Chinese Education Philosophy
'A university student named Zhong Daoran recently published a book that crystallized the widespread feeling of disgust: “In elementary school, they rob us of our independent values; in middle school, they take away our capacity for independent thought; and in university, they take away our dreams and idealism. Thus our brains become as empty as the underpants of a eunuch.'”
Excerpt from an article in The New Yorker on Waldorf education in China, called Class Consciousness and written by Ian Johnson.
Banking - I am exasperated!
There are definitely some frustrations related to money here. Firstly, there are several limits to my accessing apps and purchasing due to my not having my final resident/work permit “visa”. I’ve been here 6 weeks and still do not have the permanent documentation that allows life to run a bit simpler. For instance, Citic bank does not allow foreigners to access any account information on their website or app. They say that this is a government call, but then my co-workers, who maintain accounts elsewhere, claim they can use that bank’s app or website to access transaction and balance info. Stupid Citic bank only offers text message info per transaction; if I need a balance inquiry, I must visit an ATM. However, stupid Citic won’t even let me sign up for the text message service unless I have my passport in hand—despite the fact that the government is holding my passport until my visa processes. The bank won’t accept the temporary government-issued work permit nor a copy of my passport. So, I have to return to the branch when the govt finally issues my damn visa and returns my passport. Good grief.
Secondly, I can’t do many things without my resident Visa card; for instance, the bike app that allows bike rentals will take my 200yuan deposit, but won’t let me finalize my registration without my visa registration #. Aargh. Why take my money and disallow me from using your bikes...? Aargh.
Just hassles and inconveniences is all, but irritating, LOL!
Looks like I will have to get a second bank account so that I can access account information. Saving money is different here as well— there are restrictions and high fees associated with sending money home.
And I haven’t finished the visa application and procurement process that continues in China!
On the bright side, money is good and there is plenty to bank with! ;-)
Banking and other aspects of living in China.