John Kennedy · April, 2006

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

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Latest posts by John Kennedy from April, 2006

China: Kidnapping impacts family

  26 April 2006

Beijing or Bust blogger Wu Hao—now considered by Reporters Without Borders to have been kidnapped by the Chinese state—has in these two months of illegal detention missed not only his own birthday party but that of his father's as well [zh].

China: Detained writers remembered

  26 April 2006

Has it really been a year since Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong was charged by China for spying? And two months since Beijing or Bust blogger Wu Hao's arrest for what has yet to be announced? AsiaPundit‘s myrick reminds us in ‘lest we forget’.

China: Photoblogs—translation not needed

  26 April 2006

In the write-at-your-own-risk world of blogging in China, there are no fine lines between what's acceptable, what will get you blocked and what will get you thrown in jail. Lists of words and topics appear from time to time, but nothing official has ever been released. It's tragic. What for...

China: Technorati blocked

  26 April 2006

Technorati has been blocked. Albeit limited, Technorati used to be the best Chinese-language aggregating one could hope to get.

Hong Kong: Health hazard ignored

  25 April 2006

sevenyearsinChina‘s Han Girl stayed up late one night last week to show us why it wasn't in Hong Kong television station TVB's best interest to cover a recent report from Greenpeace which found levels of pesticides—some banned in the European Union—in vegetables sold in the city's two largest supermarkets at...

China: America's oil foe

  25 April 2006

China Confidential‘s Confidential Reporter continues to make the case that China and the United States are locked in a race to the bottom of the world's oil barrel. “Like a player in a modern version of the Great Game—the classic contest between the British empire and Czarist Russia for mastery...

Japan: Online language learning

  25 April 2006

Chris Bunting at Buyo shares his discovery of two free online Japanese learning tools: one mouse-over pop-up translator and a vocabulary-drilling role playing game.

Japan: China's military buildup

  24 April 2006

In Hostile Maneuvers, Reloaded, Curzon at Coming Anarchy traces increases in Chinese military spending since the 1990s in the context of Japan's ratification of the American Missile Defense Plan.

Japan: Tokyo's consecutive earthquakes

  24 April 2006

A series of small earthquakes in Tokyo every day this past week have left Jesse Jace at Chorus, Isolate, Confirm a little shaken up: “As if to punctuate the phenomenon with an extra-heavy bullet point, there was a sudden tremor no more than five seconds after I had the idea...

China: Today's Canton captured

  24 April 2006

Frances at Supernaut continues with the visual and textual representating of Guangzhou, one of China's largest cities, with posts on an upcoming DJ delight, the city's third modern dance festival, a photo tour through the largely undeveloped old city and the sci-fi endlessness of the south side of the Pearl...

China: Human rights news

  24 April 2006

Two interesting stories from the many this week on China Activist Weekly: statistics behind the country's death penalty and the hunger strike which following the Chinese New Year has seen many leading Chinese activists and intellectuals imprisoned, which last year's diplomatic defector to Australia Chen Yonglin calls “the biggest freedom...

China: Photoblogs allow exchange

  24 April 2006

Photoblogs can not only get around keyword filters but language barriers too. Beijing-based Ziboy has invited his photoblogging peers to send in contributions to his exhibition to be held in China's capitol this coming Saturday, which will “[use] the form of photoblogs on the internet to promote exchange and understanding...

Taiwan: Regional aggregator coming

  24 April 2006

Prominent Taiwanese blogger Portnoy has started an English-language blog, Portnoy in Between. First up? Time to see a Chinese-language blog aggregator. “It is nothing about English hegemony;” he writes of Asia247 set to open June 4, “it is about how to communicate effectively, how to break the language divide, and...

China: Hu's heckler footage

  21 April 2006

Chinese media guru Jeremy Goldkorn of Danwei links to Youtube footage of Chinese president Hu Jintao being heckled at the White House late last week. “Are you nuts man?,” asks one reader. “You are going to get blocked.”

China: Missing persons unbloggable

  21 April 2006

With screenshots and a statement from Microsoft, the Asiapundit blogger counters the assumption of some that the MSN Spaces blog of illegally-detained Beijing or Bust blogger Wu Hao‘s sister Nina has been blocked: “There was an outage of the service for those who were using China Telecom's ISP service –...

China: Anti-Japanese sentiment analyzed

  21 April 2006

With a prediction of diplomatic repercussions carrying over well into 2006, AngryChineseBlogger looks at the root causes, location and total cost of damages incurred during violent anti-Japanese protests in many cities across China in early 2005.

China: Hu Jintao heckled

  21 April 2006

Richard and readers at The Peking Duck add to the discussion on Chinese president Hu Jintao's heckler at the White House yesterday: “I admire this woman's courage though I don't in any way admire her organization. I don't see anything wrong with the way she was handled, though there's something...

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