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Shanghai Daily,上海日报

Opinion Columns

One man's meat

Wan Lixin Opinion deputy editor of Shanghai Daily

Email: wanlixin@shanghaidaily.com

Designers of streets and parks, in pursuing ‘bigger is better,’ lose sight of human needs

“SPACE is the first thing whose magnitude impresses the child. It is the first magnitude which the child encounters in the world. Hence the child holds a big man to be a great man ...” Thus wrote Karl ...

July 23, 2014, Wednesday

Cocooned, we lose sight of our communities

ONE of the salient features of modernity is a cultivated responsiveness to events that do not really concern our immediate environs. Today only a pristine country bumpkin in a backwater village is still ...

July 16, 2014, Wednesday

University’s one-year Master’s program in Chinese studies smacks of money

LIU Dingning, an excellent college admission test taker from Liaoning Province, was admitted to the University of Hong Kong (HKU) with a HK$700,000 (US$89,600) scholarship last year. Citing the curriculum ...

July 9, 2014, Wednesday

Commercial exploitation in the name of culture shows lack of concern for people

ONE of the many buzzword terms today is “cultural industrialization.” The idea is that anything cultural must be subject to the litmus test of the market, or money. It brings to mind the now classic success ...

July 2, 2014, Wednesday

To grasp history, look with heart at many sides and take the long view

THERE is a tale of the great scholar Wang Yangming (1472-1529) that says one day he tried to understand how a bamboo works. He gazed at a bamboo in his academy with such undeviating attention and energy ...

June 27, 2014, Friday

If authorities want to weed out corruption, don’t start by paying civil servants more

IN China, decades of market-driven reforms have changed people’s perception about a government job.In the past, when government kept a respectful distance from business, most government compounds could ...

June 25, 2014, Wednesday

Conspicuous shopping indicates a common malaise of overseas Chinese travelers

Recently my sister took a 10-day trip to Japan. As she traveled with three friends, going independently instead of through a travel agency, I had thought her tour would be gratifying, at least in the ...

June 18, 2014, Wednesday

Eating local food reconnects us to the hands and lands that feed us

OVER the weekend the dominating news was, of course, the fatal gaokao (college entrance examination). If you have a copy of Monday’s Shanghai Daily, you will probably be impacted by a picture of a test-taker ...

June 13, 2014, Friday

Myriad water diversion projects suggest rapid degradation of local environment

Last Thursday a German reporter expressed her interest in China’s ongoing South-to-North water diversion project. To my embarrassment, I did not know enough about the project to enlighten her. I found ...

June 11, 2014, Wednesday

Extra points for altruism won’t fix problem that education fails to teach about ethics

ACCORDING to reviewed college enrollment policy, test-takers who have distinguished themselves in “ideology and morality” might have an extra 10 to 20 points added to their raw scores. These are not new ...

June 4, 2014, Wednesday


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