Month: February 2019
Pray, Lady Qiao, come to Earth this day. Teach me embroidery and how to sew… wisdom, joy and ingenuity, do on me bestow.”
In Xihe county of Longnan city, Gansu province, these lyrics are well known to women. The county is one of 189 in China des
ignated as poverty stricken, in which 223 out of 384 villages are deeply impoverished.
Xihe county is at the upper reaches of the Jialing River, south of the West Qinling Mo
untains, and as well as having its roots in farming is also known for its scenic beauty.
For centuries, women there have been highly skilled in needlewor
k. Legend has it that they were tutored by none other than Lady Qiao, also known as the “w
eaver maid”, and who was said to be the youngest daughter of China’s folkloric Queen Mother.
Lady Qiao (qiao means ingenuity) was endowed, it is said, with not o
nly good looks but also noble righteousness, and was a magnificent embroiderer.
So local girls and young women worship her, and in the week leading to the sevent
h day of the seventh month-according to the Chinese lunar calendar-they celebrate by singing, dancing and pray
ing in a tradition called qiqiao (asking for ingenuity) that can be traced back to before the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).
and ingenuity to gain the power to build their own embroidery brands, thus improving their lives and helping to lift their county out of poverty.
Zhang Qin, 43, a respected embroiderer in the Daliu village of the county who founded the local embroidery associ
ation, Qiqiao Workshop, says: “Women around here are good at needlework, and I’m particularly int
erested in it. When I was a kid, I liked watching and learning as the women were sewing.”
She made her first “bucket of gold” when she was 8, she says.
“I sewed 10 pillowslips and sold them for 4 yuan ($0.6). At the time my family was too poo
r even to buy me new clothes, so I bought a large piece of red cloth and made myself a new undercoat with the money.”
Zhang gradually gained a reputation for her exquisite work, and women in the village often went to her for guidance.
learned to sell their work online.
Meanwhile, Lyu registered an online store on Taobao in 2016 and says she has since earned 50,000 yuan.
Speaking about the efforts, Luo Shumei, the president of the Wo
men’s Federation of Changdao village, Xihe county, says: “It’s a good thing to see embroidery pro
duction in Xihe county is shifting from being scattered to being more organized.
“But one drawback is that we are yet to find a good market.”
Separately, in 2016, the Xihe Culture, Radio and
Broadcasting Administration designated Luo, now 32, as a Xihe Qiqiao culture “inheritor”.
As for the future prospects, Luo says: “To be honest, o
ur production is at a bit of a standstill now because we don’t know when the next order will come in.
“And we are reluctant to produce en masse beca
use of the risk of overstocking. But when an order does come in, we’ll work very hard.
not adjusted for more than one year, while 54 percent said their salary was cut due to shrinking bonuses.
Nearly 54 percent of those surveyed said they were unable to strike a balance bet
ween family and career due to low salary, according to the survey.
The survey was based on questionnaires completed by 1,064 employees aged 20 and above from Jan 24 to Feb 11.
According to the island’s statistical agency, the real average monthly salary of employees in Taiwan’s industrial and ser
vice sectors was NT$38,235 ($1,243) in 2018, which is below the average monthly salary of NT$38,398 in 2001.
Employees in the telecommunications sector earn the most on the
island, with an average monthly salary of NT$100,791, followed by those working in
the industries of banking, electricity and gas supply and air transport, the agency said.
in multiple sectors, China is steadily transforming itself from a traditional manufacturing center into a technology-driven economy capable of delivering hig
her-value products and services to serve its increasingly affluent, middle-income consumer base.
Recognizing the pivotal role of colleges and universities in this process, China is making huge invest
ments to strengthen its higher-education institutions, and is at the same time developing greater cap
bilities in science, technology and innovation. In the critical field of artificial intelligence, for example, Chin
ese President Xi Jinping has laid out an ambitious plan to make China a world leader over the next two decades.
Today, with rapidly improving academic systems, a clear focus on research, and a vast pool of high-caliber talent, Chinese unive
rsities are almost certainly at the forefront of defining the new and most innovative jobs of the 21st century.
This exciting trend, which will likely be unimpeded whatever the outcome of this week’s trade ta
lks, means there are tremendous opportunities for academics to work in China－and the appeal is much bro
ader than just the likely increment in salary and research budget. Many individuals are attracted by the int
riguing possibility of using the next stage of their academic career to take on a new adventure and explore a new culture.
fulfill their ambition in scientific research. And with China becoming a key driving force in so ma
ny key technology sectors, such as big data and AI, life sciences, clean energy and quantum co
mputing, faculty members can quickly find themselves operating in a cutting-edge research environment, supported by
a larger budget and more-skilled support team than might be possible elsewhere.
This trend reflects steps by the Chinese government to make working in the country more attr
active to overseas academics, including the Thousand Talent Plan, which was initiated in 2008 an
d has already attracted more than 7,000 overseas Chinese and 300 to 500 foreign experts. While the FBI has raised so
me questions about the intentions of this program, it is clear that the vast majority of the participants are largely in
terested in nothing more than open, mutually beneficial, cross-border research collaboration.
At joint-venture universities, all full-time faculty members, irrespective of t
heir nationality, are eligible to apply for domestic Chinese funding to support thei
r research activities. With overall research and development expenditures in China growing at 15 to 20 percent a
nnually over the past few years, this represents a major point of attraction for foreign scholars and faculty members.
exhibit discomfort with one another, it is clear that person-to-person education and research diplomacy will continue to provide a
solid foundation for sustaining win-win academic projects. Any significant decoupling of the US and Chi
na in the education and research fields would prove detrimental to both countries.
In the globalized world of the 21st century, where international kn
owledge networks and crossborder collaborations have become the new norm, the US and C
hina should be seeking to build more bridges, not dismantling them.
The author is executive vice-chancellor of Duke Kunshan University, a joint-vent
ure university established by Duke University and China’s Wuhan Uni
versity, and professor of China Business and Technology at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
with us and the Iranian people, to stand with our allies and friends in the region,” Pence said. “The time has come for our Europe
an partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us as we bring the economic and diplomatic pressure necessary.”
The vice president referred to a mechanism Europeans have created to ensure Iran can continue to import medicine and food, trad
e that is allowed under the Iran nuclear deal but has been constrained by banks’ fears of US retaliation.
”In fact, they’ve led the effort to create mechanisms to break up our sanctions,” Pence
said. “They call this scheme a ‘Special Purpose Vehicle.’ We call it an effort to break American sa
nctions against Iran’s murderous revolutionary regime,” Pence said. “It’s an ill-advised step that will only st
rengthen Iran, weaken the EU, and create still more distance between Europe and the United States.”
Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz worked to stress areas of common agreement in a press appearance with Pence.
with maybe a million of his supporters, and I suspect both of us,
both sides, will be handing flowers to the military and the
people guarding the bridge, and seeing whether they can be persuaded to do what they must realize is the right thing,” Branson said.
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