John Kennedy · April, 2007

Former Chinese Language Editor for Global Voices Online, living in Hong Kong.

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Latest posts by John Kennedy from April, 2007

China: Blame Canada?

  23 April 2007

Google seizes up before any results appear in a search for 'Celil,' 'Canada' (in Chinese) and '2007,' fitting given that a proxified search turns up no Chinese language media reports from websites that can be readily viewed within China. It's a different story, as usual, for a Google search which includes the word blog.

China: Reactions to the Virginia Tech slayings

  19 April 2007

While most Chinese shared the horror and grief following the slayings at Virginia Tech, one prominent blogger asks why so little attention was paid to two similar tragedies which also took place this week in China.

China: Nailhouse questions remain

  12 April 2007

With all the blogging and reporting that's been done on the now-infamous nailhouse, Davesgonechina takes a long look back—two, actually—and still finds many unanswered questions.

Japan: Chuoism

  12 April 2007

Late last year blogger Joi Ito brought us a post on the Chiba Newtown Chuo, a “designed from scratch community in the middle of nowhere near my house.” This week he brings us photos.

South Korea: Investment or infantry for Iraq?

  12 April 2007

In light of today's meeting between Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, ROK Drop blogger GI Korea asks if 2,300 Korean businessmen might be able to do more for the Arab nation right now than the same number of Korean soldiers in ‘Less Zaytun, More Hyundai‘.

Japan: Ethnic Korean prefect candidate

  12 April 2007

Ongoing election bloggage from the eponymously-named debito blogger: “Read on to hear about a naturalized Korean-Japanese’s campaign for a prefectural seat in Osaka, campaigning his Korean roots overtly.“

Japan: New local law blog

  12 April 2007

As if the powerhouse China Law Blog weren't enough, now there's the new Japan Law Blog. Via gen at the Gen Kanai weblog.

Japan: Old pols, crimes and porn

  11 April 2007

Plenty of discussion on ComingAnarchy blogger Curzon's ‘Japan Roundup‘ post this week looking at three current stories: the fading popularity of Shintaro Ishihara, the recently-reelected governor of Tokyo, the hot-button issue of WWII comfort women, and navy officer's possible leak of information related to Japan's missile defense program.

China: Shanghai correspondents gather

  11 April 2007

In an age of declining numbers of English-language foreign correspondents, the few remaining in Shanghai are making the most of the moment, the latest in a series of related posts from Shanghai-based Dutch China consultant and China Herald blogger Fons Tuinstra.

Japan: Salarymen

  11 April 2007

In case you think a salaryman is the person in the accounting department on whose best side you want to be, the an englishman in osaka blogger brings us photos and metered prose that might clear things up.

China: Losing the lottery

  11 April 2007

Via China Digital Times, Roland Soong at EastSouthWestNorth translates a report from Southern Weekend looking at the spread of the illegal “Mark 6″ lottery throughout Southern China.

China: The lives of retired athletes

  11 April 2007

Professional Chinese athletes are known to undergo some of the toughest training regimens in the world, but does this prepare them for post-competition careers? Roland Soong at EastSouthWestNorth translates a recent post from marathoner-turned-blogger Ai Dongmei, “If my child wants to be an athlete, I'll break her legs first.”

China: Google playing dirty

  10 April 2007

Google got some positive bloggage of its recently-released Chinese-language input software, and then Chinese bloggers discovered some impropriety in the program code, leading to Google's apology.

China: Blogger to hang up column

  10 April 2007

Imagethief blogger Will Moss writes of plans to end his career as the Little Red Blog columnist for tech news website CNET next month: “China geeks with a writing jones who are interested in carrying the torch should get in touch.”

China: Renewed unrest in Dingzhou?

  10 April 2007

Pro State In Flames blogger Moogee writes yesterday of a freeway roadblock in Hebei province's Dingzhou village which allegedly lasted forty minutes, led to a 500 vehicle-long traffic jam and disrupted train service. [zh]

China: Queer Tibet

  10 April 2007

Did you know Lhasa, capital of Tibet, has its own gay bar? Gay bloggers too. Via Jeremy Goldkorn at Danwei, that and more from correspondent Dinah Gardner.

China: On Wang Xiaobo ten years later

  10 April 2007

Blogger and Life Weekly editor looks back at another renowned cultural critic—Wang Xiaobo, on the tenth anniversary of Xiaobo's death, how he relates to works from someone a generation older than him, and how Xiaobo ended up on the cover of Life Weekly. [zh]

China: Greening rock ‘n’ roll

  10 April 2007

Kaiser Kuo, strategy director at Ogilvy China blogs on a recent meeting with two stylish Greenpeace campaigners and their plans to “promote green consciousness” at the Midi Music Festival in Beijing next month.

China: Inner-city toxics plant protested

  7 April 2007

In November last year, construction began on a chemical plant in Haicang district, located on Xiamen island in the capital of Southwestern China's Fujian province, slated to produce the solvent toluene, terephthalic acid, benzene and, for example, an expected annual output of 800,000 tons of the toxic para-xylene which, according...

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