blatz514: Just put up the nets like they do at the factories.[farm5.static.flickr.com image 500x342]
Sybarite: But their roommate still gets a 4.0 for the semester, right?
nekom: blatz514: Just put up the nets like they do at the factories.[farm5.static.flickr.com image 500x342]For a photograph with no gore or violence whatsoever, that's surprisingly disturbing. It's like "Your life will suck." "Oh yeah, well I'll show you!" "NO! You can't take that way out either, get back to work"
Diogenes: Suicide is not a 'problem' in China. Liability is.
cryinoutloud: Wouldn't a Chinese student just jump off a building and apologize to everyone on the way down for failing to achieve perfection? But I guess it now needs to be in writing.
LarryDan43: Poor men to women ratios like in China usually lead to war. Suicide I suppose is a positive alternative.
Madame Ovary: They should come to the US where our lax gun laws allow them to go on murderous rampages before committing suicide. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Iowa_shooting
wildcardjack: LarryDan43: Poor men to women ratios like in China usually lead to war. Suicide I suppose is a positive alternative.It's the women committing suicide.
Day_Old_Dutchie: Young people killing themselves in China?It's all about the Youth in Asia.
Snarfangel: Chinese students are just too tense. Maybe the universities can offer free sleeping pills.
Crewmannumber6: wildcardjack: LarryDan43: Poor men to women ratios like in China usually lead to war. Suicide I suppose is a positive alternative.It's the women committing suicide.Why don't they just come over here and run nail salons?
RedPhoenix122: Sybarite: But their roommate still gets a 4.0 for the semester, right?Only if he went to Bayside High./nice reference.
lohphat: Crewmannumber6: wildcardjack: LarryDan43: Poor men to women ratios like in China usually lead to war. Suicide I suppose is a positive alternative.It's the women committing suicide.Why don't they just come over here and run nail salons?Those are Vietnamese.Different Asians syndrome.
quietwalker: Madame Ovary: They should come to the US where our lax gun laws allow them to go on murderous rampages before committing suicide. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Iowa_shootingI checked, and it turns out, there WERE laws against having guns on campus then! Somehow, the magical barrier this formed around the university was somehow disrupted before his rampage, or obviously this never would have happened.Back more to the actual topic on hand, China is going to be interesting. Imagine a country with 4x the population size of the US, with wage and quality of life disparity that pales even compared to the welfare recipient vs. super-rich you see in the US; people still actually starve to death, and the majority of the population is living in actual poverty. Yet, in the last 30 years, they've gone from basically turn of the century technology to producing much of the world's most technological goods, but this has only benefited a small handful of people. At the same time, they've been opening up capitalistic markets, making mass communication available, and focusing on education - especially literacy.Unfortunately, they have massive governmental restrictions that historically, have curtailed those previous gains and lowered morale, much of it even more invasive due to the new technologies available. Their stance on environmental issues, worker rights, human rights, and so on mean that the same folks working in those technology companies are often abused, paid high wage relative to their impoverished brethren, but made to suffer both physically and psychologically for it while the fat cats at the top reap the rewards. There's even a system where the rich pay the poor to serve jail time on their behalf!So now they've got a massive, literate, potentially well connected society, where the benefits of westernization are at least well known to the public at large, and they're riding the crest of an economic surge that will eventually perform the standard boom-bust cycle, with a massive poverty-stricken population that is effectively denied real advancement while watching the select few profit directly from their abuse.I'm thinking we'll see a revolution in the next, say, 20 years in China, and I wonder what form it will take. If it's going to be a violent uprising or if it'll be an 'end of communist russia' style breakup, or something altogether.What I am sure of though, is that China can't stick to the current path for another 20 years and not simply go down in a ball of flame.
WordyGrrl: From TFA: "But a massive increase in the numbers of students taking university courses coupled with a sharp economic slowdown has meant that, for many, a degree is not the golden ticket it once seemed to be."Would it be unseemly of me to giggle and say "How's it feel?"
quietwalker: WordyGrrl: From TFA: "But a massive increase in the numbers of students taking university courses coupled with a sharp economic slowdown has meant that, for many, a degree is not the golden ticket it once seemed to be."Would it be unseemly of me to giggle and say "How's it feel?"Slow your schadenfreude. The students don't pay, and end up with massive debt - usually. Not only that, the government deliberately restricts what you can study, in an attempt to ensure that your education won't be a waste when it comes time for you to earn a living. Despite that line from the article, China has actually made good headway at ensuring graduates get jobs.Now, on the other hand, there are private universities that cost money, and the trend of the rich or well connected is to send their children to the US for schooling. Because they do have such high competitiveness in education, sometimes these are seen as the better route, even if it costs money.The real issue is that there's no well defined middle class, and if you're not at the top, you're at the bottom. When they say these people don't have jobs, they ~may~ be saying that they actually run the risk of starving to death or working in the equivalent of an 18'th century industrial factory with a nearly complete lack of labor rights and horrific safety concerns. Which is what the REST of the country may have to deal with, if they're not dirt farming.
rumpelstiltskin: I wonder US students would be under more stress if incoming freshman knew that the bottom 20% of them would be unable to find jobs that required a college degree, and would still have to pay back the loans they took out, and they would never be anything more than slaves to that debt for the rest of their miserable lives.
Slaves2Darkness: Well when you only have a 1 in 5 chance of ever getting farked by a woman, and you are not homosexually inclined killing yourself is the only option.
Rik01: They promptly compensated by developing a thriving 'wife stealing' business and invest6ing in 'white slavery'.
The Southern Logic Company: Such a Chinese solution to a problem without any consideration for the individual.
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