Posted by Danwei on Friday, August 8, 2008 at 12:15 PM
Every year or so, Danwei chooses the best blogs about China in Chinese and English to be Model Workers. The winners are chosen by Danwei's Central Committee; no voting or democracy of any kind is involved.
The focus tends to be on media and other subjects covered by Danwei, so there are few purely personal blogs. This year, we publish the Olympic edition of our Model Workers list.
Congratulations to all Model Workers and keep the good stuff coming.
== Roundups of hot topics ==
These sites have their fingers on the pulse of the net, which they summarize in daily or weekly posts:
Ran Yunfei's Weekly Comment 冉氏新闻评论周刊
Huang Jiwei's Keywords 一周语文
Ramblings of a Drunkard 醉人呓语
== Individual Commentary ==
Tiger Temple: 24 Hour 老虎庙：24小时在线
The World According to Zeng Ying 曾颖眼中的世界
Lian Yue's 8th Continent 连岳的第八大洲
Pro State In Flames 钱烈宪要发炎
Wang Xiaofeng 王小峰
Hecaitou 槽边往事 "Bygone days beside the trough"
Han Song 韩松
Li Yinhe (李银河) is a sociologist at the influential Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and a fierce defender of individual sexual freedoms. She frequently tangles with critics in the Chinese-language blogosphere (XYS, in particular, isn't too thrilled with her), but her writing is always though-provoking. [posts]
Ten Years Chopping Timber 十年砍柴
Han Han 韩寒
Xu Jinglei (徐静蕾) is an actress, director, blogger, and media entrepreneur whose blog is rated the most popular in the world (by certain measurements). She generally writes about day to day life and is very popular with young women with a Hello Kitty aesthetic. But her position in Beijing's media world makes her someone to watch. Danwei recently covered Xu's travels in South Africa. [posts]
Hong Hung, aka Hung Huang (洪晃) is the column-writing CEO of CIMG, a media company that publishes Time Out, amongst other magazines. She's well-connected in the media world and is the daughter of Mao Zedong's English teacher and translator Zhang Hanzhi. [posts]
Zan Aizong 昝爱宗
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.
== Art, design and urbanism ==
Ai Weiwei 艾未未
== Group Blogs and Aggregators ==
New Threads 新语丝
Since China's media commentators tend to write for a number of different media outlets, their blogs are still worth subscribing to if only as a convenient way to keep up on the latest public opinion without traipsing around to multiple newspaper websites.
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 (since deleted) 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.