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美方翻譯秀 Feb 4, 2014




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agGug3drZIs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3C1jLPIb_w

Who were the English-Chinese interpreters during the Obama-Xi Summit at Sunnylands?

Cyrus Chiang, Chinese Native, MTI Student :

The Chinese interpreter is Sun Ping, age 32. He was admitted in Nanjing Foreign Language School in 1993 and then in Beijing Foreign Language University.

Kim Gisu:

Following diplomatic protocol, each side had an interpreter to interpret into the other side's language. From various photos floating around cyberspace, it seems like for the American side it was a Mr. Brown (English to Chinese) and for the Chinese side it was a Mr. Sun (Chinese to English).

[Edited at 2014-02-04 02:14 GMT]


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America's aging/aged infrastructure Feb 7, 2014

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/02/06/biden-laguardia-like-a-third-world-country/?hpt=hp_t2



Biden: LaGuardia like a 'third world country'
CNN's Dana Davidsen

(CNN) – LaGuardia airport is notorious for older crowded terminals and other constraints that contribute to horrid flight delays. And Vice President Joe Biden doesn’t appear to be a big fan.

"If I blindfolded someone and took them at 2 o'clock in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said 'where do you think you are?' They would say, 'this must be America. This is a modern airport,'" he said on Thursday. "If I took them blindfolded and took them to LaGuardia airport in New York, he would like 'I must be in some third world country.' I'm not joking."



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品格 Feb 11, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m_nRe3i7pc

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Don't forget ... Feb 18, 2014

You owe Uncle Sam income taxes if you are a U.S. citizen regardless of where you're residing ...

http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/17/pf/taxes/citizenship-taxes/index.html?hpt=hp_t3


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来的多、去的少 Feb 18, 2014


Steve,

去年放弃美国籍的3000人与入籍人数相比,只不过是个零头。另外,每年光是到洛杉矶一地生美国宝宝的外国人恐怕就远不止3000人。

每年有多少外国人到拉斯维加斯送钱?这些钱中有相当一部分上缴给了 IRS。现在,拉斯维加斯很多赌场都有专为华人设置的赌桌,还特地用中文写明“二十一点”、“百家乐”等,并专门配备了华裔发牌员。这还是小意思。那些豪赌的土豪和高官,都是在专门的房间里接待的,咱们可就看不见了。前不久我去好莱坞环球影城,发现那里每天都有一班专门配备华裔导游的游览车。这可是前所未有的。

http://www.uscis.gov/news/naturalization-fact-sheet

The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world. During the last decade, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcomed more than 6.6 million naturalized citizens into the fabric of our nation. In fiscal year 2013 through May, approximately 503,104 individuals have been naturalized.


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U.S. Citizenship and Income Tax Considerations Feb 18, 2014

ysun wrote:

Steve,

去年放弃美国籍的3000人与入籍人数相比,只不过是个零头。另外,每年光是到洛杉矶一地生美国宝宝的外国人恐怕就远不止3000人。



Yes, I'm sure it's a very negligible number that give up their U.S. citizenship; and most who do are doing it solely out of financial considerations.

I suspect those who are taking advantage of the current birth-tourism boom most likely haven't thought through the income tax consequences for future years.

http://world.time.com/2013/11/27/chinese-women-are-flocking-to-the-u-s-to-have-babies/


There's a US-China Income Tax Convention though, that in some situations you don't have to pay income taxes on both sides ...

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-trty/china.pdf


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What Happened When Strangers Saw A Little Boy Shivering Outside Without A Coat Feb 23, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9O8j9QPZc8

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Saving a Life When Every Second Counts Feb 23, 2014

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/02/the-dramatic-moment-when-a-woman-pulled-over-to-give-her-nephew-cpr/

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Birth tourism Feb 23, 2014

Steve,

从你提供的链接看来,去年至少有一万中国 "anchor babies'' 在美国出生。
http://world.time.com/2013/11/27/chinese-women-are-flocking-to-the-u-s-to-have-babies/
At least 10,000 such Chinese babies were born in America last year, according to an estimate by an online platform dedicated to monitoring and rating confinement centers for Chinese women giving birth in the States.

与美国近年来每年约四百万的新生儿相比,再考虑到美国近年来出生率的下降趋势,这一万中国婴儿可是个不小的贡献。不过,这种 birth-tourism 恐怕好景不长。

http://www.myfoxla.com/story/23448009/birth-tourism-are-they-manipulating-the-system

http://article.wn.com/view/2013/09/09/Birth_tourism_in_Saipan_causing_headaches_for_USA/

BTW, Arcadia is really a nice place to live in. I do miss it.


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Birth Tourism Feb 23, 2014

Yueyin,

Here's a transcript of one of the episodes of "To the Contrary" hosted by Bonnie Erbé. I saw it on PBS a while ago. It talks about the problem of the burgeoning business of "birth tourism", or "maternity tourism".

http://www-tc.pbs.org/to-the-contrary/content_documents/15/TotheContrary-2013-05-17.pdf


Here's the video of the actual program that the text was actually transcribed from. It's kinda painful to have to click through all the icons to watch the whole program; but that's the best video archive of the program I could find on the web ...

https://archive.org/details/KRCB_20130518_183000_To_the_Contrary_With_Bonnie_Erbe#start/0/end/30


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An earlier episode Feb 23, 2014

Here's an earlier episode of "To the Contrary" that Bonnie Erbe hosted talking about the same issue. The main problem is the practice is actually legal, albeit a total abuse of the system ...

http://www.iptv.org/video/detail.cfm/15864/ttcy_20110401_april_1_2011


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温故知新 Feb 24, 2014

Arthur H. Smith.
CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS (1894)



  • Talent for Indirection

  • Intellectual Turbidity

  • Absence of Nerves

  • Absence of Public Spirit

  • Absence of Sympathy

  • Absence of Sincerity

  • ...
    ...


    鲁迅《两地书》

    这种漆黑的染缸不打破,中国即无希望,...


    柏杨

  • "夫酱缸者,腐蚀力和凝固力极强的混沌社会也.“

  • “我们的丑陋,来自我们不知道自己丑陋.”

  • " 自傲、自卑,就是没有自尊..."



  • http://book.douban.com/subject/3067185/


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    看法 Feb 24, 2014

    QHE wrote:

    温故知新



    Thanks, QHE, for the quotes. I haven't heard of Arthur H. Smith until now. I'm going to send for a copy of "Chinese Characteristics". They have it as a classic reprint in paperback at Amazon.

    I haven't read 柏楊's 醜陋的中國人 either. My dad once mentioned it in his letter to me at the time it was released. But I was so busy with work, there was no time to look into it. Besides I thought to myself: what is there that I didn't experience firsthand already?


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    近在咫尺 Feb 24, 2014

    wherestip wrote:
    QHE wrote:
    温故知新


    Thanks, QHE, for the quotes. I haven't heard of Arthur H. Smith until now. I'm going to send for a copy of "Chinese Characteristics". They have it as a classic reprint in paperback at Amazon.


    Steve, you may find the following links useful (including the ink highlights & notes):

    https://archive.org/details/cu31924023505591

    https://openlibrary.org/books/OL24150295M/Chinese_characteristics

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    Besides I thought to myself: what is there that I didn't experience firsthand already?


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    Legal but highly unethical Feb 24, 2014

    wherestip wrote:

    Here's an earlier episode of "To the Contrary" that Bonnie Erbe hosted talking about the same issue. The main problem is the practice is actually legal, albeit a total abuse of the system ...

    http://www.iptv.org/video/detail.cfm/15864/ttcy_20110401_april_1_2011

    Steve,

    Thanks for the links. I agree with Bonnie Erbe: “The practice is legal through a constitutional loophole, but is highly unethical.” Nevertheless, it is still illegal to use a private home or an apartment as a maternity hotel disturbing other people’s life. On the other hand, I also agree with the child’s father Mr. Bo: “The citizenship is just a piece of paper, but to integrate into America is a very gradual process. To integrate into American society, to integrate into the American masses, to become a real American, this is a very long process.” There are still a lot more headaches he and his child have to face in the years to come. They should know that opportunities come with responsibilities.

    [Edited at 2014-02-25 05:56 GMT]


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