Upon returning to school, I started a new class: Managerial Economics. My teacher has come from TRU in Canada to teach my class in China. The thing I enjoy best is not that the teacher is a native English speaker. Everyone assumes that language is the biggest thing, but I am enjoying a little bit of time where the teacher doesn’t care about me any more than any other student. Don’t get me wrong, it’s never been a big deal to be singled out in class as the only foreigner, but it’s nice to blend in for a change. We have lectures 5-days a week. The sememinar is every Friday and gives students a chance to practice application of the theories. It’s been made clear to me that I should not go to the seminars because the teachers want to speak only in Chinese. It means I don’t get regular support for the material, which is a bit challenging at first, but I think it’ll work out. I really enjoy the subject of the course and have enjoyed being kept very busy.
Since I haven’t written in a while, I wanted to share something that caught my eye from the China Daily newspaper. They have a section for news “from widely read Chinese media” that often is a mix of funny, sad, and interesting stories. Today I wanted to share a couple stories from the May 11th edition. First, to any of my friends who are complaining that the Canadian job market is tough (assuming you’re outside Alberta, of course), just be glad you’re not competing against the crazy family in this morbid tale:
Mum hires help to cut off competitor’s legs
To help her daughter secure a job, a mother hired gangsters to cut off a competitor’s legs in Fuyang in Anhui province.
The daughter surnamed Gao and the victim surnamed Li are graduating students from the same college. They both applied for a teaching position in a local school in April.
After a paper examination and an interview, Li was the top candidate, and Gao came in the second. Since there was only one position available, Gao’s mum employed three gangsters to cut off Li’s legs on April 25.
All five suspects were arrested last week. The case is in progress.
Anhui Business News
In other great news from home, some people found the first ever wild bear who is a cross-breed between a polar bear and a grizzley bear. You might expect a punchline to follow, but National Geographic online has the story about how the discovery was made tragically after the animal has been shot and killed.
And before I forget… I want space kimchi!