Day: November 4, 2009

Civil War Stops for a Day in Mexico to Celebrate Chinese Unity

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Chinese nationalism / Cultural Politics / Pensee

For all the bellyaching by various Western commentors (including myself) about the various distortions, omissions, and portents of the PRC’s celebration of its 60th anniversary, something good indisputably resulted from that event: peace, for a day, in the wartorn Mexican border city of Tiujana. Tiujuana has been absolutely besotted for many months with internecine drug violence, gang warfare, and random violence.  It is a city basically under martial law, but without much sense of security, […]

Follow-ups on Wen Jiabao’s Pyongyang Trip

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Sino-North Korean relations

The Martyrs’ Cemetary which Wen went to is actually, according to this Chinese news site, about 100 kilometers east of Pyongyang. I had always imagined that this bust looked down upon a valley.  Now it appears it looks at a wall.  Fortunately Wen Jiabao had respectful — yet somewhat loaded — words for the dead, stated in a “轻声 [light/simple]” voice:“岸英同志,半个世纪了!我代表祖国人民来看望你。祖国现在强大了,人民幸福了。你安息吧 [Comrade Anying, half a century has passed!  I represent the people of the motherland […]

Bridge Blogging He Jian

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Cultural Politics / East Asian modernity / U.S.-China Relations

Danwei.org recently carried a very thought-provoking lecture by the Chinese heavy-metal (and now media consultant) pioneer Kaiser Kuo about Chinese and American “confrontations in cyber-space.”  (The Danwei post and the streaming video of the lecture are available here.)  In it, the author describes briefly the need for more “bridge blogging,” which I define as bloggers translating one another’s work, doing the kind of connecting that is necessary to show that the Great Firewall of China, […]