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Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 5:11 PM
Image from S. Landsberger's Chinese propaganda pages
Blogs went mainstream this year. Proof, if needed, is that The Economist now uses the noun and verb 'blog' without explanation.
So it seems fitting to look back on the year in China blogs, with a small virtual award ceremony. Hence the first, and perhaps only, Danwei Model Worker awards, for the best China-related blogs of 2005.
Below the award winners is a list of good English-language blogs about China. No democracy was used in the production of this list.
Chinese language blogs are absent; a list of good Chinese blogs will be published before the end of the year on Danwei. There is however a small list of photoblogs right at the bottom of the list.
English language Model Worker
Chinese language Model Worker
With his online handle 带三个表 being a pun on the Chinese for Jiang Zemin's famously confusing "Three Represents" theory, the author of Massage Milk is an editor at Life Week magazine. He has a sharp line in Beijing cynicism, he's smart, and he's funny.
Other workers who have advanced the cause of international proletarian information junkies:
The Black China Hand
In the Footsteps of Joseph Rock
Simon World has loads of links to East Asia related stuff, and commentary on Hong Kong and China current affairs. There are sometimes guest bloggers.
Beijing or Bust
Frog in a Well
Musing Under the Tenement Palm
If you know of a blog that should be here, please send email (jeremy at danwei dot org).
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.