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China wants to buy Canada's oil sands. China's national oil company, CNOOC, wants to start by buying Nexen Energy, of Calgary. The shareholders of Nexen have been offered a 60% premium for their shares.
The Government of Canada must decide whether the sale of Nexen should be allowed under the government's "net benefit" rule; that is, will it bring about a net benefit to Canadians. This decision must be made in a reasonable time, typically, 90 days or so.
CNOOC should not be allowed to buy Nexen because national oil companies will divert Canadian oil to their nation first, when oil grows scarce on this rapidly shrinking planet, regardless how high a price Canadians will be willing to pay to buy it back.
Canadians should not allow any Canadian oil company to fall into the hands of any company owned by another country in an era where energy security is becoming increasingly important.
It's wonderful that iTunes store has finally landed Hong Kong, allowing local music lovers to enjoy the quick and easy way to purchase copyrighted music any time, anywhere.
However, the names of some Hong Kong/ Taiwanese/ Mainland Chinese artists, Canto-pop and Mando-pop song and album titles, appear in English (which most of us can decode) or worse, in Mandarin pinyin ONLY!
In Hong Kong, we read authentic, i.e. traditional Chinese characters. We might speak Mandarin other than Cantonese and English, but most of us cannot decode the Mandarin pinyin as this is not part of our culture.
In this petition, I hope you can support my cause to ask Apple Inc. to reinstate all the Canto-pop and Mando-pop song and album titles in traditional Chinese characters its iTunes Hong Kong store.
This not only makes digital music shopping more convenient for us Hong Kong music lovers. It is also an act to protect our very own traditional Chinese heritage and roots, telling the world that though Hong Kong is a very small place, we deserve the respect we need.
Thank you for your support!
The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council in December 2011 pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act, as in force in each state and territory the (National Law), with approval taking effect from 1 July, 2012.
We request a review of the standard supporting Chinese Medicinal practitioners who speak English as their second language and have been successfully been practicing Chinese Medicine for many years. This service is a great benefit to the Australian Community.
We have been informed the Chinese medicinal practitioners who speak English as a second language are being disadvantaged in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS), which requires passing a stringent English test as a condition of general registration (see Chinese Medical Board of Australia - English language skills registration standard).
It seems that applying a compulsory and arbitrary English test or a conditional registration for existing legitimate practitioners is unfair and discriminatory. Many Chinese speaking practitioners have practiced safely and competently for many years, serving the Australian community successfully.
If public safety is the issue, in our opinion, it is best protected by having practitioners who are adequately qualified with sufficient clinical experience to practice safely, rather than relying on an academic level of formal English education.
Chinese speaking practitioners have the unique access and experience to the roots of Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine is a practice that is based on a philosophy, culture and tradition of more than 3,000 years. It is a common part of medical care throughout Asia. We are extremely lucky to be able to access this treatment within Australia.
Chinese Medicine is considered "alternative" therefore it is does fall into conventional medicine category. Treatment diagnosis relies on inspection and tongue diagnosis, palpation and pulse taking. It is based on the principle of qi and blood, and the theory of meridians and collateral vessels. As an “alternative”, it is our choice to access this form of treatment.
Furthermore, for a practitioner to exist any length of time in practice in Australia they need to be able to communicate effectively with their patients in English. Otherwise they would not have been able to continue practice successfully. Thus, it is of our opinion that evidence of a competent practice history is sufficient to demonstrate their English proficiency.
The arbitrary English language skill registration standard approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council in December 2011 pursuant to the Health Practioner Regulation National Law Act, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law), with approval taking affect from 1 July 2012 would undoubtedly disadvantage the Chinese medicine practitioners and potentially cost many of their livelihood.
As a member of the Australian community we will be disadvantaged if extra costs are incurred paying for an “interpreter” which is required by condition registration.
Under a "condition registration" having an interpreter is an overkill if the Chinese-born practitioner can be understood by an English speaking patient.
The worst case scenario is Chinese Practitioners are forced to close their practice due to this new standard that has been enforced.
We have greatly benefited from the Traditional Chinese treatments which insures that we remain healthy and happy. We believe due to ongoing treatment over many years we are not putting a strain on the current and future health system. As Chinese Medicine is a preventative treatment. This most definitely should be a consideration to the current and future economy within the Australian health system.
We request that the standard supporting the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act be reviewed due to Chinese-born practitioners being disadvantaged and given they would be the most qualified in this area as we are talking about Chinese Medicine practice which is based on Chinese language, culture, philosophy and tradition.
On Monday, a picture became circulated of a helpless infant dieing in water in a red bucket in a HOSPITAL in China. After the Chinese Birth Control Office injected poison into the pregnant woman to make her deliver the baby dead, it actually came out alive and started to cry.
The people responsible ripped the baby from its mother and threw it in a bucket, with water in it, to die. This is not going away and harm will come upon our world for this kind of atrocity continuing. Shame on the Chinese government for allowing this, and anyone else who condones this criminal, terrorist activity upon helpless infants.
I ask, and hold and hear by that those involved need to be held responsible, and put in a courtroom where they will be judged for their crimes by the great citizens of the common world. Thank you. Justice and the common man's concern for human life will prevail!
Nearly all child development and educational scholarly research indicates that younger children are best able to learn a foreign language.
Learning to read, speak, and write Mandarin Chinese will be critical to the future success of students in the Boise School District.
Providing access to a quality Mandarin Chinese immersion program will provide a critical advantage to students of the Boise School District.
Please help Chinese girl, Cheng Li Ellison, free her mother from prison in China. Her mother is a Falun Gong practitioner; and the only crime she committed was distributing pamphlets about the practice of Falun Gong.
She was put in prison without trial or sentence, and no one is able to contact her. Cheng's father too afraid of the power of the government, so is unwilling to help - even the person is his own wife.
Cheng is now married to an Australian citizen and planned to bring out her parents to Australia with her; however now, that dream seems very far away.
Please help her bring her dreams closer to reality.
Dual Immersion in Utah is a program in which students spend half the day in English with one teacher and half the day with another teacher in a second language, or L2.
This 50/50 instructional model offers students the opportunity to become skilled in the L2 and gain increased cultural competency. Most subjects are taught in both languages, but each language is used exclusively during its designated instructional block. It’s not a new idea – the first Dual Immersion program in Canada began in 1963 – although it is relatively new to Utah.
Utah’s Dual Immersion program offers a rich bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language. Instruction is divided between two high quality, creative classrooms: one English and one in the Second Language (Chinese, French or Spanish).
Second Language Skills - Students achieve high proficiency in the immersion language.
Improved Performance on Standardized Tests - Immersion students perform as well as or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests of English and math administered in English.
Enhanced Cognitive Skills - Immersion students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem solving skills as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
Increased Cultural Sensitivity - Immersion students are more aware of and show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other people.
Long Term Benefits - Immersion students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where a second language is an asset.
SAVE THE La PEROUSE (BOTANY) HERITAGE LISTED CHINESE MARKET GARDENS
Heritage for All
The neighbouring Botany Cemetery is preparing to take over the land on which market gardens have been established since the 1860s, first tilled by the Europeans then by the Chinese in the early 1900s. These gardens have been listed on the NSW State Heritage Register since 1999.
The NSW State Heritage Register states: “It is believed that this vegetable garden [ La Perouse’s] was Australia's first primary industry site and the site was more or less the same site as the Chinese Market Gardens. The first farms in the La Perouse area recorded in 1830 on land granted to John Brown. The Surveyor General's Map of 1889 identified market gardens in this area.
The La Perouse Chinese Market Gardens are of historical, agricultural and social significance to NSW and to the Sydney Metropolitan area in particular.
§ historical: the area is seen to have the importance in the evolution of the area from a landscape occupied and modified by the area’s Aboriginal population, to an area adapted to the settlement and food production needs of the European colony initially by the Europeans and then the Chinese;
§ social significance for its association with the Chinese immigrants who became predominant in the Market Gardens of this area for about 100 years. The current agricultural use somewhat extends the unique use by the original Aboriginal owners of the land, the Dharawal Community;
§ agricultural: these gardens are one of few remaining highly productive market gardens in the inner Sydney area producing and delivering fresh vegetables with minimal carbon footprint. The greening of this area with vegetables also reduces carbon pollution.
The needs of Botany Cemetery are important but the cemetery has many alternative solutions other than to demolishing the Heritage Chinese Market Gardens. NSW environmental and other legislation in effect protects these Heritage Market Garden areas.
Li Zheng is a Chinese national who is claiming asylum in the UK on the basis that she is a member of a persecuted group within her native China, and thus, if deported, could face persecution by the authorities which may result in her arbitrary detention, torture, or even execution.
She has - as of Friday, 3 July 2009 - once again been detained when reporting to the UKBA (UK Border Authority), as required by the asylum process. She is now threatened with deportation on Tuesday, 7 July 2009.
Please join us URGENTLY in petitioning the UK government and UKBA (UK Border Agency) to release Li Zheng from detention immediately, cease all actions directed toward her deportation, and grant her permanent asylum within the UK, to which she can legitimately lay claim, as outlined below.
Li Zheng is, demonstrably, a devoted practitioner of the Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) spiritual practice. There is a wealth of evidence that followers of Falun Gong face persecution by the authorities in their native China which can, and has, resulted in arbitrary detention, torture, and even death; as documented by:
Falun Dafa Info Center
Those residents of the UK (including British nationals such as I, Matt Bensted) who know Li Zheng on a one-to-one basis, and/ or as the mother of Meng "Coco" Tian, can testify that she is as a woman of impeccable character, and a regular attendee of Falun Gong practice sessions, conventions, and protests.
The UKBA's own website states clearly that:
"To be recognised as a refugee, you must have left your country and be unable to go back because you have a well-founded fear of persecution.
"The United Kingdom also adheres to the European Convention on Human Rights, which prevents us sending someone to a country where there is a real risk they will be exposed to torture, or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."
Ms Li Zheng clearly fulfils these criteria, and we ask that the goverment grants her the asylum to which she is so clearly entitled.
Dear Secretary of State Clinton,
Falun Gong is a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline that is Buddhist in nature. It consists of moral teachings, a meditation, and four gentle exercises that resemble tai-chi and are known in Chinese culture as “qigong.” The latter are a truly unique, and very much enjoyable, way to improve the health and condition of one’s body.
At the core of Falun Gong are the values of truth, compassion, and forbearance (or in Chinese, Zhen, Shan, Ren). Falun Dafa teaches that these are the most fundamental qualities of the universe itself, and takes them to be a guide for daily life and practice. Falun Gong is also known as “Falun Dafa.”
By 1999 Falun Gong was reported to have grown to become the largest, and fastest growing, practice of the sort in Chinese if not world history. In just seven years since its 1992 introduction to the public, an estimated 70-100 million persons in China were by then making Falun Gong a part of their daily lives.
In Asia spiritual practices of this variety are often referred to as ways of “cultivation”, or “self-cultivation,” and form an important part of traditional Chinese culture. Various Daoist, Buddhist, and Confucian practices fit this rubric.
Through consistent and dedicated practice, the student of Falun Gong comes to achieve a state of selflessness, greater insight and awareness, inner purity, and balance—the inner workings of what might be called true health. Ultimately he or she approaches what in the Asian tradition is known as “enlightenment” or “attaining the Dao” (or “Way”).
While Falun Gong aspires to inner transformation of the self, it nevertheless typically translates outwardly into positive change in the world, insofar as the practitioner becomes a more patient family member, a more conscientious employee, a more giving member of the community, and so on.
Falun Gong has thus been the subject of many citations, awards, and proclamations as conferred by government officials and a variety of organizations. Many who practice Falun Gong have been the recipients of service awards in their communities. The practice’s founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi, is a four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and was nominated by the European Parliament for the Sakharov Prize For Freedom of Thought.
Few people today are aware that the practice and its followers received much in the way of official recognition in China during the 1990s, prior to a dramatic, and violent, change in political winds in 1999 which saw the practice banned.
In 1993, Mr. Li Hongzhi was named the “Most Welcomed Qigong Master” in Beijing and bestowed by an official body with the Award for Advancing Frontier Science. That same year, The People's Public Security News—the official newspaper of China’s Ministry of Public Security—praised Mr. Li for his contributions “in promoting the traditional crime-fighting virtues of the Chinese people, in safeguarding social order and security, and in promoting rectitude in society.”
By 1999, Chinese officials went so far as to quantify Falun Gong’s benefits, such as when one official from China’s National Sports Commission, speaking with U.S. News & World Report, declared that Falun Dafa “can save each person 1,000 yuan in annual medical fees. If 100 million people are practicing it, that’s 100 billion yuan saved per year in medical fees.” The same official went on to note that, “Premier Zhu Rongji is very happy about that.”
Today Falun Gong is practiced freely in more 70 countries around the world, with clubs and associations existing in a range of cities, companies, universities, and other settings. Regrettably in China, its country of origin, it is currently banned and the subject of gross human rights violations at the hands of communist rulers.
While Falun Gong is practiced openly in the 70-plus countries where it is found, today in its homeland of China it is subject to well-documented egregious human rights violations. The scale and scope of abuses taking place make this possibly the largest religious persecution in the world today.
Suppression officially began on July 22, 1999 following years of escalating state abuses (timeline).
One basic explanation for the seemingly irrational campaign is the proclivities of China’s atheist Communist Party (the CCP), which fears all groups outside its control – particularly ones that subscribe to a different ideology.
The Party has tried several times to eradicate all expressions of religion from China (a country traditionally referred to as "the land of the divine"). To this day Roman Catholics, many Protestants, and Tibetan Buddhists cannot worship freely in China and are at constant risk of detention and torture. By 1999, Falun Gong became a natural target as it was the largest - and fastest growing - spiritual group in China with 100 million practitioners nation-wide, according to Chinese Government reports at the time.
Others have noted that the decision to launch the campaign is linked to former-Party head Jiang Zemin’s "fear" and "jealousy" of Falun Gong. According to analyst Willy Lam (news), Jiang has been seen as "using the mass movement to promote allegiance to himself." Sources cited by the Washington Post, state that, "Jiang Zemin alone decided that Falun Gong must be eliminated," and "picked what he thought was an easy target." (more about the origins of the campaign).
Perhaps the most prominent feature of the campaign has been its prevalent use of extreme torture. Torture of Falun Gong adherents has been documented in each of China’s provinces, in jails, labor camps, brainwashing centers, and schools in China’s big cities, small towns, and villages.
Popular torture techniques include shocking with electric batons, burning with irons, tying the body in painful positions for days, force-feeding saline solutions through a plastic tube inserted up the nose, and prying out fingernails with bamboo shoots, to name a few; rape and sexual torture of the Falun Gong in detention are prevalent as well.
To date over 3,000 deaths have been documented, as well as over 63,000 accounts of torture. An estimate of the real figure puts the actual death toll in the tens of thousands (more about torture)
When the persecution was launched in 1999, tens of millions of Chinese who practiced the meditation discipline were faced with a choice. One option was to again surrender to the Communist Party and abandon a practice that had brought them better health, spiritual guidance, and, invariably, newfound hope. A second option seemed to be to continue practicing quietly at home – but as raids quickly showed, this was impossible even if one were able to turn a blind eye to the persecution of family and friends. A final option was to openly resist the persecution in spite of knowing full well what the painful consequences might be.
Indeed, those who chose the latter have most commonly faced forms of oppression that do not make headlines – dismissal from work, expulsion from universities, deprivation of health care and pensions, divorce, homelessness, and a range of other forms of discrimination (more about: persecution in the family, persecution at work and school, and destitution).
For hundreds of thousands, the most basic reality of the campaign has been long periods of detention in "reform through labor" camps – China’s Gulag system. There they are forced to work up to 20 hours per day, producing – without pay – toys, Christmas tree lights, chopsticks, and soccer balls for export. Those who refuse are tortured (more about arbitrary detention and slavery).
Be it in labor camps, jails, or in special reeducation centers, all detained Falun Gong practitioners have been forced to undergo what can only be described as brainwashing. The Communist Party’s goal is to force these people to renounce their spiritual beliefs and come to view Falun Gong as dangerous, as well as to turn in others who are active in exposing the persecution.
The key ingredients of the brainwashing process, or what the Party calls "transformation," is sleep deprivation, hours on end of staring at videos vilifying Falun Gong, threats, and Cultural Revolution-style "struggle sessions". Some particularly "stubborn" individuals who refuse to transform are injected with psychotropic drugs in asylums as treatment for the mental disorder of incorrect political thinking (more about psychological persecution).
The Party’s ultimate solution for the vast number of incarcerated Falun Gong adherents, however, is much more terrifying. According to current and former hospital employees, the Falun Gong have been used in reverse organ-matching – they have been killed by the thousands so that their organs can be used for on-demand transplants.
Livers, kidneys, hearts, and cornea are removed from the living, anesthetized Falun Gong adherents with matching blood-types and sold to Party officials and other desperate-yet-wealthy individuals from China and abroad. Undercover investigators’ phone calls to Chinese hospitals have caught doctors boasting about this practice on tape (more about organ harvesting).
But, as in every genocide of the twentieth century, extreme violence first required dehumanization of "the other" through propaganda. Indeed, one key measure in the Party’s suppression has been to limit, and distort, information about Falun Gong—both in China and elsewhere.
From day one of the suppression, the regime banned all books and informational media produced discussing Falun Gong positively. All websites relating to the practice were immediately blocked. Millions of Falun Gong books were forcibly seized and burned publicly. The regime feared people might learn, if they knew not already, that Falun Gong was a healthy, normal, and positive way of life embraced by millions (more about censorship).
These censorship efforts have, of course, extended to cyberspace, thanks in no small part to Western companies who have enthusiastically sold Internet surveillance technology to the Party’s security apparatuses. As a result, Chinese people are now in jail for posting evidence of torture online or even downloading articles about Falun Gong (more about the persecution and the Internet).
Alongside censorship, the Party has sought to scandalize Falun Gong through an aggressive propaganda blitz. The regime has been determined to paint Falun Gong as dangerous, deviant, and abnormal.
Former Party Chairman Jiang Zemin led the way, attaching onto Falun Gong the label of "cult" three months after his ban as means to further bend public opinion. The Ministry of Propaganda thus launched numerous publications, radio and TV shows, and even plays, comic books, and exhibitions meant to criminalize Falun Gong (more about this propaganda campaign).
Government officials around the world, meanwhile, report receiving defamatory materials from Party emissaries. These are often accompanied by attempts to pressure the elected officials to stay silent about abuses perpetrated against the Falun Gong, to rescind proclamations in recognition of Falun Gong’s contributions to the community, and to block local Falun Gong activities such as parades or conferences.
Business owners, journalists, and scholars have also been subjected to similar pressure tactics and threats (more about pressure overseas), leading to a sometimes eerie silence in Western press and academia (see "Out of the Media Spotlight").
Beyond mere threats, Falun Gong adherents overseas have been physically assaulted and spied on by agents directly connected to the Chinese Communist regime (more about persecution overseas).
The Falun Gong have responded to all of this with markedly peaceful means. Throughout nearly a decade of persecution, they have refused to adopt violence. Instead, adherents first tried to reason with Communist Party rulers through letters and petitions. When these fell on deaf ears, the Falun Gong turned to Tiananmen Square where – through quietly meditating or displaying banners before being arrested - they sought to call upon the conscience of the Chinese people as well as world leaders. As the persecution continued, the Falun Gong began countering state propaganda by distributing information exposing the persecution through leaflets, VCDs, emails, and phone calls.
Collectively, this resistance movement - composed of bold individual acts in spite of great personal risks – constitutes what is probably today’s largest non-violent movement in the world (see "Righteous Resistance").
Outside of China, Falun Gong practitioners and supporters have also engaged in a range of activities aimed at exposing the persecution on the mainland. Since the Falun Gong in China are denied any legal rights there (more about violations of China’s law and the complicity of the judiciary), a group of leading rights lawyers are carrying out one of history’s broadest international campaigns legal campaigns with the aim of bringing CCP officials to justice for what these attorneys are calling the genocide of Falun Gong (more about lawsuits around the world and violations of international law).
Most Chinese scooter owners have had to go through the task of replacing their stock variator rollers to lighter ones, with the general consensus being an ideal weight of 4.5g.
Why then, do Chinese motorcycle manufacturers keep churning out scooters with heavier stock rollers?
For the past nine years since Sky Cable had included Arirang TV in its roster of cable channels in 1999, Philippine viewers have been enjoying and learning about the Korean culture through the variety of shows they offer.
Since 2006, Sky Cable had removed Arirang TV from its channel listing offered in their basic Sky Silver Plan available at PhP 680.00 , and moved it to the premium Platinum Plan offered at PhP 2020.00. Because of this, Philippine Arirang TV viewers are left with no option but to upgrade their plans to a more expensive one should they want to continue watching Arirang TV.
Arirang TV is the only Korean TV station with a multi-lingual format, with Korean shows translated or subtitled in different languages (Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Bahasa, Spanish, Vietnamese and English).
By signing this petition, you are supporting the cause of the Philippine Arirang TV viewers in their endeavor to bring Arirang TV back to the channel listing of Sky Cable's basic Sky Silver Plan so that everyone can enjoy the viewing pleasures - both entertaining and informative- of Arirang TV in a much affordble cost.
UN should care 24,000,000 people's rights who live in Taiwan. Do not only accept simplified Chinese characters.
Traditional characters are meaningful, easily recognized characters being used by countless people over many decades.
Damages under the name of ‘renovation’
In November 2004, the local government launched Concept Plan for the Development of Lantau Island with an objective to preserve the cultural heritage and natural resources of Tai O’s old fishing villages. The Concept Plan also suggested carrying out certain construction projects with a view to enhancing the local attractions of Tai O. On September 23, 2007, the Civil Engineering and Development Department held a consultation meeting titled Tai O Renovation, jointly with the Planning Department and an environmental engineering consulting company (邁進基建環保工程顧問有限公司), and announced a budget of 620 million dollars for the required construction works. However, the consultation period was no more than one month.
The Tai O Culture Workshop finds that those construction works are damages under the name of ‘renovation’. The whole planning was built on old mindsets, trying to implant an iconic theme park on a traditional fishing village abruptly through top-down policy implementation. This is totally going against the conservation of community lifestyles as well as the principles of sustainability and public participation. The Tai O Culture Workshop wishes to express its deep regret and strong opposition against the project.
Tiananmen Mothers are the mothers and family members of the victims who were killed or injured in the June Fourth Massacre in Beijing, China in 1989.
After the massacre, they grouped together and have been trying to gather information about the injured, the dead and the disappeared as evidence of crimes and violation of human rights by the Chinese government.
Traditional Chinese has 5000 years of history compared to Simplified (created by the Chinese Communists which has only less than 60 years duration).
Imagine that Lee Pei's poem be changed to that ugly characters. It would be a shame to all of Lee's family and all other names, home [including China, Taiwan, Hongkong,...] and abroad.
So I would strongly say NO, NO, NO!!!
The simplified Chinese (hereunder as SC) add recognition load and confusion to readers who were brought up and educated in pre-50 years. It also introduces blindness in understanding the formation of the Chinese characters, particularly in studying old days Chinese history and culture.
Being an intelectual and professional person, I was born and educated in Chine till 1957 and are aware of daily use of the SC and am qualified to comment on this matter.
The traditional chinese writing has a tracked history of over 3000 years. The simplified chinese writing does not have any logic in its formation, whereas each word of traditional chinese comes under 4 classification. The changeover of chinese character will by all means sentence the death of history.
Classical Chinese should be maintained.
Simplified Chinese is NOT part of the Chinese culture or heritage.
It is made out just for conveneince sake for those who cannot read clasical Chinese and it has no literature value.
I want to keep Traditional Chinese in UN 2008.
Please don't take a away from UN. lot of people still understand Traditional Chinese. if you take a away from UN become Simplified Chinese lot of Chinese they don't know what it is News.
Traditiional Chinese it is part of Chinese Culture. Only living at People's Republic of China Chinese they know simplified Chinese.
I growing up in a country where everybody using traditional Chineses.
Traditional Chinese is a real part of culture of Chinese History.
We have to protect it and shouldn't let it disappear.
Oriental City was previously a Yaohan Shopping Plaza; after the Yaohan company collapsed, it changed hands. Many locals and visitors still refer to it as Yaohan Plaza. Its address is 399 Edgware Road, London, NW9 0JJ.
The centre contains a large oriental supermarket (SuperMaz), and a food court with a range of foods from different areas of South-East Asia; stalls offer Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese foods including bento boxes and sushi, ramen noodles, and assorted Asian desserts. The food court is immensely popular with surrounding office workers and the North London community; it is often very crowded during the weekends.
The food court is complemented with a number of oriental restaurants in the complex, with the majority of them located on the upper floor. The complex contains two Dim Sum restaurants, a Schezwan restaurant, and an 'all you can eat' restaurant. Outside, there is a durian stall and a satay stall.
Aside from the food outlets, the complex also contains a number of small shops. There is a high turnover of shops, with only one remaining original tenant in the facility, the Japanese tableware store. The centre previously housed an import game shop, a Sanrio store, and one of the largest oriental bookshops in London (Asahiya Shoten). Shoppers can now find a tailor's shop, a jeweller, a hairdresser, a beauty shop, Chinese medicine shops, a martial arts store, and a large furniture store. Oriental City also hosts a Sega Dome arcade which has been a feature since the complex's opening.
The centre is a focus point for the oriental community, often hosting weeks which promote the cultural identity of different South East Asian countries. These events typically consist of various performing arts, and the promotion of that country's particular cuisine.
Taiwan's Pan Blues and Pan Greens have been striving with each other for a time that makes Taiwanese people sick.
Taiwanese people should realize that the real threat is neither Blue nor Green, but the Communist regime across the strait.
If the Communists had never stolen the nation of China, the Nationalists would not have applied "White Terror" in Taiwan; thus, the native Taiwanese would not have been oppressed by the 1949 fleets; thus, there would not have been so much conflict between the Blues and the Greens today.
In fact, as Dr. Sun Yat-Sen suggested, Taiwan should be independent, if there had never been riots by the Communists in China, the Nationalists probably would never have occupied Taiwan, and Taiwan now would be Republic of Taiwan.
While the Greens are accusing the Blues of loving China instead of Taiwan, the real threat comes from the Communists. The Blues never set up weapons against Taiwan, the Communists do.
Since the Nationalist Party is Chinese Nationalist Party, the most ideal to finish the whole strife on Taiwan's political stage is to send the Nationalists back to China.
However, as long as the Communists are still in charge of China, the Blues cannot return to China; and Taiwan cannot join the UN as an independent nation.
BALI, INDONESIA–After detaining Chinese pro-democracy defector Jia Jia at a March 9th public forum, Indonesian authorities say that they plan to deport him back to China. The Indonesian branch of the U.N. has said that they don't have the right to do so, according to a source.
Jia made headlines by leaving a tour group in Taiwan on Oct. 23, 2006 and publicly announcing his break with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He has since been publicly speaking out against the party and encouraging people to withdraw from membership. Jia is the former Secretary General of the Science and Technology Association of Shanxi Province.
Jia had been denied entry into Malaysia when he flew to the country on February 21. A local official stated that the reason for the denial was that Jia Jia had been added to the blacklist of the Malaysian government.
According to Jia, his purpose of attending the event in Indonesia, originally planned as a formal press conference, was to explain to the public why he is traveling around Asia, and his observations of Asian countries' attitudes towards the CCP. After defecting from China, Jia has traveled to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Malaysia in the process of seeking political asylum outside of China.
This reporter saw Bali police interfere with the event, threatening to take Jia into their custody. In order to cooperate with police, organizers turned the event into an informal public forum, with Jia speaking from the audience rather than front-and-center.
Police then tried to stop Jia from speaking at all, threatening to detain and interrogate him. Around noon Bali time, Jia agreed to leave with the police.
If he stays in Indonesia, he is not supposed to speak to the people of Indonesia, said a supervising police officer.
Jia is currently in police custody and has hired an attorney, who said that there are no legal grounds for Jia's arrest. A U.N. official in Indonesia has also told police that they have no legal right to deport Jia Jia, according to a source who asked to remain anonymous.
Jia said that the police officers' actions are proof that the Indonesian government has given in to the CCP. Many governments fail to see through the CCP's means of deception and that its power, while seemingly strong, is actually quite fragile, he said. They choose to give in and to cooperate with the CCP for fear of losing economic benefits, he asserted.
Jia Jia has been a longtime advocate for democracy in China. The U.N. and international society should pay attention to his situation, because helping him is helping the Chinese people, he said.
So far over 19 million people have withdrawn from the Chinese Communist Party and its subsidiary organizations, the Youth League and the Young Pioneers. An average of 30,000 to 40,000 people withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party daily. Jia Jia said that the Chinese Communist Party is on the brink of collapse and that everybody and that every government must recognize the current crisis facing the CCP.
During his search for political asylum, Jia has been talking to local people during his tours and learning their opinions on the Chinese Communist Party and China's prospects. Jia said that he discovered that some governments and their people have illusions toward the Chinese Communist Party. For example, they think the Chinese Communist Party is equal to China, and they think building a relationship with the Chinese Communist Party is the same as building a relationship with 1.3 billions of Chinese people.
Jia Jia said that they have made wrong judgments towards China due to these misunderstandings. As a result, they are not aware of it when they help the Chinese Communist Party suppress the Chinese people and, thus, harm the interest of their own countries and people.
By Wu Xue'er
Epoch Times Staff on assignment in Indonesia
Many people want to the learn the Chinese language. Having a Chinese-Language TV station will help people to train in listening comprehension in Chinese.
I want to say NO to united nations' abolishment of Traditional Chinese in 2008.
You have no right to do that! This is regarding about the culture we have for more than 5000 years. We want to continue to use it!
June 1, 2006
The Japanese hurt so many chinese in second world war, but its prime minister does not want to admit the evil and continues to say things that hurt chinese feelings.
30. Free Tibet
For over more than 50 years the tibetan people have been occupied by the chinese governemant.
This occupation has led to the repressement and the torture of more than the threemillion tibetan people. for over 1.2million tibetan people has already die during the chinese occupation.
The beautiful culture of tibet was nearly destroyed when chinese soldiers burnt many temples and buildings who are are crucial for the religion and culture of tibet.
Still now the chinese gouvernement motivates chinese people to live in tibet by giving them bounties, wich leads to the financial repression of the tibetan people.
Still today, the tibetan people have little rights. They can't critisize the chinese gouvernement, they can't talk to tourists, they may not have picture of His Holiness The Dalai Lama...
Many people live still in foreign countries because they're afraid to go back. Even H.H The Dalai Lama isn't safe if he goes back.
That's why we have to make sure that the UN and other international organisations cause an international pressure upon China to make sure the Tibetan people can live in peace and harmony whit their religion.
I ask you to please sign this petition to end the chinese occupation.