Archive for March, 2010

Not much left to talk about… China bans 18 topics from media

BEIJING, March 26 (UPI) — The Chinese government has notified the country’s media outlets of 18 subjects banned from reporting, including corruption, yuan revaluation and food safety.

Liu Yunshan, director of the Communist Party’s publicity department, faxed the notifications to newspapers and radio, TV and Internet news outlets Sunday, one day before Google Inc. announced it was pulling its search Web site from the country, The Asahi Shimbun reported Friday.

The banned subjects include problems in Tibet and the Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region, difficulties faced by graduating students seeking jobs, the rising price of cooking oil and reports on criticism against China from U.S. officials and other international leaders.

“Most of the subjects that people are interested in have been banned. We don’t know what to report on,” an official at a Chinese newspaper told The Asahi Shimbun.

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吃不消 Food Inc in China

吃不消 Food Inc

Interesting translation of Food Inc., 吃不消 chībuxiāo means “unable to stand” (as in exhaustion, exertion) made up of individual characters
吃 to eat
不 not or no
消 to consume, use, disappear, remove or spend.

I’m going to guess this is a Chinese “original” as the original Food Inc is not even a book but a documentary (available for download and DVD) — and very much worth watching.

Human Flesh Search Engines in 中国

Illustration by Leo Jung

Fascinating article “Chinese Cyberposse” in New York Times Magazine about Chinese “human flesh search engine” (人肉搜索引擎 rénròusōusuǒyǐnqíng) phenomenon accompanied by wonderful calligraphic illustrations by Leo Jung.

Feng decided to get revenge on the human-flesh searchers. He and a few other users started a human-flesh search of their own, patiently matching back the anonymous ID’s of the people who organized against Diebao to similar-sounding names on school bulletin boards, auction sites and help-wanted ads. Eventually he assembled a list of the real identities of Diebao’s persecutors. “When we got the information, we had to think about what we should do with it,” Feng says. “Should we use it to attack the group?”

Feng stopped and thought about what he was about to do. “When we tried to fight evil, we found ourselves becoming evil,” he says. He abandoned the human-flesh search and destroyed all the information he had uncovered.



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