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Life as a College Graduate, I’m going to Asia!

I realize I haven’t posted in a while and I apologize for that. The last month of school was just very crazy. It felt as if I did nothing all semester and all of my work was due during that last month. To tell you the truth though, the bulk of my work was in the last month, that’s just how my professors setup the classes, but, anyway, I survived and am now a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in English!

I bet you’re all wondering, what now. Do you have a job? The answer to that is, well, not quite, but I’m happy to report that I’m going to Beijing, China! In past entries I said that I wanted to go to Asia and with persistence and searching, I got offered an internship with the China Daily, one of the top English-language newspapers in China. Just to show how big it is, the paper has an average daily circulation of more than 300,000 in about 150 countries and regions. My past professional experience only includes blogging, so I really wanted to work for a print newspaper, although I could be working on the website, Chinadaily.com.cn.

Here is my plan and it is to go to Beijing to intern for the China Daily. I’ll be there for about 2 months. If I really love Beijing, I’m planning on trying to find a full-time position there. If that doesn’t work out, I already have another internship lined up right after where I’m going to be working at Akihabara News, a tech blog in Tokyo. If you know me, you know that is right up my alley.

I can’t wait to be in China, especially for the food. Just look at the pictures I posted and these are just noodle soups. Doesn’t it look amazing? That is only one thing, there’s going to be tons of dumplings, steamed buns, tofu and everything else that I can’t imagine right now and it’s all supposedly very cheap. I think about 6 dumplings costs less than 50 cents. By the way, I think the food in those pictures look delicious, they’re screen shots from when I was watching Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations in Shanghai on my computer.

I’m definitely going to be updating my blog a lot more frequently. I plan to keep a blog from now on of all my journeys and experiences while I’m in Beijing and then also if I go to Japan. So be sure to keep checking back!

One last thing, being the crazy technology-obsessed American that I am, one thing I’m really excited about is all of the cheap KIRFs (people in the tech world call them Keeping It Real Fake), or in other words, Chinese knockoffs. Apparently they are really cheap. They have fake cellphones, like iPhone for about $100, I’ve even seen KIRFs that look like the new iPhone 4G that was recently leaked and isn’t even out yet. I have my eye set on a KIRF iPad, which runs Android 2.1, the same as my Nexus One (by Google) cell phone and now has about the same processor as the iPad that costs about $250. What also is improved is that it has a place to put SD cards for more memory, USB ports and also an HDMI output so you can display it on your TV.

China is gonna be amazing!

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Collegian Cartoon

I saw this cartoon in the Daily Collegian today and I’ll admit I laughed when I first read it. This is again showing how America is concerned with a dispute that doesn’t really even effect it since it is constantly in the newspaper.

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/opinions/

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Should America REALLY interfere with censorship in China?

I wanted to bring up this topic since I’ve been following the story pretty closely with Google and China. I have many different thoughts on this, so I will try to make sure this whole entry conclusive in the end and I think my journalism education is sufficient grounds for me to talk about this.

If you didn’t know, recently Google pulled their China search engine since they no longer wished to provide service in China with the government wanting search results censored and because of the recent hacking of Google servers. If you type in google.cn right now, you are redirected to the Hong Kong version, which is uncensored, since again if you didn’t know, although it is technically part of China, in a sense, it is its own country with its own currency (the Hong Kong dollar), legal system, and parliamentary system.

Now before I get into the US, although I’m a huge fanboy of Google, I think that they were wrong to think they could push there ideals on another country. I’m all for internet freedom, but Google knew beforehand what they were getting into, a growing economic powerhouse with heavy censorship. This seems a shame to me that they decided to pull the search engine because now someone else will come in and take all the business when Google was already providing more results to the Chinese than ever before.

Going back to America now, I’ve read and heard people talking about how we should now urge China to change their laws of censorship and I have to disagree on this matter. When the Google/China conflict was going on, I remember hearing about a speech that Hilary Clinton gave. It didn’t seem right for her to give it since, in my opinion, this conflict was between a corporation and another country. I felt that the US had no right to intervene. Although Google is an American company, in the end, it is a company and as I learned in one of my classes last semester, a corporation has no boundaries, they are only out for their own self profit. If you want to see further how this is true, look up how Coca-cola sold a special drink to the Nazis during WWII or how IBM sold printing machines to them for the concentration camps, which had to be serviced inside the camps by an American IBM worker once a year. Trying to force a communist country to change their censorship laws seems like it could only start a war. So many times, I’ve noticed the US trying to push our ideals on another country like in the Middle East and it creates conflict. For China’s sake, I think that they will need to change these laws on their own. It may not happen in our lifetime, but I believe it will happen eventually as the younger generation begins to take power.

In the coming weeks, I’m going to be giving a presentation to my World Media Systems class about censorship in China, focusing on the conflict between China and Google. One of the students in my group went to China this spring break as part of an international reporting class and although I only talked about this for a few minutes recently about the matter, he said that the people in China aren’t as concerned as the people of the US are about this. Most of the people he talked to in Shanghai said “why should they care” since the Google conflict doesn’t really concern them. That there is nothing they can really do right now. This came from a man he talked to in a park. America is a country that I feel thinks she has a responsibility to get involved and try to change things, even when the people of that country aren’t as concerned. With Chinese censorship, I feel it would be best for America to not get involved as it will only create tension between our countries when we have good relations right now. I think that if the Chinese people want change, they will bring it to themselves eventually, just look how far China already.

I found article from Gizmodo by Brian Lam, about his thoughts on the conflict. He spent all his summers in Hong Kong when he was young and his views are similar to mine, so its worth checking out, here.

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