Parallel parking in Germany vs. France.
Published on Oct 10, 2012 by NTDTV
It’s an unbelievable piece of satire in a country known for iron-fisted censorship and harsh handling of petitioners. Miao Cuihua, most likely a pseudonym, is doing what countless other migrant workers have done in the past—protest against unpaid wages. But she’s skipped the queue at the petition office. Instead, Miao has created a video that not only demands she receives her quote, “blood and sweat money,” but also mocks the Chinese regime’s propaganda machine—and it’s gone viral.
Above her reads “Migrant Worker Unpaid Salary News Conference” Her rambling rhetoric that follows could be lifted from any of China’s scripted foreign ministry briefings.
[Miao Cuihua, Unpaid Wages News Agency]:
“We are regretted to hear that the official of the Bureau of Civil Affairs said ‘I represent the government. When I say not to give you money, you won’t get money. What can you do? We propose to peacefully, reasonably, and legally request payment. Harmony is precious. Society stability is the priority. So never appeal illegally.’”
The language she uses is typical of China’s well-educated elite, not a migrant worker who mixes concrete for a living.
Her video has been online since May, but in the past few days it’s exploded.
[Xie Liusheng, Shenzhen City Rights Activist for Migrant Workers]:
“It is very interesting. It satirizes the government’s corruption from another angle.”
[Chen Yongmiao, Beijing-based political commentator]:
“In China, if those migrant workers don’t use this kind of special, ironic, and mocking news reporting way to speak up. They would hardly get any public attention.”
Miao worked for the funeral administration department of Hangu district government in Tianjin City. She says a court ruled in 2009 that they owed workers almost $600,000 in unpaid wages, and has never paid up.
Her video is now making Hangu officials take notice, and they have been quick to respond. They’re not paying her though, instead, they say her video is full of distortions and she’s trying to extort more money from the state.
Wendy’s Training Video – Chili Can Be Served With Cheese
Nov 4, 2011
Community supported agriculture (CSA) has gained popularity in the U.S. since it was first introduced about 25 years ago. People invest in CSA farms by buying shares, which entitle them to a percentage of the harvest. It’s a way to get healthful, local produce on a regular basis. One CSA farm near Washington, D.C. supports the community not only by growing vegetables, but by providing employment for the developmentally disabled.
User-created trailer for the movie 9 to 5, featuring the song of the same name by Dolly Parton.
Illustrates challenges of working women in the 1980s.
1:23 “Women scare me–at least they do in a factory.”
1:53 “You see, they’re not naturally familiar with mechanical principles nor machines.”
2:41 “You know, women workers can be surprisingly good producers.”
2:50 “When breaking in any new worker, and of course especially a woman, you’ve got to explain every angle of the process, down to the last detail.”
4:29 “I guess women don’t realize what it means to stick on the job.”
5:37 Wife: “So many of them have two jobs, Joe–one in the home, one in the plant.” Husband: “Gee, I’m glad I thought of that!” Wife: “Yes, dear.” (The Second Shift, Arlie Hochschild)