Tag Archives: China

Sinica: Weibo comment shutdown and end of the expat package

After a longish break I was back on Sinica to discuss this week’s three-day comment moratorium on the Chinese microblogging services and the evergreen “death of the expat” topic. David Wolf was the other guest, with Jeremy Goldkorn and Kaiser … Continue reading

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Rectified.name: Facebook’s China Playbook

As you have undoubtedly heard by now, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend* were spotted in Shanghai on Wednesday. This has lead to a completely predictable round of speculation as to whether this signals some new development in Facebook + China. This sort of navel … Continue reading

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Rectified.name: I apologize if anyone felt killed

Apologies are an under-appreciated art. Most apologies crafted in the name of public relations sound intrinsically weaselly, often because the people making them are preoccupied with saving their prior reputation rather than getting past the mistake and rebuilding trust. I … Continue reading

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Imagethief gets Rectified

Over the years I’ve been invited to contribute to many group blogs. I’ve penned the odd piece or two, but in most cases I’ve declined the invitations. Even when I was blogging a lot –Remember those days? Think, George W. … Continue reading

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What I learned from Dashan

I don’t have much time for social Q&A site Quora, I confess. It seems to combine the narcissism of blogging (I should know!) with the politics of Wikipedia editing in all sorts of odd ways. I signed up early, lurked … Continue reading

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Holiday special: An advanced socialist dessert culture

In my years here, I have participated in passionate and heated debates on virtually all aspects of Chinese politics and society. What is the true nature of the government? Can the Chinese educational system produce creativity? Is the country rising … Continue reading

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The almighty soft-power princess bomb

Chinese soft-power is doomed. I came to this conclusion a couple of weeks ago. The message was delivered in the form of a guy in a mouse suit on ice skates, and I received it loud and clear when Mrs. … Continue reading

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Remembering Talk Talk China and the “Cycle of Funk”

A lot has changed in the China blogosphere since I first put (virtual) pen to paper for Imagethief in June, 2004. I can’t think of many blogs that are still around from those days in anything like their original form. … Continue reading

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Missing children and how parenthood killed my chances of being a manly-man

Stick with me here, because I want to plug Charlie Custer’s work-in-progress documentary, Living with Dead Hearts, but before I do I need to go into some history. It’s clear in hindsight that I was never really meant to be … Continue reading

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Sinica: The gutter oil podcast (and props from City Weekend!)

I was back on Sinica this week for a lively discussion of China’s serial and apparently unsolvable food quality problems as well as SARFT’s recent ban on Hunan TV’s smash hit performance competition show, “Super Girl.” As usual, the guests … Continue reading

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