From the Web
Posted by Joel Martinsen on Friday, December 21, 2007 at 6:24 PM
Danwei Picks is a daily digest of the "From the Web" links found on the Danwei homepage. A feed for the links as they are posted throughout the day is available at Feedsky (in China) or Feedburner (outside China).
From Dortmund to Handan: The New York Times tells the story of the ThyssenKrupp steel mill in Dortmund in Germany's Ruhr Valley that was taken apart piece by piece and rebuilt in Handan, Hebei Province. The story focuses on the environmental problems connected with China's new dominance of global steel production.
SCMP Group Ltd., publisher of the South China Morning Post newspaper, rose the most in more than four years in Hong Kong after receiving a HK$2.37 billion ($304 million) buyout offer from controlling stockholder Robert Kuok...
[Geologist Yong Yang] opened a spreadsheet. On one side was a series of estimates, based on Yong's research, of the volume of water in the Yangtze. On the other side were the official estimates prepared by the government's Yellow River Conservancy Commission. The government data was supposed to be secret, but Yong had obtained it from a network of friends and former colleagues inside the government.
At the time I thought that I wanted to hold an attitude that we are friends and not enemies. If I have to make a joke, I should be able to. I ignored all the formal rules and regulations of the meeting. Ultimately, I had faith in the quality of the citizens. Most of the citizens are on the same side as the government -- we are all working for Xiamen. Only a small minority want to cause trouble.
Also from ESWN: The People and Wisdom Changed Xiamen
Recent buzz in literary and publishing circles has painted this hub, which straddles the East and West, as the coming of age literary centre of Asia. Hong Kong, long obsessed with celebrity gossip and the feng shui of success, is now stepping forward in a very different limelight. The city has an up and coming literary festival, its own literary magazine and recently inaugurated an international prize aimed at boosting the profile of Asian literature.
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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.