Old Jobs in New Urban Chinese Economy

China is not unlike others, many of the highly educated middle income class in cities has to contend in the post industrial revolution era that seeks to replace old jobs in the urban economy with new one defined by dominance of digital age, newly created jobs mostly associated with 4G enabled sharing economies appeared as quickly as they became redundant over a short time span and white collars employees being made redundant multiple times in their entire shortening career lifespan as a result has becoming a norm in the labor market, arming with tertiary education alone is no longer being the magic bullet for a resilient and rewarding life-ong income earning capability as valuable hard skillsets are inevitably being replaced by Artificial Intelligent, technologies and automation, not to mention having to compete with the 7 to 8 million of new graduates entering the workforce every single year coupled with lengthening productive life span China’s health care system had impressively achieved over the past decades.

Knowledge is power. –Francis Bacon

Indeed, destructive innovation related jobs restructuring is exacerbating individual crisis and stretching family, society and confident to breaking point and China didn’t have the comprehensive protection infrastructure as in mature western Europe where basic welfare help alleviating the challenging situations in between jobs through unemployment benefits and accessibility to fundamental healthcare and education. The digital revolution in China is already disrupting its drive to drastically closing the income inequality gap. The efforts was central on administration plan to transform to resilient and healthy economic stage for social stability which is in limbo as massive unfulfilled potentials for millions of highly educated young Chinese in the new online and mediated era may further inflame social tensions where good paying jobs took on a whole new dimensions. In addition, the imbalanced academic appropriation of typical Chinese household resources for tertiary education is inimical to the contributing of meaningful useful members of the society that are anchored in Confucius values of holding highest regards to the higher echelon of the community where it had been proven effective in the past to improve social mobility with better lives but it had outlived its purpose and become irrelevant in the new and dynamic labor force in the cities.

Knowledge changes fate. —Li Ka Shing 

State level realignment of resources to better prepared their millions of inspiring youngster for jobs in the new urban economy is of paramount important to have far reaching impact and it’s already happening in other more matured places such as in United State and Taiwan. For example, recruitment based on actual skillsets strength rather than having college degree as prerequisite for the US corporations in an efforts to diversify their workforce. Also, many inspiring young Taiwanese generation had begun to see and started embracing the values of mastering of crafts in the area of interests; hair stylists, tool makers, breweries, interior designers, renovation contractors and so on as community going through the paradigm shifts of having low regards to these once considered low paid and low status jobs to a sexy one with decent career path where authenticity, creativity, soul enriching and personal touches are being sought after in the market with the same if not more promising rewards for the tier 1 performers and comfortable enough even for the next tiers.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ― Aristotle

More options need to be feasible for sizeable highly educated and skilled knowledge workers to be free lancers providing multiple contracts based services to defy past social norms as many new generation consumers grew tiresome of non-differentiating digital mass offering once thought that will rule the world, new customers craves for uniqueness, vibrancy, interaction and originalities of which online platforms can only compliment rather than replacement. Majority of Chinese living in the post materialistic world where most if not all the essential needs are already being fulfilled are asking for more and the new breed of product of services arising will be the fuels to continue to drive the sharing and Gig economy. The inevitable evolutionary labor trend where jobs and locations are liberated with digital mobilisation, unprecedented flexibility and optimised matching of the employers and workers to maximise resources and offering of work life balance and fully utilising one’s potential and mastery of crafts.

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” — Benjamin Franklin

For example, a certified property agent juggling between viewing appointments with potential clients, fetching young children from kindergarten as an Uber driver in between and and generating sponsored product reviews online on top of managing a web store with bare minimum stockpiles is having multiple source of non-interest conflicting incomes while still enjoying decent stated provided or self-purchased affordable medical and insurance coverage. He or she is basically free lancer making a decent living providing services both physically or thru internet but all managed through third party online platforms like Uber, AirBnB, Elance and so on.

In addition, Germany and Japanese’s consistency of emphasising on vocation and crafts had paid off with thousands of local companies with more than 100 to 200 years in operation and wide deployment of discipleship in variety of trades had to a large extent shielded them from the radical structural employment landscape and their pursue of excellent and attention to details are legendary at all time earning respects and providing highest ever personal gratification derive from the satisfying jobs fully stretching individual potential with inclusive system where even those at the lowest hierarchy (Bus driver, dumpster assistance, service crews, janitors and etc) had pride in what they do, enjoying a non depriving and respectful lifestyle. 

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” – Arnold J. Toynbee

In summary, China, generating the highest annual new graduates in Asia, aims to bring down skillset mismatch in the labor market as the country grapples increasing income inequality, undermining domestic consumption with social cases that have highlighted rampant unemployment, yet again, it’s notoriety as a pressure cooker society. Social incidents, in particular, sparked much soul reaching and spurred the authority to find ways to reduce the social tensions and unrealistic high monetary return expectation on tertiary education. Anxiety level is all time high with 3 decades of impressive economic progress with inevitable widening income inequality which is the characteristic of market driven markets, state level intervention to balance the growth and stability, creating a space with free market force to capitalise on the productivity and efficiency and yet having a comprehensive fundamental safety nets for the deprived and disadvantages; basic job market, housing, medical and eduction resources, preparing and giving the younger generation of Chinese best possible opportunities to thrive in the new economy with resilient, creativity, mastery of craft, appreciation of originalities, boldness, aggressiveness and ample room for navigating and trial and errors, in fact, China is already leading the way in taking advantage of the technologies and wide adoption of smartphones and with their massive domestic markets as backbone in creating unprecedented new product and services in online payments, shared rides, automated unman convenient stores, shared home-cook foods. 

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Drawn to Western’s culture, Chinese Students Look beyond the Academic Pursuit Overseas

Increasing number for mainland Chinese went abroad for higher education also in anticipation of enrichment of one’s perspectives integrating both eastern and western values and culture and majority of them ended up in disappointment and despair except for the few who either gotten engaged with local spouses with in-depth interracial involvement or those who made an extraordinary effort reaching out outside of their comfort zones. Unlike most of the Indian new comers in addition to being fluent in English and of whom had been ruled by 190 years under British colonial era and many did rather well embracing both the western and Indian culture dominating now in many silicon corporations, new generation Chinese students with their thousands years strong cultural imprints had an unprecedented skillets and social resources to do better as compared to their earlier batch of Chinese laborer migrants who cluster and self-excluded themselves from the mainstream western community.

America gave the world the notion of the melting pot – an alchemical cooking device wherein diverse ethnic and religious groups voluntarily mix together, producing a new, American identity. And while critics may argue that the melting pot is a national myth, it has tenaciously informed the America’s collective imagination.— Ivan Krastev

Although grappling with new environment and challenging academic demands, average Chinese students in their late teen or early twenty lacks the social interacting know how and the necessary maturity to make an effort to experience and integrate well with the western cultures even given abundant opportunities physically. Like flock of a feature flock together, some still ended up dwelling with the same Chinese community and form ever stronger bonds within each other in the foreign lands. Finding a way to have the best of both worlds first need to establish and accept some fundamental understandings and constraints;

Mastery of language as an advantage: Strong commanding of the English as the 2nd language open doors of opportunities but largely remain as an effective communicating tool; rules of engagement with socially acceptable verbal interaction protocol are barely scrapping the surface of meaningful cultural and values exchanges with their western counterparts and has become the most ambivalent as many misunderstood being bilingual is all what its take for full cultural immersion. The fact is operating on 2nd language usually lacks of the native emotional and conscious association one expects with the mother tongue. Physiological responses such as biological fluctuation (heart beats, blood pressure and etc) only corresponding well with the main native language for primary contemplation and deduction process as suggested by Dr. Antonio Damasio whose hypothesis provides a systems-level neuroanatomical and cognitive framework for decision making and the influence on it by emotion. The key idea of this hypothesis is that decision making is a process that is influenced by marker signals that arise in bio-regulatory processes, including those that express themselves in emotions and feelings.

❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞ ‒Nelson Mandela

Complimentary of cultural and values integration: Chinese over time has to contend with a raising trends that seeks to replace indigenous identify with a western one defined by the dominance of western history and modernization and the prolong and extensive soft influences from western drama and movies in China had given a misinterpretation of their cultures painting inaccurate impressions. Average individual simply had limited capacity in embracing the conflicts of different cultures and would be left stranded if a strong and dominant self-identify is not established firmly as one would be confused exposing to different culture in the formative years. The well-educated Chinese students nowadays had the opportunities to access literature to better comprehend western cultures even without leaving their home soils and having a realistic perspective with practical expectations would help one to better appreciate and integrate well with their foreign peers. The new American or European is no more simply defined as White Anglo-Saxon protestants but multiple ethnicity with diverse origins hold together by the common core belief such as individualism, equality, science, progress, work and leisure. 

The only true happiness lies in knowing who you are… and making peace with it—Lairell K. Hamilton

Leveraging on Bicultural modesty: In fact, the answer to meaningful bicultural is modesty. Combining both customs and cultures not unlike complimenting traditional Chinese medicine with western medical procedures, avoiding direct counteracting or harmful combination of herbs, drugs, practices and leveraging with a unique treatment embracing both methodology, positioning and exploring own preferences benefiting from their differences. Modesty is an epistemology directly opposed to the conflicting cultural effects. It means having the courage to understand that the world is too complicated to fit into only one cultural and value belief system. It means understanding there are no easy answers that can explain the big cultural difference questions or the existential problems. Progress is not made by 100% westernization and discards thousand years of Chinese values or blocking out all western elements; it’s made by finding balance between competing truths — between conservative and openness, direct and indirect, aggressive and submissive, inclusion or exclusion.

“Next to love, balance is the most important thing.” – John Wooden

 In summary. Reflecting many growing concern over their younger peer’s inability to have the right approach to take advantage of their oversea ventures for a full and meaningful in depth cultural exposures and instead shutting their doors out as stung by perceive prejudice and criticism and being overwhelmed by the fear of the uncertainties in the brand new environment, one must understand the reality and accepting the facts that there’s always going to be conflicts of both cultural values, just endless searching and adjustment one may face conflict assimilating into both cultures or finding a balance between both and having a bicultural identify  also have positive effects on the individual, in terms of the additional knowledge they acquire from belonging to more than one culture. Strong commanding of the English is an advantage but not prerequisite for an effective cultural exchanges and exposures, the key is modesty of being unassuming and making an efforts to be influenced by the biological and social norms of shared behaviors and customs learning from the institutions and most importantly the mainstream locals.

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. —-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The 2500 Years Old  Evolving Chinese Culture

The strength of Chinese culture lies in the thousands of years of history, integrating all the wisdom and covers a large geographical region in eastern Asia with customs and traditions varying greatly but all with a strong common trait of number one priority on economic progression, it represents the realities of everyday life in China striving to move up the levels in the Maslow hierarchy of needs through peaceful means, however just Like Yin and Yang and having both sides of a coin, the opposite of being culturalized is militarized, a way simply resort to using jungle survival mindset to fight for resources; usually the mightier one win all, therefore culturalized is being promoted by scholars and emperors since day 1 for a civil and fairer  way of managing the vast land of China from dynasty to dynasty and although from time to time, one regime will be toppled and replaced by another authoritative one by force especially when peoples go hungry and angry due to natural calamity or abusive and incapable government of the time.

Yin and yang, male and female, strong and weak, rigid and tender, heaven and earth, light and darkness, thunder and lightning, cold and warmth, good and evil…the interplay of opposite principles constitutes the universe. —Confucius

Although westernization (American lifestyle) and foreign influences (Korean pop cultures) threat represents an ironic twist to the challenge to Chinese culture, associated with modernity and diversification of which  could be dealt with by deploying the cultural resources of a Chinese rooted in family and language. One advantage of Chinese culture is flexibility and pragmatism; for example, hundreds of millions of Chinese migrants adopting with the needs of the times in dress, behaviors and thoughts usually avoiding being inimical to the host countries as Chinese cultures that are anchored in economic activities only would likely drives up the local property prices but nothing else in the sensitive politics and religion arena. Often, the robust and resilient Chinese culture would embrace and even colonize or rather culturalized any incoming foreign cultures.

“Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.” ― Allen Ginsberg

Fast forward to modern days, there are probably 3 new perspectives for examining the evolving Chinese cultures; 1. Relationship Management 2. Culture Nurturing 3. Increasingly spilled over undesirable cultural influences from online platform  

Cultural Relationships: Chinese culture is simply the relationship management between individuals, cohorts, department, organization to even countries, specified engagement protocol in a civil manner to achieve common objectives. Certain practices continue to play dominant roles in average Chinese family such as filial piety and sense of shame. Most would go all out to have son heir to carry on the family name and spare no efforts on children education to give them heads up in the competitive world.

Cultural Nurturing: Cultures had to be managed to remain relevant as anything that mankind created had inherent flaws including the cultural system which could had gone astray if left unchecked such as the cultural revolution in the 60s where brute forces were deployed in one of the largest social experiment ever occurred in recent history. As mentioned earlier people naturally resort to aggression by instincts and therefore it is critical for proper cultural elements to be inculcated, promoted and encouraged systematically to safeguard humanity and bringing up the best self in everyone for the collective benefits of all. One for all and all for one, sacrificing in the name of society good is praised and encouraged upon for example. 

Online Cultural Corrosion Proliferation: Sense of shame, once a cornerstone of the Chinese culture, has taken a big blow in public esteem as the wealth pursued in an unprecedented way in scope and depth is the new religion in China which resulted in wide spread foods safety compromises and scamming operators, many had also taken prides in breaching the rules and regulation and getting away just because it can be done as the social media platform serves as echo chamber encouraging and bringing up the “negative” side of anyone instead of promoting the best behaviors and conducts.  

As the online avenues increasingly becoming the new opium of the masses in a way many social scientists had yet to fully comprehend, the negative self fulfilling prophecy of mistrust of authority, sense of despairs, escalating perception of insecurity, despaired of losing out, targeted profile based massive online influences and the commercialization for profits maximization the way traditional public media had shaped our sense of identity and moral value but this time perhaps multiple times more influential online all had generated a new face of mainstream cultural values of embracing “post truth” and rather extreme values not unlike thousands of self radicalized misled ISIS sympathizers taking matters into their own hand. The misguided online influences had reinforced and proliferated to offline and represent an imminent challenges to the Authority.  

In summary, 文化 in Chinese character literally means active cultural and civil manners inculcation and its something that need to be managed then rather left alone as people would had a tendency to bully others to get around without these predetermined relationship management protocol and online free running self-radicalization and empty chambers had begun to shape the mainstream Chinese cultures where many Chinese took pride in, When the society see wide spread social ills due to changing cultural values, its time for collective efforts to safeguard and steer the dynamic values to the right directions aligning to the general Chinese Confucius propaganda emphasizing primary on Loyalty, Filial Piety, Benevolence, Love, Courtesy, Righteousness, Probity, Sense of Shame since more than 2500 years ago.  Grappling with the highly influential and flammable, having a life of its own dynamic viral non traditional online mass media, its everyone responsibility to preserve the core values of these traits which promote a fundamental moral values framework for individuals, family, organization to even country for the years to come. 

Cracks Appearing in Chinese Confidence on Local Health System

Closed to 500,000 Chinese national alone in 2016 represented over 5 times the number just a year before had patronized Japanese medical service providers well known for their solid reputation, trustworthiness and advancement in medical standards from supplements, consultation to treatments, contributing over 90% of total medical tourists arrivals in Japan. On the other hand, Japanese Government and the operators have swept into this new source of much needed medical tourism revenues with comprehensive packages that targeted the individual and their extended family needs; from expediting visiting visa facilitation, integrating holidays and shopping arrangement to translating services and hotel booking for the accompanying sizable family members that’s come along with the patients from China. This recent exodus of Chinese currency to Japanese medical industry also highlighted the following developments;

Dramatic Sharp Demographic Impact of the medical consumption from China in Japan has to safeguard local Japanese’s interests as it’s not uncommon for China to throw her weight around manipulating neighboring countries simply with her sheer scale of economic influence and collective consuming behaviors to her own advantages from time to time; from limiting the influences of Korean soft cultures (restriction of Korean drama and artists), controlling the outflow of capital and boycotting specified imports (American beef) or business enterprises (Korean’s Lotte marts) and so on. Nevertheless, Chinese nationals and corporation arriving in the foreign regions is not immune to display of distrusts and snares of domestics residents as they had a significant impact to the local livelihood; from soaring property prices to buying out of local businesses, simply due to Chinese deep pockets which often benefited only the local assets owners and interests group but not the ordinary residents which had to compete with the foreign players for limited resources. In other words, Japanese business needs to be vigilant in managing this enormous rise in medical services and product demands from China as not to compromise the existing high standards to their dormant local markets while capturing the new stream of revenues, as Chinese RMB can disappear as fast as they emerges with dynamic changes in the Chinese policy.

Increasingly influential lifestyle seeking alternatives Chinese medical industry, once a cornerstone of the Chinese superiority, with thousands of years in field application integrating both the best approach from both traditional Chinese medicine and western practices has taken a big hit in public esteem fallen victims to malpractice of profit driven unscrupulous operators preying on the mass market increasingly through exaggerating claims on mainstream media including online advertisements where mishaps were subsequently exposed by keyboards warrior netizens disproportionately despite the facts that many other proper operators had done a decent job improving the wellness of the millions, being influenced with the biased comments and opinions, those with financial resources will not hesitate to seek out overseas alternatives and the less privileged one would go all the way to borrow desperately to send their love ones abroad for treatments and ended up in heavy debts creating hardships for the family for years to come.

Deep mistrust of fair allocation of medical resources Incessant Isolated social incidents of medical negligence, bribery and abusive behaviors among patients and medical professionals highlighted the lack of transparencies and low faiths between the services providers and recipients.  Gives a glimpse of the anxieties and discontents the patients and families faces daily in seeking treatments; exceptionally long wait, fear of mistreatment and exorbitant charges. Moreover, local anxiety can be easily triggered through ill intended social manipulation as many regarded the free reining social media platform as an exclusive window to current affairs, giving them false and biased perspectives and this new phenomena is common everywhere else.

In summary, along the way, many Chinese, buoyed by rising incomes, developed a sense of mistrust of the authority and after 3 decades of impressive economic growth, the influential Chinese have become increasingly assertive on the level of medical services at home. All eyes on nuts and bolts of china’s medical reform agenda for an efficient and cost effective medical system to cater for the rising needs of the huge aging population and increasingly life style related illnesses.  Society owes it to its own sanity to encourage and facilitate fair medical practice in both the public and private segments.  Yet, this is not an answer unless Government overhaul the medical industries restoring the much needed faiths and confident. However, but, for the most part, many are increasingly appear to respond to Chinese financial influx with gratitude as people learn to embrace the new rising super power in this century with open arms although it takes time to adjust to the new reality.

 

Re-balancing the New Gender Asymmetry in Families Attributes in China  

More needs to be done to avert crisis in Chinese families where traditional gender based roles fast becoming a thing in the past as the society had been progressing at an unprecedented rate in the past decades drastically improve living standards for hundreds of millions of Chinese never thought possible before. Chinese family traditions was transformed with accompanying changing behaviors; family planning and household managements are now primary economically influenced, these pragmatic approaches had in turns created other unintended consequences affecting the whole spectrum of Chinese  lives ranging from individuals, families, communities all the way to the nation.

There are downsides to everything; there are unintended consequences to everything.—Steve Jobs

Whereas contemporary Chinese women had achieved remarkable social and economic status having the same if not superior bargaining power within the family. They had come a long way from the era of inferiority and discriminatory; from wide spread practice of female foeticide under the strictly enforced 1 child only policy since 80s which had drastically skewed the male to female ratio demographic profile to foot binding practices which had lasted more than 1000 years among the affluent families portraying one social status as women had no personal right and individual identity but rather merely a man’s asset. Mothers of those generation started the cruel and inhuman bone deforming binding process when their daughters reaches 4 to 5 years old despite unspeakable heartache in the name for securing a bright and promising future for them as they didn’t know any other better ways.

The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless. –Mahatma Gandhi

As a result, a rise in new individual gender inequality was observed which also had a wider complication on the society; 1. Shifting in bargaining power resulted in unfulfilled potentials for millions of eligible singles. 2. Domestic outsourcing rearrangement pitfalls. 3. Shrinking intrinsic birthrate with fast aging demographic challenges

ABCD Man and Women Matching Theory Increasing disadvantages for competent Chinese women who scores well in age, looks and income (Category A Female; AF) as they had lower bargaining power within the household as they need to compete with influx of women from poorer region for man who preferred attributes in age and look over income due to man’s intrinsic nature of inferior complexities and dominating preferences whereas female value male’s social status and income level more. “AM” favored “BF,CF and DF” over “AF” and like wise for “BM” and so on, therefore its not surprising that Category D Male; “DM” are stranded with limited choices and the situation is made worse with the demographic imbalance of a lot more male than female due to Chinese’s insistence biased preferences on having boy to pass on their family name among other factors. Left over “DM” Along with “AF” represented millions of missed opportunities of rewarding and meaningful marriages which goes a long way for enhance society vitality and individual fulfillment.

There is no heavier burden than an unfulfilled potential. –Charles M. Schulz

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Rise in demand of domestic outsourcing; Spurred by its lack of resources in managing the household as dual income families are the mainstream lifestyle nowadays to cater for the rising living standards and aspiration of new generation of parents who are mostly better educated and hold executive white collar jobs, the opportunity cost associated with running a family with children, taking care of the elderly, preparing the daily meals and maintain decent hygienic standards within the house and much more are simply too high as one can generate more incomes with the same hours in the workforce.

China itself is abundant with their own local man power and full time or part timer household management middle age helpers or rather nanny who earns reasonably well in 8000 to 10000 RMB monthly wages are becoming increasing popular among middle to upper income households with demanding domestic chores . However, one pitfall is over reliance and gives away essential core family values which still had to be inculcated personally; practice of filial piety, development of good and balance nutritious diet and proper upbringing of children in disciplining and coaching. For example; many fails to cultivate healthy eating habits fallen prey to readily accessible cheap and tasty but less than healthy outside foods and lacks the fundamental culinary know-how and motivation for wholesome meals preparation for each others within the family.

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”― Robert Fulghum

Population Sustainability Challenges Similar to Japan with ageing population coupled with dwindling fertility rate, China didn’t produce enough people to sustain its future domestic consumption for decent economical growth but unlike Japan who had grown rich before growing old, China with the 1.2 billion strength is fast getting old without her solid first bucket of gold. With abundant excessive resources as being the world factories, she is reaching out to the rest of the world for growth opportunities; exportation of financial resources, machinery, know-how and even her own labor force to seek larger dominance outside of China.

Unlike the Tier 1 Super power countries like America which attract immigrants from all around the world to sustain her continuous inner growth, China as a hard-line socialist country had steadily embraced the tenets of capitalism for state own enterprise reformation and individual wealth accumulation had pledged economic progression to Chinese national in return of supporting her in the current governing style and its of paramount critical to keep the economic growth at respectable pace or risk political disenchantment as hundred of millions of affluent middle class would had had higher inspiration and wanted to have more democratic elements and having the demographic surplus bonus advantages diminishing in returns in recent years, 4-2-2 family structure is promoted massively in the propaganda as the current 4-2-1 or even 4-0-0 is simply a disaster in the making for sustainability in politics, social and economics.

 

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In summary, a paradox has emerged in China, as the world new super power finally unfolding her potentials. Basic factors like the dynamic gender asymmetry had to be re-balanced carefully to remain relevant and competitive, as the desire to have a better tomorrow looms large for individuals, families and community and family is the building block of the nation which in turn lays the foundation of social longevity, it’s human instinct and natural progression to form relationship and reproduce offspring that sustain families and societies and any alarming discontinuities trends in social attitudes to love and marriage had to be addressed as they can impose a terrible hefty prices on China. Timely adjustments on individual inspiration might be needed as there will never be the complete fulfillment of personal expectations and impersonal hopes like an ever expanding economy and global stability, friendly and conducive infrastructures to encourage child rearing with highly affordable child care centers; along with attractive financial incentives of sufficient maternity leave and irresistible income tax relief and so on are some of the initiative China had adopted but most importantly is the accessibility of reasonable and affordable property ownership for new families to begin their journey

Never let your fear decide your future— unknown

 

3 Reasons Behind Accelerated Erosion of a Sense of Community and Weaken Moral Bearings in China

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Online moral judging in the  post-truth era in China is becoming more prevalent with the social media explosive growth where truth were measured by popularity instead of the conventional judicial system where facts are examined and argued to certain extent. Once again reconfirming overall trends reflecting the cannibalizing of traditional regulated media by its online cousins and this had indeed accelerated erosion of a sense of state and community and weaken moral bearings in China as the social media had intentionally and rather successfully manipulated human psychology purely for commercial gains taking advantage of human primitive weakness, echo chambers online inevitably amplify the negative impacts of false narratives, misinformation, disinformation propaganda and satire in an unprecedented manners

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you [Matthew 7:1-2]” 

In addition, it’s not uncommon to have massive number of Chinese virtual keyboard warriors not unlike huge school of fishes swim in shoals for safety, birds flock in shape-shifting pattern together to deter predators for safety in number where Army of net-citizens leveraging in diffusion of responsibility, similar to the unpredictable rally movements often resulted in unplanned course of directions including rioting, destroying public property or even horrendous stampede often led to unintended injuries or even death among the participants when effective crowd control measures fail to materialize.

Everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choices you have made in the past. —Charles McCabe,

Likewise, the ever dominating online community had facilitated this phenomena in an escalating level sparking heated debates and fear stoking, starling, horrifying and sensational stories generated often negative comments blending in facts, opinions and often malicious ill intent and stories sometimes gained immortal life of its own in the virtual world  creating distrust and paranoid especially in China where traditional medias are losing the authoritarian credibility they once dominated and this this has spawned destabilizing forces within the State and community where majority Chinese now only pledge true royalty within the families going all out exclusively only for each other’s to the extent of accomplice from time to time.  On the other hand, some even take matters into their own hands with premeditated cyber harassment and persecution of any alleged individuals caught with irresponsible statements, behaviors or claims aggressively without given the benefits of doubts causing real life consequences as facts seldom stand in the way of a catchy and emotional headlines

I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.— \Steve Maraboli

There are probably couple of reasons unique to Chinese behind the degrading sense of community and lowering of the moral bearings predominately in the virtual space and increasingly spill over to the social fabric in real life causing real harms.

Deeply Ingrained nature of presumed guilty:  With hundreds of millions rural Chinese flocking to the mega Cities seeking opportunities and resulted in widening income gap between the local residents and newcomers where latter were not adequately covered by provincial welfare due to the restriction of the decades long system of resident registration where jobs, medical, housing and schooling resources were being deprived of in the hosting places of residence.  Many of the domestic migrant workers were in-equally treated and many were struggling and few resorted to extreme measures of scamming taking advantage of the generosity and sympathy of others and  when earning capacity rather than traits like kindness and fairness is being strive after, Chinese had been conditioned to be defensive and protective for self-preservation avoiding being victimized in the community. Isolated social incidents often being blown out of proportion thanks to social media channels, everyone who needs helps were regarded as of ill intentions and presumed guilty of wanting to take advantages of each other despite the facts of its scarcity, on the contrary, huge majority of Chinese are of kind and helpful nature behind their seeming aloof expressions in public as part of the protective mechanism.

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. –Saint Basil

Lacking of overall framework of  liability: Enviable social graciousness of extending a much needed helping hand in an accident, being considerate, honest and fair to each other needs generation of good values based upbringing and overall framework of sensible liability in placed. Like Good Samaritan law extending limited liability for anyone who responds to a critical situations or comprehensive insurances coverage in fire, personal and automobile accidents of which individuals have avenue to seek redress are some of the state wide schemes to minimize conflict and confrontation on personal levels. One good example is the proliferation of platform of Airbnb and Uber like which had inspired shared economies in China cities where bicycles, umbrella and rides were shared among strangers facilitated by a robust framework of credibility screening, genuine peers reviews and limited liability coverage. Surveys consistently show that one would bring up their best in conducts (less than 1% abuse reported in bike sharing platform) if online social profile and actual identity is linked and being held accountable responsibly.

Accountability breeds response-ability. Stephen Covey

Raising level of general dissatisfaction:  China had been unyieldingly sought to move up on the economic hierarchy and upgrade itself and had done a remarkable job in improving the living standards of hundreds of millions of Chinese in the past few decades, however with raising unemployment among young people and escalating and runaway properties prices in Cities due to the nature of transformation of economic structure where adjustment and expectation management fails to take place, many had experiencing increasing level of general dissatisfaction conveniently dismissing the facts that lives had indeed improved (income had been doubling every 10 years), abundant of educational resources were allocated(record high percentage of population had university education; 7 million graduate in 2017), strong supply of better jobs and benefits for workers and plenty of business opportunities for startup and entrepreneurs and overall increase of household incomes never imagined possible before. To a greater extent, the swelling level of  false sense of widespread discontentment and frustration were as a result of the  nature of social media where weakness of Chinese or in general mankind was facilitated and amplified; emotional pride, greed, lust, envy and so on.  Online moderation similar to  physical crowd control not only by state but by the majority good nature online community maybe one of the option going forward (like wikipedia and so on)

If there is no point in the universe that we discover by the methods of science, there is point that we can give the universe by the way we live, by loving each other, by discovering things about nature, by creating works of art. –Steve Weinberg,

In summary.  Against this simmering social cauldron, a overall overhaul of online accountability should be considered safeguarding ourselves from our own weakness. Addressing underlying problems are to accept the fundamental true nature of mankind, one should avoid putting human nature to trial and temptation as most will certainly fall; amid raising anxiety over escalating cost of living and shrinking perceived level of satisfactory social justice. In fact, there is no place where China modernization since 70s has had a greater impact than in respectable Chinese general well-being and Chinese prosperity and at the core of the debate lies the towering principle of social engineering, the linchpin of personal aspiration of higher calling and meaningful lifestyle and contentment with “the China’s unique blend of planed economics, authoritarian politics, and social engineering”  One ought be be proud of being a Chinese moving into the right direction in the modern era, with strong and capable government, admirable disposable income, longer lifespan and better quality of lifestyle, a decent place to raise respectable children with individual and family inspiration being fulfilled.

“Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.”— Phillips Brooks

 

Redefining New Self Reflection to Maximize Quality of Lives in China

Redefining New Self Reflection to Maximize Quality of Lives in China

Self Reflection is the capacity of humans to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about their fundamental nature, purpose and essence. Instead of the legacy of existing self reflection many Chinese are practicing unknowingly; primary worshiping for good fortunes and competing on achievements (salary, housing, children, education..) for sense of superior complexity as the primary purposes of life pursuits, as if meaningful living can be accomplished merely through materialistic attainments (unfortunately life is a lot more complicated that that). A new self reflection routine which put things in perspective for happiness maximizing will be helpful to ease the ever increasing uneasiness and general dissatisfaction in modern China.

“You can have it all, just not all at the same time.”― Betty Friedan

Not too long ago, Chinese had gone through hardship from civil war, invasion, famine and other natural calamity for the past few centuries explaining now over 200 millions ethnic Chinese now residing outside of China, many  from earlier days of gold miners to San Francisco to hard laborers in South East Asia where majority treated their host country as temporary transit with ultimate goal to go back to their mother lands once they had made it financially, however like many uncertainties in life, majority eventually settled down for good.  As a results, inevitably the natural concerns when Chinese greeting each other were” have you taken your meals?” rather than asking other non essential but rather well-being aspects; “How its going?” They hold genuine concerns for each other fundamental needs as survival is the only things in their mind  and had been conditioned so for quite some time.

It’s amazing where the paranoid mind can take you.– Bill Ayers

Indeed. things had finally changed for the better in China in the past few decades, therefore one need to act to stem glut of insecurities and worries many Chinese had having come of age at a time of global isolation and domestic hardship endured earlier, there’s a level of influences few could had ever imagined with Chinese companies venturing out not as factories but as brand and multinational corporation, Chinese companies leapfrogged on technologies embracing digital currencies leveraging on the massive couple of hundred million users data base in an age when raw data from the internet of people and internet of things is the new oil, China is in the best shape ever to join the rank of the influential global club, therefore a new self reflection is needed taking into consideration of  all these new developments.

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.– Nicholas M. Butler

However, as China burgeoning economy in recent decades has also spurred extravagant lifestyles from housing, automobile, children education to funerals that flaunt individual and family wealth and together with the powerful social media networking viral sharing and often malicious fear stoking manipulation, the perception of inequality, structural injustice and general dissatisfaction were at all time high, most overlooks almost everyone obsolete living standards had indeed improved and poverty is becoming rarity and life is improving on an unprecedented scale.

The rivalry is with ourself. I try to be better than is possible. I fight against myself, not against the other.— Luciano Pavarotti

When decency and higher purpose was a virtue to be striven for rather than being despised off as level of wealth become the sole indication of success measurement yardstick as the end justify the means, as a result. breaking free from the limbo of pursuit of happiness and myth of financial freedom, a well defined Self Reflection is critical for our everyday living to avert a negative impacts on one well being.

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”― Jim Carrey

A Self Reflection of putting things back into proper perspective and drawing of inherent or religious faith to move on, knowing one is mortal and limited in a way doing the best to leave a legacy for our next generation and others. Having a meaningful impacts to others as we should not let ever looming online anger and frustration prevail over facts and rationality. Strong positive faith still holds its allure as a statement of mind to progress well in our productive years. Lives indeed are improving and China is getting stronger and powerful and one should be proud and hold their heads high and higher expectations are needed.

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

On the other hand, slowing growth and structural changes forcing many Chinese to redefine their primary objectives in life. Many are grappling with over leveraged mortgage and shrinking buying power as China entered the phase of moderate growth after three decades of remarkable progress where income virtually double up every 10 years along with the sky rocketed properties values of which many younger generations were being increasingly priced out especially in Tier 1 and 2 cities, authority property cooling measures are needed to moderate property speculation a primary source of discontent not to taken lightly.

The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.—Proverbs 15:4

In Summary, living standard had improved, life gotten a lot better as compared to previous generation, Chinese is gaining momentum for prolong and sustainable prosperity joining the rest of the affluent nations and one must guards against fallen prey to manipulation by jealousy, injustice and envies of others

You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars. —Gary Allan