Stories about China from December, 2005
The development of blog in 2005 is fast and influential. Compared with early years when blog was first introduced, 2005 is the booming year of Chinese Blogosphere in terms of the number of blogs, quality of posting and recognition of blogging. From perspective of blog hosting service, all the BSPs...
the leaky pen writes about three journalists now languishing in Chinese jails: Singapore's Ching Cheong, researcher Zhao Yan of the New York Times and local reporter Shi Tao.
China bloggers have been sounding the alarm about wordpress.com.cn, a free WordPress blog hosting service in China. The service, which has no relationship to WordPress, deletes accounts without warning a short time after registration.
GVO co-founder Ethan Zuckerman discusses on his blog why search engines often miss Chinese blogs in their search results.
danwei prints a post by a publishing consultant in Shenzhen on Cankao Xiaoxi, a Chinese-language digest of articles from world press formerly restricted to the Communist party elite but now available to the public. “But there are three areas in which Cankao Xiaoxi takes liberties,” he writes. “It runs its...
In 2004, China's President Hu Jintao shook the hands of two AIDS patients in a hospital. The resulting exposure changed their lives, and not for the better. EastSouthWestNorth translates a story from China Youth Daily.
Imagethief reveals how you know Christmas is approaching in officially atheist Beijing.
Revere at Effect Measure praises China's cooperative transparency in sharing with the world its bird flu virus samples. “The Chinese also report they have begun their own clinical trials of an experimental H5N1 vaccine.”
Sun Bin suggests that China ought to create a Caribbean-style banking and tax haven to add 0.1% to its GDP. He maps out some places in the Pearl River Delta a short trip from Hong Kong that Beijing could consider.
Imagethief observes sadly that Tokyo will always have its Godzilla and New York its King Kong, but Beijing can never be a great, world-class city until it is attacked by a giant monster.
EastSouthWestNorth describes the investigation of two extortion notes emailed to leaders in the Ningbo City government. Curious about how Internet crime is handled in China? Click here.
danwei wants to introduce you to eXinXin, a model for computer simulations and video games, who is supposedly China's first virtual celebrity. She's real, though, and has a blog (in ZH).
1 Buzzwords in 2005: As the end of year 2005 approaches, Baidu, the largest search engine in Chinese released its hottest words in (in ZH)Chinese internet; the top ten was as followed: “Mp3″(Baidu provided a controversial mp3 search and download service), “Super Girls“, “Fairy Tale”(a popular Chinese lovesong), QQ(instant message...
The Paper Tiger wonders whether the violent crackdown on peasant protesters in Dongzhou represents a turning point for the Chinese government.
Sinosplice discovers Douban, a successful Chinese book-sharing site that now has an English (Flickr-like) beta. “The site allows you to share what books you are currently reading, what books you have read, and what books you’d like to read.”
Talk Talk China goes after China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC, pronounced “see-nook”), which changed its “no-compete” promise to investors who bought shares in its New York and Hong Kong publicly listed subsidiary CNOOC Limited. The pledge was meant to assure investors that the state-owned parent wouldn't steal away the...
EastSouthWestNorth talks about how a “ladder blog” had just helped a post climb over the Great Firewall of China: by translating into English a post in Chinese at a blocked Hong Kong blog, which was then retranslated into Chinese on a mainland China blog.
danwei directs our attention to a recent survey showing how Chinese women may drive China's future luxury consumption.
ulywang of Non-Violent Resistance discusses what he calls the eerie silence of domestic media on the suicide of Jilin's deputy mayor, after that town suffered a hideous chemical spill that made international news. He says: “The deeper, still evolving story behind it underscore the fact that the drama is far...
rwillmsen has some thoughts about the Singapore-ization of Chinese cities: the scrubbing of character in favor of controlled sterility.
Fons Tuinstra compares the GVO summit in London and the new media conference in Hong Kong.