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International Women’S Day: Readings Around The Web, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

International Women’S Day: Readings Around The Web

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

1. Shanghaiist has a Women’s Day post that includes an interesting Al Jazeera report on Wu Qing, a women’s rights activist and district People’s Congress representative. The video follows Wu Qing as she teaches at Beijing’s Rural Women Training School, instructing village women on their constitutional rights and encouraging them to pursue education and employment opportunities.


Yo! Aas Is Coming To The City Of Brotherly Love, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham 2010 National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

Yo! Aas Is Coming To The City Of Brotherly Love, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

I’d very much like to be in China this month, as several cities are hosting big literary events that feature many authors I’ve followed for the past several years, and whose names are probably familiar to regular China Beat readers. In Beijing, the Bookworm International Literary Festival is welcoming Graham Earnshaw (The Great Walk of China, March 6), Jonathan Tel (The Beijing of Possibilities, March 8; two excerpts are here and here), and Jeremy Goldkorn (Danwei, March 18). The Shanghai International Literary Festival is also boasting a program chock-full of talks I’d love to hear, such as ...


A House Museum Café: Part 2, Leksa Chmielewski 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

A House Museum Café: Part 2, Leksa Chmielewski

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

As I chat with the librarian-cum-barista, a Shanghainese family comes in and starts looking over the menu. They order three different kinds of imported coffee and as the librarian lights the flame percolator, I ask her whether there are differences between Shanghainese visitors and those from other areas of China.


A House Museum Café: Part 1, Leksa Chmielewski 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

A House Museum Café: Part 1, Leksa Chmielewski

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

In American museums, the museum gift shop or café stands as a constant reminder—before exhibit visits, after them, even in between them—of the dire financial straights in which nonprofits chronically find themselves. Museum gift shops and cafes are multiplying in Chinese museums too, even though the vast majority of Chinese museums are state-affiliated and enjoy full government funding. Chinese academics who work with museums lament that the Chinese museum scene still has much to learn from the American nonprofit-based system—but if that implies budget cuts, layoffs and a proliferation of museum shops selling finger-puppet versions of classic ...


China’S Communist Party: Two Glimpses Inside, Thomas Kellogg 2010 Fordham Law School

China’S Communist Party: Two Glimpses Inside, Thomas Kellogg

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

On August 16, 2010, China reached yet another milestone in its decades-long breakneck run of economic development: it became the world’s second largest economy. According to official economic data, China surpassed a still-struggling Japan, leaving it behind only the United States in terms of overall economic size. Some analysts predicted that China could pass the US to become the world’s largest economy as early as 2030.


Symbols: Liu Xiaobo’S Nobel Peace Prize, Paulina Hartono 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Symbols: Liu Xiaobo’S Nobel Peace Prize, Paulina Hartono

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Liu Xiaobo is, and now is probably much more so after Friday’s announcement, one of China’s most well-known dissidents—or activists, depending on the term you prefer. Most people who have heard of him know about his hand in penning part of Charter 08, a manifesto based on Charter 77, which advocates broad democratic political reform and human rights protections in China. Those who are more familiar with Liu’s name know of him for his hunger strike in Tian’anmen, or his prolific number of essays published in print and on the Internet.


Liu Xiaobo And The Nobel Peace Prize: Readings And Reactions, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Liu Xiaobo And The Nobel Peace Prize: Readings And Reactions

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

When we heard of Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize win last week, we quickly reached out to a variety of China Beatniks and asked for either their reactions to the news or links to any writings they had done on Liu in the past. Below are some of the responses we received.


Readings On Liu Xiaobo And The Nobel Peace Prize, Part 2, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Readings On Liu Xiaobo And The Nobel Peace Prize, Part 2

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Many more commentaries about Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize have been published since we collected an initial round of readings on Friday. Here’s the latest:


First Reactions: Liu Xiaobo Wins Nobel Peace Prize, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

First Reactions: Liu Xiaobo Wins Nobel Peace Prize

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Here in California, we woke up early this morning to the news that Liu Xiaobo had indeed been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. There’s been an outpouring of coverage in the hours since Liu’s win was announced, which will surely continue in the days to come; at the moment, “Liu Xiaobo” and “Nobel Peace Prize” are also in Twitter’s top-ten trending topics worldwide. We’ve been combing through news stories and tweets and put together this quick list of readings:


Jean-Philippe Béja On Liu Xiaobo, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Jean-Philippe Béja On Liu Xiaobo

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

In only a few hours, word will come from Oslo and the world will know whether or not this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner is Chinese activist and author Liu Xiaobo, currently serving an eleven-year prison sentence for “subverting state authority.”Speculation about Liu’s odds has been running at a fever pitch this week, so much so that Irish bookmaker Paddy Power made an early payout to those who had put money on Liu by Tuesday. Authorities in Beijing, however, have made it clear that this is one international prize that China doesn’t want to win.


China’S Population Destiny: The Looming Crisis, Wang Feng 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

China’S Population Destiny: The Looming Crisis, Wang Feng

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Observers of China’s rise, when assessing the implications for global peace and prosperity, have largely focused their attention on the country’s economy, on its energy and resource needs, on the environmental consequences of its rapid expansion, and on the nation’s military buildup and strategic ambitions. Yet, underlying all these dazzling changes and monumental concerns is a driving force that has been seriously underappreciated: China’s changing demography.


California Dreamin’ At China’S World’S Fair, Jeffrey Wasserstrom 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

California Dreamin’ At China’S World’S Fair, Jeffrey Wasserstrom

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Shanghai can be a surreal place to visit in ordinary times. This is due to the juxtaposition of buildings, modes of transportation, and lifestyles that seem to belong to not just different decades but different centuries. And this aspect of the city was heightened for me last summer by the presence of the 2010 World Expo.


Links, Links, And More Links, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Links, Links, And More Links

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

• The Economic Observer has started a new column that provides a roundup of the commentary and op-ed pieces contained in each week’s newspaper and also a few of the opinion pieces that appear on the EO‘s website. The most recent column can be found here. The EO has also begun providing abstracts of its monthly Book Review; check out September’s lineup here.


New Readings On Mega-Events And Matteo Ricci, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

New Readings On Mega-Events And Matteo Ricci

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Two of the scholarly publications on our radar have new China-related content online:


Gao Xingjian, Wolfgang Kubin, And The Nobel Prize Debate Ten Years On, Sebastian Veg 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Gao Xingjian, Wolfgang Kubin, And The Nobel Prize Debate Ten Years On, Sebastian Veg

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Chinese literature and its significance or insignificance is a continued subject of heated debate in China. From May Fourth, when anti-traditionalist thinkers called on literature to assume a pioneering role in transforming subjects into citizens, to its use as propaganda during World War Two and on both sides of the Strait after 1949, it was seen as a crucial vector of political ideas. During the “Enlightenment” of the 1980s, literature was again called upon to play a central – though politically very different – role in helping society come to terms with the officially still taboo traumas of the Cultural Revolution. However ...


Coming Distractions: Chinese Whiskers, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham 2010 National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

Coming Distractions: Chinese Whiskers, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Pallavi Aiyar’s 2008 memoir, Smoke and Mirrors: An Experience of China, details the six years she spent living in Beijing, first teaching English and then becoming a reporter for The Hindu. Now stationed in Brussels with the Business Standard, Aiyar’s articles tend to focus on topics such as Belgium’s cultural conflicts and theuneven parallels drawn between India and China. For this reason, I was quite surprised to learn that Aiyar’s second book, to be released by Harper Collins India in early 2011, is a story of Beijing narrated by two cats: Tofu and Soyabean, the protagonists ...


Planning To Write A China Book? Just Say No, Jonathan Watts 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Planning To Write A China Book? Just Say No, Jonathan Watts

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

We wrote to Jonathan Watts to ask him to write a commentary on the book tour he’s been on to promote When a Billion Chinese Jump, which included a stop at UC Irvine, but he said he was too busy being whisked from champagne receptions to meetings with Hollywood directors seeking to buy the film rights to the book to craft something suitable. Watts was, however, good enough to offer us permission to run (in slightly trimmed-down form) a piece he wrote—with tongue firmly in cheek—for a 2009 issue of the newsletter of the Beijing Foreign Correspondents ...


Shanghai Mourns Victims Of High-Rise Fire, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Shanghai Mourns Victims Of High-Rise Fire

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Thousands of Shanghai residents gathered on Sunday to mourn the victims of last week’s fire at Jiaozhou Road. Adam Minter has a thoughtful post on the mourning procession (as well as links for further reading) at Shanghai Scrap; Marta Cooper’s blog . . . in Shanghai has photos from the assembly. At the Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report, watch a short video about Sunday’s gathering. On Twitter, users have been marking their thoughts on the fire and its aftermath with the hashtag #jiaozhoulu.


“Life, It’S Been Said, Is One Big Book…”: One Hundred Years Of Qian Zhongshu, Christopher Rea 2010 University of British Columbia

“Life, It’S Been Said, Is One Big Book…”: One Hundred Years Of Qian Zhongshu, Christopher Rea

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Headlines about China have been looking the same for some time now. “The China story” always seems to be political: labor riots and their suppression; sabre-rattling over Taiwan and cultural erasure in Tibet; catastrophic earthquakes and official ineptitude; internet censorship and jailed dissidents (the latest being Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo). Even ostensibly good news, such as the Chinese government’s investment in wind power, becomes yet another story about how China is going to eat our lunch.


China By The Numbers: The Chinese Professor And The Red Emperor, Charles W. Hayford 2010 Northwestern University

China By The Numbers: The Chinese Professor And The Red Emperor, Charles W. Hayford

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Remember those jailbirds who know all of each others’ jokes? They don’t tell the whole joke, just shout out the number from the jokebook. Our public discourse on China has something of the same quality. Instead of shouting out a number, however, somebody “shouts out” a word or an image which evokes a whole China story. These stories can be persuasive, poetic, or insightful, but when we only “shout out” the number, then we don’t have the chance to examine the whole story. Painful facts or challenges to venerable beliefs can be papered over when the story is ...


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