The film “Food, Inc.”

During this week, I have watched a documentary film “Food, Inc.”. The “Food, Inc.” is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner. The film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees.

The film’s first segment examines the industrial production of meat (chicken, beef, and pork), calling it inhumane and economically and environmentally unsustainable. The second segment looks at the industrial production of grains and vegetables (primarily corn and soy beans), again labeling this economically and environmentally unsustainable. The film’s third and final segment is about the economic and legal power, such as food label laws of the major food companies, the profits of which are based on supplying cheap but contaminated food, the heavy use of petroleum-based chemicals (largely pesticides and fertilizers), and the promotion of unhealthy food consumption habits by the American public.

It shows companies like Wal-Mart transitioning towards organic foods as that industry is booming in the recent health movement. After watching the film, I found we really know little about the food we buy in our local supermarkets, and I’m concerned the quality of what we are eating in daily life. Food security issue, now is a big and important issue in the worldwide which are appearing with the development of the food industry. To solve this kind of problem, we need to constantly develop ourselves. I believe the film “Food, Inc.” is a film with huge social influence which should make all the society to make self-examinations.

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The Golden Gate Bridge

Before I went to U.S. on January 8th, I planned to travel a lot. As is known to all, there are many famous places of great interests in the United States. Luckily, it’s a holiday on the third day of arriving Reno, so I went to San Francisco and the visit there gave me an unforgettable impression, like Lombardstreet, Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge.

Especially the world wild famous Golden Gate Bridge left me very deep impression. I have played both on the bridge and the beach downstairs the bridge, and enjoyed the warm sunshine and the beautiful sea scenery. Also, I took many beautiful pictures. When I walked on this symbol bridge of San Francisco, even the United States, all sorts of feelings went up in my minds.  I can imagine the difficulties of building it more than 100 years ago, and it’s really a great project at that time.

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. The total length of the Golden Gate Bridge from abutment to abutment is 8,981 feet, and until 1964, the Golden Gate Bridge had the longest suspension bridge main span in the world.

If one day you have the chance to go to San Francisco,  don’t miss the Golden Gate Bridge. Maybe it is not the most beautiful bridge in the world so far, but for sure you will be impressed.

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Is It a Strategy?

Today, I would like to continue talking about the Microsoft case, but through another angle of view, talk about the Pirated Strategy.

From the case content, it is mainly talking about the serious pirate problem in China so far, therefore a lot of Microsoft’s profit has been taken away which seems not fair to Microsoft. But is it the truth?  Is there any possibility that Microsoft actually know the existence of pirate problem in Chinese market at beginning and just indulgent and utilize this behavior? Why? Because it’s maybe a strategy which could let Microsoft occupy the Chinese software market share at a very amazing speed.

The authorized software’s price is very high, I don’t think at that time, most Chinese people can afford it. Then, Microsoft could not make a good sale in China when PC market just started in 1990s. But due to the existence of serious pirate, Microsoft has occupied almost the whole Chinese PC software market which only cost less than 10 years. Then when the coverage rate of Chinese market has arrived 95%, Microsoft started to complain the Chinese pirate problems on different public media.

In addition, as we all know, computer consists of software and hardware. The popular software which could also drive the sale’s volume of the hardware. Do you think whether the pirate has brought huge profits to Intel, another U.S. brand? After all these things happened, then U.S. government started to take clear actions to exert pressure on China regarding the pirate problem in recent years.

Let’s forget different country’s interest now and let’s look at another very important issue is the prosperity of the computer industry. China has such a big population which means really a huge cake.  I think all the suppliers in this industry are the beneficiary. This is the real smart business strategy, making the bigger cake. Even sometimes, I feel it’s tacit cooperation.

Finally, I want to say everything has different aspects and results, depends on the angle you view it. But most of the time, the most important thing is that which angle you want to choose to view, then start a comment.

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It’s time to not only focus on GDP

Yesterday I had one Managing Organizations in a Global Economy course, the class began with one case discussion: Microsoft opens the Gates: Patent, Piracy, and Political Challenges in China. Regarding this issue, I had given some comments during class. But now, I also would like to write down on the paper for more people to see.

First, as a Chinese, we have to admit that we don’t do very well on this issue. Most citizens of this nation don’t realize and treat this is a serious problem. Because the fake products are just existing in the market with a very cheap price compared to the real products. People just buy the cheaper one without considering this is one kind of Piracy behavior, especially in the eyes of western countries. In a short, this is one kind of consciousness problem. But now on a lot of Chinese public media and social media platforms, more and more people start to pay attention to these kinds of issues which just hasn’t formed the mainstream culture in the society.  It need time to get improved step by step.

In the past three decades, Chinese has been developing its economy with amazing speed. So quick,  something like education, the overall quality of the entire people of the nation, ethics and social responsibility of business haven’t developed so fast which can match with the high speed economic development. More and more social problems have come out during these high speed thirty years. But one nation with such a big population needs time to craft solutions and culture its citizens.

Just like forty year ago, the whole world treat Japan products are fake, low-quality, but now everyone in the world treat Japan products with high quality. For private small enterprises, they have to survive in the market first, then step by step, develop itself by improving product quality, design and service. Glad to see that more and more Chinese local enterprises would like to build the company brand in the long term, not just earn money.

One thing I have to mention that due to political movements happened in the whole China during 1966~1976,China lost the very important ten years to develop economy. What’s the most important thing is that that generation, now the main force in the society, occupying government and enterprises’ higher position, are with poor education background. Therefore, the quality maybe has some problems which has brought some social problems more or less, like corruption, poor ethics of business.

I think now it’s time for China to develop nation’s software, such as education, ethics, regulations in the next three decades, not only focus on GDP. With the higher average education background of our citizens, our country will become stronger and stronger. We just need time.

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After A Power Failure

Today after a whole day class, 5:30PM,I arrived my apartment, found that there was no electricity. I asked my roommates, two girls from Beijing, they just told me that the electricity suddenly stopped at 4:56 PM. All of us waited until 6:00PM, then we thought we have to do something. Outside seemed darker and darker, what could we do at night? Nothing could be seen, we could do nothing.

Two girls came out our apartment to see whether our neighbor had taken any actions to contact the maintenance company. After twenty minutes, they came back with a little bit disappointed. They told me that some of our neighbors were sleeping, some were doing other things. They didn’t contact any person, didn’t do anything, very calm. Out of our expectation, maybe this was the culture and habit here. Maybe they knew they could not do anything except waiting.

We three girls had to accept the fact that there was high possibility that tonight no electricity, we could not do anything. At that time, the sky hadn’t totally become dark, we finished eating some bread as supper as soon as possible.

Until 7:00 clock, outside and inside department were totally dark, we three were sitting in the living room, started talking. All of us found that though no electricity would cause a lot of inconvenience, but it was not the worst. The most important thing was that we could not use WiFi. Without WiFi, we could not do anything, could not contact with others on social media platforms, could not do homework, could not search entertainment programme on Internet which made us feel so depressed. It seemed that the computer, IPad and  IPhone had lost their meaning.

Then we continued to chat about a lot of other topics, the chatting was full of fun. At around 11:00PM, suddenly the light in the living room was on. Electricity came back. That’s great. We finished chatting and came back to our own rooms, I started to write this blog, they two started to see some entertainment programme on Internet.

If electricity is always fine, there is no big possibility that we three girls sit together to talk totally 4 hours. Everyone is so busy with doing our own things. We should appreciate this small accident which offers us a chance to know each other further, to create some great memory of we three girls, a special experience in U.S.

I can’t help asking that the high technology-WiFi brings us a lot of convenience which also leads to that everyone seems totally occupied with it. This trend leads to indifferent human beings’ face to face communications.

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Crazy Shopping in U.S. – Contribution to U.S. GDP

Before I come to U.S., all my friends mentioned to me that they also want to have the chance to come to U.S.. Despite of travelling, another very important thing is shopping. They told me that shopping in U.S. is so cheap, even though every 1$ Chinese has to multiply 6.3 (exchange rate), still much cheaper than in China, especially in Shanghai.

After I came to U.S., I found this is true. Everything is cheaper, out of imagination which let me really can’t help envying U.S. citizens, except New York, the living cost here is really much lower compared with Shanghai.

Let’s talk about house first. My apartment in Shanghai is only 90 square meters, current value is 2,500,000 RMB, equal to around $403,000 which I think could buy a house in Reno with much bigger and cute house with a garden, largo space.

My car Honda Accord 2.0, I bought it with Shanghai license at about 250,000 RMB in 2009, equal to around $40.000, I think if I bought the same car in U.S. can be cheaper by about 20%~30%. This is mainly due to the tax. Can you imagine that the price of a car license in Shanghai has reached 90,000RMB this month? Will you cost $14,400 to buy a steel board of car license? The most expensive steel board in the world which could buy a second-hand BMW in U.S..

Talking about clothes and bags, I just would like to make some examples, then you can feel the difference. Of course, here I would like to take some U.S. brand as example. Coach, every Chinese come U.S. cannot miss. In U.S., the average price of new arrival bag is $350~$500(2200~ 3000RMB), but in China, 4000~10000RMB; Tommy, one man’s shirt is $50 (300RMB), but in China, the average price of a Tommy shirt is 800~900RMB; In U.S., I bought a lot of casual clothes of A&F, so cheap, triple price in China.

Iphone 5, unlock version, I bought here $699 (4400RMB) in Feb, but the price is 5288 RMB in China in Feb. Of course, as we know the service cost is relatively expensive in U.S., but an average meal $30 per person once a week , 200 RMB is also same in Shanghai.

Let’s imagine that one Chinese graduated student can find a job with 3500RMB in Shanghai and one U.S. graduated student can find a job with $3500 in Reno, the living cost and living pressure are totally different.

UntitledNow this year Chinese GDP slowdown to 7.5%, the exportation and domestic investment has reduced a lot, the government always hopes to stimulate the domestic consumption to pull the economic growth. As a Chinese, we also hope to make more contribution to domestic economy. But under such kind of situation of huge price difference, it’s very difficult to avoid making contribution to foreign countries’ GDP.

Therefore, almost in everywhere of the world, U.S., Europe, Japan, Korea, you can see huge amounts of Chinese people travel and do crazy shopping.

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Homework Assignments’ Difference in U.S. & China

Just come back from Spring Break vacation,  I found myself totally be Untitledinvolved in different kinds of homework. Too much! This semester I choosed four MBA courses which really bring a lot of homework for me and I feel very big pressure. On one hand, English is not my native language, therefore I have to cost a lot of time on reading texts and cases and also writing paperwork; On the other hand, this is my first time to live independently, I have to learn how to buy food? how to feed myself? and how to live? All of these issues also cost a lot of time. Anyway, this is my own choice, I have to face it.

Come back talking about homework assignments, I found big difference of the model in U.S. and in China. What’s the difference? Actually, during the class in U.S., the professor will not offer students abundant amount of knowledge and information. They focus more on practice. The homework will cover a lot of paperwork, something need students’ deliberate thought.

In contrast, in China, the professor will offer different kinds of knowledge and can talk each issue very deeply. But the homework assignments seems a little bit less than U.S.’s. Under such kind of model, students can feel learn a lot during class. But in U.S., students maybe feel they can master a lot of knowledge though finishing homework assignments, after class.

In my opinion, both two models have its own benefit and weakness. The U.S. model seems to help students to strengthen their ability to learn knowledge independently and creatively. You can decide by yourself whether you want to learn more and deeply. The Chinese model seems more work for the professor, students can get more heuristic information.

But one thing is definitely for sure, you can master the knowledge well and steadily only through abundant amount of exercises.

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