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We want our kids to learn Chinese [AsiaOne]

We want our kids to learn Chinese
By Mak Mun San
Straits Times
Source – AsiaOne, published July 1, 2008

Source - Straits Times

When in Singapore, do as Singaporeans do.

That’s exactly what billionaire American investment guru Jim Rogers and his wife Paige Parker are doing.

Like many Singapore parents, they have become parent volunteers so that their five-year-old daughter can stand a better chance of getting into Nanyang Primary School.

Mr Rogers, 65, gives talks to teachers on topics such as education and his views on world matters, while Ms Parker, 39, helps its English department by conducting enrichment classes.

Their daughter, Hilton Augusta, nicknamed Happy, is attending Nanyang Kindergarten, which is not affiliated to the primary school.

They also have a three-month-old baby girl, Beeland Anderson.

The couple sold their New York mansion and moved to Singapore last December so that Happy can learn Chinese in a Mandarin-speaking environment.

Mr Rogers, who co-founded the Quantum Fund with legendary investor George Soros in the 1970s, has repeatedly said he believes China will be the next great country in the world.

‘The best gift we can give our children is to let them learn Chinese and prepare them for the future,’ he tells LifeStyle, while carrying the baby in his arms.

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Filed under: AsiaOne, Culture, Greater China, Influence, International Relations, Singapore

China’s Economic Transition: Urbanization Gone Awry [Commonwealth Magazine, Taiwan]

Stimulating its own internal economy is as vital as maintaining an external status quo of peaceful conditions for China’s growth models. This article from Taiwan’s Commonwealth Magazine highlights the ‘severe stratification of its urban population‘ – the creation of additional stratas will compound the many already-existing divides within Chinese society – ethnicity, dialect group, geographic hometown, just to name a few.

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China’s Economic Transition
Urbanization Gone Awry
By Sherry Lee
Source – Commonweath Magazine (online), published May 27, 2010 (No. 447)

China hopes to evolve from the world's factory to a major consumer nation. But measures to stimulate domestic consumption are causing severe social inequality. How can China reform its imbalanced urbanization policy?Photo: Commonwealth Magazine

Even though the Chinese economy posted 11.9-percent growth in the first quarter of 2010, nerves are raw in Zhongnanhai – China’s governmental headquarters in Beijing. As the rest of the world seems to sink into economic quicksand with no end to the global crisis in sight, Chinese leaders scramble to stimulate domestic demand by pushing for the urbanization of rural China.

Things have changed in China’s fourth-, fifth- and sixth-tier municipalities. The women in these small towns and villages might still make a living working in the fields, but they don’t look like field workers anymore. The typical small-town woman wears jewelry, high heels and make-up, and occasionally stops in at the beauty shop in town to buy some skin-care products. Young male migrant workers use their spare time to surf the Internet in their cramped dormitory rooms. They play online games and order the latest consumer electronics from the big cities online. The rural population already accounts for one quarter of China’s Internet users, exceeding 100 million people.

Fueled by China’s “reform and opening-up” policy, the urban sprawl that began in the cities and towns on the affluent east coast has been constantly expanding further inland. Some 300 million farmers have moved to urban areas, and as a result the number of Chinese cities has exploded from 86 sixty years ago to 665 today. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Chinese Model, Commonwealth Magazine, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Media, Migrant Workers, Migration (Internal), Opinion, Politics, Population, Social

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