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Written by Ian Clark
When I first moved to Nanjing, my family couldn't quite fathom why I'd want to do it. The biggest part of the problem for Americans is the environment and economy issues here. They're confused about it now, but they were even more so back then - ten years ago. Then, Americans couldn't understand what was happening here and were even a bit afraid of China. Up to now, my living here hasn't been without a hitch.

It's true that the Chinese government does not have a war going on now, and that public transportation functions well enough to give up having a car. But there are various forms of "pollution" here. The first and most visible form is air pollution, which has had serious consequences for me to this day. At first I was a strong man in spite of the pollution, but I had tricked my system.

To be stronger I ate meat and took medications. But these are not methods, in fact. Not much longer afterward I had worse health than anyone here - a stack of medical record booklets, and eight or nine serious illnesses. In 2006 I found religious practice, which helped me clear up almost all these problems - except the dental problems. Actually, the Chinese have these same dental problems. How does bad air translate into bad teeth? I can't say exactly, but mysteriously I have a deep belief that they are related.

But environmental problems are only one aspect of this pollution issue. The greater aspect is the toxicity of society's mind. I won't go into great detail about this. I only wish that the reader will watch with his own eyes this amoral shroud that now covers human society here. See below my video.

I can live well here, and there are many good points to bring up.

But I find it necessary to point out these grave imperfections, as China and the Chinese state gain a rising level of control in international affairs. China could be very well an influential country in the not-so-distant future. When they become one of the leaders, will they have first gained the right to be leaders? Are they capable of regulating the global economy well?

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Our valuable Editor Ian Clark has been with us since Sunday, 18 October 2009.

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+3 #9 Hermann 2010-03-06 05:09
Excellent! And very true! I have never noticed that issue before. I am scared to learn chinese because if i do, and start to understand the surroundings more and more here, then i might just take the next plane home and never come back..:-/
+2 #8 Magnus 2010-03-01 05:30
Fascinating article. Strange to find such a heavy bunch of ideas on an expat website...Sure this is bad but think about the way abortion is treated back home too. My only hope is that the feelings you have about abortion in Chinese society translates into action about abortion back home. I can remember when I brought this topic up at an English corner it bombed mainly because I thought it would be a great discussion topic like it is in the states. It wasn't. It's just part of the culture. It's sad.
+2 #7 Anna Jones 2010-02-19 21:58
This is just not acceptable here! I agree. abortions cannnot be reduced to meaningless act for gods sake. but in a country where there is no existent social system and moral values are strangely diverted and manipulated it is no wonder. it is a shame..every life is precious! and also the unborn life!!
+2 #6 Heituzi 2010-02-16 19:35
The orphanages are bad, too. Infanticide is bad, too. The solution is not just to kill all the kids. How about doing what we intend to do? If we intend to have a baby, we have one. If we don't, then we don't. I saw a documentary on Youtube that shows official records, and in 1989 alone 16 million kids were aborted, and probably another 4 million died from infanticide and orphanages. The documentary showed that the 90% of the kids (mostly girls) died in the orphanages within the first year. Is this not pure hate against 1. the Chinese people and 2. women? 20 million kids in one year - dead? That's 20 Columbus Ohio's, poof, gone - in one year! The ads get on the trashcans because of the sheer scale of abortion here.
+1 #5 Michael 2010-02-11 15:06
for christ sake. abortion ads on trash cans? i have never noticed this before but since my chinese gets better i can finally understand it. a short while ago i thought they were hospital ads..i agree with ingrid..i have never seen it elsewhere, only in China, that abortions are reduced to a simple and meaningless act in form of waste disposal ads.. trashcans..
+1 #4 baojao 2010-02-07 16:29
is not only in nanjing. is everywhere in china, in xi'an too on trashcans, buses, even toilets! i saw in xian. but must know chinese to understand. but good you make this clear now. i no like , is disgusting , no respect of life!
+2 #3 Ingrid 2010-02-07 16:10
I appreciate the video because it shows information which remains hidden to me, as I can not read chinese characters.
I believe it is wrong to reduce abortion to a simple and meaningless act. I hope the society, not only the goverment but also teachers and families put enough efforts to prevent accidental pregnancy, which in my opinion is the real problem.
+1 #2 ND 2010-02-06 20:19
Hello Conny, you have a point in what you say. No doubts. The children and unborn pay the price for the irresponsibilit y of their "parents". It's a sad reality. I thought a couple of days whether to publish this article or not, but finally: Every aspect should be shown and every opinion and view! And Ian Clark is an author who really doesn`t stop at inconvenient subjects. We appreciate that very much.

Educational advertising and sex education is needed and a lot more... But that's bad for business...
+1 #1 Conny 2010-02-06 19:06
Maybe you should go to an orphanage if you get too upset about the abortion adds. Or you should think about the thousands of kids living in the streets in many developing or highly religious countries.

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