Page 1A: First Lady Obama chose Jason Wu dress in white. Hong Kong dress designer's influence of art in the White House. Chinese art is highly appreciated in the West.
Page 2A: US biographer Robert Kuhn finds niche profiling Chinese leaders. Beijing Wangfujing Bookstore is loaded with books about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for avid readers to read American leaders.
A graduate student named Hu says:"From ancient times until now, the Chinese have been MODEST. We don't like to tell others about our ability or beauty. But in America,if you have ability, you publicize it." However,Professor Lam at the Chinese University of Hong Kong would demur by saying: "Not True." It is a matter of opinion.
When I came to the University of San Francisco in 1947,a schoolmate asked me about love in China. I said:" We don't express our feelings openly but know our feelings at heart." Such is the influence of Confucianism. "Silence is golden" versus "there is no impression without expression." Such may be applied to romance,indeed!
To my recollection,when I was teaching in Hong Kong,1989-1990,I encountered two types of students. Those who have been exposed to Western ways, addressed me as "Francis" but those who keep the Chinese tradition called me:" Professor Xie" with a bow under the influence of Confucianism. Cultural differences!
I also remember the Japanese way to show respect to bow down all the way to show respect as Richard Moorsteen mentioned to me when we were at the RAND Corporation in 1964-65. I visited Japan as a guest of Prof. Koh of Tokyo University in 1985. The service girls bow to customers in Japan and Korea. In a Japanese restaurant,a Japanese waitress would kneel down to serve tea to customers. Not in the USA for sure!
Page 4B: Stocks soar as investors reverse course.Increase in demand leads to higher prices. It is the reflection of investors to buy or to sell to cause ups and downs in the market prices for goods and services. Common sense but graphic presentations can be shown in economics.
Francis Shieh a.k.a. Xie shihao on Thursday,January 22, 2009 at 3.08 p.m.