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Notes on China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and beyond…
Jul 28 '14
"With a set of chopsticks in her hands and a Tibetan prayer spilling from her lips, Gelazomo, a 32-year-old yak herder, hunched over the rocky banks of the river that cuts through this city and hunted for the quarry that she hoped would bring salvation.
Every few minutes, she would tease out a tiny river shrimp that had become stranded in the mud, and then dropping it into a bucket of water. Beside her, dozens of other Tibetans toiled in the noonday sun, among them small children and old people who, from afar, appeared to be panning for gold.
'Buddha has taught us that treating others with love and compassion is the right thing to do, no matter how tiny that life is,' she explained, as the newly revived crustaceans darted through the water of her bucket.”
For more, see Andrew Jacobs, “In Scarred Tibetan City, Devotion to the Sanctity of Life,” New York Times (25 July 2014)
Image: Gilles Sabrie for the New York Times

"With a set of chopsticks in her hands and a Tibetan prayer spilling from her lips, Gelazomo, a 32-year-old yak herder, hunched over the rocky banks of the river that cuts through this city and hunted for the quarry that she hoped would bring salvation.

Every few minutes, she would tease out a tiny river shrimp that had become stranded in the mud, and then dropping it into a bucket of water. Beside her, dozens of other Tibetans toiled in the noonday sun, among them small children and old people who, from afar, appeared to be panning for gold.

'Buddha has taught us that treating others with love and compassion is the right thing to do, no matter how tiny that life is,' she explained, as the newly revived crustaceans darted through the water of her bucket.”

For more, see Andrew Jacobs, “In Scarred Tibetan City, Devotion to the Sanctity of Life,” New York Times (25 July 2014)

Image: Gilles Sabrie for the New York Times

185 notes Tags: Tibet environment human rights

Jul 28 '14
"The mainland’s business authorities are investigating the offices of Microsoft Corp, the US technology giant has confirmed.
The State Administration for Industry and Commerce sent its investigators to the company’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu today for an official investigation.
It is unclear why the company is being looked into.”
For more, including detail on the PRC’s ban of government use of the Windows 8 operating system last May, see Adrian Wan and Keith Zhai, “Microsoft China Placed Under Official Investigation as Offices in Four Cities Raided,” South China Morning Post (28 July 2014)
Image: AP

"The mainland’s business authorities are investigating the offices of Microsoft Corp, the US technology giant has confirmed.

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce sent its investigators to the company’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu today for an official investigation.

It is unclear why the company is being looked into.”

For more, including detail on the PRC’s ban of government use of the Windows 8 operating system last May, see Adrian Wan and Keith Zhai, “Microsoft China Placed Under Official Investigation as Offices in Four Cities Raided,” South China Morning Post (28 July 2014)

Image: AP

6 notes Tags: China business technology

Jul 27 '14

4 notes Tags: China environtment

Jul 20 '14
Image Title: “Foreigners in early Japan”
Source: New York Public Library - Print Collection portrait file. / P / Matthew Calbraith Perry. / Foreigners in early Japan.
Location: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building / Print Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs
Digital ID: 1820122
Record ID: 1915230
Digital Item Published: 3-8-2010; updated 3-2-2012
Link to original image

Image Title: “Foreigners in early Japan”

Source: New York Public Library - Print Collection portrait file. / P / Matthew Calbraith Perry. / Foreigners in early Japan.

Location: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building / Print Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs

Digital ID: 1820122

Record ID: 1915230

Digital Item Published: 3-8-2010; updated 3-2-2012

Link to original image

7 notes Tags: Japan visual culture United States colonialism

Jul 20 '14
"On June 30, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television posted a statement on its website warning Chinese journalists not to share information with their counterparts in the foreign press corps.”
As the editors at ChinaFile note, the implications are complex, and significant. Four commentators discuss the issue — see “How to Read China’s New Press Restrictions: A ChinaFile Conversation" (17 July 2014)
Image: Mark Ralston / AFP / GettyImages

"On June 30, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television posted a statement on its website warning Chinese journalists not to share information with their counterparts in the foreign press corps.”

As the editors at ChinaFile note, the implications are complex, and significant. Four commentators discuss the issue — see “How to Read China’s New Press Restrictions: A ChinaFile Conversation" (17 July 2014)

Image: Mark Ralston / AFP / GettyImages

7 notes Tags: China journalism censorship

Jul 17 '14
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Street carts selling steaming heaps of buns, tea eggs and fried pancakes have long served the early-morning crowds of Beijing’s working-class Haidian district. But they may soon vanish as the government has decided to ban makeshift vendors.
Citing food safety concerns, the relevant departments in the district issued directives to shut down unlicensed food carts with ‘illegal construction’ and even licensed breakfast stands before August.”
For more, see Nectar Gan, “No More Cheap Breakfasts? Street Food Hawkers Banned from Beijing’s Haidian District,” South China Morning Post (17 July 2014)
Image: Reuters

Street carts selling steaming heaps of buns, tea eggs and fried pancakes have long served the early-morning crowds of Beijing’s working-class Haidian district. But they may soon vanish as the government has decided to ban makeshift vendors.

Citing food safety concerns, the relevant departments in the district issued directives to shut down unlicensed food carts with ‘illegal construction’ and even licensed breakfast stands before August.”

For more, see Nectar Gan, “No More Cheap Breakfasts? Street Food Hawkers Banned from Beijing’s Haidian District,” South China Morning Post (17 July 2014)

Image: Reuters

14 notes Tags: China Beijing food commerce labor urban

Jul 17 '14
How much should a person be compensated to breathe China’s polluted air? If you’re an expatriate employee of Coca-Cola, the answer is a 15 percent bonus, according to a report last week in the Australian Financial Review. (Local Chinese are excluded from the bonus, despite breathing the same air.) Is offering an “environmental hardship allowance” enough for multinational companies in China to retain expatriate employees?
— For more, see Adam Minter, “Coke Pays Employees to Breathe China’s Air,” Bloomberg View (16 July 2014)

13 notes Tags: China environment late capitalism labor

Jul 14 '14
"Samsung Electronics said on Monday that it had temporarily suspended business with a factory in southern China after allegations last week that it had illegally hired under-age workers to produce cellphone components.”
For more, see David Barboza, “Samsung Contractor Suspended Over Child Labor Allegations,” The New York Times (14 July 2014)
Image credit: New York Times

"Samsung Electronics said on Monday that it had temporarily suspended business with a factory in southern China after allegations last week that it had illegally hired under-age workers to produce cellphone components.”

For more, see David Barboza, “Samsung Contractor Suspended Over Child Labor Allegations,” The New York Times (14 July 2014)

Image credit: New York Times

1 note Tags: China labor human rights

Jun 26 '14
“Corruption is not only about the corruption of individuals… but also the process of privatisation through which many who are in power, together with investors, can shift money from public property into private pockets, and get rid of the state’s responsibility for the working class.”
- Wang Hui. For more, see “After the Party: An Interview with Wang Hui" (13 Jan 2014)

“Corruption is not only about the corruption of individuals… but also the process of privatisation through which many who are in power, together with investors, can shift money from public property into private pockets, and get rid of the state’s responsibility for the working class.”

- Wang Hui. For more, see “After the Party: An Interview with Wang Hui" (13 Jan 2014)

18 notes Tags: China commentary politics economics

Jun 16 '14

10 notes Tags: lgbtq china interviews

Jun 10 '14
"Chinese authorities greeted the 25th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square by detaining dozens of activists and lawyers, proving that Beijing continues to be haunted by the specter of those protests a quarter century after they ended. But another, less eye-catching series of detentions and convictions highlights a separate source of concern for the central government: swelling dissatisfaction among workers."
For more, see Stanley Lubman, “Labor Pains: A Rising Threat to Stability in China,” WSJ (10 June 2014)
Image: Reuters

"Chinese authorities greeted the 25th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square by detaining dozens of activists and lawyers, proving that Beijing continues to be haunted by the specter of those protests a quarter century after they ended. But another, less eye-catching series of detentions and convictions highlights a separate source of concern for the central government: swelling dissatisfaction among workers."

For more, see Stanley Lubman, “Labor Pains: A Rising Threat to Stability in China,” WSJ (10 June 2014)

Image: Reuters

12 notes Tags: China labor politics economics

Jun 7 '14
“Theatre in a Temple" - image from the Bancroft Collection hosted at Visualising China, an interactive resource of online historical images.
Think you may know the location of this theatre? Visualising China is a resource that crowd-sources data and welcomes suggestion. See the main link above to share your knowledge.

Theatre in a Temple" - image from the Bancroft Collection hosted at Visualising China, an interactive resource of online historical images.

Think you may know the location of this theatre? Visualising China is a resource that crowd-sources data and welcomes suggestion. See the main link above to share your knowledge.

11 notes Tags: China visual culture photography photographs online archives archives images theater theatre

Jun 5 '14
"On a spring evening in 1989, with the student occupation of Tiananmen Square entering its second month and the Chinese leadership unnerved and divided, top army commanders were summoned to headquarters to pledge their support for the use of military force to quash the protests.
One refused.”
For more, see Andrew Jacobs and Chris Buckley, “Tales of Army Discord Show Tiananmen Square in a New Light,” New York Times (2 June 2014)
Image: Liu Heung Shing / Associated Press

"On a spring evening in 1989, with the student occupation of Tiananmen Square entering its second month and the Chinese leadership unnerved and divided, top army commanders were summoned to headquarters to pledge their support for the use of military force to quash the protests.

One refused.”

For more, see Andrew Jacobs and Chris Buckley, “Tales of Army Discord Show Tiananmen Square in a New Light,” New York Times (2 June 2014)

Image: Liu Heung Shing / Associated Press

16 notes Tags: China Tiananmen 6.4

Jun 4 '14

Chinese mainland travellers visit Hong Kong June 4th museum ahead of 25th anniversary- South China Morning Post (4 June 2014)

As the video intro notes, “The mainland travellers were among the 7,000 people that visited the museum, which contains the world’s first permanent exhibition devoted to the 1989 democracy movement, since its opening on April 26th. Read the full article here.”

7 notes Tags: 6.4 Tiananmen China museums video

Jun 4 '14

8 notes Tags: 6.4 Tiananmen China