Blessing in disguise in essence: Lifestyle is implied for folks in USA and in other nations as well to live frugally. To me, the philosophy of life is to be known in order to live a life with upbeat since all homosapiens have limited years on earth. We strive to live to be centenarians but we are mortals except our souls are immortal. All of us should make contributions in this mundane world.
International Trade is necessary for all nations re economic growth to honor the Law of Comparative Advantage. US Commerce Secretary is aware of such globalization in the 21st century. Chinese Commerce Minister Chen spoke in Paris and shared the same reasoning. On Oct. 17th from Phoenix TV Hong Kong,I noticed Chen's mandarin with a strong Shanghai accent(Wu dialect) since I am a native of Shanghai. I happened to meet Chen when he was mayor of Suzhou and I was an American Expert teaching at Suzhou University in October 1999.
Francis Shieh a.k.a. Xie Shihao,a student of English and Chinese languages in economics. I wish to point out that Wu dialect is in demand now due to Expo 2010 in Shanghai even though Mandarin is the official language. Cf. "A Glimpse of the Chinese Language" www.rand.org for explanations. Such paper is availale free online at PDF as public service. In Hong Kong,folks speak Cantonese dialect. It is desirable to know dialect of Shanghai(spoken by circa 100 million folks) and I taught such at www.dictyon.net for the past years.
October 19, 2008 at 7.12 a.m.