Beijing

Sunday is Wait In An Orderly Line Day

Today many China Mobile users in Beijing received the following text message:

首都文明委提示您,每月11日是排队推动日,排队文明,礼让光荣。 The Civilized Capital Committee reminds you: the 11th of every month is Wait In An Orderly Line Day.

It's shame that it's only one a day a month that Beijingers are asked to queue in an orderly fashion, but one day is better than none.

The Civilized Capital Committee may use SMS to distribute their messages, but they do not seem to have a website, unless they are a part of the Beijing Spiritual Civilization Office. That organization has an email address where you can report uncivilized behavior in Beijing: sdwmrx@bjwmb.gov.cn.

There are currently 3 Comments for Sunday is Wait In An Orderly Line Day.

Comments on Sunday is Wait In An Orderly Line Day

It is indeed a shame that good manners are only been "attempted" once a month. But is a campaign like this any different from some of the western ones like Earth Day, or Black Month, etc? Those only come around once a year. On the other hand, I don't know what else there is to do about the lack of manners for most Chinese. The government has conducted campaign after campaign, and schools certainly preach about them over and over. And many Chinese seem to be able to adapt to the more courteous practices when they move to the west. So it's not likely a problem of inadequate education.

Most people here are pretty easy to live alongside, so it's perplexing that the authorities have had such problems with this. Perhaps they should stick to simpler things, like controlling the weather.

Quote:
And many Chinese seem to be able to adapt to the more courteous practices when they move to the west. So it's not likely a problem of inadequate education.

I don't think it is a problem of inadequate education, either. I think maybe it might lie in such a fact that China used to be an agriculture-oriented feudalistic society for a long time with, which is characterized by small-scale family farming economy(小农经济). In such a society, people have little opportunity to cooperate with many others to finish a complicated job. They live separately almost in "never contact with each other 老死不相往来" way for the poor traffic condition and "self-sufficiency 自给自足" for their low productivity. Therefore there is no very clear idea of "society belongs to all people living in it" in their mind. Instead, their ideology has very strong sense of themselves and their own families. You won't be surprised to see someone with a university degree spits on the ground or cuts in line from time to time, even in a big city.

Since industrialization and economy reform have been practicing thoroughly in China, Chinese people will change their ideology gradually.

China Media Timeline
Major media events over the last three decades
Danwei Model Workers
The latest recommended blogs and new media
laomo2010x80.jpg
From 2008
Front Page of the Day
A different newspaper every weekday
From the Vault
Classic Danwei posts
+ Culture and corporate propaganda in Soho Xiaobao (2007.11): Mid-2007 issues of Soho Xiaobao (SOHO小报), illustrating the complicated identity of in-house magazines run by real estate companies.
+ Internet executives complain about excessive Net censorship (2010.03): Internet executives complain about excessive Net censorship at an officially sanctioned meeting in Shenzhen.
+ Crowd-sourced cheating on the 2010 gaokao (2010.06): A student in Sichuan seeks help with the ancient Chinese section of this year's college entrance exam -- while the test is going on!
Danwei Archives