Posted by Danwei on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 11:00 AM
When Danwei launched in 2003, you could read everything that English-language blogs about China had to offer over your lunch break and still have time for for a quick nap. That hasn't been the case for several years now, and as the number and scope of China-related blogs has grown, it's become difficult to keep tabs on all of them.
Danwei's Olympic Model Worker Awards represent our best efforts to list our favorite Chinese blogs and English blogs about China. However, in the scramble to be ready before 8:08 pm on 2008.08.08, we left a few excellent blogs and websites off our list.
The ones we forgot to add:
* Somehow we left James Fallows off the list. Fallows is a correspondent for The Atlantic and has written some informative articles on China for that magazine. His blog is a mix of astute social commentary, wonky tech stuff, and photos of Beijing's air quality.
* Perhaps because he does not update very often, we also overlooked Andrew Lih's fine blog on Wikipedia issues, the Great Firewall, and other China and Web2.0-related things, but he is nonetheless a regular read for us.
* At This is China, Bill Dodson writes entertaining and informative accounts of doing business in Suzhou and more far-flung areas of the country.
* Quirky Beijing: Anecdotes of life in the capital.
* CNReviews: Views on China and the Chinese Internet by a crew of young tech entrepreneurs.
* Stupid Pig's China Blog: A Cantonese-Chinese-American English trainer blogs about current events.
* chinaSMACK: Strange stuff people are talking about on Chinese online forums; this site translates BBS threads on the latest memes and hot topics.
* China Environmental Law: Regular updates about environmental and energy regulations and policies in China.
* The China Vortex: Paul Denglinger blogs about tech business and the Internet in China.
* China Sourcing: Business in China, labor issues, product sourcing, manufacturing, business legal issues; it's a little dry but has plenty of useful information and links.
* China Success Stories: Aggregated content about business and business people in China.
* China Dreamblogue: Stories of life in China as part of an effort to help people realize their dreams through expanded educational opportunities. Proceeds go to charity. Co-founded by Lonnie Hodge, a fixture of the expat blog community who maintains One Man Bandwidth.
* The Foreign Expert: "China news, translations, and media," reads the tagline. This new blog translates commentary from China's online BBSs and the mainstream press. It also runs a roundup of the week's top stories.
* All Roads Lead to China: Strategy, business, sourcing and the China market.
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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.
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+ 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.