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bamboo ceiling

A figurative discriminatory barrier in the workplace that impedes the career progress of Asians and people of Asian descent, preventing them from reaching top leadership positions in a company. Coined by the writer Jane Hyun, it is derived from the term "glass ceiling," which refers to the subtle discriminations that prevent women from advancing to the top positions in business. Mark was worried that his Chinese heritage might result in a bamboo ceiling if he tried to get a promotion down the line.
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Bamboo Curtain

The sociopolitical, economical, and ideological division or barrier between China and western nations. Modeled after the similar Iron Curtain describing the barrier between the Soviet Union and non-Soviet countries during the Cold War. Although in recent years China has relaxed its attitudes about trade and involvement with other nations, there still undeniably exists a Bamboo Curtain between it and the rest of the world.
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the bamboo curtain

an impenetrable political, economic, and cultural barrier between China and non-Communist countries.
Formed on the pattern of the iron curtain (see at iron), this phrase dates back to the 1940s.
See also: bamboo, curtain
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7, 2019 a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Bamboo Council of Davao del Norte for the bamboo garden.
Bamboo used to be cultivated in certain areas and sandy places in the past but now it is cultivated with proper care like other crops to get the maximum possible produce.
Bamboo on the other hand grows fast, also a strong carbon absorption, effective for anti-soil erosion and more importantly has the ability to make the mined areas restore its condition for agriculture purposes.
I request government to allow us to take bamboos from our state so we can make profits.
That project does the following: 1) addresses flooding/soil erosion (a one-hectare bamboo grove can hold 4,000 tons of water; the roots of a bamboo plant can hold four cubic meters of soil); 2) helps minimize the impact of global warming (a bamboo plant sequesters CO2 eight times better than trees; 3) contributes to achieving an inclusive economy (bamboos are used as raw materials for the parol livelihood project of informal settlers living near the river); 4) boosts biodiversity (with a wide variety of bamboo species, the bambusetum will eventually harbor more life forms, resulting in a better, more wholesome environment); 5) provides a solution cheaper than 'ripraps' and concrete dikes-the cheapest solution, in fact, and very doable.
Among the top contender considered is bamboo. Bamboo being a fast growing species possesses one of the most highest strength properties of the wood materials [1], [2].
Bamboos function as carbon sinks, agents in oxygen production, control of soil erosion, provision of organic matter, regulation of water levels in watersheds, conservation of biodiversity, landscape beautification, and a ready source of bamboo shoots for food, building materials, and shades.
The ERDB has been at the forefront of discovering research and information in developing bamboo plantations to help address the scarce supply of bamboos.
"Farmers should do their bamboo planting during rainy season since the plants are heavy feeders.
"I would rather eat meals without meat, but cannot live at a place without bamboos. A meatless diet causes a person to be thin, while lack of bamboo makes a person vulgar and materialistic."
Bamboos belonging to family Poaceae are considered as one of the most versatile multiutility forest tree grasses.
This study, using the method of direct collection feces, investigated captive giant pandas daily intakes and apparent digestibility coefficients of diet dominantly comprised of Phyllostachys vivax bamboo shoots.