As every Tuesday we had our Rotary Beijing Club lunch on 18 April in Kempinski Hotel.
Our Rotaractors Max and Georgiana gave their report of the RYLA event in Shanghai, see previous post: http://www.beijing1980.com/2017/04/06/rotaract-beijing-starts-2017/
Once again I was Sergeant-at-Arms.
Rtn Monica Dierks, Cultural Differences
As speaker we had Rotarian Monica. She is the head of German Phoenix Information Consulting (Beijing) Ltd. Monica travels between China and Europe (read: Brussels!), bridging gaps between companies or people of China and European countries, helping them better understand each other. She insists speaking Chinese when she is in China, and she loves trying new things. After all, speaking the local language is extremely helpful. However, cultural interaction is about much more than language skills. It is also about adapting to the culture.
Monica is the author of a book called “Cultural Differences Between East and West”. Monica talked about three things: 1. What’s culture? 2. What’s intercultural communication? Who can navigate us through the cultural iceberg?
Kempinski as usual
Our Rotary Beijing Club lunch 11 April was of course in Kempinski Hotel. Personally I am pretty happy with their food, creative and varied. My only complaint: I always end up eating too much.
Those who complain about the food are mostly those who have a very narrow culinary experience.
Our Rotaractor Max also joined.
Speaker: Mr. Ted Plafker
Ted Plafker is currently the correspondent with the Economist. He is well known and respected.
He has been reporting on China since 1989 for a variety of publications including the South China Morning Post, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe and, most recently, the Economist. He is the author of the book ‘Doing Business in China: How to Profit in the World’s Fastest Growing Market.’ In his speech, he drew on his rich experience and gave a stimulating tour d’horizon of the current economic and political situation.
Rotaract Beijing West: one year already
Rotaract Beijing West Club one year anniversary party was finally held in Legend Beer, gongti xi lu on 20 April
Our first idea was Homeplate (Sanlitun) but they could not accommodate our 30+ group.
We had Rotaractors from both clubs: the Birthday Boys and Girls from Wudaokou with their President Kien, the Beijing Rotaract Club (Sanlitun) with President Peter as well as several Rotarians from our Beijing Rotary Club.
Legend Beer did not disappoint
Indeed, we managed to have a great deal for our group. Most went for the Pork Hamburger, also my favorite.
Renaat Morel from Morel’s Restaurant also came to taste the hamburger and approved!
We started around 7 pm and we went well beyond 10 pm.
A very successful party with so many nationalities I will not even try to list them.
The clips are out!
Dining Table of the World Belgium and Israel are out.
See earlier posts to view the whole story:
Dining Table of the World
CCTV shooting with 6renyou at Morel Restaurant
It was done by Beijing 6renyou International Travel Service Co., Ltd.
Correction: the shooting was done by a CCTV crew but the clips will not be shown on CCTV.
There are several episodes, if you visit one of the links you will find the other episodes (all in Chinese).
See below the links of the Israel and Belgium episodes of the food program, which respectively was put online on April 12 and April 19 on Tencent video (v.qq.com).
Dining Table of the World Belgium and Israel:
Biteappita of Israel: https://v.qq.com/x/cover/8iwh1qc80rkdmci/g0392lsrj3n.html
Morel’s of Belgium: https://v.qq.com/x/cover/xhqjjey5fgb4ulv/d03944i7j6q.html
If it is difficult to watch with the Chinese link, see here the Morel’s one, in two parts:
And yes, I am also allowed to say something… as a regular customer… (in part 2)
Our Club as a pioneer
Hypospadias surgeries need support but funding is still far away. Here a short introduction. We welcome any suggestion from individuals, companies and organizations.
Rotary in China has always strived to be a pioneer in tackling health and social issues, when Chinese society was still reluctant or unable to deal with the issues, sometimes for reasons of stigma, indifference and lack of public and private interest.
Once government and society take the right measures, Rotary then leaves it to the local entities to continue the good work.
One of those major programs started time ago is GOL, the Gift of Life.
Gift of Life (GOL)
Children’s heart surgery program (congenital heart disease) for underprivileged children. More than 400 surgeries have been done since 2000 by our Club.
Donation of a medical bus to Zhengzhou No. 7 Hospital, Henan and a medical van to Hebei Children’s hospital for screening countryside children. Since 2011, the GOL outreach program has screened more than 1800 children in Henan province on average a year and provided over 800 surgeries of which more than 50 surgeries received financial sponsorship from the Rotary Club. In 2013 using the cardiac sonogram equipment and medical van donated, the Hebei Shijiazhuang Children’s Hospital screened 3055 children in 42 counties and identified 564 children who needed surgery. In 2014, Hebei has screened even more children and diagnosed more children with heart defects that need surgeries.
Hypospadias and its stigma
Hypospadias surgeries need support, see here an insight into the disease, what it is and the situation in Hebei Province in particular.
Please note the content of the presentation is graphic and not suitable for sensitive souls. It is one of the reasons the disease suffers from the stigma – people don’t want to even talk about it..
Hypospadias forms a male organ that not only doesn’t work well but also doesn’t look normal.
See also: Hypospadias – Wikipedia
What is Hypospadias
Rising Incidences of Hypospadias Defects
- About 50,000 boys are born each year with hypospadias defects.
- The rate is 1/300 and rising.
- Chinese boys are often inflicted with the more severe type III or IV of the defects.
- Wet their pants and have to urinate squatting down.
- Can’t marry or procreate.
As a result, many are,
- Abandoned by parents.
- Growing up they are often marginalized or ridiculed.
- Have low self-esteem and many committed suicide.
Causes for the rising epidemics are:
- Environmental factors including rampant use of pesticide, DDT and hormone.
- Over 3000 boys are born with defect each year in Hebei, a major agricultural province.
- Multiple and specialized surgeries are required.
- 70% of the first surgery cost is covered by the rural co-op health plan but only 30% of the second or further surgeries is covered.
- No charity or foundations cover this type of defects because of cultural inhibitions.
- Inexperienced or sub-standard surgeries make worse an already difficult phenomena.
- Surgeries are best performed between age 18 months to 3 years of age, before they start schooling.
- Treatment often involves multiple surgeries and can cause complications,
Hebei Shijiazhuang Pediatric Hospital will include hypospadias in the GOL outreach program by:
- Sending pediatric urologist surgeons to the rural areas to examine children with the defects.
- Educating families about seeking medical treatment and from experts.
- Providing clinical training to rural county surgeons.
Our Rotary Club of Beijing is now looking how it can assist in the matter.