Tag Archives: Pop Culture

Rectified.name: Godzilla vs. the SARFT Monster

I’ve been watching a lot of Godzilla movies recently. This isn’t some kind of weird Cable TV accident, like stumbling onto “Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy” at 2AM when you have a microwave burrito in one hand and a vodka cranberry … 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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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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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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Did Han Han seriously dis Barack Obama?

There was a minor flutter on the China-Twittersphere a day or two ago after Channel News Asia posted a video of a lengthy interview with Chinese uber-blogger/novelist/race-car driver/heartthrob Han Han. It’s worth watching the whole discussion, embedded below, which winds … Continue reading

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Sinica: Libya, Zhao Liang sells out, and slaking North China’s terrible thirst

I was back on Sinica this week for our discussion on China’s reaction to the Libya uprising, the evolving work of documentary film-maker Zhao Liang, and the state of the immense south-north water diversion project. We didn’t have too much … Continue reading

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Capital M Trialogues: On “brand China” and soft power

On Sunday I had the pleasure of participating in an excellent discussion at the Capital-M Trialogue alongside my good friends David Wolf, of Wolf Group Asia, and Kaiser Kuo, of Baidu but probably better known to Imagethief readers as the … Continue reading

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Sinica podcast: The death of the China blog

The latest Sinica podcast is now live. In this edition, Kaiser Kuo, Danwei editor Jeremy Goldkorn and I discuss the state of English language China blogging. The title and blurb are actually a bit alarmist. Our conclusion is that the … Continue reading

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We were zombie hunters once… And young

Let Imagethief escort you into the wayback machine and take you back nearly three decades to the tumultuous and magical year of 1983… A first-term Ronald Reagan is staring down the Evil Empire. M*A*S*H is coming to the end of … Continue reading

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Sinica 13: The great China book round-up

After a few weeks out of the studio I rejoined Kaiser Kuo for the latest installment of the Sinica podcast. This week’s topic was a discussion of the best English language China books, and should be a good listen for … Continue reading

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