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Sunday, November 30, 2008

'Inadequate sex' fueling crime in Guangzhou Province

Well, yes, sex sells and grabs headlines, but what is more pertinent here is the figure of migrant workers in the province of Guangdong. 30 million my friends. Numbers when it comes to China still explode in my head.

From China Daily... 29 November 2008

GUANGZHOU -- More migrant workers in Guangdong are committing crimes, especially sex offences, because of heavy workloads and inadequate sex lives, local authorities and researchers have said.

Twenty-five people were arrested this year for sex crimes, 10 of whom were migrant workers, the prosecution department of Xinhui district in Jiangmen city was reported by the Guangzhou Daily as saying on Friday.

The number of arrests is reportedly 50 percent higher than that of the previous year.

Almost 30 million migrants work in Guangdong, with 57 percent of them men, statistics from the provincial labor and social security department have shown...

For full article go here.

Been a while

It's been a while since the last update. Much has passed since. The paper's been handed up, and I've had some good news with regards to possible further study. What's not so great is that whilst the rest of Monash university have had their results published, mine's been a very Withheld. Now let's wait and see.

In other news, my dad's recommending that I read into this chap who was interviewed on the Phoenix Channel, Kluge Prize Winner 2006 - Yu Ying-shih. I did not manage to catch the whole interview, but I caught something really pertinent.

When one tries to understand someone, one has to understand his history and what he did in his life. To expound on that, I would think that I would approach my further studies with something else, what are the things the person did not do. I begin to realise the mark of a person sometimes is not too accurately immortalized but what he was remembered as doing. I think it is both the intellect to one, not do, or the inertia or fear, to not do, that marks the lesser known boundaries of one's character.

I think of this as I emerged from a discussion with a colleague and guide at Republic Polytechnic where I *still* retain employment. The outcome of the chat was this. Sometimes doing, is the wrong thing to do. Sometimes not doing, is also the wrong thing to do. Like a shepherd with his flock of sheep. As the wolf approaches, the time comes for the rod to be raised. Without showing the wolf that the sheep are not there for its taking, what then is the shepherd for? Smile at the wolf and use the rod for a walking stick with much of his sheep lying there dead. So. it is not about what one has done, but the things that one did not do, or dare to do, that is the understanding less found.

So with this, I write.

Do, as is to be done.
do not, but not that fear halts you.
Do, but do not impose
do not, but only because what is left to be done, has already, been done.

More to come.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It is done.

In all 79 pages of her glory.