China’s railway autorities might have symbolically reduced the speed of fast trains after the Wenzhou train crash, but – wonders author Bill Dodson in his weblog – why is it so hard to slow down society when things go into the wrong direction?
From his weblog:
Chinese society – or rather, Chinese people – are still impatiently slamming up high rises like there is no tomorrow, driving recklessly through increasingly congested roadways, and flipping properties like a cook making pancakes on a Sunday at a crowded Iowa diner. Conversations in tea houses and coffee houses and restaurants are about business – or about money. Never have I heard between sips of lattes by women in vertigo-inducing pumps or men toting man-bags a philosophical discussion about the state of the State or a hearty debate about the direction in which the society is going. It’s all about money: where to find it; how to get it; how to show it off.
China is still in the fast lane, with little inclination to slow down.
- Social unrest in China: mostly an Asian affair? – Bill Dodson (chinaherald.net)
- When East and West meet for business – Bill Dodson (chinaherald.net)
- On a shoddy construction industry – Bill Dodson (chinaherald.net)
- Party arrogance, worn thin – Bill Dodson (chinaspeakersbureau.info)