This is What Sino-Japanese Friendship Looks Like

Congratulations, Japan, and thank you Toyota.  [And thanks to Singularity Hub and the tongue-twisting Daily Discovegestionary Babel for the links.]  You have now officially captured the hearts of the Chinese people by designing a robot that not only has perfect bow placement and can vibrato on long notes, but one that plays Chinese folk songs at the Shanghai Expo.  This is a feat that not … Continue reading This is What Sino-Japanese Friendship Looks Like

Study in Contrasts: US and France Regard the Shanghai Expo

I spent part of this weekend watching American diplomats on C-SPAN describing how great everything is going at the American pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.   Hillary Clinton, having tactfully boxed President Karzai into a corner in his recent visit to Washington, is finally focusing again on East Asia. Conducting foreign wars with the help of corrupt allies, it seems, has a way of usurping … Continue reading Study in Contrasts: US and France Regard the Shanghai Expo

China Youth Daily’s Report on the North Korean Pavilion in Shanghai

Zheng Pingping[郑萍萍], “After 159 Years, North Korea Participates in its First World Expo [159年后,朝鲜首次参加世博会],” China Youth Daily [中国青年报], May 1, 2010.  Translation by Adam Cathcart. 4月30日,即将揭开大幕的世博园区里略显安静,第一次参加世博会的朝鲜馆朴素亮相。“世博会是中国的喜事,我们把中国的喜事当成自己的喜事一样高兴。”世博会试运行期间,朝鲜馆负责人、朝鲜商业会议所副会长李成云几乎整天都站在馆门口,微笑迎接观众。这是自1851年英国伦敦举办第一届世博会以来,朝鲜第一次参加世博会。朝鲜馆成为很多中国游客的目标,高峰时期进入朝鲜馆,要排队半个小时左右。来上海参加世博一日游的常州市民李健,购买了一幅朝鲜的工艺画后,又回到入口,向佩戴着金日成头像的李成云询问画家的名字。  李成云对《中国青年报》记者说,朝中友谊历史久远,四五十岁的中国人都对《卖花姑娘》这样的朝鲜歌曲耳熟能详,所以要借世博会的机会,给上海市民、中国人民带来惊喜,给他们留下今日朝鲜的好印象。 On April 30, the eve of the curtain-raising ceremonies, a site within the World Park district sits slightly quietly, the simple debut of a North Korean pavilion at a World Expo.  Li Songyun [李成云], the Vice-Director of the … Continue reading China Youth Daily’s Report on the North Korean Pavilion in Shanghai

North Korea in the Huanqiu Shibao

In a short report on Chinese tourist trains now moving into North Korea, the Huanqiu Shibao (Global Times) reiterates that Kim Jong Il will likely soon be in China.  It comes, as usual, via a paraphrase of a “foreign media” outlet, an outlet, which, in this case is quoting Chinese media.  It is, in other words, an incredibly circuitous way of China clearing the way … Continue reading North Korea in the Huanqiu Shibao

Scenes from Shanghai / JingDaily Update

In preparations for the World Expo 2010, the city of Shanghai is changing even more rapidly than usual.  Do yourself a favor and check out this excellent montage of images in the form of a French television report: Shanghai 100 jours avant l’Expo 2010 – Ma-Tvideo France2. Additionally, regular readers of Sinologistical Violoncellist might be interested to note that the blog is being featured over … Continue reading Scenes from Shanghai / JingDaily Update