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  1. 9 points
    Sharing some 中国QT Photos... I know someone on their 14 day QT right now. They picked a hotel at the 400rmb per room price and this includes breakfast. They can order food and drink into the hotel. The food is actually from a different hotel where 3 meals were provided due to having no option to order in. Overall they’re very happy with how they’ve been treated and the experience in general. Someone regularly checks in on them (phone calls) and in English. The people on site also speak some English. If they have any issues there’s always someone available to ask. They also got a negative test result back so just doing their 14 and then can go home.
  2. 7 points
    Here in SW Connecticut - adjacent to but not right in the current US epicenter of NYC - things are busy but not utterly insane AFAICT; good supplies of almost everything at grocery stores (even toilet paper), hospitals are very busy but still enough PPE for the moment and nobody's wearing garbage bags (though a couple of hospitals have put up emergency tent facilities in parking lots to deal with the pending influx), vast majority of deaths appear to have been very old and/or unwell, and the governor (who's been in office for 2 years and up until now had kind of a poor track record, having picked a lot of fights with a lot of entrenched interests and gotten his butt kicked each time) has generally done a great job rolling out new measures at the earliest possible point people were ready to accept them. Restaurants closed 2 weeks ago, and school closures started happening at a town-by-town level almost 3 weeks ago and they've been closed statewide for 2 weeks, with the earliest possible reopening date currently pegged at May 1st. Commuter rail to NYC has started running on a severely reduced schedule so that should hopefully stem some of the new cases coming out from there; well-to-do New Yorkers have apparently been snatching up every short-term rental they can find in the suburbs (and farther out, e.g. in the Hamptons) but we don't have very many of those here and most people aren't interested in renting their house to somebody for 3 months so I doubt there'll be too many new cases introduced that way. And it's mostly single-family detached housing around here, so frankly with all of the major places of gathering closed there's not much room left for it to spread. Both kids' schools have been making good efforts at distance learning; older kid's school has been posting daily lessons / videos / activities / etc but without anything real-time or the expectation that we'll do any of it that day or do all of it at any point - definitely the way to go when people are trying to juggle homeschooling with work - while my preschooler has had daily Zoom meetings with his classmates which are again purely optional and not necessarily *teaching* that much but are at least a tiny bit of socialization with other kids his age to remind him how to do that. They seem to be learning at least as much with our little bit of homeschooling as they were learning at school before, so I'm not really worried about long-term consequences of this for them, but obviously we're luckier than most people and I think everybody is frankly way too casual about the dire consequences long-term school closures can have on less fortunate kids; there needs to be a conversation about how we can reopen schools without them turning into viral hotbeds, e.g. by restructuring schedules so that kids stay in the same room with the same peers all day and thus can only spread the virus to that room and not the entire school. Re masks, there's been pretty consistent messaging in the US that we don't have enough masks and you should save them for front-line medical workers; until we have masks in such abundance that nobody worries about that problem anymore, it's going to be very hard to remove the social stigma around them. But once there are boxes of masks piled up at the front of every grocery store / drugstore / Costco / etc, I think we can get people to start wearing them pretty quickly; suspicion of mask-wearing is widespread but shallow, and a couple of videos of Taylor Swift or whoever donning a mask and explaining why everyone else ought to do so would change minds in short order.
  3. 6 points
    Just start wearing them yourself. You can even make them yourself (see my earlier post). The more Caucasian people wear them, the earlier it becomes the norm. I have started wearing them a couple of days ago. Folks either ignore you, give you a wide berth or eye you suspiciously. No hostility. I feel cashiers at the grocery store really appreciated it!
  4. 6 points
  5. 5 points
    I understand the need for some understanding about what the future holds for you but I think it is too early in the proceedings to make any confirmed decisions. Take it one day at a time, one week, one month, one year down the line who knows what things will be like. I think people will want to return to a pre Covid-19 world as soon as possible, the desire for normality is strong. If you give up on the idea of ever returning, you won't. Its like they say if you don't buy a lottery ticket you definitely won't win. All you need to do is hope for the best but be prepared if it doesn't work out. Are there any other options? Maybe really just go as a tourist, see how it all is, maybe it will be too different and you will be happy to close the door on that chapter of your life. Maybe Taiwan? Maybe somewhere else? Or maybe just Texas. I would say just don't decide now. Stay safe and stay well thats the important thing now. Keep talking to us and all your friends. Take time out to reflect on what you have achieved and how lucky you were to be able to have spent the last 10 years there. Keep up your Chinese. You are not alone, just on your own till the virus moves on.
  6. 4 points
    Some of the incorporated suburbs of Dallas have recently passed a "shelter in place" order that means everyone needs to stay home if they are not going to and from their "essential" jobs or shopping for groceries/prescription pharmaceuticals. Other suburbs nearby have adopted a "libertarian" stance in which they decline to do that because it would infringe citizen rights. It has created a patchwork quilt. The small town in which I live has been a little more relaxed up to now. Many restaurants open for takeout. I have personally found grocery stores to be clean and orderly. They have hired quite a few temporary workers to wipe down the shelves and put up arriving supplies. They no longer have 27 brands of breakfast cereal, which I always found somewhat ridiculous in the first place. Fruit and vegetables and meat are coming in fresh, again with slightly less selection, but no way could it be considered a hardship. The local hospital (where I worked for many years) is seeing patients more or less as usual, with temperature screening as one enters the premises. No tent on the parking lot. More personal protective gear in use. Texas has started way too late and has dedicated way to little effort into preventive medical measures. I doubt they can ever catch up. People arriving from Louisiana are required to self quarantine, as mentioned above. Lots of the things the officials are doing now seem to be mainly for show. They are closing the barn door after they cows have escaped and scattered. I am having a new roof put on. Spoke with the contractor an hour ago (Monday morning) and he said everything is still on schedule. They will bring out the new shingles and other materials this afternoon, and will do the actual work tomorrow and the next day if it's not raining. He said he still has adequate labor crews. (Construction is deemed an "essential occupation.") Banks have closed their lobbies, as have most other businesses. Drive-through service is still available for check cashing and deposits. E-banking is less developed in small-town Texas than it is in China. Nobody here wears masks. Hand sanitizer has been sold out for over a month. I still meet people when out and about who want to shake hands. They give me a look when I decline. Happened as recently as yesterday. Republicans and Democrats are squabbling about how to administer a big, headline-grabbing aid package. So the actual grass roots response gets delayed. An ER doctor friend in Atlanta told me last week that during his last shift his hospital had 31 needy candidates for each available ventilator. They are having to do very difficult triage. Despite having written guidelines available, the burden falls on the doctor explaining things to the relatives. Texas Medical Association, of which I am still a member, has prevailed on the legislature to allow retired physicians to return to limited practice, mainly doing telemedicine handling less pressing patient inquiries and concerns. I phoned them and learned that the regulation only applies to physicians who retired 2 years ago or less. I hung up my spurs/stethoscope a decade ago, so unfortunately cannot contribute in that manner. (Probably a good thing since I'm woefully/dangerously out of date.) MODERATOR: What do you think about splitting these last couple of posts off into a separate thread? One dedicated to Coronavirus response in other countries. Perhaps as compared with China. In fact I will start such a thread and cross-post this item. Thank you.
  7. 3 points
    i’m sitting this thing out in new york because there was a time when it seemed safer here than asia 😂 frequent sounds of ambulance sirens flying down empty streets. with regards to Cuomo and the idea of locking down the tri-state area, he said something to the effect of “it’s not who we are” - i.e. infringing on civil liberties or immoral, take your pick... and more importantly that it would be ineffective in controlling the flow of the virus. he said as soon as you declare a quarantine then you have a flood of people leaving the area, as we saw in wuhan, and the virus will spread regardless. better to strongly advise the public to isolate themselves in his opinion. also i saw an earlier post about how he’s on the ropes politically because of all the impending deaths in the state. on the contrary Cuomo is very highly regarded now following a series of press conferences he gave illustrating the problems facing new york and what he’s doing about them. he and Fauci are generally considered to be the only adults left in the room to help americans now. he has become enormously popular in the US overall and if he gets through this without unforeseen downturn he has a good shot at running for president in the future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eD1eg3vMO2A
  8. 3 points
    I have asked the 出入境管理局 both in Baoshan and in Kunming, and they both said the same thing, which is: 1. The expiration date of your visa doesn't matter. The extention applies to your current stay (I'm on a tourist vise, but it applies to other types as well). 2. The extention is automatic. They both said that they can't produce any formal paper for me to show anyone who would want to see it, and that if I come across some kind of a problem (let's say in a hotel, buying bus tickets, or just random police officers), I can ask them to call the 出入境管理局 and they would approve of this. Any local PSB won't do it, and only the Immigration Administration are authorized to handle this. 3. If my stay duration ends while China is still under these special circumctances, then I automatically get an aditional two months, *even if everything goes back to normal before I reach the end of the extention*. For exmaple - I was originally permitted to stay until March 23rd. I am now allowed to stay until May 23rd, even if China declares that the 疫情防控期间 is over before that time. Even though I was told this same thing in two different cities, I hope this doesn't cause any trouble in the future, when trying to leave, or while moving from place to place inside China. 4. They couldn't say anything about what happens if this whole thing is not over (or gets worse) after two months, but that is to be expected, I guess. Officers in both cities had known about all of this before I got there, and I didn't need to explain anything. Hotels and guesthouses, however, are not likely to know about this. You can try and show this to them: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/LspxjrZuUD18Y5YAF4TXcw The second video and the paragraph below it discuss just this issue, and this is an official press conference conducted by the government at the beggining of this month. If this doesn't satisfy them, simply explain to them that the police doesn't produce any 证明, and make them call the local 出入境管理局. Hope this helps.
  9. 3 points
    Introduction and sources for the book. I'll reiterate that as far as I can see, there's no reason you couldn't read along in either the Chinese or the English, and at the moment, all you need is the free Amazon sample on Kindle, phone or tablet. A short sharp start today, as the prologue (楔子 )is only 3,300 characters long. I would have combined it with the first chapter, but that's relatively long at 10,000 characters. The chapter average is about 7,000 characters, and yes, I did spend too long working all this out. Basically what I'm doing is reading this while noting interesting vocab (not necessarily everything I look up) and plot points that I think are needed to follow what's going on. I'm also, eg, doing a search for character names to see if they come up later and are important, or are bit parts. We're thrown right into the middle of the action here* - eco-terrorists from the group 款冬组织 are aboard a 冲锋艇 (lit assault boat, but I'm thinking rigid inflatable) attempting to board a container ship, the “长富”号, carrying electronic waste into China. We get a bit of background on our POV character, 何赵淑怡 (Sug-Yi)** and the organisation while we watch a high-risk boarding attempt unfold. I'm not yet sure how important the prologue is for the rest of the book - Sug-Yi is mentioned a couple of time later on, and the events here are referenced a few chapters on. As far as I can tell (I'm about 1/3 of the way through the whole thing) you can sit back and enjoy the show, look out for first mention of our main location, 硅屿 (Silicon Isle) and note the overall outcome of the assault. Some questions to keep your eyes open for: 1) Sug-Yi used to wear a product sourced from an endangered animal. Why? What's the link between that animal and the weather? 2) What indications of high / futuristic technology do we get? I spotted one, there may be more. 3) The team member attempting to board the container ship (托马斯) has, by my count, three things to help him. What are they? What sport does he like? 4) The crew of the container vessel use two (? - I'm writing the questions some time after doing the reading, but I can think of at least two) strategies to foil the boarding attempt. What are they, and what ultimately determines the outcome. Vocab and other notes: The painting referenced is this one. 香腺 is scent gland 曾几何时, not long ago 霍迪尼 , Houdini 恶魔的馈赠 - is this a reference to something? I should maybe be capturing more vocab, actually. *don't worry, we get thrown right back out of it soon ** I'll use whatever's easiest to type most of the time, some English names have come from the Ken Liu translation. Next chapter - I'm thinking Friday. If there's much interest I'll start a new topic for it, if not I'll continue in here.
  10. 3 points
    That's great, Jim! What a fabulous 门神。I have just printed a large copy and installed it. No rogue virus will now dare to enter these premises. I will sleep soundly tonight.
  11. 2 points
    All together now: Did you ever know that you're my hero And everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eagle For you are Imron beneath my wings
  12. 2 points
    New release is up, it includes: Updated CC-CEDICT to use the latest version Added word length column to the wordlist view Fixed bug where words that spanned a line weren't highlighting correctly macOS: Added support for standard PageUp and PageDown keyboard shortcuts with Fn Up and Fn Down macOS: Added support for system-wide dark mode macOS: Ctrl-left click will now display the popup menu in the textview macOS: Fixed bug where dictionary definitions weren't showing in dark mode @roddy you can now sort by word length using the word length column (hidden all the way on the right so you may need to scroll). Searching for individual characters not in words is going to be a bit trickier than I expected so didn't make it in to this release.
  13. 2 points
    Its taken three months of daily practice, but I just had my first full on conversation over wechat using only Cangjie to type. It was stressfull, full on and I so nearly switched back to pinyin to keep up with the pace like I usually do...but I didn't, for the first time! I've noticed my typing speed has increased a lot in the last few weeks, which is obviously a really great feeling. Nine times out of ten I can now correctly type out a character I've never typed/seen before without having to check the dictionary - the feeling of freedom is great, and my character retention for lesser seen/used characters is helping massively in learning new words (神龕, 螽斯, 孱弱, 駕馭 are examples off the top of my head of some recent ones that have finally stuck) @oceancalligraphy Enjoying following your goals progress. I saw your 石門頌 on the subreddit yesterday, looking really nice - would love to see you 通臨 and post it at some point in the future!
  14. 2 points
  15. 2 points
    @roddy -- Report from a displaced 中国通 in America. Getting by in the Time of the Virus. Some of the incorporated suburbs of Dallas have recently passed a "shelter in place" order that means everyone needs to stay home if they are not going to and from their "essential" jobs or shopping for groceries/prescription pharmaceuticals. Other suburbs nearby have adopted a "libertarian" stance in which they decline to do that because it would infringe citizen rights. It has created a patchwork quilt. The small town in which I live has been a little more relaxed up to now. Many restaurants open for takeout. I have personally found grocery stores to be clean and orderly. They have hired quite a few temporary workers to wipe down the shelves and put up arriving supplies. They no longer have 27 brands of breakfast cereal, which I always found somewhat ridiculous in the first place. Fruit and vegetables and meat are coming in fresh, again with slightly less selection, but no way could it be considered a hardship. The local hospital (where I worked for many years) is seeing patients more or less as usual, with temperature screening as one enters the premises. No tent on the parking lot. More personal protective equipment in use. Texas has started way too late and has dedicated way to little effort into preventive medical measures. I doubt they can ever catch up. People arriving from Louisiana are required to self quarantine, as mentioned above. Lots of the things the officials are doing now seem to be mainly for show. They are closing the barn door after they cows have escaped and scattered. I am having a new roof put on. Spoke with the contractor an hour ago (Monday morning) and he said everything is still on schedule. They will bring out the new shingles and other materials this afternoon, and will do the actual work tomorrow and the next day if it's not raining. He said he still has adequate labor crews. (Construction is deemed an "essential occupation.") Banks have closed their lobbies, as have most other businesses. Drive-through service is still available for check cashing and deposits. E-banking is less developed in small-town Texas than it is in China. Nobody here wears masks. Hand sanitizer has been sold out for over a month. I still meet people when out and about who want to shake hands. They give me a look when I decline. Happened as recently as yesterday. Republicans and Democrats are squabbling about how to administer a big, headline-grabbing aid package. So the actual grass roots response gets delayed. An ER doctor friend in Atlanta told me last week that during his last shift his hospital had 31 needy candidates for each available ventilator. They are having to do very difficult triage. Despite having written guidelines available, the burden falls on the doctor explaining things to the relatives. Texas Medical Association, of which I am still a member, has prevailed on the legislature to allow retired physicians to return to limited practice, mainly doing telemedicine handling less pressing patient inquiries and concerns. I phoned them and learned that the regulation only applies to physicians who retired 2 years ago or less. I hung up my spurs/stethoscope a decade ago, so unfortunately cannot contribute in that manner. (Probably a good thing since I'm woefully/dangerously out of date.) Yesterday I dug out some Chinese textbooks for review. Also look forward to improving my penmanship/calligraphy.
  16. 2 points
    I find it interesting (in a bad way) how doctors of different countries react to triage, either the prospect of it or the actual practice. I first saw it reported from Italy, heart-broken doctors who were in tears as they explained they had to choose who to help and who to let die, and were warning other countries to act now or it would be too late. Today I read about a doctor in Brazil, who was well aware of the shortages in her hospital and dreading the prospect of doing triage, it was horrifying to her. Then on the very same page of the newspaper the fairly sober daily 'diary of a hospital nurse', where the nurse explained how 80-year-olds don't come out of intubation well, and every COVID-19 patient who came in had explained to them what the short-term and long-term consequences of an IC stay would be. Basically old sick people are asked to step aside, both in their own interest (they would not recover from an IC stay) and in the interest of other patients who will need the bed & the ventilator. The nurse did not use the term 'triage' for this at all, but that is basically what it is. And then your story of a Texas doctor who is already doing triage, and this is the first I read about triage in the US.
  17. 2 points
    I'm in the US, a two hour drive from New Orleans. Because I work with blind veterans in a low vision clinic located on the hospital grounds, my job is deemed "essential" and I am still required to go to work after passing two checkpoints to screen out fever and possible contact with COVIDs at the main gate. I just go to work and I go home. My ex-spouse is in infectious diseases and my ex-brother-in-law is a pulmonologist with whom I maintain contacts and their twitter feeds/Facebook posts are significantly dire.
  18. 2 points
    Right, okay. I'm not an international policy expert, so this is just armchair analysis. The virus is in China already. The government says it has contained the epidemic, but even if you believe that (I don't, Chinese statistics are not reliable), it's not over. So it's not like the disease will not come to China if China closes the borders. It even originated in China, no foreigners needed. Furthermore, the number of people entering the country was already reduced to a trickle and anyone who did fly in was quarantined for two weeks. So why close the border? At the same time, there is a propaganda battle going on between Chinese state media and Trump. Trump insists on calling it 'the Chinese virus' even though reasonable people ask him not to; Chinese state media are trying harder and harder to have people believe the virus came to Wuhan from the US. All this on top of the existing global struggle for top dog that has been going on for a few years now. Closing the border is then kind of a power play: we don't need you foreigners/we blame you foreigners for contaminating our country. Although China would of course not have suddenly closed its borders if there were no pandemic going on, the pandemic is just the immediate cause, not the full reason.
  19. 2 points
    有 is sometimes used as a 'dummy verb' to represent other verbs, in this case it could have the meaning of ‘過’. Agree with edelweis's translations. Minor typo on 'will' (we'll).
  20. 2 points
    Am trying to do some sober reflection on how much my life will need to change as regards living in China. Currently I am at home in Texas, instead of in my “second home,” which is Kunming. China has closed its door to returning expats regardless of visa status, so going back right now is not even an issue. Assuming that I can get back in a month or two, I am asking myself if that will be a sensible thing to do. In Kunming I pursue several enjoyable hobbies and I have several good friends but being retired means I don’t have a job there. No contractual obligations beyond the 6-month lease on my Kunming apartment. As a US citizen, I currently enter China on a tourist visa with 10-year validity, expiring in December of 2024. The terms of the visa are that I must exit and re-enter once every 60 days. Two questions come to mind regarding the visa requirements, neither with a firm answer. First, I wonder if the authorities will now look more closely at my “very-long-duration-tourist” status. Second, I wonder if I might have to face quarantine every time that I make these visa-stamp runs. Potentially even on both ends of the trip. Is anyone else in the same situation or having the same sort of uncertain thoughts? Any constructive comments or suggestions?
  21. 2 points
    估计再有几分钟就到了吧。 I think (estimate) will be there in a few more minutes. 再晚了我们就来不及看表演了。 If we're any later than that, we won't be there in time to watch the performance.
  22. 2 points
    I think everything will be back to normal. However, this may take a while. I would not be surprised if the travel restrictions to China would continue until autumn or even until the end of the year. With SARS, they only officially declared the pandemic to be over 9 months or so after the last case. I doubt they will wait that long to reopen China´s borders, but probably they will ask for an antibody test result or the like. There is really no point for China to close its borders forever once this is over. Because if China did, other countries would do the same to Chinese citizens.
  23. 2 points
    Nobody's telling you to reduce the amount of work YOU do. We're asking you to let us help you more efficiently, by telling us where we might find problems. If you'd said I'm not sure about "咱不觊觎这个名分啊" at 12m:20s, could someone listen to it for me, we can do that. But not many people are able to listen closely to an entire 15 minute audio, while checking the transcript looking for mistakes, when there might not be any mistakes.
  24. 2 points
    Remember what we've seen over the last few months. A lot of countries trying a lot of different approaches. Finally coalescing on a close-the-gates approach, but not universally so (apparently you can still head to S Korea, if you want) and coalescing without any coordination whatsoever (except the EU and some reciprocal actions). It's not unreasonable to expect the unwinding to be just as bumpy and uncoordinated. Which is to say that visiting some countries may be pretty difficult for a time, while visiting others may not. Countries with sub-economies dependent on tourism will probably be particularly quick to jump on the get-life-back-to-normal bandwagon. Now, what is China going to do? Who knows. Though it's hardly dependent on foreign tourism these days. But if you're not dead-set on Kunming and flexible enough to consider other expat destinations, I think that come mid-Summer you'll find plenty of options re-opening. Just be open yourself to heading somewhere else for a while.
  25. 2 points
    Uploading a script that finds all unknown characters in a document, and prints them out in order of frequency (highest to lowest). An 'unknown' character is defined as a character that does not exist in any of your known words. unknown-chars.lua
  26. 2 points
    Some theaters in China were reopening, but now they’ve closed them down again: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/china-shuts-down-all-cinemas-again-1287040 If they were as confident about containment as they claim to be in the propaganda, I don’t think they would do this. The domestic film industry as a whole is in shambles right now, as film companies can neither release their films online nor in theaters.
  27. 2 points
    This may be for a while, but the world needs to find a solution. For now, going to everyone wearing a mask (when supplies are sufficient in the Western world) should control the outbreak to the point when travel can happen again. China is ahead of the world in this. If their controls prove effective (and I expect this to be the case), then transmission will drop below that needed to sustain the epidemic (i.e., Ro<1). Long-term, we need a vaccine. Then we can return to life as normal. Humans show a strong immune response to the virus, so a vaccine is possible. However, it's hard to say when a safe & effective one will become available. Even longer term, the world should be investing more in vaccine research & development. However, once Covid-19 is addressed, interest in vaccine research will likely drop considerably and we'll go back to being surprised by a new virus. Fortunately, this wasn't like African Swine Fever that kills 90-100% of pigs and has been sweeping across Africa, Asia & Europe.
  28. 2 points
    倒灌, to flow backwards - thanks to @carlo for the link. Used to describe virus cases coming 'back' into China from overseas.
  29. 2 points
    The dohits "label" on Bandcamp has some stuff, although I find the quality quite mixed. If you include Taiwan I like some of the stuff I've heard by Meuko Meuko... she DJs as as well as performing live, and was touring in Europe in fact before the virus hit. Facebook page. I asked a similar question here about 18 months ago and @corian pointed out this JT article with a playlist that gives a few starting points: Japan and China: Forging ties in the electronic underground https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2018/09/18/music/japan-china-forging-ties-electronic-underground/
  30. 2 points
  31. 2 points
    I totally agree with you. However, I am not sure western countries actually have enough masks for everyone at the moment. Also, if people start hoarding masks as they do with toilet paper at the moment, then I fear healthcare workers may run out of them. I advocate making your own mask from cotton. They are probably pretty much similar in efficacy to surgical masks (the good FFP3 masks are absolutely unavailable in Germany and even the inferior FFP2 masks are sold out). https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-to-make-face-mask-coronavirus_l_5e78cb2fc5b6f5b7c5483e17?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAHZcksJ30ULWR8Bs4CtF3G3jfjiE6oqrzHfAeKbnnPnXljpC9xMztXOVKkqiclr3rFYJjSU7SkvftpwiDi05vC6ee1hwmm1EHV0MlgScKKQwnyXX4iWwIhElqfNpelipCN5WFeVtrvH73JauceD0-sSwBV_xdk1Xk6s86RyFbVI-
  32. 2 points
    Great questions, as they seem to draw out the most problematic areas. Answering going off memory (although I did just skim read it again quickly to check): 1. Sug-Yi is wearing Saola musk and the name of the incoming storm is Typhoon Saola. I have until now been unfortunately unaware of the plight of the Saola, it is a highly endangered mammal found in Vietnam and Laos. It was first photographed in 1999 according to wikipedia, and in the book the author states, "从发现头骨到农民报告看见活物,科学家们花了18年的时间,然后再等上5年让它彻底灭绝。" So if that does refer to the 1999 photograph, in the narrative the Saola went extinct by...2004? Obviously it's part of a story, but wanted to check I was getting this right as Wikipedia says it isn't extinct 2. The only thing I didn't get, which I'm left to presume is some hi-tech contraption, is the 吸附型绳梯, some sort of 'absorption ladder'. This is also described as having 磁性基座, a magnetic base. I mean, I couldn't find anything online about this thing, but perhaps I have overlooked something blindingly obvious. If not, then the magnetic absorption ladder goes in as my guess for futuristic tech. 3. Thomas has some shoes with hooks on them I think, then there was the facemask, and his suction gloves 4. Strategies were spraying with a high-pressure water hose, changing the course of the ship and changing the speed. Maybe I missed one earlier, something about trying to detach the ladder from the side of the ship (and failing)? My vocab: 三防夹克 (triple protection coat, although it seems nobody can agree what three things are being protected, my own guess is water, wind, and sun) 天文台 (astronomical) observatory 葵涌码 (Kwai Chung Container Port in HK) 煞白 'deathly pale' 鮣魚 Remora, or 'Suckerfish' 非暴力直接行动 'NVDA' (non violent direct action) is a popular approach advocated by Greenpeace, eg https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/news/six-greenpeace-non-violent-direct-actions/ 声名狼藉 'notorious' works as a quick usable translation 郭启德博士 (何赵淑怡的导师, “款冬组织”发起人) 桅杆 mast 惊惶失措 panic stricken 熊熊燃烧 blazing (I've not seen this description before, but that may be because I do very little novel reading, so not used to these kind of descriptions. I actually read this as 'all the bears were on fire' then laughed at myself and went and checked a dictionary) 哗众取宠 sensationalist (+'nonsense') 勇士 seems specific in this context referring to a 'greenpeace or eco warrior' 吸盘 sucker 围追堵截 "encirclement, pursuit, obstruction, interception" 支点 fulcrum 钟摆运动 pendulum motion 迷惘 perplexed 规避 evade, evasion Additional notes: I thought it was likely the author was being proleptic at the beginning of the prologue using the description 好比一条吸附在姥鲨腹部的鮣鱼. I've never heard of a 鮣鱼 before, but according to wikipedia is a Remora, aka a 'suckerfish', that can suction itself to larger marine animals. This not only echoes the description of the tiny boat drawing near to the large container ship, but also the suction gloves that Thomas is meant to use to stick himself to the side of the ship.
  33. 2 points
    Sitting at home in the quarantine and found that my Type A CSC application has changed to "In Progress" Here's hoping for the best!
  34. 2 points
    The Netherlands is also barely testing. Although a few Northern provinces are now tracking their own course and trying to test more people. I've made my peace with the fact that I'll never know if I've had it. However, the difference is that the UK and the Netherlands are not claiming to have zero new infections while not testing anyone, and I trust my government to never claim that. Once it goes away. they'll likely make a statement along the lines of 'no new cases *found*.' Meanwhile, not to rub it into anyone's face, but I'm so glad we have a serious and capable government. I disagree with our prime minister on so many counts when it comes to social policy and economics and whatnot, and the powers that be made some choices early on in this epidemic that I believe were not the best, but at the moment the government and the prime minister are doing what they can to manage the situation and are informing the public in a serious and fact-based way. That is not a given and I am grateful for it.
  35. 2 points
    In the essay, 张爱玲 discusses some of her novels and what kind of writer she is. She explains why she shies away from good-evil themes in her work, contrasts her way of writing with writers of other literary schools, and discusses romantic love in China. It was OK.
  36. 1 point
    I think your English is very advanced to be able to read advanced texts like this. I think sometimes you are trying to speak too fast and that is what makes certain parts unclear where a native speaker would need to really concentrate to understand. If you speak slower and clearer it becomes much easier to understand. One very positive thing however, is that especially in "problem neighbour" I noticed a British influence on several words. I am American, but I have taught English for several years in Spain and use exclusively Cambridge materials in my teaching (British).
  37. 1 point
    I'm happy to be corrected, but this appears to be untrue. Here is an article from the 13th of March quoting a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman concocting conspiracy theories, and here is a CNN report on Trump being criticised for saying "Chinese virus" dated 19th of March. Seems like a pretty clear line of cause and effect. The CNN article even quotes Trump himself saying that him using that terminology is a direct response to the Chinese propaganda:It appears that the anti-Trump media themselves It appears that the anti-Trump media themselves were quite content with calling the variously the "Wuhan virus", "Chinese virus" and "China virus" for a long period of time, as this video shows.
  38. 1 point
    Thats a great spot, I completely missed the similarity of the name with 郭启德 who I even listed in my vocab for the prologue. Interesting... I totally missed 王水, think I must have just skipped over it while trying to figure out what 酸雾 acid fog was. I'm hoping I understood the following bolded term correctly as another type of advanced wearable tech, something along the lines of an 'induction membrane': "男人们赤裸着上身,炫耀着身上劣质的感应薄膜,他们戴着山寨版增强现实眼镜,躺在填满损毁显示器和废弃塑料的花岗岩灌溉渠坝上,享受着每天中不多的闲暇。" If so, seems like the author is going for a direct contrast with a description of Scott only a few paragraphs later: "他试图站着不动,但汗液不停地渗出,与空气中成分不明的化学物质溶合,形成一层黏度极高的薄膜,将皮肤与衣服紧紧粘连,让他艰于行动。" Perhaps this is the author trying to subliminally reveal Scott's empathy with the '垃圾人'? Thought it was interesting to pick out anyway, even if I'm not sure what the purpose is yet... My vocab: 二噁英 1,4-Dioxin and 呋喃 Furan (suprised to see these two, we had to learn lots of these for interpreting speeches on environmental action, the Basel convention etc) 铬 chromium 虚与委蛇 pretend to care/sympathise/be interested 放诸四海皆准 something universally true 抿嘴 purse ones lips 绝缘线 insulated wire 神经末梢 nerve ending 尺蠖 inchworm (caterpillar of the Geometer moth, from wiki: "Their scientific name derives from the Ancient Greek geo γῆ or γαῖα "the earth", and metron μέτρων "measure" in reference to the way their larvae, or "inchworms", appear to "measure the earth" as they move along in a looping fashion." nice description of a crawling limb) 硅胶 silica gel 硅油 silicone oil 耳蜗 cochlea 开膛手杰克 Jack the Ripper (how did I not know this one?) 蚀刻 etch 无计可施 at wits end 等离子切割枪 plasma cutter 花岗岩灌溉渠坝 granite irrigation ditch/embankment
  39. 1 point
    大家好! Can someone please explain me what character is this? (Write it) I can't understand it. Thank you!
  40. 1 point
    Here in Hong Kong, unfortunately infections are still coming up and not decreasing. 2/3rds are those recently from overseas.
  41. 1 point
    Unsure! I reckon a visa like that (doesn’t expire for a long time) will likely be valid again once this period is over (if and when). If you’re visa expires during this period probably 没办法. All speculation though! Who could know! Things change here twice a day 😂
  42. 1 point
    Have you browsed through the music articles on Neocha? Lots of genres, from around Asia; but recent China offerings in dance/electronica include Out of Fashion Boys and Yu Su. Both of those articles have embedded media players loaded with short playlists.
  43. 1 point
    Yes. Got a message from China Eastern Airline this morning that my flight from Los Angeles to Kunming via Shanghai has been cancelled. I'll probably set something up for the second half of May with the understanding that it might need to be pushed back again. I would not be surprised if "international living" with one foot in the US and one foot in China will never be the same again. Crossing borders may have just become more restrictive and complex for many years to come.
  44. 1 point
    Have you seen my post about... ah, I'll find you a link... here. Last time I used that plug-in, it was possible to copy and paste out Netflix subtitles. 'Course, if you don't have Netflix... Shooter.cn used to be the place to look, but now seems to be a... AI-powered video translation service? To be honest, it might be best just to search the title of the show with keywords like srt and 字幕.
  45. 1 point
    Did WHO and CDC get it wrong about only wearing masks if you are symptomatic? Fourth, the W.H.O. and the C.D.C. told the public to wear masks if they were sick. However, there is increasing evidence of asymptomatic transmission, especially through younger people who have milder cases and don’t know they are sick but are still infectious. Since the W.H.O. and the C.D.C. do say that masks lessen the chances that infected people will infect others, then everyone should use masks. If the public is told that only the sick people are to wear masks, then those who do wear them will be stigmatized and people may well avoid wearing them if it screams “I’m sick.” Further, it’s very difficult to be tested for Covid-19 in the United States. How are people supposed to know for sure when to mask up? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/opinion/coronavirus-face-masks.html The controversy continues in this discussion https://www.bbc.com/news/world-52015486 Lack of evidence of wider benefits doesn't mean an effect doesn't exist.
  46. 1 point
    I'm reading a terror novel called 玛格丽特的秘密. Someone's old family home in China has an old artifact from France that dates back to the time when there were a lot of beheadings is going on, including with the guillotine, and there is a beuatiful evil spirit who has an interest in heads (头颅). The book starts out on April fool's day (愚人节) in 2005. If I finish this one it will be book number seven.
  47. 1 point
    Today I finished 施蛰存’s short story 《残秋的下弦月》 and started 余华’s novella 《一九八六年》.
  48. 1 point
    Reading 活著 now, about 70% through on Kindle. It is my first full novel aside from a few children's novels. I find it very easy with only a few sentences here and there that don't seem to click for me. Damn it's depressing though.
  49. 1 point
    I am nearly finished with 广场舞 by 鲁引弓. It's about ladies who are getting into middle age and also facing pressure at work and finding stress relief through dancing in groups in the public square. It has some pretty funny parts. It's entertaining and I don't find myself having to look up too many words. I can just enjoy reading and that's good enough for me.
  50. 1 point
    I finished 余华’s novella 《河边的错误》 today. Near the conclusion of the story, there are some untelegraphed stylistic turns that grabbed and held my attention until the end. It is a good story and I recommend it. However, the afterword is pretentious and can be skipped. (余华’s prefaces and epilogues are bad in general.) I have started reading the short story 《变形记》 by 王小波, and a music theory textbook 《流行音乐与爵士乐和声学》 by 任达敏.
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