Reno的华人组织CSSF，or Chinese Scholar and Student Association，每年有两大活动，一是春节晚会，而是国庆中秋Party。去年我在里面以副主席的身份跑腿，跟几个同样新来的学生一起硬着头皮胜利完成两次活动的组织工作，圆满退休。今年又一批新来的学生被推上了学生会的舞台，跟往年一样，又紧锣密鼓准备国庆的聚会。没想到，一封邀请函群发出去，惹来几位“老人”email往返的唇枪舌战，大有发扬中国人民扯皮传统的势头，眼看要搞得还没有开始的聚会不欢而散了。无言。
CSSF will organize a Mid -autumn Party.
The party is scheduled on October1st, 12:00-2:00pm, at King Buffet. Welcome all
the Chinese professors, students and scholars to attend.
It is free for all the Chinese professors in UNR.And it will be free
for the children younger than 8-year-old.
If who is interested in it, please reply to me and tell me the number of your
guests.CSSF would like to count the total number of the attendance so that we
can offer you a satisfying party.
We are also very pleased that you invite some foreign friends to the party.But
since the limited funds of CSSF,we can just offered some fee-waiving for the
foreign advisors.So if who would like to invite his/her advisors to the
party,please inform me in addition.
Again,if you have any requirement or good suggestion, please also tell me by
Thanks for your time!
It will be free for Chinese ASSOCIATIE PROFESSORS? or ASSISTANT PROFESSORS, RESEARCH ... PROFESSORS, VISITING PROFESSORS? --XXX
Is there anybody who could tell us why it is free for professors? By the way, no offense to professors at all.
然后一个叫Xu的研究社会学的researcher对此作出回应：I think it is simple: convention. First it is Chinese convention. Remember, when we were in China, we paid class fees (ban1 fei4) for class activities where professor or teachers who were also invited to, where they also consumed resources. But we never charged them for attending, which would be viewed as ridiculous. Could we do that?Secondly, that is also the convention here. As far as I know, we invited professors and staffs each year and did not charge them either. If that runs ok, no need to change it.I am a social science researcher. So in contrast to some hard-headed economist who insist marginal cost pricing, I respect convention. I quite understand convention, the tacit knowledge, puts us together spatially and emotionally in an era of information age. Here, the purpose is not just to eat and drink, but to sit together with friends, with professors. Maybe it is not perfect, but it is second best. In other words, any other better ways?Personally, I Iike this opportunity and would not struggle a lot with that issue. If we feel comfortable with it, why bother to care others.
Dear Meng and the CSSF committee,
Thanks a lot for organizing the activity for the traditional Mid-Autumn
Festival and the National Day.
Although I truly appreciated the warm invitation from the CSSF, I don't feel
comfortable to join you and get a free lunch while the students and their
family have to pay for it. Should it be the other way around? I think the
CSSF should try the best to support all of the student members and their
family. The reason is very simple. Professors are much better paid than any
of the students. If there is any financial problem for the activity, the
CSSF should double charge the professors, instead. I think other colleagues
of mine as a faculty at the university would also agree with me.
Wish you all a Happy Holiday and have fun at the party!
My 2 cetns -
The event is on 10/1. I don't think it's appropriate
to discuss any rule change here. As Xu Su mentioned,
it is a tradition and it may not be perfect. If any
change is needed, pls bring the issue to committee
and discuss there. Hope next year will be better.
In the mean time, just enjoy the fun time. Trust
and let those volunteers handle the issue until you
become one of them for the next event.
There is no single event will make everybody happy and
fit everybody's desire. I am sure after the party,
some people will complain about food, noise, facility,
beverage..... You see, this glass is filled up only
half but why look it half-empty rather than half-full?
It is already rare for Chinese folks to get together
in this small Reno town at this particular time. Why
not just reveal your full "young student" spirit and
enjoy one evening w/o thinking about who you are
for a moment. If you really care about making this
community better, chip in your volunteer time join
the committee or volunteer team and make future events better.
Don't let the old saying come true: where there is
a Chinese group, there is always a complicated issue.
Enjoy your day and enjoy your life as life is really short!
Dear Mr. or Ms. Xu,
I have to say I am a little uncomfortable about your wording. Are you speaking on behalf of the committee of CSSF? Then could you please identify yourself?
If that is the policy, please explain it clearly and politely.
The concern of that student is reasonable, what he or she want is just fairness and respect. CSSF stands for Chinese Student & Scholar Federation. It includes students, post-docs, professors and other scholars. The case you said in China is totally another story. I just graduate from another university. If I am not wrong, when we held activities, everyone have to pay except performers and organizers.
"Here, the purpose is not just to eat and drink, but to sit together with friends, with professors."
--- I'm just wondering what the objectives of this party are?
Meng, can you provide a detailed program schedule of this party?
BTW, I will attend this party.
Thanks for all the organizers,
It does sound unfair for vast poor students and I am sure faculties wouldn't mind
paying as much as students do. I understand the effort of the CSSF administration to
try to attract as many faculties as possible. But since somebody already brought up this
topic, it would be uneasy for faculties to attend under current circumstances. So may I
suggest that we treat everybody equal? If some faculties already received the invitation
to attend for free, we can keep those promises.
Just my personal opinion, no offense to anybody.
Wish all of you a happy holiday.
As an economist, I enjoyed reading the email sent by Su Xu.
Since the committee of CSSF has already sent invitations to professors
for a free lunch, I would suggest that CSSF keeps its words this time.
If it is still a concern, make a change in the future.
Here are my two cents for a balance: Don't charge professors a fee, so
you keep the convention; ask them to donate, so you exercise
(implicitly) the marginal cost pricing. FYI, I will not join the party,
because I don't want to have a free lunch, nor I want to donate.
What is economics? It is a science dealing with efficiency, equity, and
stability, given limited resources and unlimited desires. Or you may
say it is "comic nose."
If any of you is interested in economics, read a best-seller book
"Freaknomics." I am sure you will better understand why US crime rate
has declined since 1990, why drug dealers still live with their mothers,
and how a person's name is associated with his/her parents' race and