Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Reminder That The Internet Isn’t Perfect

The internet is often touted, and rightly so, as an independent source of information that can serve as a watchdog and politically liberalizing force in China. But a recent story, reported on ESWN, shows that the power of bloggers to … Continue reading

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License Plate Lottery

This is a story that can only happen in China, and it point out the unique challenges facing China’s development and the unique solutions the government comes up with to deal with them. The Beijing government has started conducting a … Continue reading

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Red Dust

Red Dust is no ordinary travel journal. It’s the story of Ma Jian, a disappointed and disaffected artist, who leaves Beijing on a journey of self-discovery in the early 1980s. The book is an account of his several year ramble … Continue reading

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Hu Visited Who?

Hu Jintao’s visit to the US has been widely covered in both countries: in China playing as a show of mutual respect, albeit one of extreme pomp and circumstance, while in the US the visit has been a chance to … Continue reading

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Legal Faith, Legal Reality

It’s anecdotal, but in the stream of stories about regular people defending themselves that are a growing feature of the internet these days lawyers are increasingly part of the equation. In some ways it’s a sign that the law is … Continue reading

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ChengGuan 城管

Police are often disliked, but in China it’s not the police but another government law enforcement group that takes the heat, the Chengguan. They have the reputation of being brutal and corrupt. The Chengguan are the enforcement side of city … Continue reading

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More Than One Mao

There is a common understanding in the west that Mao in China is highly revered, exalted even. That the trappings of the cult of Mao persist—his body remains on display in People’s Square, his face is on almost every bill, … Continue reading

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