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Where To Begin: New Perspectives On Chinese Labor, Mark W. Frazier 2010 University of Oklahoma

Where To Begin: New Perspectives On Chinese Labor, Mark W. Frazier

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Studies of labor in China have taken an exciting turn in recent years with the publication of numerous rich and revealing portraits of workers, their jobs, and their place in Chinese politics and in the global economy. As thousands of migrant workers employed in auto parts suppliers for Toyota and Honda went on strike in May and June of 2010, some headlines heralded a political coming of age for China’s migrant workers. While it’s too early to assess the impact of these strikes, it is clear that migrant workers have gained a level of organizational sophistication and political ...


A Transcendent Moment In The Land Of Haibao, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

A Transcendent Moment In The Land Of Haibao

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

I’m finally in Shanghai, where the Gumby-like Haibao is amazingly even more omnipresent than the last time I was through (and then he seemed to be everywhere). I’ve come to check out the Expo, see some new sites, catch up with some old friends, do a bit of traveling, and, as I noted in an earlier post, take part in a dialog on World’s Fairs past and present with Nick Land (that took place a few days ago) and host a weekly series of “Cosmopolitan Conversations” with assorted writers at the Glamour Bar at M on the ...


Google And China: The Analysis Continues, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Google And China: The Analysis Continues

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Almost three weeks have passed since Google’s January 12 announcement that it would be reconsidering its Chinese operations, and although the company has not yet indicated a final decision about its future in China, the issues raised by this matter have sparked a number of thoughtful analyses. Yesterday, China Beatfeatured a piece by Geremie Barmé on “The Harmonious Evolution of Information in China”; below, some more recent commentaries on the Google and China story that have gotten our attention:


Reading Round-Up, 1/31/2010, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Reading Round-Up, 1/31/2010

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

1. While quite a few writers have discussed the Avatar-versus-Confucius battle currently going on in Chinese cinemas (China Beat posts on the subject can be found here and here), the December 2009 issue of China Heritage Quarterlyincludes a piece by Gloria Davies and M.E. Davies on another attention-getting film, The Founding of a Republic. The authors point out that the movie, released to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the PRC’s founding, is notable for setting forth a new narrative about the events leading up to October 1, 1949:


The Harmonious Evolution Of Information In China, Geremie R. Barme 2010 The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

The Harmonious Evolution Of Information In China, Geremie R. Barme

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

As the contretemps involving Google’s conflicted presence in the People’s Republic of China unfolds, it is timely to recall one anniversary that passed by all but unnoticed in 2009: that of a covert Cold War-era clash between John Foster Dulles and Mao Zedong in 1959. This overlooked anniversary is worth recalling now, since it is of particular relevance to contextualizing the remarks—and the Chinese response to those remarks—that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made regarding Internet freedom and US policy at the Newseum in Washington on 21 January 2010 (see here for full text of ...


Over Exposure, Lisa Movius 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Over Exposure, Lisa Movius

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

“The Expo story that couldn’t be printed.” That’s what editors at Shanghai’s City Weekend magazine found they had on their hands several weeks ago, when Chinese censors deemed the story below “too negative” to run. A revised version was subsequently submitted, approved by the censors, and printed in the January 20, 2010 issue. City Weekend decided not to post the original story on its website as planned, as they were told it was inadvisable due to an official caution against publishing media reports critical of the Expo. Here, we are pleased to share with China Beat readers ...


Lessons From Sichuan For Haitian Survivors, Sascha Matuszak 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lessons From Sichuan For Haitian Survivors, Sascha Matuszak

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

China has just sent its second medical team to Haiti, along with 20 tons of supplies and five Chinese peacekeepers to replace the four who died in the earthquake that destroyed Port-au-Prince on January 12th. The current group replaces a set of Chinese International Search and Rescue workers and sniffer dogs who arrived in Haiti the day after the disaster struck.


Over Exposure, Lisa Movius, Shakhar Rahav 2010 University of Haifa

Over Exposure, Lisa Movius, Shakhar Rahav

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

“The Expo story that couldn’t be printed.” That’s what editors at Shanghai’s City Weekend magazine found they had on their hands several weeks ago, when Chinese censors deemed the story below “too negative” to run. A revised version was subsequently submitted, approved by the censors, and printed in the January 20, 2010 issue. City Weekend decided not to post the original story on its website as planned, as they were told it was inadvisable due to an official caution against publishing media reports critical of the Expo. Here, we are pleased to share with China Beat readers ...


The Tao Of Avatar — And Why This Sort Of Movie Cannot Be Made In The Prc At This Point In Time…, Sam Crane 2010 Williams College

The Tao Of Avatar — And Why This Sort Of Movie Cannot Be Made In The Prc At This Point In Time…, Sam Crane

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

We saw Avatar last night (I know, I’ve been on a movie kick of late…). It was visually stunning. The story was unremarkable: a melodramatic morality tale (the good guy wins in the end!). But it did have a couple of Taoist elements, which were no doubt quite consciously incorporated into the story.


The Political Economy Of Avatar’S Chinese Adventure, Stanley Rosen 2010 University of Southern California

The Political Economy Of Avatar’S Chinese Adventure, Stanley Rosen

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

There’s been a lot of discussion of the political meanings that can be read intoAvatar and how this might relate to it being pulled from or simply ending its run in some Chinese theaters. As a political scientist with a long-term interest in the Chinese film industry, and the fate of Hollywood movies in China, and someone who is interested in the working of SARFT (the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television), here are four things worth keeping in mind when considering the situation:


Christ In Pingyao, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Christ In Pingyao

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

In the old town of Pingyao, right next to the Confucius temple, Christmas banners still hang on a Catholic Church, built 1910. Mr Zhang, housesitting the Church while its priest is away, stands messianically in his room, shortly after his quiet attempts to convert me.


China’S Promise, Geremie R. Barme 2010 The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

China’S Promise, Geremie R. Barme

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

The year 2009 was marked by a series of important anniversaries in the history of the People’s Republic of China. Some of these were commemorated with due pomp and circumstance in the official media and dissected at length during learned gatherings and discussions. Others, those events that I think of as ‘dark anniversaries’, passed by in an atmosphere of heightened alertness, surveillance and official anxiety. Dark anniversaries are the signposts of quelled protests, social unrest and state violence, events such as the 1959 rebellion in Lhasa, the shutting down of the Xidan Democracy Wall in Beijing in 1979, the ...


Analysis Of The Recent Made-In-China Campaign, Hongmei Li 2010 University of Pennsylvaina

Analysis Of The Recent Made-In-China Campaign, Hongmei Li

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

China has recently launched its first global advertising campaign about products made in China. A 30-second television commercial, sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of China and four Chinese trade associations, has been running on CNN, the Headline News and International Asia TV channels in the United States since November 23, 2009. Costing tens of millions of Yuan, the commercial was scheduled to run for six weeks. The commercial also started to run in some parts of Asia starting in December 2009.


Travelogue, Delhi-Beijing, Pallavi Aiyar 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Travelogue, Delhi-Beijing, Pallavi Aiyar

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

The plane burps to a halt and almost immediately everyone is on their feet, jostling to open the over-head lockers, reaching high for their strolleys. My head feels stuffed with lead and I marvel at the nimble alacrity of my fellow travellers, at 3:00 in the morning. Slowly we shuffle off the Air China flight and make it into the inadequately-air conditioned environs of Indira Gandhi International Airport.


More On Google + China, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

More On Google + China

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Now that we’ve all had a few days to think deeply about the Google + China story, lots of commentaries and opinion pieces are coming across the wire. Here’s a sampling of those that caught our attention over the weekend:


Five C’S On China, Censorship, And Cyberspace, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Five C’S On China, Censorship, And Cyberspace

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

We’re continuing to track the Google and China story, and wanted to call your attention to these particularly good pieces of writing — each of which brought a “c” adjective to mind:


Blogging Aas 2010 (2), William Callahan 2010 University of Manchester

Blogging Aas 2010 (2), William Callahan

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

One of the pleasures of going to a conference is seeing what free goodies you can scam from various institutions. Lots of free pens were proffered by various publishers. A Chinese press was giving out some trinkets — but for some reason not to me. The International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden) was once again giving out sheer canvas bags loaded with their newsletter and other readable items. UBC Press offered 50-year-old issues of Pacific Affairs for the antiquarians among us, as well as more recent issues.


Blogging Aas 2010, Shellen Xiao Wu, Daniel Little, William A. Callahan 2010 Princeton University

Blogging Aas 2010, Shellen Xiao Wu, Daniel Little, William A. Callahan

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

As many of our readers are already aware, the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting is taking place this weekend in Philadelphia. The largest annual gathering of Asia scholars in the world (this year there will be about three thousand in attendance), the AAS meeting brings together university-based and independent scholars and writers who work in fields ranging from history to political science to literature and studying cultures and countries across Asia.


Google.Cn & Beyond: Politics Of Digital Media, Silvia Lindtner 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Google.Cn & Beyond: Politics Of Digital Media, Silvia Lindtner

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

A bit more than two months ago, on January 12, 2010, Google released an official statement on its corporate blog that described the company’s plan to push back over censorship of search results on Google.cn. The following is an excerpt from that statement, which was inspired in large part by sophisticated cyber attacks against Gmail users that originated from within China:


Capturing Chinese With Help From Lu Xun, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Capturing Chinese With Help From Lu Xun

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

We’ve run several posts on Lu Xun at China Beat recently (including this one by Julia Lovell and this one by Sean Macdonald). While Lovell’s new translation of Lu Xun’s stories caters to an Anglophone audience, Kevin Nadolny wanted to create a reader that made Lu Xun more accessible to Chinese-language learners. His new text, Capturing Chinese: Short Stories from Lu Xun’s Nahan, features a fully glossed text of Lu Xun’s short stories so that language learners can focus on reading and comprehension rather than their dictionaries. Here, Kevin answers questions about his motivations for ...


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