Posted by Joel Martinsen on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 12:36 PM
The Journal of UFO Research, China's premier publication devoted to investigating the paranormal, has gotten a makeover.
The magazine, now printed in full-color, appears to no longer be an embarrassment to its parent company, the Duzhe Group. The company's name now joins that of the publisher, Gansu Science and Technology Press, on the cover, and a list of sister publications is included in the masthead.
Neither of this month's cover stories has anything to do with UFOs. The main cover feature is all about poltergeists (including a creepy back cover), while the second feature article is a translation of "The Top Ten Ways to Destroy the Earth" by Sam Hughes, to which the magazine has added the subtitle "UFO Top Ten." None of the destruction methods is UFO-related (unless we consider the effect that the fragments of the destroyed Earth will have on other inhabited planets in the galaxy).
In fact, most of the actual UFO content in this issue consists of summaries of UFO reports in the Chinese media over the past few decades. Readers seeking more relevant UFO information can visit a new sub-board for The Journal of UFO Research that the Duzhe Group recently created on its website BBS.
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.