Posted by Joel Martinsen, April 8, 2010 7:00 PM
2010 Danwei Model Worker badge
In lieu of a proper blogroll, Danwei has chosen to award Model Worker citations more or less annually to blogs we frequently read and enjoy.
The years since our first installment in 2005 have seen an explosion in the number of fascinating China-related blogs, written both English and Chinese. Our annual lists have gotten increasingly unwieldy to prepare, and we inevitably end up overlooking a number of our favorite blogs.
For 2010, we have decided to make regular recommendations of interesting reading.
Previous Model Worker honorees:
Below is a list of Model Worker honorees for 2010, updated regularly throughout the year.
Blogs in English
+ The hydra-like blogger C. Custer (2010.05)
The hydra-like C. Custer translates and blogs at China Geeks, China / Divide and ChinaSmack.
+ Expo 2010 and other stories from Shanghai (2010.04)
At Shanghai Scrap, Adam Minter covers the scrap trade, Catholicism in China, and most recently, the Shanghai World Expo and the pitiful United States pavilion.
+ A blog that translates "whatever is interesting" (2010.04)
At Veggie Discourse, PH translates from a wide range of Chinese sources.
Blogs in Chinese
+ Belief in contemporary China (2010.09)
Li Xiangping blogs about the sociological implications of religious beliefs in contemporary China.
+ Translation and photography in Shanghai (2010.06)
At A Room With a View, btr writes poetry, posts photos of Shanghai, and covers literature in translation.
+ Dispatches from the drought zone (2010.04)
Shi Hanbing blogs about economics and the Yunnan drought.
+ A guide to book reviews in China (2010.04)
Duxieren (读写人), an aggregator of book reviews, by Bimuyu, who also keeps his own literary blog.
The 2010 Danwei Model Worker badge is adapted from an old model worker pin issued in 1952 by the Shijingshan Power Station (石景山发电厂) on the outskirts of urban Beijing. The image was taken from a listing on the China Collectors Online website.
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.