Stories about China from August, 2011
Golf course in China’s desert strains drinking water supply
Jing Gao from The Ministry of Tofu translates a local news report about the desertification problem caused by the construction of golf course in Yulin in Shaanxi province.
China and Hong Kong: Citizen Arrested for Wearing Political T-Shirt
A Hong Kong man was dragged off and detained yesterday because of the T-shirt he was wearing. The incident happened during a visit to the city by China's future premier Li Keqiang. Today, local bloggers are demanding answers to several questions, starting with concerns over the sanctity of Hong Kong's laws.
China: Xinjiang Ketchup
Xinjiang produces more than 70% of all China’s tomatoes and China accounts for a quarter of all global tomato output. As Josh from Xinjiang: Far West China points out next time you squeeze that little packet of ketchup onto your greasy french fry for lunch, think of Xinjiang.
China: The Xinhai Revolution and Tibet
High Peaks Pure Earth translated Tibetan Chinese blogger Woser's recent blog post about the political implication of Xinhai Revolution to Tibet by comparing the fate of Tibetans with Mongolians and Uyghurs.
China: Wedding bikes
DongXia He from China Hush has translated a light hearted story about a wedding in Sichuan. In the wedding, the groom rode the bikes with 18 of his friends to pick up his bride.
China: Dalian Anti PX Protest Photo Collection
Google user Big fish collected 215 photos on the Anti-PX chemical factory protest in Dalian on August 14, 2011.
China: Dog Massacre in Jiangmen City
Fauna translated a story from MOP about the latest policy in Jiangmen city which bans residents from strolling their dogs in public areas. The implementation of the policy involves large scale public execution of dogs. [Warning: the link contains very cruel pictures.]
China: Music Video – People of July
China Digital Times translates a song written by Chuanzi in response to the Wenzhou High-speed Train crash.
China Model in Two Different Cities
In the past few years, the term "China Model" has been widely discussed among intellectuals in China, and is now slowly spreading to other developing countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. In short, the China Model is a system of government that is based upon economic freedom and political repression.
China: Large NIMBY Protest Erupts in Dalian
A Sunday morning sit-in protest in downtown Dalian, Liaoning province, against a chemical factory located in the city turned into a large-scale procession through the streets. Police were out in full force, but so too were the microbloggers.
China: Tweets Didn't Start the Fire
China's main state television station has launched a second offensive against microbloggers and users of other social media, this time on the back of the recent British riots. The attack has left netizens guessing at the true motivation at play.
China: Discount train ticket for the disabled
A weibo user account, wishing-for-half-price-ticket-for-the-disabled, has been set up with a photo of a disable person protesting outside the MInistry of Railways demanding half-price discount train ticket for the disabled.
China: Rural migrant workers self-bury protest
A number of rural migrant workers buried themselves in a construction site to stage a protest against their employer over back pay. (via Weibo Dahebao [zh])
Trust in China’s new media era
The China Media Project has a translation of Chinese scholar Zhang Ming's article about trust in China's new media era.
China: Taxi Drivers and Railway Workers on Strike
A new wave of strikes are taking place in China. This time it is not among rural migrant workers working in sweatshops, but among drivers and employees in the urban public transportation sector.
China: Human rights defender facing food shortage
Frontline Defender reports on the latest situation of human rights defender, Chen Guangcheng, who has been under house arrest since he was released from prison in September 2010. He and his family is now facing severe food shortage.
China: Internet memes on Wenzhou Train Crash
George Ding from China Geeks explains the meaning behind two Internet memes derived from the Wenzhou train crash incident: “it is a miracle!” and “Whether or not you believe it; either way, I believe it.”
China: Anger Over State TV Attack on Microblogging Platforms
Bloggers in China fear that a recent broadcast by state-controlled China Central Television (CCTV) entitled, 'Where is the moral bottom line of Microblogs?', was a direct attack on citizen media freedom. Oiwan Lam discusses the issue.
China: When the Concept of Tibet Enters the Stock Market
Tibet 5100, high-end mineral water brand, makes its profit by hooking with the China Railway Bureau and is now listed in Hong Kong's stock market. Michelle from interlocals.net translates the story originally written in Chinese at inmediahk.net.
China: Taxi Drivers’ Strike in Hangzhou
Ministry of Tofu translates a local feature story on the Taxi drivers’ strike in Hangzhou city in China.
China: Symbolism of the High Speed Train
Eli from Chengdu Living discusses about the symbolism of the high speed train in China and its backlash as a result of the Wenzhou train crash.