Monthly Archives: November 2010

Chopstick Brothers

The short film Old Boy (with English subtitles) by the Chopstick Brothers is a good example of a growing attitude of frustration over the growing pressure of modern life. One of the recurrent themes in China is that life is … Continue reading

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Blackouts and Climate Change

China is so far ahead of America on climate change action that they are shutting off electricity to cities and factories around the country to meet conservation targets. Though not a sign of a particularly well run policy, it does … Continue reading

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Closing Rank On Reform

The door is closed, the light dimmed, the voices squelched–whatever you want to call it, recent news brings more evidence of hard-line attitudes seizing the day and using the power of the megaphone to systematically undermine more moderate voices. I … Continue reading

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US Elections and China

During the US election quite a few candidates ran ads blaming their opponent of shipping American jobs overseas, to China. The accusations mostly came from Democrats, including Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer, toward Republicans but it was a bipartisan effort. … Continue reading

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The Municipal Heating Office

The heat was turned on in Beijing on November 1st. Yes, the entire city uses one central heating system, a heating system that is presided over by one central agency. On Monday, in their wisdom, The Municipal Heating Office pressed … Continue reading

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Art of Misunderstandings

Gu WenDa is a contemporary Chinese artist that works primarily with two materials, human hair and language, and confronts two subjects, globalization and inter-cultural communication. In the mix, he offers the insight that misunderstandings are an unavoidable and, in fact, … Continue reading

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Reform: Addendum Links

My last two posts dealt with political reform and the limits of press freedom respectively. A couple of articles this week, both from the Wall Street Journal’s China blog, add some perspective. First, a post from Professor Russell Leigh Moses … Continue reading

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