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What I experienced during this COVID-19 epidemic

Although there is a lot to write about the coronavirus, I just talk about what I have experienced and thought about during this COVID-19 epidemic.

1. News Sources Do not get news from Chinese Internet. China has always been very strict with information control, and it has become stricter in recent days. The latest speech censorship laws came into effect on March 1.
Several of my friends' WeChat or SNS accounts have been banned.
For a long time, I am almost silent on Chinese Internet.

Fortunately, I have always been freedom to access the Internet.

In mid-December 2019, I heard that patients were infected with unknown pneumonia. Several of my relatives who are doctors have confirmed this. I reminded my friends in Wuhan, the center city of the epidemic, and did not make it public. Because at the same time, eight doctors who published this information were cautioned by the police as rumors. State media also warned people not to talk about it.

Until December 31, 2019, the official ann…

Memory of the street popcorn

In China, when we were young, there was a profession called popcorn workers. They make popcorn for kids.

We provide rice or corn, pay worker processing fees (usually a few cents in the 1980-90's).
Worker put rice into a sealed metal pot, mix rice with sweetener then heat. When the pressure reaches a value, the worker kicked the pot open, with a loud bang, the air is full of yummy flavor, done.

Mythbusters also have a episode of this., but they did not use a sack when the pot was opened.

It is so delicious and cheap,  the joy of all kids. We often line up.
Of course this popcorn is very rare now.

When I was in primary school, I had a master named "HaiLong". We lost contact for years.
I called him "master", not because he taught me Kung Fu, but he is older than we are, he lead us play also to protect us.

His father is a popcorn worker, sometimes to our district to work, I can see him.
Dirty soil and face, because of thi…

Kongrong share the pears

His name is Kongrong, 4yrs old. He has five big brothers and a young brother.
One day they eating pears at home, brothers let Kongrong take it first, but he chose the smallest one. His father was surprised and asked,"Why did you take the smallest one?" Kongrong answered "Because I am the youngest, the biggest one should be for the elder." His father asked again,"But you have a younger brother, you are older than him." Kongrong replied, "I am older than him, so I should leave the bigger one for my young brother."
On hearing these words, his father was satisfied with his answer and smiled happily. What a good boy Kongrong. Children should learn from Kongrong.
This is a well-known story in China. Everyone was educated in this story when he was a child. Because I have no independent thinking at that time, so the teacher said Kongrong is a good boy, then he is.

Now I think that Kongrong has inconsistent, confused values.
And he denied the right to c…

Talking about donations to disaster

On the night of heavy rain in Beijing, I slept well. I haven't followed the news recently because there is no news.

It is said that Beijing is calling on people to donate for the disaster. You see, there is really no news. If North Korea announced that Kim was not the head of state, that would be news.

But speaking of donations, I remember two things a few years ago.

ONE. The 5.12 Wenchuan (a city in Sichuan Province, China) earthquake in 2008 when I was working for an advertising company. The company organized several donations, and I didn't pay a penny. Whenever the donation box is sent to our office, I always shake my head with a smile. I still remember the accountant asked me with a slightly ridicule:

-"Why don't you donate?" -"Is it forced?"
-"It's not forced." -"Then I won't donate."
-"Why?" -"I don't believe my money will be used on the right path."

I like this straightforward.
What you think o…

The Red Scarf

"The Red Scarf is a corner of the national flag, dyeing with the blood of martyrs." On June 1st, 1988, as the first group of honorable young pioneers in the first grade of primary school, the teacher said this to us.

So there was a bloody scene in my mind: There were dye tanks on the ground, and martyrs stood in line. Each martyr walked to the front of the tank, his arm was cut, and blood flowed into the tank. Bandaged when the blood was about to run out, the next martyr was cut and continued to bleed...
Another group of workers has to do the work of cutting the national flag. Each national flag can make three red scarves--see the picture, the upper left corner is not available, because it is not good to cut to that or the people--Finally, the cut flags was put into the dyeing tanks and then dried to make a red scarf.

My feeling at the time was:
It's so tough to be a martyr, you have to be caught and bleed to make a red scarf when you return from the battlefield.A nation…

Donate for JAPAN

No expect domestic fundraising in China, I do it myself.

During the 5.12 Wenchuan earthquake, the state and enterprises launched a large number of fundraising and forcing donations. I didn't donate a penny.
The reason is that the using of these donations is not transparent. I can't believe that these funds will not be corrupted--don't tell me that it's good that even 10% funds reach the disaster area and you can donate, that 's you-- but I chose something more meaningful.

Now 3.11 Japan earthquake, no government or organization has asked me to donate, but I want to make this step.
There is a Chinese proverb that "when you drink water, don't forget the person who digs the well." Many items in my life are made in Japan, and they give me a lot of convenience. Japan has given us so much help, and we should help them within our ability.

I trust Google the most. There is already a donation section on Google's special topic page.
However, when I started…

Honda: rejects mediocre

At its core, Honda is a rebellious and alternative company. It is reluctant to follow the mainstream and disdain to play the second best in the market in order to be safe. However, its success is not inferior to Toyota whose personality is quite different.

Since 2002, Honda's operating income has increased by about 40%. Not only that, its operating margin of 7.3%-9.1% is also rare in the automotive industry. A report released by Honda on January 30 this year showed that In 2007, its global production and sales both set a new record. Among them, the sales of automobiles reached 3.767 million and the sales of motorcycles reached 13.476 million, with year-on-year growth rates of 6% and 7% respectively.

The lean manufacturing and the spirit of continual improvement process are considered to be the key to Toyota's success. So, what are the underlying factors of Honda's success?

Mountain climbing from the best route It should be said that Honda and Toyota, which are also deeply …

Touched by an American friend

Last month, colleagues from the United States visited and I met a designer, Rich, and we got along very well.
I received an email from him recently, which touched me very much.

May the dead rest in peace and the living strong

Yesterday was still groggy, so nothing could be added. I watch TV these days than I do a year.

I haven't played any games, and the web pages I see are black and white, which is very unaccustomed.
However, more than 40,000 people have died. They can no longer play games and can no longer browse the web. And we were just disabled for three days.

I even think happiness is sinful.
Wenchuan hurt, mourning the country.