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Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 4:25 PM
Vogue magazine's China edition is on the streets, two weeks in advance of its September launch date. The gatefold cover features Australian super model Gemma Ward, and Chinese models Du Juan and Wang Wenqin with three other Chinese models to their right. They were photographed in Shanghai styled by Patrick Demarchelier, with French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld as stylist.
The September issue contains 430 pages, with an even mix of foreign and locally produced content. About a quarter of the pages are advertisements.
Judging from the advertisers in this issue which include Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès etc., Vogue is going to do just fine. At last, the trashy Cosmopolitan magazine has some strong competition.
According to their own website, China Pictorial Publishing House is "under the administration of the News Office of the State Council and the China Foreign Languages Publishing and Distribution Administration". This is pretty funny when you consider the recent noises emanating from various government bodies about preventing foreign involvement in Chinese media — if the State Council does not take those rules seriously, who will? (The State Council is "the highest executive organ of State power, as well as the highest organ of State administration" according to the People's Daily.)
The nominal President of Vogue China is Wang Jingtang, with Zeng Xiangmin listed as Executive Editor. The real editor of the magazine is Angelica Cheung (张宁).
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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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