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Forums > Living in Kunming > cataract surgery

Anybody know about this in Kunming, or China, or Chiangmai or Hong Kong? Not interested in general impressions of

medical or eye care in China - after all, there are a lot of medical institutions in China, and naturally I wouldn't be interested in the ones that are not very good.
My understanding is that cataract surgery is not necessarily very complicated. Don't care if the surgeon speaks English or not.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Western-Trained, Profession Dentists in Kunming

Unless your daughter has some particularly complicated condition, that seems a bit extreme. However, I've always had really good teeth, so the fact that my visits to dentists here, one of whom at least had done a year of study in Sweden, were satisfactory is probably nothing to judge by. I'm sure the one who'd studied in Sweden must have spoken English, but I can't remember about the others. Sounds like the guy in Guangzhou is a superwhiz.
Incidentally, the clinic with the Swedish-trained dentist was on Cui Yuan Road not far from the zoo, but on the other side and had some association with the dental college, but I think it's no longer there. All necessary equipment, etc.
I also know a guy who had some rather extensive dental work done in Chiangmai, which is closer that Guangzhou, and was fully satisfied. Said it wasn't too expensive, and in Chiangmai you can be pretty sure of medical/dental staff that speak English.


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And it should be obvious that there are other ways, practiced in other countries, to swamp public opinion - ways that do not permit what I've referred to as 'free speech' above - one might hmm think of China in this way. Oddly enough, in some such places people are smarter about reading between the lines in the press, and in what people say, than they are in places where a level playing field is imagined. But I still prefer the formal guarantees.
Like I said, propaganda exists in many forms, but it needs power behind it to be effective, and that power can be in terms of law, wealth, or (as is the usual case) a combination of the two. I can't at the moment think of any place where this is not the case.

@Geezer: When PC is used in nasty ways then I am against the nasty ways it is being used. But others use the same sorts of tactics, and the left in the US is not large, unless you are referring to US liberals, who aren't exactly a huge majority either.
Anyway, the problem with free speech in the US and many other places is not that speech is really restricted in any stringent terms, but that the mass of the media is controlled by huge corporate interests with fingers in many pies, dominated by advertising revenues, etc., and swamps public opinion with its points of view. Check out who owns major media outlets, and how articles are presented, buried, ignored or slanted by them. Many seem to think that papers such as the New York Times are somehow 'left', when in fact they generally merely present the views and promote the attitudes of sections of the owning class.
So when I speak of freedom of speech (and of the press), I don't by any means mean that it's all somehow open on a level playing field - I simply mean that there are plenty of formal, legal guarantees that say you can pretty much say what you want, even if you're not rich enough to be heard by many. This is indeed worth something, and it's important to make the most of it, no matter what your opinions, even though money and power weigh a hell of a lot more than your voice.
Yeah, as I've said, Yang seems naive to me too.



As near as I can remember, they haven't had anything new on their menu in 13 years. Full meal consists of chicken steak, with or without mushroom sauce.
Sandwiches are okay. Service is generally poor, and they seem to be understaffed.


Not quite what you'd call a jumping place, but not bad at all for rather standard US-type meals, not overly expensive, and with a really good salad bar that's cheap, or free with most dinner dishes after 5:30PM. You can get a bottle of beer or even wine if you really want to, but I've never seen anybody do it - maybe that's just to take out. Chinese Christian run, and they hire people with physical disadvantages, who are pleasant and helpful. Frequented by foreign (mostly North American) Christians and Chinese Christians - was started by a Canadian couple associated with Bless China (previously, Project Grace), who are no longer here, but no religious pressure or any of that. Steaks are nothing special, and I avoid the Korean dishes, which I've had a few times but which did not impress me.

As a shop and bakery, it's very good bread at reasonable prices, of various kinds (Y18 for a good multigrain loaf that certainly weighs well over a pound. Other stuff too, like granola and oatmeal that is local, as well as imported things, including American cornflakes and so forth, which some people seem to require.


Great location, nice seating area outside within the temple compound and with plenty of space for gigs, etc., on afternoons. Good steak, good crowds, bbq and buffet both good. .


Large portions, seriously so with the pizza, which is Brooklyn/American style, I guess. Convivial, conversational, good place to drink with good folks on both sides of the bar, especially after about 9PM.