Front Page of the Day
Posted by Joel Martinsen on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 12:36 PM
Jianghuai Morning News, April 19, 2010
Hu Jintao is on the cover of practically all of today's mainland papers. Many editors chose to run a photo of the president consoling an ethnic Tibetan girl during a hospital visit in Yushu, the county in Qinghai Province that was hit with an earthquake on April 14. Some papers even gave her a name, Dolma (卓玛).
Other papers, such as the Jianghuai Morning News, went with a slogan Hu wrote on the blackboard of a school for orphaned students: "There will be new schools! There will be new homes!" (新学校，会有的！新家园，会有的！)
The Hefei-based newspaper has been particularly zealous in its coverage of the earthquake. Saturday's edition (a slim 16 pages), which was entirely devoted to disaster reporting, employed a spin on a familiar headline:
Jianghuai Morning News, April 17, 2010
The theme continued on Sunday with the headline, "The Whole City Is From Yushu." Today's paper reported that Saturday's charity issue resulted in a donation of 13,546.6 yuan.
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
China Media Timeline
Major media events over the last three decades
Danwei Model Workers
The latest recommended blogs and new media
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.
Front Page of the Day
A different newspaper every weekday
From the Vault
Classic Danwei posts
+ 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.