Thursday, July 13, 2006

SF Educators Trip to China - More China Photos; Big Macs and corporate globalization in Beijing

The SF Chronicle's Jill Tucker and Nanette Asimov reported today on the trip I and other educators made to China in this morning's paper. For more on my trip -

This Great Wall photo shows Ben Liao of Cupertino Unified School District, and also the head of the Asian and Pacific Islander School Board Members Association. To the far right is Sally Stewart, former president of the California School Boards Association - CSBA and a member of the Sequoia Union School District on the peninsula between SF and San Jose.

Shanghai grandma and little boy.

Lecture on Chinese Language and Culture by Prof. Xu Jialu of Beijing Normal University, the San Francisco State of Chinese Student Activism from the May 4th Movement of 1919 to the June 4th movement of 1989. Prof. Xu is also the Vice-Chair of the standing committee of the National People's Congress as well. Here he talked about corporate globalization and its impact on the Chinese economy and culture. He said he didn't want to see Chinese youth get 'round' from eating too many big macs...

A shot from the amazingly modern and traditional Beijing skyline. There were more cranes building new skyscrapers, often 5-10 at a time, in the Beijing sky than I have ever seen. If the Manhattanization of San Francisco in the last 10 years has been a concern, Beijing is like unchecked development or globalization on steroids. It really has become the wild wild east, for multinational corporate development.

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