Lee Kuan Yew (PM of Singapore) writes this about the Chinese Identity:
Out of political necessity he began to teach himself Mandarin in 1954 (he was 31 years old)… Besides not knowing Chinese would make it hard to identify with the great tradition of a major civilization. “To be able to speak Mandarin and to read the Chinese script, is reassuring. To look at Chinese characters, see them as mysterious hieroglyphics, is to be psychologically disadvantaged… With the language, comes the fables and proverbs, a whole value system, a whole philosophy of life.... Only a Chinese [Singaporean] who cannot speak or read it, and who has been exposed to the discomfiture or ridicule when abroad, will know how inadequate and deprived he can feel. By then, they would not be young enough to learn the language easily, I have personally experienced this. There I can state that its psychological value cannot be over emphasized.”
[Taken from the Encyclopedia of Overseas Chinese]
I suppose it starts to explain where this yearning in my life comes from, where this great unfulfilled longing and why I feel a need to continue to wander.
The Old Cherokee
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil -- he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good -- he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
China catching Korea, Japan in technology, says report
LONDON -- China is expected to match Korea in consumer electronics, communications equipment and semiconductors by 2010, according to a Digital Chosun report that gave a questionnaire survey conducted by the Korea Development Bank (KDB) as its source.
The bank had surveyed 497 of its major clients on the status of China, Korea and Japan across a variety of industry sectors, the report said. At present, China's technical level is assessed by the KDB to be 1.8 years behind Korea in the consumer electronics sector, 2.3 years in communications equipment and 2.5 years in computer technology.
Korea is now on the par with Japan in semiconductors and expected to catch up with Japan in 2007 in computers and consumer electronics, according to the survey.
And by 2010, Korea is expected to have outstripped Japan in semiconductor technology and be on the par with Japan in communications equipment and automobiles, the report said.