I talked to Maggie yesterday. She`s "intern", which I think means, that she`s not really employed yet. We talkeed about the schoolsystem. What does it take to change it? It has to come from above - not God but almost, the Government. She doesn`t sound like she believes it possible. But she`s chosen to work here, that`s her way of surviving in the system. Do something she cares about. Speak with the guests. Read a bit in her english books, when it`s more quiet. Even the wage is low.
This morning I asked her about her salary? It was maybe too close. But she answered. Minimum 600 RMB. They apparently all have minimum wages and then a bonus when things are going fine. She don`t know what the others get. You don`t ask that kind of questions. Especially not her being new. I get a bad conscience for having asked. 600! That`s almost nothing - like one sweeping the streets probably.
But that she prefers for money - I like that attitude.
But I also feel how all chinese people find their way of surviving the system. This system where you just have NO influence.
It`s no wonder that Danfoss, the danish company, has to teach their chinese employees to take decisions.
I feel, I`ve understood the core, the basics in this strange country - and then maybe not after all?
Now this afternoon two people are at the bar and I think I hear danish words
from time to time. It`s a dane from Esbjerg and a norwiegian. And the dane is on
the same plane as I tomorrow. So now I`ve sold a seat in "my" car.
I also talk to a swiss guy who came here from Bangkok on bicycle. Four months in the countries in southeast Asia.
Now my bike is in its box. Nothing has been taped yet, that`ll have to wait until the airport.
It`s time to say goodbye from China, I have to get up early in the morning.
GOODBYE, CHINA. SEE YOU AGAIN.