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Opinion: Social and cultural practices that favor cutting corners are marks of modern China’s ingenuity and its attendant risks

3 weeks ago
Sky Canaves
The prevailing attitude is chabuduo, or ‘close enough,'" writes James Palmer. "It’s a phrase you’ll hear with grating regularity, one that speaks to a job 70 percent done, a plan sketched out but never completed, a gauge unchecked or a socket put in the wrong size. Chabuduo implies that to put any more time or effort into a piece of work would be the act of a fool."
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.