From the Web
Posted by Joel Martinsen on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 4:46 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).
Very yellow, very violent: 2008 is barely a week old and already the Chinese blogosphere is exploding with snark about a badly made, CCTV propaganda program about the dangers of the Internet. The program featured a young girl who claimed to have seen a shocking web page that was 'very yellow [i.e. pornographic], very violent'.
ESWN has translated the juice of the story.
Qin argues China's phenomenal market success lies in stripping its peasants and workers of their rights to associate and bargain.
The followup: Public opinion will not lose"
How will Murdoch deal with libel case against FEER?: In an article on the Sydney Morning Herald's website, Eric Ellis, familiar to Danwei readers as the author of a recent profile of Rupert Murdoch's wife Deng Wendi, explains the background to a libel case against the Far Eastern Economic Review brought by the family of Lee Kuan Yew, the island state's patriarch.
The Far Eastern Economic Review is owned by Dow Jones. The article looks at how Rupert Murdoch, new king of Dow Jones, is likely to act in the face of intimidation from one of Asia's most powerful families.
China's Shougang Corp., parent of the only publicly traded steelmaker based in Beijing, will cut its production by 4 million metric tons this year to improve the environment as the capital city hosts the summer Olympic Games.
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.