Human flesh search engine

What is that?

A human flesh search engine is a term invented in China, see the Wikipedia definition. “It relies on voluntary crowd sourcing: Web users gather together to share information, conduct investigations, and perform other actions concerning people or events of common interest.”

Without really thinking much, I launched such a search, unaware of what would happen.

It all started when I was looking with a Chinese friend at a picture, taken in 1981, of me and my Chinese secretary, Mr. Chen Jilun, at the door of the ACEC office in Beijing Hotel West Wing Room 5109.

We worked together till 1988 when I left for Hongkong. We kept in touch till 1995 (I guess) but then we lost contact as I moved from Beijing to Shanghai.

How to find my Monsieur Chen?

In those times there was no e-mail, no mobiles as today. He had been working for what was at that time a well-known company, “Friendship Company”, that was the sole supplier of staff for foreign companies. Obviously long gone and out of existence.

So I had no idea how to search. Then my friend said, let me try Douyin (the Chinese TikTok). So she posted the 1981 picture along with a recent picture of me and explaining a foreigner was looking for his old friend Mr. Chen Jilun, who was originally from Henan but living in Beijing.
See here the Douyin video:

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I also gave her some more old pictures:

Then it went all wild. We had close to one million hits. People asked questions. Henan Radio and TV called me. My friend was panicking with the success.

Three days later she sent me a WeChat. “We found him!”. She sent me his mobile number. I called and he was already expecting my call…

I found Monsieur Chen

We were both so happy to make contact again.
He explained that actually six people in China had identified him and called him, and he authorized to pass on his number.

We had dinner!

As I suggested, we met for dinner in Morel’s Restaurant on Sunday 14 July. I asked my friend who did the Douyin to join us too.

Mr. Chen still looked much the same, while he is a few years older than me. He brought me a nice present, of course from Henan! See the short video:

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We had a lively chat and will keep in touch, through WeChat, of course.

Human flesh search engine

Douyin hits

Many people that connected through Douyin wanted to see our reunion, so we posted several videos of our dinner, and a picture with chef Renaat Morel. See the Douyin overview with the numbers (units are w = 10,000).

Hypospadias surgeries need support

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.

Those children:

  • 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.

Current Situation,

  • 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.

Beijing Rotary Club early 2017

Some activities of Beijing Rotary Club early 2017

See the pics with their respective dates, Beijing Rotary Club early 2017 has been pretty busy and this is only a limited overview of our activities.

Lunch 24 January in Kempinski: speaker Bernhard Weber

The European Chamber Nanjing Chapter Chair Mr. Bernhard Weber gave a sneak view on the upcoming Local Position paper, which he will launch on 21 February. The Nanjing Chapter was founded in 2004, and currently has almost 100 member companies based in Nanjing, Changzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Zhenjiang and Xuzhou. The chapter is devoted to helping its members address their concerns to the local authorities at both senior and working levels through various meetings and events. While the Thirteenth Five-Year Economic and Social Development Plan of Jiangsu (FYP) attempts to further much of the success that Jiangsu has experienced in recent years, it includes several components that concern European business. These concerns fall into one of two general categories: content and implementation. The Nanjing Chapter holds serious concerns about how the FYP will be transformed from words into actions, having grown accustomed to hearing promises and grand plans in the past, but seeing limited action actually taken. The FYP therefore provides an opportunity for the government to demonstrate their resolve to further open up to the world, allow market forces to act freely and provide fair and equal enforcement of the law.

Dinner 31 January in Opposite House: a social get-together in Sureño Restaurant

See the pics.

Lunch 14 February in Kempinski

See the pics
Rtn Sven announced the mentoring and training initiative for our Rotaractors.

Lunch 21 February in Kempinski: speaker Joerg Wuttke, president European Chamber

On 7th March, 2017, the European Chamber of Commerce in China will release a major study on the China Manufacturing 2025 (CM2025) industrial policy initiative that officially commenced in 2015. Titled China Manufacturing 2025: Trying to Plan What the Market Should Decide, the report provides a detailed examination of the focus and goals of the initiative for upgrading China’s industrial base and moving to the forefront in ten industries that the Chinese authorities have identified as future drivers of the economy. It also evaluates the initiative’s ramifications for European business, both in China, Europe and third-country markets. Recommendations for adjusting and responding to the initiative are also provided for the Chinese Government, European Union authorities and Member States’ governments, and European business.
It is available here:

Lunch 14 March in Kempinski: Gilbert introducing his book

Gilbert is the founder and president of a Beijing-based management consulting company that provides strategy guidance to foreign and Chinese clients. He was deeply involved in the building of the 2008 Olympic venues and as a result got the highest decorations from the Chinese government.
His talk focused on how the idea of his book “Toxic Capitalism” was born, on the challenges of researching and compiling data and then on his experience with publishing.
Toxic Capitalism – The orgy of consumerism and waste: Are we the last generation on earth?
Gilbert elaborated on the theme by shedding light on consumerism and the consequences of too much waste.
Living in China since 1980 Gilbert became alarmed by the dramatic pollution levels in Beijing and the trends of overconsumption and waste around the world.
As an engineer he delved into the data to better understand the seriousness of the situation, the reasons why it had come to all that and what we can do about it.

Lunch 28 March in Kempinski

Speaker Dr. Michal Meidan, Asia Analyst, Energy Aspects (London), on oil and gas market in China.
Over the past decade, as China’s crude oil imports surged from 2.5 mb/d in 2005 to 6.7 mb/d in 2015, the country has become increasingly concerned with the economic and strategic vulnerabilities associated with import dependence. Beijing has sought to hedge against supply disruptions and ensure a steady flow of oil supplies by supporting its national oil companies’ (NOCs) investments in oil and gas fields overseas, as well as by offering loans to producer countries which are repaid with oil. Often, the two have gone hand in hand: Chinese policy banks have awarded credit lines to recipient countries that they have used for infrastructure development in return for exports of crude to China. Similarly, the NOCs, which had limited access to capital during their initial outbound investments in the late 1990s and early 2000s, developed new project financing structures whereby the loans to finance their upstream investments were secured by equity from these assets.
As a result, by 2015, Chinese NOCs’ participation in overseas production reached 1.7 mb/d, and oil-backed loans generated an additional estimated 1.4-1.6 mb/d of crude that is available to Chinese traders. To be sure, not all these barrels make their way directly back to China, and China’s upstream investments are under a number of different contract structures, leading to varying volumes of oil supplies made available to them, but from Beijing’s perspective, its supply situation is looking less precarious.


Digibesity can harm, and kill you

Deadly crisis

Digibesity can harm but it is also a killer.
See earlier post:

Looking at the impact of the automobile on U.S. society, some disturbing figures.
Every nine days 1,000 people in the USA are killed in automobile accidents (2016 figures). That is 40,000 deaths in one year. While enormous progress was made to make driving less dangerous, statistics show that in the past two years vehicle deaths started climbing again, and this by 14%.
The only plausible cause is texting, calling, watching and posting on their phones while driving. Examples abound.
Forget about those Muslim extremists in the USA: cars and guns are the big killers.
Even Belgian police warns for the smombies: the smartphone zombies. A research in six European capitals found that 17% of the pedestrians have a dangerous habit walking around and looking at their screens. The Dutch are the most careful, the Swede the most careless.

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

By Matt Richtel – 13 March 2017
The new drug: smartphones?!

Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture: American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly use drugs, including alcohol.
With minor fits and starts, the trend has been building for a decade, with no clear understanding as to why. Some experts theorize that falling cigarette-smoking rates are cutting into a key gateway to drugs, or that antidrug education campaigns, long a largely failed enterprise, have finally taken hold.
But researchers are starting to ponder an intriguing question: Are teenagers using drugs less in part because they are constantly stimulated and entertained by their computers and phones?

Chinese are for sure extreme users

Figures for 2016 indicate over 695 million Chinese accessed the Internet through their smartphone. WeChat had 768 million daily users. Waifi, sorry, Wi-Fi is everywhere.
Addiction has become a serious problem, as explained in China Daily:
“Screen Fiends”, 1 March 2017

It is the opium for the Chinese. A new prison.
OK, I admit I am also addicted to WeChat and often take a pic of the food. Must be a contagious disease. Or we can try the “Phone Stacking Game”.
The worst I have seen, close to my home, is a young girl driving a Porsche at an intersection, going through the red light while turning left, her TWO hands and upper body outside and taking a picture with her phone of a shopping center. How she did it without crashing into something I really don’t know. Maybe her sexy legs are helping with the steering.

The new age wedding

Not only is the definition of “kids playtime” different, so are weddings now:

Digibesity the new social plague


Digibesitas (Dutch) or “Digibesity” for our English readers
See here in Dutch:
“Digibesitas is de benaming voor een verslaving aan sociale media en de middelen die worden gebruikt om toegang te verkrijgen tot deze sociale media. Digibesitas kan net als andere verslavingen het dagelijkse leven van iemand volledig controleren.”
Or in English: Digibesity
“The term ‘digibesity’ mainly refers to the fact excessive use of messaging and/or social media can result to addiction or other psychological issues.”

The new plague

I already posted some cartoons about “Digibesity the new social plague” in this post:
“Do you suffer from OCUD or Mal de Coucou?”

Do you suffer from OCUD or Mal de Coucou?

And that is:
OCUD (Obsessive cell phone use disorder)
Mal de Coucou (describes a phenomenon in which a person has an active social life but very few close friends)

Zombies do not interact

I really hate this attitude that kills human interaction. Yes, I also use my iPhone to take pics, selfies and send them to friends but I also put the phone down to TALK with REAL people, look in their eyes, maybe hold their hand.
Worse is, it does not just kill human interaction, it can actually really KILL you. And for those victims, ran over by a car or something: I’d say, well done.
People now walk on the street as zombies, glued to their screen and miss all what is around them. I like walking at times so I can see more of the surroundings, on my bike I better watch out where I am going… And sitting somewhere, in a bar, in a waiting room or just outside I like to watch people passing by.
The zombies miss all that.

Cartoons and more

Some more great cartoons as well as pictures of how people now “connect and socialize”.

And for those who are totally addicted, a helping hand for hire:

Ask yourself: do you belong to the generation of idiots? Maybe, according to Einstein.