Tag Archives: Propaganda

Sinica: Time to leave China?

I did my valedictory Sinica last week, with usual suspects Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn. My departure and the broader meme of foreigners-abandoning-China was part of the discussion, but we also got into some political stuff regarding Xi Jinping’s “great … Continue reading

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Rectified.name: How Shanghai Saved the Jews

I spent National day in Shanghai with my family, our first leisure trip back since we lived there in 2007. Like Beijing, Shanghai has caught a serious case of fabulous in the past five years. The French Concession, already precious … Continue reading

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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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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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Sinica returns! Train wrecks, Weibo and the enigma of David Sedaris

After a couple of months off, Sinica was back last week. It was hard to pass up something as interesting as the high-speed rail disaster on the Wenzhou line, a story that is still unfolding and that I suspect we … Continue reading

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Sinica: The most harmonious general plus Li Gang and more

An omnibus installment of Sinica this week as guest host Jeremy Goldkorn, Gady Epstein, David Moser and I dig into virtually every significant (by which I mean, “entertaining”) bit of China news from the last week, including the “Li Gang … Continue reading

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Getting your hopes up for news liberalization?

Don’t buy the keg just yet. Here’s a translation of an article from Party journal Seeking Truth from the excellent China Media Project. The thesis is that relaxation of media and news controls lead more or less directly to collapse … Continue reading

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Sinica podcast: China as bogeyman plus scandalous PR

This week’s Sinica is now live. After a long absence I was back on the podcast this week, which was great fun as both topics played to my interests pretty solidly. We talked about the current cycle of China as … 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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Imagethief movie minute: Wolverines, oil wells and balls of marine brass

For sheer surreality you gotta love Hollywood. And I’m not even talking about the films. Two PR-worthy Hollywood moments to remark upon today. First, the imminent arrival of the needless remake of cold war teen action flick Red Dawn has … Continue reading

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