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Mike Steketee: Kowtowing to China

From The Australian: Once a month, Alexander Downer signs a certificate banning adherents of Falun Gong from displaying banners and making excessive noise outside the Chinese embassy in Canberra. The Foreign Minister has been doing so for the past two years because, as his department explains it, he has determined that in accordance with the […]

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BBC:Web demo launches hip-hop in China

From BBC NEWS: A demo placed on the internet has triggered the initial success of one of China’s first hip-hop groups, Hi-Bomb. Hi-Bomb – composed of Lionel “Little Lion” and Shang Hao – rap in English, Mandarin and the Shanghainese dialect. Their success was triggered by Lionel placing a demo on the web – which […]

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Ting Wai: Zhao Ziyang and the Development of China’s Democracy

From South Korea’s Digital Chosunilbo: Starting from around mid-1980s, Chinese intellectuals started to enjoy an exceptionally free and stimulating atmosphere. They dared out to speak on how to reform the nation, not only on the economic, social and cultural arena, but also on the political institutions and political culture. I remember that during the period […]

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Anna Kisselgoff: Chinese Expression Through Modern Dance

From The New York Times: Today the Beijing Modern Dance Company will be making its first performance of “Rear Light,” a modern dance piece to the music of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” at the Joyce Theater in New York. The article states that modern dance has become a medium of individual expression in a country […]

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Who Should Be in China’s Jails

From The Christian Science Monitor: “Anyone who’s visited a backstreet market in China’s capital has probably been accosted by someone selling inexpensive music CDs, movie DVDs, or computer software. The discs themselves are made in China. Cheap labor sees to that. But the information on the discs – the new ideas and creativity – mostly […]

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The Mongolians Are Coming to China! With Heavy Metal!

From the New York Times today: “China built the Great Wall more than 2,000 years ago to keep out invaders from the north. But the Chinese are having a harder time repulsing modern interlopers like these: long-haired Mongolian men in black, whose office décor features a wolf pelt, a portrait of Genghis Khan and a […]

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Chinese take the ‘gangsta’ out of rap

Via, the Los Angeles Times had an interesting article today about hip-hop music in China. “China, accomplishing what millions of disapproving American parents could not, has tamed hip-hop music. Instead of often obscene and violent inner-city tales, Wang and other leading rappers here are taking to the stage with lyrics that glorify national pride, […]

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CDF Conference: Lessig on “Core Blindness”

Stanford Law professor Lawrence Lessig spoke about the “core blindness” on press freedom that exists in the United States. It is easy, he said, to see the core blindness in another culture, like China, with its well known attempts to monitor or limit access to the Internet. But it is harder to identify the blindness […]

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Finding Steel Mouse

From movies, fashions to pop music, mainland Chinese have for decades taken cues from their more affluent and cosmopolitan Hong Kong cousins. A new editorial in the Asian Wall Street Journal suggested that the Chinese may now be able to copy another formerly unlikely trend in their fast changing society: civil liberty.

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