Letters and Blogs

Updated: 2007-05-22 07:00

Hukou absurdity

Comment on "Hukou 'an obstacle to market economy'" (China Daily, May 21)

I have experienced an ironic situation created by the current restricted hukou (household registration) policy.

As the country requires updating the resident ID card, I have to go back to my hometown in Jiangxi Province to take an ID card photo though I have been working in Shanghai for almost three years.

Not even considering the transportation costs, the problem is whenever we have vacation time, the people who are in charge of the ID service in my hometown are also on holiday.

Therefore, I have to take two or three days' special leave for the three or five seconds' ID photo taking in my hometown. I am sure a lot of people have experienced the same situation. What logic!


On China Daily website

What's offensive

Comment on Raymond Zhou's column "Ad slogans a matter of taste" (China Daily, May 19)

Hi, guy, you hit the nail on the head. It is not the billboards with pompous ad slogans for luxurious real estate that will kindle social instability. It is the widening gap between the rich and the poor that will destroy the much-desired social harmony.

This is especially true when the government adopts no effective policies to redistribute the wealth but just wants to get involved in something like this campaign against ads for luxury goods.

In my opinion, the mayor, when these ads hit his eyes as he travels in a big black limousine along an expressway, should not feel offended by the provocative ad slogans.

What he should be concerned with is whether the developers of the luxury real estate and the occupants of the villas have paid their taxes.


On China Daily website

Cancer deaths

Comment on "Pollution makes cancer the top killer" (China Daily, May 21)

I think this all results from the growth of the over-heated economy. We only concentrate on economic prosperity, but we neglect other things including environmental protection and harmonious development.


On China Daily website

Double-edged Web

Comment on "Web opens world for young, but erodes respect" (China Daily website, May 20)

We must review our educational systems worldwide in light of the Internet age. It is very positive that children are challenging teachers. This is how they can develop their creativity and intuition. Future inventions will come from this process.

Obviously, there are also some negatives. Spending endless hours playing a single game online does not seem productive. However, we can easily improve technologies such as "net nanny" to prevent this sort of thing.

Also, we should be working on games that children enjoy and are educational. For instance rather than conducting a class to teach children the history of Genghis Khan, they could play a game where they engage in his conquests.

John Harby

On China Daily website

Protect the hutong

Comment on "Calls for halt to demolition of hutong" (China Daily, May 15)

Thumbs up on the reporting on the destruction of Dongsi Batiao hutong.

As senior advisor to the Dongcheng District I feel ashamed to see the district not intervening in this matter.

I hope your article will draw some attention, otherwise it will be once more proof to the foreign media that Beijing is destroying its heritage for quick real estate gains, or worse, for the Olympics.

Gilbert Van Kerckhove

Via e-mai

(China Daily 05/22/2007 page11)