Fewer than 50 Wild Tigers Left in China, Says Wildlife Conservation Society

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Photograph: Barry Bland/Barcroft Media

This is serious. What can we do in the entertainment, media and arts world to make a difference?

Here’s what Treehugger has to say:

“Wild tigers in China are on the Brink of Extinction. Xie Yan, the China Country Program Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society, estimates that fewer than 50 South China Tigers are left in the wild, with about “10 still live in the southwestern province of Yunnan, some 15 in Tibet, and 20 or so in northwestern Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces.” Even if take a step back and look at 12 Asian countries and Russia, it is estimated that only about 3,500 tigers are left in the wild, compared to around 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century.”

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/02/china-has-fewer-than-50-wild-tigers-wcs.php

The Guardian. 
”China marks year of tiger with drive to save biggest cat.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/07/china-tiger-year-amur-conservation

Wildlife Conversation Society.

http://www.wcs.org/conservation-challenges/wildlife-health.aspx

“Help Reverse the Wildlife Extinction Crisis 
The window for protecting the world’s remaining natural areas is rapidly closing. Urge Congress to help reverse the wildlife extinction crisis and conserve the last of the wild.”

EXTINCT: 
Baiji or Yangste Dolphin 
http://exitstageright.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/baiji.jpg

EXTINCT: 
Caspian Tiger 
http://www.tigerfdn.com/Foundation%20overview/caspian2.htm

EXTINCT: 
Javan Tiger

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javan_Tiger

China is going through the same industrialization as Europe and the USA: destroying wildlife and environments. The USA has the largest recorded list of endangered indigenous wildlife. It is perhaps a little early to compile China’s long list.

Do something: get the word out through social networks; make a film; write a song; take a picture, make some art; write a book; join a group or write to your leaders. Or you can do nothing and continue to watch bad television and kiss those animals goodbye -FOREVER.

Tipping in American and in China

 

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Ginger Liu Photography in Fotoblur.

Only in America do customers stupidly tip. I am on the side of the Europeans. Also in Asia, you don’t tip at restaurants or in taxis. This is an American bad habit. Why should people be tipped for doing their job? Only in America are people tipped for doing their job. And before you say -waiters don’t get paid enough -that isn’t my problem that he/she chose to be a waiter. That’s his/her fault. Go get another job.

I don’t get tipped for doing my job so why should I tip others for doing theirs? And this whole guilt thing we have to go through when we are in America as Americans look at none tippers as wrong doers when Europe and Asia don’t tip because the workers there get a decent wage. I’ve just been in China after living in the US for six years. And it’s just like Europe in regards to tipping.

What a breath of fresh air. In China there’s no tipping unless it is something to do with travel and then they take the Americans for every dollar they are worth because they know Americans have to tip.

I’ve just returned to the US. I will not tip ever again. Why should I tip someone for bringing my food to me? Why should I tip someone when I have to busk my own tables?

WHY SHOULD I TIP SOMEONE FOR DOING THEIR OWN JOB?!

Ginger Liu: Shanghai Bound

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Ginger Liu will revisit Shanghai and its surrounding areas in May 2009 for a story development, photojournalist, and documentary project. She will join her aunt, Doctor Marjory Bong-Ray Liu –one of the world’s most eminent musicologists,  for the 130th anniversary of St. John’s University in Shanghai. Both Dr. Liu and my  father graduated from this top University during the invasion of the Japanese army and what became known as the “Rape of Nanking.”