Postwar Hong Kong in 1947 and more from Life magazine, via Shanghaist.
Personal tragedies can leave many people simply wanting to accept their lot, give up on life and disappear completely from view. Others prefer to see personal adversity as a challenge and battle to overcome it; one such such woman is Liao Zhi, from Sichuan Province, who finished the 2013 Shanghai International Marathon wearing two prosthetic limbs.
Took a class out for some impromptu football, which was unfortunately cut short after someone hurt their hand, but it was fun.
Some two dozen journalists employed by The New York Times and Bloomberg News have not yet received the visas they need to continue to report and live in China after the end of this year. Without them, they will effectively be expelled from the country. Visiting Beijing earlier this week, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden met reporters from The Times and Bloomberg and told them he had raised the issue in his meeting with China’s top leaders. Next week in Washington, U.S. lawmakers will hold a roundtable under the auspices of the Congressional Executive Commission on China to discuss China’s treatment of the foreign press.
Some great commentary here. China File has just been on fire lately—a seemingly endless pool of China experts and scholars.
China has the world’s most sophisticated censorship mechanism, and it can be very difficult for outsiders to understand how it works and what exactly is censored.
Several projects are devoted to shedding light on the situation by studying Sina Weibo, the most influential social media platform in China with more than 500 million registered users and 54 million daily active users, according to June 2013 figures. The China Digital Times has a “Ministry of Truth” section that collects directives from the country’s propaganda authorities to media outlets and censored terms in Sina Weibo’s search engine.
Read our collection of leaked propaganda directives here.
Got the debates going again this week, I realized that in previous weeks I hadn’t been pitting them against each other enough. This time I got them good and riled up, and this was the result (and it didn’t hurt that they’re really great students).
Equal parts bold and beautiful: China’s earliest surviving nude photo taken by 郎静山 (Lang Jingshan) in 1928.
Indifference to society is what distinguishes today’s young generation of Chinese from his own, Cui Jian, the musician whose song Nothing To My Name became the anthem of the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests, said in an interview with the South China Morning Post.
"Most of the young people forget about politics," said the man often called the godfather of Chinese rock.
The 52-year-old rocker performed to an adoring crowd at the Clockenflap music festival in Hong Kong last night, after a six-year hiatus.
To many in China, Cui Jian is not only the country’s biggest rock star, he is also one of the most popular critical voices in the country.
Banned from performing at large venues in the 1990s because of his veiled condemnation of the Tiananmen crackdown, he has managed to stay in the spotlight as director and musician.
"Many people used our music to represent their own political thoughts," Cui said. "That is something of great pride."
A quarter century after the bloodshed, Cui remains just as outspoken, and laments a lack of political awareness and interest among China’s youth.
"It’s sad [because] some things are the same; there is no change; we don’t have to cheat ourselves," Cui said. "Of course, everybody is getting rich, everybody has a higher quality of life, but some things never change. The young people don’t want to see it, but it’s the same."
The musician, who has said he’s still waiting to be shocked by the new generation of mainland musicians, said a balance of politics, economics and culture was essential for a nation’s creativity to thrive.
"I recently found out there are three Chinas - one is ideology, one is the economy, one is the emotion, the culture, the history. But the problem I can see is, these three are fighting each other," Cui said. "Most of the young people, they forget about politics, just want the other two. It’s not our balance; I don’t want to see it."
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