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Notes on China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and beyond…
Apr 23 '14
"Everyone ‘knows’ that China is badly polluted. I’ve written over the years, and still believe, that environmental sustainability in all forms is China’s biggest emergency, in every sense: for its people, for its government, for its effect on the world. And yes, I understand that the same is true for modern industrialized life in general. But China is an extreme case, and an extremely important one because of its scale.”
James Fallows, writing at the start of “2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective,” The Atlantic (18 April 2014). See his article for a detailed look at U.S. / Europe / China comparisons of scale re: pollution measurements and standards.
Image: Smog covering northern China. (NASA via Atlantic)

"Everyone ‘knows’ that China is badly polluted. I’ve written over the years, and still believe, that environmental sustainability in all forms is China’s biggest emergency, in every sense: for its people, for its government, for its effect on the world. And yes, I understand that the same is true for modern industrialized life in general. But China is an extreme case, and an extremely important one because of its scale.”

James Fallows, writing at the start of “2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective,” The Atlantic (18 April 2014). See his article for a detailed look at U.S. / Europe / China comparisons of scale re: pollution measurements and standards.

Image: Smog covering northern China. (NASA via Atlantic)

8 notes Tags: China environment pollution health data

Apr 23 '14
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The world’s largest sports shoe manufacturer, which supplies Nike and Adidas, has been forced to halt production at a huge Chinese factory after thousands of workers continued to protest yesterday over pay and benefits.
Yue Yuen Industrial, a Hong Kong listed-company that produces one-fifth of the world’s athletic shoes, has faced labour unrest at a factory in Dongguang where employees have been on strike since April 14.”
For more, see  Demetri Sevastopulo, “China Sports Shoe Factory Halts Production as Strike Escalates,” Financial Times (23 April 2014)
Image: Reuters Ltd

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The world’s largest sports shoe manufacturer, which supplies Nike and Adidas, has been forced to halt production at a huge Chinese factory after thousands of workers continued to protest yesterday over pay and benefits.

Yue Yuen Industrial, a Hong Kong listed-company that produces one-fifth of the world’s athletic shoes, has faced labour unrest at a factory in Dongguang where employees have been on strike since April 14.”

For more, see Demetri Sevastopulo, “China Sports Shoe Factory Halts Production as Strike Escalates,” Financial Times (23 April 2014)

Image: Reuters Ltd

2 notes Tags: China Hong Kong economics labor

Apr 23 '14

Tiananmen at 25: Symposium at SJU

"Tiananmen at 25" - Symposium at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.

All events free and open to the public. For the full schedule and list of featured participants, see this link.

1 note Tags: China Tiananmen 1989 conferences

Apr 20 '14
"His son landed contracts to sell equipment to state oil fields and thousands of filling stations across China. His son’s mother-in-law held stakes in pipelines and natural gas pumps from Sichuan Province in the west to the southern isle of Hainan. And his sister-in-law, working from one of Beijing’s most prestigious office buildings, invested in mines, property and energy projects…"
For the full story (as well as the excellent accompanying graphic), see Michael Forsythe, Chris Buckley, and Jonathan Ansfield, “Investigating Family’s Wealth, China’s Leader Signals a Change,” NYT (19 April 2014)

"His son landed contracts to sell equipment to state oil fields and thousands of filling stations across China. His son’s mother-in-law held stakes in pipelines and natural gas pumps from Sichuan Province in the west to the southern isle of Hainan. And his sister-in-law, working from one of Beijing’s most prestigious office buildings, invested in mines, property and energy projects…"

For the full story (as well as the excellent accompanying graphic), see Michael Forsythe, Chris Buckley, and Jonathan Ansfield, “Investigating Family’s Wealth, China’s Leader Signals a Change,” NYT (19 April 2014)

8 notes Tags: China politics corruption finance

Apr 19 '14

6 notes Tags: China labor economics

Apr 18 '14
"Crisis in the Cultures of Capitalism" Conference
UC Santa Cruz - April 18-19, 2014
Featuring Dai Jinhua (Peking University) — See link for full schedule

"Crisis in the Cultures of Capitalism" Conference

UC Santa Cruz - April 18-19, 2014

Featuring Dai Jinhua (Peking University) — See link for full schedule

Tags: conferences capitalism

Apr 17 '14

3 notes Tags: China environment economics food safety health

Apr 15 '14
"Twenty-five years ago, on April 15, 1989, Chinese students were mourning the death of a reformist leader. But what began as mourning evolved into mass protests demanding democracy. Demonstrators remained in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, day after day, until their protests were brutally suppressed by the Chinese army — on June 4. Hundreds died; to this day, no one knows how many.
The media captured some of the story of the massacre in Beijing. But Louisa Lim, NPR’s longtime China correspondent, says the country’s government has done all it can in the intervening 25 years to erase the memory of the uprising. Lim’s forthcoming book, The People’s Republic of Amnesia, relates how 1989 changed China and how China rewrote what happened in 1989 in its official version of events. Her story includes an investigation into a forgotten crackdown in the southwestern city of Chengdu — which, to this day, has never been reported” 
For more, see - and hear - Louisa Lim’s story “After 25 Years of Amnesia, Remembering a Forgotten Tiananmen,” at NPR (15 April 2014)
Image: via Louisa Lim / NPR

"Twenty-five years ago, on April 15, 1989, Chinese students were mourning the death of a reformist leader. But what began as mourning evolved into mass protests demanding democracy. Demonstrators remained in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, day after day, until their protests were brutally suppressed by the Chinese army — on June 4. Hundreds died; to this day, no one knows how many.

The media captured some of the story of the massacre in Beijing. But Louisa Lim, NPR’s longtime China correspondent, says the country’s government has done all it can in the intervening 25 years to erase the memory of the uprising. Lim’s forthcoming book, The People’s Republic of Amnesia, relates how 1989 changed China and how China rewrote what happened in 1989 in its official version of events. Her story includes an investigation into a forgotten crackdown in the southwestern city of Chengdu — which, to this day, has never been reported”

For more, see - and hear - Louisa Lim’s story “After 25 Years of Amnesia, Remembering a Forgotten Tiananmen,” at NPR (15 April 2014)

Image: via Louisa Lim / NPR

11 notes Tags: China Tiananmen 1989

Apr 11 '14
"585 hours after they led an unprecedented occupation of the Legislative Yuan to protest a trade pact with China, hundreds of Taiwanese on April 10 vacated the country’s parliament and were welcomed by tens of thousands of supporters during a ceremony high in emotions."
For more, see J. Michael Cole, “Sunflowers End Occupation of Taiwan’s Legislature,” The Diplomat (11 April 2014)
Image credit: J. Michael Cole for The Diplomat

"585 hours after they led an unprecedented occupation of the Legislative Yuan to protest a trade pact with China, hundreds of Taiwanese on April 10 vacated the country’s parliament and were welcomed by tens of thousands of supporters during a ceremony high in emotions."

For more, see J. Michael Cole, “Sunflowers End Occupation of Taiwan’s Legislature,” The Diplomat (11 April 2014)

Image credit: J. Michael Cole for The Diplomat

Tags: Taiwan politics

Apr 6 '14
"In the absence of knowledge, fall back on conspiracies. This is what many foreign analysts and the Taiwanese government have done as they try to explain — and more importantly deal with — the activists’ occupation of the Legislative Yuan (LY), which is now on its eighteenth day…"
For a critical look at media and academic coverage of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement see J. Michael Cole’s “Debunking the Myths About Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement,” at the China Policy Institute Blog, University of Nottingham (4 April 2014)
Image by J. Michael Cole

"In the absence of knowledge, fall back on conspiracies. This is what many foreign analysts and the Taiwanese government have done as they try to explain — and more importantly deal with — the activists’ occupation of the Legislative Yuan (LY), which is now on its eighteenth day…"

For a critical look at media and academic coverage of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement see J. Michael Cole’s “Debunking the Myths About Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement,” at the China Policy Institute Blog, University of Nottingham (4 April 2014)

Image by J. Michael Cole

8 notes Tags: Taiwan politics analysis Sunflower Mvt

Apr 4 '14

Junkyard Planet: A Lecture and Q&A with Adam Minter

Junkyard Planet: A Lecture and Q&A with Adam Minter" - from December 3, 2013, at University of Southern California.

Video (1:01:18) available for viewing online at EASC site. Click link above to watch Adam Minter’s talk, with introduction by Joshua Goldstein.

2 notes Tags: China environment economics recycling books talks video

Apr 4 '14

11 notes Tags: cinema china

Apr 2 '14
“Why the American Media Blackout on Taiwan?" by EricMaderLin at Daily Kos (31 March 2014)

Why the American Media Blackout on Taiwan?" by EricMaderLin at Daily Kos (31 March 2014)

4 notes Tags: Taiwan politics media cross-straits relations

Mar 25 '14
"Wu Tianming, a movie director and former studio head known as the godfather of contemporary Chinese cinema for the generation of filmmakers — including Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige — he shepherded to international acclaim, died on March 4 in Beijing. He was 74."
See Margalit Fox, “Wu Tianming, Film Director Who Reshaped Chinese Cinema, Dies at 74,” NYT (25 March 2014) for a full obituary.
h/t Edward Wong

"Wu Tianming, a movie director and former studio head known as the godfather of contemporary Chinese cinema for the generation of filmmakers — including Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige — he shepherded to international acclaim, died on March 4 in Beijing. He was 74."

See Margalit Fox, “Wu Tianming, Film Director Who Reshaped Chinese Cinema, Dies at 74,” NYT (25 March 2014) for a full obituary.

h/t Edward Wong

3 notes Tags: China cinema obituaries

Mar 25 '14
"A state’s soft power capacity is determined by how it behaves, at home and abroad. It is derived from a style of government that recognises first the significance of values, principles and political arrangements that make a particular state attractive; and second that in putting those values into practice, what you do is far more important than what you say."
For more, see Gary Rawnsley’s analysis, “Student Protests and Taiwan’s Soft Power,” at China Policy Institute Blog (University of Nottingham), 25 March 2014.

"A state’s soft power capacity is determined by how it behaves, at home and abroad. It is derived from a style of government that recognises first the significance of values, principles and political arrangements that make a particular state attractive; and second that in putting those values into practice, what you do is far more important than what you say."

For more, see Gary Rawnsley’s analysis, “Student Protests and Taiwan’s Soft Power,” at China Policy Institute Blog (University of Nottingham), 25 March 2014.

8 notes Tags: Taiwan politics protest cross-straits relations democracy analysis