This week,bloggers at The World of Chinese had interviews with passersby at The Place. The Place（世贸天阶）is a pedestrian street with shopping malls and cafes on both sides, it is famous for its 250-meter-long overhead screen. It is a good place for business people from CBD (Central Business District) and young people to relax and enjoy themselves.
Linshaochun of Guangdong’s propaganda department was recently photographed eating chicken to allay bird flu fears. What do you think of the bird flu panic?
Wang, 24, student: “Well, I think people have reasons to fear it, we all cherish our lives. Anyway it’s better to avoid eating chicken, as for the officer… maybe he was just posing,who knows!”
Liu, 32, businessman: “It’s unnecessary to panic, as long as the source of the disease is sufficiently contained. Many people fuss about it only because people around them are freaking out. It’s called conformity in psychology. But if everyone goes pale at the name “bird flu” and avoids eating chicken,the agriculture industry will be largely influenced.That’s too bad.”
Liu, 21, student: “People get panicky because they know very little about bird flu,actually only people who deal with live birds every day are under the risk of getting infected, right?”
A few days ago, Nongfu Spring Water was reported as substandard.What do you think about water quality in China?
Zhao, 70, retired: “There should be an uniform standard set by the government.The government doesn’t pay enough attention to water quality, so we ordinary people have to suffer. More strict rules should be carried out, then things will get better.”
Li, 22, student: “There must be some problems and it is high time that the government took action. However, I’m not optimistic about the future because things always go back to the original state not long after they were rectified.”
He, 30, clerk: “I know in China the quality of drinking water is poor, but so what? I’ve already accepted this fact. Those reports don’t have influence on my life.”
What do you think about Hollywood’s pandering to the Chinese market for Iron Man 3?
Liu, 32: ” It’s very clever for Hollywood to do so because the Chinese market is huge. Compared with Hollywood, some Japanese brands which cannot establish a harmonious relationship with China are quite unwise.”
Sun, 19, student: “It’s good,those who love Fan Bingbing will definitely watch the special Chinese version. Although the special version is kind of silly, but anyway, it has successfully attracted many people and the final goal has been achieved — to make money.”