Tag Archives: Soft Power

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: I’ll Be the Judge of the Air Quality in These Parts

When I was young, lithe* and had elastic knees I studied the Japanese martial art Aikido. Aikido is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, despite what you saw in all those Steven Segal movies, it is very much bound … 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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The Nobel situation

I am not in a position to comment upon this at length, but a few quick thoughts. First, one of the best reads on the Nobel situation is a short post from former China-resident and Atlantic Monthly journalist James Fallows. … 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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China’s soft-power push: Where’s the Internet?

A good post from Bill Bishop, aka @niubi, arguably the most indispensable China-Twitterer (who I hope forgives me for pigeonholing him this way). Bill points out that much of the recent discussion of China’s soft power strategy has focused on … Continue reading

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Unsolicited advice for Xinhua’s new CNC TV news outfit

To listen to people moan about the fact that China has sixty “Confucius Centers” in the US to America’s zilch-nada in China you’d think the Chinese were wrapping up hearts and minds around the planet while America gets relegated to … Continue reading

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What the hell is going on at the Global Times?

I’m speechless. (Note: This link has since been killed, but the ones below are still alive.) Is this a new direction for Chinese soft-power? Does the China Daily know? They may have to get their pseudo-Italian-sex-fiend column or risk being … Continue reading

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Pardon me, but who gives a damn about Gong Li anyway?

Imagethief was not in the least surprised to hear that Chinese netizens were outraged that movie actress Gong Li has taken Singapore citizenship. But then, Imagethief is not in the least surprised by anything that outrages Chinese netizens. Chinese netizens … Continue reading

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Illegal baby part 1: The strange case of the sluggish passport

Note: This combines two original posts. In the first part, I suggest something to the Singaporean embassy. In the second part, they respond. Illegal baby part 1: The strange case of the sluggish passport July 1, 2008 Anyone within earshot … Continue reading

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