Stories about China from June, 2011
In the same week that China voices support for an International Criminal Court warrant out on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, it rolls out the red carpet for another ICC fugitive, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Online, it's a much different story.
A video showing how industrial and sewage oil is recycled in a dirty workshop in China. (via Sina Video Weibo)
Steven Millward from Penn Olson notices that major Chinese websites and portals are “going red” for celebrating the Communist Party's 90th Anniversary.
C. Custer from China Geeks explains the relation between local governments’ budget, forced demolition and social unrest in China. To pay back the 1.6 trillion debt, the blogger anticipates a new wave of social unrest approaching.
Roland Soong translates a local news story about netizens’ spoofing of a fake propaganda photo which showed the leaders of a county in Sichuan County inspecting the newly constructed country road at Lihong Town.
Last month, renowned Harvard professor Michael Sandel delivered a lecture on justice and morality at Tsinghua University in China. He also talked about how his theories relate to contemporary China in an interview with the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolitan Weekend.
Lost Laowai posts a video showing how a Canadian expat lost his temper when the train ticket office demanded him to show his passport when buying a train ticket.
China Digital Times translated a leaked directive for Internet commentators to channel online public opinion in Taiwan.
Sinologistical Violoncellist has a guest post by Kristiana Henderson of Pacific Lutheran University which addresses the politics of hydroelectricity projects in Tibet by looking into the history of conflicts between indigenous Sami community with the Norwegian government since 1850s.
Jottings from the Granite Studio has a guest post written by YaJun on the political implications of “singing red song campaign”.
After four defense attorneys were recently detained for challenging confessions to a murder in Guangxi province which their clients are presumed to have given following the use of police force, a legal dream team has assembled and flown in from across the country to defend their colleagues.
The spokesperson for the Commission on Legislative Affairs of the National People’s Congress stated [zh] on June 8 2011 that no legal basis exists for independent candidacy in grassroots people's congress elections. To be a candidate in grassroots representative elections, he said, one has to first be endorsed by a...
Trica Wang blogs about her experience of riding the Beijing subway disguised as a migrant worker while conducting fieldwork.
Olivia from ChinaHush translates a local news story about the first successful lawsuit on sexual harassment in Guangzhou.
Prominent artist Ai Weiwei has been released on bail last night (June 22, 2011), Committee to Protect Journalists comments on the incident and points out that the whereabouts of Ai's associate, freelance journalist Wen Tao, missing since April 3 and presumed detained, is still unknown.
Want to know whether or not using a VPN or other circumvention devices is legal in China? See the answers and discussions at Quora.
Adam Cathcart from Sinologistical Violoncellist notes the changes in the rhetoric's of political slogan in Pyongyang and discusses influence China has on North Korea.
China Digital Times has translated independent mayoral candidate, Cao Tian's blogpost that records his conversation with an official from Zhengzhou who tried to dissuade him from participating in the election. The first bird that takes wing is the first to get shot, said the official.
Sascha from Chengdu Living picks up the discussion in the Chinese online world on their view on the movie Kungfu Panda and its representation of Chinese culture.
Chinese authorities recently conducted a crackdown on drug in Chinese region bordering North Korea. Although it’s hard to trace the origin of methamphetamine, residents and experts believe that much of the meth consumed in the region is manufactured in North Korea. Robert Neff wrote about it in the Marmot's Hole...
For all the talk of Internet freedom, little of it takes into account the bleaker reality of inhabiting Chinese cyberspace. Influential tech blogger William Long addresses this with a post criticizing the destructive bent to China's hacker communities, which then brought on a multi-front attack against Long.