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TOTAL LICENSING
away. Hear of her sharing an inexpensive flat and pride in the progress. He says, “Happiness
TWO AIRPORTS
with a female roommate so she can send money is practical”. If only he could make a little more
home to her honored parents and help them in money - but after he graduates he hopes to find
Excerpts from
their advancing age. a real job.
China Daily, pub-
This college graduate with good English can’t af- To give you an insight into pieces of China’s ka-
lished in a Beijing
ford taxis and commutes from her suburb into leidoscope, we should also read articles, some
newspaper, April
town for one hour each way. She hopes for the from the much more outspoken Hong Kong
30, 2008:
big job possibilities of the coming Olympics that Press. Here are some without further com-
would give her a chance to meet and greet. Her ment:
tourist guide license and badge allows her to
“Beijing has invited
pass blocked areas and closed zones.
A NEW GENERATION IN CHINA
the rest of the world
Teaching pays too little, a suitable husband is
(excerpts from South Chinese Morning Post, May
to share its beautiful dream – by making the
hard to find in the big cities where in order to
5, 2008)
worlds’ biggest sporting spectacle ever, a
meet someone you must navigate the bar scene
What a change in the composition and
success.”
where hip hop music and the search for sex
outlook of the famous Chinese University
reigns (sounds familiar, America?). Of course,
students.
“Let’s compare the success of T3 (Beijing’s
you could belong to the miniscule Communist
We remember the student rebellions of ear-

new Airport) with Terminal 5 in London’s
party youth groups of ideologue – but their
lier days, but the post 1980s generation might
Heathrow Terminal which is equally new.”
meetings are boring. The consequences of the
be labeled the “me” generation.
“The never ending fiasco of Terminal 5 in
one child policy make the numerically smaller
Due to the country’s population-curbing One
London’s Heathrow has succeeded in eclips-
group of boys kings over the girls and they don’t
Child Policy, these youngsters have become
ing the astounding success of Terminal 3 in
like to sacrifice their money-making capacity or
the little emperors and princesses sitting
Beijing.”
freedom for marriage. (I report her perception,
atop a family pyramid of two doting parents
although I have a newspaper story with statistics
and four eager to please grandparents. This
“Coincidentally T5 in London opened for
that interestingly asserts the opposite about the
generation is said to be spoiled, yet lonely
partial operations on March 27th, just one
provinces outside the big cities – probably both
and cynical at the same time.
day after T3 in Beijing opened for full opera-
are correct).
In the middle-class, this generation is breast
tions on March 26th. The difference and
fed on the economic milk of China’s reform
the contrast could not have been greater
She had a brother who was not sanctioned by
and opening-up policy that came into being
and sharper. Just as T5 in London has been
the local government back home and this cost
at the end of the 1970s. Growing up in the
plagued with shocking failures, agonizing
her dad his promotion in the factory. Somehow
rapidly enriched families, the mind-set of the
plights over missing luggage and stranded
her teen-aged brother killed himself (?) or was
post 1980’s offspring is far different than that
passengers, ready to erupt like a smoking vol-
killed (?). Why? Now we get again into that
of their parents. They’ve become patrons of
cano, T3 in Beijing has been operating almost
impolite untouchable territory– no she will not
imported fast-food chains and loyal audiences
without a glitch and is as smooth as silk and
discuss it and has never discussed it with any-
of Hollywood movies.
sweet as honey.”
one. Notwithstanding our strangeness to each
They are deeply hurt when foreign media
other, we have shared many meals, have become
portrays their critiques and patriotism as a
“While T5 in London could handle 1.2 million
friends, and even communicate via internet now.
result of brainwashing by government propa-
bags an hour, T3 in Beijing could handle 2 mil-
She must go to one of the many internet cafes
ganda. They are full of conflicts, they want
lion. While T5 in London could add 30 mil-
that have sprung up all over because she has no
to be proud but they also want to be able to
lion passengers per year, T3 in Beijing would
access to the internet at home.
have a say in the future. There are today 200
add more. While T5 in London mostly serv-
million of these highly educated students.
ices British Airways, T3 in Beijing services Air
Meet Another Tourist Guide
China and two dozen other airlines. Amaz-
This was a young man who studied in the USA
IN CHINA THERE ARE NOT ingly as the largest terminal in the world with
on an educational visa for two years and re-
ENOUGH GIRLS TO GO AROUND 1 million square meters, T3 in Beijing is much
turned because he could not afford the fees he
An unintended by-product of the One Child larger than T5 in London but has been less
would have needed to pay for schooling. He
Policy: In 1982 there were 108 boys born costly to build. Beijing cost only 1.9 billion
liked the USA on his private time, but family
for every 100 girls, but Hainan University’s Euro, T5 cost 4.3 billion Euro. Beijing was
poverty stopped his family from continuing to
Politics and Public Management Institute completed in less than 4 years, London took
contribute to his education.
records 168 males for every 100 females in almost 20 years from designing to partial
He returned to Beijing and went to a technical
the province. completion. Chinese passengers who hurry
university and tried to earn money on the side.
The US State Department’s Trafficking in through T3 in Beijing, rarely pause to marvel
Production jobs would pay only 40 cents per
Persons report released last year estimates at the brand new architectural masterpiece.
hour, therefore to help with the Olympic build
that 90% of the estimated minimum of ten They seem to have taken it for granted!”
up did not suit him. He now is an independent
thousand to twenty thousand people traf- “But for those who want to dismiss China’s
operator hanging around palaces and tourist
ficked annually on the mainland of China are great stride forward over the past three
sites approaching visitors with his services. Its
women and children. decades, a cool headed comparison between
catch-as-catch can but he makes more money
Teenagers can be sold as wives, stolen tod- T3 and T5 will expose fully their self-imposed
than he could in any job. He must support his
dlers are often brought up as “cousins” to ignorance. Those who refuse to face reality
parents – it’s a duty! Some day he might want
guarantee future brides for farmers’ sons. by clinging to ideological stereotypes will
to return to the USA but he is not so sure be-
Criminal gangs feed this traffic which is akin have the almost impossible task of making
cause he found a big conflict between his values
to modern slavery. It used to be that boys sense of the explosive productivity which
and U.S. values. He has no girlfriend, can’t afford
fetched a better price, but now it is girls has been the hallmark of China over the past
one! Occasional company at a bar is okay but
who are sought and can be purchased very three decades.”
he has now, again, developed a love for China
inexpensively.
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