John Kennedy · August, 2007

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

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Latest posts by John Kennedy from August, 2007

China: Bringing blogging to the countryside

  26 August 2007

Three years ago this man shot to fame when he blogged a bloody murder that took place in broad daylight downtown Beijing and the botched police handling of the case. Now a veteran of the citizen reporter game, he's taking his blog on the road, to rural northern China.

China: Blogs deleted, barred and officially backed

  18 August 2007

An eventful week on the backside of the Chinese blogsphere with an entire blogging website desisted, one high-profile blog deleted and another put on the unmentionable list; two web 2.0 companies battle it out in the courts and one novice blogger tries to gain readers the nouveau-riche way.

China: Chongqing home buyers cheated

  13 August 2007

Don't mess with Chinese homeowners. A property development company in one central Chinese city tried backing out of an agreement which left empty-handed people who thought they had already bought a new home and led to angry and destructive retaliation, including clashes with police that netizens are saying turned violent.

China: One Olympics, One Voice?

  9 August 2007

European and American fighters for press freedom have infiltrated the capital, Canadian-Tibetan activists have gone underground and blogged from around the country about what's been called the Darfur Olympics, the Gas Mask Olympics even the Coming Out Olympics, so basically now the Pick Your White Elephant Olympics. But when one...

China: Blogger goes to court

  6 August 2007

Back in late February, bridge blogger I, Yee wrote a post on the plight of Yetaai, an open source programmer in Shanghai who had noticed that a website of his had been blocked. Yetaai did some tests and discovered the problem originated within the China Telecom network, so he phoned...

China: Lost names of the brick kiln slaves

  5 August 2007

Following up on the horrific brick kiln slave scandal from earlier this summer, one journalist blogger has launched an online campaign to find the names and whereabouts of the more than three hundred freed kiln slaves the government failed to release, and to correct the faulty details on the small...

China: Bad time to invest West

  3 August 2007

“Timing is everything, seasoned investors tell us,” and EngagingChina blogger Geoff Nairn writes in ‘Bad Timing‘, “and the Chinese government's much-publicised recent decision to start investing directly in western companies has proved to be particularly badly timed.”

China: Are aluminum prices fixed?

  3 August 2007

Lou Schwartz at the Asia Business Intelligence blog manages a very detailed and clear analysis of the fluctuations in aluminum prices over the last fifty years in ‘Price-Fixing in China? Case-in-point: the Aluminum Industry‘.

China: Baidu rolls out 1GB blogs

  3 August 2007

Chinese search engine Baidu has announced its Baidu Space bloggers now have 1GB of server space to work with, writes China Tech Stories blogger Mao Xianjia, making “hi.baidu one of the largest personal album service on the web.“

China: Nokia's Creative Commons infringement?

  3 August 2007

“Everybody can freely use my Flickr pictures under the Creative Commons license, and because of that they end up on many websites,” writes Shanghai-based blogger Marc van der Chris in ‘Nokia copyright infringement?,’ where he writes of finding one his photographs on the cellphone company's Europe site: “And amazingly they...

China: Net buzz trends for first half of 2007

  3 August 2007

Sam Flemming of the China Internet Word of Mouth blog has posted the first bi-annual review for 2007 from the consulting firm of the same name, noting a focus on three new areas: L+K+P IWOM Philosophy, Online Video Gains Foothold, and Netizens’ Online Collaboration.

China: $100 laptops made here, just not sold

  3 August 2007

The US $100 laptops are being made in China, writes Shanghaiist‘s Mathew Seigal, and two hundred million people in this country earn less than one US dollar a day, so why hasn't the Chinese government gotten with the program? “It looks like Chinese children will only be able to get...

China: Motorbikes banned in Dongguan

  3 August 2007

“Today is the last first day of a month that motorcycles can legally ride the streets of Dongguan,” wrote manufacturing executive and blogger A. Bryson on August first. “Come September 1 they are banned.”

China: Why not marry an Army man?

  2 August 2007

Bill Belew at PanAsiaBiz takes a look at the top five reasons China Youth Daily says two-thirds of Chinese women want to marry military men, the results of a survey taken to coincide with yesterday's Army Day in China: “My experience from when I was in the military is that...

China: Photos from a Chinese factory

  2 August 2007

The Responsible China blogger Erica Schlaikjer links to a “wonderful collection of photos and videos depicting the 24/7 lives of Chinese factory workers” in ‘Life in a Chinese factory‘.

Hong Kong: Queen's Pier protesters carried off

  2 August 2007

More than twenty-four hours after the hour the Hong Kong government was slated to begin destruction of the Queen's Pier in downtown Hong Kong, writes Sina blogger and Phoenix TV journalist Rose Luqiu Liuwei, did police finally move in at ten a.m. yesterday morning, first sealing off the scene and...

China: Literary review blog back

  2 August 2007

Staff writer at the Chinese media news blog Danwei Joel Martinsen is back from beyond the great firewall of China with Twelve Hours Later, the latest location of Martinsen's ongoing translation and review of Chinese science fiction, fantasy and mainstream fiction.

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