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Les tics de langage
Fonction phatique de la langue
Phatic expressions
français  analysis  linguist  life  habit  language  learn  interview  fun  young  generation  explained  kid 
5 weeks ago by aries1988
Person of Color Column: I am from Hong Kong, not China - The Berkeley Beacon
China appoints a chief executive every five years after a conditional election among the election committee. Hong Kong’s legal system is embedded within a supreme law called the Basic Law, while citizens elect their legislators in the Legislative Council every four years.

The outbreak of the Umbrella Revolution, a 79-day occupying movement in 2014 when people asked for universal suffrage in electing the chief executive, put a spotlight on people’s ethnic identification.
manifesto  controversy  hongkong  young  identity  china  chinese 
8 weeks ago by aries1988
The Triple Jeopardy of a Chinese Math Prodigy
Before he was denounced as a thief and cast out of the hedge fund industry, before he was a Goldman Sachs banker or a math prodigy, Ke Xu was a little boy in…

He then offered a series of bizarre explanations for why he couldn’t return the devices he’d sent to China. One had been loaned to a relative and subsequently stolen, he said. His parents had thrown others in the Yangtze River. When he explained that one computer had been cremated alongside a deceased uncle, the courtroom erupted in laughter.
story  london  wealth  finance  crime  ip  china  young  hubei  uk  prison  genius 
november 2018 by aries1988
Letter of Recommendation Murphy Beds
A regular old bed just sits there, inert, banal, a little sad. But a Murphy bed pops out of the wall — boing! — like the punch line to a dirty joke. It is an instant boudoir. You pull down your Murphy bed and a saucy question seems to hang in the air: Now what?
bedroom  bed  home  fun  couple  young 
september 2018 by aries1988
Notes on Being Very Tall
From there, every inch takes you further from attractive and deeper into a realm of the freakish, toward human spectacle.

If you asked me who I was then, I would say that I was a reader and a writer, the son of an immigrant, an avid traveler, still a bit too much of a talker. But my body always preceded my person, my mind. My height was an identity that I didn’t identify with, one that was imposed on me externally and that only over time did I learn to internalize.

The usher kept coming down the aisle and shining his flashlight into Palmer’s eyes.
story  growup  body  young  tall  aesthetics  self  anecdote 
march 2018 by aries1988
Thinking about Chinese student experience
At the outset of my classes I explain and exemplify how there are usually two sides to any story,
anecdote  chinese  student  young  behavior  conflict  university  teaching  west 
january 2018 by aries1988
Where Millennials Come From

Millennials, according to recent headlines, are killing hotels, department stores, chain restaurants, the car industry, the diamond industry, the napkin industry, homeownership, marriage, doorbells, motorcycles, fabric softener, hotel-loyalty programs, casinos, Goldman Sachs, serendipity, and the McDonald’s McWrap.

Parents overemphasized self-esteem and happiness, while kids took their cues from an era of diversity initiatives, decentralized authority, online avatars, and reality TV. As a result, millennials have become irresponsible and fundamentally maladjusted. They believe that every job will be fulfilling and then can’t even find a boring one. They must lower their expectations and dim their glittering self-images in order to become functional adults.

the notion of disruptive self-interest

a homeowner with negative equity: in possession of an asset that is worth much less than what she owes.

Millennials, in other words, have adjusted too well to the world they grew up in; their perfect synchronization with economic and cultural disruption has been mistaken for the source of the disruption itself.
millennials  politics  habit  generation  work  cliche  young  crisis  economy 
november 2017 by aries1988
Orbiting Jupiter: my week with Emmanuel Macron

He takes her hand and his face divides in two – something I’ve often seen it do: the right half, brow creased, is determined, grave, almost severe, giving you the feeling that whatever he does, he’s doing it in the eyes of history. The left half, meanwhile, is cordial, optimistic, almost mischievous, giving you the feeling that now he’s there, things will be all right.

When I asked the president’s office for permission to accompany and interview Macron, it went without saying that he would not read the piece prior to publication. The one condition: that I send them the sentences I quote Macron as saying. This is customary in the press, and protects the person being interviewed from journalistic extrapolations. But it also protects the journalist against the interviewee’s bad faith: once he had approved the sentences, the interviewee can’t then turn around and say he didn’t say them, or that they were misrepresented.
president  leader  politics  français  bio  quotes  interview  young 
october 2017 by aries1988
'You should consider our feelings': for Chinese students the state is an extension of family | Merriden Varrall

What is immediately notable is that while the student is not satisfied with his teacher’s position, he does not even attempt to deploy what he may consider to be relevant facts or rational counter-arguments to support his own case. He is not trying to draw on his understanding of history, or setting out what he might see to be the relevant details of the arrangements that currently influence the relationship between the mainland and the island.

This tendency to be easily offended taps into the narrative of “national humiliation” which many Chinese subscribe to – the idea that the outside world deliberately carved China up during the opium wars of the mid-1800s, leaving it weak and vulnerable. President Xi Jinping’s “China Dream” of rejuvenation is a direct response to this view.

Some Chinese people have explained to me that the tendency to take offence when an outsider comments on China in a way they perceive as a criticism stems from the idea the country and the family are conceptually conflated such that they are understood as deserving equal loyalty.

Officially, the status of Taiwan is a “core interest” for China. That is to say, most Chinese consider the idea that Taiwan is an indisputable part of China is sacrosanct. They learn it at school, and in almost everything they see and hear as they grow up. To them, Taiwan is a family member; that is why discussions about its sovereignty tend to be emotional. Many Chinese students find it difficult to articulate why they feel the way they do about Taiwan – particularly because they have not had much training in debating or critically arguing a point. And they find it impossible to fathom that foreigners cannot understand their position on Taiwan.
chinese  young  uk  student  gaijin  conflict  emotion  explained  education  taiwan  reflex  university  mentality  instapaper_favs 
september 2017 by aries1988
What's behind Japan's moss obsession?
Japanese culture also values age and history. Because moss doesn’t grow dramatically overnight – and instead takes years and years to cover the surface of a stone – the Japanese see something inherently virtuous about the plant. Of course, there’s also the beauty of moss: vibrant colors that vary from bright green to brown, which richly complement the steely grays of stones, the red leaves of autumn and the soft pink of cherry blossoms. Many fans love to touch the plant’s sensual, soft surface.
young  amateur  home  biology  zen  hobby  beauty  aesthetics  japanese 
january 2016 by aries1988
People's Republic Of Uber: Making Friends, Chauffeuring People In China : Parallels : NPR
Unlike in the U.S., most here say the main reason they drive is social. They want to chat with all sorts of people and — like Xu — try to make sense of this mega-city of 24 million.
young  life  service  society  driving  story  shanghai 
may 2015 by aries1988
A Hongkong, les jeunes « dénoncent une forme d’impuissance publique »
Ce qui frappe en arrivant est la sensation physique étrange, liée à un bouleversement de la place de l’homme dans la ville : se retrouver à marcher sur une immense bretelle d’autoroute, au pied d’une rangée de gratte-ciel de la HSBC ou de la Bank of China, parmi une foule assise et presque silencieuse. C’est un mouvement d’« occupation » des places comme j’ai pu en observer ces dernières années en Occident, mais l’endroit et l’enjeu en radicalisent la symbolique. Dans cette suspension du temps, la « présence » collective est vécue comme une résistance. Car un des ressorts profonds de ce mouvement est certes la démocratie, mais aussi la souveraineté : retrouver une emprise sur le destin individuel, social et collectif face à ce qui est profondément perçu comme une dépossession.

Ils s’inscrivent dans la montée d’une génération qui n’a jamais été aussi diplômée, mais qui subit de plein fouet la « crise », économique, politique et environnementale. Or, cette génération est parallèlement portée par l’injonction moderne à « construire sa vie » au niveau individuel, et par de fortes aspirations démocratiques au niveau collectif. Leur horizon s'est fermé et s'est créé une tension radicale entre leur désir d’autonomie, et des pressions économiques ou politiques qui la rendent difficile. Ces jeunes dénoncent la scission entre le monde politico-financier et la jeunesse. Ils veulent se réapproprier le gouvernement de leurs vies.
young  today  crisis 
october 2014 by aries1988
艺术留学生,一群理想主义的年轻人 - 纽约时报中文网 国际纵览
student  london  young 
may 2013 by aries1988
googlereader  future  society  young  justice 
january 2013 by aries1988
children  china  young  future  society  parents 
december 2012 by aries1988

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