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  1. Labour pains

    Posted Jun 17th 2008, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... machinery and electronics factories in Japan, earning wages and working in conditions that are illegal for Japanese but permitted for foreigners to provide cheap and pliable labour. But the three ... then go back to their countries to work in companies set up by Japanese firms. But as Japan's population has aged and young people have become unwilling to do dirty, monotonous factory work ...

  2. Workers feel the pain as Shanghai takes the Mickey

    Posted Feb 13th 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... to leave the city if I can find work.' In search of affordable housing, more and more people are being pushed out to distant suburbs and have to commute for hours each day. Others have been ... years of their salary- against an international standard of seven years- to buy an apartment of 60 square metres. 'I have abandoned hope of buying an apartment in Shanghai,' said Wu ...

  3. Torn between two worlds

    Posted Jul 19th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... I retire, I plan to sell my house and move to Guangdong, where your standard of living is so much better. A foot massage in Zhuhai costs 25 yuan an hour, against US$65 at home. There you can have ... the rest of his life. If it is Canada, then his Putonghua language skills will probably decline, and he will be unlikely to work in China. But a Canadian school would have a more pleasant ...

  4. Charm offensive

    Posted Sep 30th 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... of these ingredients, but does its mayor, Han Zheng, meet the standard? We journalists had our once-a-year opportunity to meet him last Wednesday. The press conference should have been held in March, shortly ... with no translation. The question-and-answer session lasted an hour and he replied clearly and with an abundance of figures. Our questions were not sharp enough - too general and not specific. The most ...

  5. Built to last

    Posted Jan 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill After a seven-hour train ride from his university in Hefei, Liu Ming waited excitedly in the back row of a packed 1,200-seat auditorium to hear the man he most admires- ... 'Ando and his work are greatly respected in the architecture faculties in China's universities. My classmate had a ticket but could not come, so I snapped up the opportunity.' Mr Ando ...

  6. Sexual double standards

    Posted Nov 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... into conversation with a young woman who said that she was out of work and short of money. They took a liking to each other and later slept together. But, once Professor Lu discovered that she ...

  7. Chinese in Algeria find shoe on the other foot

    Posted Oct 11th 2009, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... living in a city under the government and security forces of a Muslim country. There are an estimated 35,000 Chinese in Algeria, working in trade, retail and construction projects. The August ... 'thief', and telling them to go home. Part of the anger stems from the fact that many Chinese stores undercut the local ones and open for longer hours, so they attract more business. Also, Chinese ...

  8. Bottom line on labour shortages is in pay packets

    Posted Mar 28th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... aged 18 to 26, whom managers consider more dexterous, less troublesome and more willing to work longer hours. As migrants, they live in dormitories close to the plant and, without families, ... company. He works a seven-day week, 12 hours a day, living in a dormitory in the factory and eating cheap, poor-quality food that it provides. Wang Guohung, a blind, middle-aged masseur also from ...

  9. The deep roots of Uygurs' frustration

    Posted Oct 11th 2009, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... to the Chinese public through their Putonghua websites, said two grievances lay behind the July violence. 'One is the movement of Uygurs to the east to work and the other the introduction ... to work,' he said. It was the killing of two of these migrant workers, at a factory in Shaoguan, Guangdong province, on June 26 that was the spark for the July 5 protest. 'The second policy ...

  10. Renaissance man's Voyage showcases art, science

    Posted Sep 28th 2009, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... a long, narrow corridor that was the art gallery and designed his work accordingly. He spent a month conceiving the picture, before painting it during two breathless weeks in his apartment on the 40th floor of a building overlooking Victoria Harbour. 'When I paint, I sleep a few hours a night. The creative process stimulates adrenalin.' An associate made a video out of it, ...




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