Danwei Model Workers
Posted by Joel Martinsen on Friday, June 4, 2010 at 5:17 PM
The Danwei Model Worker Award is granted by Danwei editors to blogs that we feel are especially worth reading. See the full list for more fascinating material.
btr's blog A Room With a View
A Room With a View (看得見風景的房間), kept by blogger btr, mixes photography, translation, poetry, and critical writing. The blogger writes for Southern Metropolis Weekly, The Bund, Shanghai Weekly, and other publications, but the blog contains far more than just an archive of print articles.
Apart from introducing foreign literature in a lit news section, btr also posts original translations, which most recently featured Chinese versions of David Foster Wallace's Kenyon College commencement address and the "Rules of Writing" "Week of Poem", which features poems in Chinese by btr translated by domanda, and in English by domanda, translated by btr.
Today's poem is by btr and is titled 失物招领; "Lost and Found" in domanda's translation:
Update (2010.10.19): btr is also involved in the new bilingual blog Shanghai Monthly. Check out the first post, We love Shanghai. It’s the People we can’t stand, and a more recent review of Slavoj Žižek's review of The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor.
Links and Sources
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
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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.
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+ 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.