Posted by Joel Martinsen on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 6:11 PM
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Mobile phones and music: Music industry insider Ed Peto has published a stats-rich blog post about the way Chinese consumers get and listen to music. Excerpt:
According to M:Metrics an astounding 34.8% of the 530 million mobile subscribers in China use their phones to listen to music, compared to 5.7% in the US. China's networks, infrastructure and data capabilities might need to improve but the mobile juggernaut is well on its way.
Guangzhou-based video sharing site 56.com, one of China's triumvirate of 'YouTube clones,' has been temporarily shut down by the Guangdong provincial branch of the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT), acting on orders from SARFT's national leadership, according to a highly-placed industry insider who declined to be named. The closure seems to have been in effect since 6pm on June 3.
The State Council, China's Cabinet, passed a draft regulation on post-quake restoration and reconstruction at an executive meeting here on Wednesday.
The beginning of the end
Thousands of Sichuan parents are grief stricken.
The advancement of civil society in China in recent weeks has not only been initiated by compassionate citizens and NGOs but also, if a new anti-corruption experiment will pan out, by the Sichuan government. NPR reports that there is a rare opportunity for the Chinese people to supervise government officials. In an effort to prevent local government officials from embezzling part of the aid money that is streaming into Sichuan, the local government is planning to use citizens to supervise the aid process. So far the state has started to take down the contact information of interested citizens. Hundreds of volunteers have already signed up. If this process moves forward it will create a unique public participation experiment in the fight against corruption in China.
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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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.