were 我用了洪荒之力. Wow, that sounds really powerful.

Fang Zhou:
You know in today’s morning show, we actually spend a long time discussing the right and proper translation for 洪荒之力.

He Yang:
We’re just getting ready for roundtable. Slap in the face.

Fang Zhou:
You know 洪荒 literally means a reference to a really historical a period of time, you know, ancient period of time, long time ago.

Ryan:
Flood, correct.

Fang Zhou:
Yeah, that’s true. So my former colleague at CCTV, they have presented one translation says I have been utilizing prehistorical power.

He Yang:
Yeah. I think our translation just one-upped that one. Roundtable rules and rocks.

Fang Zhou:
But just wait and see there are many different translations from our listeners. In the morning show, which was really really fun, one says the chaos energy.

Ryan:
The chaos energy.

Fang Zhou:
Primeval energy, primeval force and power of Chinese gods.

He Yang:
Yeah, that’s colorful.

Fang Zhou:
Yeah, it’s true and I think I have used enough power to destroy the world. That sentence says it all. Roundtable rules, I agree.

Ryan:
It’s a very strong sentence. I’m right there with you guys. But what I really liked was when asked if she had high expectations for the finals, Fu answered with a bright smile “ Not at all, I am already very satisfied with my results”. And I love that, because you know what the point of playing sports isn’t just to win. It’s to have fun and be a good sport and sportsmanship makes sports fun for everybody who’s playing it. And you know apparently people agree with me, guys, because Fu’s followers on Weibo have surged from 56,000 to more than 2 million. So other people agree with me. She’s obviously in the spotlight right now. Maybe you guyscan talk more about why she’s got so many Weibo followers.
He Yang:
Yeah, why is she so popular? She totally stole the thunder from Wu Minxia, she’s an awesome athlete as well. She’s just collected her fifth and I think she probably will collect some more in the very near future. And there is Sunyang, who’s also an awesome athlete, gold medalist, just this morning, I think. He did it again. But people’s hearts go to this lovely girl that people don’t even care if she gets a medal or not, I think, after she’s entered the final. And that is so new and different. The public mood that I’m getting right now. And Ryan, I think you make a really good point that sports is not about to be wining what. That’s not what we used to think for sure.

Ryan:
You know, also I think this is a specific case that I think is really interesting. You know when we think of Olympic sports, we don’t think the actual individuals that are doing this or they’re playing a sport. Many times we think the countries, like, oh, it’s China verse, you know the US verse, England verse, Russia verse. All these different countries swimming in the pool. Yet, when we see them on the individual level and when we see that there’s more to themthan just, you know, that swimmer, but they have their personality. Once we get to see that, we can see that they’re just like us. We can relate to them and love them, just like we love our friends, just like we love our family. And so, you know, looking at this meme of this really awesome swimmer. She’s an awesome swimmer, but acting just like everyday person. Who can’t relate to that and who wouldn’t love it? That’s what I’m saying.

Fang Zhou:
Yeah, I totally agree with Ryan on this case. I think Fu’s image is one hundred percent against the stereotypical image of an athlete, especially in China. Think aboutit. If you are an athlete that represents your country at the Olympic games, you are interviewed by the national television network, it adds a lot of pressure and you must be serious. I mean that’s huge. You’re representing your country and you will be all of the places in your country on TV. I guess that’s what makes so much pressure on those athletes. And what I love Fu Yuanhui’s best is also that she acts just like normal 20-year old girl. And what I love the best of her comments is that “ I’m already very satisfied with this result”. She didn’t say if she had any expectations on the finals the next day. But with that line, I definitely know that she’s gonna give her best in the next day’s final. And that’s the best explanation of sportsmanship at Olympic games. You know, just give your best every time and just don’t think about the competetions, don’t think about the trash talks or just succeeding like you did last time with a better result. You just do it and give a lot you can. That’s what we enjoy the most on the pitch, in the pool.

Ryan:
Exactly. This is once in a lifetime thing, you are one of the few, the chosen, to compete for your country and games that unite us all, like what an honor. So everybody is a winner, in my opinion. And I think it’s also so cool she’s now known as the comedian of the swimming profession. But when asked why she got the bronze in the 100 meter backstroke. You know sayingthings like, “ Oh, because my arms are too short”. I think that’s funny and you know that proves she’s got a sense of humor. She didn’t take this lost personally. She just take it as you know like “ oh, I’m happy to be here and I’m gonna make a joke. And everybody likes people like that. That don’t take life so seriously, but can learn to enjoy it, even when you are not with on top.

He Yang:
That is so true, Ryan, and so many of us, Chinese people, we want that, we want that care-free spirit, we want that we are among the best inwhat we do and we can laugh at our wins and loses, but so rare is that actually done in real life, so I think when people see that this Olympic bronze’s winner now can do that in front of the camera and you can tell that she’s not acting, you know, it’s all natural. That is like a breath of fresh air and I remember throughout those years when I watching the Olympics, when a Chinese athlete managed to get the gold medal and the way they react in front of the camera always thought…..

FangZhou:
I did this for my country.

He Yang:
Ok, I did this for my country, thank my coaches, the party, my government and my country again and that’s pretty much it. I used to think they are like robots, they are not like everyday people. And then there is just tad of sadness that invades my heart, because I feel this is not a real person. Why are they reacting like that in front of the camera. There must be other reasons why they are acting this way and the more you think about that, (that greatenly ) saddens me as I grow older to understand this system a bit more. But here, look at Fu Yuanhui. Look at her and I think every generation needs our ownheroes. And in 2004, when Liu Xiang broke the world record with what he does best. I think that energized the nation and it fulfilled that nationalistic greedthat people needed at that time. And in 2008, when Beijing held the Olympic games, I think it was, maybe the highlight of modern China and history.

Fang Zhou:
Yeah, it was a collective presentation.

He Yang:
Exactly. And then I think people have had that peak time. Now, maybe it’s a good thing that we are becoming more in touch with our human side of things. It’s this girl that she’s giving all she can into a game. And she’s doing it with that bright smile. Well done to you, Fu Yuanhui. And I think you are the idol of this era.

【文稿】满足你的YY——同人小说

Aug 7, 2016 420

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He Yang:
Fanfiction or 同人小说 is when someone takes either the story or characters of a certain piece of work, whether it is a novel, TV show, movie, and just creates their own story based on it. It is often inspired by fans who feel that the plot is incomplete or just want to see a happy ending between their favorite characters. Why is fanfiction so popular in China?

Niu Honglin:
Well, according to some writers that the reason they write fanfiction is purely from the love and a feeling of regret for the characters. Basically, people are starting to read or see some TV show, movie, et cetra and they feel like they want to see more, they want to know more about the beloved character. And that is sometimes when they step in and make their own plot here. And Jin Jiang Wen Xue Cheng is a popular fanfiction site for probably female audiences more likely. And it hosts a third Authors’ Forum on anniversary this year and hundreds of authors are coming from different parts of the nation to attend this meaningful event to meet and greet their fans. And those authors includes those that write fanfiction, maybe only fanfiction.

Ryan:
You know I get this, ok, I do, guys. Although I’m not, I don’t know.

He Yang:
Do you? Are you too cool us, Ryan? Niu Honglin and I He Yang, we’ve read these things

Ryan:
Alright. Can I finish?

He Yang:
Sure, go ahead, sorry to intrude

Ryan:
Harry Potter, alright, I’m not following this whole Voldemort Harry Potter, Ithink that’s some weird stuff going on. But hey, if it floats your boat, I don’t judge. But one thing that always starts honestly should have happened and aroad, I would like to be seentaken is Harry Potter and Hermione, dude, I want to see them get together. I thought, even J.K. Rowling, I believe that she had commented after finishing these series that it was a mistake to have Harry and Ginny end up together. And actually she would rather head it the other way around with Harry and Hermione. So I can see how the allureof fanfiction could come into play here. But also I can see the problems with copyright, guys, because sometimes, this is somebody else’s intellectual property. It wouldn’t have come to fruition, if J.K. Rowling had it thought of the universe Harry Potter. So I think, A. if you make money off this, you need to at least pay some kind of royalty and have an agreement with that person, you created this universe or otherwise just offer for free. That’s my twocents.

Niu Honglin:
Yeah, there are some fanfictions that they use characters from other novel and they started to have their own story in the completely different time and different place and when the story is very popular,they started to make it, make it to change the name of the character and publish the story. I’m talking about 50 Shades of Grey here.

Ryan:
You mean 50 Shades of Gross.

He Yang:
Ok. Some of the stuffs is a little bit off limits

Niu Honglin:
I’m not promoting or against anything, I’m just trying to say that 50 Shades of Grey is originally a fanfiction from the Twiliight series. So you can see that some of the fanfictions are actually what you have said they use the same universe, they’re using the same characters to develop different kind of story. But it is possible that they just, because their love for the characters are too huge that they just using the character to start another story.

He Yang:
Yeah, I can totally relate tothat character pairing is the technical phrase for it and it is the most essential part of fanfiction that gets all the fans, like I have said in Slam Dunk, Liu Chuanfeng has to be paired with Xian Daozhang.

Niu Honglin:
I can totally see that it’s justso hot.

He Yang:
Exactly. He does not belong to any girl.

Niu Honglin:
No, no, no, no.

He Yang:
So is that a kind of passion that I think fans get so much fun reading from another fan, that’s writingthis, answering to our desires.

Ryan:
I get vibe that this has a very big like desire and people really, girls seem to really like this for the pairing possibilities.

He Yang:
Don’t gender stereotype

Ryan:
Ok, fine. But I mean you just mentioned 50 Shades of Gray and Twilight. Ok. Fist of all, I will admit, I have seen Twilight, ok, with guy friends in a movie theater. Ok, I’m not proud of it, but I had to see whatall the rage was about. Ok, yes. But I think I only saw the first two, but I never seen 50 Shades of Gray. I know my mom and my sister love it and talk about it for hours, but at the same time I have heard what it’s about and it’s not for me, so I can’t, definitely can’t tell if the two are related, cause I don’t know them well enough. But if people are getting so much enjoyment out of it, is it such a bad thing? That’s my question.

He Yang:
It can’t be a bad thing.

Ryan:
It can’t be a bad thing. 50 Shades of Gross, come on, people love it.

Niu Honglin:
Ok, about the thing you have mentioned about, a copy issue everything. I’d like to say that it is actually a fact that most of the fanfiction writers don’t get paid or publish their works. They’re just doing this, sometimes from pure love. But if it got really popular, I do think there should be a standardized procedure that allows you to discuss with your original writer and talk about things, make arrangement, make deal out of somewhere to make sure you’re getting paid in a good way.

Ryan:
Yeah, I think if you are writing a good fanfiction and offering it for free. Eventually, you know you’ll get following and then wants you write an original content, maybe you could make money off of that. So I think it’s a good way to begin as an author.

He Yang:
Yeah and we have seen there some successful examples of fanfiction writers become real writers and understand there’s a lot of junk out there. But when it’s free, that’s what you get and also that is, I think the beauty of the Internet that anybody could technically, I mean publish online, but whether you be able to gain that huge group of followers and capitalized on that, it takes a lot more work and also get the legal issues sortedout before hand.

即将离去的早餐车

Aug 4, 2016 672

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For many office workers, buying a bottle of soybean milk and some steamed buns at the closest breakfast stall is a routine to start the day. Recently, the Beijing municipality has announced that downtown Beijing will phase out breakfast carts. How are you going to get affordable breakfast?

是学霸,也会赚钱!

Aug 3, 2016 687

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China's top-achieving high school students have started using their own knowledge to earn money following the Gao Kao, also known as "The National Higher Education Entrance Examination" where students have to take in order to be admitted to universities.

“解暑神药”然并卵?

Aug 2, 2016 1042

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This summer is hot! A large part of a China has been experiencing temperatures above 40 degrees, a sunstroke prevention guide has been publicized by China Central TV. Huoxiang Zhengqi Liquid, a familiar drink for Chinese people that is said to treat heatstroke, is on the list. However, is this treatment really effective?

【文稿】挑内衣内点事儿

Aug 1, 2016 378

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Ryan:
No one better actually can describe those differences than you He Yang. Do tell me in your mind the difference between lingerie and underwear.

He Yang:
Oh! Actually it’s quite simple. A lingerie is definitely a piece of underwear but it is (fancier) usually come with (hefty’er ) price tag and underwear is just an undergarment. It’s more ( generic) term. Often it is a lot more economical and we were talking about today is that apparently high-end lingerie sales are outpacing China's generally downbeat luxury market, and there is a heating up competition between international centers and local rivals that are looking to go to this up market area. Yeah, for ladies it’s a bit of a paradox. On the one hand, we are spending more; On the other hand, we are complaining that the purchasing experience and the whole thing all together kinda sucks.

Ryan:
Oh, right! You know the reason why I ask you to define the two is because according to Mintel Group, US brand Victoria's Secret has opened more stores, and companies including Italy's ultra-luxury La Perla and Germany's Triumph are adding stores too to the 18 billion dollars industry lingerie markets specifically here in China. That’s doubled in five years. So people are really buying underwear apparently. The thing is I don’t think they are just buying underwear but they are buying lingerie and the difference is that seduction aspect of it. It’s underwear to be sexy, right?

He Yang:
Oh, yeah! That’s a pretty good way that you find I guess. Yes, there is one notion from the guy that think, you know, it’s sort of dressing up to please your lover. But I think there is more to it. I think when you dressing in nice lingerie or just nice underwear, fancy stuff the girl’s like, you know with thelaces and things. It makes you feel confident. It makes you feel sensual and it doesn’t have to always have to do with some guy.

Ryan:
But what part, I mean, like let’s look at the average amount of money. Do you think like women are going to Victoria’s Secrets to just buy everyday use underwear. Probably not. There is lot of wear there happens probably on that underwear. When they go, they probably and I know in the US, many guys do go with their girlfriends. Because they want their boyfriends’ opinion and I see no problem in that. It’s because the two people that are gonna be looking at them, you know, whatever about them. Those two people want to have a ( say in it) . I think there is nothing wrong with that.

He Yang:
I don’t think there is anything wrong with that, either. But Niu Honglin, what you think?

Niu Honglin:
Well, I’m trying to not jump in, but it’s like this is not the kind of conversation people usually have about.

He Yang:
Really? Let’s be friends. Let’s talk about her deepest desires.

Niu Honglin:
I can only assume that those couples that do not want purchase their lingerie together. It is possible that the girl trying to surprise her boyfriend. It is possible that she’s just buying it for her, like you said, it makes her happy. Maybe you like it, maybe you don’t like it. I don’t care. I think I look good in it, it’slike everyday clothes. It’s the same thing. Don’t make such a distinguish, just because it’s underwear. And maybe it is possible that the guy is shy. He doesn’t want to step into such store. There are so many possibilities.

He Yang:
En, interesting.

Ryan:
I will say that in the research we have done, guys, you know La Perla, never heard of this lingerie store. But apparently it’s a big one.

He Yang:
Oh, it’s really nice, really fancy.

Ryan:
I am not a big fan of Vitoria’s Secret and I think they are cool. Anyway, around 2000 yuan is how much one of their bras which price at. That’s apparently normal. So 300 hundred dollars, ladies, I feel for yeah. You know what, if you shopping at these stores for your guys. You need to be pulling money out of their pockets too. This is just as much as involving them. And you know, making, it’s good for your sex life in general. So make them have a say. Make them at least fork over some of these cash, cause 300 dollars dangh.

He Yang:
Yeah, that’s a lot of money. Ok, I like the last part of the argument. I should totally be involved in paying for that. But there’s also this other side that as a woman, I’m gonna share with the world today. That is girls. It is so important to get the right piece of underwear or lingerie. Because, ok, here is a problem actually. Cause a lot of Chinese girls, you don’t know what fits you well, you don’t know, you might not even know what your correct size is. I know a lot of our listeners are young and you should definitely go into one of the brick and morterstores that sell lingerie or underwear and have a professional (help you ), although that professional could be a Dama sometimes, so middle-aged lady. She can be very overly friendly sometimes, in truth, maybe, but you need her help. So figure out your right size and it will help you in life and you feel so confident and your posture is improved, so go for it ladies.

【文稿】你会把老公存起来吗?

Jul 31, 2016 467

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Heyang: Apparently, girls love shopping. But boys don't necessarily. Dragging a reluctant man with you can diminish the pleasure of shopping. It can be suffering for the man as well. A so-called "Husband storage" might be a solution to this dilemma as some shopping malls are offering the service right now here in China. Tell me a little bit more about storage of the man.

Ryan: Absolutely, because we men are offended, ok? We are offended that you will store us and I am proposing girlfriends storage for when guys want to play video games with their buddies and the girlfriend doesn't want to play video games with the buddies, so you store your girlfriend somewhere.

Bob: This is warfare. This is war of the sexes. You are breaking up before our eyes.

Ryan: But let me talk about what is actually happening in the mall in Fuzhou that is getting famous online because a literally husband cloakroom. It's a place for men can sit down take a little rest, read books, look magazines, in charge mobile phone, free WiFi is available and so basically this is getting a lot of hype, some of the ladies really like this kind of romanticism of them being able to shop and not have their boyfriend trail behind me like "Are we done yet?" "Are we done?" And they can be as free as they want while the guy does his WiFi and whatever he wants to do in a room with other guys.

Heyang: Yeah, Ryan, I cannot believe that you think this is girls just ditching their beloved significant other, and so she can enjoy her shopping. It's not about that at all. It's about thinking for your significant other. Do you honestly wanna be dragged around looking at shoes and dresses? We are sparing you time and honoring your wishes, so you can look at your phone which you really wanna do and not the pretty dress I'm right now.

Ryan: You know what? I disagree. I would love to go around with my girlfriend in do shopping and tell her what I think looks good and have a say on maybe some of the wardrobes she picks. And at the same time, I'm realizing that guy at least in the relationship when you working the nine to five Monday through Friday. When you go out on the weekend, that's your time to spend time together, quality time and even when she's shopping and even when you are shopping, you can be talking and catching up on all these the gossip or whatever happening at work, just sharing those moments together that you don't get throughout the week. That's my personal view on it. I think it is kind of things promote and I was just talking to a friend about it the other day, promotes this kind of weird phenomenon that's happening now. You go to a restaurant, you see two, a couple sitting down and instead of enjoying each other's accompany, they are enjoying their mobile phone and they are doing things, they just eating in complete silence. When I see that, what I told my friends was why go out to dinner, why even being in a relationship. I feel like relationships are enjoying each other's accompany. I believe something like this promotes kind like "ok, I am done with you, I am gonna use like money and go buy stuff and when I need that, you can come to me and buy my stuff."

Bob: I feel as I am intruding on a private argument, but going back to, I sort of want to know, do women really care what their husbands or boyfriends think of the dress that they are going to buy and do the men in those relationships, do they really have an opinion? I think this is the big problem. Is it worth having your husband or boyfriend with you while trying to buy something which is really crucial.

Heyang: I'm so glad you ask that question, Bob.

Ryan: Dang-it, Bob.

Bob: I want more money, pay me!

Heyang: I thought I was the one that's gonna get the extra cash after the show from Bob and now maybe the table has turned. Yes, that is a very valid question and look at the designers, there usually homosexual manner or women and these are the people understand what looks good on women.

Bob: So you need to take your best gay friend with you.

Heyang: If you have a gay bestie, then yeah, he is a god send gift to you and what about your straight boyfriend or husband? Do they understand fashion? Do they understand what looks good on woman? I have some serious doubts. So basically it depends on who you are dressing up for?

Ryan: No, but we understand. I got chip in for my fellow guys out there. No, but we understand that we love you and we wanna spend time with you. Being a girlfriend and sometimes that means not with doing which you wanna do, in which case that could be the guy playing video games and the girl doing something like shopping. Relationship are give and takes and I think this kind promotes some weird compromises, spend time with your loved one, even when they are not doing something you necessarily are excited about. Suck it up!

Bob: I think, can I put my psychology hat on here? Can I? Very serious. Do you think you like it? It's very me. I think that's, one of the problems here is why are people staying closely, so closely together? And it might be, because the lady in this relationship wants to keep on an eye on the man to make sure, you know, he may have gone to the husband cloakroom and he maybe playing video games, who knows?

Ryan: They need had a camera system so you can watch your husband as you shop.

Bob: You need to be able to monitor exactly where he is, because as soon as the lady goes to choose the dress, the husband's left the husband's cloakroom and he is going to do something more interesting.

Ryan: That's enough out of you, Bob.

Bob: I just know your secrets.

Ryan: But might you know, one of the netizens say why would the boyfriends even, why would they just stay home and I take that step further. Why you are in a relationship? If you are not spending time together doing something she likes to do, then I think this is a serious problem in your relationship. She should be doing some of the things you're interested in, you should be doing somethings she is interested in. I think it's healthy compromise in a relationship. That's what I'm saying.

Heyang: Yes, but you're sharing a life together, you're sharing a lifetime together, there's plenty of time to do stuff together.

Bob: And choosing a dress can feel like a lifetime.

Heyang: Says the man in the room and that's exactly why we wanna leave you in the storage or at home.
Ryan: Jesus, low blow, low blow.

Bob: That's it. You cross the line.

Heyang: Oh, dear! Our wechat listeners have so much to say about this. There're a few guys that are saying I would love to be in that storage with wifi. And being dragged around when you need to tell the lady whether she looks good or not and they always look the same. Thank you guys for telling the truth.

【文稿】出租校园卡有风险!

Jul 31, 2016 254

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感谢热心听友“吕欣欣”帮忙听写本篇文稿!正确率很高哦~

Heyang: It's summer vacation time. Most students are away from campus. It's also the time when the business of student card's rental is in high demand. Why the people outside the universities want to rent student cards? What's going on here, guys?

Yuyang: Well actually, if you search the canteen cards or campus cards on websites like 58.com, ganji.com, douban.com, you can find a lot of information regarding this. And the students' cards, especially from the prestigious universities, like Peking University or Tsinghua University, are very popular. And the price is astonishingly expensive and the highest price can reach 1500 yuan a month. And no bargain on the price is accepted.

Heyang: But what are these student cards used for? Why can it be so expensive just for rental?

Ryan: Well I mean, apparently they can get into libraries, dorms; they can get into the canteens, classroom buildings. So if you rent this card, you can actually get access to so many places. And you might be asking, ”but don't cards have pictures and information pertaining to the specific card-holder?” While many times as I understand universities, the checking process of the card is just as simple as swiping in and you go on your way. So I just think that this really jeopardizes the people that aren't renting their cards out. There's perverts there's crazy people out there and though we found in our sources that post-graduate people seem to be the main users of these kind of cards, as they want the facilities to study here at night opening at dormitories and gyms. Who's getting these cards, you know. It's not a good idea.

Heyang: It's a huge safety issue.

Yuyang: Yes, definitely, you don't know what kind of person you are renting your card to. What if he or she breaks into the dorm buildings, because with the cards you can enter the library, dorm or classroom buildings which will bring a lot of risks to the personal and wealth security of other students.

Heyang: And also I know another reason why these student cards are pretty popular among people is that you can get pretty good food from school canteen, cafeteria at a super low price. And how and why are these prices so cheap?

Ryan: but it's government subsidies that [let you](Heyang: Exactly!) get that cheap. And then you're taking advantage of a system that is used for college kids. It's not right. I don't like this program. And you know what? If I…(Heyang: It's not a program, by the way. it's a scheme.) Scheme, sorry, yes, scheme, good job. I don't like it. And if I caught you because you know what, some of the people who are renting it out aren't just students, they are university stuff. So if I caught these people doing it, I will kick him out of the university. GOODBYE!!!

Yuyang: Okay, that might be one of the good solutions. [The stuff needs to be punished] as warning to students or university stuff who are renting their cards. During the summer vacation, the school canteens are still open but there are fewer people eating at the canteen. But is there somewhat a little bit of a waste if people are not using it?

Ryan: I think actually, yes. You know, you could give special cards that would identify a person as their correct identity and limit their access so that they can't be allowed in the dorms but still during these summer holidays so the school can maybe make some extra money while the majority of the students are gone. They can use some facilities and help the universities stay in business.

Heyang: Yeah, do it the right way, under the sun. Don't allow this kind of shady business happen under the table. And also for the students, how can you make sure that you get your card back when you wanna be back in campus? I really wanna know.

感觉身体被掏空

Jul 28, 2016 352

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A song called "So Far, the Sofa is So Far" has become a new internet hit overnight, dominating Chinese social media. It describes the feeling of your body is hollow for the reason of working overtime. Why is the song so popular?

HPV疫苗,男女都要打!

Jul 27, 2016 625

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Recently, an HPV vaccine Cervarix has been approved by the China Food and Drug Administration. The move has been supported by medical professionals as HPV vaccination could significantly reduce the incidence of cervical cancer. How useful will it be in protecting female health? Also, can men benefit from it too?

It shall become the first HPV vaccine entering China's market in 2017.

北极熊的悲伤有谁懂?

Jul 26, 2016 896

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A polar bear has been called the saddest polar bear in the world by many Chinese internet users, as he lives in an aquarium in a Guangzhou shopping mall.

老虎袭人谁该反思?

Jul 25, 2016 852

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A woman was mauled to death and another injured by a tiger's attack when they exited their car in the middle of a wildlife park in Beijing. Who should be held responsible for the tragic incident?

【文稿】高大上的地铁商务舱

Jul 24, 2016 408

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【感谢热心听友“张惠云”帮忙听写本篇文稿!正确率很高哦~】

HY: The newly opened Shenzhen metro line 11 seeks mark contrasts between economy class and business class in terms of passenger flow. The business class subway price costs 3 times more than the norm. This has triggered heated public debate on equality and social stratification. Guys, tell me more about this business class carriage first in Shenzhen.

YY: The Shenzhen Metro Line 11 was launched on June 28 this year. It was the first subway line in China that offers business class carriages to passengers. Ok the proportion is like this, there are total 8 carriage of its subway train, 6 are economy class carriages with normal prices, and the rest 2 are the business class carriages, which we are going to talk about today. As we all know, like bullet trains or airplanes, space in the business class carriages is much larger and there is also space for putting bags above passengers’ head. It is the same case with this business class carriage in Shenzhen subway line 11. And the price is, of course, accordingly, more expensive than normal ones. It’s three times of that for economy classes. However not many people are using it. There are very few people sitting in the business class, and it’s still very crowd in the economy class. So it is triggering heated debate.

Ryan: You know, first of all, I love it * 5. There is a couple of things that need to be said here. This was actually announced by the municipal government four years ago, that this would be happening, that a business class would be set up. So uh these people are there getting upset. They knew four years ago that this was the plan. Another thing to keep in the mind is this subway, as I understand, is also an airport express line. So let’s look at Beijing, if you take the airport express line, how much is it guys, it’s 25 you know, yuan. So it’s more expensive if you wanna go to the airport in multiple places, not just in this scenario. And you know what, in every portion or part of our society, whether be airplanes or, not even travel-related things, restaurants, there is this VIP, there is this part of something in services where you can get extra. And I think that’s ok, you know I personally think so. But what do you think yuyang?

YY: I think it’s offering people more choice, it is a good thing because there’re some people who have extra needs like old people, like pregnant woman, or people who taking babies…

HY: And they need to pay more? Shouldn’t they automatically get a seat?

YY: They should pay more for the better service. And yeah, it is a good thing to people offered with diversified services.

HY: Oh I can’t argue against that, Yuyang. That is really taking words out of my mouth but I can argue against Ryan Price because… correct me if I am wrong, our dear listeners coz I’ve only got this of Weibo according to some people from Shenzhen, they say with this new line yes you can say that there supposed to be airport express way of subway. But actually it’s not. In Beijing, with the express subway going to the airport, you only have three stops. But what was going on in Shenzhen, the so called express subway, this carriage line we are talking about right now, is stops at like 10. So you haven’t even gotten the express service maybe you’re paying extra for. But you’re paying for those more spacious seats. And that’s my question, shouldn’t the subway be a public good. That is a kind of public service, that whoever, as a citizen of this country, or of that city had pay tax to should get that service equally.

Ryan: Then explain the Beijing airport line, why is it 25 RMB if it’s a public service. Why is it so expensive? It still does have two stops before you get to the airport.

HY: Because it’s made with different kind of material, it’s a different kind of variation of the subway. So I think cost is more expensive and everybody is paying the same.

Ryan: Right, it only make sense to me that if I am getting on a subway that has more stops than this Beijing stop. Paying that amount of money and sitting comfortably for a longer period of time. That make sense to me because the subway ride is long. And you said that this the Beijing subway only has two stops. But it’s actually in a ground scheme of things of a very long distance to travel. You’re still be time wise in there for a while. And this built to be more comfortable. So I can understand how part only two cars of a total of 8 cars is made for those people who have to sit there for longer, and have luggage and need that extra room because maybe they are going to be traveling. So you only have two cars that made for those people that probably going to the airport, the rest are for those people has been getting off stops on their way so it make senses to me.

YY: Yeah sometimes the separation of functions is more efficient for the public transporters. I can see the one point of the controversy, is that this kind of business carriages are built to use the public money and now it’s serving a limited amount of passengers who are willing to pay more. So people are not comfortable with this. So some people are questioning that why aren’t those money put into areas which can serve all instead of serve a number of privilege.

YY: Yeah it’s takes longer time so people choose the quicker way. They enjoy pre-service.

【文稿】小娃儿们都在学英语

Jul 24, 2016 436

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Heyang: A survey has found around 70 percent of respondents say that Chinese children begin learning English right before school age and of course we want to know if that is a good time to start learning a foreign language? Guys, let's start with the survey and its results first. Does it make any sense to you?

Bob: I think well 59.4% of respondents started learning English between the ages of 3 and 5 while 7.8% of those surveyed began studying before the age of 3. I think that figure is the one that worries me slightly because this is learning another subject which I'm guessing that they would not necessarily need in daily life. I'm making a distinction there because where I come from a lot of people learn 2 languages at the same time in the home and they use both languages together equally. So perhaps in the home they'll use one language, they'll walk to a shop and use a different one, then they go to school and use their first language again. So that to me is a natural way of learning languages because you are using it on a daily basis. It's not learning a subject. It is something which you are taking as part of yourself.

Xu Qinduo: Speaking from this point of view basically; it's not really about learning English before the school age. It's about learning any subject before the school age. Is that a good thing? Is that proper? That's the question! Of course we have to realize that cases are different from one another, they vary. Some cases, they probably have the language aptitude so probably it is easy for them to pick up a new language by watching TV or by listening to stories. It's easy for them! For others, probably later stage is better for you to pick up a new language. But in general I think that there is a bit over-emphasis for Chinese parents in terms of having their kids learn English or other subjects.

Heyang: But, why are Chinese parents so eager in pushing their kids to start learning something from the tender age of 3? How is that?

Xu Qinduo: I think it's based on this popular understanding which is not necessarily correct, the earlier the better. It's like in a competition where when you start first, you gain the advantage here.

Bob: It's about parents wanting the best for their children. I guess they feel that learning English is going to give them a good start. They are going to have to learn it at some point anyway. Later on, they need to pass exams before they get anything else. So, I can understand that. I think I saw a survey somewhere that suggested if you start learning 2 or 3 languages at the same time, you never really get the depth of any one language. There's only so much you can take in. So it might look good if you are bilingual or maybe trilingual but the depth of the language is not so much as if you were learning or studying one.

Xu Qinduo: Definitely. I tend to agree with that because it takes a lot of time to learn another language. If you are learning a third language, you don't have enough time to go deep in your native language in your first language say written literature.

Bob: So, the first language is going to miss out?

Xu Qinduo: Yeah, miss out, sacrifice to some degree. Also, learning 2 languages at the same time also you can see that they usually react a bit slower than it appears. But, ultimately as time goes on, they will pick up and basically have a good command of both languages. Good command to a degree, remember, what is a good command of language? Is it about you're able to say "Hi" or "Good Morning" or daily conversation or you are involved in academic discussions or you can write novels using both languages. It's about really the standards.

Heyang: Yeah and if the parents have that kind of standards, they're asking for too much I'd say. I think for parents, yes they want the best for their kids and especially when it comes to learning a language, you can learn so many different other skills but when it comes to languages, there seems to be a common perception that the earlier you start the better secured you are in success of managing, mastering that language as you grow up. What do you guys think of that?

Xu Qinduo: I think so in the sense that's right. A lot of research has shown that if you want to learn a new language, younger age is a better choice than say if you start from the age of 20.

Heyang: Yeah…What do you think Bob?

Bob: I was going to say, I keep on quoting studies that I don't know the name of but I'm going to say them anyway. One they've decided that if you learn a language, it actually helps you learn other things because you're learning something which has a flexible structure. But, also if you learn math which has a defined structure, that helps the brain. So, I'd like to see kids in primary school, the first school that they go to learning a language and I'd like to see them learning mathematics as well. I just think those are the 2 things that will put them in a good place for the rest of their life, for the rest of their education.

Heyang: Yeah, I think actually I was trying to get at was if you start early, which you would be able to get that success in that language actually isn't the answer is no for me as I've actually done a little of my own research and surveying around people that I know who started learning a foreign language when they were really young often because their parents were working in a different country. So, they brought their kids with them and yes, when you're so young at 3 or 4 years old, you're starting that language acquisition process. Our brains work like sponges and it's so easy to take it in. But, is it so easy to keep it? That is a completely different story. So, more importantly is it about as we grow up, during the process of that, you still studied really hard.

Xu Qinduo: Keep on

Heyang: Keep going! That's the success to mastering a language and so many of our listeners have been asking me: "How did I do it?" I feel flattered. Yes, I started at 6 in the U.S. but then it was years of hard work of devotion into the language I loved that is English.

Xu Qinduo: Hard work is the key.

Heyang: I guess so. And also, you know what, listening to Roundtable and that's how you improve and maybe one day you can even become a host on an awesome show called Roundtable.

朋友圈测试为啥这么火?

Jul 21, 2016 693

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The latest fad on Wechat moments or friend circles is this: once you've entered your name and birthday, various tags of your personality traits such as "optimist", "sensitive," and "self-healer" will be put into one picture summary. Of course, in order to see this summary, you have to forward it to your friend circle.

But why is it so popular?

举报精神病能赚钱?

Jul 20, 2016 1381

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Local authorities of Shuanliu district in Chengdu, Southwest China&`&s Sichuan Province, will soon be tracking the mentally ill by offering a financial reward of 350 Yuan to local residents who provide tip-offs about people behaving abnormally.

The announcement has been met with divided reaction and fiery debate on privacy and rights.

【文稿】聊天,意会很重要!

Jul 19, 2016 381

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Heyang: A sincere invitation to meet up will be included in a busy schedule even if it means making time in between lunches and business conferences. If whoever's on the other end of the conversation not giving you an exact date but rather a "Let's meet sometime, another time" you may be on the receiving end of a polite declination, that is called "改天再约噢". So guys, how is the phase "改天再约" or "another day we meet up", how should we interpret it?

Liu Yan: Well, I think the easiest way to interpret this thing is basically "let's say goodbye and that's it."

Heyang: Hahahahaha… So cruel.

Bob: Well it's cruel whichever way you say. I mean you could come out to it and just say "Look, I don't want to talk to you again. I can't help you, go away", or you could say "Oh yeah, let's meet up another day". So it means the same. So I still think, even if you just say "let's meet another day", it's just as cruel, because you know what's being said, in the back of your mind you know what's being said.

Heyang: Should we comfort the sensitive souls and broken hearts of people that say "I was expecting another day will come and it never comes."

Liu Yan: Well, there are people like that. I certainly think of that Chinese phrase "too young too simple." Hahahaha, 太傻太天真. So sometimes you just have to know that, certain things are not meant to be taken literally. So when people say that, that just means "let's say goodbye" and that's it.

Bob: I think it gets more complicated, doesn't it? Because it's what is intended by somebody saying "let's meet another day" and what people perceive from that. Because sometimes even if I would say "we'll meet another day" meaning "we'll never gonna meet again. Thanks, goodbye." You might actually think "Oh, no, he really means it. That's great" You know. And you'll go home happy, because you've interpreted it in a different way. So I still think even once you've used this phrase, there is still plenty of room for misinterpretation. Hope, maybe the word is.

Heyang: Oh, that glimmer of hope, that is dashed.

Liu Yan: I don't know, maybe different people have different expectations. Personally, even if someone says the sentence to me in a very sincere way, I would still take it as goodbye. Cuz as far as I can see, if you really want to say "let's meet some other time", you will say something more than this. Probably say "okay, I will reach out to you on Wechat later and we'll set a date." If he adds that sentence, then I will believe what he actually means.

Heyang: Okay, so I think here is sort of a time for people to comb through their previous social experience and there are so many of these situations that you kind of really need to read between the lines and you kind of need to really read the room as well to understand what it really means. And there are some other American equivalents apparently, and it would be interesting to hear what Bob has to comment on that.

Bob: Translate them into British.

Heyang: Yes please.

Bob: So you go first with these phrases.

Heyang: Okay, so first of all, at a restaurant, when an American says "It's so good, it's so delicious, I love it.", that means a normal meal. And when it's "It's not bad", the taste was not good. And when an American says "I was a bit disappointed", and basically the food is...

Liu Yan: It's appalling.

Heyang: Yeah, yeah. So Bob, how would interpret those words, or how would you say it?

Bob: I was thinking about this earlier. I think that the more British people go over the top, the more that we say we love something, the opposite is true. So if I were to say…

Heyang: You guys are twisted.

Bob: Nonono, you just have to understand, you know. If you say "oh, that was quite nice" that means you REALLY liked it. Alright. But if we go beyond that and say "you know that was absolutely fabulous, I can't wait until we do it again.", that is for British person so disingenuous that "its never gonna happen again. I never want to see you again. Please don't take me to that restaurant. Umm, if I can I need to rush off now, because I'm feeling ill."

Heyang: You know, okay, I think in that kind of situation... Bob correct me if I'm wrong, cuz I'm not British. But I think in those kinds of situations, you need to see the body reaction, the real reaction of that person. Because...

Liu Yan: The body language.

Heyang: Yeah, in the same situation when I was in London. Yeah I was on a date, and the guy was like... Very positive comments and I was trying to get to the bottom of it. And I saw that his face was like really happy and maybe I little bit red. And I was like "hmm, maybe things are going okay". But sometimes it's so twisted that in China, like usually, guys have this excuse of saying that when a girl says NO, she actually says YES". But often, when a girl says NO, it's NO, alright. Just for those Chinese guys. Anyway, but in that situation, in the UK, I felt sometimes when a British guy saying NO, actually it means YES. And what?

Bob: Well YES means NO and NO means YES. I mean I don't think you can get very much clearer than that.

Liu Yan: Well if that's the norm, then yes, you guys are twisted. And just so you know...

Bob: You know what, I'll tell you what's the simple way of telling it, that is to see how long they breathe before they actually give you a reply. Because if they do it quick, that means they're delaying in giving you an answer, which means it's probably not the answer that you want. So just look at how they breathe.

Heyang: Hahahaha, how they breathe and the adjectives that they are throwing into this.

Bob: Yeah, just keep it low key and that's what you should do.

Liu Yan: Just so you know, Bob, you're fabulous.

Heyang: How should I interpret that?

Bob: You know what, I'm not sure.

Heyang: Liu Yan, just give it straight to us, what do you mean?

Liu Yan: He's fabulous.

Heyang: Okay, so take the word for it, is it?

付费搜索要按广告收税

Jul 18, 2016 1334

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Some of China's biggest internet companies may see their earning taking a hit from a new regulation, as the country takes a firmer grip on search advertising. Analysts estimate, as a result, an additional 3% tax could hit bottom line profits (or actual after-tax profits) of Baidu and Alibaba.

网红:最热就业方向

Jul 17, 2016 1292

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2016 seems to be another difficult year for employment as this year&`&s graduate numbers soars to an all-time high of 7.65 million. If we include numbers from vocational schools and secondary school students who plan to join the workforce following graduation, the youth working pool will reach a staggering 15 million. Yet, Tencent reports indicate that close to half (48%) of these graduates are not too worried about not finding a job nor are they actively looking for them. What&`&s the deal?

赫扬为什么吃霸王餐?

Jul 14, 2016 580

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A restaurant in Zhuhai which only accepted mobile payment has been asked to add other payment methods for customers to pay for meals.

As a cave person who doesn't Taobao, and stays off Wechat as much as possible, let me just say upfront, if I will probably have to dine and dash in that restaurant…coz I'm simply not capable of using mobile payment…what about you guys?

保护隐私从生命第一天开始

Jul 13, 2016 1344

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A young mother found video clips of her newborn baby among nearly 6,000 other infants on a commercial website. Without parent's consent, how did the footage get uploaded online? What other private information has been leaked?

抄袭上位也是本事?

Jul 12, 2016 1296

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Guo Jingming is one of the most controversial published authors in China. He has dominated the writer&`&s rich list in recent years and is considered the most popular writer of youth literature in contemporary China. But his success has arguably been eclipsed by plagiarism accusations throughout the years.

His work Rush To The Dead Summer is going to be turned into a TV series. In the meantime, the novel that has been adapted to a TV drama called 锦绣未央 has been exposed of copying from 60 online or published novels.

Have the Chinese audience been too tolerate towards plagiarism?

一起去捉皮卡丘!

Jul 11, 2016 853

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There are fads, there are crazes, and then there's Pokemon Go.

The game in the last few days has become the top downloaded, top grossing app in the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia. Although it has yet to officially arrive in China, but Chinese players are trying every way they can to have a go!

【文稿】遭外邦人吐槽的天朝习惯

Jul 10, 2016 437

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Heyang: See if your answer is yes to the following questions: do you store your pans and pots in the oven? Do you put your sewing equipment into a cookie container? Apparently, it's only Chinese people who do it. Here are 7 things that Western people say they are shocked when they hear Chinese people do it. Let's check them out then! What's first on the list for you, Qinduo?

Xu Qinduo: I think a lot of them are obviously different practices between Chinese people and Westerners here. Like the container, I love to see that. You put the utensils into the oven. I do see people do that, I do see people do that. I somehow pause a little bit, thought of it, and give it a go. I think it's empty, right?

Heyang: Yeah, but the thing is oven is sort of alien or foreign for most Chinese households. But it is a wonderful place to store things if you don't use it, you know. And also, what is it called, yes, a dishwasher, that's something pretty alien and foreign for Chinese households and what better place is it to store some shoes and things in my eyes cause I'm not going to use it.

Brian: See, an oven I can get that! Because if you're not using it, you can put pots and pans, they're going to go there anyways, sure, although not a lot of households seem to have them. Dishwasher, even more rare, but a dishwasher is a place for things to be clean. Shoes are not clean, they should not go in there.

Heyang: Oh! You have not seen my fancy shoes! They are clean and they are beautiful. I can't think of a better place to store them cause I don't use dishwashers, you know. That is the prerequisite I suppose. But what about dipping your finger into the rice cooker?

Xu Qinduo: Well, I have never done that…

Heyang: Is it because you never cook, mister?

Xu Qinduo: Well, I do occasionally. I just guess it. There is this much rice, I will probably add this much water, yeah enough!

Brian: Eyeball it. Yeah, some of these are odd, some of these are normal. This one, your fingers are not always, actually, they are frequently not very clean. So, if you want to eyeball it like Qinduo does and I do myself frequently or mostly, that's fine. But, you can also get a measuring cup like a lot of these rice cookers now; they have those little measuring cups with them. So, you can just use them, figure out how much water you want to put in exactly, how much rice, and there you go. There's no need to go by your finger, varies from person to person anyways.

Heyang: But I know exactly how my finger is going to measure in that kind of situation and also reaching out for the measuring cup. Are you kidding me? That is an extra step and you need to store for that cup. So, yeah it could be a little troublesome. But I think joking aside, it shows the very different perception towards cooking and many other things that Chinese people tend to do is that I think we are into abstracts. We are free spirited sometimes. We don't want the specific degrees, the scientific mode towards cooking. No way, we want to do it as what masters do: that is according to our mood, according to our fingers, we know how to cook.

Xu Qinduo: or Chopsticks!

Brian: Okay, that's all very well and fine. But, you don't have to stick your finger in there with the rice to do that. You can eyeball it.

Xu Qinduo: Brian always has a problem with that! Make good use of your chopsticks right with your first knuckle of your finger, maybe next time you use your chopsticks instead of your fingers. It's easy to solve that problem. But, I think it's largely partly not only Chinese and Western different practice, but also its traditional and modern facilities and putting them together somehow, what's the right way to do it? In the past, Chinese don't use modern facilities like the microwave but now we have that, how do we cope with that? How do you put your traditional practices somehow compatible with modern facilities? Also, some of the differences are typically cultural. Chicken feet, we consume chicken feet but it's a shock for Westerners.

Brian: But, it's very efficient, it's very efficient making use of something that would otherwise be thrown away.

Xu Qinduo: Exactly. I consider it as a virtue of the culture.

Brian: Absolutely.

Heyang: I don't agree with you guys despite everything. But what about the one that is sticking chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice is strictly prohibited because it is bad luck? It is attracting ghosts and things, you know attracting substances that you don't want.

Xu Qinduo: Do you still do that? But I think in my parent's family, if you do that, probably my parents won't be happy. But in my family, if my kid does that, I will say, it doesn't look good, but I don't associate it with attracting ghosts.

Brian: See, again it's this changing: the modern and traditional meeting together and things kind of get diluted over time whether or not this is a good thing, this may vary from practice to practice but you know when your kid grows up Qinduo, she's probably not going to care about doing that or if her kid does that.

Xu Qinduo: That's true.

Brian: It will just kind of go away.

Xu Qinduo: I agree.

Heyang: Well, but yes, maybe she will think attracting unclean substance is not the reason why you shouldn't do it. But there's no way she thinks this is civilized right. I sound super judgmental now, but…

Xu Qinduo: Not good dinner table etiquette, I would say.

Heyang: Exactly. I think it still matters and it is part of the home education that every kid should go through I think.

Brian: There are bigger problems in that to deal with table manners, but sure, like for example better to put your cell phone down and away before eating. That's a more important one I would say.

Heyang: Also, just turn your cell phone screen down, like that's courtesy to people.

Brian: Put it away.

Heyang: Also having a sewing kit is kind of necessary in any household but storing it in a cookie container. It used to be that those cookie containers are so fancy and it's like a nice place to store things.

Xu Qinduo: Again, making good use of this wasteful stuff.

Brian: Practicality

Heyang: But, no longer really is that the case as now you can just get a fabulous sewing kit container from Taobao or wherever these days. So easy and so cheap

东方人为啥都假谦虚?

Jul 7, 2016 620

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People from East Asian countries such as China may appear more modest, but study by psychologists indicates they are just as likely to be proud and self-confident as other cultures. Why do Asian people, especially Chinese people, prefer appearing modest?

考不好对不起全班?

Jul 6, 2016 750

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A teacher in a primary school in Yunnan Province told some students to stand on podium and apologize in front of the whole class. What heinous crime did these kids commit? Well, they failed to reach the average grade in an exam. The teacher explains this formal apology can encourage students to focus on their studies. Does it work?

Chinglish 和 Beijinglish

Jul 5, 2016 534

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There could be a fast track in learning a foreign language, that is using the pronunciation of your mother tongue to enunciate in the foreign language. Could it be helpful? Beijing locals have taken it up and created the Beijingish and residents in Huangzhou are doing something similar.

【文稿】“北京瘫”谁最瘫?

Jul 4, 2016 797

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Heyang: A photo showing actor and Beijing-native Ge You slouching on a sofa has gone viral. That posture has been nicknamed "The Beijing Slouch." Now 4 younger male celebrities have inherited the mantel and have been crowned the 4 slouchers of the capital. What is the Beijing slouch? Why do Beijingers proudly proclaim it is ours?

YuYang: I guess many people have watched the "Wo Ai Wo Jia". The photo was a snapshot from "Wo Ai Wo Jia", literally meaning "I Love My Family". It's one of the oldest and most famous sitcoms in China. In this picture Ge You, was always seen slouching on the sofa and had not sat up straight once. At first, the posture was called Ge You lying, later people started to call it Beijing slouch since it's a very typical posture for Beijing natives and the photo soon gained huge popularity during the weekend. A lot of people posted photo shopped versions of the picture like Ge You dressing like the American captain, or Spiderman while doing the posture. It also became a popular meme with words like "I know I am wasting my life but I just don't want to stop." It's very interesting while Heyang, as a Beijinger, can you show people how do you do a proper Beijing slouch.

Heyang: Thank you for directing that question to me.

YuYang: Many people would be interested.

Heyang: Well, when it comes to the Beijing slouch, it's very…

Ryan: Technical.

Heyang: Yeah, because you have to hear me out here. It's about you're sitting there but as if you have no bone in your body and can you imagine how comfortable that is. And also it is not just 1 posture, it is a process. So, basically what you do is you sit down on a chair or on a sofa and then you sort of just lay back, and then here comes the process: you are sliding down the sofa but your back clings to the end of the chair in 120 degrees to 180 degrees. I think that is the technical side of things and you better get it right to qualify the Beijing slouch. That is what I think and also here can I please abuse my position a little bit. I am so sorry about it, but I have to do it. Listen up everyone, you have to use the Beijing slang to describe this that is: "从椅子上出溜下去". That is when you slide down and you glide down and that is what the Beijing slouch is and I think it shows a lot of attitude, it could be 3rd world war out there but I don't give a damn.

Ryan: You know, looking at this, I'm going to say something that maybe Heyang won't like here that…

Heyang: What is it Ryan? Be nice.

Ryan: First of all, I love Beijing, I do but to call this the Beijing slouch, I think I have been doing this slouch my whole life. When I get on a couch, especially when its comfy, I first sit on the chair or sofa then after I have secured my comfiness I decide that I want to accelerate my comfiness level, so then I slowly slouch on the sofa till my shoulders are basically almost touching the back and I make the nice little triangle that you have with your Beijing slouch. So, I am just saying guys I think this is also a slouch that is done everywhere around the world by tons of people looking to be very comfy on their couch.

Heyang: Ok, could be true but I beg to differ, Ryan. Because can you make sure it's the 120 to 180 degree slouch?

Ryan: Can you make sure?

Heyang: Oh yeah, with my fabulous abs, I can make it whatever degree and also you know what's really essential here, that is when you are maintaining the slouch, it is pretty good exercise to the abs. Also when you finish the slouch, you need to bounce up, that's like Beijing style, bounce up effortlessly like a spring or when some guys mess it up they need to put their hand on the ground for a little support to bounce up. That's not called bounce up, that is just struggling. That doesn't qualified.

Ryan: Please stay tuned for Heyang's workout video called Slouch in the Abs out.

YuYang: I see you guys are both trying so hard to establish your own brands right? Heyang's slouching style and Ryan's slouching style. Actually there are the Beijing 4 slouchers of the capital. Celebrities are trying hard to establish their own brands. Netizens also found 4 famous celebrities, most born in Beijing as the top 4 Beijing slouchers who gave the best demonstrations of the posture. One is Walkie Zhang (Da Zhang Wei), he was an actor, singer, and host born in Beijing, many photos showing him slouching him on sofa or chair. It looks like he wants to show that he's a genuine Beijinger. In a TV show named: "I Go To School", he even slouches down between chairs and desks in the decorated classroom.

Ryan: There's many photos of me in school slouching folks well before I got on this show but let's talk about the history of the so-called Beijing slouch. The posture can date back to the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912), in case you didn't know. The Manchu people loved to lie down on the heated brick bed after dinner even including the emperor. It is said that Emperor Qianlong loved to slouch down after dinner read books and write calligraphy. Now, that sounds really nice. I think I would be doing that, and that's why I think I have done that. It's because I think slouching is one of those human necessities we have all done but I do think it's cool that people are really enjoying this here in Beijing. It does definitely have a cultural aspect to it. I am just saying guys, everybody slouches.

Yu Yang: People say this slouching posture of the Qing Dynasty with Emperor Qianlong is related to his long-life. He died at 88 years old. He was regarded as the longevity emperor in the Chinese history. People say he knew how to keep himself healthy like he always took the unprotected sleep called回笼觉. Maybe the slouching always makes him feel comfortable and relaxed after long working hours.

Heyang: Interesting. But I still think that the Beijing slouch we're talking about today, the type that I have described…

Ryan: 120 degree angle!

Heyang: Yeah. You have to get the angle right, you know and I don't think it's the same as what the emperors used to do because I don't think they're practically flat on their heated brick beds. I don't think that is the situation at all. Actually, they have a lot of support on their back so it is slouching more like half-way what we're talking about in the contemporary sense. Maybe I've given it too much thought but I think this is an interesting way to see what the Beijing local culture is about.

Ryan: Maybe, just maybe, the slouching culture has evolved and especially here in Beijing to perfect the slouch to a 120 degree angle for optimal comfort on the couch. I saw a picture of the guy that's known for the Beijing slouch, and he does look so comfortable.

Heyang: There's one thing I think that I do share with Da Zhang Wei. Is he a member of the 4 slouchers of the capital? Our internet users are just so intelligent and clever. I do admire you guys so much. The part that I share with Da Zhang Wei is that yeah things evolve, technology develops. Now, everybody pretty much has a laptop and I'm a busy person, a hard worker. There are a lot of things I want to do on my laptop even in my free time that could be work-related or not. What I do? I slouch and I use my fabulous abs as a table or a desk and I put on my laptop on there and as I do stuff so yes I think the Beijing slouch has many facets to it and now it's multi-functional.

Yu Yang: Is it a good way to train your abs. That's a pretty creative way, I guess.

Heyang: If you want fabulous abs, I think I have some authority in it. I can only say that the slouch is conducive but it doesn't determine your abs. So if you really do want those defined abs, maybe you should follow a class that maybe I will teach in the future.

Yu Yang: Wow. That's very interesting. I agree that it's a fabulous way to train your abs. It is the cultural symbol and it is also a nostalgic thing in Beijing Hutongs maybe during the hot summer time. You can see a lot of people, many old Beijingers slouched on enfolding bamboo chairs in the yard or on the Hutong streets using the big fan to keep them cool and drive mosquitos away while drinking some tea and talking to neighbors. That's a typical Beijing summer night in Hutong.

Heyang: Why is it that so many of our parents especially our moms when they have been teaching us our manners as we grow up always say or often call us out and say: "Don't do that!" "Don't slouch"?

Ryan: Well that's what I was going to say here is that you know you have painted this picture Heyang of like 6 pack ripped guys just slouching to the best shape of their life, but when I often see someone slouching, I often think they are lazy, not lazy but just careless, relaxing and hanging out or maybe just trying to beat the heat, not so much trying to get the 6 pack abs we all really want. You want what I mean! Also, guys I think that it's bad for your backbones and your posture overall. In fact, I was doing just a little research. Slouching often does increase your chances of back problems, i.e. scoliosis, arthritis and it also might give you that image of the "double chin" You're just so comfortable that you don't care how you look. The double chin's coming out.

Heyang: I have an objection to that. Basically, yeah maybe you could be seen with the double chin, that could happen but also you create an imagery that is second to none. That is, it seems as if it's all legs below your neck. Try it out. You will see what I mean.

【文稿】你为啥还没对象?

Jul 3, 2016 784

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Heyang: Students at Hubei University of Technology have been asked to complete an unusual summer vacation assignment that is to write a confession letter to evaluate your relationship status. The title goes as: "Why are you still single?" So, what's going on?

Ryan: Well, let me tell you all about this summer vacation homework. The topic is: "Why you are single" and so basically what the homework request is a personal analysis with 300 words including 5 strengths and 5 weaknesses of yourself inviting someone to start a romantic relationship with you and a love letter with 500 words to your current girlfriend or boyfriend if you have one and on top of all this guys, they are to post it on Weibo when they finish and do like a @your school counselor. This is not a joke but a real summer vacation homework for more than 300 students from Hubei University of Technology. Some students jokingly say that it is absurd calling it really hard for single dogs. It's killing them! Some netizens agree that it is bad others are thinking it's okay. Personally guys for me, this is weird and I think kind of unacceptable for a school project and on top of that shaming yourself, I don't know, I would feel weird putting my information about this specific part of my life on Weibo. Why I'm single?

Niu Honglin: Yeah and what I'm trying to say is well by asking the question about why you're single, it feels like its wrong to be single. What's wrong to be single?

Ryan: Well put

Heyang: That's so weird.

Ryan: They use the words: "still single" as if it is a problem.

Niu Honglin: It's not nice and also, isn't it kind of a violation of personal privacy? I mean, maybe I choose to. Maybe I didn't find someone that I like, maybe the one pursuing me does not come to certain standards. It has a lot of reasons. You can't just say: Why you're still single? like why you are failing a test? Why don't you have a job? It's not a nice question.

Heyang: It's not a nice question. It feels its naturally discriminating people who are not in a relationship and also for people who are freshmen that just have finished their first year of university and as you migrated into your next year becoming a sophomore, that's an interesting time point to publish this online. There's a few things going on that I think are kind of interesting.

Ryan: Well, before we throw her under the bus, let's understand why she, in her opinion assigned this homework assignment. So, basically she came up with the idea during a taxi trip while the driver was complaining that college students nowadays always blame others rather than themselves. Yue thinks this topic is related to students' lives and may help them realize their own problems. Yue was born in the 1980s; all of her students were born after 1995, so they're young. She said the attitudes about love for the two different generations. People of the young generations are more direct. They will speak their love in public or in their dormitory and though this behavior is brave, on the other hand, it's kind of maybe centric on yourself. I will say that I do think the younger generations due to social media and a lot of other things are becoming somewhat narcissistic. They think they're always the victims of certain problems and I attribute this especially to my generation, back in the states. But I think this is a universal thing, maybe you guys can clarify this specifically here in China. But, kids nowadays are quicker to blame others rather than take responsibility which we talk about all the time, people not taking responsibility for themselves. I think we're seeing less and less of that in these newer generations.

Niu Honglin: I agree, maybe she meant well. Maybe, she's trying to make university students think about their own strengths and weaknesses but also to remind you, students who have a boyfriend or girlfriend also have to finish the homework but they have to do the article with a theme of: "How did I manage to get a boyfriend or girlfriend?" "What's bad or good I've done in a relationship?" It's kind of like they're the winners of life. They're sharing their experiences. I don't like that attitude. It's like they have this idea that being in a relationship is some kind of winning. I don't think it's a good concept.

Ryan: Right. I think this promotes that you should be in a relationship. Why aren't you in one? Your life is incomplete. When I was their age, relationship was the last thing on my mind. I just wanted to have fun with my friends and was living on my own. I was so excited! I mean, granted of course, relationships are always a nice thing but these kids are young and they need the time to be young. To be asking such questions like: "Why are you still single?" I mean A) you're promoting that being single is a bad thing. I don't think that's healthy at all for the mindset and B) they're sharing this with everybody. What if some guys says well, maybe I'm not athletic enough and maybe blah blah blah when he's listing his weaknesses and his peers make fun of him. I don't think this is a good thing to promote. There's no amenity here. These people are posting this personal stuff about them on weibo for everybody to see, right?

Heyang: Yeah, so that's the part I cannot agree with. I guard my privacy like I'm guarding the holy land. That's the kind of importance it is for me and in this day and age, I think I'd advise everybody to do that actually. Your personal information getting online means you will not have a chance to get it back to you. So, that's the first thing I want to say and also our Wechat listeners have very personal insights regarding this topic and our Wechat listener Xue has left us a mini essay on this and I think it's really interesting what she says. Xue, I hope this is okay with you but you didn't send us a private message, so I'm assuming it's alright. I'll leave out the parts that I think might be a little bit too sensitive for her. So basically she's saying that in high school, the last year of high school, she was madly in love with this boy and her parents and his parents were like Romeo and Juliet, split them up and said: "No way can you guys have a relationship". You have more important things to do in life and that is the Gao Kao. They listened to parent's advice, broke up, and both of them got to different universities and life is supposed to be better now. But actually she says, she's never managed to find another guy that she really likes in university and now, just in a matter of like two years or so, her parents are pressuring her: "You're in university and how come you don't have a boyfriend." That's like the biggest irony of everything and she's totally upset about it. But, what do you say about this kind of mentality? Prior 18 having a relationship is like the monster in life, then after you're 18, it's like, What? Suddenly, everything has changed, you have to be in a relationship and get married as soon as possible.

Niu Honglin: Well, I do feel like Chinese parents have this certain feeling that the age of 18 or the landmark of entering a college is sort of like changing everything. Before that, they say: "on't talk to boys", "Don't have a boyfriend", "Do not do anything", and after that it's like, "Bring back your husband." It's not a life-changing night, maybe it's a life-changing test, but it's not in terms of everything. You cannot decide what you should do or what is okay to be done just over a test. We have to admit it's another period of your life but growing up is a constant process.

Ryan: You know, when I'm a father, I will be consistent in that: "No boyfriends ever for my daughter." And that's just how it's always going to be. That's how I'll always feel. But, you know what to this specific scenario, I think the parents are warranted and that is because when you're 18, trust me, cause I've been 18, that was 10 years ago. I was a dramatically different person. I had feelings I didn't understand. I was growing, you grow so much in college and god even after that. So, I think yes it's so sad that you didn't get to spend that proper amount of time with someone you really had feelings for but at the same time I want to tell you that you will find that person out there. Just keep looking, be patient. Realize you're growing, that person is also growing and in amount of time, I'm sure you will bump into each other and things will all make sense. But I'm sorry to hear about the fighting between the Capulets and Montagues, I believe those were the two families of Romeo and Juliet and I hope that you find love as soon as it's appropriate.

Heyang: I think that's a life-pursuit for me, I don't know but for people who want to have a real and fulfilling relationship, I think you should never stop trying to look for it. You need to look for it. I don't think it's going to fall on your lap if you're just eating potato chips and playing video games at home. But also, I think it's a delicate balance in the mind that if you're too desperate, that just drives good people away. It's about growing yourself stronger inside, keep looking, and I can't think of anything else right now.

Ryan: I want to point out something else too. Yes, I actually agree with you Heyang. I think most people, a big part of life is looking for someone to spend it with, to do those things with, to make memories. It's a beautiful and magical thought when you think of spending your life with another soul, another human being and sharing things nobody else will know about in the world except you and your best friend. But you know what, you need to have patience for that. You also need to be yourself and be okay with being by yourself. I think that person comes when you're independent and when you're happy being by yourself. Because, then it's not like you need them, it's they complement you. It's like you didn't need anyone, but suddenly there's this person in your life that complements you. That's how I've always thought of it. But I think it is always so healthy for you to be confident being by yourself. I think this assignment is promoting an ideology of saying that it's not okay and that's not what a young person should be learning in college. They should be learning that it is okay to be yourself and feel good being yourself.

Heyang: Wow. I almost wanted to cry listening to that, Ryan.

Niu Honglin: It's just so well-said. Also maybe to perfect the homework, we can instead ask students to write about what kind of quality you want in your future partner and what kind of quality you hope to grow on yourself to find them. Maybe that would be a better article to write about

Heyang: Also, write a personal letter or don't put it online. I hate it when that stuff is put online.

【文稿】男人更爱买玩具?

Jul 2, 2016 278

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Heyang: Now, Let's talk about a boy's topic I suppose. A recent report shows that among adults, men are buying more toys than women. Why is that? So, what are we talking about here? The toys are like transformer stuff…those kind of toys, right?

Niu Honglin: Yea, it is like every kind of toys involved. Oh no, not every. The transformer of course, the robot…or maybe what is boys and men favorite? And also some men and, let say, not in big cities, it shows up that teddy bears are the most popular in second, third and fourth in some cities. So, yes, teddy bears. But I like to assume that they are buying that for their girlfriends or something.

Ryan: Hey guys, it is pronounced "Trans-form-er" okay? It's Optimums Prime. Come on guys! I am sorry for all the male listeners out there. They just don't understand guys. Well first of all, I think it is obvious that there is plenty of data to show that basically, when we are buying teddy bears, it is not for us, it is for our special lady.

Niu Honglin: Apparently? Really apparently?

Ryan: I think so, but definitely, definitely the transformers are for us. But, basically, you know 65 percent of toy buyers are between, in the survey, are between 23 to 35 years of age. And so, it is bringing up a lot of questions for the older guys why are they buying toys. You know what? I went to the comic con and I looked at all these really cool toys, but I could have appreciated the artistic-ness in them, and it brought back this nostalgic feeling. So I think a lot of guys buy this stuff to remember their childhood. Not necessarily, they go home and play in the living room, with their transformers.

Heyang: Okay…really?

Ryan: Yeah! Come on!

Niu Honglin: It is okay. It is nice to see a little boy inside of a man, manly man. It is fine. And I am all for it. You should have a hobby. It is like, it better than smoking or drinking. You are just collecting toys.

Heyang: Yeah! Have a hobby, like play tennis. And not get some toys when you are in your 30s. Do you know what that kind of scene looks like in other ladies' eyes?

Ryan: Is it? I mean. So, you say it is better than reference smoking okay. Another thing that is better. But, if you went on a second, third date, you are going to watch a movie at your new found boyfriend's house, and you just see action figures everywhere, wouldn't that scare you to pieces? I mean it is just a little weird when it is like a dramatic thing. But I do want to say that probably most these guys are buying it for nostalgic reasons. So ladies, don't hate!

Heyang: But why is it that, I mean nostalgia is a common feeling shared by all human beings, but girls don't buy toys. Why is it that men are buying those stuff?

Ryan: Are you kidding me? I feel like girls definitely do buy toys. I mean I feel like Hello Kitty is huge. It is huge maybe in Korea, and a lot of places in Asia.

Niu Honglin: Um…let say that we like them. It is okay if we need something that they are in shape of a Hello Kitty. It is okay to buy those, but we don't collect them. Well, at least, I don't collect them. And also, I am okay with it cuz it is nicer and easier to pick a gift.

Ryan: Also you are going to make fun of guys for our toys. I just want to say on behalf of all our guys that why do you guys have so many shoes?

Heyang: Because we need to wear it! But we don't need to play with it and you are playing with your toys when you are in your 30. And you have a whole group or cabinet of action figures? Yes, I understand those are collectables and they are like merchandise. And in some cases, they can actually become a sort of investment. But that is a mystery to me. How come, still you know guys…can we just simply say that boys will be boys forever? And I don't like that line at all because it sounds like an excuse! You are listening to Roundtable!

【文稿】上班时间不许如厕!

Jul 2, 2016 362

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Heyang: Every company has its own regulations, even some weird ones. A market executive of a recent job fair in Chongqing has pointed out that nearly 30% of job hoppers quit their former job because they can no longer bear weird company regulations. Guys, are these company rules that weird?

Niu Honglin: Well, you gotta say cuz among the five hundred job hunters that intended to change their jobs in Chongqing, 29 percent said they quitted the job because of it. And what are these regulations? Let's make some examples. First, there is a regulation saying that his company would fine employees 20 yuan for every minute they are late. And if you are 5 minutes late, then you will be fined for 100 Yuan.

Ryan: I want to jump in on this one. I just want to jump in real quick. I think this one is ethically okay because it is like "This is your job, you should show up when the job starts". But, sometimes, things happen. Like, not every kind of form of transportations is reliable. Maybe there is an accident. So, I think there should be some kind of understanding. It shouldn't be some ultimatum. You should be at least able to make a case.

Niu Honglin: And when you are working extra hours everyday, or you are paying a little more. And also there is another one saying that the company would hold a 30-minute-long morning meeting every day, and every employee must shout out "Come on, come on, come on" for ten minutes, loudly.

Ryan: I have something to say actually. So San Francesco is a big startups city, and there's actually quite a bit to be said about this. Some of the more successful startups, I know from a personal friend, they do this in the morning to like, get people to like, just let out the stress, and like, get together, and yea, you are being a little crazy, but at the same time, you will be surprised how yelling makes you feel more at peace.

Heyang: That is interesting. But, when that is forced upon as a company rule, you have to do, then maybe it is not great for people. Not great for everyone.

Niu Honglin: Yea, and if you are doing some exercises to let out your stress, then it is fine. But "Come on, come on" for ten minutes? Really?

Heyang: And what about wearing fake eyelashes?

Ryan: Oh, that one so good!

Heyang: Why is it so good, Ryan?

Ryan: Because, okay, so twenty-eight years old Ms. Wan is in charge of operation management in an internet company. Let me break this down real quick for you guys, basically, the office says no office romance and you must have business casual, or business wear. But the weird thing is, if women, women can refuse to put on make-up, but they cannot refuse to put on false eyelashes. They get charged for 20 yuan each for not having it.

Heyang: So basically, it is just forcing you to put on make-up because if you don't put on the whole set, and only have those fake eyelashes, you will look like a weirdo, so, isn't it kind of like the company is telling you "You must do that"? But I don't write it on paper! I just say in this way that you have to be coerced to it.

Niu Honglin: And for me who really not good at putting her make-up, I am pretty sure if I have to put on fake eyelashes everyday, I will be late and will be charged 20 Yuan every minute.

Ryan: Not just that but, guys, this is sexist in a way. You know, what does the guys have to do? This is like something seriously just targeted for women. So, I don't think that is fair at all. I think women should feel free to be as beautiful as they want in the workplace honestly. And guys should just be able to control themselves. So, women shouldn't have to feel like they have to dress down or do certain things, like make-up wise because men in the office might be attracted to them. Guys, you are grown men, like you are going to control yourselves and respect women.

Heyang: Yea that is very well said, Ryan. And do you think these company regulations are just plain weird? Do you think it is not humane? Do you think that it is sort of asking too much from the employees? Or do you think the company has the right to do this, it is totally legit, is it good for the operation?

Niu Honglin: Well, let say the bosses are not complete idiots, there are must be a story behind every regulation that we see as ridiculous or weird, but I do feel like they are doing the team building thing to ask the employees to do certain stuff. As if they don’t know how to actually to do their jobs, they have to be taught certain things, and that is not what we would do in adult society.

Ryan: I won't assume that these guys that own these companies are not Chauvinists and they are not idiots honestly. But, I would assume that some of these come from an area of good, saying like, we want people to yell and get out all their stress before work, we want them to grow together as a good team building, and we don't want them to be late. I can understand those things.

Heyang: Yea, so it is actually a fine line. And considering how difficult it is to protect your own workers' rights. In a lot of Chinese companies, I think it is usually the worker, the employee that is at a really vulnerable state. And it seems the only way to protect is to leave your job, according to this story.

寄人篱下的日子

Jun 30, 2016 949

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With more Chinese students going oversea to pursue high school education, one problem is becoming increasingly salient. They are having cultural problems with the host families charged with looking after them.

These Chinese students need to stay with a local host family, as they are too young to live independently.

中国女生的比基尼

Jun 29, 2016 1111

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Chinese women are snapping up millions of bikinis every year on Taobao. But for most Chinese women, one piece swim suit or bikinis? It's a tough question to answer.

What's a bikini with the so-called Chinese characteristics?

大妈热石style

Jun 28, 2016 366

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This summer, the hottest new trend in Xi'an, located in the northwest of China among middle-aged and elderly ladies is to lie on hot rocks in order to restore your health. In the city, wherever there is a big rock, a few old ladies can be spotted leaning against it, lying on top of it or even hugging it under the blazing sun.

打小三还是打渣男?

Jun 27, 2016 980

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Another shocking video showing multiple women hitting and kicking an alleged 'mistress' in broad daylight has become a topic of much discussion on Sina Weibo, where the many different reactions show ambivalent attitudes on China's mistress culture.

老人乘车不免票!

Jun 26, 2016 897

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Starting from last Sunday, elderly people in Shanghai cannot use their senior citizen card to take free bus ride in the city. Why is the policy? Is it a reasonable decision?

【文稿】完美主义or强迫症(下)

Jun 25, 2016 440

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Ryan: Yea, you know even in Heyang's example, seventy percent is not one hundred percent. And I think that what we’ll find years down the line, because psychology is so interesting, I feel like it's something we don't know a whole lot about. Is that people this kind of stuff does sit on maybe a spectrum. I say this because I am looking at these signs, hopefully it's not my hypochondriac tendencies, but something that I actually see some merit in. Some of the signs I really identify with is one of them being you worry so much about getting interrupted. When you are working that you never start working at all. First thing that comes to my head is my thesis. When I was working on my thesis, I had to have exact conditions. I have to had earplugs. I could not have any things pulling me out of the studying that I was trying to do. And it made it hard, because I wouldn't start my project or my thesis under these wrong conditions. It had to be perfect conditions. So, it made my life really hard just to get something like a project, or more especially, my thesis done.

Heyang: That is very interesting, Ryan! You are revealing so many sides of you to us. In comparison to you guys, I am just free as a bird. I do believe that if you are always going for, like one hundred percent, it is never going to be one hundred percent. But I have to say, I am really tenacious when I come to things that I care. For example, like this show, I get so mad when things don't meet my standard. And like with my line of work, when you care about it, then it is very hard to just let it loose. So, I think it is a kind of balance there. And I also think it is important for people not to be OCDs. But pursuing perfection in a way in your line of work because that is how advancement, social development is propelled!

Ryan: While I don't think that perfectionists think perfect is attainable. I think they just cannot rest unless there is a certain standard is met. So, we see a term crash with the actual condition. But, you know in my conversation with people who are perfectionist, like my dad, I would consider him as a perfectionist, you know, yeah, it's tiring, it's work, but at the same time, to understand circumstances, you could say, I think it can be used in a way that can be a gift. I mean, think about it, someone who has a very clean place, clean life, and clean atmosphere. All that clutters that's normally making your life lag behind is gone. Those people don't have the deal with that, sure their setting a high standard, but often we find that people to live on a higher standards, have a much better quality of life.

Heyang: Yea, maybe they are more successful as well.

YuYang: Yea, perfectionism can be a good thing, as well as bad thing. It is totally up to you. And I have read some practical tips from some researches that are never take yourself too seriously. If you think you are a cup, you will work hard to fill a cup of water. When you think you are a lake, you have to find that much water to satisfy yourself. Sometimes, maybe keep your expectation a little bit lower and you will find your life is easier.

Heyang: Yes, I think that is a good tip for perfectionist. And for OCD people, you should definitely go get professional help if that is needed. Because I think when it is a disorder, if you don't go seek professional help from a doctor, or psychologist sometimes, then I don’t think you can make your situation better.

Ryan: You know I think it is interesting because a lot of people say psychologists and doctors, what not, in this area field maybe don't know that how much or how to treat it, they can identify it. For me, for my personal belief, when it comes to something like this, it would all mentally different. We'll find we all have certain problems and certain things that are good and bad. And you know I know that everybody has these differences in how to brain chemistry works. My deal is don't try to fight it because it is a battle you will never win. You will drive yourself crazy. If you try to fight, how your brain works? But I think the real thing you can do to help yourself is embrace it and make it work towards your advantage. Find the way not to fight it, but to work with it and steer it in a direction that really help your life or find ways to deal with it but the fact is sometime it's just how life is. But I think with a little bit of embracing yourself and not seeing it as necessarily a huge problem, but something that can help you, will help you overall in your life and especially being happy.

YuYang: Oh yeah Ryan, that is so comforting. It's good to build capacity to tolerate a little bit of less control, and that makes life easier.

Heyang: Yeah, and I feel these days, often the words perfectionist and also OCD has been used in such a loose way, that I think it's abused, that a lot of people when I look at you guys what you do and I think you have the audacity to say you are a perfectionist. You… what is wrong, and yeah. So I think a lot of the time people kind of use it as a joke or to describe a situation. But as much as a free-spirited person I am, I think a degree of pursuing perfection is very important for any society to move forward and that's the part that I admire of Japanese people because I see the painstaking attention to detail and to craftsmanship and to perfection. And those things I think sometimes is so necessary and is so essential to your success. That being said, but let's comfort the little OCDs out there and the real perfectionists out there. That nobody perfect is cool and nobody cool is perfect. So maybe perfection isn't the ultimate goal but it's making yourself better.

Ryan: And there's no such thing has normal. Everybody is different; so don't ever feel bad about being who you are.

【文稿】完美主义or强迫症?(上)

Jun 24, 2016 477

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Heyang: Do you have a very strict routine that you have to follow everyday and never let yourself go if you couldn't make it, or you insist finishing washing all the dishes in the kitchen even when you are sick, or you have to organize your closet in military style otherwise you won’t be able to leave the house? If your answer is yes, you might be a perfectionist, or someone with OCD! That is obsessive-compulsive disorder, so it actually could be a disease. So guys, could you please enlighten me first with the definition perfectionist and OCD? What is going on here?

YuYang: Oh yeah, research on perfectionism has indicated that there are two main types. The first type is healthy perfectionism. This type of perfectionism is categorized by high standards of yourself, as well as other persistence in the face of adversity, and conscientiousness. Healthy perfectionism usually goes along with goal-directed behavior and good organizational skills but the second type of perfectionism is the so-called not that healthy, unhealthy perfectionism. This type of perfectionism is characterized by excessive preoccupation with past mistakes, fears about making new mistakes, doubts about whether you are doing something correctly. Excessive preoccupation with control is also a hallmark of the unhealthy perfectionism. So in general, while healthy perfectionism tends to be associated with good psychological well-being and high achievement both at school and at work, the unhealthy perfectionism has been associated with distress, low-self esteem and symptoms of mental illness, such as OCD.

Ryan: Okay, but Yuyang, you know you described excessive preoccupation with past mistakes, and fears about making new mistakes, doubts about whether what we are doing, if we are doing correctly. This sounds like something maybe everybody has, but maybe you can paint a picture because you have told that sometimes, you fit in the category of perfectionist in describe, what is it?

YuYang: I can go on endlessly. First of all, the first thing I do every morning after steeping into the office is cleaning my desk, my chair, the computer keyboard, or even my earphone sometimes. I know it sounds weird but it is me.

Heyang: No! It is not weird at all. And every morning, I see Yuyang working as busy as a bee, and she is not even seated yet, she is just cleaning everything first and she gets her own little rag thing that she gets, a piece of cloth that is very clean and she uses it to clean more things. Otherwise, she will not feel comfortable being seated there.

YuYang: I think so. I think I will feel more comfortable after I finish cleaning all of them. Clean it first, and then I can do other stuff.

Ryan: Well so we were talking about this early this morning, and so, my first exposure to OCD, I remember our specific story, at first, I thought it was really funny and I want to share with you guys. So, there is this guy, he lived in whats called a cul de sac in the story. And so a cul de sac is like a circle of houses surrounding this one common area street, the circle. And so, he wanted every morning to bring his trash out, he would have to come out of his house and look directly at the ground. And his neighbor is like “This guy is so weird, like why he is just starring at the ground?” The thing is he had OCD, in which, he could not look, you know out of sight out of mind, he could not look at other people's trash cans. His neighbors, and because it was a circle, he would see them easily. He couldn’t look at them without having the, if he did look at them, go over there and organize their trash. So, they said sometimes, you know, a car with honk, and he would look up. The people that saw him would see this expression like, “Awww man, no I gotta go to organize everybody’s trash!” So basically, this guy could not do it. You know there is a feeling of urgency. This very strong feeling he couldn't resist that he knew if he saw all these trash cans, something inside of him, had to go and organize.

YuYang: You know what Ryan, after hearing your story, actually I feel good. I realized that I am not that extreme and I am still healthy maybe.

Heyang: Oh definitely! So it sounds like you are the perfectionist, but you haven't got OCD, compulsive…what is it? What is the O stands for? Obsessive-compulsive disorder.

YuYang: Yeah, exactly. But sometimes I think I am standing in the middle. And I think I have a very strong impulse after I arrive home. To do cleaning first

Heyang: Still cleaning?

YuYang: Still cleaning, but not that extreme. I collect all the garbage and throw them outside. But I don't care much, that much garbage on the road or other places. Yeah I think Ryan you have given me a good therapy.

Ryan: I am happy to helps. But you know research, we have found something, I should say something first of all, I am, what we call in the English language, a, hypochondriac, too low level, but sometimes, I feel like I have something when I read more about it, and so, we will doing this “I feel like I have some of these symptoms.” But, maybe you guys can chime in and let me know if you have fallen into any of these categories. So, it is says unhealthy perfectionism can also be described as if you do not feel you have the perfect certainty that you've locked a door, turn off the stove as you are trying to leave the house. For me, I know I literally have a problem where when I am walking away from the ATM, I have to check it 5 times to make sure A, I pull out the money and B, I got my card. And like I will leave, and like I walk a couple steps, and then come back. And I have done this three times. I do know to a certain extent that “Oh yea, I probably did it.” But there is a nagging suspicion in the back of my head. And I just can’t ignore. So, I am definitely fall in to that category, I think.

Heyang: The frequency is a little bit high. And actually it is a really good point that you should always check. But usually I don’t think we have the problem of taking the money, but taking the card with you. Sometimes you just forget! But anyways, maybe I am one of those exact opposite person to perfectionist. Maybe I don't really see why there is such urgency with these things. And my belief in life is I think 70% good is superb.

YuYang: Wow that's quite healthy Heyang, I am jealous of you. You know sometimes being a perfectionist is tedious.

西瓜,西瓜,你熟了吗?

Jun 23, 2016 432

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In many ways, a watermelon is a lot like a Christmas gift: You're pretty sure you're going to like what's inside, but you're never really sure until you open it. It's not the case for lots of Chinese watermelon shoppers though! We tap and knock on the watermelon and let it speak to us…recently, this skill has made news.

A sign asking customers 'not to knock on watermelons' in an Italian supermarket has recently caused much upheaval on Chinese social media, where many people think the no "watermelon knocking" policy is specifically directed at Chinese customers.

蹭凉族“处处是我家”

Jun 22, 2016 1025

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As summer switches into full effect, many Chinese are looking for a good way to beat the heat. But some of these methods have sparked debate as some of these people have been caught sleeping outside, packing in front of school libraries and hanging out in local IKEA stores.

完美主义or强迫症患者?

Jun 21, 2016 890

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Do you have a very strict routine that you have to follow every day and never let yourself go if you couldn't make it? Or you insist finishing washing all the dishes in the kitchen even when you are sick. Or you have to organize your closet military style otherwise you won't be able to leave the house. If your answer is yes, you might be a perfectionist, or …someone with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).

玉林X肉节新举措有用么?

Jun 20, 2016 1407

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It's that time of the year again when the Yulin Dog Meat Festival sets off a national debate on animal welfare and the limits of so-called tradition in modern day.

However, the festival, starting every year June 21 on the summer solstice, in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, will still go ahead, though perhaps a little bit quietly this year.

高考完咋花钱?

Jun 19, 2016 959

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Travel agencies, driving schools and cram schools are seeing a boom in business, every year after the National College Entrance Examination or Gaokao. Why is that?

约约约必备宝典!

Jun 16, 2016 1024

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Just Lunch, a dating service for single professionals, surveyed single American adults and found that nearly 70% of men and about 50% of women won't bother with a second date if the chemistry isn't there. When there is chemistry, though, 97 % of men will call to ask out their love interest again -- in 72 hours or less.

So, here is how to get it right from the very first date.

曾经很傻很天真

Jun 15, 2016 378

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Were there white lies your parents told you when you were a little kid?

Here are some examples of things Chinese children firmly believed in until we became adults.

【文稿】打麻将学英语最娱乐?

Jun 14, 2016 356

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【特别感谢热心听友“Maggie 欣欣”帮忙听写本篇文稿】

Heyang: Is learning English a long, boring and tedious process? The answer is probably yes for a lot of Chinese students. But a fun change is taking place in a middle school in Chengdu, Sichuan province, where students can learn English by playing mahjong or 麻将. Is it possible to learn English in an entertaining way?
How does it work, guys?

Yuyang: Yeah, this is really interesting. A set of English mahjong tiles invented by a middle school principal in Chengdu has gone viral in China. Of course this is different from the traditional Chinese mahjong. And this set of mahjong is English ones. The 26 English letters are stuck on the surface of the tiles. Students have to combine the tiles into words, and whoever composes a sentence with the words wins the game.
Meantime, Students can also play poker and weiqi (or Go) in classrooms. Of course, these pieces in students&`& hands are in English alphabets. Such fun time for students!

Ryan: You know when we are talking about this, I imagined maybe a teacher or a parent walking into a room when their kid was in there. There were three other friends smoking cigars, drinking 白酒, and playing this. And their parent’s like ‘what are you doing?’ Then they are like ‘learning English’. But maybe that gives you a point of where I’m coming from. I think that…I don’t know a lot about mahjong, but maybe I can compare it with poker. And that in my family I wasn’t allowed to necessarily play poker until I was of a certain age because there was a heavy gambling context associated with that game. And so when I’m thinking of this, yes, the good is there that people are learning English and I think it’s really cool to learn English in a fun way. But at the same time I think this is still relevant in that they are playing game that’s commonly used to gamble with and that could have some effects on them.

Heyang: Yeah, and actually that is a really worthwhile concern, I think. As mahjong for me, I would have thought it’s sort of just entertainment for the masses and I wouldn’t necessarily connect it with gambling coz I’ve seen older folks play mahjong and instead of money, they use like 瓜子儿, you know like sunflower seeds to replace the money or…you know there are many ways to play it. And you see in so many places in China that it is a really important item in the entertainment list that people have. But I think it’s really interesting that a teacher is actually connecting the two, learning English and playing mahjong together. What do you think of this kind of mentality behind the design?

Yuyang: Oh yeah, I think I come from very traditional background in China. But Ryan, compared to you, I was allowed to play poker from a very young age. That is about when I was in primary school. I can play poker with my parents. So I think if you can give the students safe context, maybe they can do it; they can both play mahjong and learn English without causing the parents’ worry. Well, let me explain. Let me explain the school principal’s logic in some way. Well, students have to form English words with the letters they get and then write down on their notebooks. A student wins a game after they form the most English words, writing sentences and telling a story by using the words. And the school principal says that he has calculated the frequency of letters appearing in words, and then set the quantities of each letters differently, such as having eight mahjong pieces of ‘I’ but only two ‘B’. So according to the school principal, it’s scientific design, in some way.

Ryan: Yeah. You know, listening to this, I just think there is better ways to learn English and that is listening to RoundTable. Number Uno! (Yuyang: Oh yeah) Come on, folks! Why are we even talking about this? You should be listening to RoundTable as often as you can. But maybe another good personal idea is that I would say watch TV shows. Listen to how people interact, you’re learning their mannerisms and you’re learning how they speak, pronunciation and how they formulate sentences. So those are my two suggestions but like I had said before that, RoundTable, obviously, number one, folks.

Heyang: Oh definitely. Ryan, you’ve just provided us with the most valuable words of today. That is, well you know, RoundTable. I can’t think of another option for you. Yeah and I think with this playing the mahjong thing to learn English, actually the idea is similar to playing Scrabble. So it’s about, you know, forming those words and expanding your vocabulary and those things. And also those mahjong tiles they don’t look cheap to me at all. It’s special mahjong tiles. And now for some reason it’s just mahjong tiles ringing in my head right now.

【文稿】深扒夜宵界霸主上位史

Jun 13, 2016 489

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【特别感谢热心听友“张惠云”帮忙听写本篇文稿】

HeYang: They glisten, boiled bright red, heaps and heaps of whole crawfish spread across a dinner table. Yeah, you see that a lot in outdoor restaurants on a hot summer night.
Chinese people love simply eating crawfish, or 小龙虾. Nothing compares with washing down the delicacy with a glass of ice cold beer.
Guys why is it that crawfish is so popular for Chinese people for midnight snack.

YuYang: OK before our mouth got watering, I like to say something about the history. Very brief history. Well the crawfish was introduced from Japan to China around 1930. Because crawfish is quite a resilient species and lacks natural enemies, the number of crawfish increased rapidly. And it’s widely seen in provinces and cities in middle and lower Yangtze River. At first, it might be bred as a type of feeds for other species, and later it became so famous at people’s dinner table. Especially at midnight snack table right now. And in 1980s, some farmers collected crawfish near a farm in Qianjiang, Hubei Province, and braised crawfish by the sidewalk. You guys guess what happened?

HY: What happened?

YY: The smell is so good. The smell attracted many passers-by, and the dish became popular locally, and was introduced to Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei at the beginning of 1990s. So I think due to its low cost, good taste and sufficient supply, the dish soon gained popularity in China. And it’s so popular now. You can see it everywhere.

Ryan: you know you said something about the smell and how that attract people. As I said I live right next to Guijie so I can totally sympathize and say yes, that smell does drive you crazy and gets all your worked up and hungry and I always see tons of people eating this and are really loving it. It’s kind of like got a social context. Like summer night beer, these things with friends and what not. And walking down the street because I mean frequently go to Dongzhimen or Sanlitun or whatnot for my gym and groceries. But you know going through the street I often see so many people doing this. I was thinking like wow this must be a very specific thing in Beijing, Beijing must be doing this big. But as I understand there are some places in Jiangsu, Xuyi county, and they eat about 30 tons of crawfish within one night. With 30,000 people of course during international crawfish festival every year. 30 tons of crawfish within one night. Those people love this stuff.

HY: Yes that’s a lot. And I used to think that this is one of those fads that happened in Beijing but actually it’s not just here, is all over the country, is it?

YY: yes, it’s all over the country. Such as there Hubei, the crawfish output of Hubei took up nearly 60% of the total output in China in 2012. And in 2014 alone, people in Hubei spent over 25 billion Yuan, that’s around 4 billion USD in eating crawfish alone. So we can see Hubei people really love crawfish a lot.

HY: Alright, so correct me if I’m wrong. I have to admit ever since I am doing this show I’m so ignorant. I’m Chinese but I know not that much about my country and our country is just vast and with a rich history. But crawfish used to be considered as kind of a cheap thing and also the environment as it is naturally grown can be a little bit dirty sometimes, like sewage, drains, like wet corners of not very clean water areas. But how come it has transformed itself and became so popular as you guys are talking about it.

YY: oh yes, as you said, crawfish has a strong adaptability to environment. It can live in highly polluted regions. So therefore, no wonder many people are worrying about the safety of eating crawfish because of its high contents of heavy metals. But the recent scientific study shows heavy metals gathers in its gill and its guts. It’s not in the whole body; it’s just parts of body. And the part we eat doesn’t contain that much heavy metal.

HY: You’re so technical, now I know everything about it. Why is it so popular? Why are people just digging in and getting their hands all oily and dirty.

Ryan: Specifically I can only take a guess as the outsider in this group. But you know seafood is often expensive, delicious seafood. I mean, if you’re thinking like the crawfish is close a cousin. A lobster is 70 USD just for a tail in a lot restaurant in US. But here you see that seafood that isn’t expensive that you can have plenty of, that’s like an informal thing. It’s amount like a hotdog or something like that, you eat with your hands, and it’s delicious. You know, I think for so many reasons it’s delicious, it’s cheap, it’s something you can get your hands dirty with your friends. And you know, you don’t have to have the dinner manners of the queen when you are eating, but you can just let loose with your friends and have some beer and have some crawfish.

YY: Oh yeah there is a joking way to describe this, why crawfish becomes the most popular midnight snack? Because when you eat it, your fingers become too oily to play your mobile phone, so you can only focus on chatting and communicating with your friends.
Ryan: then it should be very good for dates. Coz I know some people go on dates and when date’s going sour, maybe this other girl or guy is like on their phone. But if you take them to crawfish folks they can’t do it, so you got them cornered.

HY: oh my goodness, that could work either way Ryan. If you’re taking your date out for the very first time, I think probably eating in a more dignified way would be more suitable. Because I mean come on…it's the first time. Let's not show our true colors just yet. Let’s try to be civil and maybe this is the best idea for a third date or forth one when you’ve kind of known each other a little bit. And wanna see your true personality and all that. Let’s get our hands dirty and oily and see what we really are.

Ryan: so if I have a Beijing friend, the guy friend is like: yeah I'm going out with this girl and I'm going out Guijie this night. Oh I got so you guys must have gone a couple of dates already because you're going on Guijie, recorded HY, it's like the third date kind of material.

YY: yes, because you have to fight so hard to get the shell off the Maxiao. And girls might not like that at the first date. Right, HY?

HY: yeah, I think that's a very good point and if the guy offers to help me out to de-shell the thing, he is a keeper. That's what I would say.

无魔兽不青春!

Jun 12, 2016 1128

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The release of 'Warcraft', the film adaption of the popular video game, has been breaking records in the Chinese box office. The video game once had millions of gamers playing online simultaneously, forging alliances and friendships alike. As many gamer-turned-viewers put it: World of Warcraft bears the blood and tears of our youth that we can reminisce by going to the movies.

【有文稿】六成青少年成“屏奴”Part II

Jun 12, 2016 521

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【特别感谢热心听友“绿云扰-王佳云”帮忙听写本篇文稿】

Ryan: Yeah, I’m just gonna go right back to Heyang here. I’m just saying…... (Heyang: Sure, I’m ready.) Okay, as you are talking from you know being a woman in her twenties and knowing so much about the world and what not. But you know I should honestly say that when I was seventeen to now I wouldn’t have known like maybe necessarily I would be like oh, someone is on my phone, it’s so cool. I like I need to answer them right away I want to be cool and popular. All these stupid things going through your head and eventually realized like popularity is just all superficial and you should just be yourself. But those realizations come later in life. These are kids so someone needs to snap them on the hand and say, hey, put the phone away so that’s my spiel. That’s my spiel but at the same time you know I do want to say that I do think this is a problem also as adults we don’t have specifically those numbers. But I mean today I was coming to work and I remember walking through the subway and seeing grown-ups walking up stairs and down stairs with their phones right in front of them and they are not even looking what’s to the left what’s to the right. If something happens they are definitely not gonna be able to respond. They are able to walk in one pattern comfortably but at the same time you know imagine if someone behind them falls they can’t respond and it’s just gonna create a chain effect. Come on, it’s dangerous and people there’s a time and a place.

Heyang: Yeah, Ryan, although I don’t really want to admit it but you are right.

Ryan: You all heard it~

Niu Honglin: What she says is right. And I think what she meant is you have to teach your kids and by teaching them what to do instead of telling them. Maybe you can be a good example. You can stop watching your smartphones stop playing games when you are walking when you are driving and that will them a sense of what to do things.

Heyang: Yes, and actually you kind of read my mind successfully, Niu Honglin. (Niu Honglin: Thank you, I have that ability.) You are a very smart girl and also Ryan I think you really did hit the nail in the head with saying that it actually the adults that haven’t really been setting the best example or being the role model and they don’t really realize themselves or they don’t have a stance to say that you should get off your digital device when you are mobile when they themselves are probably doing the same thing. So now it’s actually a bigger problem. It’s not just teenagers being a bit crazy and immature and those things. It is actually a bigger picture.

Ryan: Yeah, you know I just wanna…you know it’s tough because these teenagers were dealing with new things that are happening and everything is changing, technology is growing. It seems like it’s grow in the trend of we are always plugged in. We are always in some way in communication with people. But you know I would just like to say that these kids I hope that their parents crackdown a little more on them using devices while they are walking. But you know you can be one of those perfect people that doesn’t use devices. What’s really scary is if there’s some adult behind a car or something like that. Because you can be the best driver in the world or the most protective walker in the world but when you believe like someone driving a car is being a responsible driver yet they bring out their phone and texting. That doesn’t matter how good of a person you are about your walking habits. That person is also just as dangerous as you also having that phone in texting. So I think what’s really important here to and something you definitely worth focusing on is that adults especially because they can do more things like driving and what not need to better about choosing the time and place to use these devices.

Heyang: Yes, that is a very good point and also echoed by one of our WeChat listeners Mr.战神. He says: I avoid using my smartphone at home because I don’t my daughter to copy my behavior. (Niu Honglin: That’s good parenting.) Yes, and he also says actually I can live the weekend without it. And 战神 I can totally agree with you because I do that all the time. (Niu Honglin: You people are amazing!) And also he says while walking I don’t listen to this amazing show called RoundTable. I only do that when I am sitting down alone because when you are walking in the street and you’ve got the earphones in your ear sockets then it’s bad for your listening ability and you could be in danger when you don’t notice. Those are some really good tips.

Ryan: They are some really good tips and awesome parenting showing by example I love it. But he mentioned the headphones you know I’m not gonna lie to our listeners because they are wonderful and I want to be very honest with them. I do listen to my headphones not necessarily when I am driving but almost never when I am driving. But like in a subway when I am walking around to transfer and what not. You know that’s I feel like I can handle that and I can respond to situations visually but at the same time I can understand where he is coming from and saying you are impaired without hearing.

Niu Honglin: Yeah, and also one of the dangers we are not saying is dangerous places but some place you should not listen to music or whatever. You are crossing the street or at a street corner or you are in a driveway or a parking lot that’s the places that you need to watch out.

Ryan: Niu Honglin nailed it on the head there I totally one hundred percent agree. I think like you said use your discretion but when it’s traffic related crossing streets especially you are driving those cars, guys, devices should not be the first thing on your mind, it should be you know should be safety and protecting those around you.

Heyang: Yeah, very nicely said and also if you are really that desperate to stay in touch for those people that are just not worth it anybody, then just take a minute I think just stand still and move to a corner to a safe place in the street and finish your texting or whatever you are doing on your phone and then resume your walking after that, if you are really that desperate.

Niu Honglin: And from a personal experience that will give you a high efficiency even though you are playing a game just stand there, stand in a safety place and play your game do whatever you want they will give you better experience.

Heyang: Yes, that person can be stuck there for minutes if not in an hour I’ve seen that happened to. But that’s the safer way to do and everybody just stay safe alright? That’s what I want to say and before we move on to our last topic of discussion today, Ryan you are getting all the nice messages today. (Ryan: You guys are so sweet. Keep them coming.) You are just asking for more and our dear listeners seem to feed more into your ego.

Ryan: Because we love each other, Heyang, that’s how it is. (Heyang: Alright, I get a little jealous sometimes.) They don’t understand guys, or she’s doesn’t understand our love guy, but that’s okay.

Heyang: I understand a little bit, a little bit and there is Linka, maybe that’s your name, and she says, Ryan always has a nice point, smart guy. Being called smart, that must make your day, Mr. Ryan Price, right? And there is naxiaoning says I agree with Ryan, kids are kids, don’t hold them the standard of adults. I am crazy when I was at that age. So thank you for sharing that comment and agreeing with Ryan. When can someone agree with Heyang? There is 那朵小花 saying this is my first 弹幕 biu message, love you Heyang, your voice lights my day. OK, that’s so nice of you.

Ryan: I also love Heyang, guys. She is awesome. So I’m right there way with you.

Heyang: Oh my goodness, thank you for saying so much nice things to me. That is really cute of all of you.

【有文稿】六成青少年成“屏奴”Part I

Jun 11, 2016 482

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【特别感谢热心听友“​Maggie 欣欣”帮忙听写本篇文稿】

Heyang: We’ve all done it: when a conversation gets boring, we pull out our smartphone and start playing with it. This is been called phubbing. But apparently, Chinese teenagers are taking it to the next level: as a new survey found that 60% of teenage pedestrians are on their smartphone as they are walking in the streets. It is okay?

Guys, what’s going on here?

Ryan: Oh goodness. Let me tell you all about it, okay? A survey released by non-profit organization Safe Kids Worldwide with the support from FEDEX, So it bit sounded like Fedex but I didn’t want say that because there’s a delivering company called Fedex, found teenagers are often distracted by the use of electronic devices while walking, which can cause traffic accidents. So it’s been revealed that 93.1% of students surveyed in a survey possess smart phones. 60.9% of those surveyed said they got distracted by the use of electronic devices while walking. And nearly half (45%) of the respondents admitted that they themselves or their friends and family have nearly experienced pedestrian clashes while using smartphones, tablets or gaming devices. So here are, you know, overwhelming amount of these people that were surveyed, the students have phones, and more than half of them are getting distracted while walking using these devices at the same time. Another question I would like to ask is like those who do drugs these students or even, you know, younger adults that do drugs was the number of people that use like phones when they are doing that on a scooter or in a car, also a good thing to look into I think.

Heyang: Oh that’s very interesting.

Niu honglin: And actually I don’t think it’s limited to teenagers I think adults also do that too. They also walk and drive and do everything with their cellphone and actually in some metro places and malls they have this warning, like saying you should not use your phone when you’re on the elevator or when you’re walking. They have this because more and more people are doing that. That’s why they’re warning people not to.

Ryan: Yeah. Okay so let’s talk a little bit more about the survey coz I’m sure some questions are being asked about that. So basically they surveyed 1000 middle school students on their pedestrian habits. The students came from 10 schools in Beijing. Apart from that, the kid’s safety advocacy is measuring the risk of these students walking through school zones. And you know, a lot of these distractions, you probably say, ’what are they doing’ Well of course maybe they’re using like, messaging friends, they might also be listening to music and making phone calls.

Heyang: Yeah and it’s really interesting that you guys keep on saying,’ all these kids are being distracted or adults are being distracted when guys, I don’t agree with you at all. That sounds like you’re shifting the responsibility of walking safely yourself to digital device? No way! It’s you putting this on yourself. Nobody is distracting you. It’s because you don’t have the ability to say no to stuff when you should have. That is my opinion and these guys are kind of shaking their heads in front of me so they don’t necessarily agree with me. But they get a chance for their rebuttal right after the short break.

The part that I feel very passionate about is I don’t think you’ve got anybody to blame or to take this as a distraction. It is just you putting your safety second (Ryan: Yeah) and putting your digital device first. What is wrong with you?

Ryan: Oh yeah~ I got some information for you, Heyang.(Heyang: Yeah~) Okay, so, pedestrian injuries among 15-17 year olds account for 37.24% of all pedestrian injuries among children 17 and under. So I mean, I would say that these are kids; these are tiny kids and so much of them are this group basically 15-17 year-olds. They are not adults so I don’t believe we should hold them to the standard of adults. They are still very much kids and I think there’s needs to be some parent guidance here and that is you know, like when I was a kid I would run across the street like a mad man I could even think I would dodge traffic like I was invincible, you know. Even probably well on to 15 if my mom hadn’t said, you know, lay down the ground working. She said Ryan look both ways before you cross this street. Always wait till you have a clear, you know, no problem zone to cross. You know these kind of things, but basically we’re seeing a lot of these injuries are happening with kids.

Niu honglin: I agree with you when you were saying they need some guidance and they need someone to tell them they’re not doing it right. But you have to know their reasons when they say they do not want to put their cellphones down it’s because maybe they’re listening to a song that hasn’t come to an end and they say they wanted to keep company with their friends in the internet and they don’t want to make the other party unhappy and the third reason which I find a little ridiculous is that they do not…they simply do not want to stop playing.

Ryan: Right you said you find this ridiculous. Well I can’t speak for China; I don’t know the specific rules but you’re not considering an adult in the U.S. until you’re of 18 years of age. So these are kids. And of course they are ridiculous. Kids do ridiculous stuff. They don’t know any better and what I’m saying here to both of you but especially Heyang I’m pointing my finger at you, girl (Heyang: What’s up?) I’m saying that you can’t hold them to the standard of adults. I think if this was a different survey and we found that these were actually people who were considered adults. I would agree with you. But these kids need guidance and basically tablets are more available now than ever and kids are getting them. So parents need to join the current situation we’re living in right now and be able to tell their kids, ’Hey, while you’re walking, put that phone away.

Heyang: Yeah, I think it’s interesting you make that distinction, Ryan. But I just don’t think a teenager of 17 years old or an adult of 18 years old are that different. I just feel that for these…Okay when it comes to legality I have to agree with you, Ryan. But when it comes to using your smartphone and ditch it when you should so you can stay alive and don’t walk into a tree or get hit by a car or walk into a manhole and fall into whatever stuff and you could lose your life then I don’t think that it is an excuse to say that I just want to stay connected. That’s just not good enough.

Niu honglin: Well, I would like to take a little step back and say that maybe it’s because when they’re still kids when they started to…( Heyang: Teenagers! We are talking about teenagers now!)Yeah, I’m trying to say when they’re still kids and they don’t know how to see the world. They don’t know how to think about things. Maybe their parents didn’t tell them about the devices because they don’t have it back then. And now they have this and maybe they don’t have a right way of thinking things and seeing things now.

【有文稿】性格决定寿命!

Jun 9, 2016 474

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​【特别感谢热心听友“Mobey 曹英哲”帮忙听写本篇文稿】

Heyang: Some believe that one’s personality can alter the course of one’s destiny. But do you believe that your personality can affect how many birthdays you celebrate?

Of course, it’s important to remember that there are many factors, from genetics to lifestyle, work together to determine life expectancy — but researchers have found that there are six personality traits, in particular, some are more common in those who lead longer lives.

Guys, what does the study say, do you believe in this six indicators that could contribute to how long you live?

Yu Yang: Well, this is a really interesting research, because the researchers used the data from a 75-year study of 600 people, who began taking part in the study between 1935 and 1938 when they were in their mid-20s and continued the whole participating process until 2013. When they joined the study in the 1930s, each participant picked three to eight close eight friends to rate their personality using a 36-question scale created by the psychologist E. Lowell Kelly in 1940.

Using the questionnaire, the researchers end up with 4 key traits that emerged as key measures as longevity. And two for women and two for men. Of the men in the study, those who were seen by their friends as more ‘conscientious’, which means they were less likely to take risks and also tended to be more thorough and efficient, and open to new and different ideas, feelings, and concepts lived longer. Of the women, those who were seen as more emotionally stable and agreeable lived longer.

Ryan: Yeah. I was looking at this, and I think it boils down to, for me, these are just really technical terms to say, don’t live a life that is stress-ridden. So a stress-free life, you live longer, and I think happiness, that ambition, that drive that tells your body life is good, let’s keep this run going for as long as possible. I think your body does directly respond to you, if you’re hating life, if you stressed everyday, it’s like the worst day of your life, your body’s probably, it’s that mentality’s taking a toll on it some way. Like let’s take the guys for instances. Conscientious, which is the best predictor of longevity when measured in childhood, is a personal indicator of long life measured in adulthood. To me, conscientious means like people who create healthy, long life pathways for themselves, and for me, at the same time, I think that is hand in hand with a stress-free life, also being open, not opposing change, everyday is a change, and so these people that were started this what the 1930s, a lot has changed, if they fight it continuously, they’re gonna get tired and worn out, and of course, probably won’t be living as long life. But if you open the change and you are conscious, you think about things like, oh I should set my alarm or worry about the little details in your life, those little details won’t come back to bite you in the rear end, and you will be less stressed, you can relax knowing that you covered all your basis and that’s what it means for me, maybe you guys can talk about the lady, the two lady words.

HY: Yeah that could be possible, but also I just think conscientious is really interesting coz it’s sort of telling you that you take small risks maybe, but you avert most of the risks, is that what kind of means here?

Ryan: Well, also, detail-oriented which to me means someone who doesn’t just like go through life, and like doesn’t pay attention to small things, looks through things in detail, and make sure it’s done maybe correctly, but also at the same time, you could say, like, thrifty and persistent, but those kind of people I believe they have less of that karma from doing half way jobs comes back to bite them in the butt they live more stress-free lives.

HY: Oh interesting. Coz I used to think that would be... Because these people sound like prudes.

Ryan: Oh... She said it. You guys heard it. She took off the gloves. But...

HY: I mean I’m just throwing it out there…

Ryan: Oh you threw it in my face. You can just throw it out there. Alright, you know I’m just gonna say this. I think someone who does take that detail into serious account will live a longer life in less stress. Now please, this is the man words. So let’s talk about the lady words.

YY: Yeah. The emotionally stable thing…I think I agree with this point. It’s not a gender topic but maybe because women are more influenced by emotion than their counterparts. And according to the research, the emotional status can affect women’s hormone and endocrine. Endocrine means “内分泌” in Chinese. This one I totally agree. So, well, I think women are more susceptible to the endocrine imbalance(内分泌失调). Well if you suffer from that, that’s a problem. So I suggest to keep your emotions stable as much as you can, and agreeable and friendly and being nice, well, that’s kind of ideal situation, but life is hard sometimes. Or I think Heyang you have something dramatic to say about this trait.

HY: I have nothing dramatic to say, I just have something pretty rational to say. That is I think emotionally stable should be what men and women try to pursue maybe. I don’t see why this is strictly a gender thing that is my question, coz when it comes to hormones, come on everybody, male are more susceptible to it or if not we’re at a similar levels, I think it’s sort of gender stereotype to say women are just more emotionally going through ups and downs and things.

Ryan: Well, ok, I mean that’s a whole separate argument I feel, but there are inherent differences in men and women especially in brain chemistry, I believe that there is a good argument in that. But at the same time, I do agree with you that emotional stability is not a gender specific thing. And so everyone should strive to be emotionally stable, but what do you think about agreeable and friendly like?

HY: Well, I think it’s sort of creating that happy atmosphere around you, coz I think automatically if that is around you, then it makes you happy, it would work for you and maybe spreading a little bit love on the way is not a bad idea, either. And also it seems like being an extrovert can help too, so I think it goes back to being open and those kind of things.

Ryan: I was just gonna say for me it’s common sense, I totally agree with you.

HY: Alright~

YY: Really I think I’m an introverted person, I can handle stress pretty well.

HY: Don’t forget that these factors in play together.

花钱提问不如听RT!

Jun 8, 2016 791

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When you have a question, how do you get an answer? Well, there&`&s an app for it. Paying-for-knowledge Apps are getting popular. Wang Sicong, son of Chinese real estate tycoon Wang Jianlin, the richest man in Asia, also an internet celebrity in China, has already made 240 thousand Yuan (around 366,000 USD) by answering 32 questions.

午休看黄网被开冤不冤?

Jun 7, 2016 827

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Recently, an internet user said he was fired after the company found him surfing pornographic websites on his mobile phone during lunch break. As it turned out, the employer has been monitoring every single move you make on the internet.

Who do you think should be blamed for that? And should the company monitor its staff?

六成青少年成“屏奴”

Jun 6, 2016 975

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We've all done it: when a conversation gets boring, we pull out our smartphone and starting playing with it. That is called phubbing. But apparently, Chinese teenagers are taking it to the next level: a survey found that 60% of teenage pedestrians are on their smartphone as they are walking in the streets. It is okay?

高考移民,拼分还是拼地区?

Jun 5, 2016 1219

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The Ministry of Education has called for more efforts to deal with the issue of so-called "gaokao migration". What is it? Why is it a problem?

【文稿】友谊的小船不维护就翻了~

Jun 4, 2016 434

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Heyang: Have you reached your peak friendship? According to a new study, people will have the highest number of friends around the age of 25. But, these numbers begin to decline soon after, and men have more friends than women. Do you agree?

Guys, what did this study find?

Yu Yang: In the study published in Royal Society Open Science, researchers from Aalto and Oxford Universities analyzed the cell phone communications of 3.2 million users in Europe. The team looked at the calling patterns (excluding text messages) between pairs of people of known age and gender in 2007.

The Study found people have the highest number of connections at age 25. After 25, these acquaintances will decline steadily, and plateau from 45-55. Once a person reaches 55, friendships will begin to decrease steadily. While the study examined these relationships in a phone-based setting, the team says these findings correspond closely to face-to-face networks as well

Ryan: I think this makes sense to me. Because I feel once you’re hitting 25, you’re A “looking for serious relationships.” And everybody knows that’s once you’re in a relationship even if you try really hard, it is hard to keep those personal friendships you had when you were an individual. Maybe when you are a couple, those friendships won’t be as relevant anymore.

At the same time at 25, people are starting to get ready to pursue their work or career. They’re finishing school, life’s looking like a full time job. Basically, life is going to hell in a hand basket, folks. But pursuing a career that might even take you from a different part the country you are living in even to another country. When it’s long distance, it’s really hard to stay connected.

HY: That is so true when you talk about distance, it can kill a friendship. I’ve experienced it too. I went to college in the UK and I had my really tight and close circle of friends. But most of them live in London, and some are in Europe now, or actually scattered all around the globe. And not that many of these close friends of mine back then from college are in Beijing. I feel that friendships are a bit like flowers, just allow me to be little sentimental today, it suffers if you don’t sing to it. Now I feel the urge that I need to get back in touch with these friends.

As you make new friends, but shouldn’t it be in theory that once you start working, you are expanding your contact list. You are supposed to meet more people, but how come for most of us, it seems after college you just lose that big pool of candidates to become your friends. What happened there?

Yu Yang: I think it depends on the degree of maturity. As you grow older and maturer, I think you become more selective about your acquaintances. One typical scenario in China is after people get married and have kids, they spend most of their non-working hours with their family members instead of hanging out with friends. At least that is a typical scenario in China.

Ryan: For me, I would say, I don’t like to mix to often professional life with my real “me” life, you know? And so, I think that’s why we see a lot of people that have work acquaintances but then outside of work they leave work at the door as they are leaving the office and suddenly, I’m like, a whole different kind of Ryan.

Yu Yang: This study is based on a phone setting and I think people are using their phones to communicate with each other when they are young, people mostly communicating with peers of similar age.

Heyang: Ok, this is based on phone data and I felt that it is looking at people who are called “cavemen” or “cave-women” and I belong to that group, you guys, young and hip people, Ryan and Yu Yang, you don’t belong to this group. I feel…..ok you guys aren’t saying anything, you know, against me, to make me feel a little bit better in that context….anyways so I think this study, maybe that is a little bit biased.

Ryan: Well, first of all, the reason why I was taking my time there is because you called me young and hip, that was so nice of you.

Heyang: You’re welcome, we help each other out.

Ryan: But,you know, that was my thing, is this going to be relevant in the next 5 years, in the next 10 years? With communication now, we are looking at so many interesting things, like we were talking about VR the other day. Imagine if I just put on these goggles and I’m chilling in your house with you even though I’m half way across the world and there are these holograms now where a camera is looking at you and it projects your friend (Heyang: Yeah) next to you, it’s almost surreal, these people that are half way across the world can visually be in front of you in almost a 3 dimensional way. And so, actually, I feel like in the future, communication and friendships, relationships in general, will see a huge change.

Heyang: I think it’s really smart of you Ryan to say it’s a huge change, but you didn’t say it’s going to be a huge improvement because I think technology, it does help communication but whether it can facilitate more communication, is a bit of a question. As we have seen the popularity of Wechat in China, Weixin, everybody probably using it, whoever’s got a smart phone but has that made you have more friends or more contact with these people that you really care about, it’s a bit of a different question as I think we’ve been spoiled with these avenues of communication but if you don’t have the urge, that you really want to keep in touch with this person, it means nothing.

Ryan: At the same time, scary, I just want to point out that communication now seems to always put us in contact even when we want our privacy, so I love privacy.

Heyang: Yes, and I have tried so hard to guard my cave, not allowing people in.

师生恋是禁忌之恋吗?

Jun 2, 2016 965

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A Chinese university professor has called for a ban on romance between teachers and students on campus. Rather unexpectedly, his statement has drawn criticism online. Is it ethical to have teacher-student romances?

那些男女关系中的禁语

Jun 1, 2016 516

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There are certain comments that are particularly poisonous to a partnership, eroding a bond over time. Beware of these 10 relationship-sabotaging phrases.

万达PK迪士尼,谁能称霸中国主题乐园市场?

May 31, 2016 1401

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Wang Jianlin, China's richest man and Dalian Wanda founder, has gotten into a fight with Mickey Mouse. Fortune reports that Wanda's public relations team released a public statement earlier this week in which Wang foretold that the era of Disney has passed. Is China ready for new characters that are innovative and appeal to the local culture?

赫扬需要女性专用停车位吗?

May 30, 2016 1263

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Eight parking spaces specially designed for female drivers in Hangzhou have triggered controversy. Is it simply being kind to women or a form of prejudice?

京交会上的高科技能把赫扬引出洞穴吗?

May 29, 2016 1193

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The 4th China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services or CIFTIS or 京交会 is currently being held in Beijing between May 28 to June 1. CIFTIS is the first comprehensive platform specializing in the trade in services around the world. It is hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of China and the People's Government of Beijing Municipality.

It showcases the newest development in the service sector of China, offers a platform for domestic and foreign partners to facilitate exchange and establish ties in all things related to the service sector.

Let's go around the table and share what's caught our eye during the fair.

【有文稿】只生不养不如养狗!

May 28, 2016 325

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Heyang: A recent online survey shows for that many young parents after giving birth to a child that’s when more trouble ensues. Apparently, young Chinese parents leave the responsibility of raising kids to the grandparents. Is this okay? What is going on here?

Yu Yang: So this online survey of China Youth Daily shows that, raising child is now a problem for many young couples. According to the statics, 58% of the respondents believe that it is very common to see young parents not taking the duty of raising their child. And 61% believes that great pressure from work is the main cause of the phenomenon. Nearly half of the respondents say they may consider about quitting the job, or at least their spouse to quit, if there’s no one to help. Nowadays it is very common to see grandparents or nanny hired to take care of the baby.

Ryan: Yeah, looking at this, this is something foreign to me. Just because I’m from the U.S., I feel like this is something that is maybe acceptable here. But in the U.S., I know if I did something like this, my parents would not be about it. They would say: “That child is your responsibility. Don’t expect us to pick up things you are do in your life. Like we already did it. We are done with it. We are ready to chill and enjoy other years of life that we have left. Now it’s your turn to be the parents. ” They would also probably say that is a privilege and something would be so memorable. She always tells me the best days of her life weren’t when she’s at work. It was her stressfully making time so that she could catch the little performances we did at school, and be a really part of our lives. So looking at this, I can understand people are busier and busier as the years go on, it seems. But at the same time I think you should try to make time in your life before you have kids so that you can be of more presence in their lives.

Heyang: You make a really good point. I think you show a different perspective really, and that is very much cherished on this show. Let me just play the role of the brat, spoiled young Chinese person considering having a child or not. “Well, mom. If you say I must get married. Okay, I’ve done that (in this imaginary world). And now you want to have a child. All right I’m giving that to you, since it is you that asked me to do all of this and want this child. You have a part in raising it too.”

Yu Yang: That’s typical Chinese scenario!

Heyang: Right?! Okay, buy the way, that was all acting. I still don’t even have a boyfriend. So Yu Yang, tell me more about it.

Yu Yang: well, I think one reason from the young couple is huge pressure. The other reason is these young couples are mentally immature and not independent enough. They rely on their parents too much. It’s a habit for them to rely on their parents to do everything, even taking caring of the baby. I agree with Ryan that if you can’t take care of the baby, just don’t have them. But in the Chinese scenario, they are pushed by their parents.

Heyang: Sometimes.

Ryan: yeah, so I speak for my sister and her newly wed husband. I think they got married last year. I know that sounds awful, but anyway I do remember their wedding and they are very happy newlywed couple. But they are so busy doing things together and wanting to spend time together. At the same time, they told me that they will only have kids if they know they have enough time to give to the kids. Otherwise they don’t think it’s fair to the kid to have them. A lot of us in the U.S. , what we do actually in a lot of relationships and what I plan to implement in my life is when I meet that special girl, and I’m like “ yeah, girl, let’s think about having a kid. But first let’s get a dog, a puppy. Because the thing about puppy is they are really hard to take care of. It’s almost like they have to be watched, all the time, like a baby. If you can pull that off successfully without killing each other and maintaining your work life. Well then maybe you are ready for the next step: the baby.

Yu Yang: There are some potential problems for the grandparents to take care of the baby. The child willbe easily indulged by the grandparents.

Heyang: That’s true. When you are the parents who are not happy with what the grandparents have done in helping you out, to raise your kid, then I seriously don’t think you have any place to complain.

圆桌单身狗餐厅你来吗?

May 26, 2016 1081

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There's good news if you've ever found yourself sitting alone at a table for two and feeling slightly awkward. A singles-friendly restaurant just opened in a shopping mall in Guangzhou. If you're single, will you go to this restaurant?

“中国制造”呼唤“工匠精神”

May 25, 2016 764

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Many Chinese tourists love to buy foreign manufactured goods such as German nail cutters and Japanese toilet seats. Is it because of a lack of craftsman's spirit in our Chinese products that's pushing consumers to other alternatives?

咖啡会替代茶成为国饮吗?

May 23, 2016 1167

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China might be known for its tea traditions, but today, it's brewing an increasingly sophisticated coffee culture.

A growing number of Chinese has developed a taste for the traditionally Western beverage and café chains have grown very rapidly in number during the past several years.

中国“菊花神药”让老外欲罢不能

May 22, 2016 847

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An ointment for hemorrhoids has become a hit on Chinese social media after it received rave reviews on Amazon in the U.S.. What is this magical ointment? Are you surprised that many foreigners are buying some Chinese-made "Luxury" items in droves?

520,521,恋爱恐惧你有没有?

May 19, 2016 1319

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A recent report from a popular Chinese dating website shows that over 80% of respondents have fear in falling in love. Do you have phobia over love?

花钱能教出贵族吗?

May 18, 2016 787

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Some wealthy Shanghai parents are forking out for expensive etiquette lessons to give their little princes and princesses a social edge in posh settings. The aristocratic-like class has come with a hefty price tag. The one-day program cost parents 3,800 Yuan or over 580 US dollars. Is it a reasonable way to cultivate a sense of nobility in their children?

[有文稿]从书架看穿你的性格

May 17, 2016 365

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Heyang: With your book organization style, it can say a lot about you. It’s almost more telling than what you read to some extent. It’s not the subject matter of the books you read that reveal the insights to your personality, but it’s the way you organize those books in (ways such as) spines in or out, or according to color code, or genre. How do you exactly order your bookshelf? I wanna ask you guys first about your personal decisions, and we’ll go from there.

Ryan: When I was looking at this I looked at all the different kinds of ways they had listed for you on how you organize your bookshelf. And I immediately connected with subject matter, because I feel I would put books about science over here, and books about space and art here. That would make it easier for me to get to the kind of book I wanted real quick.

But I saw some other ones too. Like color coordinated. I am kind of a “Fengshui” kind of guy.

HY: You are?!

Ryan: I know, yes, I am.

HY: I don’t know you at all, Ryan. I feel betrayed.

Yu Yang: You said you are into science, space and something like that.

Ryan: But I’m also into aesthetics, if I have a space ship it would be really cool. So I can understand that, like color coordinated books to look awesome. That might be really cool.

HY: What about you Yu Yang?

YY: I sometimes stack my books according to their sizes. I put books of similar size together. The big books are stacked here, the smaller books at stacked there. But sometimes I group books of the same subject matter together. Journals, dictionaries, novels, and notebooks are grouped separately.

HY: And Yu Yang you are an organizing freak. (YY: Yes, I am.) She likes things clean, in an orderly fashion, and it would be such a treat to live with you, and have you help me out with these things. I would be so grateful Yu Yang!

YY: I know your purpose, Heyang. But I’d like to help you out. (Thank you.) I’m notoriously known as the super clean and super organized person.

Ryan: I think it’s a good thing to be known for. I think I’ve been known as the opposite. No no no. But anyways, Heyang, please fill us in. Where do you fit in on this category of organization.

HY: At first, I thought I would go by author. Coz if I like a writer, I will buy almost every book that’s published by that person. I want it to be grouped together, regardless of size and how it looks. I want it to be together. Otherwise it kinda bugs me. But that’s not really on the list! So I’m kinda thinking outside of the box.

I think subject matter kind of makes sense. But color coordination, like what Ryan said, no way does that become one thing I would consider.

Ryan: Whatever…To each their own okay. But there was one of these categories which I was pretty surprised with. But I could also understand. And that was spines to the back. So image the part of the book where you have normally facing you out from the bookshelf actually goes in, so you just see the pages. I immediately thought this…the description says you are a perfectionist. Any my thinking is you are reading shameful things. (HY: You have something to hide.) Romance novels that are cheesy and you don’t want anybody to know about it, like my mom out there. I know you mom!

HY: And I think Ryan you are talking about me too. (Ryan: And Heyang too for sure.) It’s like if you’ve got “50 Shades of Grey.” (Ryan: Or “The Notebook”…) Or The Notebook, or…It might surprise some people…(YY: You don’t want other people to see the title, so you hide the spines to the back.) You are just reading my mind Yu Yang. I have a collection of, can’t believe I am revealing this to our listeners, but yes I read romance novels. I’m a girl, I’m allowed. Sometimes it is a little bit embarrassing if a visitor comes to my home and sees this. Heyang, are you an educated and worldly person, and you should be reading “The Memoirs of The Second World War, ” and you read this? About some hot dude dating some girl. And sometimes the covers are kind of shameful.

Ryan: You know you are not alone. Coz I remember when I was visiting my grandmother’s place, my mom, my sister and my grandmother were all in the kitchen talking. I was like that’s interesting, what are they talking about? They were talking about this book that’s secret dark passion. I was like that is the most corny romance chick flick book I’ve ever heard. But they are so into these books. And they were trying to talking to me about it, I was like no no. those books are like…horny...chick flicks. Not my scene.

HY: I am so brave to admit that I enjoy reading them. (YY: Brave girl.) If you are a chronological order person, then you are probably an academic that holds on to everything. If you are on your tablet all the time and order your books on the tablet, then you are into technology and you definitely are not in my “cave.” That’s all for the books.

千万别惹公交司机!

May 16, 2016 752

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Chinese internet users have been left in shock after footage of a road rage incident between a bus and car in Shangdong Province was posted online. It showed the bus driver repeatedly rammed into a car before crushing the car driver’s legs under his wheels.

不给车钱就开除!

May 15, 2016 413

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A white-collar worker in Shanghai is fired because she failed to pay a 36-yuan taxi ride. Is it reasonable?

【有文稿】偷刷卡,亲生娃也要打欠条!

May 14, 2016 485

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【特别感谢热心听友“张仕泓-Sammy”帮忙听写本篇文稿】

He Yang: A 12-year old boy in Wenzhou was asked to write an I.O.U. letter to his parents as punishment for secretly spending 9,000 Yuan on mobile games. Is it the right way that the parents used this particular method to encourage the son to learn from his mistakes? And should the game company give that money back to the parents? Is that even possible? Guys, tell me more about the story first. How smart is this guy!

Ryan: He is a smart boy, so he is 12 years old, and he is indulging in mobile games. Actually playing this game called Crisis Action, I actually don’t know what that game is, but he spent 9,000 yuan of his parents’ money ($ 1,400) on purchasing weapons to better his equipment in the game. And he paid through Alipay, a company here in China. It’s kind of like middle man using his Mom’s credit card. The mother, upon receiving the strange bills from her credit card company, initially thought it was credit card theft. When the parents found out the truth, they decided to give the child a lesson by making him to write an I.O.U. of 10,000 yuan. So basically, how is the boy gonna pay back his parents? He is going to earn the money back by doing chores, and academically being responsible. So, for dish washing, he gets 10 yuan; for cooking rice, he only gets 5. For mopping, he gets a whopping 20, and for cleaning his room, 10 yuan. (Not bad) And then, really important one, if he gets high marks on a math test, he gets a 100 yuan off his bill. So, actually looking at this, I really like the way the parents handled it. I think it makes him responsible for his actions, and I think it is a good thing because he is also bettering himself and he doesn’t know it. You know, he is gonna be getting good grades. He is going be... having a cleaner life, and he is actually taking care of himself by washing the dishes and cooking the rice.

Luo Yu: But have you ever done the computation yourself, all in all the kid has to mop the floor 1,000 times, and get the good academic scores 100 times before he can be cleared of his debts. But according to his father, up to now, this mechanism seems to be working quite well, and the boy has been responding well with the IOU, he behaved very well at home, helping with the family chores all the time, and he is very eager to finish his homework just after the school, so the father said, if the mistake can help the son learn the lessons he made mistakes and form a very good study habit, the money spent was actually worth it.

He Yang: That was really interesting, and when I was looking at the story, I felt a million years old, like a dinosaur, well, I live in my cave, so pretty much…you know, I am there anyway, but… yeah… I mean, with this kind of story, you realized that in the old days, in comparison, let’s just do a comparison, kids used to sometimes steal from parents by just taking money out Mom and Dad’s wallet (Yeah) or purse, but now, it’s going to their parents’ Alipay account (It’s going digital) and also erasing his digital foot trail, like deleting the text massage that bank notifies his parents that a transaction has been made. This is stealing from parents, and don't you think a little bit of more heavy-handed way of parenting is kind of needed here?

Ryan: Not necessarily, I think, for kids, they are kids, they think they can get away with stuff. All kids get punished, all kids need to learn right and wrong, and they learn from their parents, but it doesn't have to be the whip. Sometimes they can be just incentives like I.O.U.s, and he is maybe learning that, you know, like he can pay this debt off. So Luo Yu said that he has to mop before a thousand times, or get good academic scores 100 times, I don't think that his parents actually gonna say: Okay, you have to do this in a year, (Yeah) if you don't, we’ll selling you. No, it’s like more, just like, hey, now it’s like if I got grounded for getting a bad test in the U.S., I am not be grounded forever, but my parents like grounded like: “when do I get out of being grounded?” They like: “when we decide”, and I think this is only bettering him, he is getting good grades, he is changing his life, he is being socially responsible, you know, cleaning the house, and helping his parents out, and what a great way to solve it, I don't think any violence or any other weird way of parenting would need to come in to play here, and he is leaning his lesson, and nobody is getting hurt.

He Yang: Yeah, okay, well, Ryan, you kind of convinced me, certainly I think with the story. That’s really interesting to see how parents are teaching the kids a lesson, and that part I think we did pretty thorough discussion already, but what about this other segment of the story, that now is that possible for kids to steal money from their parents’ online accounts.

Luo Yu: Some of the technical giant can definitely do something here. Because according to lawyers, the boy is the minor, so he only has restricted civil capacity, big transaction between a minor and a game company should be carried out with the consent of the minor’s legal representatives or their guardians, and apple, the company, had actually done this in 2014, he reimbursed the parents with 32.5 million U.S. dollars, because a lot of children, just without their parents’ consent, you know, have done this business with apple, and they got reimbursement later.

Ryan: I disagree with this, I think, like, you are being a sloppy parent if you are not, like, keeping on top of your kid stealing $ 1,400 from you. It’s not the company’s fault, I sell things, and if I have a no refund policy, I am sorry, no refund, you should like, not let you kid steal the money. I just… (But the kid can get… ) wait wait wait wait…, hold on (Okay, okay) before you jump on me, but I do think there should be a ceiling, okay, so for the amount like 1,400, yes, I agree, it’s a lot, but it’s not outrageous, if it was like a million dollars, of course, something needs to happen, that’s not really durable, and it’s… And the company, should be at least somewhat responsible for catering so much for this one kid, but in this specific circumstance, I think the company should be allowed to keep their transaction.

Luo Yu: But the kid has very easy access to get all sorts of their parents’ digital devices, and they get the business done without their parents’ consent, and this is actually not abiding by the law.

Ryan: I disagree, his mom is probably lazy and let the Alipay password in some devices. I doubt the kid just magically used a hack in his computer to find the password for his mom’s Alipay account. Watch your password, don't trust your kids. Your kids, they don't know any better. Just make sure, like your finance are away from your kids.

He Yang: Okay, that’s actually…

Luo Yu: So the best strategy is buy them an iPad without linking their iPad with your credit card.

He Yang: Luo Yu, did you take money from Apple, iPad sales could go up. But, yeah, I think I am agree with you, Ryan, in theory but, I’m just imagining one day when me, the cave girl becomes a mom, there is no way I could outpace my son or daughter in the future, you know, in terms of technology, I think this is just gonna be so hard. See there is another challenge for parents that you need to know these stuff, digital payment stuff, and stay ahead of your kid, in order to safeguard your money to some extent?

秀恩爱的底线在哪里?

May 12, 2016 593

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It's fine to walk with your girlfriend or boyfriend hand in hand on campus. You can even feed each other in the canteen. But if you dare to kiss in the public, you lose your chance of getting a scholarship. At least that's the case in a college in Wuhan.

公路走红就能按景区收费了?

May 11, 2016 804

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The Grassland Road in Zhangbei county of Zhangjiakou, North China’s Hebei Province, is a public road which connects several tourist attractions in the province. Now the local government has announced that an entrance fee will be charged on all vehicles.

不健身不成活!

May 10, 2016 589

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Health conscious consumers have a lot of new ways to work out these days, including using apps as a form of motivation.

But it turns out it’s also new ways for startups to make a whole lot of money. And it’s more than that; for many, fitness is becoming not a hobby, but a lifestyle.

赫扬最心水哪款型男?

May 9, 2016 571

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Do the terms like "metrosexual", "lumbersexual", "spornosexual" ring the bell to you?

Who is a modern urban man? What does the man want? How does he dress? How does he want to be seen?

女主播不准吃香蕉!

May 8, 2016 845

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In a continuing effort to sanitize the Chinese internet, the Ministry of Culture is going after bananas. Chinese live-streaming video websites have announced webcam girls are banned from "seductively eating bananas" as part of a crackdown on pornography.

【有文稿】你被哪些奇葩出租司机坑过?

May 8, 2016 452

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感谢热心听众【绿云扰-王佳云】对本文稿的贡献。

Heyang: You are listening to Round Table. They pick you up for an early flight. They give you a ride home after late-night out work. The headlights of their cars warm up your heart on a windy night, and that ambiguous smell inside sends you straight to vomit hell. Let’s talk about Chinese cab drivers. This is inspired by WeChat account “Shameless”. They’ve got some good stuff there. But yeah, guys tell me more about your experience of all those years riding Chinese cabs.

Ryan: Yeah, so I mean this “shameless” account breaks it down into five different categories of cab drivers. And I got to say that I definitely have a lot of stories considering this one kind of cab driver, The Raging Racer. And these guys drive fast. They are almost drifting in around corners and stops. No, I’ve never had that kind of experience. But I definitely have had cab drivers that are very aggressive drivers. And you know what? I liked it. I got to say I am a big fan of the raging racers. I remember one time I used to work on a Beijinghour we did a morning show so I’d wake up very early in the morning to get to the studio in babaoshan. (Heyang: How early was it?) Guys, I had to get up at 2:30 am, OK? (Heyang: 两点半 in the morning.) Yeah, and I live near Gulou so there is always taxi cabs there. But anyways I got one and this guy drove so fast and I ended up getting to work in the split nick of time and I was able to have a relaxing siesta on the couch before starting my shift even though at times I was a little nervous. But…..

Luo Yu: Is it a bit scary for the driver to drive all the way from downtown Beijing to Babaoshan at 2:30 in the morning?

Heyang: What’s scary about that? Luo Yu, let’s just let that out. Let’s just let it out. Why is it scary?

Luo Yu: Because we’ve got the best cemetery here in Beijing.

Heyang: Yeah, the cemetery, yeah, the graveyards.

Ryan: I’ve definitely had like also what they called a road robber who wants to take you on the trip through all different areas of Beijing. So in these many mornings that I have commuted to babaoshan I have gone through many different routes. My favorite route though was of course going through the Forbidden City and Tiananmen. There was an amazing view. (Luo Yu: Is that going through?) (Heyang: Changan Avenue.) Changan Avenue, driving you through Changan Avenue is beautiful at night and I highly recommend it. But there also take like a bigillion other different ways. So apparently there is like a bigillion ways to get to babaoshan from where I live. But my favorite is Changan.

Heyang: 长安街,yeah, Changan Avenue. OK, and I think talking about road robbers our listeners have something to say. PX says that there was once that you know she came back she wants to go into the city from the airport and every time the cab driver is being really really annoying and they just want to get the most money out of a trip from the airport to ……. OK, Luo Yu

Luo Yu: Tell me more about it. I used to live very close to Beijing Capital International Airport. You know it’s not walkable distance so I have to take a cab but I felt humiliated millions of times. Every time when I was hailing the cab and I said to the driver, “Sorry, I’m so sorry, shifu. I live nearby. I’ll give you…… ” Well, the fee is only fifteen kuai, starting fee, but I have to give him an extra twenty kuai. And he said, “Do you think twenty kuai compensation is enough?” So they don’t consider you as the valuable passenger. They just turn you down on most occasions. That’s happening a lot in a lot of cities in China.

Ryan: Yeah, you know so we’ve talked about the road robber, we’ve talked about the raging racer, but there is also one that is called The Zero Sense of Direction. I’ve definitely had my fresh year though the other…… (Heyang: No way! A taxi driver should know the way, right?) The other night I was with a friend and I was coming back to my place from near like shuangjin. Anyways, I was trying to tell the cab driver, hey, like it’s north, it’s north, but for some reason he kept saying beixinqiao wherever was a complete different direction. We got very mixed up so I feel like even maybe I have the zero sense of direction. But I thought I was like spot on about where we needed to go.

Heyang: Yeah, apparently the situation has only gotten worse as Uber and Didi are you know…

Luo Yu: But they’ve got GIS and GPS inside the car.

Heyang: Yeah, and I wonder if it’s OK. Well for me I think it’s fine if a taxi driver doesn’t know the way then just turn on the GPS. But that has changed. In the old days in Beijing when I was a little girl that was a long time ago I’d to admit. OK, I’m not that old anyway. Stop laughing at me! If you are laughing with you are forgiven. OK, alright, so bad thing it was….. I love non-local people as well alright? But back then it was all old local Beijinger taxi drivers and they would talk about as if they’ve just had dinner with Jiang Zemin or Hu Jintao the night before rubbing shoulders with them. And also they know the road and they know every shortcut through every alleyway. They can be the raging racer, too. But they know the way and that is the most important thing which I do find these days becomes increasingly a luxury that a lot of these non-local taxi drivers they just don’t know where to go.

Luo Yu: They can’t even speak mandarin as they are from outside Beijing so their Putonghua is not that good.
Heyang: OK, not as standardized but you know you can pretty much understand but they don’t know the way and that the most annoying thing for me. OK, most annoying thing for you.

Ryan: Sometimes the music. Sometimes the music I heard some great music in cabs and I heard some music that I was very confused about. But you know I’ve noticed that there is a quite different array of music. (Luo Yu: Like 凤凰传奇, the legend of phoenix.) There are different array of music being listened to in taxi cabs which is another criterion for one of the kinds of taxi cab drivers.

Heyang: Yes, definitely. And I like to finish off today’s show with Bob’ comment. He says he just scolded a taxi driver because that dude was eating instant noodles, cup instant noodles, and just threw the garbage out of the window and that’s not some behavior he can condone and I totally understand that.

【有文稿】度假哪能少了家乡美食?

May 7, 2016 278

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【特别感谢热心听友“Coco 鄢文琴”帮忙听写本篇文稿】

He Yang: A global survey found its coffee and ketchup that holidaymakers consider their packing essentials, rather than flip flops and suntan lotion. It’s also showing that nearly 40 percent of Chinese mainland travellers pack instant noodles with them. Are you one of them? Guy’s, please tell me more about the survey and what’s up with bringing food from home when you are travelling?

Ryan: Yeah, a survey of travellers from 29 countries and regions have revealed the top unexpected items each nationality takes abroad, ensuring that wherever they go they have a taste of home with them. The study are looked at, it was by a Spanish travel company, surveyed 7,500 people from around the world ensuring that a minimum of 250 locals had been interviewed for each country. Now, looking at these, I think, some of them are pretty silly. So, maybe if we have some French listeners you guys can clear this one up for me. But bringing cheese, 53 percent French people said they would bring either cheese or dairy products. Guys, don’t dairy products go bad like, how are you going to refrigerate that, that seems more a problem, more trouble than it is worth.

Luo Yu: Cheese have gone through four fermentation processes already, so , it won’t decay.

He Yang: It won’t to decay, but it will smell bad like baby diapers. And Chinese people tend to bring instant noodles, that doesn’t smell. But I don’t get it, if you are travelling, then aren’t you supposed to try the local food. That’s part of your travel experience. Why bring instant noodles?

Ryan: Define travelling, what if I am going to my parents’ house on Spring festival and I want something to eat on the way, on the train. That makes sense!

Luo Yu: And What if there was a long journey trip, like you take a train from Beijing to Urumqi. Right?

He Yang: You guys are just ganging up to against me today, not giving me a chance. But as independent young women, I will stand firmly on my ground. That I’m saying travelling here means long distance as you are travelling to a different country probably go sightseeing. And why would you bring your home food?

Ryan: No, no, specifically, I can’t answer that question, because I fill in the category of us Americans. In the study shows that Americans, we, tend to bring toilet paper and I’m all about that.

Luo Yu: And condoms.

Ryan: Oh, Godness, no, that’s totally false.

He Yang: It’s fine if it’s true. You know, just do it safely.

Ryan: Do it safely, that’s what we are saying. But as an American, it is, for us, is very hygienic oriented, which I totally agree with.

Luo Yu: For us, it is very easy to understand, because, for one thing, we love to taste a little bit of food from home. And that’s why a lot of Xin Jiang people would carry loads of nans (nan bread) with them. You know, it’s very easy to preserve and not easy to get rotten or decayed. And people just love it, like people from Shanxi, Gansu or Ningxia. They have Guo kui. These like crusty and crunchy shells, but very tasty inside. So, it’s like people are a little bit nostalgic and they get used to the food already. So, that’s why we take with them.

He Yang: Yeah, It just like South Koreans take kimchee with them. And whenever there having local food, maybe they want a little bit of something, that reminds them of home. But still, doesn’t that just defeat the purpose of travelling, you are going off a foreign country and I would still want to try the local staff.

Ryan: I think it’s weird. Yeah, you should try the local staff but if it’s really bad, I won’t blame you for going to the MacDonald’s that’s probably that’s down the street, because it’s seems to be everywhere. But one thing I did say like I did like that 37 percent of Russians they bring playing cards, really smart. Playing cards are good.

He Yang: Alright, I would like to finish today’s show with Han, our Wechat listener’s comments. He says: “I would definitely try instant noodles with local flavors, for example, kimchee noodles, if I visit South Korea or a bunch of other instant noodles with local flavor…

Luo Yu: I love that advice.

He Yang: It’s totally a genius.

什么样的礼物能打动赫扬的芳心?

May 5, 2016 564

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Who's not happy to receive gifts? Well, some ladies are complaining that their boyfriends or husbands give gifts that are weird beyond belief. Are women too picky? Or straight guys just don't have a clue what a good gift is for a woman?

网民多屌丝!?

May 4, 2016 591

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A recent report found that Chinese internet users young and poor. With 78% of netizens below the age of 35 and 60% of netizens have not received higher education.

The Culture Blue Book looks as the development of the Chinese culture industry and particularly internet content consumption.

孩子走失找房产中介靠谱吗?

May 3, 2016 1736

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Chinese real estate agency Lianjia, Home Link, has been slammed by the police and has triggered widespread controversy, after it allegedly proffered services for lost children and encouraged them to seek help in Lianjia shops. Is Lianjia’s guardian station for missing kids help children find their home or merely another publicity stunt?

农村儿童变胖都怪垃圾食品?

May 2, 2016 1279

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A new study has spotted an explosion of fat children in rural China. Researchers are blaming the Western-style diet high in sugar and carbohydrates as the main culprit to the problem. How serious is the problem and what should we do to stop the trend?

【有文稿】网络付费音乐谁买单?

Apr 30, 2016 362

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非常感谢【张仕泓-Sammy】对本文稿的贡献!正确率很高,特此表扬!

He Yang: An annual music report says music sales in China rose 63.8% in 2015. What’s contributed to this seemingly dramatic rise in revenue? Does it mean that China’s music market is moving to a paid model? Guys, tell me more about what’s behind this glamorous figure.

Yu Yang: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s annual music report says that music sales in China rose 63.8% percent in 2015, to $170 million in total, which is “a tremendous increase”. And the report says China tops the list for record companies. As we know, China’s music market witnessed the rampant piracy in the past, but it seems the situation has changed.

He Yang: But in emerging markets, we can’t rival with what the Americans have paid for music, for example, last year, but still, I mean this is kind of a new thing. (Yeah). You know, people are paying for stuff online, that is… (That’s a good start?) I guess so.

Ryan: You know, I disagree with both of you. Because when I first came to China, which was 2013, someone introduced me to QQ music, and l was like OMG, (laughing), I’ve can totally listen to all my jams, and it’s free! You know, before I was using a kind of streaming service, and I was paying a monthly fee too to listen er… as many…as much music as I wanted, but I was paying for it. So when I found out about the QQ music, I was so excited. But according to the IFPI’s report, the music industry achieved a key milestone in 2015 when digital became the primary revenue stream for recording music worldwide, overtaking sales of physical formats for the first time. So here we are seeing obviously physical formats are going kind of away, and the world is going to a digital platform and so I think we’re gonna see that government and industries will start to regulate that on more, more sale.

He Yang: Yeah, that’s true and I think it’s quite interesting to see that, while, people want music, people want audio products, and you want Round Table, and so it’s about how do you monetize through what medium, I suppose, and now I think, when you look at the western model, with especially you know, with Spotify, with iTunes, you see there is a way to make money from people downloading music online and do you think this is kind of happening in China right now?

Ryan: I would say yes. Yan Xiaohong, deputy director of the copyright administration, recently said more than 2.2 million illegal songs had been removed within the two months of an issuance of kind of removal of copyright-infringement content, which I can personally say I experienced that I remember I was using QQ music maybe like a year ago and this new Justin Bieber album came out. I am ashamed to say I was curious, guys. I was curious. So… (Now, you’ve loved it.) Ah ha, I… I…Well, Okay, So I can stream it. I can listen to it. No actually, no, I couldn&`&t listen to it. I couldn&`&t stream it. I had to… I couldn&`&t use the QQ music to actually play the song, but it was there and gave me this offer and saying: “Hey, do you want pay for it?” I was like no way, dude, Justin Bieber, I am not…haha (Not paying for him?) Any Bieber’s fans out there, this is just my personal preference. But I don’t think I would pay for a Justin Bieber song. But, yeah, so I, I would say like, definitely, they are cracking down on these free music sites.

Yu Yang: Yeah, besides the government’s involvement, I think the Chinese technic giants like Tencent and Alibaba is making their way to a paid model, like Tencent, it first launched a paid service in 2008, and I think China has been making efforts to cracking down on the music piracy for years, but now I think this time is kind of different with the level of engagement by the government and major Chinese companies.

He Yang: Yeah, I think we’re seeing a bit of change here from the government’s seriousness and determination to sort of clean up the piracy online. And also, I think a report earlier last year actually said that those who were born after the 1990s are more inclined to pay for music online or stuff online that previously used to be free. And I think that’s an important education to people, ‘cause (Yes) the Internet is a great place for free stuff, but have you ever thought about the people that put so much effort and creativity into what you are getting for free. It’s not right. Those people need to be rewarded. (Yeah, they deserve credit.)

Ryan: I am in. I am right there with you, they…they deserve rewards for their work.

He Yang: Yeah, certainly, and Lexie says, she is on Wechat says, He Yang, after listening to your brain wash of… you need to listen to the live show, I am finally here, and she says that there are some songs on QQ music can no longer be found either.

那些关于借钱的心酸往事

Apr 28, 2016 771

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I am sure many of you have the experience of lending money to your friends or acquaintances. Actually, this is a very common in our lives. Many people hesitate when they are faced with the act of being borrowed money.

What should I do?

轻量级、重量级都是美女?

Apr 27, 2016 546

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An international plus-sized beauty contest has been held in Beijing. Stunners come from different countries, including the US, Russia, China, Portugal and Zimbabwe. Do you believe that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes?

新晋资深网红成RT新偶像!

Apr 26, 2016 493

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It&`&s never too late to get that body you&`&ve always wanted, don&`&t believe me, just ask Liang Yuxiang, a 61-year-old Grand dad who has become one of China&`&s latest weibo sensations. So what&`&s going on with this Grand dad?

RT教你如何与舍友愉快相处

Apr 25, 2016 1367

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A Sichuan Normal University murder case has created ripples among netizens here in China. It has been dubbed as being one of the most heinous campus crimes in recent history and has attracted public discussion concerning its underlying factors. Do Chinese universities need to take dorm life more seriously?

【有文稿】智商互补易成CP?

Apr 24, 2016 471

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【特别感谢热心听友“Amanda-怡”帮忙听写本篇文稿】

Heyang: A new study found that Women who look for partners who are intelligent are less likely themselves to seek a career in the science, technology, math or engineering. Just like in the TV series the Big Bang Theory, Penny works as a waitress while her on-off boyfriend Leonard is a physicist. So guys, tell me more about the study and I just want to know do you think it makes sense?

Ryan: So the research came from the University of Buffalo in the US and it identified that the dating preferences of more than 900 participants. Women who wanted a partner smarter than themselves were also less likely to show an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Researchers said these types of women are more intent on playing a &`&traditional&`& gender role and gravitate towards more nurturing professions such as teaching and social work. Now looking at this, first of all, we talked about I believe Leonard and Penny, for all the Big Bang Theory fans out there, but I also would raise that Sheldon and his girlfriend are both scientists. (LY: Amy)Amy, thank you. And they are together. So that’s interesting we have both examples there. But specifically I gonna reference something more closer to home and that’s my sister. My sister has been published for trying to cure cancer. She’s met the Nobel peace prize winners in Germany for her research that she’s published so she’s very accredited. And she did not marry a guy that’s less smarter than her. She married another scientist who is also very intelligent guy, his name is Chris. And he’s a really nice guy. But I don’t think that women, if they are very smart, the smart women would settle for dumber guys. I just feel like this research is a little off-kelter with me.

Liu Yan: I was so impressed by Ryan’s personal story. I just want to say, his family is such a bonanza of inspirational stories. Because I still remember him talking about his mother and now his sister. ( HY: Liu Yan you have just proved you are our ultimate friend of RT.) I am not kidding. I do listen to each and every episode. In the future we will get to know each and every family member of Ryan Price.

HY: Maybe we can get to invite them to RT at some point if they come to visit you in Beijing. Ok, that’s another thing. But, yeah, I think Ryan makes a really good point. When I was looking at the study , I was a little puzzled, because it sounds like first of all what it’s saying is that some women are looking actively for women, oh sorry, you can (LY: that’s ok.) that’s your options too. You go girl. And there’s also woman who look for man, who are smarter. That’s one of the thing that drives you to look for a guy. I just find that a little bit strange. I think it is usually the whole package, and despite the fact that Ryan talked about smart girls going for smart guys, that kind of thing, but there are time when a smart girl who go for a guy that might not be as intelligent, you know, just maybe not as smart as she is. But he’s still ok.

LY: That’s certainly ok but there’s big difference. One is you deliberately trying to score someone who is not as intelligent. The other is you have found someone who is maybe not as intelligent as you but that’s not the main thing. You are attracted to his personality. That’s a different thing than you actually actively seeking someone who is less intelligent.

HY: That’s true. I’d like to share a little story. As you know I was that girl that kind of look for a guy that wasn’t as smart as I was. But he was so super cool and a really wonderful guy. That was just in high school. So basically I would ask him like math question and I totally know the answer. I nailed it. But I just asked him and pretended I didn’t know because I wanted to(LY: spend time with him) yeah, yeah, we have fun together; he’s still an awesome guy. I think this is far more complicated than just scoring the guy who’s smarter and you settle for the traditional role. But also there is this talk about the complementary roles like the guy, let’s say, is super smart in science and math and the girl is kind of just the opposite, so complimentary to each other.

Ryan: I have heard that opposite attract. I’m not one to buy that. I feel like people that you share stuff in common with you will be able to go do things together like you will be excited to do things, you will share common interest. You know like if I really like magna from Japan and HeYang really likes Magna from Japan. We can talk about that for hours. (HY: Oh yeah, Manga!)Manga! I am so sorry. (HY: no worries.) you know having things in common is actually really important in a relationship and of course you want to have everything in common but having the important stuffs in common I think is necessary.

HY: Totally.

LY: I know for the sake of the show, I probably should present a different opinion but I’m so totally on board. That’s exactly what I think. I think having common interests and having common intensity for something is very important. And just like Ryan, I am never for the stupid belief of opposite attract. I hate hate hate that saying. You know. If that’s the theory, 男人不坏女人不爱,nice guys always finish last, so I don’t believe that.

HY: I think it is the stupid girls that go for the really really bad boys. Ok maybe if you are like younger than 25, alright. But if you are 25 and you are still think like that, girl I don’t know what to do with you. You should, it is not the best.

LY: Go get yourself checked out.

HY: I am with you, LiuYan. But I don’t wanna say those words. Thank you for saying it. And also we’ve got so many messages regarding this topic. 静待花开 says my major is English and I hate math. I prefer to choose my significant other to be excellent at math. That is just what I want. And Jessie says I want someone that is kind of having that part that I don’t have. So I can kind of look up to him. But I would say I would go for, I just can’t help but share my own opinion, that is we should work as a team. We should be equals. And he is not dumber than you. And you can work together and move forward together. That’s the best thing I think.

[有文稿]那些年坑过你的老板们......

Apr 23, 2016 432

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非常感谢热心听众【张惠云- Bibi】对本文稿的贡献!

Heyang: If there is someone most likely to drop into your nightmares, it is your boss. Our bosses are very special to us - they know what drives us, how to hurt us, and most shamefully, where our bottom lines are. Today is their turn to be whipped by Round Table. Whish, OK didn’t do it right. But anyway this topic has been inspired by a post on WeChat public account on shameless and has so much fun reading it. Guys, have you encountered any of these bosses ever in your life?

Ryan: Well, OK let’s talk about these bosses because I think the names are very awesome. But we are gonna do some censoring here on some of the names, you can check the same article if you so wish. But the first one, no problems, the emperor boss. Now imagine it, and the emperor, what is an emperor, dude? Here is people take care of them. He is in a position of power, he is a powerful man. Well yes the emperor boss is a very powerful man, he doesn’t want to...you know, get his own coffee, or he has an assistant to do a lot of work for. This kinds of boss that are really like the menial tasks he has someone do it for.

Heyang: Yeah, ask someone to do it for him or her actually, could be an empress boss. And if it’s a woman in that position, could be equally as bad and demanding if not more.

Luo Yu: But I think on most occasions these emperor bosses are not very demanding. You know, you just pour them a cup of tea, or get the parcels for them, or get their schedules done, things like that. They will not be bossing you around, form my perspective.

Ryan: It is a way to win favor with the emperor. But at the same time too, as long as I think the tasks are menial, like please give me a cup of coffee, oh like can you lighten my cigarette. It’s kind of things like…dude you can do this you know. But I haven’t actually experienced any kind of emperor bosses, I don’t know about you guys. But there is one boss that I have experienced maybe you guys have also experienced it—the credit-owner boss. And Shameless describes this kind of boss, the boss is like come on guys, we are a team! Let’s do this! And then if the team fails, he’s like: well, my team failed, I don’t know what they did wrong uhm, you know, they jump out of the situation. And they include themselves when the good is good. They will be there and say oh I am a part of the team. But if the team messes up, they are immediately in the boss position and segregate themselves from it.

Heyang: You actually been a victim to this.

Ryan: Absolutely, people will always jump to greener pastures.

Heyang: Oh that’s not good at all. And I’d even take it a step further and say some of these credit-owner bosses, it could be credit-owner professors as well, you know, if you’re a student. And sometimes, they take credit of your hard work, your fruit of labor, and don’t give you any recognization at all. And I think that’s the worst type. It’s like you work so hard, and you don’t exist. And they don’t even remember you sometimes. And you just feel…I just felt like I was a complete loser and was being used.

Luo Yu: A lot of people have the same feeling of being used by other people, it happens a lot in every corner of the workplace around the world, I think, even happens in CRI.

Heyang: Oh! Tell us more about that.

Luo Yu: There are people who did the interviews, who had the story lines, who had conducted interviews by himself. And all of a sudden, there was a supervisor level person who asked the person to write his name first when they’re going to apply for award. This happens a lot.

Heyang: Yes, it’s kind of practice in certain circles. And I just wonder I mean, in those kind of situations of course, it’s very easy to say that we are the victims to it. But there is the other side of the argument that sees this as sort of a path that everybody has to go on for a little while because that’s how you earn trust form the boss or your professor. And also gain more experiences and through the way you might get some exposure. And I even like to respond to the first boss type that Ryan talked about, the emperor boss. Sometimes, on the surface, it’s like you are doing a personal errand for your boss. Like sometimes, the boss asks someone as strong as Ryan to change the water filter. But it’s not because it’s a personal favor. It’s more like they trust you and they want you to do something. So I mean there are different angles to look at this.

Ryan: Like moving forward on this, like being a good boss. I think a good boss should expect less people doing like catering to him, as he caters to his employees. Coz I feel like if you encourage your employees, you make them happy. They will be very productive, and as a boss, you will be rocking your job. So a good boss is an encouraging boss.

Heyang: That’s true. What about the boss 2nd generation? Do you have anything to say about that, Luo Yu?

Luo Yu: Well, boss 2nd generation. Usually, the female inferiors have a very good depiction about them, you know, they want to be hugged by theses boss 2nd generation. They think them to be very affluent and very powerful. But actually in reality on most occasions, they’re not that rich and sometimes their body shape is not that good as well.

Heyang: It sounds like someone’s got personal vendetta towards this 2nd generation bosses. Yes, that could be…uh sometimes, people shouldn’t take the face value of things. And also what are some of the other bosses that you think, they are just not good?

Ryan: Well there is the not nice lady boss. Yes I am censoring that name can be both man and woman. But someone who like kind of sleeps their way to the top. They use their assets to get their special job, which I don’t think is good.

Heyang: Yeah well sometimes, I feel that there is just the prejudice against powerful hard-working and good-looking women. And there, sometimes, when she gets on top, then there seems to be that kind of discrimination towards her. That scandals and rumors could be made up.

男女之间是否存在纯洁的友谊?

Apr 20, 2016 443

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It's one of the oldest questions known to man and woman: Can truly platonic relationships ever exist, or will there always be some bit of attraction there? This is a topic recommended by our listener 嘉Helen.

中国人为什么爱存钱?

Apr 19, 2016 735

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Chinese love to save up. As stats show Chinese people put 30% of their income in the bank. The interesting contrast is that Americans apparently only save 2% of their income.

[有文稿]小孩顶嘴更容易成功?

Apr 18, 2016 386

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【特别感谢热心听友“王佳云”帮忙听写本篇文稿】

Heyang: When your kids start talking back or mouthing off, that’s顶嘴, it pushes your buttons, of course that’s under the condition that you are a parent. Staying calm feels incredibly hard even though you know, in theory, that a calm response is the best thing for everyone involved. But what if when your kids push back? Is it actually great for their development? What does the expert say, guys?

Nick: Well, in this case the expert is a clinical psychologist called Kelly M. Flanagan and she says that the behavior is actually healthy for kids’ development. And she says that the inability to say "No” is one of the most common causes of human suffering in later life which sounds rather sinister when it is put out like that. But I think which she means that, you know, if you learn to say no to your parents about little unimportant things at an early age then that increases your ability to say no to you know peer pressure kind of things later in life like being forced to drink baijiu, for example. And another psychologist called Joseph P. Allen at University of Virginia so this is all in the US, said he tells parents to think of arguments with their kids not as a nuisance but as a training ground for the kids’ future development. So they are learning all of these skills like negotiation, how to present your own points of view and you know generally how to interact with other people when you disagree with them and not just have a shouting match.

Luo Yu: Right, I think a lot of parents have this mentality. They have to have the control of their kids. They have absolute authority over them. But this is doesn’t necessary have to be a very good thing. I mean if the students can if the kids can push back, it’s a good thing. (Heyang: I don’t want baijiu.) Because, well, you don’t want baijiu and that’s a very good argument from you. I can see that, right? Because I’m raising you Heyang as a future……

Heyang: I don’t want you to be my dad! My dad is better.

Luo Yu: Yes, that’s for true.

Nick: I think things have just taken a very strange turn.

Heyang: What just happened there?

Luo Yu: Because as parents you know they are raising future adults and it actually helps a lot if you can empower your kids to be pushing back at some occasions. You know they will have more bargaining power in the future, have more talk or negotiation power to their bosses, to their teacher and to say no to their fellow peers. And that will loosen a lot of peer pressure when they grow up.

Heyang: That’s interesting and also I think coming from a Chinese guy it’s kind of refreshing to listen to the kind of analysis that Luo Yu has provided here ‘cause I think traditional Chinese families…… OK, Nick, here I need to borrow your foreign opinion here as well. When the kid says no to the parents or challenges the parents I mean the parents take it pretty badly because they think you are either disagreeing with my way of raising you or my beliefs and views in the world or you are just making fuss when you shouldn’t and also in traditional Chinese philosophy parental figure is above all. So I mean in western culture do you get anything of a similar type of significance in the family?

Nick: Yeah, I think it very much of course very much depends on the individual people on a kind of relationship that they have in their family. I think it’s changed quite a bit over the last few generations maybe it’s not as strict as it used to be the style of parenting and of course nowadays we have all of these parenting experts with various strategies and all these TV programs about how to raise your kids better. And some people you know agree with this kind of strategy of you know the kids should be allowed to argue and other people still think you know I am the parent I should be in charge. Yeah, I think it’s not maybe as uniform as it might be in Chinese culture.

Heyang: Yeah, it’s also I think is interesting to make a distinction here like shouting back and arguing can be two very different things because if you are arguing if you are having a RoundTable debate parent and kid then it’s actually critical thinking involved you are having a rational discussion and sometimes a fiery one as well. And if you are just shouting back kid and parent then that’s a completely different thing. It’s an emotional dumping and just you know outlet of your emotion. That’s two very different things. So the study seems to say that you know the kid responding pushing back could be a good thing. I know this is too difficult for two single guys. Oh, I don’t really know what Nick’s situation is but you know you two don’t have kids but let’s just try to say like how should parents deal with kids talking back.

Luo Yu: Just try to encourage, well try to be understanding and encourage them to be different. You can’t say just you know how dare you say something like this and I respect the power from you that you say something different from you and probably I can change my mindset of raising you.

Nick: Yeah, I think as you said it’s difficult not just shout to someone when you are frustrated but I think if you can summon the patience to you know explaining to the child why they should do that, it’s probably better in the long turn although it’s not always possible.

Heyang: That is true and it requires parents to have so much patience that’s the part that I have to say heads to you salute you parents and please be patient to your kid.

怎样能瞒天过海娶四个老婆?

Apr 17, 2016 884

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A Beijing court has convicted a man of bigamy or 重婚罪, after it was found that he had 4 wives over the course of 8 years. There were years when he was enjoying the life being so-called married to two women at the same time! How could this happen and what can we do to prevent such thing from happening again?

【有文稿】读写困难也能成天才!Part 2

Apr 16, 2016 417

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非常感谢热心听众【张仕泓-Sammy】对本文稿的贡献!准确率很高!

Luo Yu: Right. It’s like ten percent of the students suffer from this learning disabilities. Yeah, I think in the future, teachers can do is that do not label the student as being having the lower IQ or being lazy (But this is not lower IQ though…I think…) I know, I know (Yeah…), but a lot of teachers actually label the students as being lazy or having lower IQ. This is definitely wrong. I think Hong Kong has done a very good example for the Chinese Mainland, because Hong Kong Municipality has trained teachers in more than two hundred schools to identify dyslexic students. Once they have been identified, they can be sent to, you know, special training program, and as He Yang has mentioned, they can be salvaged totally. Intervention is quite important because if the problem is identified in the first two years of the elementary school, almost ninety percent of this reading and writing problems could be solved completely. However, as you grow older, the success rate will be dropping as well. So I think intervention, well, identification is very important, and strengthening of the schooling system is also very important. (Yeah) In China, nationwide, we only have less than five social organizations offering services for dyslexia (Yeah) students.

Heyang: Yeah, and I think this is certainly one area that just doesn’t get any attention and that’s why I keep on saying dyslexia and 读写障碍 in Chinese. I want everybody to know about this. As I think this is something we can learn a lot from foreign experiences. It’s just, I can’t believe me saying this, but a couple of years ago, I used to think that dyslexia only exist in English, because I’ve only seen studies and thorough discussions of this topic in English, and I simply thought this is nothing to do with Chinese, when actually there is simply just no awareness as such. And apparently the timely intervention is really important that according to experts, they say the best time to intervene is before the age of twelve. (Yeah) So, yeah, like Luo Yu said earlier, this needs the expertise and the patience of teachers that sometimes these kids they’re not being lazy. They are not just messing around. That they’re trying to tell you or they don’t how to tell you that “I am sorry, I simply don’t get this the way you’re teaching me and I am having a problem but I don’t realize this is a disorder.” And parents need to realize this too so you can give your kid a helping hand in that kind of situation too.

Ryan: Yeah, sounds like a… maybe a test, not a test like to tell if they are, like a test to tell how they learn. Because a test to tell how they learn at a young age sounds like you can better fit them in the classes that would be able to teach them and get them out this funk. So they’ll become part of ninety percent that do fix this problem. But you now, I’ll take you to another level, I will even say that people learn, just regular people, everybody learns in different ways, like in US, we always talk about it. There is audial people that like to hear things… like listening to lectures is how they learn. There is other people that have to, like write it down. They are actually they have to engage in do something while they listening to this information for them to retain it. And there is people that learn just by watching but they are so many different ways for people to learn and how they excel. Yet we have one standardized unilateral way for teaching them. So it’s interesting because these people can flourish if they are put into the right kind of classroom. (Yeah…)

Luo Yu: I do agree, because people should have diversified growth patterns, and according to some of the researchers from Yale University, Sally Shaywitz and Bennett Shaywitz, they argue in their joint research that people with dyslexia tend to be more creative and also they say youngsters’ reading skills could be improved through proper training techniques and tools. That’s no wonder probably maybe Albert Einstein or Steve Jobs have captured their parents’ or teachers’ attention, and then they got the proper training, but probably that will not be the case in China, and we could possibly lose someone talented as Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs here in China.

Ryan: I totally agree with that. In fact, words out of my mouth, I totally agree. I think better plans and better ways to identify and find these kids at a young age will help the world see more Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs which could make this world a much more convenient and a better place where we really flourish as a society, right, instead of just having one standardized way to teach people who are all so different when it comes to learning.

Heyang: That is so true. That is so true. And, Wow, I think I’ve leaned a lot from you guys, and yeah, I’m really happy about this discussion and I just wanna finish on the note of Xiao Jingteng. (Laughing) Because back to what he said in the various interviews and I’ve watched them all, yes, he didn’t find the kind of support in his school, but there was this body on campus that was not about academic endeavors, and it was about, well, listening to music, and he found Bon Jovi, and I found Bon Jovi when I was a little kid too, and that led to my interest in Rock & Roll music and led to Xiao Jingteng, and wanting to write that kind of music when he grows up. And look at where he is now, and he still finds it difficult to read out some of the scripts that’s been given to him as I think he’s passed the window to cure dyslexia, but don’t let this stop you, there are always a way.

Ryan: Yeah, you should never feel bad because maybe he can’t follow down someone else’s path, reading books and becoming a super huge academic, but he is a rock star, (Yeah…) look how cool is that, my hat is off to you, sir.

Heyang: Yeah, Mr. Xiao Jingteng, and, wow, (laughing) yeah, even more happier now.

【有文稿】读写困难也能成天才!Part 1

Apr 15, 2016 425

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【特别感谢热心听友“阿饺”帮忙听写本篇文稿】

Heyang: The latest research says that over 10 million children in elementary school across china have dyslexia or 读写障碍. I think in Chinese, not even that many people have heard of it. And these kids don’t get timely support and often are misunderstood or just totally neglected. Guys, what is dyslexia and how can these kids get help?

Ryan: Well dyslexia is a type of learning disability associated with problems within the brain’s language processing areas. Research shows, and can be caused by both genetic and environmental factors. Children with dyslexia have problems recognizing and understanding words. Despite having normal or above levels of intelligence. That’s I think that’s important. So basically these kids have like a learning disability, but has no real influence on their intelligence, they are still smart people. And in fact, before I go on, I just wanna mention that Albert Einstein was someone that suffered from dyslexia. His theory of relativity and a lot of what we know about like astronomy today and physics came from the man who had dyslexia. So it’s a serious problem, but it doesn’t mean these children are seriously inhibited.

Heyang: That’s true and also just add another example. Apparently Steve Jobs, the great Steve Jobs, the man behind the iphone and ipad and all those amazing products. He had dyslexia, 读写障碍. And that just really hard for a lot of people to get their head wrap around this problem like, I know in English dyslexia means that sometimes a suffer could, can’t really tell the difference between B and D, these two letters. And in Chinese, I think the difficulties for the patient could be, that, simply this guy or girl cannot tell how did these strokes work as we build the character. As I’ve read first hand accounts of kids, after the teacher telling them how to write a character hand by hand teaching them, they still can’t get it. And the only way they can write a character is like drawing. They don’t get the pattern of the strokes at all. (It’s a creative way to learn) And also a different way. And if the teacher doesn’t know about dyslexia or 读写障碍, or doesn’t have the patience or the knowledge to cope with a situation like this, the kids’ studying process is gonna be compromised.

Ryan: And you know I do wanna point out that the 2014 national data surveyed from the Chinese Academy Social Sciences. 11 percent of Chinese suffer from this disorder.

Heyang: Right before the show we talked about all these famous and also very successful people who have this disorder, but it’s not a disease, and it hasn’t stop them from achieving greatness in life. And can I please just add up another example? Can I please do that? It’s an abuse of power I feel. But I have to talk about ‘我腾’, that’s is short for ‘我的萧敬腾‘. Ok. So basically he is a singer from Taiwan and Chinese singer he is really cool, he can totally do rock songs, write his own music and also do great ballads and very very talented. And this guy has got dyslexia. And he has said that during his school years, he always thought that he was a kind of dumb that he was all little bit on the stupid side, being always the dim student in the classroom. And I think it was actually through his own words that he said later on it was music that sort of salvaged him and made him find worth in life because throughout his student years in school, he always thought that there is something wrong with his head or something. And he was too cool and too proud to try to find a way to fix that as you always turned the cold shoulder of the teacher. So, I just wanna say, there, according to this recent research, there are more than 10 million kids that suffer from 读写困难, or dyslexia in our country. And if they don’t know that, this is not your problem, it’s a disorder, it’s not like you are stupid, and I mean if you grow up thinking like that, it’s detrimental to your self-esteem. So guys, what do you think needs to be done here right now in Chinese classrooms?

Ryan: Well, so this is definitely a serious issue. And in the U.S I can personally speak from experience that they have what called special ed, special education. And it does like when people talked about it, initially I remember the reaction was kind of negative. So like oh you are in special ed like, actually I have a story myself to talk about. So, when I was younger, I was in these classes, special ed, and my thought process was I knew this stuff was super easy for me. But I have had what was called attention deficit disorder which means it’s very hard for me to stay concentrated, especially at this age, on stuff, I just wanted to go out and do things. I was one of these people that always have to be moving. So this affected my grades and I just didn’t care enough, my mind was in other places. So in these classes, at first I was like really liking how easy it was and how I can go out and spend more time playing in the counterparts that were normal classes. And then I was when I got to middle school that I realize that I should step up my game that I should challenge myself, and it was like through my own personal like revelation that I decided you know, I really need to start really challenging myself. But, maybe there are lots of kids that don’t have that realization and they need people to push them and help them finding incentives to like to get pass things as you said you have very intelligent people who have low self-worth, when that’s really was not just the case, they are just intelligent as anybody else, they just have different way to get to where they need to get to.

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Apr 12, 2016 838

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When you are driving, to honk or not to honk? Could be a question. In the central area in Shanghai, honking the horn can be punished. Shanghai has punished over 28,000 drivers for illegal honking the horn. Why do so many drivers have the bad habit?

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Apr 11, 2016 477

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Sina weibo has started a new hashtag "how much does your boyfriend think your makeup costs." It's got more than 240 million views and 230 thousand comments to time.

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Apr 10, 2016 784

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The ability of undergraduates to write a thesis with originality 独创性 has been questioned by a professor. If originality is required, are we simply sending graduates on a wild goose chase?

【有文稿】喜大普奔:评职称可以不考外语了!

Apr 9, 2016 225

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Heyang: You are listening to Round Table with myself Heyang, Luo Yu and Nick Lanigan in the studio. A recent policy changed by top authorities means that people seeking higher professional rankings and tittles or 职称 in Chinese will no longer need to pass an English language test. Why is the English test abolished from the assessment right now happening? And also why are people welcome it with overwhelming optimism? So guys, tell me more about this 英语职称考试. And why is it that the abolishment of it is welcomed by everyone?

Luo Yu:Well, previously, if they want to get certain professional titles in their respective field, they have to pass a national foreign language test to get a higher rank. Yet the new policy issued by the Chinese authorities aims at breaking down barriers in evaluating and promoting talented professionals. The change was announced before the latest annual English test which was held on March the 26th. So it’s a very good sign, because a lot of people are just fed up with taking national English test. In their work, they said they don’t use English that often, for some cases they don’t use English language at all. And what’s the purpose of having it?

Heyang: Then what’s the purpose of having it in the first place?

Nick: This is a very good question. And it was introduced as a requirement to a kind of make people more internationally minded and promote cooperation between other countries. But in jobs, when it is not needed as you said, it’s a bit of a redundant qualification and so you can understand people are happy that it’s gone.

Heyang: Yes, so it sounds like, you know, promoting international mindness and also, you know, having English is very useful to know the outside China world and all that kind of stuff. But is it necessary for everyone or professionals? That is the question.

Luo Yu:It is not necessary at all. My father was a top engineer. He used to work in Petro China, and has been resitting for this national English test for three times. And it’s really pathetic. Even if he was 45 years old back then, and he still had to memorize lots of English words, using the Sony Walkman back then. It’s such a pathetic picture. And for him, English is not a must.

Heyang: Right. That’s interesting, because well, If, we are, you know sharing family stories, then my aunt is a medical professor, and her English skill is certainly not up to the test, and if her English is better, then she would have the international arena, you know for her to embark on. But because her English is really just not good, so she can’t really go to international meetings and those kinds of things. But yes, I think it is a plus, but maybe not a must. What do you think, Nick?

Nick: I think in any English speaking country, I can tell you for a fact, that if a foreign language exam was compulsory for a professional advancement, there will be uproar. So I don’t think Chinese people should be compelled to learn English if they don’t need it either.

Heyang: Ok. Well, that is a wonderful point. And certainly at least now I think at the national level, this is not gonna happen, but at the local level, we don’t really know, but…we’ll see what’s goes on next.

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Apr 7, 2016 1082

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A woman from east China's Zhejiang province has sued a matchmaking agency for failing to find her "Mr. Right." This is after she'd paid nearly 700,000 yuan in membership fee. What went wrong?

【有文稿】你数学好吗?

Apr 6, 2016 447

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【特别感谢热心听友“就是一块牛腩+李珊”帮忙听写本篇文稿】

He Yang: A recent online survey has shown that over half of the respondents think that mathematics is too hard to learn, even in the primary school level. Do you agree with that? And also why should we devote so much of our energy into learning math? And that is one thing that I think most Chinese people can resonate with. Guys, would you tell me more what is going on with this survey talking about math being so difficult first.

Luo Yu: Well, recently, the 21st Century Education Institute and The Paper, a Chinese news organization, launched an online survey on "why we learn math" and "how hard we should learn in mathematics". Altogether more than 4700 netizens answered the survey and the result has been released saying over half of the respondents think math is difficult or very difficult to learn. At the same time, what is interesting about this survey is that -a fortunate thing- although over half of the respondents think math is difficult to learn, 54% of respondents like the subject, 30% like it very much, only 15 % out of the respondents dislike the subject.

Sam: The thing is that’s great that we’ve got a scope to show how many people find the subject of math difficult and how many people like it. But just going back to what Luo Yu said at the very beginning is this survey is about why we learn math and that is the question they post and that’s the question they are trying to answer. I read a fantastic research paper on the BBC. The British government did a great study that showed the correlation between mathematics and income. And they found that on average in the United Kingdom, if you compare people that have a good grade at math at the age of ten and someone doesn’t have a good math grade at the age of ten, the person that was good at math on average will make 7 % more at the age of 30 than the person bad at math regardless of them being in the same industry. It is essentially saying if me and Luo Yu, we have the job right. If I was good at math at ten and he was bad, it will be expected for me to at least be making on average 7 % more than him despite doing the same job. It showed why we learn math. It really does benefit you in life. People often think well if I do it great in math, I have to work in finance, or I have to be an accountant, or I have to do a job that is related to numbers. No!

Luo Yu: Definitely! I have something to say. I think math is the quantitative way to measure everything in the universe, both real, like the nature or we talking about all the abstract things like money. You know it’s not only about the calculus, radiators radius or diameters. It’s about nurturing your thought and improving your overall thinking and with your overall thinking, for one thing, practically speaking, it can be applied in a lot of future professions, like any science or engineering subjects you have to have a solid math background.

Sam: And also the subject helps you develop how you are and how you think about things in general. Because remember math regardless of how difficult, it’s always going to be based on logic. You know one plus one is always going to be two; it’s never going to be three. And also another great thing about this subject is that it really helps people develop problem solving skills. And that can be applied to almost anything. You know if we have a problem with the microphone, you want people in your radio station that are good at keeping calm and solving problems. And that is the stuff you do develop when you are studying math and it’s just in a different medium. Despite being difficult, we should be pushing the younger generations to do.

He Yang: And talking about pushing people to study math and excel in it, China has been doing it since forever. I think Chinese students sometimes have math fever or something. And is it really doing us that much good? I do have a question there. I think certainly studying math, getting all logical and training your mind in a logic way, all the things. That’s great. But it’s not the kind of quality that you can’t get by studying some other stuff. Math is not the only road to Rome in that sense. (Luo Yu: But math is the mother of every science subject.)

Sam: I actually do agree with He Yang, because I suck at math. I’m terrible. I really am. If you were hoping for me to solve a math problem to save your life, I’d be busy all doingordering your grave stone. I’m that bad at the subject. But it is a regret of mine. It’s not something I say proudly. It’s something I wish I was better at. But like He Yang, I know these foundation skills are important, but I also realize maths for me is not the best medium to learn it. So I’m also around thinking of an alternative I could study as opposed to studying math extensively, because you got to work towards your strength.

Luo Yu: Probably there are some alternative subjects for example physics or chemistry, but still you have the foundation in mathematics, am I right? At the same time, you know one thing I don’t like the Chinese education system is that you can’t use calculators in school. And I think my stance is quite simple in the this regard. If you have mastered algorithm behind how to make the simple computation, you can resort to calculators, probably at secondary school level. I mean not like in our Chinese system, even a lot of college students can’t use calculators in their exams. And I think it is totally rubbish.

Sam: In the UK, we have two math exams at GCSE level. We have calculator and non-calculator exam in the UK. And the calculator exam are questions designed to push students despite having access to a calculator.
He Yang: I think what the UK, for example, the calculation bit has sort of been decided by the authorities as, not something you have to do with your brain. You don’t need to waster your brain power on that, because a calculator a machine can do it perfectly, but in China you really have to work your brain muscles and you really have to work your calculation skills.

Luo Yu: I mean it’s all about mental arithmetic (心算,口算)

Sam: The advantage is that Chinese students that come to Britain. They feel god-like, they know the subject material in the UK is ridiculously easy for them because they are used to a much harder system.

He Yang: And our Wechat listeners 阿彬,勇敢的闪闪 and someone else, I can’t find you sorry right now. You all say you don’t like math and you are not very good at it. You suffered from mathematics being such a primary and important part of testing and judging how good a student you are. And I think that’s a valid point and that should be changed.

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【文稿】麦田龙袍,艺术or浪费粮食?

Apr 3, 2016 529

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Heyang: Mysterious crop circles, so called “麦田怪圈”, provoke puzzlement, delight and intrigue for many people. Now in a village in Nanjing, dragon-shaped patterns have been flattened in a wheat field by local villagers. It is said that poisonous weed killers have been used to create this pattern. For what purpose? Well, to attract tourists. And does this end justify the means is my ultimate question. But guys, tell me more about the story.

Brian: Interesting question there. But about the story: as you mentioned, these dragon-shaped patterns going on in this village over by Nanjing, one of them is two dragons playing with a ball.

Heyang: Dragon ball!

Brian: Oh yes, that’s what I

Luo Yu: Is it a ball or should it be a pearl?

Brian: A pearl, well, something…

Heyang: Dragon pearl!

Brian: I’m not sure if you can tell the difference when it is a pattern in the field there. But anyway auspicious symbol in China, cool staff there, but apparently they used herbicides. Another thing is if you look from the sky, you can also see an imposing imperial robe with dragons which, again, looks cool, but again looks like weed killers were used to turn some of the wheat - the green wheat - yellow, which is not so cool.

Luo Yu: Right, I think it’s quite a good thing. For one thing, the village can obviously upgrade the local economy because previously those farmers rely heavily on husbandry, on stock-breeding, but now they can turn to tourism sector. And because of the ripple effect it can bring to the village, actually you will see probably more visitors will come in to the village to see this either imperial robe or the two-dragons-playing-with-the-ball images, and they probably will stay in either hotels or hostels, and, you know, spend money there. So, generally, it is a very good idea for the local village.

Heyang: I think you make a really good case for it. But, Luo Yu, do you honestly think that tourists will want to go to this place just to see these crop circle things?

Luo Yu: That’s my concern as well because nowadays the drones have become very popular already, right? You can see these beautiful pictures meticulously photographed by those drones through aerial images. And to that extent, there’s not any need for you to go to the scene yourself, right?

Brian: There, there’s that. But there’re environmental concerns. But those aside for the moment, like we’re talking here, how sustainable is this? I mean, to me it feels like kind of a gimmick. For most people, I feel like no, you’re not gonna go there. And again, you know, if it was like a real tourist attraction that had like, that was really interesting, you had some value there, that’s one thing. But the idea, you know, okay, let’s try, everybody let’s try and have our town become a tourist spot whatever. That’s, I don’t think that’s a good idea, I don’t think it’s sustainable, I don’t think it’s gonna work.

Heyang: Well, there you go. The other side of the story.

Luo Yu: Right. Definitely. Whether it is sustainable, I think it needs some time for us to see whether it can pan out. But probably this village is becoming smart enough to create more wheat images in the future.

Brian: I guess if it became really famous for having like just really exquisite patterns and doing like a world-class job whatever, a national class job, yeah, maybe you could do that. But that’s not likely what’s gonna happen here because that kind of staff doesn’t happen, you know, on accident there. I feel like it’s hard to get to that level where it’s really worthy of tourists seeing. And again, not to mention the environmental concerns.

Luo Yu: They should have invited some craftsmen into the village to do the job. But environmental concern definitely is one thing.

Heyang: Okay, sure. And I think, what about the conventional farming bit? What about these fields used to plant wheat and other grain and all kinds of staff? Is abandoning that and going for tourism a good idea here?

Brian: I would say no. I mean not there’s tons of money in farming, but if you look at, again, just these farmers themselves, I don’t think it’s a very sustainable move like, if they had some, again, really “wow” kind of tourist attraction, then yeah, that might be a smart move. But if it’s just this sort of thing they’re planning on, you know, giving up farming just ‘cause they made some crop circles that, you know, people in other places could do just as easily, no, that’s not a smart business move.

Luo Yu: Maybe you don’t think it’s a “wow”, but for a lot of people it’s a “wow”. Different people have different standards and criteria for “wow”, right?

Brian: That is true, but you...

Heyang: I haven’t heard so many WOWs in one conversation ever, that’s the WOW factor of that part.

Brian: Yeah, yeah.

Luo Yu: If you talk about conventional farming, come on, it only costs those farmers 80,000 yuan, which is not that much. It’s only about 12,300 US dollars. At the same time, they get...

Brian: That’s US dollars, we are in China.

Luo Yu: Well, but they get compensation. And if they can really upgrade from husbandry to tourism sector, that’s a very good sign.

Brian: If it was good tourism, but I don’t think it is. And also, they’ve compensated by who, the local government? Wouldn’t it be better to put that money in a place where you might get a better overturn on your investment? A more...

Luo Yu: What sort of investment? If they rely on money, they can never get enough money.

Brian: Well, if the problem is only relying on farming, then they may look to diversify. But I’m not sure that tourism, by doing something that could be replicated by other people, is the best way to do it.

Heyang: And the local official has been saying that it’s up to the farmers to decide whether they want to go for conventional farming which is not earning people a lot or go for other ways to earn money like tourism. I think that statement alone, itself, I don’t have anything to say against it. But look at the way that China has developed in the last two decades. Can we reject to the statement that we’ve developed so fast at the expense of the environment?

Brian: At the expense of many things besides that too.

Heyang: There you go. So here’s my other question, gentlemen. What about the environment? Is this causing harm to the environment? Are we doing exactly the same evil thing again?

Luo Yu: I don’t think it’s an evil thing, because according to the...

Heyang: Just dramatize, to sensationalize and people, our listeners tuned in...

Luo Yu: No, I don’t sensationalize. Because according to the village authority. This village has been saying that previously they didn’t want to use herbicides. Why they used herbicides? Because some of the farmers didn’t know about the planting very well, so there was an accident that has happened, that’s why they have to use herbicides to create the images.

Brian: Yeah, but they didn’t have to do this in the first place. And herbicides are not good, so there’s the dread damage to that. There’s the damage that, the fact, well there’s the crops have been wasted, and then maybe that will cause other problems that will not seen directly, maybe indirect problems there. And also if you want to talk about evil and doing bad to the environment, you can take a look at Miyazaki movies. He has very good ones that show that the evils of harming the environment.

Heyang: Hmm.

Luo Yu: Don’t dramatize it. I think you know, at least those people should give it a try. Come on. It shows their passion as well as wisdom to trying to develop themselves, upgrading their economy.

Brian: Ok, I agree with that sentiment that, you know, there should be innovative and creative ways to get better, especially when it’s just agriculture, which is not a big money maker. But I think there are better ways, I mean, not that the farmers can decide this themselves, but if the local government wanted to do it, maybe they could turn it into a special economic zone or a free trade zone or something.

Luo Yu: No, that’s not very easy to establish an industrial park or economic zone.

Brian: It is not easy.

Luo Yu: At the same time, you don’t know about local situation, maybe this is just a normal village that doesn’t have abundant tourism resources. And they want to create some of the resources themselves from scratch. What’s wrong about this?

【文稿】教师网授收入比网红还高?!

Apr 2, 2016 392

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Heyang: A recent news report has revealed that online tutors can make more money than some internet celebrities. And like we’ve talked about earlier, internet celebrities are 西单女孩, who’s now apparently making millions millionsmillions of yuan, and there is also a whole bunch of other people that have monetized on their fame on the internet. So are these teachers actually making that amount of big bucks? Now it’s me feeling really jealous.

Nick: Well apparently they are. Yes. So(HY: What?!How are they doing that?)this all come about when a photowas posted online which supposedly showed the income of one of these online tutors. And the photo showed that because the class is given online, so number of students it can reached is pretty much unlimited. So in this case over 2000 students paid 9 yuan each to listen to this class which has been taught by the tutor 王宇. Even when the platform deducted their cut, the tutor could earn over 18000 yuan for a one hour class, which is more apparently than the hourly income of an internet celebrity. So the idea is, as we said that, each student pays only a very little amount of money but because there are so many of them, the teacher can make big bucks out of this. Seems like it is working for them. It’s an interesting idea that each student is only paying so little but at the same time the teacher is making so much.
Luo Yu: It is actually the spirit of shared economy. Now All across the industrypeople seem to be embracing the trend of internet plus. I think those teachers have done andset a very good example to the general public. And as you saidHeyang just now, those teachers who can achieve such big bucks have to work very hard as well to achieve such success.

Heyang: Basically it sounds like they are moonlighting. So during the day, they are your teacher in school on campus and doing whatever the teacher need to do in a classroom.And when they are home or during the weekend, they are giving extra classes but online. When it’s the internet world, you have countless audience basically if you have the popularity. Is that kind of the…but what about the business model here? So how is money pouring in and how is that divided?

Luo Yu: Well basically Nick has just pointed out a little bit about this business model. So 80% of the money will go directly to the teachers whereas 20% will go to the platforms which offer such courses. I think if you price your courses at a very low price ranging from 1 yuan to 9yuan. That is very easy to attract millions of audiences, well on the basis that you are a good teacher. So that’s how the business model works.

Heyang: Well, a good teacher is one thing but having the reputation of a good teacher to attract people is probably more important because if you want to have the, you know, total revenue(LY: several thousand students) to amount to that level then you need a lot of students. It doesn’t sound to be something very easy.

Nick: I think this is where the platform comes in, the platform that is hosting the courses. So each time you give one of your lessons, the students who took in can rate you and kind of say whether they learn something from having taken this class. And people taking your class in the future can see your reputation as a teacherso it gradually builds up. And then (Luo Yu: Right) you can have more reputation for future students.

Heyang: Ok.Great. Then it sounds like good teachers who can attract students can disseminate knowledge, get students online and also get the big bucks and also the platform gets money too. Sounds likewin win. But why are some people such as the local Department of Education, excuse me, not very happy about this?

Luo Yu: Well actually, education authority is not happy about this all these years about those teachers who are doing some tutorial classes in their spare time. Now after this incident we see the municipal government of Nanjing and Shanghai had banned such behaviors. But I just wanted…

Heyang: Why are they, sorry to interject, but why are they not happywith teachers giving extra classes?

Luo Yu: They are claiming that they will be easily making more money out of the class which is a distracting factor for those teachers who haveclasses in the virtual classes.
Nick: So I think the concern is they will put more effort into preparing their online classes than their day-to-day school running classes. So their student who actually attend school won’t be receive as good an education as they could be if they just stay at home.

Heyang: Well that is one legitimate reasonand also another one is what if the teacher’s not giving you the good stuff in the legitimate class but saving stuff for the extra class and telling your real class students to go that extra class and that has happened before.

Luo Yu: I don’t think many teachers would do so. Because I think they are attentive to their students’ needs and always have to put the students as the first priority. And then use same teaching materials basically are going to teach similar stuff. So there is nothing wrong about this.

Heyang: ok. That’s your opinion coming from Luo Yu, you know. It’s great. And there is also this other side of the argument that is whatabout tax because these online tutors they are not paying any tax to, you know, the state. It sounds like a great business model but you know when the government wants a bite of this you sort of can see there’s an argument backing that up too.

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Heyang:An online post has pointed out ten silly things that city dwellers do, but rural folks just think these people are out of their minds. What are these things and why is it so hard for rural folks to comprehend? Guys, what’s on this list that applies to you, and maybe explain a little bit to us why there is this discrepancy?

Nick:One of the things that you already mentioned was the going to the gym in the city (Yeah, I can relate to that.), you said that people who you know drive their car, take the elevator to the gym in a high-rise building and then go running on a treadmill. It doesn’t quite apply to me, I don’t drive, but I do go to an indoor gym. And I think, in a big city, that’s, I know, that’s one of the nicest ways to exercise because you go running outside, there’s traffic, there’s people everywhere, it’s polluted. It’s very difficult you know, you are constantly dodging people left, right and center, everybody conspires to be in your way at exactly the wrong time, and you’re just thinking I’m gotta give up, and sometimes running inside is better. I think, if you live in a rural area, probably running outside is very nice. (Right.) And, you know, I feel more inclined to do it.

Liuyan:I agree with that completely, so I think whoever made that list, especially this point, probably didn’t think, you know, the air in urban places usually tends to be worse, so that people do not feel like they want to actually stay outdoors and do exercises, so maybe hitting the gym is the best possible solution there. That’s said, I’m very glad it doesn’t apply to me at all, because I don’t go to gyms, I always power walk, so I walk in nature. When it gets really smoggy sometimes, I just put on my facial mask and still walk.

Heyang:Wow, you are a very brave and athletic guy, Liuyan. (Yes, you can say that, that’s how I lost so many pounds and then to keep, keep this way.) Yes, and Liuyan looks great you know, not only has he got a very slender frame figure and also you know you are not one of those sickenly thin people, and that’s really important. And you know what Liuyan does when he is power walking, you know, when he is maintaining such a great figure? What do you do, Liuyan?

Liuyan:I listen to Round Table. That’s totally true and that’s not tooting our own horn. Because I power walk usually for you know, close to 50 minutes every day. That’s exactly the length of an episode of Round Table.

Heyang:Yes, so our listeners are out there, I know a lot of you have very healthy habits, lifestyle, like you work out, to listen to music. What do you learn from that, listen to Round Table when you are doing that? Yeah, Nick, what did you want to say?

Nick:No, I was just laughing, to be honest.

Liuyan:Seamless product placement.

Heyang:Well, there you go, there you go. And when you guys are talking about like some of the rural folks, maybe why they don’t think that you know, driving to a gym and work out is a good idea or that’s just absurd. It’s also, I think a couple of days ago, one of our WeChat listeners left us this message, but I’m sorry can’t find your name right now, but he said that in rural areas, people probably, they need to plow the fields, they need to do so much farm work, they don’t need to go to the gym. Probably going to the gym and working out itself is just absurd, and they think you know, these people must be mad, having to designate a special length of time, and driving to that place, just to get some exercise. And I think that’s a really valid point too, so what else do you think is a bit weird that has been in the eyes of some of the rural folks?

Liuyan:I think one of the things that you mentioned before was some people really treat their puppies maybe too seriously. The minute they get sick, they immediately take them to hospitals and treat them as if they were the most important people in the world. When their parents get sick, they probably don’t even know, so I think that’s actually kind of ironic, and also true on a lot of people.

Heyang:Yes, does that mean that we are a bit too lonely that you know, having a little creature that is there for you to cuddle every day, and that replaces the position of a real human being. What do you think? (Uh, funny you had a robot, uh?) Thinking about that too, Nick.

Nick:No, I think some people are very very attached to their pets, let me run this past you, a couple of weeks ago, I was out in the street, and a woman walked past me with her dog, and the dog, I noticed, was making kind of strange sound as it walked, and then when it went past me, I noticed that it was wearing four tiny baby shoes on its feet (Oh...), is that normal?

Heyang:Oh, I’ve seen that and I found it slightly difficult to understand, but it’s like Chinese people you know, we always take off shoes at home, so you know, maybe... (and the dog does too.)

Liuyan:Yeah, that’s one other thing that I really don’t understand, a lot of Chinese people and also foreigners apparently treat their pets as if they are real human beings that need clothing, so I don’t really get the logic in there. I thought you know, animals should just wear their natural fur, and that should be enough. No human clothes necessary, but that’s just me.

Heyang:Yes, and what about on this list when there is this other entry that is, having 200, 300 phone contacts in your cellphone, but none of them is your neighbors’ number, that you don’t know you neighbor, what do you think of that one? Is that weird?

Nick:It’s maybe weird, but it’s very common I think, sadly... (In the UK, too?) I would say so, yeah, I mean, especially if you live in like a high-rise building, I think you just, you don’t see the people around you, you know you are all in your own little space, you come and go, at different times, and you just sadly, you never interact with each other. And it’s not a good thing because obviously your neighbors are right there, if you have some kind of emergency, it would be great if they were someone you can call on for help, but it’s sadly just not something that we seem to do anymore.

Liuyan:Yeah, I agree with that completely, but I think it’s understandable because in China, when you live in complexes, usually we have the thing called Wuye, so sometimes if you cannot find your neighbors, you just go to Wuye, so that already solves all your problems and it’s kind of not necessary for you to have the neighbors’ numbers.

Heyang:All right, well, before we go, one last question for you guys, do you think that this differentiation between so-called urban and rural is all that relevant anymore?

Nick:Relevant... It’s probably not that helpful I think it’s you know creating a divide where there doesn&`&t need to be one, and it’s probably on its way out.

Heyang:Yeah, and I think with this kind of division, it’s not very helpful in the sense that so many of the rural population have migrated to the cities. Some of them stay in the city and become city dwellers and some go back home, so it’s a complicated situation.

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H: AlphaGo's win over one of the world's best Go players has got us wondering about which direction artificial intelligence is heading. Will robots beat humans in areas beyond playing an ancient chess game, or have they already done so? IT industry heavy weights, Jack Ma, Lei Jun and Mark Zuckerberg, have offered their views on the prospects of artificial intelligence at the China Development Forum in Beijing just a couple of days ago. So guys, where are we at right now in terms of artificial intelligence development?

N: well, in terms of the story you just mentioned, we’re talking about the computer program AlphaGo which plays the game Go, and it played the game at best five seriesagainst the grandmaster, Lee Sedol, from South Korean, who is one the greatest or the best I think player of the game in the world. And the machine won 4-1 in the final match (HY: It was one victory!) for the human side, isn’t it, so the AlphaGo program has the capacity of learning for itself and learning new strategies as the game goes on, so even if you the game by beating, it can learn how you play, learn you know, your moves, the way you think as a player (HY: oh, Nik!) I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m just repeating the facts.

H: You’re very words has set, you know, chills upmyspine, Liu Yan, how do you feel about the situation?

L: Ok, this is really quite scary, I have to say, because as Nik mentioned, the victory was actually 4-1, but because it was 3 out of 5, best of 5, so as long as you win 3, then you already nailthe final victory. And as it turned out, AlphaGo, 1-3 in the row, so some people was speculating that, you know,AlphaGo actually, through one game in there, just make humans look better, and because he happened to lose the forth one, you know, the one after 3 in the row, I do also believe that it was possible, he kind of just through that away. And now that, you already have one on the score board, and the final one, and I can play my real, according to my real abilityagain.

H: You’ve scared me a second time, as the way you referred to Mr. robotAlphaGo, you use “he”, as if it’s a real person!

L: I know, but you know, somethings you just can’t deny, as far as AI is concerned. AI defeated human a long time ago, when it came to chess. And apparently, a lot of people are saying Go is likely the last safe place, because Go is so much more complicated, and needs much more human factors, human thinking, but now, the last place, is also… (HY: The laststraw ofthe world chess play. )it also gone, so, it should be very scary. It should be worried.

H: Yes, and I think Nik, you make a really good point, that because the robot can learn, it can learn! Oh my gosh! So can we say that we don’t necessarily know that where the robots are going to arrive at, since it’slike a person that can learn things, and there is sort of cognitive activity going on, and is it fair to say as this way.

N: I think, not quite. I think (HY: good, good), it can learn, but you know it developesstrategies when it does something wrong and it can learn how not to do that thing wrong again, the next time, but it doesn’t mean it can apply that acknowledge to anything outside the realms of the games necessarily. (HY: thank you, Nik, Thank you very much.) I also think although Go is a big advancement from chess, and it’s much more complicated game for humans as well as machine to learn how to play, other games where there is a kind of hidden aspect, like poker for example, it’s gonna be another kind of milestone, ifthe artificial intelligence learns how to do that, because in Go although it is very complicated, you know all the pieces are out on the table though, both side can see them, so it can learn those kind of strategies where if there was more hidden element, where you have to read another person, the opposite player, maybeisn’t quite there yet.

L: That’s really a good point, because if you don’t see everything on the table, then you have to rely on watching someone’s facial expressions for example, and trying to figure out what he or she is exactly thinking, and since this was not involved at this stage, it’s relatively easy for the machine to beat the people, because the machine doesn’t have to do all that. And also, I know we have been painting a very scary picture as for, but if you don’t want to be scared, you can just think this way, cause at the end of the day, AlphaGo is still just a computer program, and who design that program? Humans. So computer programs cannot do something that human… if you don’t put it in the program. Then they certainly cannot do that. So as long as you don’t put it in the program for them to be so awesome, so intelligent, the program won’t be so awesome, so intelligent.

H: You make a really good point, and also, if we have a directfirmanswer that we can control the robots in the way they so called think and develop, that they’re always in the control of the hands of humans, then I wouldn’t be so scared, but the reason why people like myself who don’t know much about technology, it is very happy to sleep in mycavewithout any advanced technology at my hand, I’m happy to live like that alright, we’re scared because we don’t know where this is going. Guys, what did the tycoons say?And where is this going?

N: Mark Zuckerberg from facebook said he predicted there will be more big advances for artificial intelligence in just next decade. So we not quite finished yet in terms of the development. He said the artificial intelligence will understand senses, such as vision and hearing, and grasp language better than human beings over the next 5 to 10 years. And he highlighted the company Oculus VR, saying that it’sgoing to start producing its product virtual reality products and it could generate $110 billion by 2025, so it is a big business as well as artificial intelligence.

L: And of course, Lei Jun, who is the founder of Xiaomi, also seems very optimistic. And he said, he expects AI to be able to beat a human champion at the current stage of development since it's a pretty complicated game, and he also said that now that we’re already see that AlphaGo beat human beings, you can expect that it will attract more capital and talent to the AI sector, so obviously, it will be more developed even in the future.

N: One for you Heyang, Jack Mar says, there is no need for humans to fear the machines, he says, the machines will be stronger and smarter than human beings, but they will never be wiser, because wisdom, soul and heart are things that only human beings possess, isn’t that beautiful.

H: That is beautiful, but you know, the cynic in me says‘Mr. Jack Madoesn’t sound like you know, that much about AI,’ sorry to say this, but because he is saying, OK, wisdom, fine, soul, fine, heart, fine, these aregreat concepts, but if the robot, it’s so clever, and if you can’t control it, this is all presumptions alright, then with the means nothing, if it can surpass you in other ways, and can terminateyou, that is notgonna happen everybody, I’m not going tosend scares or spread that.

L: But I do think your worry is kind of valued, I don’t know if you guys have seen the film “her” from a couple of years ago. Scarlett Johansson (HY: oh, she is so hot. Oh, excuse me, I’m going to the wrong direction.) with her computer program, but a guy, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is totally to be able to be attracted just to a computer program, because she has possessed all those qualities, she has heart, she has soul, and she has intelligence, wisdom, so it is possible. And also last year, there was a film called “Ex Machina”, I don’t know if you have seen that, that one is even scarier, because in that one, robots actually were so clever and so manipulative, they eventually killed humans.

H: And like so many other Hollywood films, they played with insecurity and anxiety in this area, because we don’t know what’s gonna to happen in the future, and if we are being colonized by robots, that kind of thing.Here on wechat, our listener Lin Yingdong, says I want a robot companion, I mean, girl, why? I’dbe scared, and like Japanese people are known for this, they’ve got a whole bunch of…like robot pet dogs, robot companions, and how could like human emotion be placed in that regard, I mean, I don’t know what is going on here.

N: Now, it is a definitely area that you can easily see why people are scared or hate. I think, the more we have this conversation, the more I’m falling into that campas well I think. It is interesting that someone said that they would like a robot companion, I mean, what kind of companionship, someone sit in your house, and like to talk to, can it to talk back?

L: This might be off the topic, but you know what this reminds me, it totally reminds me of the “大白”character from the Big Hero 6, (HY: the Baymax) yeah, the Baymax from the Big Hero 6, maybe she was thinking about the robot companion like that. That would be adorable, I would want one like that as well.

H: Alright, I’m happy to be your friend, Liu Yan, (Nik: a human being.) Yeah, your blood and fresh, a real person.

L: That would be the best, however, a robot could be very cuddly, which not necessarily, you know, human beings can do.

H: What? Cuddlier than human beings? LY, What’s going on?

L: I’m thinking about Baymax in particular.

H: Baymax is cute. But yes, I think the ultimateworry for people is whether this technology can be controlled by people, and I mean, scientists out there that must be the bottom line that I think is really needed here. And just quickilybefore we go on to the next topic guys, a lot of people are saying that so many jobs are just gonna be takenover by robots, and I think a couple of months ago on this show, we talked about that even some of the news stories but news stories, alright, only reporting news without much of human touch, those kind of stories have been written by robot journalists. (Nik: we’re still safe now.) Are we? Are we? So what are the jobs that you think are gonna disappear the landscape from the job market for humans, and how can we deal the situation.

L: I think if a job requires a lot of data or to be processed or a great deal of routine to be repeated, then this job probably will be tookoverby robots, because it’s relatively easy. However, if this is a job requires a lot of creative input, for example, if you are an artist, I don’t think that would be easily replaceable by any robots any time soon. So it’s really depends on the quality or the specific requirement of the job.

N: Anything, any kind of job where you perform repetitive kind of continuousaction throughout the day doesn’t change that much, I think something robots probably do better in a lot of cases, cause they’re soquick and efficient and also you don’t have to pay them.

H: So, yeah, you don’t need to pay for them, but you need to charge the battery probably, keep them connect to the electronic sockets and those kind of things. And yeah, our wechat listener Jessy has something pretty smart to say regarding this topic. She says about the list of jobs that will easily be replaced in the future by the robots has gone viral on wechat right now, and like accountants, security guards, cleaning jobs, and delivering jobs, these things might have no place for humans in the future, but what distinguishes us from robots is that we, as human beings are able to feel stuff, we are not emotionless. So she holds this slightly positive view that is, you know, there is still place for humans as long as humans are in the control position, but it’s going to be hard to defend that position if the technology is that advanced, and I think this is one of those high grounds we have to guard as humans...

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Mar 20, 2016 451

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Heyang: “Zootopia,” the animated movie proves to be the latest Disney juggernaut, as its box office in China over the weekend has just surpassed the 1 billion Yuan benchmark, making it the bestselling animated motion picture in Chinese movie history. So it’s not surprising that Nick and Finnick, two foxes in the movie, have gained great popularity among audiences. Now, apparently, the hottest pet to have is a fox, and you can order it online. Can you please just try to tell me what is going on here? Is it that a living fox is going to be delivered to your doorstep?

Sam: That’s what people are doing. I think you are not actually allowed to buy them. Did you know that the fennec fox is a native of North Africa and Arabia which means they are probably used to a very hot climate. So raising them in somewhere like Beijing would be really bad for the creature. I’m imaging. And this is all coming of the back of the really popular film ‘Zootopia’. I didn’t see it. The week it came out, I watched ‘Ip Man 3’, the new 叶问, because for me that is a better film. And I’m happy that I made the right decision. But apparently it is huge. Kids in China seem to love the ‘Zootopia’ thing. It has become a fad now.

Heyang: And now it is the chance for the only parent that has a kid in this room (Ningjing: Yes, finally). What is going on here.

Ningjing: I think it is not a film just for kids for adults too. You can learn a lot of things. I mean it is really thought-provoking. It involves how to treat another race, another species. There are loads and loads of issues, not to mention the allusion to some other films and figures in there. It’s a good film. Because people love the film, people kind of take a liking to the animals in it, in particular Nick and Finnick. They are the two lovely foxes and they made a lot of tricks in the movie. So some parents just found it so amazing that their daughter or their kid asks them to buy such kind of an animal as a pet. I will give you one example. A Beijing parent is trying to buy a fennec fox for her daughter because I quote what she said ‘after seeing the movie Zootopia, my daughter became crazy about the fennec foxes and demanded one for a pet. And she ended up finding that on the Internet they can be traded privately.

Heyang: They can be traded privately because it is not legal. So people are keeping it under the table. But you can still get it. Is it that parents are just a bit overly doting in this way. Is it like if the daughter or son says I want the moon, are you going to get the moon for him or her? No. You tell him it can’t be done. This is a special animal. It is exotic and might come to extinct and all kinds of issues are around that. I mean it is not that kind of situation you will say yes to your kid.

Ningjing: Yes, quite agree. A child’s demand is an innocent one. He or she wants it because he or she loves it, but for parent you are a reasonable person. You are an adult. You should not thinking of buying such an alive animal for your daughter just because she asks for it. She might treat it as a pet or maybe as a toy, who knows?

Sam: I think it actually serves as a good opportunities to teach your kids boundaries and there is something that you just can’t have. I mean I watched Star Wars, I wanted a light saber but it didn’t mean I was getting one. They don’t exist. I checked online. But you know there are limits to what kids can have. Better compromise than an illegally buying real fox.

Heyang:Or give them a smack and say no. Oh, no, I’ve just revealed the true side of me. That is “熊孩子, this is not something that I can put up with”. But Ningjing you are looking at me in such a kind way that I know you don’t agree with my parenting skills.

Ningjing: Oh, I think that’s a great parenting skill.

Heyang: Oh, I will not hit a kid. Maybe give them a push when their parents are not around if they are screaming and shouting. Oh, I’ve said too much again. So is it even legal?(Sam: Beating kids is not legal) I will not beat them. I will not beat anyone. But when Ningjing is not looking, but her kid is cute. ( Sam: You mean if he is ugly, you will just smack about.) No, I wouldn’t. But if the kid is screaming, then in my head I’ve done a whole bunch of things. And if the parent is not around, I might scold the kid.

Sam: I think scolding is ok. I mean this is completely off topic. We are talking about foxes. But I think scolding, just saying that’s bad. I think that is acceptable.

Heyang: Or a gentle poke in the back. Or something like that. Oh this is my favorite topic about the punishment of bear kids, but that is off topic. And what about the law. What does the regulation in China say about this kind situation of trading animals online?

Ningjing: OK, let’s say first in China it’s illegal to sell or purchase a fennec fox online. You can’t trade them online under any circumstances in China. It’s not a Chinese native species and it is prohibited to buy or sell the animal without authorization. So you just can’t let loose this animal and let it run across the land of China. It’s a prohibited one. But for red fox, it is a protected animal in China, but it can be traded. You can’t let it go out of control. When you don’t want to have it, you just let it go and run around. It is still not OK. So in China there is one species that is forbidden from trading and there is one that you can trade.

Sam: It’s not just the fact that it’s illegal. It messes up the ecology of the country that you snatch this fox from. Foxes aren’t particularly known for being nice creatures. I think if it wasn’t for this film, most people wouldn’t have an attraction to them.

Ningjing: I don’t quite agree. I have a friend who lives in London and he’s got a fox-made home in his garden. They seem to be treating each other nicely.

Sam: It is because fox is keeping invading his garden, so I might make a home for them.

Heyang: Yes, that might be the case. And our wechat listener Bob says that that is tragic. And as soon as these foxes are discovered not to be so cute or easy to manage, there will be thousands of abandoned foxes outside on the streets. All to satisfy some spoiled brats. And bad parenting and other strong language will not be read out right now, because this is national radio. But thank you very much Bob and I like your comments very much. And yes there are limits. There are animals that we need to respect their rights too. They cannot speak to us, but animal welfare is something we should have in mind too.

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Liu Yan: We are seeing this trend where more and more Chinese people are hitting the gym, and obviously this is going to be a very big industry with a lot of potential, especially money wise. So first of all, do you really think the fitness industry in China is expanding on a daily basis?

Luo Yu: Well, definitely it's expanding because we have numerous data here. According a report by Qianzhan Industry Research Institute, the sales of China's fitness industry have increased to nearly 130 billion yuan in 2014, and that is actually whopping 84% rise over a five year period on average annual growth rate of almost 17%. And also if you look at the number of gyms, it's also being increasing all the time at an average annual growth rate of 5%. And we see rising number of gym attendees at the same time. Gym attendees in 17 major Chinese cities have increased by four to five million each year since the year 2011. So you see the growing number of facilities, the gyms, gym attendees. At the same time it's another very interesting phenomenon that people tend to be more interactive than before--they use wearable devices, they keep track of their data, they share them with other people on social media platform, and discussing, and competing with each other. So generally it's a very good sign.

Sam: But it does have its problems and the key one being profitability. Now just around 20% of gyms in China earned a profit; about 50% of gyms which offer just a few value-added services are facing tough conditions due to a limited number of customers. And this is according to facts we read information from industry insiders. And there being an abundance of suggestions now being put forward, I think the main school of thinking here is that these gyms need to offer more than just exercise classes, they should be looking at personal trainers, health lessons, diet guidance, outdoor activities and other highly value-added services because it seems we've got lots of people wanting to work out, but if the gyms aren't making money, and they're closing down, that means that we're not gonna have the means to work out in the future.

Luo Yu: Yes, that's really a very thought-provoking point you've just raised. Only 20% of the gyms are making money, earning a profit. That's really not very good for the industry.

Liu Yan: And just now Luo Yu you mentioned that, a very interesting phenomenon, is that more and more people are trying these interactive features, for example, they're wearing wearable devices and the devices are recording their data, and they can compare the data they have with other people and see how they're doing. Actually, me, personally, I'm not a big fan of this kind of behavior. I think a lot of people do that just because they want to boast. They want to impress their friends. You know, oh I can put this on my wechat circle so that people can 点赞,you know, like it. Do you think that's actually what's happening here?

Luo Yu: Partially that's what's happening. People tend to be bragging about their achievements. But Liu Yan, I really have to be frank, you don't fancy this idea because you have passed the certain stage, because I know that Liu Yan (Liu Yan: I'm too old?) No, no. Our dear listeners, you used to be, you know, (Liu Yan: Quite fat?) quite big and chubby, and now you have made and set a very good example for our listeners, because I'm the only one who is the bad example here. I have been trying to lose my weight all these years. (Sam: Not very hard.) Hard! Hard enough! But I can never achieve any tangible effects on me. So could you please tell us something more useful for us to draw upon?

Sam: Cut down on the rice. Like you wanna change your diet, cut down the carbohydrates. (Luo Yu: And you are the master.) Well, I don't see I'm a master. I think the problem is that you really got to ask why Chinese people going to the gym. If it is because they are trying to lose weight, and I think that is to a certain level, I think that is the case. I was reading a story this morning how Chinese netizens have now got this popular thing where they're holding a piece of A4 paper in front of their waist, and if they're thinner than the paper that means they're in shape. And that's actually, that's just aesthetically, though. I think you really got to ask what the consumers want--do they want to look in shape or do they actually want to be really shape? And that kind of will help you dictate in what gym should do in terms of what kind of market they need to cater towards.

Luo Yu: What's your strategy?

Liu Yan: My strategy is just to eat less and exercise more. That's true. I try not to eat any rice for dinner. I just eat fruit. That's one thing. And also I power walk every day, at least for 45 minutes. (Luo Yu: 45 minutes? Do you think that works?) Yeah, if you do it every day, and you make it your goal to keep doing that, I think you will see some results.

【有文稿】网络慈善能否放心捐?

Mar 14, 2016 436

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Liu Yan: Recently, a netizen's pictures about his tourism trips posted on WeChat's friends circle, also known as the moment, has aroused heated public debate, as people think that he used donations that were supposed to save his daughter's life for recreational purposes. Are people too quick to judge? Or is it all right for them to question where the money has gone? So first of all, what exactly has happened?

LuoYu: Well, this father named A Yong, he lives in Guangdong Province and he revealed his pictures with his overseas trip with his family members on WeChat. And that actually aroused public debate because his daughter 乐乐 became ill from last July and was diagnosed a very very serious disease, and was sent to the intensive care unit in December. And unfortunately, his daughter died on 21st on December last year. And before entering the ICU, their medical expenses reached 20,000 yuan and 5 days in ICU cost them altogether nearly 60,000. So, they didn't have that amount of money, they resorted to 'Qing song chou轻松筹', literally translated into 'easy to raise money' in English, on online platform to raise money. And they had successfully collected more than 100,000 yuan online. At the same time offline, they raised another more than 40,000 yuan. Yet, later on, he posted his pictures with his family members to Tibet and Malaysia, and this has gone viral, because you know, people have accused them of using donation for personal, and to be exact, recreational purposes. And they are not so satisfied about this father.

Sam: Right, so first of all, 轻松筹,that 筹 means raise money, it's not that 丑 that means ugly. It's easy to be ugly for what I think in your website. Ok, so when we're looking at this case, there's a few things that come to mind. They went on this holiday, I think, reasonably quickly. Like after the daughter passed away, I don't know many people, coz you know, sadly I have relatives in my family passed away in the past. I remember during the time, the first thing my mom said like after my grandmother passed away was "Oh Sam, I'm so sad. I need to go on a holiday". That's not like a general reaction that people have to mourning. Like it really does, maybe question how genuine the situation was. Because normally when people are going for a stage of mourning, they are thinking they want to be alone, they want to be quiet. You know, they want to mourn the person that's just passed away. They don't mean, think I want a happy holiday to Tibet and Malaysia that to me just seems not very normal.

LuoYu: It's not normal. I think the person has to go through a certain stage of mourning. But he used donated money to go to Tibet. Of course, according to him and his wife, he said he just wish her daughter to be resting there in Tibet in peace. But how can you use the donors' money without consultation?

Sam: That's the real nuts and bolts, the meat and potatoes of the story, it's how should we use the money that was originally given to us for medical expenses that we now no longer need. Now the third thing that comes to my mind, is that we could redistribute the money back into "轻松筹". You know, we give it back to you guys, we give it to someone else who's going through a similar problem to the one that we had, and hope that it can help them with their family member. That to me seems like an honorable thing to do that I think most people that donated money to them would be reasonably happy with.

LuoYu: I agree, that's part of his plan as well. But altogether now unused donation is worth more than 40,000 and up to now, he used 7,000 in this 40,000 to donate back to the platform. So I raise the concern, I've been pondering over this when I was doing this research. How can you guarantee the transparency or the supervision in this process?

Sam: The other suggestion that I thought of is why not before I mean, obviously, it would've been too late, but what if they had asked the daughter about which charity she particularly liked, and then they invested the money in the charity of the daughter's choosing in her memory in the event that she passed away. As a sign of respect to the daughter first of all, and everyone that invested their hard-earned money to try to prolong her life, would that be acceptable?

Liu Yan: I think that would certainly be much more acceptable. And if, in fact, A Yong has done that, I don't think there will be as much controversy.

Luo Yu: That's just a mere assumption. I mean, how can you, as a father, dare to say to the daughter that once you die, how can we allocate the money?

Sam: No, no, you don't say once. Luo Yu, this is the problem with you, you are so black and white. (Luo Yu: But the doctor will figure out anyway) you don't wake up and say, now listen 'when you die, where do we send this money?' You don't say it like that. You say, listen, should God forbid, if the worse should happen, we've been donated a lot of money to help you I know it's uncomfortable, but I was thinking maybe we could donate the money in that event, should God forbid that happen, to a charity if you name. It's a particular charity you like. And she thinks Oh, a final act of kindness I could do in my life in that situation. She might actually welcome that idea. Presentation is really important there.

LuoYu: But I think when you are sparing every effort in rescuing your daughter's life, you didn't have any time to talk to her about this issue. How to allocate the donated money? Which charitable organization you prefer, once you die we can donate and donate back the money.

Sam: Oh stop it. Oh stop it. How many people pass away and then you've been talking about the wills and allocations of their personal property. (Luo Yu: It's a false analogy!) And what to do in terms of they die, who looks after the dog, where does the house go, what should we do with the car. These conversations happen across the world. For people that are passing away, it's a part of life.

Liu Yan: Ok, I love the fact you guys are both so enthusiastic, and so strong minded, (Luo Yu: Oh by the way, his daughter is an infant.)

Sam: Ok, I think I've...Ok.

Luo Yu: So what would you do then?

Sam: In this one situation, maybe that wouldn't work. But as a rule of thumb, it probably would.

Luo Yu: That's your rule of thumb. That's not mine.

Sam: No I'm not saying it's something we should all adopt. I just put out there something we could possibly talk about and consider.

Luo Yu: I think this person has to be morally responsible. He has to donate back, it's about the moral standards he or she has.

Sam: I fully agree. That's the exact point I'm making. Anything would've been better than spending it on a family holiday to Malaysia.

【有文稿】刘大牛教你职业打假

Mar 12, 2016 269

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Heyang: While most customers try to avoid buying poor-quality knockoffs, there is a group of people who have made a killing by buying fake products. They are known as "professional fake fighters" or called in Chinese职业打假人. What is behind this profession? Guys, would you explain to me a little bit more about this profession?

Nick: Well, cracking down on fake products in China has always been a problem, and because especially because many people choose to buy things through online platform so you don&`&t get to see the product before you actually buy it. And so when it arrives to you by which point you&`&ve already paid that you realized that you bought something fake. So now some people have taken matters into their own hands and deliberately buying fake products so that they can then demand the compensation from the people who sold them even though they knew they were fake in the first place. (HY: Sneaky.) Yeah, it&`&s quite sneaky and people are making a lot of money out of this.

LY: And speaking of sneaky, I&`&m not surprised at all. Because there were always be sneaky bees out there and you know they will take advantage of whatever loophole they can find. And this is just yet another example.

HY: Yeah, when there is big money involved then no wonder people are quickly finding this loophole and exploiting it. And is it millions of yuan that sometimes some of these people can earn every year? Something like that. (Nick: Something like that.) Yeah, and just one part to clarify guys, do they report to the authorities at all these people?

LY: I think a lot of them actually kind of threaten the original providers of the fake goods. So they act this way: I tell you, I know that this is fake so you had better do something. If you for example return money to me or triple that amount then I will not report you to the authorities. However, if you do not do that, well let&`&s just wait and see what happens. So they resort to that kind of threatening.

HY: And Liu Yan thank you so much for acting that out for a second just feel like that you know exactly what&`&s going on. (Nick: Maybe you are one of these people.) You know every line what they use. (LY: I told you what I haven&`&t done that. I&`&m just acting.) (Nick: you&`&ve been rumbled.) And you are very good at that I have to say. So how do think this profession so to speak emerged in the first place? I mean yes maybe there are lots of fake goods but what exactly is that loophole we are talking about?

Nick: Well, China has a law from 1993 on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Customers, which means that if the business or the seller provides fraudulent products to the customer then they are required to pay compensation to the customer which is at least equal to two times what the consumer originally paid so not the money back but the same amount again on top of that. So you can really see how people are making money out of this.

LY: And also we know that starting September last year there was the so-called the strictest Advertising Law ever in Chinese history. And ever since that law came into effect a lot of people became targets that probably were targets in the first place simply because they use words like "the most" "the first" "the best ever" things like that in their so-called advertising. So people could cash those words and you know do something like threatening. You know the thing I just demonstrated.

HY: So well, Liu Yan. I am going to record that part and save it. God knows what arises in the future maybe I can use it in some way just like you taught us. And I think with these fake fighters they have been very shrewd about this. Last question for you guys, yes or no, do you think that this kind of profession is bad because it&`&s not reporting to the authorities?

LY: I think it&`&s bad.

HY: Although people are making money out of it. What about you, Nick?

Nick: I don&`&t have any sympathy, they are selling fakes.

当流行音乐遇上圆桌

Mar 10, 2016 1335

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Zhang Xiahao is a musician, producer, song writer and singer. He's worked closely with Qu Wanting on songs such as 承认,没有什么不同 and also one of my favorite songs by Miriam Yeung's 没有目的地爱了。Now he's put out an album called “浩How”and is embarking on a new concert tour titled "One Day."

会聊天才能有妹子

Mar 9, 2016 305

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A recent survey has revealed a list of 10 sentences that may easily piss your girlfriend or wife off if you spill it out. What are these sentences? Why do ladies hate it?

女生被下药,校园暴力何时休?

Mar 8, 2016 1960

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A high school student has claimed that her classmates drugged her because she is gay, she reported the incident to her class teacher and later her parents. After learning the news, the three male culprits threatened to poison the victim if she reported to the police. The story first broke out on a gaming internet forum on Baidu, then quickly spread all over the internet and became one of the most searched internet news stories this week. It offers us a rare look at a darker side of campus life.

【有文稿】女强人的外表比才能更重要吗?

Mar 7, 2016 424

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Heyang: And on that survey conducted jointly by EZFM, our radio station, and also the British Embassy Beijing. I mean, we looked at other interesting questions, including this one, that is, do you think that there is gender bias in our media reports? Zeroing in on language usage in media, which sometimes can reinforce gender stereotypes without you even noticing it. And guys, do you see that there is a bias, what do those youth respondents tend to say?

Brian: Well, I would say, I was a bit surprised, but not too surprised, half of the respondents think that there is a bias, and the other half don't. That may be surprising to you if you think there is, and I think that there is. But you have to realize that this is just we're so used to it. This kind of, just reflects how things are. For example, a lot of the time when women are described in the news reports, you'll hear descriptions of their age, their appearance, you know, their family roles or whatever, far more often than you hear with men, and people are just used to that, used to thinking of women in these sorts of ways, to where you see that, that is not unusual at all. Whereas if you see the same amount given to men, you would feel a little bit odd, not that that doesn't happen, but it happens not nearly as much there. So I think, this is just one sort of example there, but it's quite common, so common in fact that I think that's part of the reason why some people don't even see it.

Megan: Absolutely. I think you mentioned a very interesting thing there about we don't even notice it and the way women are described in the media, and I was thinking particularly women in politics, so for example, ambassador Barbara Woodward, she is our first female British ambassador to China, and she is doing a great job, supporting this campaign for gender equality. And, you know, she holds a very important role, which is great, but across the world, that's not always the case. And you hear people talk about women in politics, for example, Angela Merkel. There were some comments said about how she looks, and how she dresses, and really, that's not what we should be focusing on. We should be focusing on the great job they do, or you know, how they think, their skills, their talents, rather than how they look.

Heyang: Exactly, and it often appalls me, when these female world leaders, or women in leading positions in big companies, and they've worked that hard to get there, and they are making important decisions, and what the viewer or the audience cares about is where did she do her hair, what kind of suit is she wearing, and is she getting a little bit fat? And it's like, people, can't you just grow up a little bit, and look at what the real problem is here. That is you, looking at these ladies in that very biased eye.

Brian: Right, right. And there are so many more important things going on. Like Angela Merkel for example, she is probably the most important leader in all of Europe, and she has way more stuff on her plate, way more important things to do, than you know, what is she wearing or these trivial sorts of things there, I mean, and it's again, it's not you sometimes see that for men as well, but it's just a distraction from what's important there, and there is just, there is also far more scrutiny on women. For example, in the US, we are seeing this. Obviously the political Campaign for presidents, and Hillary Clinton regardless of whatever else, sees a lot more scrutiny on her, in particular her appearance, but other aspects as well, because she is a woman, and that's the true all of the world, I think.

Heyang: Yes, and that's something that's gotta be changed, and rising people's awareness in this regard is the first thing we can do. Talking about these kind of gender stereotypes, our Wechat listener Giraffe, I think that's your name, it's very interesting on our bullet curtain, is a comment from her. She says that her boyfriend often meets older women in the supermarket when he is doing some grocery shopping, and then, these older people ask her boyfriend, "why are you doing shopping for groceries for the household? Is that because you earn less than your female counterpart in your household?" Oh my gosh, how can we change people's perception on this, why is it that there is this gender stereotype rot that people are just sunken into.

Brian: I think humans have just been like this, or at lease society has been like this for ages and ages, but I think it's very telling what you said there, it's the old ladies that are coming up to him in the supermarket, it's not , you know, the young people right out of college, or little girls that are saying that, it's these old ladies who've been raised in this society where, you know, that was women's work, men didn't do that, you know, men don't enter the kitchens, sort of things there. And I think, as time goes on obviously, this education and talking about this, this messaging is important, but you know, part of it will just happen naturally as the generations go on.

Heyang: Yes, and more importantly I think, when we are hailing for women's right or being a feminist myself, we’ve kind of touched up on this, earlier on, but I'm gotta say it right now, it's not just about elevating women's right, but it's also meaning that guys can get a wider scope of option. It's like guys, you shouldn't be confined into your gender role either, it's fine to be a little bit metrosexual maybe. (Men could love shopping.) Yes, and also, you know, pluck your eyebrows, that's fine too, although that's a little bit too much for my taste. But still, it means more choice, more options for everyone, and that is what we are hailing for. And too bad, we only have this much time, one last thing I would like to direct to Megan is, be yourself, what is that one golden tip you would give to all of us.

Megan: The golden tip is to remember, you can do whatever you want, so remember to be yourself, and remember to strive to achieve what you want to achieve no matter your gender.

Heyang: Well said, and we'll end with that note on very special day and like I've said so many times on the show, women's right is not something we only discuss on International Women's Day, it should be every day.

老玩手机会痴呆?

Mar 6, 2016 1047

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There was a time when some folks said of TV: "That garbage will rot your brain." But doctors say brain rot is real, and it's smartphones and video games we should be worried about.

A study out of South Korea found that 'Digital dementia' is a new cognitive condition that is challenging people who are attached to their digital devices. Is your dependence on 'smart' devices making you dumb?

【有文稿】看电视学中医靠谱吗?

Mar 5, 2016 442

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Heyang: The imperial princess, Oh No, it’s not the imperial princess, it’s actually the imperial doctress or 女医明妃传. The TV drama has been lambasted by viewers because of the validity of prescription medicines used in the drama. Are people making a fuss out of nothing or are these TV shows too far off from real practice?

I know this is probably not the usual show that you guys would check out but because we are professionals, and I’m sure that you’ve looked at some of it. Do you think that the prescribed Traditional Chinese Medicine doesn’t really make sense in this show?

Brian: I would say yes, because Traditional Chinese Medicine doesn’t make sense in lot of ways, but within Traditional Chinese Medicine, contrary to what some people online seem to think, it does seem that it’s largely correct actually.

Liu Yan: Well, I think there so much controversy, mainly because some of the prescriptions sound pretty out there. Let’s just say, for example, there is this liquid mixture of fingernails, bird poop and earthworms used as some sort of medicine to treat a fever, just a fever. So of course, if you are one of those lazy people, who just like to watch TV shows but not actually do research, you would certainly think, Oh, this is nonsense.

Brian: That’s what Weibo and Twitter, and all of these were invented for, for just spouting off your mouth without doing any thinking or research.

Heyang: Yes, that’s just a wonderful example that Liu Yan just gave us. It turned out that Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors, specialists have been employed to consult and confirm with this prescription used on the show. And apparently a lot of these are kind of real, but it’s not like one hundred percent accurate to how you would, you know, perform the procedure on a patient for example. But is it really, something that we should worry about that these procedures used in TV shows are just not professional enough?

Brian: Well, it bothers some people obviously. But it’s not just this sort of thing. It’s is this TV show or movie accurately portraying this relatively narrow or specialized or professional field in the right way? And a lot of the time, I know Hollywood doesn’t do things accurately. And much of it is to make things more dramatic. Sometimes this is just in the air, coz they haven’t done the research or they don’t care to do it well. But a lot of time it’s for drama, and if it’s for drama, that makes a certain amount of sense but I guess it depends on what you are looking for as a viewer. And for most people, they probably wouldn’t care too much. I would say if it is in an egregious era such that they wouldn’t just happen in reality, or that is just it would actually affect things in the plot or whatever, then yea, that’s a problem, but minor things. Nay.

Liu Yan: I can definitely understand why some people are so being such sticklers. Because to them, maybe staying true to the facts is a very important factor to decide whether this is quality entertainment. But in general, I think after all this is just entertainment and you needn’t be too serious about details. However you can never underestimate the power of popular TV shows and things like that. What if people actually watch this and take it as truth and then imitate this practice?

Heyang: Yes, I think that’s a legitimate question. But can I please bring to your attention that on any TV show, especially this procedural kind of or TV shows that portray a particular profession, they have, in the beginning of every episode, there is this disclaimer that all fictional characters, or you know, coincidence if something does happen if you just copy us, you know those kind of things. I mean, would people, honestly, do this like replicate what happens on the shows?

Brian: Yes, absolutely!

Heyang: What are these people thinking?

Brian: Well that’s the question. But that doesn’t mean that’s not gonna happen. If you can think of something happening however ridiculous it might be, someone will do it somewhere online.

Liu Yan: And also you have to remember that a lot of people are actually watching this type of TV shows on the Internet. So if you watch those shows on Tencent for example, you can actually set the setting so you start from the actual dialogue instead of the opening disclaimer and theme song and things like that. So I doubt that a lot of people don’t see what you have just mentioned.

Brian: I think even if they see this disclaimer, it’s not gonna make a huge difference.

Heyang: That’s so interesting especially with today’s topic 女医明妃传. Coz I actually went through a lot of those criticism posts, it’s just got ignorance written all over. As average viewers like myself who know very little about traditional TCM and then when I see a show like this, I have a question mark in my head and because of my lack of knowledge, when I saw a bird poop and all kinds of poop and stuff, and then you are like how could that be true? And you automatically think this doesn’t seem right, but then you know these traditional Chinese medicine doctors have come out and said, well sometimes we use these things and it’s the combination of which that can sometimes have very good effects on people.

Brian: Supposedly.

Heyang: Well, yeah, you are the person who can arrive at your own decision and judgment on such things. It just turned out that so many netizens like myself, I suppose, we don’t know if we think we’ve been smart and we make all these comments when you just don’t know, isn’t this a lesson for people that although the Internet is a free space for all kinds of comments, but shouldn’t you at least think twice what you were saying, at least do a little bit of research before making these statements?

Brian: Yeah, I mean like a certain presidential candidate in the US, you have the right to be wrong, utterly and horribly wrong, but you should really think before you speak or tweet or microblog or whatever.

Liu Yan: I have a feeling that certain candidate is a running joke on this show and people are enjoying it including Heyang especially.

Heyang: Yes, the squirrel on his head?

Liu Yan: Oh, it reminds me of that Chinese saying 这样真的好吗?

Heyang: 很好啊. I won’t say anything wrong with it until I get a lawyer’s letter from him.

罗煜和谁去泡澡?

Mar 3, 2016 706

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Old bathhouses are on the brink of extinction in Shanghai because of lack of business. These public baths seem to have little appeal for the younger generation. Will a makeover revive its business?

发胖都怪雾霾!

Mar 2, 2016 505

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Smog is bad for people's health. The bad air quality makes it difficult to breathe, and may even give rise to respiratory disease. But do you know that smog may make you fatter? A US study revealed that people may put on more weight during smoggy days. Really? Is it true?

猪肉奖学金,创新or重口?

Mar 1, 2016 275

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A middle school in Zhejiang province rewarded its top students with bags of pork. Yeah, raw red meat with blood on it. If you’ve been to school in China, you know good students been given candy, notebooks, or even money as scholarship. But never has pork chops been on the list. Why is this school rewarding students in this meaty way?

女生蹲咋就没教养了?

Feb 29, 2016 1253

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A photo of two girls squatting in the subway has caused quite a stir.

The picture was taken in Shanghai's metro platform and posted on Weibo afterward with a comment and here I quote "Maybe I am too old and traditional. I just don't understand why some girls are so uncivilized. How can they squat and wait in the subway? Who taught them? What kind of habit is this?"

The post soon topped the search list. Admittedly, there is some dispute over whether the original post mentioned uncivilized behavior or not, but the post that has gone viral clearly has stated those words. Therefore, the discussion out there and in the studio will focus on this theme. That is the end of my disclaimer.

【有文稿】"穷游"背后问题无穷

Feb 28, 2016 491

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【特别感谢热心听友琅琅-FMU-曹英哲Mobey帮忙听写本篇文稿】

Heyang: Short of cash doesn&`&t mean you can&`&t see the world. Are you good at squeezing every penny out of budget to give yourself as much travel as possible? As shoestring travel or 穷游 becomes more popular, it is also facing increasing criticism over unexpected risks.

So guys, what is 穷游 or shoestring travel?

Amy: Shoestring travel is traveling on an extreme budget.

HY: Ok, but that is not enough to explain what’s going on here as in China we have these very very cheap tour groups that some claim that they charge you zero Yuan. So can that be categorized as shoestring travel too, Luoyu?

LY: no of course. Those people are organized by some of the travel agencies, and you have to be in the group, and you basically visit every single store you have to or purchase something and then make the compensation for the fees, the travel fees.

Amy:Yeah, I would say that could be a cheap way to travel but maybe is not the meaning of shoestring travel the way that we are using here in China, right? So what we mean is solo backpackers who are staying in hostels that are very cheap maybe 20 to 30 kuai a night, they hitchhike, ticket around or do some other very cheap travel, they maybe eat instant noodles instead of eating you know in a restaurant wherever they travel, or they impose on the kindness of strangers they might meet along the way, those are the kinds of things that can be shoestring backpacker travel.

HY: it&`&s really great that we finally got the definition right. This is something that a lot of people are talking about right 穷游. But sometimes when you are talking about completely different things when the definition hasn&`&t being straighten out in the first place it&`&s just not that useful. So guys, why do you think it is popular?

LY:for one thing I think it&`&s a positive effective, because that&`&s the main purpose of traveling, going sightseeing is to explore the outside world. So all the routines are not set, all the routes are not set. If you are the adventurous type, definitely it&`&s a very great thing for you to know different people along the journey, and to share the experiences and you spend a couple of nights in youth hostel. So I think it&`&s a brilliant experience.

HY:But is it just the same as not shoestring travel? you get to experience you get to share you get to stay in maybe not hostels but in hotels you still get to interact with other people.

Amy: No, different. Very very different. (HY: why is it different?) OK, I can tell you that I&`&ve done this kind of travel. Actually I quit my job, this was five years ago. I sold all my stuff. I got a backpack. And I went traveling around the world for about a year and a half. That was before I came to China.

HY: Did you have enough savings?

Amy: Well, I worked for 3 years at my jobs, I saved a big sum of money I think I could have been more of a shoestring traveler than I was, I definitely spent more money than I meant to, but you can do around the world travel on a very very cheap budget if you stay in these places, I think this is really really popular among young people especially recent college graduates, and especially because, one, in general, China is more economically prosperous than it ever has been. But two, the economy is slowing down so for recent graduates, it&`&s harder and harder to find a job. So what you do? You go travel. And if you don&`&t have any money, you go travel on a shoestring budget. People have been doing this in Europe and southeast Asia for generations right? And I think China is now just sort of getting into the game. Young people are just in this position where they have enough security back home from maybe your parents or grandparents or whatever, now that they are giving you a lot of money, but you haven&`&t enough security that you feel comfortable just taking off, but you also don&`&t have enough job prospect where you feel like I need to start my career right the second. So I think this generation is stuck in this like I guess perfect gap for this kind of travel.

HY: emm interesting, and I’ve always wondered why the people want to leave what they have behind and go on a journey like this, why is it, what did you have in mind Amy?

Amy: I wanted to see the world. I mean I always wanted to study abroad when I was in university and I didn&`&t get the chance to do it because I was on such a like focus path to graduation. And then when I finished university I was really really broke. Like too broke to even go shoestring traveling. So I got a job and I got the right opportunity at the right time. And then I sort of came to end of that job I was a little bit like worn out of working there I&`&d saved a little bit of money and I thought if I&`&m not gonna do it now I&`&m never gonna do it. And so that&`&s why I chose that time and that&`&s why I sold all my stuff and went backpacking because there&`&s so much of the world that&`&s to see and I wanted to know how do people live here I wanted to see all these great sites. I wanted to experience life in different places and eat different food and like you know greet people in different ways and how do you say "cheers" in Irish like Gaelic or whatever you know I just wanted...the experience of traveling to me is really exciting.

LY: do you think there are many risks as well?

HY: Ok, what other risks that you perceive, Luoyu?

LY: well we probably be standing in the middle of nowhere, you want to hitch a ride, but you couldn&`&t see any cars, or you&`&ve seen millions of cars passing by still there was not even a driver who like to give you a free trip.

HY: and more like scarier than that is you don&`&t know who the driver is and we&`&ve heard these really scary news from...

LY: A lot of assault or attacks might be happening.

Amy: yeah I think that is definitely something to keep in mind especially for a solo female traveler you should be very careful exercises caution. Eh you know be a bit smarter about how you travel who you take a ride from. Where you go at night, buy yourself that kind of thing. You definitely need to be cautious but being cautious doesn&`&t mean you need to like lock yourself in a room and never see anything, you know. I think that there&`&s a healthy balance there&`&s always risks attached to anything. You could ride the subway and somebody could you know do something to you on the subway.

HY: yes, do some research before leaving. You need emergency backup plan.

Amy: have a backup. And I think that the more you do this kind of travel, the more you are gonna find other people with similar values and interests who will help you along the way.

HY: alright. And we&`&ve got so many messages regarding this topic coming in. Draco says summed up by Amy that is "世界那么大,我想去看看". And there&`&s 段洪林 who says "love you Amy. Gonna miss you". (oh I&`&m gonna miss you too) Oh is that 洪林? (duanhonglin, the name is duanhonglin). Alright ok I know your surname now. She says I will never want to go "穷游" only love rich and luxurious trip. Ok, got it! And 什锦 says traveling will cost you so you know don&`&t take other people&`&s help for granted as you are going on these shoestring travels and don&`&t overstay your welcome. You are listening to round table, that&`&s all we have for today. Bye-bye~~~

【文稿】谁没遇到过几个one-upper呢?

Feb 27, 2016 480

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非常感谢热心听众【卷卷-Cecilia 李文娟】和【Maggie-吕欣欣】对本文稿的贡献

Heyang: If you have had a bad day, a one-upper has the absolute worst day of their entire life and possibly the worst in recorded history. If you met a hot guy on vacation, the one-upper is dating Brad Pitt or Hu Ge or Huo Jianhua right now. The one-upper is the most obnoxious and hateable person you’ve ever met, but they probably are really proud that they have one-upped everyone else you ever thought you hated.

Victor: Everything is a competition for these people.

Heyang: I guess so, and the reason why I s ound a little bit angry is just the thought of dating Hu Ge and Huo Jianhua. It’s something you just can’t bear it, and also Brad Pitt. OK guys, so how would you define a one upper, and have you ever encountered one?

Victor: Well, I don’t think I’ve really encountered anybody like that. But I think one would define a one-upper as a very annoying person who always wants to be better than everybody else. If you have achieved something, they want to achieve something plus one.

Heyang: Or they’re just saying it sometimes. They have to be at the upper level of everything. (Luo Yu: Or lower level.) Oh, how does that work?

Luo Yu: It really does depend on the competition. For example, if you say I go to Hainan this Spring Festival, I booked a very nice hotel—in Sheraton and it was a suite, right? And another people would say, reply to you: ‘I have a very wonderful holiday there in Maldives, and we had this beautiful Sunset Villa.’ (Heyang: Okay. Victor: Or the presidential suite. If you had a suite, I had a presidential suite.) Right, and this is trying to top your stories. Another one probably is like this, you know, I work very hard. I’m a workaholic. I have one paper due tomorrow. The other one replied to you, you know, I have four papers due tomorrow and let’s just hang out.

Victor: It’s about attention. Grabbing attention. The attention always has to be on that person.

Heyang: Yes, and the part that I can’t really agree with you, Luo Yu, is, after having a conversation like that, how could you hang out? It’s like I don’t want to be with this person for even one more second. And there’re just so many jokes as such about one-uppers online. I’ve looked at a few, and the one that really got me was this one. Here I’m air quoting it: I found twenty dollars in the street the other day and I was feeling pretty lucky about it, until that one-upper told everybody on that very day he discovered that Donald Trump was his uncle. If we turn it into Donald Trump, well, I suppose Donald Trump, you know, with presidential campaign and all that, he is probably not as rich right now. But we can turn it into a Chinese version, so he discovered that Ma Yun, (Luo Yu: Jack Ma) Jack Ma, was his uncle or his dad or whatever. God! Don’t you hate that guy!

Victor: Donald trump is still probably very rich, but I would never want him to be my uncle.

Luo Yu: Why?

Victor: Because have you heard any his speeches lately, I mean he’s a little bit crazy, I think. This is just my personal opinion, but I’m not a huge fan.

Heyang: That’s true. And Luo Yu and I had a discussion about Donald Trump a couple of days ago. And Okay, Luo Yu, I’m gonna say this, he thinks Donald Trump is pretty amazing. So yeah, you guys have some very different views on Donald Trump, but that’s not gonna be the topic of discussion for today, maybe for another day. (Victor: Once again, he dominated our conversation, so I give him full points for that.) I refuse to give him any more publicity, not like he needs it.

Heyang: Not like he needs it. Did we mention how this term was derived in the first place?

Victor: Well during the break we did have time to look up the origin of the concept of one-upper. I don’t know if this is the real origin but there’s a picture we have posted on News Plus Wechat account that listeners can follow. It’s a picture I think I’ve seen this before. It’s Sophia Loren at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival at a party. She is looking at the bosom of Jayne Mansfield who looks like Marilyn Monroe in this picture and her eyes are just focused on her body and it’s quite a funny scene.

Heyang: It’s quite a funny scene especially Sophia Loren, she is so gorgeous and when she’s in the room, how could one person not be looking at her except for in this circumstance so…

Victor: They are both wearing low-cut dresses (Heyang: Yeah) so when the eyes of Sophia Loren are focused on the other person and it’s quite funny.

Heyang: Yes, so she has been one-upped. And there is our Wechat listener Apple says that kids try to do this all the time. I wonder if it’s just that they want attention and yeah you see that amongst kids a lot that they’re always in this competition like “My dad rides a bicycle”, “My dad owns a car”(Victor: Or my dad can beat your dad up) Yes! And that’s the ultimate trophy. There’s also Han, oh thank you Han, he’s sending multiple messages today and said some people can impress others without speaking too much; the one-uppers impress others by speaking a lot. In some cases being a one-upper is better than staying low key, especially when you’re dating someone or you’re in a group interview, kind of a session, then sort of making yourself stand out is really important. But through this way? Guys, what do you have to say about that?

Victor: Probably not by putting others down. I can see in a group setting for example, in a group interview, you do want to be impressive. But if you are always trying to put other people down, I think that also shows you are a horrible person to work with.

Luo Yu: I don't like those people at all, always want to be dominate person, controlling the whole group.

Victor: Like Donald Trump? Donald Trump? Probably.

Heyang: Yes, he’s the king of one-upping everyone else.

Victor: There we go we have a theme in the show today.

Heyang: Yes and I’m sure Donald Trump is not listening. He doesn't need to say anything, just look at that I call it a squirrel setting on top of his head. He’s got gigantic hair, I mean, just the presence of him has one-upped everybody else. That’s what I think. Well if you’re so unfortunately been caged in a room with a one-upper and he or she is doing all these dramatic things and how do you deal with a person like that?

Victor: I’ll probably just laugh. I mean that’s probably the best way. I don't want my mental health to be affected. (Heyang: Okay.)So I just gonna stand there and smile.

Luo Yu: I’ll give him or her a very nice nod and try to deflect and change the subject.

Heyang: Alright, and what if she spins back?

Victor: They’ll just follow you to the next subject.

Heyang: So ignoring that person is… Well, I think you need a big heart.

Victor: Just walk away. Just walk away. And also don't engage. It takes two people to fight always, so if you don't fight then there could be no fights.

Heyang: I was really hoping you guys will put up a fight but you guys are both gentlemen.

Victor: What you resist persists, right? So just let it go, that’s probably the best way. I just got really Zen there for a second.

Luo Yu: Oh that’s a very good one.

Heyang: Yes yes and also a little bit of a massage in the soul. Thank you for that.

收费阅读,谁会买单?

Feb 25, 2016 899

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Browsing through the free content sent by Wechat public accounts that you are subscribed to is one way to start the day.

In the near future, these article updates may no longer be free. Will users switch to a paid model?

中英夹杂太low了?

Feb 24, 2016 450

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Are there people around you who talk like this: 今天要给大家introduce一种phenomenon, 这种condition在一些电影中经常happen,但是在现实生活中却显得格外装13.

Are you still with us? Yeah? I&`&m grateful that you haven't switched channels just yet.

This phenomenon of talking in such mixed languages is called pidgin. Why do some people like to mix English and Chinese together in conversation?

你的路也是大家的路

Feb 23, 2016 594

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Chinese central authorities have issued a guideline on urban development including strict regulation against bizarre and illegal buildings, and building a better public transportation system. But, what's caused controversy is the government wants to see roads within gated residential communities opened up and added to the public road system.

【文稿】作为中国人,你牙好吗?

Feb 22, 2016 417

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Heyang: Toothache can be a real joy killer, especially when a delicious meal is laid in front of you. Experts are saying dental health has been neglected by Chinese people for years. Is having bad teeth a long-time headache for many Chinese people? I think I should direct the question to Luoyu first. Do you agree with a statement as such that Chinese people have bad teeth and it’s a bit of headache?

Luoyu: I tend to agree. I actually remember the story you told me the other day in the morning. We had a lovely discussion. You said…

Heyang: What? I was involved? I don’t think I was there, but, Okay, carry on.

Brian: Maybe it was lovely for one party, but not for the other.

Heyang: You are so sharp. Some stuff should be left unsaid.

Luoyu: You said you are on a subway car, and all of the sudden there is a man standing next to you showing his butter-colored teeth as well as the bad breath from him…

Heyang: Yeah, it’s terrible, terrible experience. It was only when I noticed that guy standing next to me had really bad odor…I think he had Chinese chives the night before, amongst seafood and stuff and it was terrible. So I looked at him at the corner of my eye, and I realized he had bad teeth as well. Okay, why are we talking about this? Sorry if I’ve disgusted you.

Luoyu: Right, actually that’s an indication that generally speaking Chinese people don’t pay enough attention to their dental care. I also have two surveys to back up my argument. The very first survey is this Oral health epidemiology survey. This latest survey shows that about 80% to 97% of Chinese people have periodontal diseases to some extent. In Chinese, that’s牙周疾病. It seems that almost everyone in China has the problem. And another survey has actually shown even more staggering numbers. That Chinese preventive medicine society estimated that nearly 500 million people in China, mostly in rural areas, never brush their teeth.

Brian: That is shocking! That is shocking to me. I hope that’s not true. I know obviously Chinese people are not in the most ideal condition for dental health. But over a third of Chinese people don’t brush their teeth? Er, I hope not.

Heyang: You are overwhelmed by that figure.

Brian: It is. That’s a ton of people.

Heyang: I think there is a difference in life style because it hasn’t really been brought to their attention.

Brian: This consciousness.

Heyang: yes, (this consciousness) that you need to brush your teeth. I’m really curious then are there people that don’t brush their teeth and their teeth are still Okay? That could be the case too!

Brian: Yeah, it is probably the case. It seems to me this is kind of like mental health in a certain way. China is by no means the only place with this issue, but obviously you know regular health, if you get sick, you know you need to do something about it because it is bothering you. But say with dental health, mental health, it’s just not as obvious and there’s not this idea or this consciousness about it. So people are less likely to do as many preventative measures as well as going to get care when you need it.

Heyang: Yeah, and just add one small personal observation when it comes to bad teeth in China, actually I talked to some of our colleagues in the office. Our small circle seem to agree that in China it is rather common for someone who’s only in their fifties, they already have teeth that’s like falling out. That’s not an uncommon problem. But if you do a comparison, let’s say, with some developed countries, or countries with a culture that look after their teeth more attentively, then you don’t see this happening as much. So guys, why do you think there is this problem that we don’t look after our teeth?

Luoyu: Consciousness is definitely one thing. And sometimes I think the Chinese people lack the basic knowledge of how to protect their teeth. For example, when we pick up the brushes, we don’t know which one is the best brush for you. Do you know, Brian?

Brian: Well, I know in the US…

Luoyu: When it comes to the stiffness of the bristle.

Brian: Well, I don’t know exactly. What I would do in the U.S., there is an American Dental Association, which I believe does a good job, and they have their seal on certain toothbrushes. Some cheap like 99 cents toothbrush, that’s probably not as good. But admittedly, another thing you see in the U.S., is like mechanical toothbrushes.

Heyang: yeah, I think a lack of awareness, being aware that this is being a big deal is a big problem here as in our culture there seems to be the saying about “Having toothache is not a disease, but when the tooth actually aches, it can kill you.” So it should be considered as a disease too, right?

Brian: Right. I feel like a lot people don’t pay much attention to their teeth unless it hurts whereas what probably you should do is treating your teeth like your body. Check it at least once a year.

Luoyu: I have some advice as well. For one thing, if you really have those crooked teeth at an early age probably you need a dental brace procedure.

Brian: Related to both what Luoyu said and what I said is you have to have money or more often insurance. If you don’t have health insurance that covers this, then you are not as likely to do that and afford it.

Heyang: Yes, and also I think here is the place that parents have a big role to play as I know sometimes bad teeth or crooked teeth have been passed on from generation to generation. But that is not a general case, I think. Parents need to tell their kids that especially when your teeth change, that’s when you need to pay more attention to the kid’s teeth and make sure that they are growing in a really straight fashion.

Brian: And floss daily

Heyang: Okay, and visit your dentist.

在三次元无敌的二次元

Feb 21, 2016 981

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A recent CCTV program says that the two-dimension industry, companies producing cultural products related to animation, comic, and games, have a bright prospect in China. Yes, we are talking about 二次元经济.

【有文稿】高颜值哪怕还贷款?

Feb 20, 2016 445

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【特别感谢热心听友吕欣欣帮忙听写本篇文稿】

Heyang: In Chengdu, an underage girl had plastic surgery, without the consent of her parents. She also owed the hospital over 10 thousand Yuan for her surgery. How could this have happened in the first place?

So guys, here is a story that’s a little bit complicated here. Could you please unpack the story for me?

Brian: I will attempt to. So we have Xiao Zhen here who is a 17-year-old girl, not feeling so great about the way she looks. So she decides, “oh, I’ll have some micro plastic surgery on my face to make things better”, so this was last November. And it cost over 12000 yuan in Chengdu there. And she didn’t have that much money. She’s a student. So what she does is rather than talking to her parents at all about this which seems like she did not do, she goes to a friend who’s over 18 and says, “hey, can you help me apply for a loan here?” So her friend applies for the loan. And then she uses that there and goes all behind her parents’ back.

Luoyu: Well, is it really she asked some of her friends to lend her the money?

Brian: She asked her friend to apply for the loan, for her, not to lend her the money.

Luoyu: I think the hospital basically arranged everything for this. I mean, basically for the very first time when the 17 year-old girl consulted with the hospital staff, the person, the staff refused her to take the surgery because she got to know that this girl is only 17 years old. And for the very second time, she didn’t tell this member she was 17. Yet this staff from the hospital told her that if you lack financial means, we can definitely help you with it by borrowing some money from the loan companies.

Heyang: So the hospital directed this girl to the loan company (Luoyu: Yes), and get the financial side of things sorted out so the underage girl can have plastic surgery. Is this the story? (Luoyu: Yes) Right.

Who is at a greater fault here? I mean, we’ve got at least 4 parties in play here, right? The girl herself, her parents who’s like completely out of the picture until they wanted to get compensation, and there’s the hospital and loan company, who’s at fault here?

Brian: Well, who’s at fault versus who’s at greater fault because I think we can say that all of them are at fault to some degree. But to me I think the greatest would be the hospital. Because she’s under 18, she should not be allowed to do this at all and it happened.

And not only that, they helped point her to this loan company for this huge loan which she was gonna take on on her own as a student with no income. And again she couldn&`&t get the loan. She was not supposed to get the loan being under 18 there. So the hospital has done several bad things here on top of the girl who was foolish in multiple ways. But it’s really the hospital enabled her. There’s supposed to be restrictions and you know, following the rules so that when young people who are not as fully developed, wanna do something that’s not very wise, they’re stopped from doing that. And the hospital is the one who didn’t stop her, and they’re at biggest fault.

Luoyu: Well, the hospital doesn&`&t have any reason to stop the 17-year-old girl to…

Brain: She’s 17. Of course they have a reason. She’s not supposed to be getting about it.

Luoyu: But come on, I mean, the purpose for the hospital is to gain profit especially the hospital in a private sector. And when we’re talking about this, I mean, the verification process doesn’t even exist in this hospital. The loan applicant is not the one who received the surgery. So I think the whole industry should be standardized, maybe?

Brain: There’s a fair point there but I would say, hospitals I mean, yeah they’re for profit, but there’re rules, too, man.

Heyang: Yeah there’re rules and Luoyu thinks the hospital is right along all this time?

Luoyu: No no no I don&`&t think it’s all right.

Brian: Not as much.

Heyang: We have some listeners who have a very strong opinion about underage girl who got a loan to get plastic surgery without the consent of her parents’ story. As Qiang says, I think it is the girl herself that is fully responsible here and her parents are at fault that they did not pay attention or enough attention to this girl’s demand or, you know. I think Qiang thinks that for someone who so desperately wants plastic surgery, the parents should educate and console her a bit more and he doesn’t really agree with it.

And Han says the girl is responsible for this. She should let her…Okay here comes the interesting bit. She should let her parents know that having a pretty face is a really good investment nowadays. And…(Luoyu: Which I agree with.)

But everybody’s entitled. They have their own opinion.(Brian: True. True.) And we will attack Luoyu after I finish reading this post. And Han also says she should ask her parents to pay for it. I don&`&t think there’s a law saying that parent involvement is necessary for underage people to go to the hospital to have a surgery. And to my knowledge this is actually incorrect, Han. Guys, do you have anything to add here?

Brian: Yeah, that is the case. So the hospital cannot refuse patients if they’re under 18. There’s no law says that. But there is a regulation that says they have to be accompanied by parents and they need their signature there. So if the girl had been with her parents and done all this, the hospital would not have been wrong in doing that, right? She wasn’t with her parents so this is one of many wrongs on the hospital there. And so a lot of it is enforcement of these rules cos we have all these rules here the hospital should have been following. And again the morality of this young person and this is why we have these to protect young people who don’t know what they’re doing as much. And the hospital didn’t follow them. It didn’t force its rules. Therefore they are at greatest fault.

Luoyu: That’s why I say that this industry, the whole industry should be regulated to prevent some of the loopholes here. And if you look at the loan company in the hospital, basically hospital arranged everything, every little bit of this loan, and they’re on the same boat to be part of this black market or interest chains together to make money because this hospital is a private hospital as the nature of the private entity is profit driven, right? So they have to make money. If you don&`&t impose them with the further regulations, they’re gonna do this anyway.

Brian: Right, right, it is not just regulation, but stronger regulation and enforcement as with many things, enforcement is the key to a lot of things here.

颜值大比拼!谁有资格坐在窗边?

Feb 18, 2016 763

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Attractive looking people get prime seats in London restaurants, apparently. This was claimed by a new British documentary. Why is that? Is it the same in other countries?

国人必备砍价技能get√

Feb 17, 2016 280

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Bargaining in Chinese markets can be similar to fighting a war, if you are vigilant and calm enough, you can have the upper hand!

Let discuss strategies and compare notes. So we can leave the show with ample ammunition to claim victory in this mental war!

【有文稿】谁才是中国“酒王”?

Feb 16, 2016 436

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【特别感谢热心听友阿饺帮忙听写本文稿】

Heyang: Did you drink or was forced to drink at various dinner parties during the just passed Spring Festival? A late survey has shown that people in some provinces drink a lot more than others. We’ll find out who is the king of drinking in china. Guys, did Chinese people drink a lot during the Chinese New Year holiday week?

Ryan: Well actually I just saw a report published on sohu.com that showed that netizens from 26 provinces and cities have been drinking alcohol every day for 7 days straight the spring festival vacation. And some of the numbers are 59 percent of the drinking activities took place in the evening, since many people stayed up late during the vacation and would not like to get up early to have a big lunch with alcohol. So the big dinner came in the evening when people finally had enough time to drinking, chat at the table. And most drinking activities happed on the second day of January on the Chinese lunar calendar, right.

Heyang: So instead of on New Year’s Eve, it was the second day of the new year’s. Why is that, Luo Yu?

Luo Yu: Because it’s da nian chu er, and da nian chu er is the time when married daughters go back to their original family, and it is the time for the married couples to meet their in-laws, especially for husband to meet his in-laws, you know.

Heyang: so the guy came to your house, and the father-in-law is like you need to show me that you are devoted to her so you drink more! It that the situation?

Luo Yu: Yeah it is (really?), I think it’s more or less the situation here we are talking about, also the ranking is also very interesting. If you look at the ranking of drinking monsters or the king of drinking in china, the top 9 drinkers on Spring Festival Eve dinners are people from Shandong, Jiangsu, Hebei, Shanxi, Anhui, Henan, Beijing, Shanxi and Sichuan which I totally disagree with. Because where’re the people from Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia?

Heyang: Luo Yu is from Xinjiang, so do you think that you guys in general drink a lot?

Luo Yu: I think they drink a lot. And even people from Hebei, that’s our Chinese culture. I mean, I don’t know whether Ryan has got used to get this already but you know I remember when I visited Cheng de, a city very famous for it’s mountain resort, and the drinking culture there is that you have to drink up two mugs of red wine or bai jiu, and then the banquet can officially get started.

Heyang: if you just piled it down, go bottoms up all the time you don’t have the chance to appreciate the taste of the wine, but that’s really interesting, is that a very different drinking culture China versus the US?

Ryan: Oh my god, so much so. I mean, so the way Luo Yu described it, it sounds kind of obligatory. You know what I mean? It’s like, there is such a structure to it. I feel like in the US, there is not really a structure, people kind of drink in their own pace, you know what I mean. And you know, something like, I could at any time during the meal like I give someone a cheers just like a sip, nothing more than that I think. So I definitely think that’s a huge difference, this structure.

Heyang: is there a drinking custom during this spring festival?

Luo Yu: We did have this custom according to our social conventions. But the original purpose during this spring festival was that we were worshipping our gods and goddesses and pay our tribute to our ancestors. However, as this society has been evolving, the custom has been changed.

Heyang: And there are a few of our wechat listeners who can’t believe that that rankings champion wasn’t someone from the northeast china provinces.

Luo Yu: But actually if you look at the ranking 7 out of 9 provinces are located in northern part of china so which comes as a not surprise to me.

Heyang: So stereotype sometimes works. Sometimes! And also I think it’s not like Chinese people drink all the time. Like what Ryan said earlier, it’s more because when people are gathering together and you’re with friends and family and you’re having a big meal and people almost feel it’s imperative that you need to fill up the glasses and drink. But it’s hardly because people enjoy it so much or you do it everyday, right. It’s because the occasion.

Luo Yu: Yeah I mean according to a research 84 percent of the respondent dislike drinking culture. And nearly 75 percent of the people disgust it. So not so many people like the drinking culture, especially we have a drinking culture like always persuading other people to drink and you always flatter your bosses during some occasions, so it’s not very pleasant for me.

Heyang: Thank god spring festival is not a time you have to meet up with your bosses. It’s only family, right?

Luo Yu: Sometimes occasionally you have to do.

Heyang: Yeah I think the drinking culture has sort of kidnapped some of us. But sometimes you need to try to break away from it. I think as drinking too much could be a problem but drinking a glass or two or having something that is totally complimentary to the food you’re having. Let’s say when you are having a piece of red meat, isn’t it just superb and ideal to have half a glass of red Borolo. Or, just you know, red wine. Isn’t it? Have I said too much?

Ryan: Well yeah and I would even say like in the US you know, I would dare you to go to a barbecue and not have like a beer or two you know what I mean, it just kind of something that you do, but it’s not something you would go overboard with.

Heyang: As our wechat listeners Han says quit drinking. They were made by the process of, I think he is taking about the fermentation process and he thinks it’s not very pleasant based on lots of research, is more of a drug and is harmful to people and he’s even saying it’s more harmful than tobacco and weed. I think binge drinking certainly, it becomes a killer to you. And as a matter of fact, they contain more calories than most people think, that is also something that we should let people know.

Luo Yu: Yeah for health concerns, I think if we look at the liver diseases, 80 percent of the liver diseases are related to drinking, it also does a lot of harm to our cardiovascular system as well.

赫扬:从羞涩到女王

Feb 15, 2016 1008

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Have you ever felt unconfident in front of others, nervous in dinner parties, distressed among strangers? A survey by China Youth Daily has found that nearly 45 percent of respondents say yes to all the questions above. Approximately 67% of respondents say in comparison to online communication, they have a stronger feeling of social anxiety in face-to-face interaction. Is it possible to overcome this type of social anxiety?

老中老外,看名儿分不清

Feb 14, 2016 920

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Those who don&`&t speak Chinese might be confused by questions like this one: is Jackie Chan and 成龙 the same person? Or what about the guy sitting next to you at work that uses an English name like Kevin or David? While those who don&`&t speak English may be equally confused with that question. Why do so many Chinese people have English names?

迪士尼这么贵值不值?

Feb 4, 2016 1370

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Shanghai Disney Resort, due to open on June the 16th this year, has revealed its ticket prices for the magic kingdom. Regular price of admission is 370 yuan. Peak pricing for holidays and weekends, is set at 499 yuan. Do you think it is a tad expensive for Chinese consumers?

中外待遇有差别吗?

Feb 3, 2016 550

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A foreigner fainted on the Beijing subway last Thursday. Locals on the platform were quick in offering a helping hand. On Sina weibo, internet users started a discussion: what would happen if it was a Chinese passenger who passed out in the same situation?

[有文稿]有奖购物猫腻多!

Feb 2, 2016 429

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特别感谢热心听友王佳云帮忙听写本篇文稿

Heyang: Recently a female customer hit the jackpot worth 260 thousand Yuan, but was denied access to the money. The woman filed a lawsuit, asking the company to give her the prize, but the court dismissed her claim. Why is that?

What’s going on here?

Luo Yu: Well, this incident actually happened on last year but serves as a very good reminder for the upcoming 2016 Spring Festival. So around the beginning of 2015 a company launched a lottery on its website saying anyone who bought this product was over 100,000 yuan could participate in the jackpot and there are five levels of prizes and the top prize was a BMW car and the second prize was a cheque of 260,000 yuan. And Miss Wang fortunately got the second prize. However, the company refused to give her the cheque. And Wang had to file the lawsuit to local company and asking it to pay the money. However, the court turned down Wang’s claim because the raffle was invalid and illegal.

Sam: Well, that was half the story. So first of all the raffle was invalid because according to law in China and we are talking of the Law of the People's Republic of China for Countering Unfair Competition Article 13 An operator shall not make any of the following kinds of sales with prizes attached if there are more than 5,000 yuan. There was also another minor detail that was addressed by the court that said that the woman’s name wasn’t on the receipt. So there is also no direct proof that she had paid for the goods that she could make the argument that she found the receipt or she fabricated it. These are all possibilities. So although it’s not the main bulk we are gonna be talking about on this story I just wanna quickly be say on a side note this is another reason that why we should be using our mobile payments. I mean I’ve been pushing quite a lot on the show recently but the fact that there was⋯

Heyang: Why is this has anything to do with the mobile payments? The digital trail?

Sam: The digital trail would make it a lot easier in terms of the court process information and it shows why we should be using digital payments. It’s one reason on the long list of reasons that we should be doing so. Heyang is giving me that ‘Sam, move on’ face. I just wanted to quickly mention it。

Heyang: Thanks for reading my face in my mind.

Even if with digital payment that woman would still be denied the access of money and the court would still rule against her because what the law says very clearly about it is⋯ Did I hear a 5000 yuan limit that Sam just talked about. Let’s say when a shop makes this promotional tactic that is you buy an item and then you are eligible for a lucky draw. And that draw, the promotional tactic, can’t be more than 5000 yuan of worth. That’ s what the law says pretty much.

Luo Yu: In 1993.

Sam: So the law hasn’t be amended since. Has it?

Luo Yu: It hasn’t been amended at all.

Sam: So that means it should still be 5000 yuan.

Luo Yu: Amendment or modification is definitely required here I think. You know that the figure for 1993. Probably 5000 is a big amount of money then. But now with 5000 yuan you couldn’t even buy an iPhone 6. From 100,000 to 200,000 probably is at the right range.

Sam: Twenty grand (pounds), that’s a lot of money!

Heyang: But don’t you think that the biggest piece of the puzzle or of the discussion that has been missing out of this is why is there no liability of the company. Because, fine, I can understand that the woman can’t get the money because she entered a lottery or you know this promotional event that is deemed illegal and should be annulled. I can understand that part. But it isn’t the company’s fault and the company should be sued. It started a promotional event like this that is deemed illegal.

Luo Yu: Yeah, I think the company should be punished. Let’s talk about the promotional tactics that the company has launched during this festival. I think a lot of people have been participated in this incident but they are not quite sure about you know which amount is legally protected by Chinese law. So the company has to make some certain compensation for the woman here.

Sam: I know it’s a bad story but at the same time an example should be made as far as I am concerned. If it was me I would make them pay out the full price to the woman. And it’s OK as we promised the 260,000 yuan as far as I am concerned that’s the contract. So first of all you are going to give her that money and then we’ll talk about what we are gonna doing in terms of revoking your license or possibly fining you further. Or even implementing a prison sentence of some kind. I would make as big an example of them as humanly possible. And then all the other competitors in the industry will be like damn, Let’s not do anything illegal because it looks like they are coming down quite hard on us.

Heyang: Yes, this time I kind of agree with Sam and it’ll be nice if you are the judge for this lawsuit. And also I like to talk a little bit more about you know it’s Spring Festival period a lot of people are going to be shopping after Chinese New Year’s eve. It is the promotional period for a lot of shopping malls. What should people be aware of? We are gonna see a lot of promotional things going on and make sure that people don’t be taken advantage of it.

Luo Yu: First of all, almost please look at the price tag of the product if you win a lottery if the product exceeds 5000. You can never get it if you win it.

Sam: Secondly I would make I would say one last time. If you are buying stuff and there is a promotion there try and pay with online mobile payment because you a better record of the fact that you’ve purchased this item and it will help you avoid such complications in the future. Last time I’m gonna suggest that.

Heyang: OK, of today. And certainly get the receipt that’s always necessary I think.

Luo Yu: Receipt is definitely. I mean even if you would destroy the receipt.

Heyang: I’ve got it it’s gonna be the last time. OK, I think the moral out of that story was payment method that the two words I will not reiterate.

[有文稿]年夜,钓鱼台,约吗?

Feb 1, 2016 438

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特别感谢热心听友Coco yanwenqin帮忙听写本篇文稿

Heyang: Extravagant delicacies that used to only appear in state banquets produced by Diaoyutai State Guest House are now available online. Will you order these dishes for the family reunion dinner on the Chinese New Year's Eve?

So, what’s going on here, guys? It sounds pretty tasty and pretty exciting to me.

Brian: Well, there is the guest taste. Excuse me, goodness. They have set up this company to sell these things, so you could actually have this wonderful meal, that you would normally have to go (to) this very special place to do that, in the comfort of your own home as they have the traditional famous dishes like Buddha Jumps over the wall.

Heyang: You know what that is?

Brian: I do actually -I don’t think I’ve had it, but I know ‘cause it is a funny story like the name⋯(Heyang: Fotiaoqiang)

Yeah, exactly! It is so good to make the Buddhist Monk Jump over the Wall to get. But they have that, they have lion's head, they have got braised prawns. Unfortunately, they will cost you a bit of pretty penny, if you can take a set meal of four dishes and one soup, if you’ve heard of that expression before, it’s about 4000 yuan. So, it is not a cheap night in!

Heyang: Ok, so tell us more about what this 4000yuan entails?

Luoyu: Well, a lot people asked me this question, why did you become a journalist? I said, well, life is about exploration. And I can tell you I've been to Diaoyutai state Guest Houses several times and even the meal boxes there are fantastic.

Heyang: Listen to Luoyu, he makes it sound just ”another day out and where does he hang out?” Diaoyutai guo bin guan.

Luoyu: It is actually in the nature of the job. I mean, being a journalist, you got this chance to visit Diaoyutai State House and have a try of the meal boxes there. Even the boxes are fantastic, I mean, I think it’s gotta be very very nice.

Heyang: So, it is just ready-made food being delivered to your house?

Brian: Kind of. It’s half cooked, so which is actually pretty a good way of doing it. So it is safe to a certain extent, and then you have to finish the cooking and that is maybe not exactly as good as going there, but probably not bad.

Luoyu: But just I don't fancy the idea of micro-waving, the food from the Diaoyutai State Guest House.

Brian: Ok, it’s like the gourmet pizza you can buy in the refrigerated section of supermarkets and you bring it back, and you can put your oven or put it in your microwave oven.

Heyang: Yeah, but gourmet pizza is a pizza and this is state banquet kind of food. And I'm sure a lot of people have microwaves in their homes, but do you want to stick that expensive food in that machine? Oh, no. I was expecting a chef to come to my house and help to cook that meal if I pay that much. Obviously, that is not happening! What’s very interesting that being pitched here is that this is gonna be one of the options that people can have for the Chinese New Year's Eve meal, which is a big deal in Chinese culture.

Brian: Right. What interesting me is that it looks like now you have three options: you either, traditionally make your own food at home and you cook it, you go out and eat it which is common when you have a lot of people, or you order in with something nice like this. I don't think it's necessarily gonna be so popular, because what is expensive but it is expensive to the point where it’s maybe similar to going out but it's not as nice. I don't think it carries as much face if you will. If you go out to a nice restaurant, I think there’s a lot ofof face in doing that, like you can get tons of dishes there that sort of thing, but you have people over and you have this meal. Admittedly, from a very good source, and perhaps, very good food, but just it's in and it’s not home-cooked. And I don't think it's gonna be the same for people.
I think it occupies kind of a middle ground, but in an unhappy middle of sorts.

Heyang: Interesting.

Luoyu: I think that set of meal is designed for family reunion, especially for those people from the upper middle class, who want to have the extravagant flavor of this Diaoyutai State Guest House. They can have a try definitely, I mean, it's a small set relatively, comprising full meals and people sitting there together have this nice dinner. I think it's a very good way.

Heyang:But that's really contradictory to me what you said, Luoyu. Family reunion, everybody is getting together, and having a great time. And there is such little food and so expensive
.
Luoyu: You can buy as many sets as you want. I mean, this is only for four people. If you have got 16 in your house, you can buy 4 sets.

Heyang: Why do you think Diaoyutai Guobinguan, the Diaoyutai Sate Guest is known for, you know, excuse me, state dinners not that kind of staff. It’s getting involved in selling stuff online, isn't that not something that you would expect from them?

Luoyu: We didn’t expect it, but I think it is a very good sign, because...

Heyang: Of what, sorry?

Luoyu: Of those SOEs, making their initiatives to go out which the customers outside. I mean, people, Xinwenlianbo has made a very good publicity for Diaoyutai Guobinguan, because you have been hearing from the CCTV news, that you know, you've seen President Vladimir Putin or President Xijingping or President Obama. They are having this very nice state dinner. For commoners, it’s not reachable, but now it's an option there online and why don't you try it out?

Brian: Yeah, there is good advertising there and I guess maybe they’ve decide to step their toe into the market and see if works out.

Luoyu: It's actually similar to Forbidden City selling those very cute and adorable accessories and souvenirs.

Heyang: Also what I value a lot with these old places trying to offer something new, I value the new bit a lot and there is no creativity in this at all. The only of that is hardly creative, is, you know, partnering, with an online platform selling it.

Brian: A popular one that is even partnered by tons of people.

Luoyu:I don't agree with it. I think there is much creativity in this incident.

Heyang: Where?

Luoyu: As SOE. This company has the initiative⋯

Heyang: Oh, as SOE, so they’re known for a lack of creativity, so they do one small tiny new thing.

Luoyu: Which is commendable⋯

Heyang: You are so generous to them.

Brian: And maybe commendable, but it's not especially original. They are kind of like late to the game of getting a new stuff online

Heyang: And Luoyu, are you the spokesperson for Diaoyutai guo bingguan, you know, you sound like one.

Luoyu: I want to be.

Brian: If you guys are paying attention you need a spokesperson-, you'll know where to look.

Heyang: Yeah, we have a ready candidate right here. His name is Luoyu.

【有文稿】罗煜春节回谁家?

Jan 31, 2016 359

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非常感谢热心听众【Maggie-吕欣欣】对本文稿的贡献

The Spring Festival is around the corner. An old question that has been brought up again for many couples is whose home should they go back for Spring Festival?

春节就要到了,对于很多夫妻和情侣来说,一个老问题又摆在了眼前。春节到底应该回谁家过年呢?

Heyang: So going home for Spring Festival or the Chinese New Year, that’s the most important moment for family reunion in China. Why is it sometimes a little bit of a difficult question to take the answer for couples?

Sam: For first of all, I think on this topic, me, Heyang and Luo Yu are probably the three most unqualified people to talk about it, because I’m the lonely “老外 that can’t go back to England because it’s too far and it would be too much effort for the sake of the week. And you guys are both from Beijing right, which means you don’t travel on
Chinese New Eve anyway.

Heyang: Oh Sam I can’t believe that you didn’t pick up that very important piece of information about Luo Yu because you guys are good friends. Luo Yu is not from Beijing.

Sam: Really? Where are you from, Luo Yu?

Luo Yu: I was born in Xinjiang and raised in Xinjiang as well.

Heyang: [We should pretty much…talks about everything on the show.]

Sam: Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region?

Luo Yu: You’re joking.

Sam: I’m not joking. You have a thick Beijing accent.

Luo Yu: Are you my best friend, Sam?

Sam: But you’ve got a thick Beijing accent when you speak.

Luo Yu: No, I don’t have a thick Beijing accent. Heyang does.

Heyang: It’s hardly thick, Luo Yu. Mine, well, a little bit. Yes, I was hoping that you wouldn’t highlight this fact.

Sam: From Beijing [I’m actually about that?](Luo Yu: But even…)
Heyang: Yes, Luo Yu, you’re gonna say?

Luo Yu: But even speaking of which, I think Sam hasn’t highlighted the right thing.

Heyang: I thought we were in the same camp (Luo Yu: We are.), the singleton’s camp. So stop, you know, highlighting that fact. Well, now the cat is out of the bag, let’s just talk about it then. You haven’t answered the question for me. Why is it a bit of a big deal and a hard decision for couples?

Luo Yu: So well Heyang and me don’t have this current question because we are both single and fabulous【注:Single and Fabulous化用《欲望都市》S02E04 即“单身贵族” 呼应赫扬的’the singleton’s camp’】. But when you are happily involved in a lot of family affairs with your lovely spouse, you have to decide this very important issue. Is it your mother’s house or your husband’s mother’s house to visit?

Heyang: For the Spring Festival.

Sam: So let me give a couple of details other way here. First of all, Luo Yu, you were just on a really big TV show where you meet that special someone so we have a chat coming later on today (Heyang: Oh, dear). And secondly, am I right in saying that in china there’s a tradition here of the girls usually going back to the boy’s house as a sign of respect and if the guy doesn’t take the girl home and has to go to the girl’s house, it kind of demoralizes to a certain extent. Is that right?

Heyang: Well usually I think the tradition is, especially if you’re married, then it’s usually the wife would go to the husband’s mom’s home to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Luo Yu: Yes, as the society has been evolving all the time, I think both husband and wife have become breadwinners of the family. So I think they have been quarreling about this case.

Heyang: Why does earning money, been financially independent have anything to do with quarreling about who should go to whoever’s house? (Sam: Wait)

Luo Yu: Because traditionally we think ‘嫁鸡随鸡 嫁狗随狗’, given that you don’t have financial independence. You are not the breadwinner. Now as the wife, you are financially independent and you can also make the right choice to visit your family first. (Sam: That’s quite bad.)

Heyang: Oh my, that’s a little…What he said is going to start more wars at home and that’s exactly what we don’t want to happen.

Sam: I’ve got…I have a few more questions. So let’s just say for example…You’re from Xinjiang right (Luo Yu: Right). Heyang’s from Beijing. Let’s say you two are dating (Heyang: Stop using people in this studio as example). So Heyang and Luo Yu are dating and they both work in Shanghai (Heyang: Oh dear what?) Is it a tour possible for you to get your parents to go from Xinjiang to Shanghai and you get your parents to go from Beijing to Shanghai? And they then just all meet where you guys reside and then everyone’s happy.

Heyang: That’s too beautiful a picture. I don’t want to imagine. (Sam: But is that possible?)What do you want to say, Luo Yu?

Luo Yu: First you have to have a very big mansion to occupy those four parents.

Sam: We stay in a hotel. Everyone live in Shanghai. So it’s gonna be…Everyone…

Luo Yu: That’s really a pathetic picture. You invite both of the parents coming from Xinjiang and Beijing to Shanghai, then you settle them down in a hotel?

Sam: Ok I got a second option. I got a second option. Heyang and her parents, Luo Yu and his parents all buy plane tickets and they go on holidays to Thailand or Sanya. Will that work?

Luo Yu: That’s…What do you say, Heyang? I agree with his idea.

Heyang: I don’t agree with this idea (Luo Yu: Why?! Sam: I can see you are thinking about it Luo Yu.)

Heyang: No he’s not, not like I can read his mind but no, he’s not and…(Sam: You guys are really in sync. Couple sync) And I’m in sync with you too, you know, this is Round Table. (Sam: It’s different but yeah) Okay okay, let’s get back on track. I think that is one suggestion that makes sense that these days if you have the financial means, you don’t have to have the big mansion, but you need to have a place for two set of parents to come together I think that’s really nice if you can afford that because these days a lot of us are the single child, the only child of your family. So I would hate it that one day if I get married to someone and I would have to leave my parents at home on this special day. What do you think, Luo Yu?

Luo Yu: So my advice is quite simple: Earn as much money as you can and bring your four parents. You go to Maldives, go to Thailand Phuket, go to Saipan, go to all those beautiful resorts on beautiful islands.

Sam: Sounds really nice. Heyang you are a lucky girl.

Heyang: It has nothing to do with me. And if it was two people who go on holiday because they’re good friends, it should be Luo Yu and Sam.

【有文稿】猴年春晚吉祥物丑哭了...(下篇)

Jan 30, 2016 383

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非常感谢热心听众【Koey Shum-沈贝妮】对本文稿的贡献

Brian: Kind of. But I think actually I don't know if it is last year or the year before maybe was the year when Feng Xiaogang was directing and he with other people were joking and he was joking that the thing to do nowadays isn’t actually to watch spring festival gala as so much it is to watch and tucao and to criticize at the same time. That is actually the highlight of the evening to criticize it. I think that is some truths to a lot of people.

Heyang: Same kind of mentality here maybe. Luo Yu?

Luo Yu: I think a lot of people nowadays treat CCTV spring festival gala as a background music or back scene of the family re-union. So actually not so many people are watching it. But I think this idea I mean releasing this monkey mascot at this time is probably a very perfect idea by those CCTV marketing team.

Heyang:Why?

Luo Yu: Releasing the mascot at this time you know it attracted a lot of people’s attention, creating a lot of media hype, and people’s attention have been drawn upon.

Brian:OK. See here is the thing. Attention is good when you were not well known. Everybody know CCTV. If you have a TV or something in this country you probably know of them. They don't need the attention. So any news is good news or any press is good press, if you are not well known. If you are well known like they are and you have bad press how is that gonna help them?

Luo Yu: No! Just what they concern about this TV industry is just rating, audience rating. And we have this ugly mascot to be played on CCTV gala.

Heyang: And people want to watch it?

Luo Yu: People are curious.

Brian: Actually it maybe kind of in a counter-intuitive way. People are interested in going there to like, mock it, like ‘ahh, see look at our horrible mascot. They just going there for like to watch what they might think is a ugliness or whatever. So maybe there is sort of counter-intuitive kind of backlash to watch this kind of thing.

Heyang: Yeah, and I think these days because of people’s sentiment has really changed towards these maga shows. Now people are just sort of saying, well we want to make fun of it. Any why not join in this party of mockery and I think this is part of this self-deprecating humor of Chinese people as well. And I mean sometimes when you see something that is just not meeting your expectation and why not have a field day and just make fun of it and don't feel bad about it? When people are joining in into something it create this snow-balling effect that at first I didn't care about this. And then so many of you guys have been mocking it and I felt a little bit left out. And I thought why not I would join in as well. So I guess there are some people who are kind of thinking in the similar ways as I am.

Brian:Yeah, obviously, heck, we wouldn’t be here for that. But it’s kind of like 看热闹, you know everybody is talking about it so you would just go in and add your opinion to add to your own sense.

Luo Yu: Yeah.

Heyang:Yeah, and in fact that the spring festival gala people have created a mascot. And this is the second one in history, right? It might show, that first of all they want a lot of promotion so creating a special mascot for this yearly event and also maybe just showing that we are CCTV we are a maga place, but we are cute. Can you kind of like us a little bit more?

Brian:I think that was the idea and if this is the second mascot, ok, I guess this makes more sense if this was only the second mascot they have done there, because again the original drawing looked good. I am not gonna say this is ugly, it doesn't stand out to me a lot. Perhaps it has to do with, ehh, when I see this, this reminds me of the computer generated animation you see like TV shows and movie theater and there are so many different types of animated things. And none of them strikes me as being very good. At the same time, I have seen a lot of great hand-drawing cartoons and other things. So clearly there is that skill. Occasionally, what was it? The monkey king movie this summer, that was actually pretty good. The animation there. So clearly, there is this animation talent but this, to me looks very computer-generated stuff like whatever those two bears are, that to me just looks ugly and apparently this is kind of a trend here they havn’t gone over.

Luo Yu:I am just wondering why didn't CCTV invite the production team from the Monkey King, the film, to create this animation, the 3D version of this Kang Kang. Probably it’ll be very lovely much more.

Brian:Yeah, it certainly it might have come out with a better result. But probably they don’t wanna steal their design per se. I think this is supposed to be like, the monkey king belongs to everybody and I will do our own. This is the Monkey King but we will do our own Monkey and they did it, I guess.

Heyang:Yeah, and our wechat listener Romantic, she is a designer herself and she offered a piece of insight. She said when the original creator comes up with this brilliant idea and how that’s been translated into an actual product. It’s kind like an product design. That’s a different stage of this whole styling process you need have more investment into that part too. And what’s happened here supposedly, is maybe the relevant, ok, just the CCTV, they didn't really put enough attention to that last part of the designing process. And you need somebody equally as good to create, to finalize that mascot product to make everybody happy but that's the other part of the story. It's impossible to make everybody happy.

Brian:It is. But I think they could have done a better job than this.

Heyang:Yes, I agree.

Brian:It’s like a good idea but poor execution, as both of you have said.

Luo Yu:At least CCTV should have talked to Mr. Han Meilin about the design of the 3D version.

Heyang:Well, it depends on the contract.

Brian:Yeah, it depends. But certainly there are things they could have done better which they appeared not to have done.

【有文稿】猴年春晚吉祥物丑哭了...(上篇)

Jan 30, 2016 377

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【特别感谢热心听友琅琅-FMU-曹英哲Mobey帮忙听写本篇文稿】

Heyang: The annual CCTV Spring Festival Gala has been an important part of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. This year’s CCTV Spring Festival mascot failed to make a good first impression, as many netizens called it "too ugly". What do you think? And why do people care?

Do you have the heart to say this money mascot is just too ugly?

Brian: I certainly think you can. I don’t think it’s necessarily ugly per se, but if you want to do that, I think that’s fine. I suppose that people who involved in might hurt their feelings, but it should be said the person who designs the original thing is not the person who designs the official version. It was Han Meilin who designs the 2008 Olympic Fuwa mascot. He provided this what i think most people would agree looks pretty cute Monkey face as a kind of concept mascot. And then it went to, I think, CCTV or somewhere, and it comes out with this full bodied, slightly different stylistically looking mascot that some people have called. Perhaps not unduly ugly.

Luo Yu: right, that’s also my concern as well. I mean if you look at this painter, Han Meilin, is actually very famous when it comes to contemporary art here in China, maybe he’s not as famous as Mr. Fan Zeng and Huang Yongyu, but it’s definitely fantastic especially he’s very famous for painting these monkeys. My wonder though is why there are so many people who are originally very happy about the original design. However they raised so many concerns there on the internet. Saying that well, these are not the exact reflection of the original ink painting and that’s also my concern because if you look at this original painting, you know, you see the shaggy furs of this monkey very cute, three colors but you also see the gradual changes there on the faces between different colors, however, if you look at this 3 dimensional monkey, it’s like the monkey is balding, and it reminds a lot of people of the traffic lights, you know, just putting three colors together, very rigid very stiff, and not very cute, I have to say, so is it how can we modernize the ink painting. Well, from the Chinese traditional way, and to the modern way, and another way is that, you know, this painter, Han Meilin, said, I have nothing to do with the 3D design, I mean I just design the head of this monkey, what happened next after my painting is that something I’m totally not familiar with. So probably in the future, if you want to design this 3D version of the mascot, you want to display it to the national audience, probably CCTV should have had some consultations, or some sort of discussions with original designer who is Han Meilin.

HY: Yeah well I do agree with you guys that when you try to make a product to leap out of the paper, and that process can be done in a really great way or in a really bad way, and we are seeing the latter here. As a whole bunch of our wechat listeners seem to agree with this point, there’s a Lin Xuebi and there’s Jessie and there’s also some other guys think that they’s something drastically wrong that’s been transformed into this 3D monkey, and no wonder the artist himself is not happy with the results.

Brian: well I think part of it is what I’ve seen online described as tumors, these two little balls by the monkey’s face. (what are they?) well, that’s the thing. So in the picture, the original one by HanMeiling, it looks like maybe this is just a very cutified version of hands or something coz it’s just the face there’s no body. And so maybe it was hands I don’t know what but whatever it was in the 3D version, the monkey has a head, has a body, has a tail, it has arms, and these two little balls whatever, orbs next to its face, and I don’t know what it is.

LY: the terminology of the two balls is called “cheek pouch” which is an organ that stores food temporarily for the monkey. (I don’t think that’s what a real monkey’s cheek pouch looks like hahaha)

HY: well when it’s art, there’s a certain level of exaggeration and the funniest meme I saw out of this is when some people turn those two little balls into two grenades and throw it at other ugly mascots, and that’s a great idea, and why do you guys think that this is something people care about. Why?

Brian: I think people like to rag on the spring festival gala and things related to it.

LY: And also it’s the year of the monkey. And people have to be concerned about the mascot of the year of monkey.

HY: Yeah no wonder it is the year of this animal, so of course everybody’s putting all this attention onto this little monkey and we will talk a little bit more about this as messages have been pouring in regarding it. Why do you think people are slamming it, is it Chunwan, spring festival gala, a bit of a yesterday’s signature for that special day?

没泡面春运吃什么?

Jan 28, 2016 597

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When Chinese people go on a trip by train, our first meal choice is usually instant noodles. However, China Railway Corporation is saying NO to instant noodles during the Spring Festival travel period this year, which falls between January 24 and March 3.

赫扬示范"大爷式占座"!

Jan 27, 2016 491

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Manspread is a verb.

Man spreading is when a dude sits down on a chair and spreads out his legs to make a V shape with them.

The most annoying thing is the spread of their legs take up more than one seat on public transport.

告别单身必备把妹技能get√

Jan 26, 2016 467

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According to data from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, whether by choice or the result of circumstances, nearly 200 million adults in China are single, accounting for 14.6 percent of the population.

Have you ever wondered how do Chinese people meet future partners in a relationship?

猴年春晚吉祥物丑哭了...

Jan 25, 2016 761

Description:

The annual CCTV Spring Festival Gala has been an important part of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. This year&`&s CCTV Spring Festival mascot failed to make a good first impression, as many netizens called it "too ugly". What do you think? And why do people care?

Apple Pay靠什么跟阿里、腾讯抢?

Jan 24, 2016 644

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Apple Pay will arrive in China very soon. A pair of new videos showing Apple Pay working with UnionPay bank cards in China for both in-store and in-app purchases is going viral. Will this newcomer win support in China's fast growing mobile payment market?

【有文稿】不用笔试so easy?图样图森破!

Jan 23, 2016 311

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Heyang: It is the end of the semester for Chinese schools, and the time of the year kids take their routine final examination. Recently some primary schools in Beijing have come up with novel ideas on how the exam should be conducted. It includes abolishing written tests…

So what are these new methods of testing and do you think it’s effective by just saying ‘no written tests?’

Laiming: Yes, I think it’s effective, it is.

Heyang: So you are for no written tests. (Laiming: Yes.)

Sam: I think it comes down to the clarity of the education of the school. Listen, when you get to junior middle school there are going to be some kids there who are just coming, they want those big challenges. They are just like bulls with steam coming out of their nostrils; they are hungry and raring to go. You don’t want to be the kid in class who can’t keep up. And if you are in a school and they are teaching you in a sufficient manner and you have all the skills needed, all the prerequisite skills to be able to compete with other kids in your class in junior middle school then fine! Then I am with Laiming, I am all for abolishing the end of terms tests.

But if you are not 100% sure you are going to be able to keep up with that young bull then as a parent you are going to want your kid to do an end of term test so he is pushing himself mentally for that test and mastering the skills needed for that next stage. As people who have been to university, I think we have all done a B.A and Masters, we knew that every stage was tougher than the last. It never got easier, it was never like ‘oh wow this is so easy, I am enjoying University to so much, I don’t do any work’. We know it is does not work like that. And since it is going to get harder you need to be ready at the end of each phase for the next one.

Heyang: Since it’s gonna get harder, when you’re in primary school or in the first few grades, maybe you can take it a light hearted way as it’s what the schools are saying right now. What do you think, Laiming?

Laiming: This new test is actually more challenging than what it used to be for grade one students. Previously, first graders have to be tested on Chinese language, English, or mathematics. And that’s it. Most people can score above 95 out of 100. Previously those written tests were not a challenge at all. As this new way of testing now, it seems to be quite challenging. Not only do they have to crawl through some obstacles in make believe snow, they also need to present some talk shows in front of teachers. They’re tested in an all-around manner. Not only do they have to be good at answering mathematics questions, they also need to be able to present their ideas better.

As a child, I did loathe competition in any manner.

Sam: It is a part of education you have to accept.

Laiming: That was exactly because I wasn’t encouraged in this manner. I tend to think if only I was encouraged to express myself more often when I was a child, I wouldn’t be struggling with maybe presenting myself in English now.

Heyang: You’re not struggling, you’re doing brilliantly. I think the education has done you pretty well. Sam, do you think there’s merit to this quite innovative way of testing?

Sam: Well, Laiming has kind of put me in a funny position here, cause I had no idea that these exams could be considered harder. Now, my problem is, even if they are harder, if it turns out I get to junior middle school, and everything I have learnt in those tests are not applied in junior middle school then I have learnt them for nothing because I am still going to have to be schooled on the traditional stuff in junior middle school. I am speaking from experience because I am a lefty. The problem as a lefty is I struggled a bit coming out of primary school because writing with your left hand you are naturally a bit slower and I had to really work hard to keep up with the kids who are right handed. It is only because of that I struggled to keep up from time to time and I wouldn’t want my kids to struggle to keep up with his peers and if this could cause that possibility I would be worried.

Laiming: I worry if these kids are not exposed to new modern ways of education, there will be more challenges later in their lives.

Heyang: Okay, it’s like a bright start of the topic of discussion, and we end up in the old note that is if the Gaokao doesn’t change, if the ways you are tested later on doesn’t change, then what is the point of this. Send us messages~ We want to know what you think. That’s all for today’s RT.

【有文稿】广场舞大妈会改跳张士超吗?

Jan 21, 2016 363

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Heyang: In the beginning of 2016, the latest ear worm called 张士超 has gone viral. Why is it so popular? 2016年刚到,一首《张士超,你到底把我家钥匙放在哪里了》成为了称霸社交媒体的新神曲,为什么这首神曲会这么有人气呢?So just to give everyone a feel of what we are talking about, let&`&s put that earworm out there for you to have a listen.

神曲

Laiming: It is not as bad as I would think of a Shenqu.

Heyang: Why do you hold that prejudice against Shenqu?

Laiming: Because I tend to believe there is certain stigma attached to the word Shenqu in Chinese. There is an element of shock related to the songs.

Heyang: And often it is a little bit more like grassroot originated, so look at the previous examples like 小苹果, Little Apple, or 最炫民族风.

Laiming: Oh...Don&`&t get me started on that.

Heyang: Yeah, so I guess this one is a little bit different, and I happened to had a little chat with Brian right before the show and he seems to have a lot to say about the difference.

Brian: It is different, but before I want to talk about this, I want to say in general, popular culture is not very good. Most books, movies, TV shows, etc, are just not a very good quality. And so when you are dealing a new hit song, it may be popular, but most of the time, it is just not especially good, and often very stupid as we&`&ve heard here.

Heyang: But good, stupid, those are all adjectives subject to interpretation. What is it about this song that do you think has made it gone viral in the first place.

Laiming: I think it must be the element of contrast. We know that this happens after a concert on "A Tale of Two Cities." It is supposed to be a classic, and right after that, as an encore song after that concert, the Chorus came back to the stage as presented a quite original song, and the song depicts a rather simple story about someone who is locked outside his own home because his roommate has misplaced the key. It is a simple narrative, I don&`&t think it is stupid, it is just simple and plain.

Brian: It is quite a tale though, because it talks about how he&`&s got home and no key, his roommate is not there, and he just goes kind of crazy, calls him 26 times as we&`&ve just heard. It is rather out there and over the top in a lot of ways. And not only is we have this simple narrative, it seems very simple but it is paired with this music which is so dramatic. You know, it has the kind of Church, Latin, kind of chorus-sounding thing there, which you&`&d expect for like a hymn in a church, or a very kind of high, formal sort of ceremony. And yet it is Laiming said, it is this contrast with this very ordinary sort of story that&`&s going on.

Laiming: So you don&`&t like that contrast?

Brian: I think it is fantastic!

Heyang: It certainly is something new and I tried to draw up a comparison with some of the previous ear worms, or Shenqu, and it is very different. The only similar part is that they are all popular and it gets stuck in your head once you&`&ve listened to it. And here, there is also Latin lyrics that&`&s been put into a song like this, and it is a completely different flavor.

Laiming: Please don&`&t compared it to 小苹果 or 最炫民族风, at this story, it makes sense. In the first stanza, it describes how this Mr. Jin is so anxious about not having the key, and a second part is, he&`&s looked everywhere for the key, and the third part is a description of his environment, it is cold, it is windy, so he is suffering a lot, and the last part is when he grows so desperate, he thinks: Okay, fine, just enjoy your date with this lovely girl, I&`&ll just go and make my own key.

Brian: Make ten of them.

Laiming: Yeah, so this whole story makes sense. It is at least logically complete. You can&`&t just compared to 小苹果, that&`&s just vulgar.

Heyang: Oh...

Brian: No exactly, like this could work on its own like a fun little poem or whatever. While most of these other Shenqus, if there is no music there, you&`&d be looking at it, thinking: Why am I reading this? The core of it, that little story, is amusing enough on its own.

Laiming: And very descriptive.

Brian: It is, exactly. And they pair it with this with, again, this very dramatic music. But the music changes. Part of it sounds very serious, and then part of it, it is like self-mocking in its seriousness. It is very funny.

Heyang: And I like the contrast like you guys have pointed out. And a lot of poeple have been talking about what kind of songs get popular, what kind of songs can be titled as an ear worm. And this one has earned that title. But as we&`&ve talked about, it is very different. Do you think that we are seeing something changing in popular culture that maybe people have an appetite for something that is considered a little bit more high-brow?

Laiming: I doubt the change will be that dramatic. If we look closer to the story, we&`&ll realize that this has to do with the fact that the song, before it was sung actually, it was forecasted on the Wechat account of this concert. So it may come as a bit of a promotional stunt for this new concert, it conforms with the style of language that you often see on Wechat.

Heyang: With a song like this to be popular, it cannot be done without the help of new media.

赞美女性付出or直男癌?

Jan 20, 2016 966

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Recently, a series of commercials sponsored by jeweler "I Do" have caused unexpected backlash from the public. The most conspicuous and controversial one has this ending slogan "she sacrificed her dream for yours."

It depicts women in marriage constantly making sacrifices for men and the family, why has it jangled the nerves of people?

诈骗的网络时代

Jan 19, 2016 1055

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A Chinese online security company has published a report, pointing out the most common tricks of online fraud in 2015. What are they? Hopefully, after listening to our show today, next time when you are in this situation, make sure you don't fall for it!

实体店还有活路吗?

Jan 18, 2016 1322

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A list of brick & mortar (or physical) stores that closed at the end of 2015 has gone viral. The retail sector has been hit hard. Is there light at the end of the tunnel for these physical stores?

中国人全世界第一乐观!

Jan 17, 2016 1254

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A global survey shows Chinese people are the most optimistic about the future of the world, while the U.S. is the sixth least optimistic country. Do you think the results are valid? What&`&s behind Chinese people&`&s apparent optimism?

【文稿】抢老板红包需谨慎!

Jan 16, 2016 378

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【特别感谢热心听友 畅畅(张梦珂)kara 帮忙听写本篇文稿】

HY: During working hours, you are checking your Wechat updates, suddenly, you realize your boss is giving outHongBaos or red envelopes on Wechat, should you grab it or not? If you do, you are busted!

What’s going on here, guys?

Michael: Well, ok, so it’s probably important to put into some sort of context, so if you not familiar with the Wechat messaging app,there is a featureon therecalled lucky money which allows you to send a certain usually quiet small amount of money anonymously otherwise to certain groups people or to anybody you like in youraddressbook and what one particular boss decided he would do just to check if everyone was observing the no cellphone policy that he’dinitiated, he decided to send one of these red envelopes, I think the amount of each one contains was less than 20yuan sort about 3 dollars it’s nothing at all really.

HY: So greedy you!

Michael: Well well, the point is that when you’re opening the envelope, I don’t think you can see how much is actually in it until you open it, so it could be, you know,
HY:It adds to the thrill!

Michael: Exactly, it could be a fairly substantialamount of money, and so he thought he would send red envelope to all of his employees to see, you know, who would open it and who would therefore obviously be deemed to have been using their cellphone during work hours and therefore be violating company policy. So the first three employees who opens their Hongbao, he actually fined them 500yuan, so it certainly wasn’t worth the 20yuan that was in the envelope in the first place.

LY: Well, my viewpoint is quiet simple, what the boss had done is just disgusting.

HY: Strong language!

LY: This is not the first time this boss gave red envelope out in the Wechat group, but originally, he used to do this during work break or after work and to some extent, you know, this is customer experience or behavior this boss has alreadynurturedthe habit of grabbing the red envelope and all of sudden, you send out these red envelope people has natural instinct to grab instantly right? And also, how can he categorize people into different groups just for the three top performers of grabbing the envelope they are fined for 500kuai, but what about the remaining people, they also , you know ,grab the red envelope during the work time and you didn’t give them a penalty and this is just unfair .

HY: Haha, it’s unfair.

LY: It’s reasonable.

HY: Ok,all right,well , yeah. I guess the boss is basically setting up a trap (L: Yeah,it’s a trap) and see who falls into itand asking money of his employees for this reason. This is a cheapskate, I think.

Michael: I think it’s devious and entrapment and also I think it is also quite creative. I mean, it is important to consider here. Ok , he implemented this no cellphone rule, and we are talking about a petrol company here so there is obviously there is alegitimately safety aspect to not using your phone when you around , you know,petrol and flammable substance.

HY: Because an explosion might happen because they are looking at theirWechat.
LY: I don’t buy this excuse, because they are not standing on an oil tanks or pipes of petrol chemicals, they are sitting in their office with their pc in front of them.

Michael: Well, regardless of this, he’s obviously implemented this no cellphone rule andI dare say if other employees got wind of this particular punishment then I dare say a lot of people would think twice about using their cellphone in the work time in the future, so I think there are some merits to it.

HY: You think some merits to it and whileLuoyu call that boss disgusting, so no no for Luoyu.And guys,do you think checking your Wechat account and ,you know, social media updates, has that really become one of the major distractions that significantly impedes people’s productivity these days?

Michael: I would say yes,It has, actually.

HY: It’s really that bad?

Michael: I would say so. I mean, in the UK where I’m from, you see a lot of companies implementing no social media rules in their work contacts, some things like them, in fact, some companies block out them entirely so they block out all these social networks like facebook, twitter, you simply just can’t accessthem from your work computer, so yeah, it’s become a big thing in the last few years. Personally, I think as long as you using it sort of sparingly or using it during your lunch break, it’s really does not do any harm, but I can see why employers might be in attempt to ,you know, to trying to root that sort of thing out.

LY: Well, if you tend to use mobile’s app too often, it’s a major source of distraction and you couldn’t concentrate very well on your work. However, the reality here in china Is that, you know, Wechat is just prevalent and sometimes,it’s quiet convenient to establish a Wechat group where you can discuss and communicate with your co-workers.

HY: Yeah, and you guys seem to say that it’s a pretty good idea to use it at work at least for the group chat, at least the whole team, In theory, everybody will get the same message. But however, as aforceduser of group Wechat as I usually stay in my cave but in this situation, because I work here and I am ordered to get out of the cave and get into that group, and I don’t find it all that useful and especially when you’recommunicating slightly more complicated ideas.Let’s say when we are trying toinitiate new ideas for a new project and it is a mess on that group’s chat log. And I don’t find that useful at all. Nobody really communicates their idea thoroughly and there are just too many of people leavingthis and thatmessages and it becomes confusing and who has the time to check all of those things.

Michael: I do find it very annoying when my colleagues write in Chinese and I can’t understand it.I will say that.

HY: Maybe some people are doing that on purpose~

土豆拯救世界

Jan 14, 2016 543

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A Chinese university plans to establish a college dedicated to study of potatoes. Why does the university make such a decision? Is it necessary to have such a college?

【文稿】游戏能赚钱,还学什么习?

Jan 13, 2016 410

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【特别感谢南京师范大学热心听友“卷卷”/Cecilia 李文娟 帮忙听写本篇文稿】

Heyang: A mother lets her 12-year-old son quit school all together because he can earn 30 thousand yuan a month for playing video games. Do you think it’s OK for a young boy to give up studies since he can make a living by playing video games?

Sam: It does sound like every 12-year-old boy’s dream, doesn’t it? Not having to go to school anymore and earning money by playing video games. But yeah, I can see how this might be some of a controversial issue. It’s amazing to me the rise of, like e-sports, online gaming and everything, not just in China, but in any other parts of the world. It’s actually now a living for some people and it’s a job that people earn money from doing this. It’s been reported that this boy earns, you know, over four and a half thousand dollars a month just by playing this game. He signed a contract with this one particular online streaming platform. Well, where, you know, they have online viewers watching him play this game as he is doing it, sort of as life.

HY: I can’t think of nerdier, geekier, socially averted way of a job. This is totally absurd to me. But they make big bucks— 30 thousand yuan per month, that’s far more what they pay for a (Luoyu: CRI), yes, then than what I get from my job obviously. Thanks, Luoyu, making it so apparent to everyone, and also just white collar jobs in general. So what do you guys think? Is it OK?

Luoyu: I think it’s quite a bit of tradeoff here. For one thing, actually, this mother is breaking the law. According to the law of compulsory education here in China, it stipulates that all the people, every individual is entitled to have this compulsory education for nine years. And this school girl is only 12 years old (Heyang: school boy), school boy, sorry, and he went to the vocational school and obviously he hasn’t finished the schooling year. However, if you see what the boy’s mother has said, it’s a very nice gesture because his mother said: “we just hope our kid to grow up happily, and if he can realize his dream, we all back him up.” So I think people have to change our traditional mindset. After finishing this 9-year compulsory education, he can do whatever he wants and he is really gifted and talented in this e-sport. We have millions of new jobs created in modern society, for example, we have this jiudian shishuiyuan, hotel sleeper, for those people who inspect the quality of the service provided by hospitality industry being at a resort hotel, and you rate them. Also we have this wanghong, right? Internet celebrity. They sell a million’s clothes on internet and earn big bucks as well.

HY: OK, thanks for telling us that there’re a lot of new jobs that have been created in this economic climate. I think that’s the kind of news we really do want to hear. I just like to revisit the part you talked about, Luoyu, what the mom said—all we want is this boy to be happy. I mean that statement alone, there’s nothing you can say against it. But I wonder, if you look at the whole story, and the mother saying this to her 12-year-old son, isn’t it a little bit irresponsible? Sometimes it’s very easy to say yes to your kid, but he’s only twelve, and isn’t it his mother’s responsibility to think a little bit further for him? You’re only twelve. You can earn this much amount of money now, but your life is long. Is this gonna be sustainable? And also all those examples that Luoyu gave earlier, if it’s a 12-year-old boy doing all those things, how many years can he do that? Shouldn’t the mother as the legal guardian of the boy think a bit further and plan a bit further for him?

Sam: Yeah, I think that’s a very good point. I think it’s a bit indulgent to say this to a 12-year-old, you know, do whatever you want, whatever makes you happy. In the UK, compulsory education is 15 to 16 years old, and I think if you finish that level, then yes, I think you can go and do what you want. If you have that sort of aptitude, something that you enjoy doing, something that you play pays well, then I don’t see any reason not to do it. But we are talking about a 12-year-old kid here, who presumably hasn’t taken any exams, or doesn’t have any qualifications, he might be earning big money now, but he doesn’t haveyou never know how things are going much to transpire in a few yearsyears’ time. He might fall out of love with it. This is an industry stream that moves very quickly. Maybe there will be a new game that will coming come out that he won’t be as good at it, maybe he will just fade into obscurity. All of a sudden, he will find one day he’s got no backup, because he’s got no qualifications. It’s like the nearest thing I can think of is if you are very good at the sport or something, you get signed up to a football team at a very young age, and you think oh, you’ve made it or whatever, maybe you get a very bad injury, and then you can’t play football any more. And if you don’t have any qualifications because you don’t didn’t pay attention in school because you thought you were gonna be a football player for the rest of your life, and all of a sudden, you are rather stuck and you are on your own, so I do think it’s important even if there’re these sort of riches on offer that people take a look at the big picture here.

LY: The most important thing is this boy, when he is indulged, he engages engaged in this gaming industry, he’s not shy and he’s not bad-tempered. He’s an outstanding performer and that’s very important for the growth pattern psychologically for human being.

HY: And we have a lot of messages coming in again. Great! It’s a great day for roundtable. There are so many people listening to our live show actually. Hello, Huang Hongchang, Mister! I haven’t seen you in a while. He says:” I’ve seen that kid play the game and he plays well. And I think a 12-year-old boy can’t plan out his life at such a young age, also an e-player will reach his or her peak at around 23 years old, and after that his life would sort of go down and in a spiral when it comes to professional game playing.” I just wonder what does Mr. Huang do. He sounds like he knows a lot about this gaming world.”

Sam: But I mean if Mr. Huang said that the peak is around 23 years old, what happens after that?

LY: This boy has got another 11 or 12 years to reach the peak, right, as a professional game player.

Sam: But he also got 60 more years to live. What is he going to do for the rest of his life?

老人没人陪不能坐公交?

Jan 12, 2016 1097

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An 80-year-old passenger was told to get off a bus in China's Sichuan province because no one was there to keep her company. Is it acceptable for the driver to deny the senior citizen of entry on the bus?

婚检隐瞒艾滋=变相杀夫?

Jan 11, 2016 1471

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A man from Henan sued a hospital for concealing the fact that his wife was suspected HIV positive during pre-marital medical check-up. The hospital explained that it was due to patient confidentiality.

你是否也中了太子妃的毒?

Jan 10, 2016 1002

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Have you watched the hottest internet series "Go Princess Go"? There&`&s one caveat to keep in mind: once you started watching it, you don&`&t stop. Why is this low-budget production which viewers call &`&ridiculous&`& so addictive at the same time?

【文稿】《老炮儿》爆粗口,大俗大雅?(下篇)

Jan 9, 2016 332

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【特别感谢华中师范大学热心听友 黄善鋆 帮忙听写本篇文稿】

HY: I used to just walk away when that happens... It’s like Oh...I’m thirsty, Oh bathroom break and it always coincides with that sensitive scene.

Sam: You didn’t get that urge during 《老炮儿》?

HY: No,because I’m a grown woman, and I have a very mature relationship with my mom. And when we saw that in the cinema yesterday, I honestly wanted to cover my eyes, because I don’t want to see the buttocks of FengXiaogang, I really don’t...Aha... I wish somebody could have warned me of that. So yes...

LY: But there’s no difference. Not much difference when it comes to buttocks, so even if it’s FengXiaogang’s, it makes no difference.

Sam: Oh, okya, we are slightly off the topic there...Just back to the point that, there should be a rating system, something that tells you before you watch the film, that this is A, B, C in this film, so, make sure you know this before you buy a ticket and going, we all agree that rating system should be there.

And I am just going to push the point one last time, guys, I think, this kind of rating is a culture, it’s something that I want to see happen in more in different industries in China, you want to see it in film, you want to see it in alcohol and tobacco sales, and there are a lot of different areas, where, I think, just guidelines, you know, for what we should be ingesting into our lives would be a warm welcome.

He Yang: eah, I think that’s certainly something that we have repeatedly been talking about on this show and often it seems like the only way out. On the one hand, you want to encourage creativity, and you want different groups of society to enjoy the kind of entertainment product that they want to see, and on the other hand, you want to protect the kids, youngsters from some things that grown-ups deem vulgar.

So, in order to ensure those two things going on at the same time, rating sounds like to be a good idea, but it definitely requires more study into the issue, and also, a more diversified and specified way of conducting policy. And that means the government has more work to do, alright.

Luo Yu: Definitely, but, when it comes to the artistic perspective of the movie, I think some of the story lines are just not changeable, because Feng Xiaogang was very worried about some of the foul language used in this movie, and what they tried to do is they tried to replace some of the four letter words with some other four letter words, and it’s not practical and that is just not the way they speak, this is which you have mentioned, hutong vernacular.

He Yang: Also I think, as a lot of older Beijing people, locals, have been saying that this is basically just trying to recreate that atmosphere of Beijing hutong hooligans , what (they) speak, so, it’s not about promoting bad language, it’s about...

Luo Yu: It’s about character building.

He Yang: Yes, part of character building, and also bringing you into that world that the movie is trying to create.

Sam: And just to add a little bit of context here, there are a lot of great local British films, (and) the first one that comes to my mind actually is The Full Monty, where certain slightly stronger languages are used to emphasize the local Southern English characters in the film, and it’s done quite eloquently, and it dose enhance the feeling of the film.

He Yang: Ok, and there is a few messages that I can only read out a couple, but I’ll try to do this eloquently.

There is 李子发芽柳树开花Jerry. Hello. He says, this is what real life is, open up your eyes, guys, basically thinking that Tinghua professor that says that this is dirty, dirty, dirty, we have to protect everyone from it is an argument says that doesn’t hold any water.

There is Earring saying that I think it’s OK, it’s necessary, even to have this kind of language in this movie "Lao Pao'er", and it basically contributes to the authenticity of building this characters and that is something that Luo Yu agrees with.

And there is also Zhu Huiyao. Is that your name? Ooh, he or she says, anyhow, vulgar language is one essential part of this film. So, it’s sort of like spraying black pepper on your steak that is part of this dish, and without that black pepper, I guess that’s the vulgar language, so to speak, used here, then it wouldn’t be tasteful and wouldn’t be a nice dish that you would enjoy. So, yeah, wonderful analogy there.

【文稿】《老炮儿》爆粗口,大俗大雅?(上篇)

Jan 9, 2016 402

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【特别感谢热心听友曹英哲 Mobey帮忙听写本篇文稿】

Heyang:《老炮儿》 or called , this movie has garnered critical acclaim as well as box office success, but what’s put it in the spotlight at the moment is the wild usage of street slang that a Tsinghua professor deemed “foul”. Is this foul language or just staying truthful to what “胡同”vernacular is.

电影《老炮儿》上映后,票房和口碑一路飙升,但是也有不少人指出,该片粗口太多、语言暴力尺度太大。据不完全统计,该片粗口累积出现高达上百次。爆粗口是角色需要还是迎合低趣味?在电影中到底该不该出现这样的粗口呢?

HeYang:So...tell me more about this huge debate about ”is this language too dirty and foul?”

Luo Yu: Well,let’s first focus on the movie itself. “Mr. Six” or “老炮儿” in Chinese, is a 2015 film directed by Mr. GuanHu and stars FengXiaogang, XuQing, LiYifeng and Chris Wu, WuYifan, the film centers on a once famous streetwise Hoodlum named Mr. Six, played by FengXiaogang, who lives in a lonely existence in Beijing Hutong, behind a small convenient store that he owns, diagnosed with the heart disease, he still recalls about the good old days, the film is a modern tale of Mr. Six, and he lives in a world that is bound to be destroyed by modernity, the film portrays the battle between him and a much younger drag-racing street gang leader, played by Wu Yifan. However, the foul language in the movie has sparked heated discussion. It is estimated that dirty words occurred in the film for over a hundred times.

And from my point of view, I think it has to be in this way. It is staying truthful for the Hutong vernacular that you have just mentioned.

HY: Yes, well, basically we are working for a prestigious national radio station so there is no way that we are gonna repeat those foul language or words on this show. But to give you an example or just a feel of what it is, I went to watch it last night with my mom, there is a whole bunch of, how should I put it, “saying Hi to your mom” and “saying Hi to your 大爷”, so...I mean it in the most polite way alright? So that’s the level of dirtiness we are talking about, if translate it into English I think there’s a lot of S-words and F-words but that’s about it. What you guys think?

Sam: I would say for a film like this, it’s important to remember that this is actually part of a bigger story. When we look at cinema, we are talking about the idea of censorship against idea of rating something. So Oh Guys I’ve gotta be 100% honest here. We both know I’m from the United Kingdom so I’m gonna have a very obvious opinion of what I personally believe is right which is gonna be the system I grew up in. So I’ve never been a huge fan of censorship and I think a lot of the foreigners that come to Beijing feel the same way. It’s usually expressing our detest for the internet usage here, not being able to use facebook youtube and twitter. And this is another example of where censorship is being used instead of ratings because what the film association is saying is either the film is ok, or it’s not, if it’s ok, anyone can consume it. And it’s not the only example that you see this in China, so if you look at the alcohol industry the tobacco industry I checked this with several of our colleagues to make sure I didn’t get my information wrong this morning, and apparently there was no age limit on anyone that can buy tobacco here.

HY: There is an age limit in the law but it’s not that difficult to get a packet in a very strict way.

Sam: I’m not overly experienced but from my experience of having visited the night life in Beijing, I understand the pubs and bars also don’t check for identification as they do in the United Kingdom, and you don’t have an age limits system in the cinema, I’ve never seen a film where the people at the cinema have said “how old are you? Sorry you are too young for this film.”

HY: Because there’s no such a system.

Sam: I’m always gonna be of the mindset that we should have guidelines and tell us who this product is intended for and people are given a freedom to decide if it’s appropriate for them or not. As opposed to someone telling us it’s ok or it’s not. I think people should have that choice and this guideline should exist. And I think it’s a great opportunity here this , as a platform to highlight this issue that maybe we should start thinking about guidelines in China.

LY: I think you know, definitely many people have been calling for such rating system for film to be existent in China, however we haven’t seen the emergence of such system yet, but looking further into the future, I think definitely there has to be a rating system. Because apart from the vulgar languages or foul languages those hooligans used in this movie, there are also erotic scenes, I mean, two people having sex including FengXiaogang and XuQing, and you know...

HY: Which you say with great enthusiasm. Thank you.

LY: Definitely, that’s always a part of me. (oh...Excuse me...) and also we’ve seen a lot of violent scenes as well, so if you don’t rate them and put them into different categories, how can you guarantee the sanctity of children, I mean when they watch those films, they will feel a little bit puzzled, bewildered, you know what’s going on they tend to ask their parents? And literally when I watched this move in the movie theater, I heard some children asking their parents about what’s happening. And it’s very ridiculous.

Sam: Heyang, you went to watch this film with your mother!

HY: Yeah but I’m a grown woman! And...


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Sam: But when we were kids, that’s was like the worst thing. Luo Yu, you must be able to relate to this. ( LY: I watched the movie alone). Did you and your parents ever watch a film at home when you were young? And there was a slightly more mature scene there. It was the most awkward moment ever when you’re sitting there with my mom.

HY: I used to just walk away when that happens... It’s like Oh...I’m thirsty, Oh bathroom break and it always coincides with that sensitive scene.

Sam: You didn’t get that urge during 《老炮儿》?

HY: No,because I’m a grown woman, and I have a very mature relationship with my mom. And when we saw that in the cinema yesterday, I honestly wanted to cover my eyes, because I don’t want to see the buttocks of (who)FengXiaogang, I really don’t...Aha... I wish somebody could have warned me of that. So yes...

LY: But there’s no difference. Not much difference when it comes to buttocks, so even if it’s FengXiaogang’s, it makes no difference.

轻松入职世界五百强企业

Jan 7, 2016 875

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You have your eye on that dream job, but you don't quite have the skills or qualifications for the position. No matter how many times you submit a resume, you get nothing but a letter of rejection. What would you do in that situation? Would you do a "creative" overhaul to your resume to make you a viable candidate?

芈月为啥被吐槽?

Jan 6, 2016 338

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The Legend of Miyue, the 81-episode historical epic is the most popular TV series. However, it received more criticisms than compliments from audiences. What are they criticizing about?

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Jan 5, 2016 588

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Your mother was wrong. Video games aren't bad for you. They're actually making your life better.

Despite hand-wringing over a supposed connection between violence and video games, numerous academic studies indicate that playing video games has many psychological and even physical benefits.

Taken together, it turns out video games actually make you a better human being. Do you agree?

《老炮儿》爆粗口,大俗大雅?

Jan 4, 2016 716

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The movie "Mr. Six" or 老炮儿 has garnered critical acclaim as well as box office success. But what's put it in the spotlight at the moment is the usage of street slang that a Tsinghua professor deemed "foul."

Is it foul language or just staying truthful to hutong vernacular?

真正的表情帝是谁?

Jan 3, 2016 626

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Statistics have revealed that over 80% of WeChat users have used emojis to express their attitudes in conversation in 2015. Why do we love emojis? What types of emojis are most favored by users?

【文稿】你今年有年终奖吗?

Jan 3, 2016 442

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特别感谢中南财经政法大学【吕欣欣】同学对文稿听译的贡献!!!

It is the last day of 2015, and officially the end of the year, so it is fitting for us to talk about year-end bonuses today (年终奖). It is a tradition in China for employers to give out a certain amount of bonuses to show their appreciation of the employees’ hard work in the past year.

又到了年底,我们几个没有年终奖的,坐一起纸上谈兵,给大家讲讲年终奖发什么,怎么发。

Laiming: So can you tell us more about the year-end bonuses? When is it usually handed out?

Luo Yu: Well, as usual although we call “year-end bonus” “年终奖”, they’re not necessarily always handed out at the end of year. In some cases they’re given in April or at the beginning of the next year. And usually they’re in a form of cash and a red envelope, but I think that’s more of a traditional way. Sometimes they come in various forms, for example, you will be given a car if you’re top performer of a company, an iPhone, and some eggs as perks and the value may vary from person to person and from organization to organization.

Laiming: Who would want eggs?

Michael: I was just thinking that.

Luo Yu: Definitely, I want to share with you my story. I used to work in SOE【注:国有企业】, right?

Laiming: And you got eggs?

Luo Yu: I got not only eggs but also vegetable, oil, pork and mutton and lamb. Basically it’s a lot of daily necessities and you’ll be given even shampoo and conditioners, especially previously before the anti-graft campaign was taken place, a lot of SOEs and public agencies would like to give the employee the perks as the final award.

Michael: I think if I was given an egg, I think I would have been somewhat insulted by that. I think that to me seems like a bit of a wooden spoon trophy【注:木匙奖,通常颁给比赛的最后一名】, you know, for last place.

Laiming: Yeah, I wanted a car and you guys gave me eggs.

Michael: Yeah it doesn’t look very good, does it?

Luo Yu: But that’s just supplementary and those eggs are organic eggs.

Laiming: Despite all the eggs, the company failed to keep you, so you’re now working for us now. I don’t think everyone gets to receive this year-end bonus.

Michael: I don’t know. This is…I like this Chinese tradition, I must say. This isn’t something that we really do so much in the UK. I mean when you talk about year-end bonuses in the UK, it’s usually you’re talking about maybe people who work in a bank, or in finance, or law or in industry where there’s a lot of money changing hands and people get paid very high salaries. And in a lot of cases, a lot of their salaries come in the form of a bonus which you could argue inadvertently contributed to the financial crisis. But here in China, it seems to be almost everybody will receive some sort of bonus however a bigger…(Not for us, not people in CRI) Oh really, oh dear, oh maybe I should’ve rethought my career move. But I remember when I first came to Beijing and I first started to work there, and I started to work in December, so that’s obviously just before the Chinese new year. I mean I wasn’t expecting to get any sort of bonus at all, coz I didn’t even be working here a few weeks. But you know I did receive a bit of money in a red envelope which…It wasn’t much, but I thought it was quite a nice gesture. I was very touched by that.

Luo Yu: Definitely it’s a gesture that can finally touch your heart. Even you were given not a very big amount of the money and the red envelope, but you still feel very delighted.

Michael: Yeah absolutely I mean it’s not the sort of thing I would ever expect to find…In fact I don’t think before I came to China, I don’t think I’d have ever received any sort of special bonus just for the new year or anything like that. So yeah it’s a Chinese tradition I could definitely get behind.

Luo Yu: Just keep it. It’s our fine tradition.

Laiming: So is there any patterning behind this? Who gets to decide what kind of gifts they give to the employees? I guess it’s usually the boss who gets to decide.

Luo Yu: I think it really varies according to different organizations and corporations. If you work in a private sector, I think usually it’s the human resources department or the boss. I think the boss will have the final say. However if you work in a Chinese state-owned enterprise, they have the department of labour union, and usually it’s labour union or “工会” which is to decide what “年终奖” you will get.

Laiming: I also think what people get from the employers also vary based on the occupations they take. For example people work in, as described by Michael, people work in the finance sector might get more money out of their employers than people work in, say, in the grocery industry who might get just eggs.

Michael: Yeah that would be unfortunate. I would imagine we were talking earlier on about the effect of anti-graft and everything in China and how that might affect the consumption and disposal of wealth. I wonder how much this New Year bonuses will be affected by that. I wonder if maybe instead of giving money, people or organizations might want to give their employees something a bit less overtly to do with wealth and finance. Maybe gifts rather than just money on its own or maybe coupons for supermarket or something like that.

Luo Yu: Right, actually we’ve got have some evidence here. As Michael’s mentioned, if you work in a capital intensive industry, usually you will be given more bonuses and commission. And the size of the year-end bonus largely depends on one’s profession, for example, if you work in finance sector, e-commerce sector, automobile industry and aviation sector you tend to get more when it comes to year-end bonuses.

Michael: But I guess it also… if you’re working for a foreign company as well with an office in China, I guess your year-end bonuses are largely dependent on the performance of the company throughout the year. So we’re seeing here that Volkswagen has reportedly cancelled year-end bonuses this year coz it obviously at the moment got much bigger things to deal with what was the emission scandal that broke earlier on this year. So maybe that’s another thing to take into consideration.

Luo Yu: Definitely, apart from the emission scandal by Volkswagen, if you look at the sales record, the revenue generated by the company in China, I mean this company has been underperforming for at least half a year already. So definitely the company has to consider whether to give their employees year-end bonus or not.

Laiming: There’re also other tricky businesses involving year-end bonuses, for example many employees will wait until they receive their year-end bonus to resign. So apparently that’s quite an attraction for employees to stay employed.

Michael: One thing that I’ve noticed what I’ve heard about the year-end bonuses is especially if you’re working in an industry which isn’t particularly well-paid, maybe you know if you work in domestic help for example, from what I’ve heard actually a lot of these people who don’t get paid very much rely on their year-end bonus. From what I see, it’s almost sometimes maybe an entire month or maybe more, an entire month’s salary as the year-end bonus. And a lot of these people I think use this to then be able to travel to their home to see their families for the Chinese New Year.

Luo Yu: That’s probably one of the strategies to retain the personnel they need by those company because it’s so labour intensive.

Laiming: Ok, there we go. There was discussion on the year-end bonuses which I have a feeling what happened every year on Round Table.

【文稿】心灵鸡汤喝腻了?来点心灵砒霜吧!

Jan 2, 2016 455

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It is roundtable here with myself Laiming, Sam Duckett and Luo Yu. Let’s talk about online sarcasm. If a person asks a question in a Wechat Group chat, like: "My boyfriend hasn't touched me in two weeks. What should I do?" she will get responses that she never expected. For example, "Your breasts are small, but your face is big," "No need to lose weight. Your ugliness has nothing to do with your weight," "When is the last time you had a shower?" Of course, they were most likely jokes; but I’m sure as the victim of online sarcasm, the girl feels uncomfortable. Have you encountered this and how do you go about it?

So online sarcasm recently became increasingly popular among young Chinese people, with Chinese net users sharing jokes with negative energy. In the United States and Europe, this is actually called trolling. Trolling is a term that refers to extensive sarcasm to the point where you actually get a person believe in the sarcastic comments you are making. So if Laiming says why is my boyfriend not touching me, I say it is because your breasts aren’t big, your face is small, whatever, your face is big, sorry. You’d say …

That’s was an example about a girl, not about myself.

Oh, sorry, you would say it to Laiming or the girl, so much that he or she would actually believe the sarcastic comment his face is actually very big and the breasts small. It is called trolling in the US, it is very popular among the young people.
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Why do people do that?

This is it, this started off as something you would see occasionally online, but it’s now become a plague of society. There is a popular TV show in United States, called South Park. You guys have seen it, 南方公园, Luo Yu, you have seen it? On the latest Season 19 Episode 5, which is called Safe Zone, it talks about how dark the Internet has become. And one of the characters on the show he hires another character, Butters, to help me filter through and delete all the negative sarcastic comments on his Internet.

That’s not one man’s job.

And when he finishes doing it, the person mentally breaks down from too much negativity. And the point of the show is to highlight how negative the Internet has become, in large part that’s due to sarcasm.

Yeah, online sarcasm. Thank you for telling us another word, that’s trolling. The popularity of online sarcasm to me makes a little bit sense. For one thing, most of the sarcastic comments are often very funny, right? They make you laugh. Sometimes, some of the comments made by the netizens are very creative, innovative and thought provocative even. The second thing I want to say is, sarcasm is a way of venting stress out. You can easily vent your frustrations out, so probably it is a very good way to vent frustration. However, for this girl who is actually asking for advice from the Internet, she might be feeling very hurtful after reading all these comments.

It shows how the Internet has become a place where you can’t ask for advice any more, because people are gonna troll, they’ll just keep trolling you. I would say it is sad, but it is just the way the Internet is and I think it is just becoming a norm now, you see it more often than not.

Like in China, we have a similar show, earlier this month actually, 糗事百科.com, which is a humor site, did a voxpop interview in Beijing, asking people to share their favorite sarcastic jokes. Some of them made me laugh so hard, I think every individual will be dead after hearing this. For example, there was one person saying, 比你优秀的人还在努力,那你努力还有个屁用。Those better than you work even harder, then what on earth do you still work hard? And another comment, 虽然你长得丑,但是你想得美啊。Although you are ugly, but you think very well. You know, all these comments, to me, I will feel very hurtful. And how do you go around it? Just forget about it?

I think a lot of times, people find it really hurtful when they touch home. So if you call someone who is ugly, who actually thinks he or she might be a bit ugly, then if you say that to them, it is going to be much worse. Why are you laughing?

So the last time I said you were ugly, you felt really bad, because you believed you look ugly?

No, I look really good, I thought that was definitely a joke.

The thing with sarcasm is, people think it is funny, and so these sarcastic words, they travel fast. They are shared in the friend zone, they are sent to people’s friends. It travels very fast, and that makes people feel very good about themselves, because people have this desire to express themselves, to have their witty remarks appreciated.

So from my perspective, I tend to agreement with these statements, because some people say, people can actually gain some positive energy after releasing, or commentating on these negative comments.

I actually do agree.

How can you possibly benefit from someone calling you ugly?

No, if I disseminate the idea and release the comment on other people, I feel proud probably.

Actually, Laiming, the one thing I would suggest to you is, in the United Kingdom, I would say sarcasm has evolved and has become very droll now, and quite intelligent. And it has moved past the point where we use sarcasm to insult someone personally, we use it in a manner to describe a situation, and it is what made British comedy so renowned worldwide. I think you will be able to appreciate it as well, because you do watch a fair bit of British comedy from time to time.

You mean I enjoy vulgar content?

See that was actually quite good, that was quite troll of Laiming, that was very British. And I think what we are all hoping for is that the general level of comedy on the Internet and the general level of sarcasm used can elevate a bit, so everyone can enjoy it and it is not making people feel bad. But I do, if I’ve got to be honest, think that this is something that is not going to happen because I don’t think everyone, as a society, as an international society, can evolve in that manner, I think it is very difficult.

Well, I am quite an optimistic person, I believe if people realize the negative impact on people’s psyche, they might have an incentive to change what they do. But, since sarcasm spreads so fast, at least here in China, they’ve become kind of like a business. We see a lot of sarcastic shows being made.\

Not alone sarcastic shows, there are a lot of 段子手, those people, the playwrights.

Yeah, they profit on making up these sarcastic remarks, so that’s not going to be cured anytime soon.

But I think people have to be very careful, because if you watch a comedy, you have a pre-condition, that is a comedy, it is going to make me laugh and even think, but a person around you say something really negative on you, you will definitely feel very hurtful, so don’t hurt other people, that’s my advice.

Yeah. The Internet certainly have offered us a venue to express ourselves, but we need to be careful not to lose ourselves in the mere expressing.

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Dec 30, 2015 1323

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Dec 29, 2015 837

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A modern interpretation of Indian writer Rabindranath Tagore's poetry collection Stray Birds has recently been recalled by its publisher, amidst controversy over the style of language used by the translator and Chinese writer Feng Tang.

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Dec 28, 2015 464

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China's central bank has urged banks to stop charging fees for online transfers, those fail to comply after April 1 will face fines. The move is said to help the banks compete with Internet-based payment services.

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Dec 27, 2015 403

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A primary school in Chongqing Municipality organized an extra curriculum activity where the students get to witness the slaughtering of pigs. It is said to be part of the efforts to teach the students about traditional way of living in the villages.

【文稿】当官的为啥不爱朋友圈?

Dec 26, 2015 271

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Heyang: Nowadays so many of us can’t survive without checking our Wechat moments or friend circle constantly. Guess who uses it the least? It’s the government officials. Why is it?

很多人习惯在日常生活或工作中使用微信,但是南方周末记者观察发现官员是微信使用频率最低的一群人,而且也很少发朋友圈。这是为什么呢?如果他们使用微信或朋友圈,他们又会怎么用呢?

So government officials just don’t like Wechat? What’s going on here?

Luo Yu: The Wechat Moment or literally translated as “friend circle” in Chinese is a function a lot of people avoid using. Sometimes they just read the messages posted on Moments without even giving likes to them. And some of them not only refuse to use Wechat themselves, but also ask family members to post fewer messages on Wechat Moments. This deed is actually very popular among government officials in China.

Reporters of Southern Weekly, a weekly news magazine in China, found that officials working some government departments are the group of people that use the least of Wechat. Some of them even do not have a Wechat account.

I think from my perceptive, it’s quite understandable. As government officials try to avoid superiors to know what they are doing, especially when we see this wave of unprecedented anti-graft campaign.

Michael: I would agree with Luo Yu there. I would argue that the governmentofficials in many ways have the most to lose from posting information on Wechat, regardless of whether or not it’s about the work that they might do or any ill-gotten gains or sort of nefarious activities. I would argue it is fairly sort of secretive sort of profession, you don’t want to reveal too much about yourself online. I know friends of mine in the UK, a lot of them are teachers for example, and there are several reasons as to why you wouldn’t want to make yourself easy to find or easy to look up on social network if you are a teacher. I can imagine the same for a public servant or government official in China. I think less is more in this case.

LY: And I think apart from revealing your personal life to the public, one factor is that some people tend to not be very proactive on publicizing some of the political incorrect message. For example, not long ago, a government official there in Shandong Province, he left some negative comments on Wechat friend circle saying something negative and then this guy was punished by the disciple inspection bureau of the provincial level.

M: I think it’s kind of his own fault. If you are talking about something that’s fairly controversial or incendiary like that and you post it quite openly. I think if you play with fire you are going to get burnt, aren’t you?

HY: And I think with government officials, there’s something special or unique about their identity. That is, at least the way I see it here in China, often it is expected from them even in their private life that has a public sphere to it. Let me explain. So like you see those stricter guidelines for government officials in grassroot villages not to spend over an amount of money to have parties…wedding parties…for their family members. Sometimes I think government officials have been looked under the scrutiny of the eye in a far stricter way or a lot more hasbeen expected from them. Then it’s not that difficult to understand that they should be a little bit more cautious about their action.

M: Exactly, in the last two or three years, we’ve seen China’s leadership really cracking down on extravagant displays and things like this. It’s understandable that they’d want to do this certainly.

【文稿】南大版“非诚勿扰”为何只成一对?

Dec 24, 2015 303

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The campus version of the popular Chinese matchmaking show "If You Are the One" was staged in Nanjing University over the weekend. This is actually a final exam for the university’s relationship training course. Did anyone go home with a girlfriend or boyfriend? Let’s find that out in a second.

一场名为“红豆南国”的校园版“非诚勿扰”在南京大学火热进行。这实际上是该校“恋爱公开课”的结业考试。从“纸上谈兵”到实战,大学生们究竟表现如何呢?

Heyang: So guys, we’ve talked about this love and relationship training course in Nanjing University before. And back then we said it is a great thing. How did it turn out? How did these students do?

Luo Yu: For your reference, Nanjing University is one of the finest ones here in China, and it recently held the dating show to test students taking the school’s relationship training open class, as most of the graduate students have never been in love before.

The show was designed in the format of a popular Chinese TV dating show 非诚勿扰 "If You Are the One" with participants from various universities in Nanjing.

However, the result is only one couple successfully matched each other and received a 1,000-yuan "红包" from the school. It’s quite appalling from my perspective.

Heyang: Appalling, why?

Luo Yu: For one thing, only one couple succeeded. And for another, why most of the graduate students have never been in love before? It’s actually similar to the results of the survey conducted by Fudan, right? 72% percent of the students remain single when they are graduate students. Why is this?

Michael: I think from what I conceive it, it’s so much on you when you are in high school, when you are in university, to do well, to get good grades. And the culture surrounding that is such that I think for many people, they just don’t have time to pursue any sort of relationship. And I think it’s a bit of a rough deal that a lot of Chinese students get because you have so much pressure throughout high school, to get good grades and to get into good universities and then to study hard. And once you’ve studied hard, and you’ve got your degree and all of a sudden, now the pressure from your parents if you to get married. And if you haven’t had any sort of relationship before, and as we can see from the fact that this course didn’t even exist in the first place. These people need so much help to entering into a relationship. I think it’s a very sad indictment of modern Chinese society and the pressure young people are under right now.

Luo Yu: And plus, a lot of young students have got used to cyber space probably. So when it comes to face to face communication or interaction with the opposite sex, they tend to be shy.

Heyang: Ok, yes, certainly, there has been a bit of a problem for these students if you only live in the cyber world. That is not enough when you try to find a boyfriend or a girlfriend. There is face to face, even physical contact maybe. So yes, you need to know how to deal with a real person. The thing is so unfair for Chinese students. There is one small thing I want to bring up, that Michael that is different in China as what you see. That is in university, what I see is when students go to university after Gaokao, they are like prisoners released from jail and there isn’t as much pressure to study in university. So it&`&s the time for people to party and have fun.

Michael: So why don&`&t they?

Heyang: They do, not all of them do. I’m confusing myself right here. So you are seeing a different scene in the university.

Michael: But if this is the very fact that this course exists suggested a problem here that people are not interacting with each other or that sort of level. By the time they leave university, as we’ve heard just now, a lot of people who have never been in love. So why is this the case then if the people are, as what you say, going out and enjoying themselves, and going to a party something like that?

Luo Yu: We’ve seen different types of people, because this course is specifically designed for those students who don’t know how to start a relationship. And those people are pretty much nerds themselves, and so some of the techniques might be very helpful. However, the success rate is so low as just one couple succeeded.

Heyang: I urge this university to continue having this kind of training course. I think it’s useful for university students. Sometimes you just need to get out of your dorm and get away from your computer for a second and interact with real people.

你赶上晚婚假了吗?

Dec 23, 2015 705

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Chinese lawmakers are considering an amendment to the family planning law, which may remove the benefit of extra holidays for those who get married or have children late. What may happen if the amendment passed?

谁是又火辣又有才的男人?

Dec 22, 2015 796

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A survey conducted by a youth committee of Fudan University in Shanghai has revealed 72 percent of their college girls remain single.

An interesting finding was on female student's attitude towards sex which discloses 20 percent of the respondents say they would be inclined to have sex or cohabitation with their partners before marriage.

吃饭还是吃空气?

Dec 21, 2015 930

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Are you willing to pay for better air quality in public places? A customer in Zhangjiagang, east China's Jiangsu province has complained to the local pricing authority about a restaurant charging an air purifying fee without prior notice. When has breathing been charged with a fee?

中国人最关心的健康问题

Dec 20, 2015 535

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According to data analysis by news portal Toutiao.com, weight loss, diabetes, cancer,
nutrition and traditional Chinese medicine are among the most popular topics
with Chinese people who habitually follow health news and information online. What
are people most concerned about their health? What's your concern?

【文稿】人们抛弃宠物的“理由”

Dec 19, 2015 388

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Heyang: For many people, leaving your pet behind is a heart-breaking thing. But, there are still millions of animals abandoned by their owners every year in China. Why do people do this? Are these so-called reasons just excuses for leaving their animal partners?
对很多人来说,抛弃动物伴侣是一件非常让人心碎的事情。但是每年还是有数百万的动物沦落到收容所,其中许多是被他们的家庭故意地抛弃的。那么,人们到底是用一些什么不靠谱的借口来做这件事情,为什么这件事情会发生呢?
I know this is a terrible topic and I know Mark you’ll have a lot to say. But first of all, can we just set the picture - what are these reasons and do you think there’s a degree of truth in it?

Laiming: Well, the excuses maybe meaning there’s only one reason: people are not responsible.

Heyang: OK. That’s a very good point.

Mark: Yes, it’s very true and to be slightly kinder to people, people might have good intentions but they are just overwhelmed by the amount of care that a dog, for example, requires. I mean it’s a big deal having a dog. I would advise everyone not to have one. Because then only the people that are really, really keen would even think about it. It’s enormous amount of work to have a dog, especially you live in a society which consists of apartments for dwelling places. It’s not like in countries where you have a garden and you can just open the door in the morning, the animal, the dog can run out into the garden to have a pee and a poo. Here, regardless the weather, you need to go out in the morning, maybe at least for half an hour, and then in the evening, maybe an hour and half walking the dog. And you must do it.

Laiming: How long do you have to spend taking care of the dog every day? One hour? Two hours?

Mark: The truth is every minute you are in the apartment you have to be taking care of the dog. Cause the dog, like, I suspect a small child - I’m not a parent - but you have to give the dog attention. You cannot just leave it to… yes it would sleep on the floor sometime, but then it will come over and nudge your leg when you are doing some work on your laptop, and you have to play with the dog. Don’t get a dog unless you are prepared to play with it, walk it, keep it clean, check its health, be prepared to spend money when you go to the vet. So it is a big responsibility. A cat I think it’s slightly easier. They look after themselves a bit more. And then you get down to other sorts of animals like a goldfish, I would always get more than one. Can you imagine the lonely life of a goldfish on its own in a bowl? If you got a few fish in a bowl…

Laiming: But it’s got you there, taking care of it, keeping it company…

Heyang: Looking at it outside the fish bowl, yeah, that’s great company, so close.

Laiming: A huge face.

Heyang: Miles away actually.

Mark: So I think you should always get more than one fish. I mean, if people aren’t so sure about wanting a pet, maybe start with some gold fish. See if you remember to feed it regularly, keep the tank clean. Use that as a practice before you think of getting a dog.

Heyang: And I’m just looking at this list, at these so called reasons. Number one is I’m moving. So the owner’s living condition has changed and sometimes having a pet becomes burdensome.

Laiming: For example, the landlord doesn’t allow it.

Heyang: Oh yeah, that’s another thing. Yeah, and there’s also when the pet is growing too big or just growing up and it’s not what you expected. And also if it costs too much money, if the pet is no longer cute, oh that is so terrible. And there’s like you know the pet is growing old, or you know it’s time consuming, and you don’t have a lot of time or money to look after it. These are such terrible reasons so to speak. But it just reminds me of raising a child, because it’s growing up, it might not look cute, oh - he or she might be spending a lot of money as you are raising the child. All those kind of things I think are similar reasons. But people don’t abandon a child. That’s a terrible thing to do.

Mark: Well actually they do, but they abandon it within the family. See what I mean? They neglect it. They neglect it. They can’t get rid of it like could do with a pet. Some people just abandon their dog in the street. But you know, they can abandon their child within the family. It’s called child abuse, isn’t it? And psychological trauma and neglect. But I know what you mean, yeah.

Heyang: Yeah, you know what I mean, which is usually with the child, you have to put up with it, and then you make the effort. And I think that is maybe the crux of this problem that we’re seeing today with pets…

Laiming: We’re not seeing them as important as human beings.

Heyang: Exactly! And when you go into raising a pet, a lot of people don’t have in mind that this is actually a lifetime thing…

Mark: It’s a member of the family as well. You wouldn’t abandon a member of the family, as you just said. So I think you’re absolutely right. If you have any doubt whatsoever, then don’t do it, I would say, especially with dogs. When I walk my own dog at nights in the cold air now, I hear the howls of wild abandoned dogs in the parks in west Beijing, in the woods. There are packs of stray dogs there. Those poor dogs out on cold freezing nights to come, I feel so sorry for them. Once they were much loved family pets.

Laiming: Keke is lucky to have you.

Heyang: Yes, Keke is very lucky I think, and your pet needs your love and your lifetime attention for that pet.

二胎全面开放,你生吗?

Dec 17, 2015 1356

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China will allow all couples who want to to have two children, abandoning its 3-decade-long one-child policy. It will further ease China’s family planning policy after the country said that couples are allowed to have two children if one of them is an only child in 2013. Here comes the question, what effects will this policy shift bring to our daily lives? And what does it mean for our nation?

【文稿】自拍是种不治之症

Dec 15, 2015 407

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Heyang: US Photographer website published a report on web users photo searching behaviors in 2015, which shows that the word selfie was searched more than 20 times more than last year. So this is not a reason to be all that a surprise since the word selfie has been included in the Oxford Internet Dictionary in 2013, but my query is, i mean, how self-obsessed are we that we are still doing this and it is a trend that is just growing and wouldn’t stop.

So guys, here, we should listen to a song that illustrates my point and it is from Ge Zhongshan, a rapper, she talks about selfie I guess.

(THE SONG)

Heyang: Yea, like that groove. And Amy, since you host a music show, can I just quickly ask you what do you think of that?

Amy: I like it. It’s probably not that kind of the music that I play on my show, but it’s kind of catchy.

Heyang: It’s kind of catchy and this recurrence of, you know 自拍,自拍 of every thing, and yea, she says like wherever she is, the first thing she does whenever she is in the crowd or just everywhere it has to be selfie, selfie, selfie time, so what do you think is going on? What does it tell about today’s modern China?

Luo Yu: I think selfie has become very popular nowadays, even when Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi visited the Temple of Heaven he took a selfie together with Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang and also it reminds me of a soccer player Sergio Aguero.

He showed his picture together with Mr Xi Jinping and his Prime Minister David

Cameron not a long ago when President Xi visited London, sorry, Manchester, I have to say. So i think, it has become very popular. It’s very convenient and it’s very good for improving our self-image and doing publicity, why not?

Amy: I have to admit something that’s a little bit embarrassing, but I am part of a wechat group with some of my friends, and the whole wechat group is devoted to taking selfies, and it’s so....

Heyang : What?

Luo Yu: So it’s a selfie group.

Amy: We are in a selfie group. Yea, and so all of us are living in different parts of the world, some of them are in San Francisico, some of them are in UK, some of them are here in China, we all like all of us met at different times in China, but the thing that connects us, some of them I have not even met, but we all sent selfies of whenever we are, so we’re kind of like we are checking via selfies, I’ve got to say it’s super fun.

Luo Yu: Right, it’s actually a global network of sharing selfies.

Amy: Yea, it’s super fun with people I’ve never even met with. We just like sharing selfies with each other, but we do also share information like, you know, any, any new stories that are about selfies. (laugh) But somebody recently shared an article in this group, where they are talking about using selfies as a security method. I don’t remember what it was for, may be for ordering something or for paying tickets or something like that, but basically you register for whatever is, and then you take a selfie to show that it is you, and then submit that, and that they give you the thing that you ordered, so it is sort of like, now it’s a security measure.

Luo Yu: It’s actually scanning your face?

Amy: It’s sort of like that you can compare the pictures. I don’t think it’s actually like facial recognition scan, but yea, you can take the picture, and that they compare it to your passport.

Heyang: Yea, I think with selfies, because everybody is so into it, and i am not one of those people, Amy. And so yea, i think what is really interesting is that because of, you know, that the popularity, that is like new derivatives coming from that is like new development, such as the selfie stick, now it is everywhere, like you can not, what is the point of it? So you can take a wider shot?

Luo Yu: It’s not about the wider shot, i mean, wherever you go, for example, if you are single on your own, on a business trip, or whatever. For example, when I visited Macau, standing in front of the St.Paul’s Cathedral there and i was alone, the only thing I can do is to take a selfie with my selfie stick, otherwise i have to ask someone else for help.

Heyang: Yea, and then you might develop a romantic relationship with the next lady coming along and taking that photo for you.

Amy: You are missing out a romantic opportunity by taking selfie.

Heyang: I think so, and because by doing that, you know, cutting down the chances of being able to communicate with other people, meeting new people and all that kind of things. So i think selfies, i mean, it can only happen in this day and age with the level of technology we have, and the level of Narcissism we have here, and one part I don’t really understand, I just hope that people who do selfies all the time, Amy (haha) you know, like sometimes I just don’t really get it like some people, like take this selfies with special software that looks glamorous.

Amy: Yea, we don’t do that, that’s not allowed in our selfie group.

Heyang : I mean, are you guys that confident for the world to see?

Luo Yu: That’s a good network.

Amy: It’s a great challenge because it is like you have this criteria and you try to make different kinds of selfies, maybe a mirror selfie, or like a reflection selfie, or like a behind selfie, you know, you try to find the most creative way to do it.

Heyang: So it’s not just about conforming yourself into the kind of beauty that everybody else agree with.

Amy: That’s not pure Narcissism.

Heyang: That’s a lot more fun!

男人会让陌生女子随便摸!?

Dec 14, 2015 519

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How do you greeting others? Kissing them on the cheek? Hugging? Or simply pat them on the arm? It can't go wrong with a handshake according to 'touchability index'.

中国人没吃过的中餐

Dec 13, 2015 478

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It is said that there are over 40,000 Chinese restaurants in the United States, which are even more than McDonald, KFC, and Burger King. But they are not necessarily typical Chinese food familiar to most Chinese people. We’ll have a look at some foreigners’ favorite Chinese dishes that even Chinese people rarely know about.

南山南,北秋悲,北方有胖纸...

Dec 10, 2015 501

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According to a latest version of China‘s fat map, there are more fat people in north China than in the south. Is it true?

【有文稿】结婚7年自动离婚

Dec 9, 2015 467

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ternet commentator has suggested setting a 7-year validity period of marriage certificate on his weibo account, which he believes can solve a lot of social problems. His words have sparked several severe criticism online. Could marriage certificate have a validity certificate like other certificates?



近日,某网络评论员在微博上提出一种大胆而令人惊叹的声音:结婚证应设置一个7年有效期,到期自动离婚,这样一来,许多社会问题就会迎刃而解。这一言论引起了网友大肆的口诛笔伐。结婚证是否应该像其他证件一样设定有效期呢?



Laiming: So who is this guy? What he’s proposing?



Brian: Well, his name is Lu Guoping (鲁国平) and he is a column writer and internet commentator lives in Shanghai. He has done lots of essays on various newspapers, journals, and what-not. For quite a while, he does ads, news interviewing, editing, all kinds of different stuff there. So he gets this idea perhaps in lowering the divorce rate which has been increasing in recent years and says “Well, how about when you get married, instead of just a lifetime sort of thing is kind of the intent you think, let’s just kept it seven years so that you kind have to either you renew it or it’s up and thanks for the good time.”



Laiming: What's the point behind this? What are the grounds that he uses to support his idea? What good could come of the marriage that comes with the 7-year warranty?



Brian: Well, again, if were concerned about divorce rates, and if you have a contract that just expires, and that doesn’t count as a divorce. If people are doing this, then that would lead to fewer divorces. Whether or not that actually matters or is it a good thing in anyway, it’s a separate question. But that is one part of it. The other point he makes is that a lot of marriages don’t work well. And rather than having to kind of torment people by forcing them to just continue that throughout their whole lives, it kind of gives them a way out and stops the suffering itself.



Laiming: Isn’t that the purpose of divorce?



Brian: But divorce is often a messy sort of a complicated process. If you do like this, it’s like OK, we don’t have to go through any actual things, we just have to wait out the time.



Laiming: So we don’t have to fight for our kids, we don’t have to fight for the properties.



Brain: Exactly. Perfect, isn’t it?



Luo Yu: I think, you know, even for those people who want to get divorce, 7 years might be too long for them to terminate their contract.



Laiming: Why wait for 7 years then they can get a divorce?



Luo Yu: I think this gentleman, Mr. Lu Guoping, is trying to make some media hype there. And all of his arguments don’t hold water. For example, he said this probably will lower the divorce rate. But if the couples end up in divorcing, this is divorce anyway. What’s the meaning of lowering the so-called divorce rate?



Laiming: Well, I guess his point is instead of having couples fight and decide to have a divorce, we’re going to separate them before they have the chance to fight for a divorce.



Brian: Exactly, because again, if it happens, let’s say, most couples who are gonna to have a divorce, they divorce after 8 years, whatever reasons. Then this actually might be a beneficial thing if there were tons of people who were following that pattern. There’s no real reason, I think, to suggest that. I’m wondering because there’s a famous phrase which I think came from the movie called The 7-Year Itch, I’m wondering if this is where he got his idea, because as you just mentioned when we talked earlier, why would people go to 7 years? There’re a lot of people who get divorce even don’t make it to five years, or even three years.



Laiming: Yeah, what a torment for them to wait for two more years! Shame.



Luo Yu: And consider about the wedding vow, it will be very ridiculous if we implement this 7-year contract. Because in the wedding vow, it says for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.



Laiming: In a 7-year do we part.



Luo Yu: In the future, until 7 years, the certificate expires, do we part. It will be very ridiculous.



Brian: It would be.



Luo Yu: And some people even said this will promote economic growth. Come on, how can you…



Brian: Well, I think the argument there was, OK, weddings, these big ceremonies, maybe you have divorce ceremonies as well, and those cost money. So if you have a new wedding, every, let’s say, ten years, then you’re spending more money, right?



Luo Yu: And probably, Brian, you have to buy a new apartment, then a new car.



Brian: I see there you go. In that Chinese situation, it’s even better. Because, you know, if you have one from your first marriage, that’s not good enough. This would stimulate consumption so much. It’ll be perfect.



Luoyu: But what if you’ve already generated or produced so many babies, and you have a bunch of mother-in-laws and father-in-laws together with you.

Brian: Well, again, you need to spend more money to keep them happy thus increase consumption. Clearly this is economic goal here.

Laiming: One more strong argument coming from this Lu Guoping is that he believes the kids will enjoy more care and love because there will be more step mothers and step fathers.

Brian: That is an interesting idea. I would say it would be better to have a lot of parents than to have just one, regardless who they are exactly.

Laiming: Then we should go back to the prehistory

Brian: There is that idea. I think there probably is a study showing kids who have to travel back and forth between various household, especially when it is not just two, but maybe more than that…

Laiming: What a wonderful opportunity to see the world!

Brian: Yeah, see the world, see dysfunction experience, instability, as a kid when you are supposed to have a good upbringing. It’s not ideal.

Laiming: What doesn’t kill you make you stronger.

Brian: Maybe not for kids.

Luoyu: I think now in China getting married or getting divorced have become so much easier than before. You just go to the civil office there, you have a stamp on your certificate and you both get married or you both get divorced. I think when it comes to marriage, the couple should have thought about it very prudently and thoughtfully, otherwise you guys shouldn’t have got married in the first place. As we have made this procedure so much easier, I mean, the husband doesn’t have any financial burden. Like in other countries like Holland, after divorce, if one side lacks sufficient basic living resources, the other side will have the duty to pay alimony.

Brian: Alimony, yes, that’s a common thing in the U.S.. Oftentimes, if you get divorced, the man has to pay the woman a good bit of money, especially if there is a kid there. But it is easy to get divorced in the U.S.. But it is easier to live together beforehand also which is kind of like this trial marriage, which is somewhat going on here. Even if we agree with some of these goals here, I’m not sure that has any practical effect.

Laiming: You two gentlemen have marvelously given some very diplomatic comments on this new story. I want to make it personal. You guys haven’t got married yet. How do you feel about having this choice?

Brian: Well personally, I don’t feel any interest. I think people should be allowed in general to do what they want. I think as some of us have said here, if you are not ready to go the full distance, if you only want to do seven years, why are you getting married.

Laiming: Luoyu, I have to question you.

Luoyu: My perspective is quite simple. I take marriage very very seriously.

Laiming: Which is why you are not married yet.

Luoyu: Yes.

Brian: That’s a good thing. You need to be serious. You need to make sure you have the right person beforehand. Don’t rush into it.

不成名模就当网红!

Dec 8, 2015 324

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Hong Kong singer Aaron Kwok reveals his new girlfriend's identity on social media. The mysterious girl is a wanghong or Chinese internet celebrity. Again, wanghong is in eye of the storm of gossip.

【文稿】主要看气质

Dec 7, 2015 273

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特别感谢 Roundtable 的热心听众梁诗玮协助我们听写本期节目的文稿


Heyang: The latest internet meme or internet fad is to post photos titled “temperament is the focus” on your WeChat moments, or friends circle. Is it a bit brainless? Is it just another fad?

这几天,不少人的微信朋友圈都被“主要看气质”的照片刷屏了。实际上这是一个接龙游戏。为什么如此看似无聊的“气质”游戏会瞬间如此火爆呢?

What’s going on here guys? Have you caught this latest internet fad?

Doris: Well, if you see a photo titled “temperament is the focus”主要看气质 in your WeChat moment, or friends circle, be aware. If you click “like” or comment on that, you might be forced to join the game of continuing to post your photo with the same title. If you refused to do so, you will be asked to give the previous player a red envelope of 5.21 yuan. It is said that someone has made several hundreds of yuan through the game. And some take it as a perfect chance to show their selfies.

AND the trend start with Taiwan singer Cindy Wong王心凌’s new look of her latest album. The female singer was eating a hamburger wearing an old castle style dress. She commented on the look as “temperament is the focus”.

And later, a netizen copied this mode and posted a selfie with the words “temperament is the focus”. As more and more people joined in the carnival of showing “temperament”, including some celebrities, it has become the hottest topic on weibo by the end of last week.

Heyang: Yea, by the end of last week, it was basically Saturday I think. In the evening, suddenly I saw wall to wall showoff of very ugly selfies.

Luo Yu: There must be some good ones.

Heyang: I hope my friends are not listening because they all look the same. It’s the same Fanbingbing face that comes through the same app. I am not going to do advertisement for that app anyway. And that I see this one line 主要看气质, so it’s your temperament that matters? Look at my temperament and my vibe, my aura whatever you call it.

So did you guys participate in this thing?

Doris: I don’t know.

Heyang: What about Luo Yu then?

Luo Yu: No, no.

Heyang: Great. We have sensible people in this studio.

Luo Yu: I tend to, I tend to turn a blind eye in this sort of thing, it’s similar to the ice bucket challenge to some extent but at least we are saving some people who get ALS. At this time it was just umm.

Heyang: No, if you donate then you are saving people.

Doris: You don’t just get cured for ALS by dumping ice bucket.

Luo Yu: But this was like donating your money to someone 5.21 and according to weibo and I see people who have already earned as much as 200 kuai from playing this game.

Heyang: Yea, so I am surprised, are you surprised? Ok, let’s not jump into my conclusion here, with something as simple as this and without a real purpose, and some people even call it brainless, and it’s just so popular with a click and almost overnight it is the biggest thing on WeChat. Is it a bit sad?

Doris: It’s kind of brainless, especially when it originated from a celebrity photo which she probably don’t even know that it’s going to get that popular.

Heyang: Maybe that’s her PR team behind it, maybe there’s some marketing scheme, maybe, maybe not.

Luo Yu: I am not quite sure why are you sure it’s that the marketing team of Cindy Wang?

Heyang: I am not sure. I said maybe, I’m just throwing the questions out for you guys, do you think that or certainly this is one of the things that would be very useful if you can master how to start an internet fad or meme. That’s something you should learn how to do in order to get publicity or just a few more clicks on your Weibo or WeChat.

大妈飞机上脱鞋秀脚

Dec 6, 2015 754

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Photos of a Chinese middle-aged woman resting her bare feet on the armrest of the seat in front of her on a flight have triggered waves of criticism online. It's not the first time we hear news on uncivilized behavior, but what does it take to stop this kind of behavior?

[有文稿]中国学生全世界最累

Dec 5, 2015 331

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Heyang: A recent report shows that Chinese primary students spend three hours every day on average doing homework, twice as much as the global average. What’s more, it’s three times the level in France, four times that in Japan and six times that in South Korea. Most Chinese primary students sleep less than 7 hours every night. Why is it? Is it reasonable?

调查显示,我国中小学生平均每天写作业3小时,是全球均数的2倍,法国的3倍,日本的4倍,韩国的6倍,中国学生睡眠普遍不足7小时。三成父母会选择帮忙代写。小学生这么累真的好吗?

What is going on?

Doris: The report was based on big data generated by 20 million users of education app Afanti in 31 provinces over a year period. It shows that 26.4 percent of students spend at least two hours doing homework, while 28.7 percent will take as long as four hours.

Accordingly, most Chinese students sleep less than 7 hours every night, 1.5 hours less than their global peers. Besides, 46.3 percent of junior high students usually go to bed after 11, while nearly 90 percent of senior high students have stay up late. Some 8.89 percent of students in east China&`&s city of Nanjing go to sleep no earlier than 12 o&`&clock.

They must be very sleep deprived.

Luo Yu: Right, and according to the survey, most students will encounter very difficult and sophisticated questions, for example, usually, male students have trouble in math and basically with boys troubled by algebra and girls by geometry. Meanwhile, Chinese essay comprehension and composition, as well as English writing are all headaches for a lot of students. And this founding is actually quite interesting, despite the devotion of time, 30 percent of students report they have unsolved questions in their homework every day. And what they concerned to respond for the unfinished parts, 44.9 percent of parents saying that their children to give up, whereas 32.7 percent will finish the homework for their kids.

Heyang: Wow, Chinese parents are such loving parents that will do many things for their kids, but writing your kids’ homework for them doesn’t really help them. Here’s my question, is it all that necessary for primary students that the from the age 6-12, is that really so much homework to do? Shouldn’t they be out there playing soccer or playing a musical instrument, or doing something fun. Is that just too much? What’s going on here?

Doris: I played soccer and stayed on the playground all day everyday while I was in primary school so I shall hand it over to Luo Yu who’s born here.

Luo Yu: As I was born in a very remote area in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, so those days are really good old days for me, when i was in primary school, I don’t feel too much homework is a burden, and the reality is that we didn’t have too much homework. But now i think you know when it comes to reality of our modern society, there’s so many parents that is just afraid of their children failing at their starting line. 不要让孩子输在起跑线上。And so primary teachers are so demanding, and assign the students a lot of homework which i don’t think is a proper way because according to the scientific study,em…this researches from the University of Sydney Richard Walker Homework he said homework only boosts student scores in the final three years of high school, so if you give students too much homework in primary school or secondary school, it doesn’t add much value to the student education.

Heyang: Ok, and it’s obviously a downside when there is too much written homework and with the study that we originally talked about, i think it’s hardly scientific. I do have a big question mark, about the actual three hours that has been talked about here because it’s an app and it looks that the survey and it’s very difficult to actually determine how many hour these students are using on their homework.

Doris: Yes indeed. They should be learning life skills like cooking and sewing and woodwork and maybe piano lessons. (laugh)

Heyang : ok, well those things are recommended and if I were a kid I would rather go back to the homework and not interested in the cooking at all!

And that’s all the time we have for this edition of roundtable!

Thank you so much for your company!

P.S. 特别感谢 Roundtable 的热心听众梁诗玮妹子协助我们听写本期节目的文稿,辛苦了亲!好想把你抱起来转圈圈,好吧,这个任务还是交给赫扬吧!

赫扬拒绝了罗总的表白!

Dec 3, 2015 345

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A recent study from Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea, found that the greater the height difference between a couple, the happier the wife is. Is that true?

[有文稿]男人每个月总有那么几天......

Dec 2, 2015 422

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Heyang: A British study says a quarter of English men believe that they experience a monthly &`&man period&`&. Meanwhile, a more shocking statistic show that 58% of their female partners believe in them. Really?

英国一项调查显示,四分之一的男性认为自己每个月都会有特定的“大姨夫”时期,在这段时间内他们会觉得非常疲劳、烦躁、嗜吃和容易烦恼,症状类似于女性的“经前综合征”。男士们真的会有大姨夫吗?

This is a bit of delicate subject to discuss with two gentlemen. And I suppose as the lady here I will take the liberty of explaining the term 大姨妈 or “periods”. So basically in Chinese it’s quite funny. Translated into English it literally means “big aunty”.

Laiming: I think they have the same description in English for period.

HY: “Big aunty”?

LM: Yes. I’ve seen it in a TV series.

Michael: Have you? All right, I haven’t.

HY: Maybe you are not paying attention to such delicate matters.

Michael: Maybe we are watching different shows.

HY: It makes all sense in Chinese to translate this “man period” into 大姨夫, the husband of “big aunty”. So now you know what it is. And it’s super inconvenient, can be really painful and women hate it. Oh, and also it’s sort of like a privilege for ladies you go through that difficult period.

LM: It’s just unfair. It’s your privilege?

HY: In a way yes. And now men are actually competing with women and saying that they have this problem too. Physically do you? Do you? Do you?(重要的事情说三遍) No! So what’s the point here? Do you guys have this problem?

Michael: I even haven’t come across the expression or indeed the notion of a “man period” before, no, Heyang. This is new to me.

HY: This is new to you, all right.

LM: Physically bleeding, it will never happen to you, but how about the mentality that psychological stuff?

HY: Oh, guys, guys! Let’s not get so graphic about it.

LM: Do you get cranky or irritable sometimes?

Michael: Well, yes but I don’t think that has to do with any sort of menstrual cycle or otherwise.

HY: Ok, I think maybe this is pointing at a hormone fluctuation that maybe men experience more or less similar to what women feel. So we are not talking about the physical side of things but more of the psychological side of things. So guys, do you feel that every month there’s a few days you feel cranky, you feel grumpy, you feel unhappy, unsatisfied, you wanna eat a lot and you just hate people around you. Do you feel that?

Michael: I feel that all the time Heyang. That’s my default setting.

HY: What about you Laiming?

LM: So you are always on大姨夫. Well it seems I have a better control of my emotion. And since I’ve got married, my wife has offered me this valuable lesson about this other dimension about this world that is emotional dimension. So I began to realize that our emotions fluctuate through time. And I came to pay attention to these small changes in the state of mind especially. The way I realize that I have this kind of problem is when I get on public transport, for example a bus, when sometimes people don’t queue up, I from time to time will feel irritated. But I don’t always feel irritated.

Michael: Now I feel irritated all the time when I see that. But because I’m British, I don’t do, I just sort of stand there and maybe tut and shake my head to myself. But I won’t do anything more than that. But I wonder if maybe men are sort of cashing in on this a little bit.

HY: Aren’t you guys doing that?

Michael: This happens obviously every four weeks or so with women and as you explained Heyang, it’s very uncomfortable and unpleasant. As a result, you might feel a bit irritable and cranky. And maybe in some cases men have seeing that every four weeks or so, women almost have this of a free pass to be as irritable and cranky as they like. Maybe men are just thinking actually well maybe...

LM: I can be cranky and irritable every time every day!

Michael: Yeah.

LM: It doesn’t have to be during period.

HY: Oh, guys, guys! Now you are wondering why women turn into 女汉子. So women become a little bit more…

LM: Masculine?

HY: No, it’s like masculine in behavior as if women feel that we need to shoulder more responsibility, you cannot rely on men, you have to just do it yourself.

Michael: I’m a strong independent woman.

HY: Because look at the guys! The guys are demanding privilege from men period! No wonder we are being push to the other end of, I don’t even know what this is, but just pushing us to the opposite end.

LM: Don’t you just sympathize with people who don’t pay attention to their emotional wellbeing? I remember talking with one of our colleagues who is from Sri Lanka, who pays a lot of attention to her psychological wellbeing. She said a very famous quote I would like to say on this show. She said like our mind is kind of like our body. If we don’t wash our bodies every two days or every day, your body will stink. So is the same case with your mind. If you don’t pay attention to your mind, to your psychological wellbeing, your mind gets dirty.

Michael: So how do you wash your mind Laiming? What sort of mental exercises or whatever can you do?

LM: First person shooting games!

Michael: OK.

HY: And also getting married. See Laiming has said earlier a wonderful point of view that after getting married he’s matured. He’s learned how to manage his emotions a bit better.

Michael: I think call of duty probably helps with that.

LM: Yes, it helped a lot.

HY: See you need to have different avenues to like balance it out.

LM: But you need to recognize that there’s this alternate reality around you with this emotional dimension.

Michael: I’m not sure if I really buy into all this, to be quite honest with you? If you think too much about this because you don’t have enough else going on. I think if you keep yourself busy, you don’t occupy yourself with thoughts like this. I think it’s very easy to overthink when you are a bit bored or you are at a loose end. I think maybe that’s contributing to this sort of phenomenon.

LM: You mean we are self-pitying?

Michael: Exactly. Self-pity, self- loathing, whatever you want call it.

HY: I think it’s a constructive advice what Michael has just said. We’ve got a whole bunch of messages coming in, regard this topic. There’s “yszdd” saying that 大姨妈是生理需求,而男人的大姨夫则是心理的需求。I think that is a good point and I do sympathize with guys. Yes, you don’t always have to be strong. You can let your feelings out too. But don’t call it 大姨夫. You know, don’t make it bigger as what it actually is. That’s just whiny.

读纸质书才算真读书?

Dec 1, 2015 517

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As books have moved from tangible products to electronic media, many longtime readers still appreciate the value of traditional reading.

A recent survey covering nearly 30,000 respondents found that Chinese internet users prefer printed books over digital books on mobile phones, personal computer and kindle. Which one do you prefer?

地铁哺乳引争议,谁之过?

Nov 30, 2015 552

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A photo of a mother breastfeeding her baby on Beijing subway train has gone viral. Why does breastfeeding in public trigger so much criticism?

同性恋更会赚钱?

Nov 29, 2015 1195

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A survey of more than 18 hundred Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (aka LGBT) people in China released by WorkForLGBT found that respondents earn five times of the national average per month, and they tend to travel abroad more frequently than the general population. Do LGBT people in China earn more and spend more?

社会实践=工厂手机贴膜?

Nov 26, 2015 409

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A news report has revealed that over 200 new college students in Sichuan were sent to a company in Xiamen for practical training. And their job was sticking screen protectors on mobile phones. Is it a suitable or useful practical training?

[有文稿] 男友不浪漫怎么破?看韩剧呗!

Nov 25, 2015 455

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Heyang: A female college student has asked her boyfriend to watch 12 classic South Korean TV dramas and recite romantic scenes afterwards. Can you carve a romantic out of stone?

汉口学院一名大二男生,在通讯工具上收到女友发给他的一张韩国电视剧清单,要求其在一个月内看完清单上列出的12部韩剧,并能够完整的叙述剧中出现的浪漫情节。这样做就可以让男朋友浪漫起来吗?

女孩们~最近有没有被《朝五晚九》里的霸气和尚或者《我的少女时代》里的校园小霸王徐太宇激发你粉红少女心~ 让男伴好好学一学呢~

Certainly I learned a lot from these two shows. 朝五晚九(From Five To Nine). This is a Japanese TV drama.

Laiming: Isn’t it your favorite show? And you can’t remember its name?

HY: 山P,or山下智久? He’s the guy who plays the main role, he plays a Buddhist priest. The storyline isn’t all that complicated. Basically a wonderful, amazing, gorgeous guy is totally head over heels in love this girl and treats her super well. So there isn’t all that much to be said there. But guys, do you think it’s useful to learn something from these South Korean TV dramas, or Japanese TV dramas, or whatever romantic movie/TV series out there?

Michael: I don’t think you can really limit this to SK or Japanese TV dramas. I think you could probably transpose this conversation anywhere in the world. (HY: I agree.)

When we are talking about this college student, did she ask her boyfriend to watch 12 SK dramas and then recite scenes from them word for word afterwards?

HY: No. I mean it’s more like…reciting is about showing you’ve actually watched it and you remember it, and I think she’s expecting more from it.

LM: A summary of the romantic moments. In these 12 soap operas.

HY: Do you think it’s reasonable what she’s doing?

M: If she’s expecting him to watch all this and after that he’ll be the world’s leading authority on love and romance…I think it somewhat devalues the nature of being loving and romantic if you have to pick up your ideas from television.

I think it should be sort of spontaneous.

HY: If would be great if it’s spontaneous. But sometimes guys you are just not. And the girl still wants to be with you. She’s not dumping you. She’s just asking you ‘can you please watch these TV dramas and get some ideas. I want this to work, we’ve a good thing going on.’ What do you say?

LM: Do you want the same thing that’s happened in the TV series to happen on yourself? Exactly the same thing?

HY: Exactly the same thing? Oh I can’t believe you asked me that…OF COURSE!! It’s something that’s quite dreamy I have to say~ But, let’s just look at this realistically. It’s not gonna happen exactly like in the TV show. And this isn’t even what the girl is asking for. She just wants you to learn a bit more. Do you think she’s a bit outrageous or whatever?

LM: I think you need to define ‘useful.’ Is it getting you laid useful, or helping you maintain a healthy relationship useful? What kind of useful are you looking for?

HY: Well, what kind of ‘useful’ are you looking for, dude? When it comes to such a situation, what’s going on here is actually quite a good thing.

Because the girl is basically saying we’re dating and I’m not happy with what you are doing right now. And here are some tips, why not taking them. And the guy can say yes or no. in this story, the guy actually said yeah I’ll go watch it…

LM: Does he have a choice?

M: Conversely, you might think that she say ok I’m not happy with what you are doing right now, but then he might push back and said this isn’t really me, I’m not happy expressing myself in this way. I think it works both ways.

HY: Yeah, I think that’s a really important part here. Because neither side is saying you have to do this. But of course if you’re not willing to make this compromise, it’s highly possible that you’ll break up. It’s through this process people learn how to deal with the other person. And when we are looking at these too youngsters in college dating…Why are you laughing like that Laiming? He can’t control himself.

LM: You are all pink talking about this.

HY: The good old days. I think it’s really important that Chinese youngsters to go through dating and all this stuff. That’s how you know exactly how to have a relationship and how to make a relationship function. Without this kind of conversation it will not work. And when you look at all those singletons in our society, partially it’s because we’ve been studying so hard in school and we didn’t have the chance to date and have this kind of conversation.

LM: I’m with you on this we should learn things by going on dates with other people/the opposite sex. But I’m not with you by saying that we should learn things (this introvert boy) by watching TV. I don’t think so. There are skills you can require. But unless it’s from the bottom of your heart, it’s not going to help you in the long term.

M: It’s just seems a bit manufactured if you’re sitting down and watching all these programs, maybe copy and paste aspects of that in your personal life. It should be sincere, come from the heart and you should be yourself.

HY: Okay. If you’re just copy and paste from any movie for it to work in your love life, that’s not going to work. You need to improvise, you have something to draw upon. And this girl has gone this far to give you the material, all you need to do is take the tips and turn it into something of your own. And your relationship will thrive.

LM: I don’t think it’s a reasonable move on the part of the girl. Because we all know SK soap operas are notoriously long. They could extend to 80 episodes.

HY: There are short ones that’s only 25 episodes~

LM: 12 TV series in a month, he can’t do anything else.

HY: Alright. They need to figure something out if they want to stay together. We have lots of listeners leaving messages here. First of all, I’d like to say hi to LYL李. She is listening to our show using data flow. Thank you so much, you are paying for this. Thank you for your message. She’s saying I love watching 朝五晚九(From five to nine). She persuaded her boyfriend to watch it out of knowing more about Japanese traditional culture and Buddhism. But actually she just wants him to learn the tactics that beautiful monk does. And our male listeners are not happy with what this girl has done. Basically saying you can’t just copy these tactics, it’s not gonna work, it has to be sincere. Basically you guys agree with it.

I just think for this show it’s worthwhile for people to watch, because you get see 山下智久 to go through Buddhism practice under a waterfall. Oh man oh man, ladies you should all check it out!

That’s all the time we have for Round Table today. I’m Heyang. Stay tuned for more.

川菜标准谁说了算?

Nov 24, 2015 977

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The Administration of Quality and Technology Supervision of Sichuan Province sets a 12-bullet point standard for Sichuan cuisine. The standards not only cover well-known dishes such as fish-flavored shredded pork but also ingredients such as sausages. Is it reasonable to set standards for Sichuan Cuisine?

[有文稿]虎妈猫爸教育孩子哪家强?

Nov 23, 2015 402

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Heyang: A major study of tiger moms and wolf dads is out. The young who feel immense pressure from parents to succeed are left feeling anxious, under-confident and frustrated leading to poorer exam results. Here’s a question lots of Chinese parents are asking right now. How pushy is too pushy?

从“虎妈”到“狼爸”,再到“猫爸”。谁了解和更尊重儿童呢?一项英国研究显示虎妈的教育下,孩子成绩并不好。家长们,如何保持住理性,选择好适合自己孩子的教育方式呢?

So first of all, guys. What does the study say and do you agree with it?

Luo Yu: Well, basically the study is conducted by the University of Reading there in the UK. It shows that perils of aiming too high: Children perform worse academically when saddled with too much parental pressure.

Researchers at the University of Reading found that when parents pitched their expectations too high, their offspring were less likely to do well in tests. While a moderate amount of aspiration benefited youngsters’ results, it only had a positive impact if the hopes were realistic, the data showed.

So basically, for one thing it’s about the expectation from your parents. If you aim too high, probably your children will do not so well in the exams. That’s one thing. And second I wanna mention the benchmark test here is the mathematics. I do wonder whether it will have the universal effect or universal appeal to other subjects. From my perspective, if you are a performing artist, you have to play piano, you have to go to the drama courses, and then I think a moderate amount of corporal punishment is quite necessary. Because look at Lang Lang, look at Li Yundi, they have gone through an arduous journey if they want to be the world famous pianists.

HY: Wow! Luo Yu, you just talked about some interesting stuff here. You talked about corporal punishment so you think actually hitting your kid is necessary for the kid to become successful?

LY: To some extent, especially our East Asian culture…

HY: Hitting the kid!

LY: Yes! I’ve gone through that myself!

Sam: Luo Yu, I was kind of with you until that point. We were on the same path and you then you take it to a very dark place that I just couldn’t follow.

HY: Yes, we are in a dark place right now.

LY: But I mean in China, it’s like 子不教父之过 right? If you didn’t educate your children well, it’s the parents’ fault.

Sam: Up until corporal punishment? Wow! Luo Yu, we need to have a talk later. Well, I would say that apart from that, I fully agree. The reason I fully agree is because, without making it sort of personal, we I was very young, my dad left and it was just me and my mum. And my mom blessed over compensated by over mollycoddling me. She was the nicest mom in the world and you could do no wrong. And when you get a bit older you understand the reason she’s doing that is because she was hurting from it as much as you were, which means she wants to make every moment you get together very happy. And it was only when I got a bit older that I realize that I was far foot behind everyone else in terms of school because I had literally no one to push me. I never blamed my mom for that of course. I blame my dad. But I knew there’s a huge problem here I had to compensate for that I was not performing as well as the other kids in my class. And it was at that point I kind of turned everything around and said, right, from this day forward, I’m gonna have to turn everything around and start working on my future, otherwise I’m not going to have one. And I had to kind of collectively make this decision on my own at 14. And I did. And it was at that time I started getting much better grades, they immediately shot up quite a lot. And it was at that time actually I started leaning mandarin as well, which later escalated into learning a cluster of other languages. And I started building a load of assets that allowed me to get to where I am today. And I’m very proud of myself the achievements I’ve made. But at the same time, it was an arduous journey. And it was an arduous journey that led to where I am now. I don’t sound like I’m whining or complaining here, but I think if I had a bit more guidance, the same level of diligence maybe could have led me going even further.

I don’t know what that is. I think you guys both understand the point I’m trying to articulate here.

HY: Thank you so much for sharing your story Sam.

Sam. It’s just explains why I agree with Luo Yu, apart from corporal punishment.

HY: I think hitting your kid is a discussion completely different and whether you should resort to that, I have big question marks for that. Personally, I’m totally against that. And I think when it comes to disciplining your child, and also pushing your child, I think it’s a really delicate balance. It’s you cannot just let the kid do whatever and then you got all these 熊孩子. And these bear kids I hate them! And often it’s because their parents don’t discipline them and don’t teach them. I think teaching and being a moderately amount pushy is probably kind of necessary for the education of your kid.

And here just a quick question before we finish today’s show. In China, now we are seeing that a lot of these traditional tiger moms and wolf dads are turning into cat moms or cat dads, meaning that they have gotten some western ideas and think that you need cuddle your kid a bit more. And what do you think is the right thing to do here?

Sam: I mean my opinion on this is very evident by thinking it is important and to do what Heyang says, she put it perfectly. You need to find the right balance so that you are encouraging your children enough without making them feel over pressured. And don’t hit them.

LY: I think the precondition is the proper understanding of western education. Otherwise, you will be damaging your child as well.

HY: OK. Or find out your own way, don’t just follow the books. You need to figure out what’s best for you kid.

婚前同居=幸福婚姻的保障?

Nov 22, 2015 1120

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A new report has revealed the current state of marriage among the Chinese people. The survey shows that young married couples are more likely to have moved in together before marriage. Why is that?

男人吃的越多就越喜欢你?

Nov 19, 2015 2940

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The more a man eats when dining with you, the more he likes you. Do you believe that? Is that the true reason that men are fatter after getting married?

北京人会去外地养老吗?

Nov 18, 2015 2940

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According to a recent agreement signed by civil administration departments of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, in the future, Beijing citizens can choose any of the three places to live after retirement and enjoy same pension and subsidies. Will Beijingers move to Tianjin or Hebei to enjoy their retired life?

【有文稿】Brian教你做亚洲蹲!

Nov 17, 2015 372

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Heyang: Squatting is a familiar posture for a lot of Chinese people. It even has a proper name called the Asian squat. And it certainly is not for everyone. An online survey says many western adults simply cannot perform the pose accordingly. Why is it? Can you do the Asian squat?

What are the things we need to know about the Asian Squat?

Brian: The Asian Squat is where you squat down and your entire foot is touching the ground. It’s the balls of your feet, the heels, the whole thing. This is in contrast to what you’d see in what most places traditionally considered as the West where you squat down it’s just pretty much on your tip toes there, just the balls of your feet right at the top. And your heels are like a couple inches or centimeters off the ground there. Two very different things.Now anybody can pretty much when you are a kid, a toddler. Because babies or toddlers their bodies are really flexible. They fall down and they can pretty much bounce right off the ground kind of thing. So that’s not an issue. But Asian people at least in East Asia seem to be still be able to do it. People in the West can’t do that. I think a big part of that is toilets. You see squat toilets here. If you don’t squat, you have a hard time going to the bathroom. Whereas in the West, you don’t need to squat for anything. That would be to me a big factor.

Luo Yu: Defecating…one primary concern that why so many Asians can do it quite well. When you look at the procedure it’s not that difficult. Just loosen your limbs before your start. It’s a posture for rest. Then set your feet wider distance is usually preferable than a narrow one. Then keep your heels on the ground. And squat. When it comes to the Asian Squat, it’s more of a balancing act.

HY: That’s true. It’s amazing how we can do it and…you know…sometimes…the business could take a little longer than expected…but still, we can squat still and we don’t find it to be a big problem. Earlier right before the show, we did a small experiment as dear Brian and myself squatted in front of each other in our studio just to prove the point. And Brian after learning the skill you can do the Asian Squat. But originally, with the Western squat you did, it’s very easy to kick you and you fall.

Brian: This is true. And actually I have a question for you guys. Can you do the so-called western squat? (LY: Of course we can.) I figured so. But obviously most Westerners most Americans cannot do the Asian Squat. You can do the regular kind and that works for a little bit. But you get tired of course in contrast to this Asian Squat. One thing I would add to your instructions there is you have to put your feet at a 90 degree angle and you can’t just have them parallelin front of you and have them angled out. I know this becauselike a year ago…

LY: Not necessarily. From a western perspective.

Brian: I’ll tell it from my own perspective. A year ago I could not do that squat, I wanted to, it’s a useful skill here, I couldn’t do it. I forgot how Ihad got to be able to do it, but the thing I realized in the process was you can’t just have your feet parallel right out in front of you, you need to kind of angle them again outwards. Once I figured that out I was really able to do it. With practice it got easier. A lot of people who might have come to China, use the squat toilet and you squat down and that kind of angling doesn’t come to mind. And if you knew that it would have made a difference.

LY: That’s one of the strategies. But as you know our economy has gotten better. Some Asian countries, especially like Japan, some of the Japanese students find it difficult to poop in squat toilets. It’s definitely not an easy thing for them. 22% of the primary school students have been complaining about it. (In Japan)

Because usually they’ve seen flush toilets as we’ve seen a surge of upgrade in infrastructure but it’s still very difficult.

HY: Yeah, that’s a really good point. Through what loos or toilets that exists in a society, it is the perfect judicator to see how advanced is the society has been. In China, in the last twenty years we’ve seen tremendous growth in the economy, and so has the change has happened in our toilets.

Brian: I would say there are places in the West that do squat. In Eastern Europe, people do squat. So it’s not entirely a western thing.

LY: In India it’s a must learn skill, because over 60% of people still defecate publicly. Wild places.

HY: In the open air. Too bad I don’t have the time to read out these messages…大竹竹有正能量says she used to be able to do it but no longer coz she’s used to new toilets.

Stay tuned for more awesome shows on EZFM.

【文稿】世界最难十大语言,中文排第一!

Nov 16, 2015 247

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Heyang: Many languages have been claimed to be the toughest one to learn. Here are ten candidates for the title of "hardest language to learn," as released by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. After our discussion, see if you could find these languages are worth their "tough as nails" reputation.

First of all, are you surprised, with these results of this list? And tell me what they are?

Luo Yu: The most difficult language turns out to be Chinese. Sam as a very experienced Chinese learner, probably can share with us some of your thoughts on how to learn the language.

Sam: First of all, this list is completely rubbish. This is the most terrible list I’ve ever seen. (Really?)

HY: Even before going through the list, you are like ‘it’s not worth it.’

Sam: If Chinese is number one, then this list has already failed. And they’ve got French at ten. French!

HY: Yeah, Chinese! Obviously number one! So difficult.

Sam: Chinese should not be number one, a few reasons…This list is not specific enough. If you are talking about language for English native speakers to learn, then French is ten, because of similarities between French and English, and experiences of an average English speaker learning French at school. There’s no way that French is at ten. The reason that we do it in England is it’s quite easy. But I’ll ignore that now and stay on track. But Chinese is number one?!

HY: The only thing I got out of that was that (Sam: Sorry, I need to calm down)…yeah…is Sam doesn’t think it’s that difficult to master the language.

Sam: Here’s the thing, when I was in university I studied Chinese as my major and I did a minor in Japanese. I’m proficient in both languages for disclaimer. And Japanese was just the much more difficult language. It’s fifth on the list, but it is twice as hard.Cos first of all, you have three different types of written characters. You havehitigonakitigona and kazi (hanzi). So you have Chinese characters. H is used for Japanese traditional words, and you have K which is used for foreign words. So like for the word supermarket, Japanese would be su-pa-ma-k-to, you have to write it in special characters for English sounding words.

Then you get their grammar is completely flipped around. And I think it’s the most complicated grammar an English person can learn. In Chinese, you barely have grammar. It just like ‘where are you going?’ 你去哪?it’s just three simple words and you get the tones right. I just can’t see how something with simple grammar, with words that are all quite short and easy to remember…the characters in Chinese are quite difficult to write, the tones are quite difficult to master, but that aside, there’s nothing else that distinguishes it as a language that’s much more difficult than the rest of the ones on this list, especially Japanese, Korean and Arabic.

LY: But how about those characters with so many strokes at the same time, as we see in biangbiangmian. Also what about those homophones 同音异形异义字 in Chinese.

Sam: you bring up a great point Luo Yu. You talked about those different characters. I just like to make the quick point here if you are looking into Japanese text, they are all in traditional Chinese characters.

LY: Because of influence…

Sam: It doesn’t matter why. The reasoning is not important, it’s the way it is the fact that you have to be able to write in traditional Chinese…

HY: I certainly can master the Chinese language, so therefore I find Japanese a lot easier. So I think it really matters what you bring with you into this learning process and that will determine what result you find.

赫扬担心要失业了!

Nov 15, 2015 742

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Robots are invading our society, assisting or even replacing human beings in many fields. This month a robot journalist has officially been employed by Xinhua News Agency. How does the robot write articles? Will it replace human reporters?

【文稿】课间休息不许出去活动!?

Nov 15, 2015 269

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Heyang: Rope skipping and throwing sandbags during the class break have been fond childhood memories for many of us. But these days, some students in primary schools in Beijing are kept in the classroom during recess. Why do teachers ban them from going to play outdoors?

What is going on with this very obscure and very weird school regulation?

Brian: Well, you see different things. Some places, you are just not allowed to go outside the classroom at all. Other times, it would be you can go on the corridors or maybe you can go on the corridors, the hallways but you are not allowed to run around and jump whatever. So there’s different ways. But very much there’s this trend here in Beijing but also in other parts of China of not letting kids do what I think we can say they are naturally going to do and should do, which is go run around and have fun or whatever.

Luo Yu: Well, I think the school just banned the behavior of students out of very good intention. For one thing, most of the schools’ space is very limited, and consider about those very naughty boys. And not to mention from the safety perspective, I think in last year Sep. 26th, at an elementary school there in Kunming, basically a lot of children tramped over children who were crashed under the mattresses. This accident actually caused six people dead and more than twenty hurt. Parents are very much concerned about their children’s safety, so if you just let all the students go out there on the playground whatever, probably the tragedy will happen again. My concern is how to have some of the very innovative ways for children to not keep sedentary, let them play but in a proper place through proper means. You know what I mean?

Heyang: Not really I’m sorry. It sounds like in heaven where there’s just unlimited space and we just jump around, floating on those clouds. And Luo Yu, I understand what you are saying, but just give you another question. Sorry so many questions. That’s just my job, all right? So basically, if you are afraid, let’s say the students, you don’t want them to get hurt so you keep them indoors. Then I mean there’s always the danger when I go out in the streets, knock wood, that I could get hit by a bus. But that doesn’t stop me from going out because you need to do so and you want to stay fit. And you know that’s a good reason for the students too. So don’t you think that the way that the school is managing this difficult matter is not right?

Brian: Right. I would say safety is obviously important. If your playground is not in a safe area, if there’s construction right next to it, something needs to be done about that. Maybe you need to do some with the construction. But I think kids should go outside and they should get hurt. They should get hurt a lot. But if you getting, you know, you fell down you get a scratch whatever or you get bruises, that is normal and that is a good thing. Because that’s what life is. Like you can’t just stay and locked up in your room inside and just expect to get by with that. And kids, if they don’t do it here, they’ll do it outside there. So better to do it in a safer environment where they might get a little bit hurt but so they can learn how not to get hurts and how to deal with this rather than just hide them away from dangerous of the outside world.

Heyang: Yeah, I think there’s a lot of reasons like if you keep people staying in, you could get fat, you could get bad eyesight, you could… all kinds of things. Do you think there are, just very quickly, any good suggestions? Not really, OK.

Luo Yu: Probably have them learn some very nice dancing moves inside the classroom? Otherwise the space is limited.

Heyang: Yeah, square dancing inside!

【专访】Dr. Lauren Speeth: 社会企业在中国

Nov 14, 2015 1392

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赫扬和Dr. Lauren Speeth探讨了社会创业家的责任,社会企业在中国的困难和未来,以及年轻人通过社会企业可以为社会做出的贡献。Dr. Speeth还谈了“七大支柱”理论作为社会创业的一个工具,也可以帮助人们对自己的生活做出改善。

Dr. Lauren Speeth是 Elfenworks 制作有限公司富的掌舵人;是因其媒体内容在国际上享有盛誉并获得过格莱美提名奖的制片人;并且是无伤害宗教事务中心 (The Center for Non-Harming

Ministries) 的创始人。作为创建以“与希望同在(In Harmony with Hope®)”为品牌标识的 Elfenworks 基金会的首席运营官,她组建了一支非常优秀的社会企业家团队,团队成员在多媒体推广、计

算机技术、音乐、电影、管理、法律、金融、教育、人文发展以及社会正义方面有着深厚而广泛的专业技能。

Dr. Speeth与其它很多机构建立了联盟,比如校园电影节(Campus MovieFest),鼓励学生们创建社会正义的内容;金门大学(Golden Gate University),专注于贫穷法律的研究; 圣玛丽大学

(Saint Mary’s College),着重于信托资本主义的研究; 密尔斯学院(Mills College),专注于企业社会责任的研究;以及最近被命名为国家贫穷研究中心的斯坦福大学贫穷与不平等研究中心

(The Center on Poverty and Inequality), Elfenworks与该中心共同设立了贫穷研究合作项目。

秋裤 or NO秋裤?

Nov 12, 2015 450

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Qiuku, in English, called long-johns or thermal underwear, is a style of pants you wear underneath your outdoor pants that keeps you warm. That is normally worn during cold weather.

Today Round Table cracks the case - let&`&s examine the Qiuku facts and you could come to your own decision Qiuku, or no Qiuku?

没钱也要买买买!

Nov 11, 2015 668

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College students are a major group of consumers of online shopping; they pretty much buy everything online. Some use credit cards and also a new online financial product that offers online credit loans. It sounds great at the first glimpse, but does it open the students to great financial risks in the future?

双十一,你剁了几只手?

Nov 10, 2015 1362

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Today is the day for singletons to mourn the fact they are without partner, or simply buy stuff to make you feel better. Joking apart, Single's Day has now morphed into the day people go online to shop, often with their office computer. Alibaba said sales broke through 57.6 billion Yuan up to 12 o'clock. Single's Day has proven to be an orgy of commerce, but here's my question for you: do we need it?

摔!大姨妈来了还上什么班!

Nov 9, 2015 967

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Women who suffer great pain during menstruation period may get a one-day paid leave in Guangdong province. Authorities are collecting public opinions on this proposal. Do you think it's feasible?

单身都怪入错行

Nov 8, 2015 650

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I don&`&t mean to remind you that Singles&`& Day is just around the corner. Will you be celebrating it alone? A latest report indicates that maybe the reason you are without a partner is because…of your job.

According to the 2015 singleton occupation list, civil servants and reporters are among the 11 occupations that prospective partners shun the most. Why do those highly-admired professions in the past become undesirable?

【文稿】印在屁屁上的二维码你敢扫么?

Nov 8, 2015 372

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Heyang: A group of bikini-clad models caused chaos on the streets of Jianwai SOHO in Beijing, by encouraging people to scan their buttocks with a smartphone. Is it appropriate to use such a sexually explicit method for marketing? And can I please remind you guys that this is in open air, in a public area that there could be children around. So what’s going on guys?

Mark: Well, it’s interesting that you say there might be children around. There are children around on beaches you know when women wear exactly the same outfit, a bikini, right? If you go to the south of France, they don’t even wear the top of the bikini. You know, they are topless as well on the beach. So I don’t quite see. I know the context is quite important, but however, when it comes to actually sort of seeing a woman in a bikini, context is important I agree, you know, it might be not appropriate to wear a bikini to work for example.

Heyang: Or in Jianwai SOHO.

Mark: But my point is you will see no more than you would if she was on the beach. That’s my point, you see? So socially, I think the context is important, but in terms of children would seeing something that they wouldn’t see anyway if a woman was on the beach, well, they won’t. You know, a woman in a bikini looks the same whether she’s on the beach or in the streets of Beijing.

Heyang: Yeah. Well, Mark, I know you are a gentleman and you haven’t really checked out the photos because Mark made that request to me.

Mark: I asked you to show me them. She thought I’d get too excited.

Heyang: And I’m a lady! Why would I do it for you, right? Anyway, I did check out the photos. And I checked out from Luo Yu’s computer. So I didn’t actively go searching for those photos, right? It was out and about for people to see on Luo Yu’s computer, and we sit next to each other.

Luo Yu: The thing is that this morning, when I viewed this news, a colleague came and approached me, saying “how dare you watch these pornos in office!”

Mark: Really!

Heyang: OK. So there’s a part that I need to let you guys know that it is very explicit. Because it’s kind of a G-string so you can see everything and it’s literally the bum where the QR codes have been stick to.

Mark: I’d like to see the picture to get a more objective idea about it cause I might have to modify what I’ve said so far. But you know, seeing a woman in a bikini for me is not something that should be controversial. I wish we could just get to grips with the fact that we all have a human body and they are basically all the same. There are two types of them basically, aren’t there? There’s the male and female. And you see kids walking on the beach with their mom when she is wearing bikini. You know, the thing I strongly object to about the story is that apparently the words “use me” were written on the back of these women in Chinese characters. I find that grossly offensive. And that does really objectify women. I think that’s the thing that bothers me about this, the phrase “use me”. No human being should be used by another.

Luo Yu: Yes, I think phrases like “use me” is really vulgar, obscene and pornographic. I won’t want such things happen again. From the societal perspective, if you want to do any business ploy, you have to be complying with the social regulation or moral standards at least, right? You can’t be so explicit. But from personal perspective, I definitely would try if I got the opportunity to scan the QR code.

Mark: I bet you would!

Luo Yu: It’s very sexy you know? And very convenient! You get the APP and see how can the APP work on your smartphone.

Heyang: But don’t you think like Mark said that social context is really important here. I mean would you feel comfortable seeing this and also scanning like literally being that close to a stranger lady’s buttocks in open air where with everybody looking at you?

Luo Yu: But I think the company has…

Heyang: I mean this is going too far, isn’t it?

Luo Yu: This is going too far. And that’s why it’s going outrageous and this matter has been taken care by a bunch of security guards in Jianwai SOHO. But it’s such a successful business ploy. Even Daily Business is reporting it. And people from all across the world know about the matter.

Mark: Anyone on this program, anyone that works for a news organization where they write about this or talk about it is condoning it and is supporting this activity of this company even by criticizing it. Because we’ve mentioned the name of the company I think, haven’t we? Did we?

Heyang: We haven’t. And I made sure that’s not include in the research.

Mark: OK. But simply by discussing it even in a negative way, we are ensuring that this kind of thing will happen again. And we are endorsing this kind of advertising just by talking about it because it’s worked. So I think it would be hypocritical for any of us really to condemn this. Because if we really condemn this, as a media outlet, we should ignore it.

Heyang: We should just put it away and not talk about it.

Mark: And then this kind of advertising would die because this wouldn’t work.

Heyang: And also I think this is not the first time that sex sells this kind of very old tactic that has been used earlier this year. There was that you know the Spartans marching in the streets of Beijing. But that was a lot less obscene because there wasn’t so much flesh been shown and I hate it when people objectify women and treat women just like meat and that’s what I see here. So still criticizing it and well there you go. That’s all we have for this edition of Round Table. Thank you so much for your company. Stay tuned on EZFM.

形婚,看上去很理想?

Nov 6, 2015 1056

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With the traditional idea of people should get married at a certain age, there is a huge social pressure for people with homosexuality. Though things are changing gradually, many of them end up with marriages of convenience. Is there any problem of doing so?

南方人比北方人更豪爽?

Nov 5, 2015 543

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Are you a generous person? Here our only criterion is whether you are willing to lend money to friends or not.

Horizon Research Company and Credit Ease, a wealth and credit management company, have jointly published a survey on the Generosity Ranking of Chinese People. It finds that residents in Chengdu, Shanghai and Nanjing are champions of generosity. Really? Where does it put us Northerners?

三级医院或将取消普通门诊

Nov 4, 2015 1080

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Tertiary hospitals or top hospitals in China will accept fewer general outpatients and may gradually phase out general outpatient service. Will this move ease the difficulties in seeing a good doctor?

爱着同一个男人的两个女人如何相处?

Nov 3, 2015 813

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The relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law has always been complicated. It can make or break a marriage in China.

收个快递还要验明正身?

Nov 2, 2015 426

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From this month, people have to register their real names when sending a parcel via an express delivery company. The move is the latest measure to strengthen the safety management of express delivery services nationwide. Will there be any problems for implementing the new move?

浪费食物被罚数千元是活该?

Nov 1, 2015 328

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Six tourists who bit off more than they can chew have been fined 2400 yuan for wasting food. The huge sum of the fine has triggered a public debate about whether restaurant owners have the authority to impose a fine for food wastage.

【文稿】个儿越高赚钱越多?

Nov 1, 2015 261

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Being tall can come with a few of benefits…they’re faster runners, see more at gigs, can reach the top shelf and have the innate ability to pull off jumpsuits.

Now, anthropologists are saying that, on average, tall people even earn more than short people. Can you believe it?

在这个“以貌取人”的时代,悲催的事情却远不止于此。有人类学家研究指出人们的收入与身高挂上钩,高个子的收入普遍比矮个子的收入高。你相信吗?

Heyang: So What does the research say? And is it true that taller people just earn more ?

Mark : Well, it’s kind of old of saying, this is known for some time, and i think yes it’s true, this is been an well established that taller people earn more than shorter people, but they don’t earn more because they are taller or shorter, in my opinion, this goes probably weight back to when their children fighting at school or something like that,obviously, people that had a height advantage might be bigger people therefore stronger, therefore maybe dominated the other kids more, therefore maybe develop some skills like leaderships or always be chosen or gain more respect, and therefore their whole development just to the accident of being a couple of three centimeters just taller, the whole development might give them advantages, social advantages which we don’t even see developing. So at the ends up, they already have the advantage just position, yes, it was because their height advantage when they are small, but it’s lot of the other things that happen along the way.

Luoyu: Yea, from the evolution perspective, a lot of anthropologist said so because of human being evolve as species and still living struggles on the plain many people are scabbed down the good leaders of those tall people they consider them to be intelligent and to the persons having leadership skills, probably, and now, i think, even nowadays, society, now is operating following of this sym pattern.

Mark : Let me just quickly say that it’s interesting what you say about in ancient time, they would be on the grassland, for example, and a tall person had the advantage. Well a tall person could see an enemy coming more sooner than shorted people could be (that’s true , they could ) and therefore that’s why it would make them the leader, because they can see dangers before anyone else can, i mean, say for example, there are someone as tall, Yao Ming, that person might find himself not just because their physical presence, their shear size, but because they could see when there was enemy coming before anybody else could, they could assume the leadership position, they could just take the leadership position, and couldn’t they ?

Heyang: But if, let’s just say two tribes or let’s say an animal and this tribal people are so of at war, you know, at each others’ throws, and when a person like Yao Ming, be too big to hide and wouldn’t he be a bigger target so as beat? But anyways, it seems evolution has determined that taller people are just in a more advantage position,

Luoyu: But I want to say here that , well, there is al large probability it’s been a large probability if you are tall, you have a large probability to earn more, but there are no other causal effect that since you are tall, you can earn more...

Mark: I think it’s kind of culture it depends, because if you look at some African countries like Rwanda, you have the tip tribe, very very tall people, but if you compare all the Dutch, actually, the Dutch very very tall people , generally, but if you compare perhaps their income with shorter Americans, well ,for example, you probably find they are earning less, so depends on culture too.

Heyang: yea it depends on culture and think about the shorter people that have fewer healthy shoes living longer and getting to sit on taller people shoulders at festivals, that sound like a major advantage. A small consolation perhaps but no less powerful for it.

如何有创意地“修理”学生

Oct 29, 2015 609

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A college tutor asks his students to write a super complicated Chinese character with 56 strokes a thousand times as punishment for being late for class. Is such a punishment effective? Have you been victim of other weird punishments?

我们大家都有病

Oct 28, 2015 647

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The prevalence of the internet has changed our lives in so many ways, for good or bad. The bad being what some people call internet "disease" such as a Wifi addiction or nomophobia. Are you a patient with the so-called Internet disease?

吃红肉死得快?

Oct 27, 2015 797

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A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) says that eating processed meat such as sausages, bacon and ham can cause cancer.

Do we need to make some changes to our eating habits?

男人比女人更好骗?

Oct 26, 2015 414

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A recent report shows that more men fall victim to Internet fraud than women, and people of a particular age group are more vulnerable in face of such fraud. Why is that?

【文稿】聊聊洗澡那些事儿

Oct 24, 2015 335

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Heyang:大家好!我是赫扬~欢迎来到这周RT英语词汇小百科。今天和马克我们要一起来聊一聊关于shower的那些事儿。

Mark: Yes, and today we are going to be talking about a phenomenon of…either the weather or the bathroom. Right?

HY: I guess so. Actually this word has a surprisingly wide range of different meanings.

M: And the word is…

HY: Shower!

M: Yeah, we’re going to be talking about shower. So most of us are familiar in getting up in the morning and have a shower. Or actually many of my Chinese friends tell me that they have a shower last thing at night. There’s a cultural difference. Some people have a shower both at night and in the morning.

HY: And that’s a waste of water. But anyway, I think that going to bed without a shower is dirtying the bed.

M: Some people never have a shower. Isn’t it funny how you can always tell who those people are on the subway.

HY: Yes, it’s pretty obvious. One thing that always interested me and at first got me a bit confused is, in English, there’s this phrase “baby shower.” At first, I thought it’s about giving a bath to a baby. And it turns out to be a completely different thing.

M: This is an American thing actually. I don’t think it appears outside of America. But maybe it’s spreading through films and TV shows like Friends. I don’t know if there ever was a baby shower in Friends. But I’ll bet there was. Because it’s just the kind of thing that they would include in something like Friends, isn’t it?

Baby shower, as far as I know not being an American citizen and my knowledge of this is limited, I think it is where friends of the new mother buy gifts and give the gifts to the mother and have a sort of party. Why not? And they would get thing that are quite useful like nappies or sometimes in America known as dippers, blankets, useful stuff. I think it’s a good new tradition really the baby shower.

HY: Yeah, I think it’s the perfect occasion to celebrate the transformation of a woman into a mother. That’s something quite culturally unique, coz we don’t see that very much in China. But I do think it is an opportunity and occasion worth celebrating.

M: Sometimes it’s the companies themselves that are behind these new traditions. Is ‘new tradition’ an oxymoron? I think it is, isn’t? It’s something where each word contradicts itself. Anyway, it could be that it’s the manufacturers of the baby products that are behind this. So what, people don’t have to do it. Actually they do, it’s become part of the baby tradition in America.

That’s quite a good word to use for it. Coz they ‘shower’ the baby with gifts. We said that there’s two meanings to this word, but there aren’t really. Because there’s the shower you take in the morning, there’s the baby shower, or there’s a shower of rain which is light rain usually not lasting for very long. In fact, they all have the same meaning. Meaning something descending on you from above whether it be rain or water from the shower or presents. It’s pretty much the same meaning in all the uses of the word shower.

HY: And what about that phrase called “April showers bring May flowers.” What does it mean? Is it a nursery rhythm?

M: I’ve never heard of it. I don’t know where you’ve got it from. I’m always impressed when you find these ancient bits of English culture and literature. And I’ve never heard of any of them. But it makes sense, doesn’t it?

Because April showers gets the ground moist in April. So that means the seeds will pop up in May as flowers I suppose that’s what it refers to.

HY: It is a reminder that even the most unpleasant things, in this case the heavy rains of April, can bring about very enjoyable things indeed – in this case, an abundance of flowers in May. Many of life’s greatest things come only to those who wait, and by patiently and happily enduring the clouds and damp of April you can find yourself more easily able to take in the sights and smells of May. After all, it’s easier to love something if you begin with an optimistic outlook. I think it’s actually quite a nice phrase.

M: There’s one more meaning of shower that does have a different meaning. Our listeners who like watching old English films starring people like Terry Thomas perhaps you’ve never heard of him but it’s worth watching some of his movies and it was used to describe a bunch of losers. He’d say something like ‘What an absolute shower!’ that’s how he’s pretty much spoke. I think that was quite a good impression of him. So that’s another use of it which is different to the other meanings.

HY: That’s all the time we have for this week’s Word of The Week. We’ll see you next week!

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A recent survey conducted by Zhenai.com, China&`&s 80 million-strong matchmaking website, shows that Beijing has the biggest number of wealthy and single people in the country, followed by Shenzhen and Shanghai. Why are they single?

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The food served at school canteens can be heartbreakingly bad. But this time, it’s gone so bad that students and canteen staff have gone into a fist fight in Nantong University in Jiangsu province.

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What is retirement life like for a pensioner in China? It's certainly not sunbathing on a beach sipping margaritas; more often than not, he or she is playing the main role in raising their grandchildren. Now a grandparent is suing her daughter-in-law for compensation: granny needs to be paid for looking after her grandkid!

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Oct 19, 2015 390

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Heyang: The property management company of a residential building in Jilin Province has announced it will cut the water and power supply for pet owners only. Of course it will not be taken in easily by some residents. Is it suitable for the property management department to take such a measure?

吉林省松原市一居民楼的物业贴出了以下告示:禁止饲养携带宠物,违者停水停电。物业采取这样的措施禁止养宠物合适吗?

Heyang: What happened and what’s up with this controversial rule?

Mark: Well, I am a dog owner. Em, again, I’m gonna sound like a hypocrite. But I’m gonna actually tell you why I’m not. I don’t think it’s right to keep dogs locked up for 22 hours a day in apartments in Beijing. Now the reason why i say, I’m gonna justify me keeping a dog but I don’t do that. I lived very close to the building where we are now, right? I go back to see my dog every lunch time and then I walk that dog at least two or three times a day. It maybe takes two and a half hours at least to walk him all together in the day. But that still means he’s locked up for at least 21 and a half for a day, hmm, with no one there. It’s just not right, in my opinion. And so, I mean, some people like to keep pets locked up like that. I don’t think that’s right either. Cats are made to hunt and forage, what’s why they are on this planet. But dogs are, it’s an outdoor creature, a dog. So I know it sounds a bit hypocritical but I devote a lot of time trying to make that dog’s life as pleasant as possible. My view is that it’s good that they are not letting people keep dogs because it’s perhaps not suitable with the way we live today. I know somebody who told me they know of someone with an adult dog that has never been outside.

Heyang :Yeah.
Mark:That’s just pain cruel.

Heyang: So you’re saying it’s ok, the basically what this announcement sounds like is very controversial, because it’s saying pretty much that no dogs period .Yeah, because the cutting off power supply all that staff is just the reaction to when they people with pets.

Mark: but the thing is there might be people like me devoted to their dog and do all they can and spend all their time with their dog and walking it and looking after it properly. But i think ,so many people, just think a dog is a commodity or a toy, it’s not, it’s living creature that has real emotions and they can get sad and depressed, and it’s a full time job you know, second only to raising a child I suspect. So i don’t know cutting people’s electricity and water off. That sounds like it’s probably illegal to me but maybe they pass the local law. It’s not. It seems very unreasonable thing to do for me to cut off the power and water.

Luoyu: well definitely, i think ,when it comes to cutting off the water supply and electricity its illegal because it will do harm to the local residents, not only the dog owners but all the people there. So definitely, I think it’s wrong. However, from the other perspective, why the property management department has been doing so I think it’s because of several reasons. For one thing probably because the dog has been barking all the time and when it comes to sanitation problem they defecate and then they run away. The dog owners won’t care about their poop there.

Mark: That depends where they poops, in my opinion, yeah, if it poops on pavement, I think you should take a little bag of which I have many and picked it up, but if it poops in the woods or something...in fact that I was just talking to a friend of mine just yesterday who said a real big problem where he’s from which is in Britain in a rural area is people has been given this propaganda over the years that you must pick up dog poop. So what happens is that when they go to the rural area, they put the poop in a plastic bag and tie it up. But there’s no bin or anything to put it in. So they hang it in a tree. And, you go there and it’s like a forest of dog poop trees. (laugh)

Heyang: And they all kept ever fresh in those little baggies.

Maek: Sometimes the dog poop needs to be allowed biodegrade, as nature intended, it’s all about context and where the dog poops I think whether you pick it up or not.

Heyang: Yeah, I think wouldn’t be great if all dogs owners are like Mark ,you are so caring for your little buddy, the dog,...Am i allow to say that ?

Mark: yeah.
Heyang: little buddy, that sounds totally American, your pal, ok, that’s American too...that little chap…

Heyang: My mate, my mate, suddenly feeling very masculine. That’s a great thing and also you know having some good etiquettes when it comes to raising a dog. It’s just really important for those who live around you and hmm...this morning, it’s really funny when i was walking towards the subway to go to work, and then I saw this gigantic pile of poop and then I could clearly see the shoe size of the person who just walked on it. And when you see this on your pavement, you sort of just natural breed this resentment towards dog owners. It’s like, what is wrong with these people?

Mark: You are quite right to be resentful towards the owners rather dogs. Because the dogs, well they don’t know, but actually, my dog always goes on to the grass to poop.

Heyang: You taught him well.

Mark: well I don’t know if I did. I did teach the dog to poop quickly if it’s raining by giving the dog a snack. As soon as he pooped, he got a snack. So now if it’s raining, he goes out there, he sees me with the snack, he poops immediately and then has the snack. He is the one who pulls me back home because he hates the rain.

Heyang;All right, and that sounds like a beautiful love story between a human being and a dog. And that human being is my lovely friend Mr. Mark Griffiths.

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Wuhan University has received its largest ever donation in foreign currency of 2 million US Dollar from an alumnus. I bet you lots of universities are wrestling with the idea how they can get the alumni to open their wallets further.

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Oct 13, 2015 531

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Today is worldwide misery Wednesday. Yes, I know Monday has traditionally been thought of as the most miserable day of the week. Wednesday is also considered as one of the most miserable days of the week. Which one do you think is the worst?

【有文稿】洗澡细节暴露真实的你

Oct 12, 2015 391

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Shower habits transcript:

Heyang: Your eating habits can speak volumes about your personality, in the same way your shower habits can be quite telling,too. After today's show, you will be able to find your shower habit and see what it says about you. 你最真实的自己在洗澡的时候可能会表现出来喔,你相信吗?

So let’s go through the list more or less to see if your shower habits are as revealing as mine. OK, I’ll go first. Basically, what I definitely would do when I go into a shower is singing in the shower. It is the best thing, I mean, you go into the shower, and you are in a closed environment. It’s just you, the shower and the shampoo bottle, and that becomes my microphone. That also becomes my Oscar Academy Award in my hand, and I’ve practiced it many times. “Thank you so much. I thank the team. I thank the crew. I thank all of those who have helped me, and most of all, I need to thank my parents. If they didn’t help me and raise me up, how could I have gotten this award of best actress?

Mark: Wait, that was sing, and then acting as well, you are talented in the shower, aren’t you? Well, my shower activities seem very dull. I just go into the shower, leave the shower, dry myself with the towel. That’s it. It’s not very interesting at all. But the one thing that I can confess up to actually is that I was always tempted to shave in the bath, just to save time. But I never did it, because of the reactions you just gave us, horror. Then when I was watching a 007 movie, James Bond movie, he would shave in the bath. After that, I thought it’s all right then. What’s your confession?

Luo Yu: Basically, there are two things I would do when I take shower. For one thing definitely, I would sing, like Heyang did, because I think the sound effect is better than Karaoke sometimes. And you are demonstrating the true yourself to the audience, naked, without wearing anything. It’s the real side of yourself. Another thing definitely I would do is brushing my teeth. Actually we debated it a couple of days ago in the office. According to a report, a lot of men do so.

Mark: Brush my teeth in the shower? No! I’ll be honest with you. If someone else is using the sink, then I will. I’m not actually in the shower. I will sort of use the water from the shower. I’ll put the tooth brush in the shower water and then clean my teeth. I must say, Heyang, you do know that men shave different parts than women, right? I’m talking about facial hair. It is not a big deal for a man to shave in the bath.

Heyang: Oh, Mark, you’ve just muddied the water even more.

Mark: But women shave their legs, don’t they? That’s what I was referring to.

Heyang: Yeah, that’s the only thing we are referring to obviously. Let me just try to clarify who are the people that brush their teeth in the shower. Those people will take full advantage of the multi-tasking brain. And those who like to sing, like myself, you are a confident individual who doesn't overly worry about what other people think about you. This will help you to go far in life. Okay, some nice words I picked up for myself and those who are in my breed. There is a whole bunch of other types of things people do in the shower. And I have to proudly announce that it’s not just singing in the shower that I do, there is this also taking a long, luxurious bath. That is something I enjoy immensely too. You are showing the world there is no need to be stressed out. Then if you are in times of stress or drama, you know you can prefer letting things go and enjoy life’s simple pleasures instead. I didn’t read so much out of my actions, but I think it’s something very relaxing and soothing. Sometimes I read, and sometimes I would put on very cheesy music.

Mark:Yeah, that’s good for a bath. Do you have something in the bath, and a candle, do you have that?

Heyang: Sometimes I do.

Luo Yu: And essential oil as well?

Heyang: Luo Yu, you know so much about this. Well, give us more information on the different kinds of oils and bath salt, and all kinds of great things you put in the bath.

Luo Yu:Unfortunately, the only essential oil I use is the lavender oil and milk. I combine them together.

Mark:They can be relaxing actually.

Heyang:Our wechat listener Tracia says what she likes to do is to just let water run all over her. She knows it’s a bad thing. That is not environmental friendly. But that’s what she likes to do. Our lovely listener Suzie says she listens to Round Table during the shower, and I think that’s a great idea. I would recommend that to everyone. So you are getting the hot topics, you are getting your English improved, and you get to listen to these three very interesting people talking about interesting things. Yeah, that’s just self-promotion from me.

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Sometimes the mobile phone number you buy may be a number reclaimed from previous user. Such recycled numbers can bring a lot of troubles to their new owners.

【有文稿】英英、美英,傻傻分不清楚

Oct 10, 2015 379

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Heyang: 欢迎来到这周的Round Table英语词汇小百科,我是赫扬,今天我和马克要来聊一聊英美文化的差异。So today we are gonna talk about more than just vocabulary difference between British English and American English. Today we are gonna talk about the cultural differences too.

Mark: Well, that’s right, and some of those things that British people like myself know about America, but we don’t quite understand why they like it.

Heyang: Yes, the first one comes to my mind is Americans love Disney prince and princess.

Mark: You’ve lived in both countries, haven’t you, so you may have a better insight into these than me. But I mean, I’m not a Disney person. I can’t stand any of it. I found the whole lot just horribly, sickly oversweet and sanitized.

Heyang: Well, for people who grow up watching Disney movies is the first thing they know about love, about relationships, and yes, maybe it’s a bit too bubble gummy, after you grow up you realize that. But at the moment when you are a little kid, it is the fairy tale for all.

Mark: I suppose not. Ok.

Heyang: What about extreme snacking? Do you think that’s very American?

Mark: What is it? Is that like eating more of what we all eat when we are watching a film or something, do you think?

Heyang: Well, the thing about America is everything is super-size, and I think they love that and when you see these super-size Snicker bars, they are like as big as your hand. It’s kind of great to snack on that actually.

Mark: Yes, the other thing is that when I was working for another radio station, I used to do travel reports on cruise ships. You should see the size of those plates that they have on cruise ships, because many cruise ship passengers are American, and I thought the plate that I took in the serve-yourself buffet, I assumed that it’s for me and the 5 people standing behind me. I thought we were going to share, but no, that massive plate was just for me.

Heyang: What about putting food stuffs inside other food stuffs?

Mark: I love this whole concept. I know this is supposed to be one of the criticisms that British people have about Americans. What do you mean first of all?

Heyang: Take pizza for example. It’s putting pizza inside hamburgers, so it’s gonna be gigantic, and you can have a hamburger and a pizza at the same time.

Mark: Wait a minute, cause a hamburger itself is one food inside another food, isn’t it? It’s the burger inside the bread. So really, if you got a food inside of food inside of good.

Heyang: Yes, and for example, that pizza burger we are talking about is made for sharing.

Mark: I love the whole idea of it really, but then you are talking to someone that really likes the old British tradition of a crisp sandwich, you know, when we take what Americans call the potato chip, just put it between two pieces of bread. You can put anything between two pieces of bread and make a nice snack out of it.

Heyang: That just sounds like too much calories at one go. That’s definitely a no-no for me. What about when Americans go “Bros”, or “Hi, bro”, what do you think of that?

Mark: Bro is short for brother, isn’t it, I think.

Heyang: Yes.

Mark: It’s alright I suppose. I think it’s really quite an affectionate term of endearment I suppose, isn’t it? In fact, in Britain, we are kind of a bit stuck for the right word, cause in America, they’ve got the word guy, and it’s used to just mean man, you know, the lads, but now it can be used for girls as well over the last maybe ten or fifteen years that can be used for everybody, and that’s also a classless word. I think the problem in Britain is that there are class connotations without versions of that kind of word. For example, if say bloke, which now sounds rather old-fashioned. It’s a bit of a down-market word really I suppose bloke is. Chap, on the other hand, is a bit of an up-market saying. Geezer, definitely kind of very east London, originally very down-market, but now you might find someone like David Cameron, the prime minister pretending not to be as posh as he is using the word geezer possibly, I can’t really imagine it myself, but this is all coming with something is called Estuary English, which is middle class people trying to sound like they are not middle class, because there’s a kind of a stigma attached to being too middle class, it’s an insane country with all these things going on. I wish we had a word like “Guys”. I don’t like it personally when it’s used by British people, cause it’s an American word, that’s how I think of it. I don’t like it and it’s a bit of fake when British people say it.

Heyang: That’s so very interesting. I didn’t know that such a simple concept can have so many variations and shown in languages. We’ve talked a lot about what British people don’t understand about Americans, but what about those things that the British people don’t realize are offensive to Americans. For example, friendly offensive banter, apparently a lot of Americans don’t really take the offensive bit very well.

Mark: So I’ve heard, I mean, it’s not my experience. My American friends that I know here in China are all for some sort of banter where we might poke fun at an aspect of each other’s country or culture or something like that. It’s all done in a very good-natured way, so I gotta disagree with that actually.

Heyang: Apparently on the list, there’s criticizing American food, saying Americans are unsophisticated and mocking their heritage. I think for Americans or for anybody when it’s not your fellow compatriot saying these things, it could be a bit offensive.

Mark: I can criticize their food and mock their heritage all in one sentence.

Heyang: What is that?

Mark: There is no such thing is American food.

Heyang: That’s all the time we have for this week’s Word of the Week. We’ll see you next week.

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