Stories about China from March, 2008
China: Foreign Media
DANWEI has organized a panel discussion on foreign media's news coverage of China. Here is a sum up.
China: Open Media Market
In response to the anti-CNN campaign, Huge argued that the solution was to open the media market and protect press freedom [zh].
Japan: Views on Yasukuni, the movie
A documentary film about the controversial Yasukuni shrine, shot by a Chinese filmmaker through funding by a Japanese government agency, has sparked debate and discussion after a group within the ruling LDP party convened a screening to assess its "neutrality". Bloggers offer differing views on the move and on the idea of their government subsidizing what some see as a "political" film.
China: Zeng Jinyan
Zeng Jinyan is back to internet communication [zh] after three months house arrest. As for Hu Jia, he will be on trial again in April 7.
China: Chaos and Nationalism
Shangguan from Tianya blog felt that the Chinese government campaign against western media in the report of Tibet riot has stirred up nationalistic sentiment in China [zh].
China: Responses to the Dalai Lama's appeal
As Lhasa has supposedly quieted down, the anti-CNN.com crowd has gone off the deep end, that might be worth exploring more. The death threats they've been making towards Western media representatives stationed in China certainly haven't gone unnoticed. On Mutant Palm blogger Davesgonechina's list of links chosen in a move...
Poland: Stance on Tibet
Kinuk writes about Poland's stance on Tibet and China.
China: Petition to Stop the Ban On Tang Wei
Eric Mu from DANWEI translated a petition to stop the ban on Tang Wei – the main actress in the movie “Lust, Caution”.
China: The Wolves are Here!
Huge commented on the debate about Tibet news: When a kid kept on telling lies, one day when the wolves really popped up, no one would believe him anymore [zh].
China: Remembering Our Predecessors
A number of intellectuals, media and cultural workers have written a joint declaration [zh] to commemorate their predecessors, who died for seeking and speaking the truth, before Ching Ming Festival.
China: Vlogger helped Child Labor back to School
Xu Alun, a vlogger hammering away at a point that "truth is power", exposed a moving story of three child coal haulers in Biji, a small city in the south of China, and with an effective advocacy of QQ groups, the story tended to circulate immediately, arousing great public concern.
Taiwan: Religious buildings–a way to explore how cultures mix
The popular image of multi-culturalism as a mosaic, a salad bowl in which different cultures mix but keep their integrity, is misleading. Cultures are more like soups, flavored with many ingredients, some identifiable. –From the book ‘Cultures and societies in a changing world,’ written by Wendy Griswold. Taiwan has a...
Portugal: Should the Olympics be boycotted?
There is a heated debate at Blasfemias’ 4th post about the Beijing Olympics. More than 70 commentators agree or not with Gabriel Silva's [pt] that a boycott would not help, but halt the scrutiny China will come under.
China and Tibet: Information War
ESWN translated the anti-CNN website and commented on the debate between the Chinese Netizen and western media.
China: Forbidden City
Lianyue refered to a suggestion made by a property developer on turning the “Forbidden City” into a residential development project in order to bring down the property price in Beijing [zh].
Venezuela: Chavez on Tibet Protests
Kira Kariakan of Anotaciones al Borde [es] comments on Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’ suggestion that the U.S. was behind the Tibetan protests in order to destablize China.
Taiwan: Support for Tibet
For Tibetan independence movement, most Taiwanese support and sympathize Tibetans, and many people changed their twitter profile figure to the flag of Tibet which represents Tibetan independence movement. ‘Free Tibet’ (Photo courtesy of skydaughter.) Many artists, writers, musicians, and social movement participants held ‘Bringing love to Tibet’ to pray for...
Taiwan: Racial Commercials Everywhere
On Taiwan's TV screens there is a commercial about drawing lots of cars. In this commercial, a woman with south-east Asia look is driving a car, and the subtitle says:”How can she own a car?” Is this a question? How cannot a south-east Asia woman own a car in Taiwan?...
China: Country Life in Spring
Zoula blogs photos of peasants’ life in rural China[zh] in spring time.
China: Monitoring of Electronic Communication
Chinese Human rights defenders has a very elaborated report on the monitoring system in China concerning electronic communication [zh].
China and Tibet: Statement from Intellectuals
Woeser posted a 12 points statement made by 29 prominent intellectuals on the Tibet issue [zh]. The English version can be found at savetibet.org.