Danwei Noon Report
Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Friday, August 11, 2006 at 12:15 PM
Southern Weekend investigates
• This week's Southern Weekend's top story is about a tragedy caused by China's residence permit or hukou (户口) system. A man who killed his newly born baby after failing to get a Beijing residence permit for the child. The article does not directly say that the residence permit should change, but points out that there are many problems caused by it (link - in Chinese).
UPDATE: ESWN has translated the article: The Death of the Hukou-less Baby
Of course, the panel of pompous experts decided that E gao is bad for society, and declared that websites should be held responsible for stoppping e gao content. The Beijing News has a short article about the declaration here (Chinese).
• The China Daily reports that Saomai, the strongest typhoon to strike China for half a century, has killed at least 111 people and left many others missing (link).
• The history blog Frog in a Well has an interesting post about buying used books online in China (link).
• ESWN has a note about former Freezing Point (冰点) editor Li Datong's new book, just published in Hong Kong (link).
• Translated from a post by Naizhu on Bullog.cn:
DVD storeThe "DVD version" refers to a pirate disk that has been copied from a DVD and is therefore of higher quality than earlier pirate disks that have been filmed in a cinema or copied from another, lower quality source.
• In The Independent, Clifford Coonan reports: Kung fu has now been made compulsory in secondary schools in central China (link)
• The Economist reports on the problems of China's education policy, which is "torn between the market and the state" (link).
• The Shanghai Daily reports on an adult toy and reproductive health exhibition (link):
Saving China's ancient sex culture and promoting more effective sex education were under discussion yesterday by experts at a summit ahead of an adult products exhibition.
The Shanghai sex expo's website is here. Danwei is a long time supporter of China's ancient and modern sex culture as you can see from two of the most popular pages on this website:
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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.