The Old Theatre Inn

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  • RegisteredNovember 29, 2011
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Forums > Study > What message does this send?

Citing sexual preferences for blond hair, black hair, fair skin or black skin etc. is a complete red herring. People are free to choose who they find attractive and want to sleep with. What we are talking about here is racial discrimination in employment and that's not only against the law in many if not most countries, including China, but goes against most people's sense of justice and fair play.

There have been a lot of bogus arguments posted along the lines of "this is China", "when in Rome" etc. Why hide behind these excuses? Especially since China has anti-discrimination laws even if they are not effectively enforced. If people think it's OK for employers to discriminate on grounds of race then they should have the courage to come out and say so.

Forums > Study > What message does this send?

I recall somebody telling me Go Kunming is hosted on servers in Hong Kong. If so, it might be a good idea for the publishers to check they are in compliance with the territory's Race Discrimination Ordinance.

Forums > Study > What message does this send?

Rhetorical questions have meaning even if they don't require answers. In the case of nnoble's, the implied meaning was that the destinations Chinese students are, for the most part, headed for - the US and Europe - are better at countering overt racial discrimination than China is. But given the success of Donald Trump's campaign, and some of the comments on this forum, nnoble may be overoptimistic.

Forums > Study > What message does this send?

As others have pointed out, this isn't the first time this sort of advert has appeared on Go Kunming. I believe the editors don't pre-screen classified adverts, so we can't blame them for it being up there in the first place. On the other hand, it's a reasonable expectation that such openly discriminatory ads should be removed as soon the editors are made aware of them. And I don't believe the advertisers need be contacted in advance of the removal. Furthermore, the site, if it hasn't already done so, should publish a clear policy statement making advertisers aware that such ads will be removed without notice. One other point. I'm a little surprised by the suggestion that this is "really" about accents, not skin color. Local schools on the whole seem to be quite happy to employ non-native speakers of English, some of whom have pretty strong accents, so long as they are white. What's more, if candidates' accents are a problem, the place to test this is at the interview, not to exclude entire groups of people in advance.

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Just to add a little to Jordan's excellent article, the slogan Labour is Sacred seems to have been coined by the famous intellectual Cai Yuanpei (his name is on the pamphlet cover pictured). Cai was president of Beijing University for several years from 1917. He was never a communist, although while at the university he employed Chen Duxiu who founded the Communist Party in 1921. Cai supported Chiang Kaishek's government for a while but later denounced its repressive policies.

This is just about giving people the option to buy additional insurance and will make little difference. Britain introduced universal free healthcare in 1948 when its per capita income was around half that of China in 2015. There is no economic reason why China couldn't do the same right now. It's simple a lack of political will. No doubt any attempt to do so would be branded "Maoism" or some such.

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Can't get a friendlier place than this. Lot's of beers to choose from, some a little pricy, but there's always the fallback of Lao. Excellent.

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The French Cafe is probably the oldest Western eatery in Kunming. Unfortunately, it has complacency written all over it and is badly in need of a makeover. The service varies from indifferent to unfriendly. Good wine and coffee is the minimum you'd expect from a place that bills itself as French but you'll struggle to find either here. There's not much that's French on the menu apart from the croque monsieur. It's only saving grace is that the bread is the best in Kunming, but that's not saying much.

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I know being grungy is part of the appeal of this place but, how much trouble would it be to fix the toilet doors?

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The Sunday special deal (roast beef and roast lamb) was the best Western food I've eaten in China in ten years here. Top notch. Top marks.

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Went in their Dali branch. Same system. Foreign language books are upstairs and a creepy member of staff follows you up.and shadows you. I will never buy a book there again.