Common Sense
  • See “Xu Zhen” at the Long Museum

    In the warm spring when flowers blossom, people can go to the Long Museum West Bund located on 3398 Long Teng Avenue and visit the Xu Zhen Art Exhibition that is elaborately designed for the first anniversary celebration of the Museum, at the same time appreciating the thriving sakura. Xu Zhen is a Shanghai local artist. The works exhibited this time involve various topics of global culture with his usual manner of humor. The newly created Europe Thousand Hand Classic Sculpture collected 19 western classic sculptures of different shapes, borrowing the Buddhist thousand-hand Kwan-yin form, integrating form and spirit to present a vigorous vitality and striking visual impact. “Immortality – Double Head Support and Single Hand Balance Sculpture” joins two western sculptures, perfectly reflects balance between strength and faith through absurd yet nerve-racking visual impact. “Topless Curved-Neck Bottle” (left) twists the neck of classic Chinese antique ceramic by 90 degree, achieving the great movement in the history of ceramics. The exhibition also includes early works of Xu Zhen, including video recording “Crying” made in 1998, and “Rainbow”, a work of youngest Chinese artist displayed at the Biennale in Venice. The exhibition will continue till May 24.

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  • Half Mouthful of Teeth Gained, the “Stern-Faced General” Smiles

    The 62-year old Mr. Feng was a retired worker who likes to play Chinese chess. Whenever playing, Mr. Feng always seemed cold and distant, with a stern face. Together with his exceptional chess skills, he was dubbed “the stern-faced general” by people in the neighborhood. However, this was because he’s always in discomfort—he lost all his lower teeth in the past years because of periodontosis. Although he had several pair of dentures, he never got used to them. Eating always felt uncomfortable, food were tasteless, and the denture was painful to wear and difficult to remove. Ever since then, Mr. Feng seldom smiled to show his teeth, therefore was given the nickname of “stern-faced general”. Recently, Mr. Feng saw a dental implants advertisement from Wanzhong Hospital in the community. “Gently implanted as if new born”—these words lit up the hope of Mr. Feng. The next day, he got up at dawn, came to Shanghai Wanzhong Hospital with his wife and daughter, and found Xu Qifu, the hospital’s expert and director of dental implants. He asked questions about this dental implants technology and its life span. Doctor Xu told him that it was a high tech work that required an excellent doctor and the most advanced dental implant system to effectively finish. Dental implants procedure could be perfectly safe and pain-free, and the results stable and life-like. At the same time, Wanzhong Dental provides 5 year free warranty and life-time maintenance service, so patients can be worry-free for their life. Senior people’s teeth loss problem is because of periodontosis leading to teeth loosening, and it is very common among the sixty-plus population. Fortunately, the current dental implants technology can completely address the problem, and one’s chewing function will mostly remain intact, just like using the teeth that one was born with. After hearing this, Mr. Feng noded repeatedly, and did oral cavity CT with Doctor Xu. Because all of Mr. Feng’s lower teeth had fallen out, Doctor Xu used the semi-fixed bar clasp method, which is to implant three teeth of No. 2, 2, and 3, avoiding nerve-rich mouth corner areas. These three teeth roots implanted can handily fixate the 14 lower teeth denture, greatly improve chewing function and appearance, at the same time save dental implants cost. After two hours, wearing temporary dental crown, Mr. Feng is able to eat. Now three months has passed. The implanted dental roots and alveolar bones are completely coalesced. Having changed to permanently dental crown, the teeth look like new born. The “stern-faced general” finally smiles.

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  • James Cohan Gallery Shanghai

    Add: 岳阳路170弄1号楼1楼1F, Building 1, Lane 170 Yue Yang Road Metro: Hengshan Rd, Line 1 Tel: 021- 5466 0825 Fax: 021- 5466 0823 Opening hours: 10am to 6pm Email: jzhu@jamescohan.com Website: Click here James Cohan Gallery established a new gallery space in Shanghai in July 2008. It is located in the heart of the French Concession and occupies the ground floor of 1930s villa set inside of a lane on Yueyang Road.In September 1999, James Cohan Gallery opened on West 57th Street with an inaugural exhibition of early work by Gilbert and George. In 2002, the gallery moved to its present location at 533 West 26th Street in Chelsea. The gallery maintains a diverse exhibition program with one or two thematic group exhibitions per year in addition to the solo exhibitions of gallery artists.

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  • SIFE: not only a competition

    This week, the regional competitions were held in Shanghai at the Huating Hotel, Xuhui, which hosted approximately 35 teams from Shanghai and its surrounding provinces. The competition provided a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. Cindy Savage and Guan Xin observed the regional SIFE competitions.   “I have also had some experience with overcoming frustrations and difficulties, and have learned how to persist to achieve a goal. Above all, through SIFE, I understand the exact meaning of devotion and sharing.”   Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) is an international non-profit organization with its local headquarters in Xuhui that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.   Participating students form teams on their university campuses, consider the relevant economic, social and environmental factors in an area, then develop a project which effectively empowers people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living. These aren’t paper and pencil projects—they’re hands on, in the field, cooperative efforts.   During the reginal competitions fourteen winning teams were chosen to advance to the National champions in Beijing in June, which, in turn, will send a winning team to the prestigious SIFE World Cup to be held in Washington D.C. this October. The 2013 World Cup is slated for Beijing.   SIFE’s mission is to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. By contributing their talents to projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, SIFE participants are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change.   Gary Ha shared his experience of organizing the SIFE team for Shanghai Ocean University. “I established our team in 2010. I’m proud to say our effort helped with the financial standing of farmers, but we faced many difficulties, especially the doubt from the farmers. We then came up with the idea of connecting professors in our school who are famous and who own patents in fishery and agriculture. We inserted the real technology into our project, and cooperated with one of the largest breeding farmers to gradually cultivate a format in rice and crab breeding.”   Courage to pursue his dream is the most important lesson Gary learned during his SIFE project. “I cherish the friendships I’ve made during this competition and I have learned a lot from my peers,” he added.   In addition to the community aspect of the program, SIFE’s leadership and career initiatives create opportunities for learning and exchange among the participants as well as the placement of students and alumni with companies in search of emerging talent.   SIFE was established in 1975 in the United States. The founder of SIFE was Robert T. Davis, a lawyer from Texas. He founded SIFE on behalf of the National Leadership Institute. Since its founding in 2003, SIFE China has grown to cover 178 universities with over 50 well-known companies providing the resources to support its growth.   Currently, SIFE projects are undertaken by highly dedicated student teams from more than 1,600 university campuses in 38 countries. SIFE offers these students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, in hopes of improving the standard of living for millions in the process.   The projects are as diverse as the teams and the populations they choose to serve. Previous projects have included Shanghai Normal University’s youth education project which assisted more than 1000 migrant children and the University of Nottingham, Ningbo which increased the income of ginseng farmers by 200% through creative marketing. Culture and art, rural development, health care and hygiene and environmental sustainability were just a few of the foci of the enthusiastic teams.   Competitors from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology chose to tackle the soaring CPI. “We found that although the vegetable prices have risen for the consumer, farmers actually haven’t gained any growth in profit. The sum of money, mostly, has flown into the middleman’s pocket. So we spent two years on our project which connects the farm directly with the customers, straight into the communities,” explained the team’s PR spokesperson, Muse Shen.   USST also maintained that friendship is the most valuable thing they gained during the project. Talking about the most unforgettable experience, one member, Kingpin Li, laughed. “It is my first time ever to sit on the truck and deliver the vegetables to the community. Just after we unloaded the third box, the residents began selecting and buying! I felt so moved seeing that what we have done really helped the common people and the farmers.”   “Through SIFE, I know I am capable of learning things and adapting to the surroundings quickly,” said Tu Shilu, Team President from Shanghai University. “I have also had some experience with overcoming frustrations and difficulties, and have learned how to persist to achieve a goal. Above all, through SIFE, I understand the exact meaning of devotion and sharing.”

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  • The Right Way to Make Long Distance Calls

    IP Card, network Card, WEB Card….In recent days, the numerous and complicated telecom card market appeared a kind of special IP card: IP card only to specific country. Which ones is the most economical in so many cards? Foreign Countries to China and China to Foreign Countries   The fee of network card is different because of different operators. For the phone call to Germany, the cheap network card is 0.25 yuan / minute, and the expansive fee is 0.4 yuan / minute; the fee of same network card to different countries is different too, in general, the fee of developed countries is much cheaper. But, there is one knack that the fee calling from foreign countries to China is cheaper than from China to foreign countries. Mr. Ji, whose son is studying in Germany, has the deep feeling about this. With the same network telephone card, the fee of Mr. Ji calling to Germany is 0.25 yuan / minute, but for his son calling back from Germany is only 0.18 yuan / minute. According to the introduction of professional personnel, the difference is because of the different fee agreement signed by the operators of various countries. Sometimes, dial international long distance call by using the foreign card is cheaper than using the domestic card. International Long Distance: Web Card, IP Card   In the past, IP card was the most economical way to make international long distance call. For example, although the fee to make a phone call to U.S.A is 2.4 yuan / minute (local fee not included), but the discount of IP card can decrease to about 0.8 yuan / minute, which is about 60-70 percent off.   In nowadays, the special IP card subdivides the market, such as: U.S.A and Canada Card, Korea Card, Japan Card etc. Although the fee doesn’t drop, but the discount is relatively lower than general IP Card.   But the fee of the up-and-coming Web card even much lower than the fee of national long distance. Also call to U.S.A, the fee of most web card is 0.2 yuan / minute, and no local fee. Although the discount of IP card is 90 percent off, which is still expensive than Web card.    National Long Distance: IP Card, Web Card Certainly, for national long distance, IP card is cheaper than Web card. At present, the fee of IP card to make national long distance call is 0.3 yuan / minute mostly (local fee not included), with the discount, the fee can drop to about 0.1 yuan / minute. However, the fee of most Web card to make national long distance is about 0.18-0.40 yuan. But then, UNICOM put forward a kind of new web card with the fee for making national long distance is 0.3 yuan / minute. Because the discount of the card is lower than 70 percent off, thus the fee is about 0.09 yuan / minute without local fee, which is much cheaper than IP card. On the other hand, because this card is belonged to UNICOM, so dialing with UNICOM mobiles are all free.   Source: The Evening News

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