Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 9:40 PM
The English version of The Global Times (环球时报) newspaper yesterday published an opinion piece titled "Evolution of Chinese intellectuals' thought over two decades".
The lead is buried, but the story has broken state-owned Chinese media's silence on what they call 'June 4 incident':
Meantime, the British magazine Standpoint has published a piece by Jonathan Mirsky, a journalist who is fond of mentioning that he is persona non grata in China. The article includes the following paragraph:
This ridiculous exaggeration can be disproved by anyone by searching for the word "Tiananmen" or the word "天安门" on Baidu.com or Google.cn, and it shows how deeply out of touch China specialists can get when they never visit China:
Mirsky's assumption that "Tiananmen" itself refers to the incident inside China is a notion unique to the Western media. In the Mainland, the word refers to a central location in Beijing that has many, many associations beyond the 1989 events. For many Chinese people, the first association of the the word is the patriotic song "I love Beijing, Tiananmen" (我热爱北京天安门).
However, there has been some good writing on the 20 year anniversary published in the Western media; see the links below.
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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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+ 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.