Ged Carroll

Expat dissatisfaction + more things

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Expat dissatisfaction

China reopening: companies try to lure back expat staff with bigger pay, allowances after pandemic exodus | South China Morning Post – the thing that most of these companies don’t get is that COVID was the catalyst for expat dissatisfaction to be crystallised around.

Shenzhen Art Museum government-sponsored exhibition

In fact expat dissatisfaction runs far deeper:


Chartbook #194 Can Beijing halt China’s housing avalanche? The most important economic-policy question for 2023? – an interesting read given how most financial pundits have gone big on an increase in Chinese consumption. Yet a 2008-style event there could crush global economic growth for the next decade

You are now living through Cold War 2 – by Noah Smith – what’s interesting about this is the change in tonality. Noah Smith generally takes a techno-optimist tone to content.

Consumer behaviour

Nitrous oxide: what to know about potential changes in the… – The Face – the song remains the same. If you substituted NOS for MDMA article, it would have read similar to pieces written in the late 1980s and early 1990s with regards to drugs and rave culture


For the hundredth time, it’s Suntory time | Japan Subculture Research Center 

Hong Kong

Apple Uses Chinese Firm’s Blacklist to Block Sites in Hong Kong | The Intercept 

Hong Kongers fear a great firewall, TikTokers arrested in Egypt, spyware in Central America – Coda Story 


BoE takes a newly pessimistic view of the economy | Financial Times – UK central bank thinks UK cannot sustain GDP growth of 1% or more each year without inflation – literally stagnation or bust


China tightens export ban of SmCo/NdFeB and RE know-how; China’s RE and RE magnet exports 2022; VAC sign with General Motors; India starts exports of NdPr; – TL;DR – Chinese government: every worthwhile rare earth know-how prohibited or restricted from export


Not a bad recap of the Apple Daily story – Apple Daily – The Rise and Fall of Hong Kong’s Sensationalist, Pro-Democracy Tabloid – The Greater China Journal 


Is TikTok ruining the Berlin club scene? – The Face – yet another version of vicarious experiences


A guide to using AI for publishers – Baekdal Plus 


The preppy revolution: how upper-class style is being torn… – The Face – How is this any different to the way that preppy style was co-opted in the past?


Meta lost $13.7 billion on Reality Labs in 2022 after metaverse pivot | CNBC – what is Meta getting for its money?