Part of the complexity about being a big Chinese company is that it’s not clear...– writes Evan Osnos for the New Yorker: The Unwritten Rules in Chinese Technology
China to send its first woman into space →
Tania Branigan reports for The Guardian
An Englishman dreams of living in Xinjiang in another era. Write a story based...– A question in China’s national university entrance exam, via Gaokao essay questions: fun and easy! | Danwei
Every NGO in China wants to keep a low profile, but when there is a key moment,...– Said Yu Xiaogang, founder of Green Watershed, as quoted in Green Dragon by Mike Ives for Earth Island Journal.
‘Interestingly, deletion of Sina Weibo messages tend to hit a low on...– Reverse engineering Chinese censorship: When and why are controversial tweets deleted? » Nieman Journalism Lab
Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise...– Chinese Characters contributor Evan Osnos got this message as well, and he writes about the experience for the New Yorker: Protecting Digital Information in China
Not the nicest thing to wake up to this morning, I have to say, a warning about...– Chinese Characters contributor Ananth Krishnan on Twitter. (June 5, 2012) Read more about the Gmail warnings in China Digital Times.
Book to Watch For
Pankaj Mishra, who wrote the Foreword to Chinese Characters, has a new book out on August 21: From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia
Our family’s newest, proudest acquisition was also utter contraband for a...– Jiayang Fan writes in Tiananmen and Our Little Red Phone for The New Yorker
Then it got weirder.– Evan Osnos on Anti-foreigner Sentiment in China for the New Yorker.
“What makes Chinese Characters such an enjoyable read is that it is a mosaic of engrossing portraits that allows the endless paradoxes of China to come alive in myriad enthralling ways. While the contributors obviously possess a depth of professional and scholarly knowledge about China, what distinguishes their offerings here is vivid and evocative writing that shows rather than tells. You...
You’ll find it on your bookshelf if: You were outraged when Mike Daisey’s...– Chinese Characters contributor Michelle Dammon Loyalka’s book about migrant workers, Eating Bitterness, makes it onto a Zócalo Public Square list: Three Good Books About Three Bad Things
Julia Lovell on the Opium War →
A Q&A with Alec Ash at The Browser
Finding Zen and Book Contracts in Beijing →
Ian Johnson’s short profile of an interesting character in China for the New York Review of Books. Johnson described his piece this way: Something postiive and unusual about China: you can actually make a buck selling books here. A small profile of Chinese poetry translator Bill Porter (Red Pine), who’s a mini-celebrity in China as a guru on China’s own culture. A bizarre story...
David Moser hosts Jeffrey Wasserstrom and students...
Goodreads Q&A with author Xujun Eberlein starts...
Virtually connect with Chinese Characters contributor Xujun Eberlein from June 1 to June 3 where she will discuss her life as a journalist and storyteller and her collection Apologies Forthcoming.
‘It’s not a real fruit stand. They’re pretending to sell...– Barbara Demick reports for the Los Angeles Times: Chen Guangcheng is gone, but China keeps his village locked down