Robert Woo

I am a college student coming from Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. I am studying economics, political sciences and international relations and a whole bunch of other stuff at Macalester College in Minnesota. During my spare time I am interested in astronomy, science news, history, cycling, street-walking, hiking, camping and others’ lives.

China, a chaos of 1.3 billion types of phenomena; China, caught between now and then, right and left, east and west, power and rights, interests and conscience, stability and unrest, “harmony” and progress; China, my own motherland — is the single biggest mystery that I still struggles to understand. I wish writing at Global Voices Online could help me move closer to some kind of comprehension.

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I also run this signature-collecting website www.yangguangchina.com for supporting public official asset disclosure in China. Check it out!

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Latest posts by Robert Woo

China: Do Chinese people live with dignity?

  10 March 2010

China’s top leader has made a historic statement regarding human rights and human dignity which has posed both doubts and meaningful questions. During this year's Spring Festival, China's Premier Wen Jiabao made the unusually phrased statement that his government vowed to "make Chinese people more dignified".

China: Netizens make fun of charges for hacking Google

  23 February 2010

The so-called ‘Operation Aurora’, which attacked Google and at least 33 other western conglomerates, allegedly originated from two Chinese universities, according to a recent New York Times story. One of these ‘universities’ is, in fact, an obscure 4th- tier vocational school in Northern China. It is Shandong Lan Xiang Advanced...

China: Amateur short film satirizes internet censorship

  17 February 2010

Famous amateur film-maker, Hu Ge, has recently made a new satirical piece on the Internet censorship in China. The 7-minute piece, ‘Animal World: the Home-living Animal’ is styled as an animal-planet type of documentary and has attracted hundreds of thousands of views in a matter of a few days. The...

China: The end of 32-year-long football “Korea-phobia”?

  11 February 2010

China’s football (soccer) team beat South Korea by 3-0 in the East Asian Men’s Football Championship in Tokyo on Wednesday. The victory created a storm of euphoria among China’s sports fans and netizens, as South Korea stood at the heart of Chinese football’s decades of embarrassment, corruption and failures. For...

China: How does the young generation view Confucius

  24 January 2010

A rumor circulated on the web that all the 2D versions of Avatar have been pulled out of the Chinese cinemas to make way for the domestic movie Confucius. Despite reports like this, government officials quickly denied it. Yet like all rumors, even if wrong, they may contain a kernel...

China: Law or Justice?

  28 November 2009

According to Chongqing Evening News, by November 15th 2905 suspects had been arrested during a massive crackdown on gangs in the municipality of Chongqing, a major city with 30 million population and provincial status. The campaign was unprecedented both in its scope and its depth as it brought down a large number of government officials including...

China's Dark Satanic Mills

  28 October 2009

On Oct. 14th, Chinese photographer Lu Guang won this year's $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his photos on China’s environment. The Fund’s website posts the following paragraph describing Lu Guang’s project: Lu Guang has been documenting the ecological disasters in China resulting from the rapid growth...

China: Why Zhu Rongji remains popular

  11 September 2009

A new book of transcripts of major press meetings attended by China’s former Premier, Zhu Rongji (朱镕基), (the second-ranking leader) has immediately become a best-seller. As a statesman, he was popular for his relative openness and frankness.

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