An American in Huaibei

everydayhybridity:

Occupy Central has now been termed Umbrella Revolution. A selection of images on twitter show how the umbrella has become iconic in the last 24 hours.

sinistercrafty:

I’m from Hong Kong. Even if you’re not from here please take a minute. Young people from high school and university have sacrificed their time, safety and even their potential futures to protest in unison against the PRC (People’s Republic of China). Hong Kong has been promised democracy and it has not been kept. These young people know the value of solidarity as they protest peacefully. Last night the police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the civilians. The police are doing their jobs and the civilians want a peaceful resolution. As of now they are ignored and have not been given what they as the people of the city have been promised. Please reblog or share this with the world to show your support for HK and its amazing young generation.
Image from Heman Chong source unsure.

sinistercrafty:

I’m from Hong Kong.
Even if you’re not from here please take a minute. Young people from high school and university have sacrificed their time, safety and even their potential futures to protest in unison against the PRC (People’s Republic of China). Hong Kong has been promised democracy and it has not been kept. These young people know the value of solidarity as they protest peacefully. Last night the police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the civilians. The police are doing their jobs and the civilians want a peaceful resolution.
As of now they are ignored and have not been given what they as the people of the city have been promised.
Please reblog or share this with the world to show your support for HK and its amazing young generation.

Image from Heman Chong source unsure.

hongkongstrikenow:

reblog or upload it anywhere you want

spread the word

IT IS TRUE. 

Live stream.

无人机拍的 / drone flyover.

一直在更新 / live updates.

fireinthehob:

    • The protests are being held in order to achieve universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Although democracy had been promised for 2017 in 2008, China announced this August that Hong Kong people would only be able to vote from a pool of 2-3 specially selected candidates (all of whom would definitely have pro-China sentiments) 
    • University students held a week-long boycott of classes to protest for true democracy in Hong Kong 
    • Today riot police were deployed against peaceful protesters. Equipped in full riot gear the police used pepper spray to deter the protesters, mainly students and youths but also some elderly people have reported being sprayed point blank 
    • It is estimated that over 50,000 people have joined the protest and this number continues to grow
    • This is the largest political protest in Hong Kong since our independence from the UK in 1997 
    • Although the protests remain peaceful, police have now started to use tear gas and have brought out long guns loaded with rubber bullets (there hasn’t yet been a report of any bullets being shot)
    • Over 80 arrests have been made including students as young as 16 for taking part in these protests
    • They are cutting cell phone receptions in the protest area so that people can’t share any information
    • Violence is increasing as police continue to instigate protesters
    • All this comes right before the October 1st celebration of the 65th anniversary of founding of the People’s Republic of China 
    • There are rumours that the PLA (the Chinese army) are going to be brought into the city tonight 

More facts about Hong Kong:

      • We run under a one country, two systems policy with China meaning that we are part of China but have our own government and laws. 
      • Protests for universal suffrage have been held throughout the summer but these are the biggest yet 
      • Anti-China and anti-government sentiments are at their highest levels yet. Survey results showed that 1 in 5 people are thinking of emigrating from the city. 
      • In June, China issued a white paper essentially telling Hong Kong to remember their place and re-asserting their authority over the city

The scenes from the protest look awful. In my 17 years in Hong Kong I’ve never seen anything like it. The world needs to know about this and say something before we get a recurrence of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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I hope everyone stays safe. Hong Kong stay strong. 

tartarsaucegaryen:

Starting on Monday, thousands of university students in Hong Kong have been gathering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Tamar Park (outside the government offices) to protest the National People Congress (NPC) of China’s decision to restrict the right to vote for Chief Executive, the city’s highest political leader in 2017.

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Article 45 of the Basic Law (Hong Kong’s own mini-constitution implemented after the handover from Britain to China in 1997) states that the Chief Executive should be chosen by universal suffrage as an eventual goal. Time and time again the Communist Party of China have dodged/shut down any democratic progress. Last month the NPC announced that they would continue using the 1200-member committee, consisting of members loyal to the Communist Party, to vote for our CE.THIS IS ILLEGAL. THIS IS SHAM DEMOCRACY AND SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED.

The sit-in of university students belongs to a movement called ‘Occupy Central with Love and Peace’ and is led by The Hong Kong Federation of Students (schedule and declaration of the strike included). This act of civil disobedience consists of absolute non-violence. It consists of free public lectures offered by university professors and writers on topics like Orwell’s ‘1984’, history of Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy, Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fight to end injustice etc etc. I was one of the students sitting in Tamar Park on Tuesday and Thursday and it was one of the most rewarding, educational and, I must emphasise, peaceful political activities I have ever witnessed.

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On Friday, high school students led by the student group Scholarism joined in the protest. They marched to Civic Square, pleading for our current CE to come out of his offices and listen to their requests, just like he promised during his ‘campaign’ in 2012. More and more citizens joined in the protest after work.

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The police started cutting off access to Civic Square, which is a publicly owned area. They used shields to form a blockade against the protestors and started pushing them back. When people resisted with umbrellas, they started using clubs and pepper spray on the protestors, who started putting both of their hands up to show they are unarmed. Many students who managed to rush in Civic Square are arrested, including the leading of Scholarism. Many of them have visible injuries caused by police brutality and some of them still haven’t been released from police custody.

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THE FIGHT IS STIL GOING ON. PEOPLE ARE STILL CROWDING OUTSIDE CIVIC SQUARE AND TAMAR. Resources are running thin and the police are still threatening violence. Some of my friends are at the protest and they are continuing the struggle despite the risks. It is predicted that the police will escalate their brutality with tear gas, more pepper spray and water cannons against innocent, peaceful protestors, many of them teenagers.

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You can watch Occupy Central live here: x (Apple Daily livestream)

I know tumblr is a US-centric place but PLEASE PLEASE SPARE A SECOND TO REBLOG THIS POST. Hong Kong is a tiny city. We are anything but a formidable force in international politics. The only thing we can do is raise awareness among the world and force our corrupt government to answer to our protests. 

PLEASE HELP US. 

Articles on Occupy Central (English): x (The Economist), x (BBC News),x (Mail Online), x (Newsweek), x (CNN), x (Right Now I/O), x (NY Times)

Updates (Chinese): x (Campus TV, HKU), x (Apple Daily), x (Amnesty International Hong Kong), x (InMedia HK), x (926政總現場消息發佈)

香港加油!

简直太合适了。台湾加油!

新闻报道翻译 2 / Translation of a News Article 2

链接 / Link: http://m.weibo.cn/1829200405/3759197633712036?sourceType=sms&from=1045595010&wm=4209_8001

原本 / Original:

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【4小时26分!“平板支撑”世界纪录被中国人打破了!】今晚,43岁的北京特警毛卫东在世界吉尼斯见证官和300多位特警队员的见证下,以4小时26分的成绩,打破由美国人保持的3小时07分“平板支撑”吉尼斯世界纪录。毛卫东称,之所以坚持4小时26分,是因为4月26日是他妻子的生日。你能撑多久?(北京晚报)

翻译 / Translation:

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4 Hours and 26 Minutes! The world record for “planking” has been broken by a Chinese! This evening, with an official from the Guinness Book of World Records and over 300 of his fellow officers on hand, 43 year-old Beijing SWAT team member Mao Weidong broke the 3 hour, 7 minute planking record previously held by an American. Mao stated, the reason he held out for 4 hours and 26 minutes was because the 26th of April is his wife’s birthday. How long could you stay up? (Beijing Evening News)

照片 / Photo:

http://photos.caijing.com.cn/20140927/3711306.shtml

China got the internet in 1994. But soon after, the government started working on ways to restrict it. Here’s a list of all the major sites that are now blocked.

Social media

Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Google Hangouts, Google Blogspot, WordPress.com, Line, KakaoTalk, TalkBox, selected Tumblr sites, FC2, Soundcloud, Hootsuite, Adultfriendfinder, Ustream, Twitpic

Newspapers and media

New York Times, New York Times Chinese, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Businessweek, BBC Chinese, Chosun Chinese, WSJ, WSJ Chinese, Flipboard (international version only), Google News, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, LiveLeak, Break, Crackle, selected international Wikipedia pages, selected Chinese Wikipedia pages, Wikileaks

Search engines

Google, DuckDuckGo, Baidu Japan, Baidu Brazil, Yahoo Hong Kong, Yahoo Taiwan

Work and productivity

Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Slideshare, iStockPhoto, Google Drive, Google Docs, Gmail, Google Translate, Google Calendar, Google Groups, Google Keep

Online tools

Flickr, Google Play, Google Picasa, Feedburner, Twitter URL shortener, Google URL shortener, Bit.ly, Archive.org, Pastebin, Change.org, 4Shared, The Pirate Bay, OpenVPN

Redux: gagging Google

Yes, a lot of those are Google services. Let’s recap the Google blocklist in full:

Google search, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Translate, Google Calendar, Google Picasa, Google Groups, Google Keep, Google Voice, Google Wallet, YouTube, Google Earth, Google Earth, Google Chrome homepage, Google Code, Google Blogspot, Google Feedburner

3 feet high and rising.

“不要变成你年轻的时候最痛恨最厌恶的那种成年人。”

“你都要保持自己的操守跟底线。”

“你不是一个禽兽,你是一个人。”

她说的都很对——在中国代购实在太大了。18岁后你就算大人了,你的生活就是在你的手里的,由你决定,还有你万万不要向上一代学坏:腐败,头脑封建,愚民,等等。

“我不是来适应社会的,我是来改变社会的。”

优酷链接

"You don’t want to turn into the kind of adult you hated or despised when you were young."

"You need to maintain your integrity and bottom line."

"You’re not a beast, you’re a human being."

What she says is absolutely right—in China the generation gap is just way too big. At 18, you’re an adult, your life is in your hands, you can make your own decisions and you shouldn’t have to follow the bad examples of the previous generation: corruption, feudal thinking, ignorance, and so on.

"I’m not here to adapt to society, I’m here to change society."

新闻报道翻译 1 / Translation of a News Article #1

链接 / Link: http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/sports/breakingnews/1095231

原本 / Original:

三连霸!台湾景美拔河队逆转胜夺金牌

〔记者游蓓茹/台北报导〕台湾景美师大拔河联队,昨天(31日)在美国举办的2014年世界杯室外拔河锦标赛500公斤组赛事中,勇夺冠军!从2010年南非世界杯、2012年瑞士世界杯到今年2014美国世界杯,在500公斤组锦标赛中,台湾女子代表队完成了三连霸的纪录,再度写下亚洲体坛新记录!

昨天的赛事,从预赛开始就紧张万分,虽然在第一轮预赛中仍见负于瑞典与瑞士,以第三名进入4强准决赛。四强赛先打败瑞士队、挺进冠亚军战,最后面对强敌瑞典无所畏惧,以2比0气走强敌,赢得金牌!

景美女中表示,尽管选手都已经受伤流血,仍坚持在场上拼搏到最后一刻,展现战力!台湾选手没让国人失望,也没让世界失望,夺下亚洲百年来第一面室外锦标赛金牌,4年内,景女再写历史,完成三连霸。

选手高巧宜甚至强忍受伤右手,努力比完预赛,她说,因为自己是团队一份子,要为台湾争光。

教练郭升说,即使在预赛中落败于瑞典与瑞士,但选手仍能凭借平时扎实的肌耐力训练,以维持住体能和对手持续对抗,然后便能完美执行攻防战术。

领队林丽华表示,500公斤锦标赛真可用「高潮迭起,精彩绝伦」来形容,「逆转胜」连一旁转播的大会司仪都啧啧称奇。

昨台湾景美师大拔河联队的对手为:瑞典、瑞士、荷兰、西班牙、南非、美国、比利时与德国等共计8支强劲队伍的挑战,夺冠后北市长郝龙斌、教育局长林奕华也第一时间去电祝贺。

翻译 / Translation:

Three-Peat! Taiwan’s Jingmei Tug of War Team Finds Reversal of Fortune, Takes Home Gold

(Reporter Lu Beiru / Taipei) Yesterday (the 31st), the Taiwan Jingmei tug of war team valiantly came out as champions in the outdoor, 500 kilogram class of the 2014 Tug of War International Federation World Championships, held in the US. Starting from the 2010 TWIF World Championships in South Africa, to the 2012 Championships in Switzerland and finally the 2014 Championships in America, the Taiwanese female delegation saw through a three-peat in the 500 KG class, once again rewriting Asian sports history.

Starting from the preliminary bouts in yesterday’s contest, the squad was extremely nervous. Although they still found themselves losing in the first rounds to Sweden and Switzerland, they took third to secure a place in the final four. In the final four, they first beat Switzerland, advancing to the championship and ultimately squaring off with a formidable Sweden unit, undaunted, sending them packing with a score of 2 to 0 to win the gold medal.

Some of the Jingmei girls said that even though their teammates were injured and bleeding, they still fought on and persevered to the very end, putting their military-like prowess on display. The team would not let their compatriots down, nor the people of the world, taking home the first outdoor-championship gold medal in Asia in a hundred years. In a span of four years, the Jing girls have again written history, pulling off a three-peat.

Player Gao Qiaoyi even braved an injury to her right hand, sticking it out to finish the match. Because she was a part of the team, she felt she should strive to bring honor to Taiwan.

Coach Guo Sheng felt that even after falling behind Sweden and Switzerland in the preliminaries, the players could still rely on their accustomed, solid muscular endurance and training, drawing on stamina and a continued determination to overcome their opponents. Only then could they execute a perfect mix of offensive and defensive strategies.

Team leader Lin Lihua said, the 500 KG championship could really be described as a “climax, unsurpassed.” With such a reversal of fortune, even the announcers were shaking their heads.

Yesterday, the team’s opponents included: Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, the US, Belgium and Germany, eight strong teams representing quite the challenge.  After winning the championship, Taipei mayor Hao Longbin and Education director Lin Yihua promptly sent their congratulations.

chinadigitaltimes:

Cartoonist Badiucao offers a comment on Ai Weiwei’s surprise appearance on a CCTV-1 late night sketch show last week. While the appearance was brief—Ai uttered no more than three words—Badiucao sees the high-profile dissident’s image making it on to state television as akin to flipping the Party the bird. Watch Ai’s appearance here.

chinadigitaltimes:

Cartoonist Badiucao offers a comment on Ai Weiwei’s surprise appearance on a CCTV-1 late night sketch show last week. While the appearance was brief—Ai uttered no more than three words—Badiucao sees the high-profile dissident’s image making it on to state television as akin to flipping the Party the bird. Watch Ai’s appearance here.