Tag Archives: Nationalism

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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Russians show how brush off a sensitive situation

Unless you live in refrigerator box behind Longtan Amusement Park and get all your news by cranial signal from space aliens in orbit around Jupiter (admittedly, a possible part of the Imagethief demographic), you’ve probably heard about the latest batch … Continue reading

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Who collided with whom in the Diaoyu islands?

The Japan Probe blog, using material drawn from the ever-reliable ChinaSmack, has contrasted Japanese and Chinese news illustrations of the recent collision of a Chinese fishing boat and Japanese coast-guard vessel in the Diaoyu islands. As you can see from … Continue reading

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General alarm!

Another day, another soldier shooting his mouth off (metaphorically). Or, more accurately, publishing a book calling for China to work toward military primacy. From Reuters: China should build the world’s strongest military and move swiftly to topple the United States … Continue reading

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Seriously? They blocked IMDB?

Note: This is cross-posted from the old Imagethief blog. The original post is here. Imagethief is as annoyed by the Great Firewall (or Net Nanny or what-have-you) as anyone who lives in China and uses overseas social networks. One of … Continue reading

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Chinese cyberspies? Sheer lies and heinous fabrications!

Alright, I confess I made up the “heinous fabrications” bit. But the “sheer lies” sound bite comes straight from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has clearly worked hard to make sure that its representatives around the world are working … Continue reading

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Coke, Huiyuan and the audiences that matter

Nothing as timely as the blogs, I tell you. As everyone on the planet now knows, the Coke-Huiyuan deal has fallen through. It retrospect, it wasn’t particularly surprising. It broke new ground in size, and public sentiment was never behind … Continue reading

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Why I don’t care about the opening ceremony’s fraudulent footprints

Or so you would start to believe from the press reports over the last day. Some have dwelt upon the lip-synched singing of hyper-precious Lin Miaoke, the impossibly apple-cheeked munchkin girl who “sang” the laudatory and self-referentially titled “I sing … Continue reading

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5/12, 9/11 and three minutes on Monday afternoon

On Monday, May 12th, Imagethief was on the 27th floor of the Kerry Center for a meeting at 2:28PM. We all spent a couple of spooky minutes at the window watching Kerry and Fortune Plaza sway alarmingly, not knowing that … Continue reading

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Tibet and the trouble with unassailable national myths

Outside of Young Frankenstein there isn’t really any such thing as a “good time” for rioting, but this might be an especially bad time for China to have a bout of punishing ethnic unrest. It hasn’t really been a banner … Continue reading

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