American a pillar of Shenzhen maker culture

TULLY GEHAN’S home is a maker’s space. The three-room Bao’an District apartment looks more like a factory than a living space. Tully Gehan There is a wall of blue boxes filled with electronics, dozens of paper cups with screws and bolts, and a laser cutter in the corner. Gehan, 41, from America, made his own knife rack and a wall-mounted drying rack customized to fit the bowls in his home. He designs everything on the computer before using a laser cutter to make them. “This is the beauty of being a maker — I make my own things,” he said. Gehan, who has been in Shenzhen for five years, is well known in the city’s circle of makers. He used to work for Seeed Studio and co-founded the Chaihuo Maker Space. He’s made several products and is best known for his Doomsday Clock, which is sold on Internet retailer Amazon. The Doomsday clock can be customized, and customers have taken advantage of this. A father made it into a scorekeeper to add and remove points based on if his children were good or bad. An American used the Doomsday Clock to build a replica of the World War II German encryption device known as the Enigma machine. The new Enigma machine was popular and sold for US$1,000 each, leading the American to quit his job and become a full-time maker. “[He] calls me ‘one of my heros,’” said Gehan. “I’m very excited to help him this far.” Gehan graduated from college with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1998, but for the past decade he has been working for electronic companies, first in the U.S., then in Hong Kong, Beijing and Taiwan before coming to Shenzhen five years ago. Becoming a maker has always been his dream. In 2009, when Arduino — an open-source software and hardware platform — became popular, he quit his job and learned how to make electronics. “I learned everything about making from the Internet,” Tully said about the year he spent studying. Making is fun, but often not profitable. Gehan sells about two Doomsday Clocks each week on Amazon. “Enough to buy several cups of Starbucks coffee,” Gehan said with a laugh. With more than 15 years of experience in electronics, Gehan’s full-time job is helping Americans manufacture electronic products in China. “They find me at the maker fairs. Demand (for manufacturers) is big,” he said. He also supports the maker community through involvement with a hardware accelerator called Higgs Hub. Gehan’s dream is to become a full-time maker. For him, making is not about designing a consumer product, it’s about turning an interesting idea into something real.

‘Our Asia, Our City’ Asian Cuisine Festival Cultural Performance held at Haixinsha

The Asian Cuisine Festival Cultural Performance with the theme of ‘Our Asia, Our City’ was held at Haixinsha Park in Guangzhou on the evening of May 16th, 2019. Song, dance, acrobatics and plays featuring traditional Chinese culture, Lingnan culture and the cultures of other Asian countries were staged during the gala. The gala is part of the ongoing Asian Cuisine Festival held in Guangzhou between May 16th and 23rd. [Photo: Wu Weihong, Dong Tianjian]

How lovely! Check out panda nannies and their ‘babies’

Naughty panda cubs will seize any opportunity to slip out. (Photo/Sichuan Daily) There is a group of panda nannies working at the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding that care for panda cubs like their own children, Sichuan Daily reported. Duan Dongqiong, 39, has worked at the base for 18 years. She is now the leader of a five-person team responsible for helping female pandas to become pregnant and give birth. Duan’s team also looks after panda cubs. According to Duan, working in the breeding room is often quite fun, since the panda cubs are cute and fluffy. The 14 panda cubs born last year have grown significantly, but all are still chubby and pleasing. Duan and her colleagues are able to differentiate the cubs based on the coloring around their eyes and shoulders. The panda nannies’ daily work include releasing giant pandas from their rooms, preparing food, feeding the pandas, training the pandas and cleaning the area in which the pandas live. They also have to strictly monitor the physical well-being of their charges.

Musical dramas ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Decameron’ set to tread the boards in GZ

Two musical dramas ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Decameron’ by Swedish artistic group Romeo Julia K?ren will be staged at Guangzhou Opera House on June 18th and 19th respectively, forming part of the 2019 Guangzhou Art Festival. The Romeo Julia K?ren ensemble was formed in 1991 and performs a mix of singing, dance and theatre. It has toured more than 35 countries including China, the United States, Russia and Germany. Romeo Julia K?ren Musical Drama: Macbeth Time: 7:30 pm, Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 Venue: Opera Hall, Guangzhou Opera House Price: RMB 80, 180, 280, 380, 480 Running Time: 70 minutes (without intermission) *Performed in English, sung in French with Chinese subtitles ‘Macbeth’ is a musical drama that initially evolved from working with Janequin’s epic piece La Guerre and some of 15th century composer Josquin Desprez’ profane and sacral songs. The scenic images that hence spring forth suggest a grim story: a story recognized and already written—William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (1606). So the story is told once again, using fragments of Shakespeare’s original text and the suggestive music of Janequin and Desprez. Romeo Julia K?ren Musical Drama: The Decameron Time: 7:30 pm, Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 Venue: Opera Hall, Guangzhou Opera House Price: RMB 80, 180, 280, 380, 480 Running Time: 90 minutes (without intermission) *Performed in English, sung in Italian with Chinese subtitles Romeo Julia K?ren’s performance ‘The Decameron’, which premiered at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in 2009, holds a series of dramatized novels from the renaissance writer Giovanni Boccaccio’s famous works of the same name. The novels are interspersed with songs by the Italian 16th century composer Orazio Vecchi and the combination forms a musical drama performance of sensual love and full-bodied comedy. In ‘The Decameron’ a selection of Boccaccio’s novels are freely dramatized and adapted for the stage by Artistic Director Beno?t Malmberg and the ensemble. The show is adaptable and easily changed based on the conditions of the venue and the occasion of the performance. The stories and the music in ‘The Decameron’ can be varied and therefore also the size of the ensemble from six to twelve singers accompanied by theorbo, renaissance lute and percussion.

Plastic surgeons reveal how more men are getting the cosmetic injections to overcome ageism in the workplace

More and more men are jumping on the Botox train – and are finding all sorts of reasons to give the toxin a try. 越来越多的男性开始加入了注射肉毒杆菌的行列,还为自己的尝试寻找各种理由。 An impressive 453,281 male patients got botulinum toxin injections last year, increasing the number of total procedures by 9.9 percent for both men and women, according to a recent study by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 据美国整形外科学会最近的一项研究显示,去年注射肉毒杆菌的男性人数高达453281人,使全年男性和女性的总注射次数增加了9.9%。 Plastic surgeons have become used to seeing men in their practices. Several of them told the Huffington Post what motivates their male clients to try the procedure, from wanting to remain competitive in the workplace to finding inspiration on social media. 整形外科医生已习惯于在诊所看到男性顾客。几名医生告诉《赫芬顿邮报》,男性客户尝试美容注射的动机各异,有人希望能在职场保持竞争力,有人是为了在社交媒体上获得肯定。 Men too feel pressured to look young and feel that a more youthful appearance might help them to retain their jobs longer, according to the physicians, who said patients from 35 to 65 years old were interested in Botox. 医生们说,男性也会感受到保持年轻面庞的压力,而且他们觉得更年轻的外表可以帮助他们保住工作。医生们还表示,35至65岁的顾客都对肉毒杆菌感兴趣。 ‘They’re simply having more procedures done because they want to maintain the competitiveness in an increasingly ageist workplace,’ Dr Daniel Mills, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, told the Daily Mail website. 美国整形外科学会会长丹尼尔?米尔斯博士告诉每日邮报网站,“男性接受的美容治疗越来越多,只是因为他们希望在年龄歧视问题日益突出的职场中保持竞争力。” Doctors Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow, who both star on E!’s Botched, agreed with Mills. 保罗?纳西夫和特里?杜布罗两位医生都同意米尔斯的观点,他们都参加了E!频道播出的《Botched》整形真人秀节目。 ‘The younger and better you look, the better chance you have to stay in the market and compete. It’s as simple as that,’ Dubrow said. “看起来越年轻,外貌越好,就有越多的机会留在职场竞争。道理就是这么简单,”杜布罗说。 Most frequently, men want the toxin injected around their eyebrows and eyes, according to the doctors. 根据医生的说法,男性通常选择在眉毛和眼睛周围注射肉毒杆菌。 Significant others and spouses can also play a part in convincing a man to step inside the plastic surgeon’s office. Some of them become more comfortable with the procedure after seeing a loved one having it, while others simply claim their other half demanded they get the injections. 说服男性进入整形外科医生的办公室,伴侣和配偶也起了作用。有些男性看到自己的爱人注射之后,会更容易接受美容注射。还有些人称是另一半要求他们来接受注射的。 ‘Men blame their spouses with the ‘I don’t care but my wife/girlfriend wants me to do it,’ excuse,’ Dubrow added. “男性会抱怨他们的配偶,并以‘我其实一点都不在乎我的外表,但我的妻子/女朋友希望我接受美容注射’为借口,”杜布罗补充说道。 The trend is also self-perpetuating. After seeing more and more men coming into their practices, doctors have started paying more attention to them. 这种趋势不断发酵。接待了越来越多的男性顾客后,医生们也开始更加关注男性群体。 In the past, a man visiting a plastic surgery website would have seen mostly procedures aimed at women, Dr Daniel Maman told the Huffington Post. 丹尼尔?马曼博士告诉《赫芬顿邮报》,过去,男性访问整形外科网站时,看到的大多是针对女性的美容项目。 ‘Now we have a dedicated tab on our website for men and it has galleries showing pictures of men,’ he added. “现在我们的网站上有专门为男性设计的页面,展示一些男性的照片,”他补充说道。 Social media – and the desire to look great on an online dating profile – have also inspired more and more male to give the toxin a try. 社交媒体以及想要在约会网站的个人资料中看起来光鲜的想法也促使越来越多的男性尝试注射肉毒杆菌。 ‘I think with social media and men wanting to look good―since honestly a lot of the older men are going out with younger women―they do want to use Botox,’ Nassif said. “因为有社交媒体,而且男性想要显得光鲜。老实说,很多年龄大一些的男性都在和年轻女性约会,他们的确想要注射肉毒杆菌,”纳西夫说道。 Most men likely to get Botox tend to have higher incomes, and many of them work in the art, fashion, law or business industries, the physicians said. 医生们说,大多数选择注射肉毒杆菌的男性往往收入较高,而且许多人都在艺术领域、时尚行业、法律业或商务领域工作。 But they insisted that male patients of all backgrounds had resorted to the toxin. 不过,医生们表示,尝试过肉毒杆菌的男性顾客中什么背景的都有。 ‘I have Asian men, I have African-American men, I have white men, I have everyone,’ Dr Seth Matarasso said. ‘I have a huge Republican CEO getting Botox. He’s a Trumpite and he’s a toxin junkie.’ “我接待过亚洲男性、非洲裔美国男性、白人男性等等各类男性,”塞特?马塔拉索医生说道,“我还接待过一位著名的共和党派首席执行官,他支持特朗普,而且热衷于美容注射。” Source: 陶佳琪 yaning from language.chinadaily.com.cn

Summit fails, but not all progress is lost

The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended in Hanoi on Thursday. The White House, in a statement, said no agreement was reached but the two leaders had “very good and constructive meetings.” It emphasized their respective teams “look forward to meeting in the future.” The results have fallen short of expectations, leading to wide disappointment. Trump told reporters that the US “couldn’t give up all the sanctions” as North Korea demanded, insisting sanctions could only be relaxed after North Korea denuclearized. The two are deadlocked again over an old problem: The US demands North Korea denuclearize first, while the latter insists on prioritizing the lifting of sanctions. The two cannot reach an agreement on working simultaneously to achieve the same goal. The détente between Pyongyang and Washington failed to help the two countries get rid of deep mutual distrust. That the Trump-Kim summit ended with no fruition indicates it’s difficult to advance the denuclearization process of the peninsula. It can’t be fulfilled in a short time. Expectations for the setting up of liaison offices and the declaration of a formal end to the Korean War have fallen apart. What’s most important for the two countries is to cherish the results achieved so far and not back down from one setback. Washington’s attitude is the key. “I very much appreciate no testing of nuclear rockets, missiles, any of it,” Trump said earlier in Hanoi. “Speed is not that important to me.” After the meetings, Trump noted his talks with Kim didn’t end in quarrels but in “a friendly walk.” Whether such an attitude can be sustained in the future is facing a test. Some Americans will criticize Trump for the alleged failure of his North Korea policy. If there is still no new progress on peninsula denuclearization, the president will face increasing pressure. With the approach of the US presidential election, these pressures will force him to take a tough attitude toward Pyongyang again. China and South Korea should play a role in safeguarding the achievements made so far concerning the issue. Pyongyang announced it would permanently halt nuclear and missile tests before the US and South Korea suspended joint military exercises. Beijing should help Pyongyang stick to its current moderate line while Seoul should firmly resist any Washington attempt to coerce North Korea with threats of resuming joint drills. South Korea should take a responsible role in maintaining the peace of the Korean Peninsula. The most effective way to stabilize the Korean Peninsula is to push North Korea and the US to move toward each other and try to promulgate a dual-track road map of denuclearization and peninsula peace that can be accepted by both. It’s particularly important to be optimistic at this critical moment. The Korean Peninsula was in great uncertainty in the latter half of 2017, but now there are neither nuclear tests nor joint military exercises. Trump and Kim have met twice. Even if no deal was reached, both vowed not to cease negotiations. This is a big change. No power should disrupt the reconciliation process on the peninsula. China will never accept any retrogression. This is our bottom line to which we will firmly stick. We hope South Korea will continue to cooperate with us. The US and North Korea shouldn’t frustrate the whole region and the international community.

BRI envisions great win-win global connectivity

In the fall of 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping first proposed the formation of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, today known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) while visiting Kazakhstan and Indonesia. This year marks BRI’s fifth anniversary. As reported by Western media, “Countries from Panama to Madagascar, South Africa to New Zealand, have officially pledged support.” Since then, it has garnered attention and participation from countries all over the world. From a global perspective, the initiative has naturally developed into something far greater than ever imagined. At its very core, it is the first large-scale international endeavor to be launched by an emerging nation. It shatters the stereotype that developing countries are the only powerhouses of global investment, technology, and future planning. It is based on an idea that fuels the kind of momentum necessary to build infrastructures in underdeveloped countries and regions while drawing a roadmap for the future in regions that have been forgotten and marginalized by modernization. Not to be confused with large-scale aid programs, the BRI is an assemblage of cooperative projects focused on communication, sharing, and working collectively to achieve mutual benefits and a win-win result. Through China’s initiatives and generous investment support, many countries have realized their development aspirations while reinvigorating each nation’s unique potential. More than that, BRI is a platform based on the fundamental principles of cooperative exploration which doesn’t only include China, but other countries that possess an overwhelming sense of willingness to cooperate with the world. BRI countries are in different stages of their own economic and social development which means they have their own style unique way of participating all unto themselves. The various methods used by each country will only create more possibilities for international cooperation and a level of global synergy never before seen. As BRI was just starting, a few countries were skeptical of its intention and believed the concept was the latest in “geopolitical strategy” or “neo-colonialism.” The accomplishments since then have shown the world otherwise and silenced skeptics. Today, only a few countries remain biased. By deepening an understanding of BRI principles, other countries have discovered it is a path that enhances strategic mutual trust with China. As a global cooperative endeavor, BRI’s development pace can be adjusted accordingly even as its steady push forward gains momentum and influence. Its vitality will benefit everyone involved. There is a reason why the original Silk Road thrived for centuries, and now with the emergence of BRI, and in the age of globalization, greater advantages will come to fruition. Infrastructure development will continue to be society’s main focus. Thus the interaction between developing countries and other nations is a top priority for infrastructure development. How advanced nations choose to support infrastructure development of underdeveloped countries so both can achieve win-win results will serve as the primary course for civilization to embrace. BRI has already developed essential working practices and witnessed achievements in this regard. In the future, BRI will be responsible for the majority of infrastructure projects worldwide. By generating benefits for those involved, a higher level of fairness will bloom. Non-interference will become more popular than ever, dismantling unilateral obstacles that stand in the way of cooperation. Such advantages in place will make BRI more competitive. Obviously, it has caught the attention of developing countries, helping them to see the opportunities and potential in regions they knew existed. The Initiative has contributed to global resource development and played an essential “construction-oriented” role. With a bright future place, some problems remain. Among them, risk control needs strengthening, and China investments shall be prioritized. Simultaneously, potential market demands with BRI countries will continue to be tremendous, and they need to be easier to handle and manage. Therefore, this is a development issue, and finding a solution will require determination and experience. In the past five years, both Chinese companies and the nation have broadened their scope of knowledge on the larger global picture by promoting BRI principles. China has completed tasks that will eventually see itself becoming a major world power. History will remember the Belt and Road Initiative as one of the most significant chapters in China’s history, and a great milestone in the development of human civilization.

Shenzhen to build a national logistics hub

Shenzhen in Guangdong province will build a national logistics hub centered around Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, according to the recently issued implementation plan for the construction of a nation-wide logistics hub network (2019-20) by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Transport. The building of the Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport National Logistics Hub can help promote the economic development and industrial upgrading in Shenzhen, as well as advance the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. A construction plan for the national logistics hub has been initially formed, according to the Shenzhen transportation bureau. It will cover an area of 22.8 square kilometers and be composed of four functional areas: three freight transportation areas in the east, south, and north, as well as a flight area in the west. A “3+1+1” industrial function system will also be formed at the logistics hub. The three core industries of air transport services, modern logistics service, as well as aviation science, technology, and cultural experience will see rapid development. In addition, the development of one supporting industry (life services) and one extended industry (airport high-tech industry) will also be boosted. A number of expressways and railways through the edge of the logistics hub, as well as a road network made up of three expressways, three fast lanes, and eight trunk roads within the logistics hub will be built to support the hub’s construction and development. Following market-oriented principles, construction of the logistics hub is expected to be completed by 2030. Bao’an district in Shenzhen, which is where Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport is located, realized a total transport turnover of 28.53 billion tonne-kilometers in 2018. The district’s total volume of foreign trade reached 371.35 billion yuan ($53.97 billion), of which the gross export was 239.94 billion yuan. The design sketch shows a bird’s eye view of the Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport National Logistics Hub in Guangdong province. [Photo/sznews.com] A sketch map of the four functional areas of the national logistics hub in Shenzhen’s Bao’an district [Photo/sznews.com]

Trump’s tweets expose changing transatlantic alliance

US President Donald Trump has again set a precedent in his Twitter diplomacy. After returning from a weekend in Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice, Trump sent five tweets blasting his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and even ridiculing France’s surrender to Germany in WWII. This back-and-forth started with Macron’s speech at the commemoration ceremony. With Trump sitting at his side, Macron warned of rising nationalism, saying, “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.” Although he didn’t directly name the US, media outlets suspected the words were pointed at the US president who claimed to be a nationalist and advocates “America First.” Trump then tweeted: “Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the US, China and Russia. But it was Germany in World Wars One Two – How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the US came along. Pay for NATO or not!” The US president seems to have taken the opportunity to vent his long-held grudges. His tweets enable people to look at the extent of the rift in US-Europe relations. First, there is a hierarchy in the relationship. The big brother takes care of others as long as it doesn’t cross a boundary that hurts its own interests. What annoys Trump most is that the US has paid too much for a NATO that primarily serves Europe’s security. In 2018, the US earmarked 3.5 percent of its GDP to NATO defense, while France contributed 1.81 percent and Germany 1.24 percent. Only a handful of NATO members have honored their commitment of spending no less than 2 percent of their GDP on NATO. Meanwhile, it seems all other countries are expected to follow rules set by the US without question. Trump specifically mentioned France’s “big tariffs” on US wine, which is surely unfair for a calculating president and must be changed. Also the US’ security role is nearly irreplaceable. Only by ensuring the US’ position as world leader is unshakable can Washington be willing to protect its brothers. Some US scholars suggested earlier that Europe follow US arrangements in the military and security fields and make greater contributions to fully supporting a US-dominated security system, as the US’ Asian allies do. The trans-Atlantic alliance has undergone profound changes since the end of the Cold War. With Russia’s influence declining, there is now a difference of opinion within Western society on whether Moscow is still the NO. 1 threat faced by the US and Europe. The US is also shifting its strategic focus to the Asia Pacific region. As a result, bonds between Europe and the US are not as strong as they once were. In Washington’s eyes, the practical value of ties with Europe has changed, as they are no longer on the same page on some issues. Macron and other European leaders understand what it means to hand over defense rights to the US and were unwilling to do so especially now that they dealing with such a shrewd US president. Unfortunately they don’t have many countermeasures available except for complaint. While Europe has expressed that it intends to establish its own army, its hands are tied in financial terms. The social fragmentation and stratification in Europe have considerably crippled governments’ authority and executive capability while a slumping overall economy and increasing unemployment make government reluctant to enhance military spending. Trump has cut Europe to the quick. But without US military support Europe will have an extremely vulnerable defense, until it no longer considers Russia as a major target. But this will only happen when fundamental changes happen in the West’s relations with Russia. Trump’s tweets reflect the logic with which the current US government handles international relations. When the main builder of current international order starts self-adjustment, what should other countries do? Newspaper headline: Trump’s tweets expose changing US-EU ties