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What are those things? Why are you there?

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Aug 4th, 2010 at 10:58:30 AM EST
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hardly an original notion, but I'm betting that if China does not collapse, then:

   Britain:19th century::USA:20th century::China:21st century

aside from that, China's cultural impact on the world, especially Asia, has been so huge historically that it's worth living here to understand this culture and society up close and personal (though arguably, what exists in contemporary China is a pale, even twisted, shadow of the earlier incarnations of Chinese society that had such influence).

also, this is a unique window in which China is unusually receptive to foreign ideas, in particular, progressive ones that will benefit the entire planet.  once China has settled in to its position as the world's new "Big Asshole Boss", chances are it will be far less open to constructive input from self-appointed foreign advice-givers-who-know-best.

more practically, here i can make ends meet for a lot longer on my dwindling pool of savings.

finally, this is an incredibly exciting, stimulating and fun place to be right now:  it's almost impossible to get bored.

Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes.

by marco on Thu Aug 5th, 2010 at 04:50:21 AM EST
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