China is hosting the G20 this year in the beautiful tourist (don’t forget high-tech) city of Hangzhou. As with any event where international leaders gather in China, it’s a huge deal for the CCP. Everything is under control. Authorities have sent all residents out of town. Shops are closed, the streets emptied. Construction has stopped […]
It’s been a while since I last blogged. What’s happening in China these days? Bad stuff, it seems. Critics of Western media coverage of China often complain that articles are overwhelmingly negative and rely on easily digested tropes that conform to foreign biases. But reports on China’s current political climate over the past few years […]
Somehow, China’s state media thought this video would be a good way to make the country seem cool and hip: It’s been described as psychedelic, groovy and Schoolhouse Rock-ish. The title of the song is, and I have no idea why no one is mentioning it because it perfectly encapsulates the WTF-ery of the song, […]
It’s a beautiful Thursday in Beijing, one of those rare days where the splendor of the outdoors can actually match that of any other beloved city of the world. It’s in the freshness of the air, in the warmth of the sun, and even in the joviality of everyone on the street. People are lining […]
This is the weather forecast for Beijing. It’s been rainy and overcast for the past three days, and according to the forecast, it will be cloudy tomorrow as well. It can’t be a coincidence that the only sunny day this week will be the day of the parade, can it?
Holidays are supposed to be fun, giving the masses some deserved time off so they can relax, celebrate and enjoy life. That is, anyway, the Western concept of a holiday. In China, things are different. In May, China announced a new national holiday on Sept. 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of […]
See you in 2022 for the joyful rendezvous upon pure* ice and snow! * Fake.
Harbin is quite an unusual city. For starters, its name in Chinese is three characters, deriving from a Manchu word. And its history as a Russian base has left an indelible European imprint on the city. But other than the unusual architecture and the local’s apparent love for ice cream popsicles, it really did seem […]
Guys, the FCC is going to rule on net neutrality one month from now. I don’t need to tell you how important this is. (Unless I do, in which case, see here and here. I won’t link to any arguments against it, because there aren’t any good ones.) The Republican House and Senate have both […]
Some things the CCP has sought to ban recently: The U.S. Embassy’s AQI readings Puns The term diaosi The last two are yet another example of the Xi-led CCP (the XiCP?) crackdown on the culture of today’s society. Even some of the most lovable aspects of Chinese culture are not safe from the CCP, even […]