Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I GUESS POLO IN THE FORBIDDEN CITY COMES NEXT

From the "What Chapter Of The Little Red Book Covered This?" Files, we learn from AP that:
Xiamen University in the southeastern China city of Xiamen, is requiring law and business students to take golf lessons to prepare them for a business world where deals are made on the golf course.
Two generations back, the Cultural Revolution saw professionals purged as capitalist stooges. Now China teaches golf as a business technique.

Why do I think a lot of us will be working in Beijing in 15 years if we have any hope of earning a decent living?

7 Comments:

Blogger DED said...

Well, we'd better be able to speak Mandarin if we hope to get those jobs.

www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.04/mandarin.html

10:16 AM  
Blogger Alan P. said...

Why do I think a lot of us will be working in Beijing in 15 years if we have any hope of earning a decent living?

Yeah, as assistant greens keeper.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous waitingforthealiens said...

The association of golf with country clubs has given it a smell of elitism that it is fortunatly beginning to lose thanks to a lot of daily-fee, real estate related courses making it affordable to learn and play the game.

That business deals are done on the course is largely a myth. You simply get to know business associates by getting out of the office and engaging in competition. It has been my experience that almost everyone makes decisions based on what is best for his employer's bottom line, but people I have played golf with return my phone calls.

2:51 PM  
Blogger DED said...

I believe that falls under the category of "schmoozing."

Yes, golf has become more "egalitarian" in the sense that even the rabble can get access to greens. I have a friend who looks more like a Hell's Angel and is built like a lineman than a brown nosing salesman but yet he golfs. And no, he doesn't make country club money, he's a customer service rep.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

What's Mandarin for schmooze?

11:15 AM  
Blogger Otto Man said...

We won't have to go to Beijing. At the rate they're soaking up our debt, China will own us in a generation.

On the bright side, the quality of Kung Pao chicken here will really improve.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Well, if the chinese food improves, then I'm all for it.

Fuck it, let's sell all our debt to them. If you're gonna bankrupt your future to your enemy, might as well make sure you're well fed in the bargain.

7:31 PM  

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