VIP Class Notes (Lily) [S/R]

Vocabulary

1.chubby (adj)= a little fat
ex: a chubby baby
ex: she has a chubby face, because she has baby fat.

2. sneak in—- sneak out= 偷偷溜进/出
ex: I used to sneak out of the house after dark to play.

3. surrogate mothers= mothers who carry other people’s baby in their womb
ex: My friend found a surrogate mother in BJ for 1 million/baby.

4. hierarchy= 阶层关系
ex: People are divided into different hierarchies, and it’s hard for them to move up the ladder.

5. sexist= 性别歧视
ex: Most companies are sexist, they only promote males to management positions.

6. nepotism= 裙带关系
ex: when the boss fills important positions with friends/famillies, this is nepotism. 

7. rife (adj)= common
ex: Mexico is rife with smugglers and dealers.
ex: the organization was rife with bribery and corruption.

Reading

https://www.echinacities.com/career-advice/Is-Nepotism-Still-Alive-and-Well-in-the-Chinese-Workplace

Nepotism in Chinas private sector

Despite the anti-corruption campaign initiated by president Xi Jinping in 2013, nepotism still exists on almost every level of Chinese society in some shape or form. It’s not exactly 关系 (guānxì) per se, although the notion in itself is quite similar. Domestic Chinese business practices are rife with favouritism and nepotism, and the lines between them are often blurred.

Take for example the simple idea that as a representative for a small establishment, you would typically avoid doing business with someone you don’t know. The same can be assumed if you’re looking to hire a new employee. Why hire someone completely unknown when your nephew just graduated? He’s a good kid according to his father – your brother.

As far as private companies go, this is neither illegal, according to Chinese law, nor immoral, according to Chinese customs. It’s just normal and even expected.

Speaking

My ex company is a family business. the boss called his brother as the designer of the building. The brother did not care about the cost of the building. the budget for the building was 5 billion, but in the end, it was 5 times. The brother is very nice, people like this are very educated, they are politely and friendly. He showed us a lot of shops he loved. We went to eat small shops in villages. He has an apartment facing the NT Century Park. There was a painting in his bedroom, my friend asked him, “is it real”? “yes, it costs 50 thousands USD”. He just hangs it on the wall facing the bathroom.

Revised

My previous company was a family-owned business. the boss hired/appointed his brother as the designer of the building. The brother did not care about the cost of the building. the budget for the building was 5 billion, but in the end, it was 5 times more/exceeding the original budget . The brother is very nice, people like this are very well educated, they are politely and friendly. He showed us a lot of shops he loved. We went to eat at small restaurants in villages. He has an apartment facing the NY Century Park. There was a painting in his bedroom, my friend asked him, “is it real/ authentic“? “yes, it costs 50 thousands USD”. He just hanged it on the wall facing the bathroom.