Day: September 14, 2009

Translation Queue and Forthcoming Blog Features

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French / My Publications / North Korea-Japan relations / North Korean border region

What’s coming up this month on Sinologistical Violoncellist, among other things: Translations: 1) Arnaud Vaulerin, “Japan. Disparu de la Guerre Froide [Japan: Disappeared in the Cold War],” Liberation, 11 March 2009. –An interview with the parents of Megumi Yokota and a look at Japan’s culture of commemoration. 2)Philippe Pons, “Enquête: Deux héroïnes très contestées [Investigation: two very controversial heroines], Le Monde, 9 September 2009. — An investigation of Euna Lee and Laura Ling’s cross-border excursion […]


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Art / Chinese nationalism / Cultural Politics / Sino-French Relations / Sino-German Relations

It’s been a few weeks, but I returned to JustRecently’s Beautiful Blog this evening and can confirm that he is completely on fire / en fuego. For God’s sake, the man illustrates his blog with his own drawings: His takedown of China’s “NetNanny” is a short, punchy, and unparalleled satire on the mindset of Chinese government censors.  Writing as the “Net Nanny,” a running character on his blog: My job is a heavy burden. I […]

Cultural Demolition in Kashgar: A Liberation Special Report

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China / Chinese nationalism / Cultural Politics / East Asian modernity / French

From the standpoint of the newspaper addict, Paris is a glorious city.  Although it leans further toward the (French) center of the political spectrum than Jean-Paul Sartre’s leftist daily of choice L’Humanite, the journal quotidienne of choice for this reader is Liberation. The paper covers Asia sporadically but with great insight, including provocative articles about Beijing artist/architect Ai Weiwei (see “Fuck Pekin,” 17 June 2009), European outsourcing of aerospace to Tianjin, internet censorship in June […]