There is a popular saying circulated in Shanghai: People
living in the inner core area (the CBD) speak English (staff
working for multinational companies), people living in the
mid-ring (suburban) speak Mandarin (high-skilled migrants
and peasant labours from other parts of China), and people
living in the outer circle (outskirts) speak Shanghainese
(those who were born and grew up in Shanghai).
Same phenomenon now is observed in Beijing
Which means if you want to hear authentic Shanghai dialect
or most pure Mandarin you’ll have to go out of Shanghai or
How does it happen? The answer is short: the high price
of the property has driven and is continuously driving the
locals out of their homes in the city.
What a tragedy!
Regret to Go to the University
More than half graduates say they’ve learned nothing at
the university, and one third speak of their regret for taking
up the tertiary education in the first place, a large-scale
study revealed last Monday. The study is co-conducted by
the China Youth Daily and Tengxun News Net, which surveyed
8777 new graduates.
Going to university was seen as the only shortcut to secure
a well-paid job in the Chinese society, and the competition
to obtain a seat in the college was fierce. But now things
are quietly changing. Last year, between 5 to 10 percent
of new students didn’t bother to enrol.
In recent years, most universities are largely left to look
after themselves financially in the environment of the free
market economy, and forced to lower their entrance standards
and increase the tutoring fees, with many teachers taking
part-time jobs as consultants in private companies instead
of focusing on teaching. The results are the poor quality
of education and the heavy burden of debt placed on a lot
of the students. Worse still, the debts are unlikely to be
paid off quickly since the graduates face an increasingly
tough job market, and many have to take some unskilled jobs
to support themselves.
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