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I am not sure if I should just make it into a blog post, as I don't think there may be many responses.

Anyway, let me have a try.

I have come across quite an interesting blog entry by an American woman, in the middle of making a decision on where to live and work: Shanghai or Hong Kong.

Here is the link:

Now, what I found the most interesting is that she had obviously stayed a very short time in both places. I gather they were more like tourist trips. 

The comments following are another point of interest: once again, people are so damn different, sometimes it really does make you wonder how the same thing can viewed so differently by different folks. 

However, a couple of commenters on there do note that her judgement and conclusions are skewed because she has not effectively lived in either place, therefore it's a bit pushing it with conclusions on which city is more livable etc. 

So what do you think? How long do you need to have lived in a place to be able to evaluate it in a more or less balanced way? Or is the first impression enough, actually? 

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I can't get the link to work here - I'll try tomorrow in SZ Office.

Are you saying that you're in Hong Kong today, Mike?

Well, apparently, as someone pointed out later on, Wordpress is banned in China. :-P

Anyone who describes themselves as a "Harvard graduate" is a condescending fucking moron.

What if she really is a Harvard graduate? Are all Harvard graduates morons, or only those who describe themselves as such (irrespective of whether they have actually been to Harvard)? ;-)

I'm assuming she really is a Harvard graduate. If she isn't she's a liar, and that's almost as bad as being a condescending moron. By describing herself as a Harvard graduate she's saying, "Respect me and my opinions because I'm probably much smarter than you."

All the Harvard graduates I've met - and there have been a few - have been abject fucking morons. It's really scary I know Oxbridge graduates and they're sharp as razors, Harvard grads appear to have their brains amputated before they graduate. I worked for a Harvard MBA who hadn't got the first clue how to structure a budget, benchmark business performance, assure operational effectiveness, didn't understand multi-disciplinary working, etc.

So stay away from Oxbridge or Harvard ....


Why Oxbridge? You didn't read it right, it seems.

No. Don't stay away from the best schools. Attend on if you can. But don't have the school's coat of arms tattooed on your forehead to impress others. Impress others with your hard word and intelligence instead.

Well-said, Mr Tomato! :D

Well, actually, I met a few really intelligent Harvard graduates. One of them is our choir director :-) She certainly is a very smart, knowledgeable woman.

The young guys that I met through her, and who used to be part of one of the a-capella groups there, were super smart too. But perhaps the important factor in their case was that they all got into Harvard on their merit and were in fact getting scholarships from the university. They didn't come from filthy rich families that only had to pay their fees in order to be university students.

so that's exception does.



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