Tag Archives: China

Debate: Treat Terrorists Like Enemy Combatants, Not Criminals

13 Jun

While I was in China, through Bloomberg News, I was introduced to Intelligence Squared…a debate program. The topic for the debate that night was “Treat Terrorists Like Enemy Combatants, Not Criminals” and was a re-broadcast from 2009. It took me a good bit of time to track down, but it was an amazing show, and worth the time to watch. There is a lot of knowledge on the panel debating both sides. Enjoy!


The World is a Book.

4 Apr

Off to China…. Be back soon.

Guangzhou 2012 – Timelapse

26 Nov

The following video content, captured and produced by Zweizwei, is nothing short of phenomenal, and pairs extremely well with Passion Pit’s Swimming in the flood.  Zweizwei covered three cities in this video: Guangzhou, Shangai, and Shenzhen. Truth be told, this video left me excited about the colorful nightlife that I hope to encounter in Shanghai . Counting the days til my trip! Enjoy!




Цейтраферная съемка в движении / time-lapse photography in motion

China (Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen 27.02.12 – 14.03.2012)

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 60D
peleng 8mm/3.5
tokina 11-16mm/2.8
Samyang 14mm/2.8
sigma 24mm/1.8
canon 50mm/1.4
canon 70-200mm/4lis
NDx16, NDx1000, NDx2000, c-pl

music: OST_Enter_the_Dragon – The Island & Passion Pit – Swimming in the flood

Marriage Corner

19 Nov

In Shanghai, China, thousands of anxious parents congregate every Sunday morning attempting to  find their sons and daughters a suitable partner for marriage.  Maybe I should add this to my list of places to visit on my trip!?!?


Shanghai Timelapse

12 Nov

As I have mentioned in the past…

1.) I am super blessed to have the opportunity to go to China this upcoming Spring.

2.) I want to find more interesting TCM relevant material on China, Beijing, and Shanghai and post said material here.

This is one of of those pieces of material I thought fit the bill. It is a somewhat choppy timelapse compared to the ones I have posted in the past. Choppy in respects to the way it was created and the transitions between shots. However, there are some true highlights on this reel, and gave me an appreciation for the sights I will get to see come April 2013. Enjoy!




Dealing With China’s Currency Manipulation

23 Oct

Live The Language

19 Sep

For quite some time, The Cultivated Mind (TCM) has had difficulty finding balance and continuity in its postings. With an inquisitive mind and a plethora of passions, this blog/website has struggled to maintain its fighting shape. With that being said, TCM will be expanding its horizons literally and figuratively. TCM has scheduled a trip to Asia in Q2 of 2013. China to be specific, Beijing and Shanghai to be more precise. This will be TCM’s first time to East Asia, and the full-scale preparation is already underway.

As one would expect, TCM is incredibly curious about business in Asia.  How is it conducted? Are there underlying and unspoken principles that are acknowledged in the background of business deals? What is the government’s role in business processes?

But, on the other hand, TCM also wants to dive deep into the culture and history of China and Asia. What are it’s influences and how does that shape society today?

Today marks the first day of adding a focus to the TCM lens and a new category, Asia. Over the next six months, as TCM’s research and knowledge base increases, TCM will share Asia specific content to broaden your perspective and understanding of that amazing part of the world.

The following is a commercial for EF International Language Centers. The advertisement is  fun, light, and refreshing, and highlights some very cool people, places, and things while introducing the viewer to Mandarin Chinese (Hanyu Pinyin). Enjoy!




Directed by Gustav Johansson (gustavjohansson.com)

D.P: Niklas Johansson, fsf (niklasjohansson.com)
Typography: Albin Holmqvist (albinholmqvist.com)
Music: Magnus Lidehäll (twitter.com/magnusthemagnus)

Produced at Camp David (campdavidfilm.com)

Client: EF International Language Centers
Campaign site: ef.com/livethelanguage

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Gangham Style

2 Aug

It’s been a long week, no? Need a laugh? Watch the below.

Flowering Tea

24 Nov

Flowering tea, commonly referred to as blooming tea, is a small bundle of dried tea leaves and flowers bound together with cotton thread into a ball. When steeped, the bundle expands and unfurls in a process that emulates a blooming flower. Typically they are sourced from the Yunnan province of China. Flowers commonly used in flowering teas include globe amaranth, chrysanthemum, jasmine, lily, hibiscus, and osmanthus.It remains uncertain whether flowering tea was developed in the 1980s or was a much older invention. Flowering tea is generally served in containers made of glass so that the flowering effect can be seen. Also, the bundles can usually be reused two to three times without the tea becoming bitter. Check out an assortment of the teas in action in the below video.

Dazzled by Asia

11 Feb

Joshua Kurlantzick’s article written for The Boston Globe and highlighted on The Council on Foreign Relations’ website takes a look at China alone and critiques Asia as a whole. Kurlantzick lays out a fresh perspective on Asia’s uprising and America’s decline, and the steps needed for both.

One of my favorite excerpts from his article provides the reader with a macro look at some shortcomings of Asia as a whole in comparison to America and other western nations: “Asia is indeed increasing its economic footprint in the world, but it still lags far behind the United States in military might, political and diplomatic influence, and even most measures of economic stability. Asia’s growth, the source of its current strength, also has significant limits – rising inequality, disastrous demographics, and growing unrest that could scupper development. Nationalism in Asia will prevent the region from developing into a European Union-like unified area for the foreseeable future, allowing regional conflicts to continue, and preventing Asia from speaking, more powerfully, with a unified voice.”

In regards to the relationship between the United States and Asia (mostly China), here are a few things to consider: According to a study by the China Policy Institute of the University of Nottingham, next year, China will become the world’s second-largest economy. China alone holds some $800 billion in American treasury securities. China and India likely will grow by more than 7 percent this year, compared to minimal growth in the West, and other leading Asian nations, like Indonesia and Vietnam, are also predicted to post high growth rates in 2010. By 2040 China will have at least 400 million elderly, most of whom will have no retirement pensions. This aging poses a severe challenge, since China may not have enough working-age people to support its elderly. In other words, China will grow old before it grows rich, a disastrous combination. China alone already faces some 90,000 annual “mass incidents,” the name given by Chinese security forces to protests, and this number is likely to grow as income inequality soars and environmental problems add more stresses to society. To become a global superpower requires economic, political, and military might, and on the last two counts, the United States remains leagues ahead of any Asian rival. According to the most comprehensive global ranking of universities, American schools, powered by immigrants and flush with cash, dominate the top 100, with Harvard ranked first. Asia has no schools in the top 10.

Read the entire article here: http://www.cfr.org/publication/21384/dazzled_by_asia.html

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