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Critical Masses, Commerce, And Shifting State-Society Relations In China, Ying Zhu 2010 University of New York, College of Staten Island

Critical Masses, Commerce, And Shifting State-Society Relations In China, Ying Zhu

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

This essay is based on the script of a talk Ying Zhu gave at Google’s New York offices on February 12, 2010. Sections in bold were not part of the original talk, but have been added by the authors to tease out some of the issues that were left without further elaboration due to time constraints.


Peter Hessler At Uci, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Peter Hessler At Uci

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

A few images from today’s “conversation” between Peter Hessler (currently on tour to promote his newest book, Country Driving) and Ken Pomeranz at the University of California, Irvine, with almost 100 in attendance.


Continuing Coverage Of Country Driving, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Continuing Coverage Of Country Driving

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

We’ve reviewed Country Driving, and have been reading what others think of the book as well. Reviews are appearing in a variety of places: just a few we’ve seen are at Urbanatomy, The Boston Globe, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune.


Rebuilding, Paul Katz 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Rebuilding, Paul Katz

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Just over five months have passed since the devastation wrought by Typhoon Morakot, and the survivors of the Siaolin Village 小林村 tragedy are coping as best they can with a lot of help from their friends, charitable organizations, and the government. However, the effects of the disaster still linger. Over 400 bodies of victims buried or washed away in the mudslide that followed hours of torrential rains will never be recovered, and there is not a large enough tract of arable land in the unscathed portions of Siaolin, or even all of Chia-hsien Township 甲仙鄉, to rebuild a community sufficient ...


Another Side Of The Shanghai World Expo: Forum On Ict And Urban Development, Susan Brownell 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Another Side Of The Shanghai World Expo: Forum On Ict And Urban Development, Susan Brownell

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

This posting marks my return to blogging after a break following my participation in the founding of The China Beat in 2008 with my postings from Beijing leading up to the Olympics. Contacts I made during the Olympics led to an invitation to do some informal work for the Forum Department of the Expo Organizing Bureau, and so I am now in Shanghai and blogging about China’s second mega-event.


Jia Zhangke Does Shanghai…And Other Notes From The Field, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Jia Zhangke Does Shanghai…And Other Notes From The Field

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

In addition to checking out the Expo (something I’ve blogged about before and will blog about again) and hosting a series of dialogs at M on the Bund’s Glamour Bar (the last of which takes place this Sunday at 2:30 and will find me in conversation about writing for the web and for print with Evan Osnos of the New Yorker magazine and the excellent “Letter from China” blog), I’ve been trying to take advantage of any opportunities that come along in terms of local cultural events. On the whole, I think I’ve been very ...


Reading Round-Up: China And India, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Reading Round-Up: China And India

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

• At the Wall Street Journal, Shefali Anand explains why India’s stock market is currently outperforming China’s:


Me, Wang Hui, And Liberal Wishy-Washy-Ness, Peter Zarrow 2010 nstitute of Modern History, Academia Sinica.

Me, Wang Hui, And Liberal Wishy-Washy-Ness, Peter Zarrow

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Wang Hui is a cultural historian and critic, and professor at Qinghua University in Beijing. He was for several years editor of Dushu, a serious general interest magazine perhaps roughly — very roughly — equivalent to the Atlantic monthly in the US. He is also known as a leader of the so-called “New Left” intellectuals, who highlight the costs of economic liberalization, global capitalism, and rigid Western-style modernization policies. Early this year, charges of plagiarism began to appear concerning some of some of Wang Hui’s work. He has since been subject to numerous attacks, including ad hominen blog attacks.


Joan Hinton (1921-2010), Charles W. Hayford 2010 Northwestern University

Joan Hinton (1921-2010), Charles W. Hayford

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Joan Hinton died last month in a Beijing hospital at the age of 88. It was surprising that so many mainstream American newspapers ran detailed obituaries. Hinton had lived in China since 1948, mostly running dairy farms, and she didn’t go out of her way to address Americans, as did her brother, William, author of the classic Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village (1967). She did publicly attack American imperialism — in 2006, she displayed a T shirt reading “F—k Bush” in Chinese.


Two Pku Professors On China’S Youth, Alec Ash 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Two Pku Professors On China’S Youth, Alec Ash

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

In late May and early June, I interviewed professors Zhang Weiying and Pan Wei of Peking University (known as ‘Beida’). I wanted to know what the generation who grew up in the Cultural Revolution thought of the generation who grew up in the Consumer Revolution – and who could be leading China in thirty years. Here’s what they said.


World Cup, World Expo, And “Third World” Links, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

World Cup, World Expo, And “Third World” Links

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

This is shaping up to be a big year for cities of the Global South (or what in the past was more often called the “Third World”) to serve as first-time hosts for mega-events, whether of the top-tier variety (defined here as those, like the Olympics, that involve or at least could involve more than a hundred countries) or of the second-tier type (those like, say, the Pan-American Games, that draw in nations belonging to just one region or having something else specific in common). Starting with a pair of second-tier but still major sporting events, October will find New ...


Reading Round-Up, 7/10/10, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Reading Round-Up, 7/10/10

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Apple is opening its first Shanghai location this weekend, the kickoff to what one analyst describes as a planned “major invasion” of China (Apple projects that it will open twenty-five stores on the mainland in the next eighteen months). Read a New York Times article on the new store here; see here for pictures of the store up at Shanghaiist. The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report blog has an account of the store’s launch party here.


“The Heritage Of Shanghai”, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

“The Heritage Of Shanghai”

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Read about all things Shanghai in the latest issue of China Heritage Quarterly, now online. In the “Features” section, you’ll find a photo essay on “Shanghai Modern” by Lois Conner


One Day, Two Birthdays, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

One Day, Two Birthdays

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Most of the people in Philadelphia this holiday weekend have come for the Fourth of July festivities, such as readings of the Declaration of Independence and tours of Independence Hall. This year, however, a special event was part of the city’s eleven-day “Welcome America!” celebration: on Saturday, July 3, a street fair in Philadelphia’s Chinatown marked not only the 234th birthday of the United States, but also the 140th birthday of the Chinatown neighborhood itself (the district’s founding is dated to the establishment of a laundry at 9th and Race Streets in 1870). The afternoon was filled ...


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 ...


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:


Lu Xun, Mao Zedong, Perhaps A Badger, Sean Macdonald 2010 University of Florida

Lu Xun, Mao Zedong, Perhaps A Badger, Sean Macdonald

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Urbanatomy has been running a series called “Why I Write” for the past several months, and we’ve noticed that when asked for their favorite Chinese author, many interviewees name Lu Xun (though Ian Johnson is a vocal dissenter). It’s likely that Lu Xun’s work will be known to even more non-Chinese speakers in the future, since Julia Lovell’s new translation of his complete fiction has hit bookshelves — read an excerpt from her introduction here, and see Jeff Wasserstrom’s review of the book here. So many decades after his death, why does Lu Xun remain one ...


Behind The Wheel, About To Snap, Peter Hessler 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Behind The Wheel, About To Snap, Peter Hessler

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

. . . A photo, that is. Below, Peter Hessler shares some of the photographs he took while traveling across China doing research for his latest book, Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory. Read our review of Country Drivinghere; for other takes on the book, check out Jonathan Yardley’s review at theWashington Post, and Adam Daniel Mezei’s write-up at his blog.


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.


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