High Mover VS Low Mover 2

Continue with last post, I want to point out three more major differences between high & low movers:

1.4 High mover – More individualistic

Most high movers keep changing their companies, cities, countries, hence their collective ideas is not stable at all which keeps changing as well. High movers tend to be more individualized, if you ask them how to define or describe themselves, high movers would identify themselves by their personal characters – like what a kind of person I am (diligent, optimistic, impulsive…), while low movers’ self definition normally relate to their living community and social roles, like I am a Londoner, working at P&G and etc.

1.5 Low mover – Less loneliness and live longer

Changing always brings along a lot of living challenges. Though high movers have more chances to get to know new people, but every time change to a new place means saying goodbye to old friends, and get to know new friends again and again. This is not something that everybody can do. We all know that human beings are social animals, we need friends, need families, need other’s understanding and companionship. If a person cannot deal with this challenge, he / she will definitely feel lonely with decreased happiness, and lifetime will be shortened accordingly because of the depressed psychological health. In fact, the researchers also found out that high mover’s general happiness is slightly lower with shorter life from thousands samples. But such problem only existing in inward high movers, outward high movers don’t have this problem because they always try their best to get to know new friends which is easy for them, and furthermore solve this loneliness crisis caused of often moves. Migration is a double-edge sword, which is not a good thing for every body; it really depends on whether you are good at making friends in a new environment. Comparatively, most low movers can live a longer life with less loneliness.

1.6 High Mover – Prefer chain brands

This probably is a very interesting finding for marketing. As high movers always change networking, they don’t really have close relationship with friends, which is why they are more eager to build up connection with people, like familiar things. So high mover have very high chance to choose chain brands which can make them feel familiar with. 

After all, to me there’s no judgment to either high / low movers, because you can’t really tell the advantage or disadvantage of them, it’s totally up to personal choice. And a society must include these two types of people at same time to keep the social stability from low movers whilst attain innovation and development contributed by high movers.

Because of the limitation of Chinese passport and mentality factor of a Confucius saying “While one’s parents are alive, one should not travel to distant places.” China is always a low mobility country compare to Western countries. However, with the past 30 years reform and open opening up and economic development, more and more Chinese left hometown to other places or even went abroad. This kind of massive immigration not only influences the individual migrants, but all the changes of behavior, attitude, values will affect the environment as well. From a global view, more attention should be paid to how migrants from developing countries participate in shaping global society.

 

 

 

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High Mover VS Low Mover

After being staying in London for almost 6 months, I realize so many people here could be called global citizen as they keep changing living countries and would like to continue the journey of exploring by going further. This group of people left home since young, the frequency of changing location and work is high, while another group of people stay in their born places, according to a research paper from Professor Shigehiro Oishi from Unviersity of Virginia, the former could be called high mover and the latter is low mover comparatively.

It’s so interesting for me to have a look of this analysis cause myself is obviously considered as a high mover.  All the conclusions here are not only limited to the change of living places, how often a person changes job also will result same outcome, however the effect of such circumstance would be much weaker than the effect of changing living city. Because even if a person changes job often, if he still stays in same city, his life won’t have dramatic changes.

  1. 1.      The similarity between high mover and friends is higher

People like to find a similar person to be friends, but how similar a friend you can make it’s up to individuals. For instance, A is a huge film fan; B likes to watch film but just stop at for entertainment level, C is crazy for films. Obviously, the similarity between A and C is much higher than A and B, but if there’s no person C exists in A’s world, A would think he is so similar to B. And only after meeting a person like C he will realize C is his true bosom friend. The form of friendship is definitely based on the similarity, but how much is the similarity could be much differed. High mover always has higher chance to find a more similar friend like C to be friends as they get to know new people more often, they also prefer to make friends with high similarity.

  1. 2.      High mover has a wider and more specific networking

High movers has a much wider networking, but very few to be close to them. They tend to be investing less in certain friendship because they change job, living environment often and get to know more new people. High movers’ networking is very specified, like different friends groups have different functions, one is for shopping, one is for studying, one is for drinking etc. On the contrary, the degree of overlapping of low movers’ friend circus is very high, they talk about work, habits and relationship within the same group of friends. For a high mover, it’s not so intense to lose a friend, while for low mover, it’s very hard to lose one.

  1. 3.      High mover thinks highly of equity

Everybody looks for equity, but equity always be contradictive with relationship culture. Many times people are balancing between equity or take care of their own profit of small group. Like if you are a interviewer, having two equal ability candidates, but one of them is from the same university as you. Low mover would probably choose the person with a bit relation, and high mover doesn’t have this preference, as they always compete with others in a new environment and really need to rely on a fair system. For low movers, even the system is not fair; they could also get things done through their local strong networking.

These are the points I read today, will share more with you next timeJ any debates on high & low movers are welcome. Though I believe most people who read this article should be high mover as well.

CNY Period

Hey ya’ll, long time no blogging, so this time I’m going to write a long post to list down the important things happened during the long Chinese New Year period:

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1. I travelled to Rome! Yes, to those who have watched the famous movie – Roman Holidays, you will definitely get why I’m so exciting about this trip, it is such a romantic and historical city that worth visiting, not to mention the greatest Italian food. However, the trip turned out to be a disaster because of the local B&B Inn that we booked through booking.com. Me and another Turkish friend reached the hostel about 5pm and surprisingly found no staff there and we had to wait outside as there was already a couple sitting outdoor waiting for the staff to come and open the door, after talked to them we got to know that this hostel actually requested guests to arrange the arrive time in advance on their website which hardly to be noticed. Though the hostel didn’t inform us of this strange condition we still tried to be understandable and just decided to wait there for half an hour as told by the manager after calling them, but until 6pm there still nobody show up and we were tired and worried so I called the manager again, this time his attitude became very rude and even threat us to not call him anymore or will charge us more as fine for not giving them advance notice! I was like what the… now it’s his staff late for the arranged time right. Then finally around 7pm, an old lady came opened the building’s door and did the check-in for us, and when we all ready to rest she started making calls in Italian with worried face, we had no idea what happened but just stood there and waited. I tried to talk to her in English but she only respond in Italian! Thanks to the technology development we communicate on Google translate website in the end and sadly realized she doesn’t have the key for our room! That’s ridiculous and she asked to us to wait for another staff to come. During the period we tried to contact the manager but he turned off his mobile already! When another staff reached it’s 9pm, which means we have been doing nothing but just waited there for 4 hours! And the most amazing thing happened, we were led to a room that was in another old building and the staff asked for the room key from a Chinese guy then left immediately, I felt something must be wrong and checked with the Chinese guy whether this room is owned by the B&B Inn, then he told us he is the landlord of this building and sometimes the B&B Inn will transfer some guests here if their rooms are overbooked. I was shocked how can the hostel just asked us to stay at another place without even informing us! But at that moment, all the staffs disappeared and couldn’t contact the manager; we had no choice but decided to stay there. When we entered the room it’s totally not the standard that we booked on the website initially, there’s only an ugly bed, no table no chair no heater! We were so upset and sent complain email to booking.com to report this terrible experience. But no sound from them also until we back to London, the response from booking.com is just forwarded the hostel’s lame explanation email to us, beside the hardly understandable  English, they insisted it’s all our fault as we didn’t inform them our reaching time. Oh please, it’s not only about we have been waited more than 4 hours to get a room, but we were not even stayed at your hostel. After that I do checked with some friends for their travel experience in Rome, the general feedback is everything is perfect except the local bad service of hospitality industry, and I can’t agree more. Therefore, my advice for staying in Rome, spend more money on accommodation at four star brand hotel at least to ensure you a pleasant journey.

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2. Had an awesome Chinese reunion dinner at House 14 with over 20 international friends! As you know, CNY is the most important festival to all Chinese, we had been prepared for it 1 month earlier by doing the decoration and supermarket shopping. As we got a few friends visiting from Singapore during that time, they even brought all the Nianhuo needed(traditional stuff for CNY, such as Yusheng, latten, Chinese bacon and all the necessary Chinese source that hardly can be found here…) As this is the 4th Chinese New Year I didn’t celebrate with my families, I talked to them over the phone and got the promise that they saved my Hongbao (red pocket money) for me until I’m back. The UK Chinese Student Union also hosted the CNY gala at Logan Hall to celebrate. I heard there’s also great activities performed at Chinatown on the first New Year day, but I didn’t go because I knew it must be super crowded.  Oh yes have to mention the CNY party prepared by IOE Student Union also, it was really interesting, a lot of students participated and enjoyed the show. Overall it’s an unforgettable memory of having CNY in London for my very first time.

3. What’s the next? Valentines’ Day! Though I don’t have a boyfriend but I still had very good mood to go shopping with friends in the morning, we tried the World Famous Fish& Chips which is really delicious as lunch and planned to go for a big meal for dinner until I realized my iPhone was stolen, and the following story is all happened in the Holborn Police Station. I still couldn’t believe I really lost my cute white iPhone! Every time I thought it’s gone then I found it back in the end, but this time I seem not to be so lucky, once I realize it’s not in my pocket anymore I used my friend’s phone to call my number, and the fully charged phone was powered off which made me face up the reality that it was stolen by someone already. When I waited 3 hours in the police station to report my case, I thought how can the police be so low efficient as there are only 2 person before me to report until it’s my turn. The female police really investigated carefully and elaborately. She not only recorded the whole crime process but gave me a lot suggestions regarding how to get my IMEI number (as I bought my iPhone in Singapore and didn’t record the IMEI number down nor keep the package box) how to register my next phone on police website and the way to get psychological support by government if I feel deeply depressed of this crime case. After one week up to today, I have received 2 formal emails to inform me the process of their investigation. Though I don’t really expect them to find my iPhone back, but it feels good when you have the police help. Besides, I got a new iPhone 5 to comfort myself – keep the old, you get nothing new. I do hope the phone stolen cases could be decreased in London.

4. Had my 6th French class at King’s College. The native French speaking teacher Celine really created a good language learning environment as she doesn’t speak an English word at all in the class, which caused in the first few lessons students had no idea what she tried to ask us to do as this is a beginner’s level class. But started from the 4th lesson I kinda enjoyed the teaching style because it’s interesting to listen to a language you don’t understand at all and learn as a child. Think I will have another post of studying third language abroad after my first term end.

That’s all about my recent life, how about yours?

Two Million Minutes: A Global Examination (US, China, India)

This groundbreaking, controversial documentary film takes an in-depth look at how students in the United States allocate their high school years (approximately four years or two million minutes) compared with India and China. I highly recommend this film as It forms a picture of the various levels of global education and addresses the implications of these differences on the 21st century global economy.

I would say it’s a very thought provoking idea to think about the motivation for studying science subjects from student economical needs’ point of view. The total of 6 interviewed students come from US, China and India respectively, they are all top students in their schools with good family background, the only difference is the national economy situation – as US is the only developed country here, American students are motivated to study science subjects, which means more difficult and more time consuming, depends on their pure interest. While students in China and India regard science studies a brilliant way to successful life – higher social position and good economy benefits.

Another key word here is “Global Competition”. In this film, it provides a detailed data comparison worldwide, for those who don’t have time to watch the whole film I have indicated the important figures as below:
1. Nearly 40% of US high school students do not take any science class more challenging than general biology.
2. 55% students do not take any math courses beyond two years of algebra and one year of geometry.
3. 70% of US parents who think their child’s high school is teaching the right amount of math and science.
4. 79% of high school principals who say they are not worried about low academic standards.
5. Math Proficiency by the 12th Grade in US: African American – 3%, Hispanic – 4%, Native Americans – 10%, White – 20%, Asian – 34%.
6. 93% of US science teachers are not trained in the specific subject.
7. Out of 29 developed countries, US places 24th in mathematics.
8. By the end of high school, Chinese students spend twice time on studying than American students.

It’s quite obvious to see the purpose of this filmmaking – to question US K-12 education system whether it provides students sufficient math and science studying to enable them to participate the increasingly fierce global competition.

However my point is, regardless of they put science and math ability as priority to judge student’s global competitiveness in this film, US does not need to worry about local high school students’ weaker science learning level from a national development perspective as US has been doing a great job of attracting international talents all over the world. For example, in 2010 – 2011 academic year, up to 157,558 Chinese students studying in the United States, a net increase of approximately 30,000 over the previous year. Especially in the University of Southern California, fresh Chinese students increased by 1/3. Hence, although China and India have put in much more effort to train high school students’ science skills, a large number of these talents outflow to US in the end. According to the report from University of Warwick which released in Jan 2009, academic immigrants are very popular in US and it benefits US greatly, nearly half of the most commonly quoted physicists are working outside of their birthplaces, during 1987-2006, out of 14 Nobel Prize winners who were educated in UK 5 have emigrated to US when they won the prize.

After all globalisation is not only about US, China and India, global competition is not about how many professional scholars in a certain field a country can cultivate, what has been really intensified is the national competition of attractiveness towards real talents.

(PS. just my 2 cents, from a Liberal Arts student who wasn’t motivated well to study harder on Science:)

British Humour? No no no…

British Humour – ‘A strong theme of sarcasm and self-deprecation, often with deadpan delivery. Emotion is often buried under humour in a way that seems insensitive to other cultures.’ Not sure if it’s true enough, the quote is from Wikipedia.

About a year ago, I met a friend from London in Singapore who told me “ We Brits love to tell jokes.” And now I get what he meant – cold jokes, to be exactly.

There’s one time I was shopping with my friend in Bicester Village, I saw a dust bin and ready to throw my rubbish in, a security guy suddenly appeared, he blocked the bin by his arms and said to me seriously: “It’s not for rubbish.” I was scared and asked: “Then where can I throw rubbish?” He said anyway just not here, I glanced at him and prepared to leave speechlessly, he started laughing loudly and said “Oh I’m just kidding!” PLEASE, it is not funny at all…

If this is just a weird example, I have a better one to show you how low is the HHP (Haha Point) here. One day at school, my lecturer was introducing the outline of the class to us, when talked about the refreshment offered during break time, he said: “we do prepare some refreshment for you, oh let me see, it’s animal cookies!” and what I can’t imagine is the whole class LOL, I felt so embarrassing as I might be the only one who didn’t laugh and to be honest I did not sense a bit of humour! I can’t help thinking where is the problem; after all, it’s just an emphasis of the cookies’ shape right! =  =|||

Well, people always say when in Rome, do as the Romans do. If you are also confused of the cold jokes, just slightly lower your HHP and follow others to laugh, though I do believe the only British person who can makes me feel really funny is Mr. Bean!

About Me

I’m not really good at blogging and never like to express my real thoughts or opinions in public. The only reason I start this blog – IT IS PART OF MY ASSIGNMENT! (Hope John won’t be upset if he saw this)

Well let’s start with a simple self-introduction. My name is Weiqi (you can call me Daisy if you don’t know how to pronounce “Qi” in Chinese); my hometown is Wuhan, China. I left my country to Singapore for my Bachelor Degree at EASB Institute of Management when I was 17, after graduation I was working as a business consultant for 1.5 year. Then I started my Master of Media, Culture and Education at Institute of Education, University of London in 2012. That’s pretty much of my whole life history until now.

I do have some friends who don’t understand why I keep moving around, and my answer is always – I want to explore the world more, I want to know myself better. I won’t pretend to say it’s always a smooth road, but luckily I just have enough courage to leave my cozy zone and get family support to fulfill my dream.

Just as the blog’s name, which comes from a French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s verse: “What a life! True life is elsewhere. We are not in the world.”  Live in somewhere else is a beautiful vision of one’s life, but how to really enjoy every moment no matter good or bad when you live alone abroad is not an easy psychological challenge. Hence, I would like to share some of my real experience and opinions of those interesting or serious issues that make me thinking of on this blog. I’m definitely a multicultural person, and I deeply believe multiculturalism promotes tolerant societies. I would be glad to see my reader has different views from my argument, which means they do have media literacy to think critically. 🙂

Anyway, refer to a saying of my favorite film director Ang Lee: “A movie is really provocation. It’s not a message; it’s not a statement.” I hope so is my simple blog.

Good night everyone!