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Forums > Living in Kunming > Rediculous health insurance comment

I apologize for sending you on what seems to be a considerably time-consuming but enlightening wild goose chase and especially for toning down the profanity.

Upon further but nominal research, spurred on by your rebuttal, I must admit again, I don't really know what China's WW2 debts are at all and whether they have been paid off. It seems extremely convoluted (US Lend-Lease program) and difficult to track down reliably - published books tending to be significantly more reliable than internet searches.

The core issue was China was repaying war debts to the former USSR in part, using grain, which exacerbated an already bad domestic situation.

As mentioned and apparently verified, I was surprised that the UK repaid it's sizable war debt to the USA in full, to include interest payments. Not surprised that the UK repaid it - but surprised that the USA did NOT forgive the war debt, as it had with Japan and Germany - which were actually war reparations - a debt with a different name.

Geezer - similar regrets - it was NOT my intention to focus on war debts or reparations due diligence activities - but on the issue of sustainable healthcare for the masses.

The motivating philosophy was, "what kind of legacy/world would I like to leave behind for my children" and in a more practical and pragmatic perspective - if they worked for a company I helped found - what kind of sustainable health benefits would I want them to "inherit". The issue goes beyond healthcare - to the end of career retirement benefits.

Retirement benefits are at risk both here in China, Japan, and the USA (dunno about ANZ or UK), because of how the plans were structured (perpetual growth pyramid scheme).

So, in addition to robust sustainable healthcare, a robust sustainable retirement or retirement savings plan would also be in the mix.

This would perhaps go a long way to address any employee's biggest fear - long-term security, assuming the company had the ability to also be a long-term sustainable company, spanning the 30+ year employment cycle.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Informal Health Insurance Poll - Expats & Locals

Thanks for the feedback and personal experience with your students. 30m years of China observation is quite impressive.

I don't expect the solution to be simple - but even complicated problems must eventually be broken down into constituent components, to be eventually resolved. The key was to try to identify a potentially feasible solution, then break it into executable components.

As I understand the way China appears to work or appears to work in Kunming - government organizations lead first, followed by industry. In cases where industry moves first, with allowances for talented firms, such as firms like alibaba et al.

Internal operating models I'm considering are employee owned firms, similar to US employee owned firms, using benefits such as healthcare, childcare, career growth, etc to further bind employees and reduce turnover, and hopefully improve or implement employer-employee loyalty as a culture and ethic.

I understand the negatives of abusive family treatment and those abuses will of course be risks to companies with that kind of philosophy, so built-in checks and balances to prevent, punish, and or discourage that kind of behavior would need to be engineered into the company's DNA.

I detest doing this kind of prep work - but if I don't do it, it won't get done. The alternative is be lazy and drop in a status quo system, which is looking mighty desirable right now.

The focus is domestic employees.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Informal Health Insurance Poll - Expats & Locals

If you were working for a local or multinational company in Yunnan, what kind of government and or corporate primary health care benefits would you expect gratis and which ones would you consider paying for.

As an example - I would think catastrophic health care for all would be a national social responsibility, perhaps basic dental care with co-pays, basic vision care with co-pays, and audio/hearing care, with co-pays.

Catastrophic care would also cover families and congenital birth defects, wisdom teeth extractions (for impacted or at risk), government mandated vaccinations (with copays), etc etc etc.

Or alternatively - should the company cover everything and treat employees more like family than mercenaries and should businesses migrate towards employee-owned business models?

Forums > Living in Kunming > Rediculous health insurance comment

The link was posted at tony's request - other verbiage and profanities aside. I understand Tony was upset at the original article (?), so will assume I was just collateral damage from that initial inspiration to post, or not.

It's better I start a separate thread - as what I was looking for isn't really relevant to Tony's title.


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Dear satyrical bloke
Perhaps it's the brevity of internet blogs - however thank you for broadly insinuating publicly I'm a failure as a parent, based on a singular vague and unimplemented opinion. I'm guessing my personal opinion must have been highly inflammatory to elicit such a highly inflammatory comment.

As a parental failure - I'll use any and all tools available to guide my children towards being self-sustaining, productive, ethical, moral, and responsible citizens of society. If the kids refuse to study at home, do their home chores, are addicted to their digital devices, disrespectful - I'll put them in boarding school jails, where they're forced to study under someone else's oppressive eye, digital devices are forbidden or destroyed, physical daily exercise is mandatory, and their every living and waking moment is controlled.

If university trained/prepared professional life isn't desirable to them, I'll try to guide them into sustainable vocational careers, to include military service.

As a parental failure, I'm also of the opinion that my primary duty is not to be my children's best friend, although perhaps that will come with time and maturity (from both parties - parent AND child) - but to prepare them for a responsible self sustainable life without me, fiscal, environmental, and social responsibility.

We never know how long we can breathe and wander the earth - so yes, I'm absolutely a chronic failure as a parent - better than some - worse than others. So I strive to "parent" with "a sense of urgency".

Incredibly astute of you to pick ascertain my chronic and pervasive failure as a parent, based on a singular, as yet unimplemented opinion of mandatory physical education with a stated and measurable performance metric.

On that note - the university was incredibly amazing in stating and implementing this specific requirement. It showed some potentially incredible project management skills as opposed to the typically vague management directives.

Wow - thanks for the update(s). This opens a brand new line of journalistic travel reporting fog gokm. What to see & do around each station (temples, eateries, entertainment, etc).

Look forwards to the municipal subway exit travel reporting (for tourists and locals alike).

And you can also do travel video spots for the local tv channels - chinese love (I think) to see foreigners who can speak reasonably fluently and whom are delighted with the local culture(s).

I'm just glad we can finally (maybe) get to dianchi without grabbing taxis, didiche or buses.

Central government mandates general or qualitative requirements, It is then the responsibility of various provinces to implement quantitative results.

How would one structure sustainable pilot projects, to demonstrate such diversity - to include funding and finance? Each ecosystem is diverse from the next - so to initiate a project requires finance to study the current (or previously existing) bio-diversity, to develop a sustainable plan to move forwards with responsibly and sustainably managed resources.

This requires access to academic and commercial resources - who won't work for free.

Alien's solution is direct, but probably not scalable, sustainable and therefore feasible (too many people - reduce population).

When presenting an issue or problem, it's always a good idea to have at least three potentially feasible solutions for discussion and implementation.



Met a friend after dinner for drinks and chat up on the rooftop patio/bar. Music was a little loud for us - but was surprised at this jewel of a bar. What a nice comfortable place.

I was told the hostel only charges cny40 a night for a shared room bunk bed - can't beat that.

Truly a gem for travelers on a budget and the rooftop bar has a beautiful and memorable sunset view (see the pictures).


Stopped by last night for dinner on the small patio and to pick up a couple of their apple pies. Always attentive and courteous staff and good solid food. Don't forget to check out their freezers for frozen foods like chicken and beef pot pies, pizzas, quiches, cakes etc.


This cafe is actually in the Yunda Green Lake campus and connected to the French Language school operated by Alliance Francais or the French Alliance.

It's mentioned elsewhere that pastries are provided by A Table down the street on Beimen Jie.

Aside from the no-smoking ban (since it's on-campus in Yunda) - it's a nice, quiet, smoke free and pleasant environment to rest, read, and relax for bit - if you happen to be on-campus and can't find a place to sit.


I found Beijing Yingke through their ad on the gokunming website.

I recently used Beijing Yingke to take care of a rather complicated real estate transaction. After finally gathering all the required documents as specified - we actually managed to successfully complete the entire process in a single visit with no requirements for "additional documents" or "extra procedures".


The attorneys were polite, tolerant of infinitely many questions, professional, courteous, and most of all - professional and competent.
The law firms fees were an acceptable increment above local fees, to account for the multi-lingual requirements.

Most importantly - the requested transaction was completed on the first pass with no additional documentation or procedures - which is a stunning accomplishment and nod towards Beijing Yingke's professional knowledge in this sector.

Five Star rating - highly recommend.


Finally got around to using Salvador's delivery service - tried it out on the chicken burrito and their bag of nacho chips. Delivery was flawless despite being a bit out of area (≥4km) and the food was still warm.

First experience - excellent (5 stars).

Excellent as always - even with long distance delivery. Now if only the online menu was expanded a little (like the chicken strips...hint hint hint...nudge nudge...wink wink).