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Notes on China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and beyond…
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

9 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

Mar 23 '14
"The standoff over a controversial trade agreement between Taiwan and China that began on March 19 with the occupation of the legislature took a turn for the worse on March 23 after riot police turned on protesters who had occupied the nearby Executive Yuan, injuring several dozens.”
For the full story, see J. Michael Cole, “Riot Police Crack Down on Taiwanese Protestors,” The Diplomat (24 March 2014)
Image Credit: J. Michael Cole for The Diplomat

"The standoff over a controversial trade agreement between Taiwan and China that began on March 19 with the occupation of the legislature took a turn for the worse on March 23 after riot police turned on protesters who had occupied the nearby Executive Yuan, injuring several dozens.”

For the full story, see J. Michael Cole, “Riot Police Crack Down on Taiwanese Protestors,” The Diplomat (24 March 2014)

Image Credit: J. Michael Cole for The Diplomat

5 notes Tags: Taiwan cross-straits relations protest

Mar 23 '14

Tags: Taiwan cross-straits relations protest

Mar 22 '14
Image from the “Sunflower” Student Movement in Taipei, Taiwan (22 March 2014) - a satirical “missing person” notice for Ma Ying-jeou.
A rough translation:
"Please help in the search for a missing old man named Ma Ying-jeou.     Relevant characteristics:         -wearing a western suit, with deer antlers on his head         -an authoritarian dictator who cares nothing about moral principles. Come out! Face the people!”
[Then, below the poster:]
"Greatly confused [aural pun: revered]  Ying-jeou disciple    On the long road to victory is one blade of tender [malleable, pliant] grass.    His name is Ma Ying-rong.    He hails from the neighboring Great China.” 
For background on the reference to antlers, see this editorial by Chang Kuo-tsai, “Cabinet Boasts PhDs, No Perspective,” at The Taipei Times (18 March 2014)

Image from the “Sunflower” Student Movement in Taipei, Taiwan (22 March 2014) - a satirical “missing person” notice for Ma Ying-jeou.

A rough translation:

"Please help in the search for a missing old man named Ma Ying-jeou.
    Relevant characteristics:
        -wearing a western suit, with deer antlers on his head
        -an authoritarian dictator who cares nothing about moral principles.

Come out!
Face the people!”

[Then, below the poster:]

"Greatly confused [aural pun: revered] Ying-jeou disciple
    On the long road to victory is one blade of tender [malleable, pliant] grass.
    His name is Ma Ying-rong.
    He hails from the neighboring Great China.” 

For background on the reference to antlers, see this editorial by Chang Kuo-tsai, “Cabinet Boasts PhDs, No Perspective,” at The Taipei Times (18 March 2014)

13 notes Tags: Taiwan cross-straits relations politics protest translation visual culture

Mar 22 '14

Images from Taipei “Sunflower” Student Movement - 22 March 2014.

24 notes Tags: Taiwan cross-straits relations politics protest