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Background introduction of Prague Spring

Prague Spring

The Prague Spring was a political liberalization reform in Czechoslovakia began from January 5, 1968. This reform continued until August 20 when the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic evoked an armed invasion.

The Czechoslovak Communist Party leader Alexander Dubcek tried to liberalise the country’s communist regime by introducing free speech and freedom of assembly. But the period – that came to be known as the Prague Spring – ended when Warsaw Pact troops invaded on the night of the 20-21 August 1968.

The reforms were not received well by the Soviets who, after failed negotiations, sent thousands of Warsaw Pact troops and tanks to occupy the country.

After the invasion, Czechoslovakia entered a period of normalization: subsequent leaders attempted to restore the political and economic values that had prevailed before Dubček gained control of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (KSČ).

Forty years after Soviet tanks rolled into Prague to crush the Czechoslovak experiment in “socialism with a human face”, there is still ambivalence about the meaning of the event.

Sourced from:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prague_Spring

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/155500.stm

VOX POP ON PCCW

BY Michelle GUO

More than 300 contract staff working for Hong Kong’s largest telecoms company PCCW launched a half-day strike on Tuesday. They are angry at plans by the company to lay off 600-700 staff and reduce staff salaries.

We asked ordinary Hong Kong people’s opinion about this incident.

VOX POP:
Question: “What do you think about the payment cutting of PCCW outsourced workers?”

A middle age bus driver who evasively said: “I heard about that, but I have no idea.”

The husband of a young couple said: “From the perspective of company owners, it is natural and normal. It should be legitimate and take consideration of social responsibility.”

A worker from “3”- another telecoms company in Hong Kong said: “It’s bad. Outsourced workers earn low wages, and have to feed their families.”

A female student of Baptist University said: “It is irresponsible. The company should make some compensation, like more vacation. It’s unfair. ”

The principle of Baptist Church of Kowloon Tong said: “That’s normal. Any company would do the same thing. The strike may be useful only if they got media exposure, or it will make no sense.”

Chinese food earn its survival in Prague

By Michelle GUO Meicheng

 

Prague-Febrary 9 – IJS – Global.com- Welcomed by Chinese people with black hair, yellow skin and soft smile, sitting down in a dining room with traditional Chinese red wood decration, and enjoying the special flavor of real Chinese food——this was one kind of people’s understanding of Chinese restaurant abroad. However, some Chinese food were more likely to be low-grade meal types in Prague.

 

“Wherever the Chinese people go, they will open Chinese restaurant there.” This common saying is true in Prague. Many Chinese came to Cezch Republic and form a peak between 1992 and 1993, and soon the Chinese restaurants were opened. According to an official statistics of Czech Republic in December 2006, there were 4200 Chinese  legal residence in the Czech Republic. More than half of them from Zhejiang, the other mainly from Beijing, Shanghai, Fujian and other places.

 

“People regard food as their prime want” was the traditional Chinese notion and the Chinese restaurants just meet the needs of Chinese people. And just like in other countries in the world, the Chinese people who want to earn their life and try to get rich in Prague, started with restaurant and food services.

 

Zhao Huanyan, a senior ecnomist pointed out: “Chinese restaurants developed very fast in Cezch recent years.” On May 29, 2007, Czech Chinese Restaurant Association was founded in the Peking Restaurant in Prague. According to the statistics provided by the Association, the number of Chinese restaurants in Cezch had developed from dozens in the early nineties to 600 since 2007.

 

“It is easier for us to run a Chinese restaurant than other work in Prague,” said Huang Xingquan, the manager of Hongshun Restaurant located near the National Museum. According to this middle aged man who followed his boss from Zhejiang to set this restaurant in Prague for two years, the location and visitors flow on that road is the first consideration. Regularly supplies of special Chinese ingredient, such as spices or sauce, provided by Chinese tradespeople made the Chinese food keeping traditional flavor.

 

As the Chinese restaurants mushroomed, the competition became fierce. When the most Chinese restaurant owner complained about the slow-down of business, new immigrants were still not hesitate to join them in this industry. Under this situation, Chinese restanrants developed to different levels. Some tried to keep the high-class type like Peking Restaurant, some still insisted to remain small and cheap and live on their own.

 

“I just want to run my restaurant in my style,” said Wong Dayong, the owner of Huang Shang Huang restaurant which located along the river near Charles Bridge. The price for an ordinary Chinese dish is about 90 kc, and the restaurant also provided Cezch food.

 

As Guo Xuguang, the chairman of Czech Chinese Restaurants Association points out, the Chinese restaurant shoud earn its survival depend quality, reputation and development, and also should do their contribution promoting Chinese food culture overseas in future.

Migrant workers still have confidence of future

By Michelle GUO Meicheng

The girl selling low-priced clothes in the market had a smile on her face, By Michelle GUO

The girl selling low-priced clothes in the market had a smile on her face

Zhuhai – January 31 – IJS – Global.com– Many migrant workers who came to the South China to earn their living in Zhuhai, stayed and spent a warm Spring festival in the city far away from hometown, and still had confidence of their future under the influence of financial tsunami.

Accoring to local media Guangdong News Net, about a total of 46,000 migrant workers stayed in Jinwan District of Zhuhai to spend the Lunar New Year. Many migrant workers chose not to go back hometown, maily due to the consideration of crowded Spring Trafic. Under the influence of the financial tsunami, some factory dismissed a lot of employees, and that also make the trafic situation more serious. “It is difficult to get a train ticket to go home, even the Stand Ticket.”said Miss Zhang Yanhong, a migrant worker of Zhuhai Liansi electronics factory.

During Spring Festival, local government and corporations arranged some activities for the migrant workers to celebrate Spring Festival. According to Zhang Yanhong, Liansi electronics factory, half of whose 2,000 migrants workers stayed in Spring Festival, arranged activities such as TV shows, films and dumplings competition on the first three days of Lunar New Year.

Some migrant workers were able to get their faimily members together to spend Lunar New Year. Zhang Guihua, who was an employee of Canon Zhuhai corporation, spent the Spring Festival with her husband  Meng Gang and her sister Zhang Xiaohua in Zhuhai together.  Meng Gang was who worked as an security worker and Zhang Xiaohua had a job in an electronics factory in Shenzhen. All of them were from Henan province to work in South China. Although not going back hometown in north China, they still enjoy their festive family gatherings.

“My job did have been influenced by the financial tsunami. The company have fewer orders so that we do not have to produce so many products as before, so that we do not have extra work and of course have less chance to earn more money. ”said Zhang Guihua when talking about her work. She had a thankful feeling of her employer who did not dismiss any migrant workers except they chose to leave by themthelves. She and the other migrant workers were offered work training classes by company and a wage rise about RMB100 (US$14.62).

Zhang Guihua was satisfied of her current life. She said: “The economic depression is a big environment rather than a single phenomenon in my work place. If wages does not reduce,I am willing to maintain the status quo. I am content with my life.” She had a sweet smile on her face when slightly touching her bulged belly, “I am going to give birth to my baby in this year, Year of the Ox, I hope my baby can be health and strong as the Ox.

Zhang Xiaohua, sister of Zhang Guihua said that most of her friends who working in Shenzhen or Zhuhai as skilled migrant workers are confidence of their future. According to Xiaohua, the ones who were dismissed were willing to go home in Spring Festival first, the ones who had savings or willing to develop in South China would stay and looking for a job, and the ones had no money and no job had to go home.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Outline for Prague Reporting Trip Article

TOPIC: “Chinese food earn its survival in Prague”

GROUP MEMBERS:
ZHU JINGYAN: http://juliazhu.wordpress.com/
GUO MEICHENG: https://guomeicheng.wordpress.com/
DU RAN: http://cierbinma.wordpress.com/

OUTLINE:
1. Brif introduction
Give the brif introduction of the Chinese restaurant in Prague according to our information gathering and seeing in Prague: Number, size, location, service style dishes, customers, prices etc.
Some over-arching perspective about not only how many restaurants there are, when they first started opening in Prague, how many new onesopen each year (on average), etc.

2. Background
•The introduction of Chinese food and Chinese people who tried to earn their life in Prague
•Explain the reason why the Chinese restaurant mushroomed in Prague.
•Why Chinese restaurants are obviously popular among Czechs.

3. Development and current situation
•Development of different levels of restaurants and stratigies of developing.
•Current situation : Czech’s joining in the EU, competition among different restaurants and among Chinese restaurants themselves,

4. Different solution:
Different restaurants chose different solution:
•some try to move together to form a Chinese Restaurants Association(e.g Peking Restaurant);
•some still insist to live on their own.(e.g Huang Shang Huang)

5. the future: How the Chinese food culture earn its survival in the western world?

About Plagiarism

Hong Kong – January 21 – IJS – Global – Michelle GUO

What is plagiarism? According to the LONGMAN DICTIONARY OF CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH, “plagiarism means the act of using someone else’s words, ideas, or work and pretending they are your own.”① And as is talked in the HKBU’s online guidelines on plagiarism, Tony T.N. Hung defines plagiarism as “taking someone else’s words or ideas and passing them off as your own.” ②

To some extend, plagiarism is an act of stealing or cheating. It is very important for the university students to realise the importance of avoiding plagiarism. According to Tony T.N. Hung “Plagiarism is, unfortunately, something which can be found at all levels in the world of education.”③ We should not simply copy the words that some one else has written or talked and pass them off as our own with out citing the sources. Citing sources is the basic way of avoiding plagiarism.

Nowadays, with the development of information technology, the internet has made the plagiarism easier, not only the words and ideas, but also the pictures. In order to avoid plagiarism, we can not post any picture on my blog which have been downloaded from the Internet, even though we can credit the source when posting. That kind of act could be illeagal because we may infringe the original publisher’s right to reproduct, public display, maintain the integrity and edit the picture. We can post pictures we downloaded only when we get the permission of the original owner. For instance, some of the web pictures posted on others’ blogs with the anouncement like “Please specify the source of transship”.

① Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, 2006 Edition, P1488
② Tony T.N. Hung, Avoiding Plagiarism, p2, http://www.hkbu.edu.hk/~ar/avoiding_plagiarism/
③ Tony T.N. Hung, Avoiding Plagiarism, p3, http://www.hkbu.edu.hk/~ar/avoiding_plagiarism/

Wanderland- an alternative

Wonderland- an alternative

 

Hong Kong – January 16 – IJS-Global –Hong Kong Baptist University students who live in on-campus accommodation have no other choice except the Wonderland restaurant if they wanted to enjoy some Japanese food around their campus.

 

Wonderland, a non-chain restaurant located in Shaw Campus of HKBU next to NTT International House on Renfrew road, is the only restaurant supplies Japanese food around HKBU which has opened more than three years. Inside of the restaurant was decorated by bamboo and maple leaves, and the service style with experienced servants is different from the nearest self-help canteen of HKBU.

 

Miss Xie, a waitress working for Wonderland said, “We open from 7:30a.m to 10:00p.m. There are nearly 120 seats here which usually filled during lunch time everyday.” Most of the customers are the students and teachers of HKBU. According to Miss Xie, they usually spend about HK$20-40 for a meal.

 

I find this food is the best,” said LAP, who is a second year student in Humanity of Arts Faculty at HKBU and regular customer of Wonderland, “however the food is not enough, and if I want more, I need to pay more.”

 

Talking about the advantages of Wonderland, Miss Xie pointed neat environment and warm atmosphere, best services offered by 10 waiters and 8 cooks, and  reasonable prices as the top reasons attracting customers.

 

However, Dee Dee, A HKBU student, said the light in the restaurant is a little dark. Jack, an exchange program student from America, said he knew from his friend about the restaurant, but he had never been there.“The entrance is small and at the corner, so it is not easy to find,” said Jack.

Who I am

My full name is GUO Meicheng, and you can call me Michelle, or  MC.

My email address is a michelle_gmc@hotmail.com

I come from Sichuan province of China.

I went to the prague trip. And I am in the Wednesday section.

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