Posted by Danwei on Monday, September 3, 2007 at 11:18 PM
When Danwei launched nearly four years ago, blogging was virtually non-existent on the Chinese mainland. Even in early 2006, when we posted our first list of Model Workers, blogs had nowhere near the attention or influence they have today.
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So it's time to revise our list. Comparing this year's list to the previous one, you may find some familiar names - our reading habits haven't changed all that much. Other blogs are no longer present; some have closed or stopped updating, while others have fallen off the list to make room for new arrivals (though they stay in our RSS feeds).
The last year-and-a-half has seen the launch of a number of specialized blog providers, so this year's list of award recipients includes a section for blog platforms and aggregators. The English-language Model Worker Awards for 2007 have been posted as well.
The Model Worker awards reflect the tastes of Danwei editors, but we hope that you will find them interesting as well. Let us know of other worthy blogs in the comments.
Note: Most annotations are followed by a posts link that will take you to a list of Danwei articles about that blogger or translated from that blogger's posts.
Group / Aggregators
New Threads 新语丝
Lian Yue's 8th Continent 连岳的第八大洲
ProState In Flames 钱烈宪要发炎
Wang Xiaofeng 王小峰
Ran Yunfei 匪话连篇：冉云飞博客
Hecaitou 《槽边往事》 "Bygone days beside the trough"
Han Song 韩松
He Dong 何东
Ten Years Chopping Timber 十年砍柴
Keso's "Playin' With IT" 对牛乱弹琴
Han Han 韩寒
If you are interested in contemporary art, design and architecture, and urban issues, established counter-cultural figures Ai Weiwei (艾未未, posts) and Ou Ning (欧宁, posts) have their fingers on the pulse.
Ai Weiwei's father was a famous poet; he himself has been personally involved in many of the most important cultural movements in post-reform era China, starting with his membership of 'The Stars', a group of artists who went against the cultural authorities in their quest for an international attitude towards art in the late 1970s. A generation younger than Ai, Ou Ning is a prolific designer, curator, cultural archivist and commentator.
Xu Jinglei (徐静蕾) is an actress, director, blogger and media entrepreneur whose blog is often called the most popular in the world. Her blog is mostly about day to day life and very popular with young women with a Hello Kitty aesthetic, but she is a figure to watch in Beijing's media world.
Hong Hung, aka Hung Huang (洪晃) is the column-writing CEO of CIMG, a media company that publishes Time Out, amongst other magazines, and the daughter of Mao Zedong's English teacher and translator Zhang Hanzhi. [posts]
Yin Lichuan (尹丽川) is a poet, writer and film director. She is closely associated with the 'Lower Body Writing' movement that until recently occupied the literati of Beijing.
The Danwei Model Worker badge is adapted from an old model worker pin issued by Wuxing County, Zhejiang. Founded in 1912 from the merger of three Qing Dyansty counties, Wuxing ceased to exist in 1981 when it was absorbed into Huzhou City. The image was taken from a thread on the Old Badges BBS (陈陈徽章论坛).
Jobs in China
Henry on The Eurasian Face
Caroline W on Big in China
Michael on Julia Lovell on translating Lu Xun's complete fiction: "His is an angry, searing vision of China"
Brandon K. on Clueless academic takes on popular fantasy novels
China Media Timeline
Major media events over the last three decades
Danwei Model Workers
The latest recommended blogs and new media
Books on China
The Eurasian Face : Blacksmith Books, a publishing house in Hong Kong, is behind The Eurasian Face, a collection of photographs by Kirsteen Zimmern. Below is an excerpt from the series:
Big in China: An adapted excerpt from Big In China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising A Family, Playing The Blues and Becoming A Star in China, just published this month. Author Alan Paul tells the story of arriving in Beijing as a trailing spouse, starting a blues band, raising kids and trying to make sense of China.
Pallavi Aiyar's Chinese Whiskers: Pallavi Aiyar's first novel, Chinese Whiskers, a modern fable set in contemporary Beijing, will be published in January 2011. Aiyar currently lives in Brussels where she writes about Europe for the Business Standard. Below she gives permissions for an excerpt.
Front Page of the Day
A different newspaper every weekday
From the Vault
Classic Danwei posts
+ Korean history doesn't fly on Chinese TV screens (2007.09): SARFT puts the kibbosh on Korean historical dramas.
+ Religion and government in an uneasy mix (2008.03): Phoenix Weekly (凤凰周刊) article from October, 2007, on government influence on religious practice in Tibet.
+ David Moser on Mao impersonators (2004.10): I first became aware of this phenomenon in 1992 when I turned on a Beijing TV variety show and was jolted by the sight of "Mao Zedong" and "Zhou Enlai" playing a game of ping pong. They both gave short, rousing speeches, and then were reverently interviewed by the emcee, who thanked them profusely for taking time off from their governmental duties to appear on the show.