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Forums > Living in Kunming > Relaxing the requirements?

@cloudtrapezer I think you got this wrong: “But under capitalism, the product of workers' labour, whether physical or intellectual - news articles, lesson plans etc. belongs to the employer… .” If this is explicit in an employment contract,

you are correct. However, absent an explicit contract stipulation, development of intellectual property and its subsequent ownership, often becomes a matter of litigation at least “under capitalism.”

Socialists, and Communists, generally oppose any form of private property rights, including intellectual property, which nicely eliminates the existence of Intellectual Property (IP).

As for publishing your IP, it is often the case that you are required to relinquish you IP rights in order to be published. This is not universal and depends on the publisher’s policy. I developed a new approach to determining and calculating break even for complex businesses, was published but retained the copyright. Subsequently, I agreed to allow use of my method in an accounting textbook as long as I was given attribution.

About 40 years ago I came up with the idea of building a numeric key pad into computer keyboards. Being an accountant, and the Corporate Controller, I insisted the number key be arranged like an accountants 10 key adding machine instead of like a telephone keypad. It cost more to do it that way as the keypads had to be redesigned to fit into keyboards but you, and the whole world use it.

“Copyright was invented by and for early capitalism, and its importance to that system has grown ever since. To oppose copyright is to oppose capitalism. Thus, Marxism is a natural starting point when challenging copyright.”


Forums > Living in Kunming > Individual Income Tax (IIT) Calculator 2019

Dezan Shira & Associates publisher of China Briefing has made available a IIT calculator. I did one of these about 10 years ago when the tax law was simpler.

Use it with the caution the law might change or your facts may be interpreted differently by tax authorities.

It should give you a pretty good idea of your tax exposure.


Forums > Living in Kunming > Minimum Wages in China 2019

Asia Briefing has published "Minimum Wages in China 2019" which, if you are interested, provides insight to minimum wages by province and local area. Both monthly and hourly minimums are provided.

The actual document provided is a JPG graphic so analysis is difficult. Other odd items: 1) Hourly minimum wage seems very high compared to monthly minimum, 2) Other sources label the Hourly Minimum as Daily minimum which would be quite low. SCMP discusses and compares various minimum wage rates here:

Forums > Living in Kunming > Pet export

Is it just me, or is it odd that one could be an expert advisor on getting cats out of China and safely to the US, but, be so perplexed, confused and ignorant of how to document one's own children?


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This study is extremely interesting, The researchers are primarily Chinese and the subjects were all Chinese. I tried to read the report but decided not to spend the $10 USD to download it.

One concern is the study is an "interdisciplinary collaboration" which in China can mean a pile on of names in search of published works. Also I could find many reports of the study being published but no mention of peer review.

An NPR article says "New paper finds that air pollution affects cognitive performance. A person with an average score under Chinese pollution levels would outperform 13% more test-takers under US air quality standards." Additionally, there is some skepticism by a scientist who studies brain damage.

I tend to be skeptical of Chinese research although this study adds to my concerns about the level of China's pollution, For several years I tracked birth defect rates in China but the information stopped being published when the birth defect rate in Beijing reached nearly 2%

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China and Afghanistan share a short border on an ancient trade route. China has closed the border and is resisting Afghanistan's requests to reopen it. Related to the Uighur problem it is said.

Try Yingjiang Daiweiyuan, 盈江傣味园.

昆明翠湖北路66 66 Cuihu N Rd,

This was my favorite Dai place in the Green Lake area, in the north side of the street across from the park. The place fills up quickly for dinner so go early. Never had Ghost Chicken there but everything was excellent.

My guess is that lowering poverty to zero is asymptotical because people are involved. As long as China maintains a $1 per day poverty line, the statistical eradication of poverty will always be impressive. If China adopts The World Bank $1.90 per day there would be a whole lot more people in poverty. Clearly that statistic would not be welcome.

I am not sure what "economic justice" is. Perhaps everyone that has less than someone else is a victim of unfair "economic justice." I suspect, however, that there is no such thing as quantifiable "economic justice" and the term will become an arrow in the social justice warrior's quiver in the struggle for equaity.

A recent tweet on twitter (complete and unedited):

"white women also owe women of color money. this is part of economic justice and justice in general. seeking the economic liberation of all women and the end of capitalism and patriarchy demands white women's accountability. this is possible. not neat or simple, but possible."



Good for quality, but pricey, hand tools.

Be aware they will push whatever they are selling. Some of the staff have no idea about the technical side of appliances.

I went there to buy a stove. I repeatedly told them I would be using bottled gas. They sold me a stove. When I went to my local gas guy, I learned there are at least three kinds of gas sold. Luckily, B&Q did not deliver as promised. I went back to the store and discovered they had sold me a stove they needed to be hooked up to the gas main. I got my money back.

The sales lady was almost in tears, 没有问题!I don't know if it a safety or design issue, but I would think B&Q would know and care.


Last week had an 8:45am flight.

Subway starts at 9am. I have no idea where to catch an airport express bus. Eight taxis refused to go to the airport. After almost an hour standing on Beijing Lu took a black taxi, this dude drives slower than my mother, 120 yuan.

Flight back was delayed so I learned the subway stops running at 6:10pm.

Getting a taxi back was easy, more taxis than customers. Taxi was 87 yuan including 1o yuan toll, airport to Beichen area. Yes, he took a longer route than necessary.

Kunming imagines being a gateway for international travelers. New airport but hard to get to and from it.

World Class Airport, NOT!


Tonight "Peacock", a performance by Yang Liping (杨丽萍), to begin her world tour, 8pm, 100-1680 yuan at Yunna Haigeng Auditorium.

Saw this lady perform at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, in California, in 1995. Quite a good and interesting show.

I'm going to try to make it.


Not so good. Kimchi had a very sour taste. Other food was nothing to brag about. I don't think I would go back.


This bus station is not located as indicated. It is further North!