Where does the truth about Lhasa come from?

Hong Kong based Roland Soong translated following essay from Chang Ping’s blog: When the Lhasa incident occurred, rumors were spreading all over the streets even as the Chinese media kept its usual silence. For several...

Southern Weekend’s Investigative Report on the Chongqing “Nail House” – ESWN

ESWN just translated another long article from the Chinese media about the Chongqing “Nail House”: A Southern Weekend report titled “The Inside Investigation of the Chongqing ‘Nail House’” written by Zhang Rui (º†ÊǶ): On the evening of March 27, Yang Wu, the owner of the building on number 17, Hexing Road, Yangjiaping, Chongqing, appeared on […]

The Zhengzhou University Town – EastSouthWestNorth

From EastSouthWestNorth blog: In China, Henan province is the largest province in terms of population and the fifth largest province in terms of GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Yet its capital city Zhengzhou is ranked outside of the top twenty cities in China in both population and area size. The only way Zhengzhou was going to […]

Critical Reading In China – ESWN

From EastSouthWestNorth blog: In the aftermath of the Freezing Point episode, there has been a rash of overseas Chinese-language reports on the unofficial but powerful group inside the Central Publicity Department (=Central Propaganda Department). If I were paranoid, I would think that there is a concerted campaign to eliminate this group. The following is a […]

The Huananxincheng Story – ESWN

From EastSouthWestNorth blog: An incident happened on February 15, 2006 in Guangzhou. Shortly afterwards, there was a systematic attempt by the immediately affected persons to post the story onto the Internet and keep it going. This story then drew the attention of many more people and it simply will not die. Here is the translation […]

HK blogger fills East-West, North-South gaps – John Ruwitch

From Reuters (link): More than 8,000 readers a day clicked on Roland Soong’s blog last year and the number keeps rising, but he isn’t doing it for money or fame. “I wouldn’t know what to do with my time otherwise,” the soft spoken author of EastSouthWestNorth said in a recent interview over a Cantonese lunch […]

Fireworks in Beijing, and Journalistic Guidance – Wang Xiaofeng

From EastSouthWestNorth blog: Here is the official statement as published in Beijing News report on February 3, 2006: [In translation] “From Chinese New Year’s Eve up to now, the total number of fires is slightly more than in the same time period last year, as the number of fires caused by fireworks has increased slightly. […]

Between east and west – Justin Mitchell

From the Standard: For China watchers, one of the most influential Hong Kong and mainland media figures is a 56-year-old blogger and non-journalist who lives with his 79-year-old mother and a maid on Kadoorie Hill in Kowloon. His blog is essential reading for reporters, ranging from those from the New York Times, Washington Post, the […]

The Girl Who Sold Herself To Save Her Mother – Tan Renwei

From Southern Metropolis Daily (in Chinese), translated by EastSouthWestNorth: [in translation] A pretty female university student offered to “sell herself” on the Internet in order to save her seriously ill mother — this incident had an eye-catching start, a series of climaxes in between, and an ending that nobody wanted to see. Chen Yi, who […]

Internal Reference Materials in China -ESWN

From The EastSouthWestNorth Blog: For someone who has any familiarity with the official Chinese media — especially the Xinhua news agency — the impression must be that if Chinese government officials have to rely on...

The blog is mightier than the sword

In the Standard, an article about Hong Kong bloggers, including ESWN and Glutter: There are more than 50 Hong Kong-based blogs that run the gamut from personal to political, that are adding voice to a growing grassroots democracy movement that may be virtual in presence but very real in the belief it represents: that Hong […]

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