Degree holders turn their backs on mega cities for better lifestyle choices
The population of college graduates is projected to reach a record high this year, turning an
already tough job market into a pressure cooker and intensifying the scramble for talent nationwide.
To many new graduates, mega cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Guangdong province, are less attractive beca
use of their high cost of living and greater peer pressure in the job market. And so the graduates are looking elsewhere.
The trend is changing the employment landscape in China, but it’s good news for sec
ond- and third-tier cities. The mega cities’ loss could be their gain in the brain drain game.
ary as chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, a position he kept for three years before being replaced by Yi Huiman.
The central commission said in the statement that Liu is cooperating with the probe.
hina’s housing regulator has warned four Chinese cities over price rises in the past three months, the Economic Observer reported.
Local governments of Foshan, Suzhou, Dalian and Nanning were urged by the Ministr
y of Housing and Urban-Rural Development to stabilize land and housing prices as well as market expectations.
This came a month after six other cities were also warned over similar reasons on April 19.
World-renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei,
has died at the age of 102 at his home in Manhattan, according to multiple reports on Thursday.
Praised as “one of the most revered architects in the world” by The New York Times, Pei has le
ft the world many of its most well-known architectural designs, among many other intangible heritages.
Pei’s modern designs and high-profile projects led him to be considered one of the most high-prof
ile architects of the 20th century, with the renovation of Paris’ Louvre Museum perhaps the most famo
us project he embarked on. He was also involved in the building of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
What Pei valued most in architecture, as he put it, was that it must “stand th
e test of time”. He also valued simplicity: “The simpler the solution, the more powerful it is,” he once said.
China officially launched the “no-waste city” pilot program in 16 area
s on Monday as it steps up efforts to recycle its increasing waste stockpile.
The pilot program covers the entirety of 11 cities, including Shenzhen, Guangdong pr
ovince, and Weihai, Shandong province, and sections of the other five cities.
The central government has made arrangements to offer support to
the pilot areas in policy, technology and funding, said Zhuang Guotai, vice-mi
nister of ecology and environment, at the launch ceremony in Shenzhen on Monday.
He said an expert committee has been established to guide the pilot program and
evaluate progress, and seven groups have been put in place to offer technical support.
discussion among Chinese women－and not just at the office. Such discussions can be heard
everywhere, from high school classrooms to fitness studios, beauty salons and department stores.
But the issue is not just cause for concern in China. Obsessing over body shape has also emerged in Western countries over the past decade.
The term “fat talk” was coined by United States anthropologist Mimi Nic
hter and her team of researchers in 1994 after they observed the way girls in middle school
spoke about their body shapes－unexpectedly revealing that they invariably focused on the negatives.
Since then, numerous studies have detailed how pervasive “fat talk” has become among women of all ages.
A study published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly in 2011 found that an “overwhelm
ing majority of women”－93 percent－admitted to discussing the issue, with one-third of them doing so frequently.
powerhouse in the future, even though Chinese filmmakers have to hone their skills and g
ive life to attractive and meaningful stories on screen in order to compete with the world’s best.
Filmmakers should focus more on publicity
Li Guomin, adviser to China Film Association and Changchun Film Group Corporation
That China has produced some excellent films, including the Red Sorghum, Farewell My Concubine and The Wan
dering Earth, while allowing foreign films to be screened in the country demonstrates both its cultural inclu
siveness and independence, without which the Chinese movie market could not have become so vibrant.
In some sense, China has made more marked achievements in reforming and developi
ng its film industry than most other countries, including India that is known for its Bollywo
The volunteer team－led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En
glish－has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go
vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.
Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife
in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.
Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si
zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con
venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.
“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.
its urbanization process. Lastly, it plans to have development of urban and rural areas fully integrated by the middle of the century.
Under the plan, China will relax restrictions on new migrants to urban areas, excluding some mega cities.
hen Liuqin, founder and director-general of Beijing-based Qin Dian Think Tank, said the stimulus policy d
emonstrates the government’s commitment to pursue a balanced and integrated development of rural and urban areas.
“The integration of rural and urban areas is not meant to eliminate differences between them, but r
ather to optimize allocation of resources and boost common development,” Chen added. “We sho
uld abandon the fixed mindset and consider both rural and urban areas as a unified ecosystem.”
According to Chen, with the high-quality development strategy and more integration, there is huge market potential in many cities.
Specifically, the government will increase spending on rural infrastructure, including roads, ferries and public tran
sport. And it will encourage public-private partnerships in rural infrastructure such as water supply, waste
management and sewage treatment, farmers markets, power supply, telecommunications and logistics.
It was reported that the fire could be caused by lightening strike.
Moscow’s transport prosecution office is investigating into the incident and it will check i
f there were violations of the flight safety legislation, according to Sputnik news agency.
Sarah Daley, a student at the University of Virginia, has deep connectio
ns with China. She spent the summer of 2018 teach
ing English in Hebei province and has a younger sister who was adopted from China in 2009. Both experiences left
her with positive impressions of Chinese people and long-lasting friendships.
Those connections led to Daley being honored by the Chinese embassy
in the United States during an award ceremony in Washington on Saturday, after she sha
red her stories with the world through an event hosted by the embassy and China Daily.
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