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I am a faculty member at Hohai University, and running theNanjing Sunshine Psychological Counseling Centerwith my partner. Recently we have observed asteady increase in the number of clients from the expatriatecommunity, especially language teachers. We work with ourinternational clients on anxiety, depression, interpersonaldifficulties, cross-cultural communication and other adjustmentissues. I also work with clients in Beijing periodically viaarrangements with partners in the capital.

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分类: China

Hardly a day goes by without a piece of reporting on China in the New York Times or the Washington post. Readers in the US are very keen to gather information about China. The readers’ comments following the new stories are more revealing than the stories written by journalists. These are very emotional reactions.

 

The Mainstream media are toeing a line in managing/manipulating the publics’ reactions. It has to appeal to people’s raw feelings, their guts to get their attention, but not to overdo it to fundamentally damage the rationality of the American society. The News media serve not simply as a platform for to inform, but also for venting; they are give people facing real-life challenges a place to dump the counter-productive, maladaptive emotions. A reader who wants to maintain rationality needs to be a wise consumer of the media products to avoid being dragged in the emotionality.

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The young man washing my hair before seating me in front of the mirror for my cut tried to persuade me to get a deposit card for the shop. You put a certain amount of money in an account with the shop and get an electronic card. In return you get a steep discount for every haircut at this shop paid with the card. It is a debit card good only for that barbershop. The arrangement is quite common in Nanjing, more so than Beijing. This could suggest that the population in Nanjing is more stable; they tend to stay in the same neighborhood for a period of time long enough to necessitate a dozen hair cuts.

 

The chap was pushing the card quite hard, doing the math for me on the money I would save with the discount, and urging me not to let this opportunity pass. Having someone persuade you to do something always generates resistance. He was trying to take away my choices in the future. By making the deposit, I would commit myself to coming back here for my cut every

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分类: Education



Tuesday evening is teaching time. Class scheduling at Chinese universities has become more flexible since my undergraduate career some 20 years ago. The class I am teaching, “psychology and life”, lasts for five weeks, with three consecutive class meeting periods (55 minutes each). Academic freedom in teaching has improved. When I was given my first class to teach last fall, I was told that I could cover anything I wanted as long as the materials were relevant to the course title. I could use any textbook I saw appropriate. There is minimal supervision on the content of the teaching. The school administrators focus on the physical aspect of teaching activities, s

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分类: Education



As higher education becomes more widely available to the population, its functions are expanding to serve the diverse needs of the Chinese economy and society. Market forces are driving the schools to foster innovation and entrepreneurship needed by a global economy led by the private sector and multinational corporations. However, the systems and mechanisms that operate the universities are sometimes incompatible with this purpose. Instead of fostering traits that drive innovation and entrepreneurship, such as independent thinking and risk-taking, the prevalent educational practices are tied to the philosophy of shaping the students’ intellectual and personal developm

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(2010-06-21 16:04)
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fuzi

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分类: Nanjing

Fuzi was Confucius. The neighborhood surrounding the temple dedicated to Confucius has become the center of shopping, dining, and other recreational activities in Nanjing over the last 600 years(at least), for locals and tourists alike.

 
There is a big Bazaar-like market place, with stalls and shops selling clothes, pets (birds, dogs, turtles, fish and so forth), arts and souvenirs. It also has a few tourist sites with historic significance, including the Jiang Nan Gong Yuan, the examination center for the Ming and Qing dynasties’ civil servant qualifying exams. In those ancient days accomplished students from southern China congregate here and take the exam of their life-times

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(2010-06-21 15:37)
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nanjing

china

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wall

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分类: Nanjing



Unlike Beijing, where the city wall was completely demolished in the 1950s, Nanjing has large segments of city walls preserved from the early Ming Dynasty and turned into public spaces. I assume most of the walls were built at the time of the first emperor of Ming, Zhu Yuanzhang, who made Nanjing the nation’s capital.

Stretches of the wall are very good for jogging and hiking. One section close to my home has no protective railing, making it a good place for testing and probably treating high anxiety.

 

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