Watch this video to see how to Import from China and make money! Click Here!

2012/03/03

Lawrence, Kansas Students Learning Chinese the Natural Way: through play

-Great video interview with the Chinese teacher. 

As a native speaker of the language and someone who was familiar with the Waldorf-style of teaching, Sonia, who is a yoga instructor by trade, took over some of her husband's classes.

"Many Western people go to my country and contribute their beautiful language, and I'm pretty happy I can contribute some of my language in Western countries," she said.

A fundamentally different language from English, Chinese can be hard to pick up at any age. Because Chinese is a tonal language, a different pitch can give the same sounding word several meanings. And Chinese doesn't use verb tenses the way English does to convey time.  

Previously at Prairie Moon, students were taught German and Greek, but that language teacher had left and the school asked if Jared would teach Chinese.

Learning How to Argue: An Interview with Ran Yunfei - New York Review of Books

-Good interview. 
One of China’s most outspoken public intellectuals, Ran Yunfei was detained last year after calls went out for China to emulate the “Jasmine Revolution” protests sweeping North Africa. He was held without trial for six months until last August. Interestingly, prosecutors turned down police requests for Ran to be formally charged, sending the case back to police with requests for more evidence. When police failed to come up with more evidence, he was then held under house arrest until early February.


Learning How to Argue: An Interview with Ran Yunfei by Ian Johnson | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books:

U.S.–Burma - China Policy Is About More Than a Successful By-Election

-Vital area of the world. 


As we inch closer to the April 1 by-elections in Burma, during which Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) will contest some 46 parliamentary seats, Western observers need to step back, assess the conditions on the ground, and determine whether the recent reforms in Burma—coupled with a free and fair election—merit easing sanctions.


Another issue involves ethnic minorities. If the government is serious about national reconciliation, Naypyidaw should, according to Aung Din, declare a nationwide ceasefire, withdraw its soldiers from ethnic states of Kachin and Karen, and then allow humanitarian access into these areas. These resource-rich states should not see their resources siphoned off to China but rather have royalties used within the state. Finally, ethnic minorities are oppressed under Burmese law—for instance, governors of ethnic states are selected by Naypyidaw, not their own people. Constitutional reform is essential in resolving this issue.
From Heritage.

US on its way to "the way things are in China"

-What gov't gives, gov't can take away. We learn that from China. 

MARTHA MacCALLUM: Is there a slippery slope here, you know, in terms of government infringing on people's, you know, decisions to, you know, have children? You think about the way things are in China, and no one's suggesting that that's where we're headed here, but I give that as the most extreme example in terms of the suggestions that might be made for lowering the costs of health care overall. Open question.

3 Videos to Teach How To Type Chinese Characters on the Computer: Mac and Windows

This video describes how Chinese characters are typed using a normal English keyboard. Google Pinyin Input Method was used during the demonstration. http://youtu.be/HVZ2D721Rzo


How to type in Chinese Characters on Mac http://youtu.be/FXKFUMwoySo How to set your language to chinese. Pinyin inputs. If you can't find language bar, go to control panel, find regional and language options. Click keyboards and language, then change keyboards. Same from there onwards. http://youtu.be/jIGHDUGyxF8

Unbelievable Chinese Ancient Landscape Art with a Modern Twist

-Really amazing. 
Yang Yongliang photographyYang-Yongliang photography
Can you see the JinMao Tower in the big one?  The Electrical lines in the smaller one??
Found at Feature Shoot!
Yang Yongliang is a young photographer and artist from Shanghai. For ten years he studied traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy which have greatly influenced his work. His photo collages combine elements of traditional Chinese art with modern life in Shanghai.
The artist also has some of his stuff in Limn Art Gallery in San Francisco.
Artist's website: http://www.yangyongliang.com/

罗姆尼赢得两州初选, 朝鲜宣布暂停核项目 American News in Chinese!


1) 罗姆尼赢得两州初选 Romney won Arizona and Michigan primaries.
2) 朝鲜宣布暂停核项目 North Korea announced suspending nuclear program in exchange of food aid.
3) 俄亥俄州校园枪击造成三名学生丧生 Three students died in Ohio school shooting.
4) 马里兰州将同性婚姻合法化 Maryland governor signed bill to legalize same sex marriage.
5) 周末新电影介绍: 海豹神兵: 英勇行动,罗雷司 Movies: Act of Valor, The Lorax
http://youtu.be/bBb3VfjQ9-4

2012/03/02

Shi Tao's Chinese Painting Books

-Great video from Blue Heron Books! 

To purchase please visit BHA online store:

Heavy snow sweeps across China - no commentTV

-That's a lot of shoveling. 

No Comment | euronews: watch the international news without commentary |http://www.euronews.net/nocomment/ Snow swept across northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and northeast China's Jilin Province on Wednesday, with some areas in Xijiang seeing 200 millimeters of snowfall.

Chinese cops may get OK to disappear people

-wait, can't they disappear people already??
By Alexa Olesen AP BEIJING | China is preparing to overhaul a key criminal law amid public confusion - and some dread - over whether the government is about to give police the legal authority to disappear people. At issue is an amendment to the

Food Without Borders: A Chinese Childhood in Toronto

-Great story. I was laughing!
As a kid my friends would ask to come over for dinner, and when they sat down expecting egg rolls and chop suey, they were not pleasantly surprised to be served real traditional Chinese cooking. Steamed fish, stir fried beef with broccoli,

 

Chinese Billionaire Huang Gets Second Chance in Iceland Land Purchase -Bloomberg/Business Week

-Chinese golf on Iceland! Awesome!

Billionaire Huang Gets Second Chance in Iceland Land Purchase
Bloomberg
Chinese billionaire Huang Nubo, whose attempt last year to buy Icelandic land for a golf resort was blocked by the government in Reykjavik, may get a second chance as local authorities explore a leasing deal. Nine municipalities in northeast Iceland

Billionaire Huang Gets Second Chance in Iceland
BusinessWeek (blog)
By Omar R. Valdimarsson on March 02, 2012 Chinese billionaire Huang Nubo, whose attempt last year to buy Icelandic land for a golf resort was blocked by the government in Reykjavik, may get a second chance as local authorities explore a leasing deal.

Pioneer Valley (Massachusetts USA) Chinese Immersion Charter School must wait a year to again request expansion

-big gov't controlling charter schools.

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday, while renewing the school's license for five years, did not approve the request to increase the number of elementary students and add high school grades. It did however allow the school to offer ninth grade to the current eighth graders.

Also the renewal bore a set of conditions that if not met could mean probation or a loss of the school's charter. Conditions had to do with governance and requires the school's trustees to "revise and strengthen the evaluation systems for the executive director and principal" referring to Executive Director Richard Alcorn and his wife, Principal Kathleen Wang. The pair co-founded the school.

State concerns grew from a complaint and later a state Department of Children and Families review which determined there was a case of neglect at the school in March 2011 involving a 9-year-old child who was confined to a time-out for at least seven hours.

 

China Photography: Shanghai School girl stuck in the rain on Nanjing Road

Lost Schoolgirl
photo Credit: By Jonathan Kos-Read
American. Live in Beijing. Travel in China.
This photo was taken on October 24, 2011 inShanghai, Shanghai, CN, using a Nikon D700.
Click on the image and tell the photographer what you think.  He's also got TONS of other photos.
Originally found posted at Digital Photography School

The largest migration in history: China's migrant workers

-Really informative about Chinese migration!

Migration from inland villages to coastal cities has transformed China. Now that is changing, as regional cities inland become the new focus of migration patterns.

Democracy in China: Once Under Siege, a Chinese Village Takes to the Polls -TIME

-Twitter results for Wukan and #wukan. Kee up to date! 


This weekend China will see an exercise of democracy in an unlikely place — a village that just months ago had been in a tense standoff with police. Voters in Wukan, a coastal village of 12,000 in Guangdong province, will go to the polls to select a new village committee. While village-level elections have existed in China since the 1980s, the Wukan vote comes after widespread anger over corruption, the death in police custody of a local protest leader and the fear of a harsh crackdown on the village, which ousted its local leaders late last year. But unlike some past incidents in which the opposition has been crushed and its leaders arrested, the Wukan standoff was resolved peacefully after the intervention of provincial authorities.

Democracy in China: Once Under Siege, a Chinese Village Takes to the Polls | Global Spin | TIME.com:

The Limits of State Capitalism - Caixin

-The debate rages...

"There are 2 schools of thought in China on state capitalism.

One group of scholars denies state capitalism is the reason for China's economic success. Instead, they argue, the driving forces were market dynamics unleashed by over 30 years of rural reform, private-sector growth, the national policy to open up and globalization. They say that to attribute success to state-led capitalism would be to misunderstand the past and mislead decision-making in the future.

The other school supports letting state capital shape the market, particularly in strategic industries. It sees state-owned enterprises as the cornerstone of China's spectacular growth. Analysts in this group do not use the term "state capitalism,' but they agree with the philosophy...."

The Limits of State Capitalism - Caixin Online:

Raw Video: Lioness Gives Birth to Tigon in China

-So freaking CUTE!!!

Raw Video: Lioness Gives Birth to Tigon in China - YouTube:
http://youtu.be/9ItkA5X3N3M
China states that a lioness there has given birth to two mixed lion-tiger cubs, and a pure-bred lion cub, all in the same litter, marking a world first. (March 1)

Subscribe to the Associated Press: http://bit.ly/APYouTube

Made In China: 10 Business Fakes

-Fake Nike.
Fake Nike Store
-Fake KFC














-Fake Harry Potter...















More at Buzzfeed and CNBC.

China-slamming campaign ads: Made in China

-West Virginia Republican Spike Maynard attacked Rep. Nick Rahall with an ad accusing the Democrat of creating jobs in China — all set to stereotypical Chinese music. Maynard lost the 2010 election.  “It’s on our jeans, even children’s toys — made in China,” the ad says.  “Rahall’s vote helped foreign companies create Chinese jobs making windmills. With skyrocketing unemployment, only a politician who’s been in Washington for 34 years would vote to help foreign companies making Chinese windmills.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72834.html#ixzz1mMxddNNO

Made in China - YouTube:


6 Year Old Level Chinese: "Touching Japanese 6 year old's letter to his late father about his lunchbox" 我和爸爸的便当盒

-WARNING! Might make you cry! 
Touching Japanese 6 year old's letter to his late father about his lunchbox
http://www.wenxuecity.com/news/2012/02/29/1658749.html

日本小学生作文真情表达 引发中国网友集体反思


2006年6月,3岁的山悠贵德和他的爸爸片山俊作拍下这张开心的照片,3个月后,爸爸因病去世。

昨日,一篇名为《我和爸爸的便当盒》的日本小学生作文在微博上被累计转发了3万余次,连姚晨、任志强等都忍不住转发挥泪推荐。该作文是日本小学生片山悠贵德写的。2006年6月,他才3岁,和他的爸爸片山俊作拍下了一张开心的合影,但几个月之后,爸爸因病去世了。3年后,孩子成为广岛市立中岛小学的一年级学生,在作文《我和爸爸的便当盒》中写下对爸爸的思念。
这篇作文获得了“朝日学生新闻社”举办的第四届作文比赛最优秀奖,也让无数网友读后表示一阵鼻酸。不过很多网友在感动的同时,也提出反思,我们的孩子能写出这样的作文吗?

Here's the letter to his father:

我和爸爸的便当盒

爸爸因病去世三年之后,我成了一名小学一年级学生。

有件事要向爸爸汇报一下,但是我想,爸爸也一定知道了:我借用了您的便当盒。

一想起昨天的事情,我的心还在怦怦直跳。

我的便当盒和筷子相互碰撞,发出了很好听的声音。昨天的便当,十分特别,虽然当时才上午十点,可我脑子里想着的全是便当。

之所以说昨天的便当盒很特别,那是因为第一次使用了爸爸的便当盒。爸爸去世后,我非常寂寞、非常难过。

爸爸在天妇罗店工作,他油炸的天妇罗,是世界上最好吃的。每次我去吃的时候,爸爸总是悄悄地为我炸许多我最最喜欢的“虾天妇罗”。每当那时候,我总不由得感觉自己很特别,因此十分开心。那以后我每天吃得多多的,还努力练习空手道,以至于一直使用的便当盒变得不够用了。

“我想要个大点的便当盒!”

那天我这么一说,妈妈便从橱柜的里面将爸爸上班时常常使用的便当盒拿出来给了我。

“对悠来说,会不会太大了些呢?”

妈妈说。但还是让我用上了爸爸的便当盒。

然后,就是从早上开始等了又等的吃便当的时间。我将便当全部吃得光光的。吃完之后感觉自己可以变成爸爸那样又强大又温和的人,我很想见爸爸一面。到现在回想起这么高兴又好吃的特别的便当,心里还怦怦地跳个不停。

如果能够向神许愿的话,我想要能再一次和爸爸、妈妈、妹妹一起生活。不过爸爸一直在天空中守护着我们。

虽然爸爸不在会很寂寞,但我是家里的唯一的男孩子,我会代替爸爸保护好妈妈和妹妹,我会用爸爸的便当盒好好地吃饭,成为更加更加坚强的、温和的男孩子。

爸爸,谢谢你借给我的便当盒。

Pinyin:

Wǒ hé bà ba de biàndang hé 

Bà ba yīn bìng qùshì sān nián zhīhòu, wǒ chéngle yī míng xiǎoxué yī niánjí xuéshēng. 

Yǒu jiàn shì yào xiàng bà ba huìbào yīxià, dànshì wǒ xiǎng, bà ba yě yīdìng zhīdàole: Wǒ jièyòngle nín de biàndang hé.

Yī xiǎngqǐ zuótiān de shìqíng, wǒ de xīn hái zài pēng pēng zhí tiào.

Wǒ de biàndang hé hé kuài zǐ xiānghù pèngzhuàng, fāchūle hěn hǎotīng de shēngyīn. Zuótiān de biàndang, shífēn tèbié, suīrán dāngshí cái shàngwǔ shí diǎn, kě wǒ nǎozi lǐ xiǎngzhe de quán shì biàndang.

Zhī suǒyǐ shuō zuótiān de biàndang hé hěn tèbié, nà shì yīnwèi dì yīcì shǐyòngle bà ba de biàndang hé. Bà ba qùshì hòu, wǒ fēicháng jìmò, fēicháng nánguò.

Bà ba zài tiān fù luō diàn gōngzuò, tā yóu zhá de tiān fù luō, shì shìjiè shàng zuì hào chī de. Měi cì wǒ qù chī de shíhou, bà ba zǒng shì qiāoqiāo dì wéi wǒ zhà xǔduō wǒ zuì zuì xǐhuan de “xiā tiān fù luō”. Měi dāng nà shíhou, wǒ zǒng bùyóude gǎnjué zìjǐ hěn tèbié, yīncǐ shífēn kāixīn. Nà yǐhòu wǒ měi tiān chī de duōduō de, hái nǔlì liànxí kōngshǒudào, yǐ zhìyú yīzhí shǐyòng de biàndang hé biàn dé bùgòu yòngle.

“Wǒ xiǎng yào gè dà diǎn de biàndang hé!”

Nèitiān wǒ zhème yī shuō, māmā biàn cóng chúguì de lǐmiàn jiāng bà ba shàngbān shí chángcháng shǐyòng de biàndang hé ná chūlái gěile wǒ.

“Duì yōu lái shuō, huì bù huì tài dàle xiē ne?”

Māmā shuō. Dàn háishì ràng wǒ yòng shàngle bà ba de biàndang hé.

Ránhòu, jiùshì cóng zǎoshang kāishǐ děngle yòu děng de chī biàndang de shíjiān. Wǒ jiāng biàndang quánbù chī de guāng guāng de. Chī wán zhīhòu gǎnjué zìjǐ kěyǐ biàn chéng bà ba nàyàng yòu qiángdà yòu wēnhé de rén, wǒ hěn xiǎngjiàn bà ba yīmiàn. Dào xiànzài huíxiǎng qǐ zhème gāoxìng yòu hào chī de tèbié de biàndang, xīnlǐ hái pēng pēng de tiào gè bù tíng.

Rúguǒ nénggòu xiàng shén xǔyuàn dehuà, wǒ xiǎng yào néng zài yīcì hé bà ba, māmā, mèimei yīqǐ shēnghuó. Bùguò bà ba yīzhí zài tiānkōng zhōng shǒuhùzhe wǒmen.

Suīrán bà ba bùzài huì hěn jìmò, dàn wǒ shì jiālǐ de wéi yī de nán háizi, wǒ huì dàitì bà ba bǎohù hǎo māmā hé mèimei, wǒ huì yòng bà ba de biàndang hé hǎohǎo de chīfàn, chéngwéi gèngjiā gèngjiā jiānqiáng de, wēnhé de Nán háizi.

Bà ba, xièxiè nǐ jiè gěi wǒ de biàndang hé.

Google Translation:

I and my father's lunch box
Dad passed away three years later, I became a first grade students.

One thing to the father to report that, but I think that the father must know: I borrow yourlunch box.

Think of what happened yesterday, my heart is still pounding.

My lunch box and chopsticks collide with each other, and sent a good listen to the voice.Yesterday's lunch, and a very special, though it was only ten o'clock, but my mind thinkingall lunch.

The reason why yesterday's lunch box is very special, it is because the first use of thefather's lunch box. After my father died, I am very lonely, very sad.

Father tempura shop, he deep-fried tempura, is the world's best food. Every time I eat, and my father always quietly I fried a lot of things I like most of the shrimp tempura.Whenever that time, I always could not help but feel very special, so very happy. After that,every day I eat a lot, but also to practice karate, that has been used in lunch boxesbecome inadequate.

"I want a big lunch box!"

I say this lunch box out to my mother often begins with the cabinet which will work thefather.

"For you it will not be too too big?"

His mother said. But let me to use my father's lunch box.

Then, from early morning start, etc. waited for the time to eat lunch. I will lunch eat all bare.Feel after eating can become a father as powerful and gentle person, I would like to seemy father side. Now recall so happy and delicious special lunch, and heart beating to stop dancing.

If you vow to God, I want once again to live with the father, mother, sister. But the father has been guarded in the sky.

Although the father is not will be very lonely, but I was the only boy of the house, I willreplace the father to protect mother and sister, I will use the father's lunch box and good to eat, to become more stronger, moderate boys.

Dad, thank you lend me the lunch box.

17 year old Chinese girl sings Whitney Houston 17岁高中女生翻唱惠特尼休斯顿i will always love you

-Not bad. 

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2012/03/01

Shanghai Bund: From Swampland to a Dazzling Babylon

-If you've never been to Shanghai how do you know it's amazing?? It is by the way! 

"Transformed from a swampland wilderness into a dazzling, modern--day Babylon," that is Shanghai as depicted in Stella Dong's excellent novel about the city. I grew up watching Mandarin films, and I came to love Frances Yip's song, "Shanghai Bund," a.k.a. "Shanghai Beach" trough Chow Yun Fat's film about Shanghai gangsters of the same title. It is one of my favorite theme songs of all time.

I wish I could visit Shanghai someday! I made the video as a tribute to this amazing city, I do not own rights to any of these pictures or the song. I hope you enjoy it.
http://youtu.be/A150RdZGgxs

The Inspiring Chinese National Table Tennis Team

-See ripped Ping Pong players!!  

Link here: http://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?1798-Chinese-Twitter-W...

A fantastic speech by Hiphoppreacher has allowed us to put this montage together. The music is by explosions in the sky.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest table tennis news across the globe.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TableTennisDaily
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TweeTTDaily
http://youtu.be/gvmAiMwFBJo

China: The Case for Change on the Road to 2030- World Bank President Robert Zoellick

-Pretty scary outlook for China. 

A new research report calls for a shift of China's development and growth model. The report, "China 2030: Building a Modern, Harmonious, and Creative High-Income Society", recommends steps to deal with the risks facing China over the next 20 years.
http://youtu.be/2n8su6bI3LA

UFC's Asian Expansion Targets China, Philippines Or South Korea

-UFC in China???  AWESOME!
If they're having trouble with politics, and if the UFC desperately wants to break into China now -- which I think isn't the best option for their Asian expansion at this point -- I think they do have to start at Macau, or Hong Kong first. .... China should be last. Targeting China is a huge project, and it doesn't help that the UFC's sole Chinese representative isn't that good. Filipino Reccing Machines. Representing the underdogs since 2011. by LYHL on Mar 1, 2012 8:37 AM EST reply actions ...
Bloody Elbow

HuffPo China Round up: China on your Mind? and Sichuan Peppercorns

-Spiciness is on my mind yes.
China on Your Mind?
Huffington Post
China without a doubt commands attention and deserves recognition. As an international business developer, I've had the opportunity to work with several Chinese companies; some of them manufactured for my employers, some were my clients.
 
Sichuan Peppercorns, Long-Banned Chinese Spice, Gains National Audience
Huffington Post
Thorn found people at both Western and Chinese restaurants who extolled the benefits of the peppercorn in dishes across the menu, from salad to dessert. What makes the national enthusiasm remarkable is that it comes just a few years after it looked
 

Chinese Food News: Kwik Wok Joins Yum Yum, Taxis and Bamboo, What is the Culinary Capital of Asia?

-I'm getting hungry!
Kwik Wok joins Yum Yum
Bay View Compass
By Sheila Julson Marwan Otallah, owner of Kwik Wok Chinese restaurant, has partnered with Yum Yum owner Tarek Fleifel to offer Chinese cuisine along with Middle Eastern at one location. Kwik Wok moved its second restaurant alongside Yum Yum,...
 
Hong Kong: The culinary capital of Asia
The Independent
It's a Hong Kong speciality, but it's not the only Chinese cuisine you'll find; it's a great place to try out all sorts of other regional Chinese cuisines like Chiu Chow, Peking, Shanghainese and Szechuan. But if it's vegetarian or organic cuisine
 
Chinglish, Chinese taxi drivers and bamboo steamers
ABC Online (blog)
None the less, when in China, I am breathing in the fun of trying new recipes that I probably didn't get time to do at home - working my way through a number of Kylie Kwong delights, and creating some pretty tasty fresh Chinese cuisine out of our
 

Thieves in Anhui Province steal historic bridge

-How exactly do you steal a bridge??
-Thieves in China are getting desperate!
The two suspects, surnamed Hong and Wang, both from Anhui province, are being held in criminal detention and the district procurator's office is reviewing the case. The bridge was in Chenyi village of Nanqiao town, surrounded by construction sites and
Thieves steal historic bridge
China Daily

China combats air pollution with tough monitoring rules

-WOW. Look at those pictures!!!
Chinese authorities have set tougher rules to combat air pollution by ordering all major cities to monitor tiny particles that do serious damage to health. One of China's leading environmental activists, Ma Jun, greeted the change as a major step

For Chinese Women, a Basic Need, and Few Places to Attend to It -NY Times

-they mean peeing!
BEIJING — Wang Jianyi, 26, was in a huge hurry. She had been riding the bus for three hours. At each rest stop, the line outside the women's toilet was too long for her to use the restroom. So as soon as she arrived at a major inter-city bus terminal ...

'China's Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight' A book review

-Looks absolutely fascinating... 

China's Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight

From the acclaimed author of Enduring Patagonia comes a dazzling tale of aerial adventure set against the roiling backdrop of war in Asia. The incredible real-life saga of the flying band of brothers who opened the skies over China in the years leading up to World War II—and boldly safeguarded them during that conflict—China’s Wings is one of the most exhilarating untold chapters in the annals of flight.

At the center of the maelstrom is the book’s courtly, laconic protagonist, American aviation executive William Langhorne Bond. In search of adventure, he arrives in Nationalist China in 1931, charged with turning around the turbulent nation’s flagging airline business, the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC). ... from Amazon

From NJ.com
It’s hard to imagine anybody has anything new to say about that war, but Gregory Crouch has. His latest book focuses on an aspect of the war — and aviation history — that largely has been bypassed. He takes an in-depth look at the creation of China’s national airline and the role the China National Aviation Corporation played in the war against Japan.
What could easily be a rather pedestrian story becomes an engaging tale involving a cadre of aviation pioneers who established China’s air transportation system, were participants in the evolution of Pan Am into a trans Pacific airline and were crucial in Japan’s defeat.
China's Wings:' A book review | NJ.com

author's website
http://gregcrouch.com/

Great book review at WSJ:

For the better part of the next two decades, Bond's life would be intertwined with the airline—and with China, which was soon attacked by Japan and plunged into World War II, followed by civil war and communist victory. Bond's adventures and China's ordeal are at the heart of the exciting story told by Gregory Crouch in "China's Wings."
Mr. Crouch is a West Point graduate and former infantry platoon commander whose previous book, "Enduring Patagonia" (2008), chronicled his obsession with climbing difficult peaks in South America. "Enduring Patagonia" was essentially a memoir; "China's Wings" is a historical narrative, displaying Mr. Crouch's talents as a researcher, portraitist and chronicler.

CHINA - A CENTURY OF REVOLUTION Trailer

-Educational... 

CHINA: A CENTURY OF REVOLUTION is a six-hour tour de force journey through the country's most tumultuous period. First televised on PBS, this award-winning documentary series presents an astonishingly candid view of a once-secret nation with rare archival footage, insightful historical commentary and stunning eyewitness accounts from citizens who struggled through China's most decisive century.

CHINA IN REVOLUTION charts the country's most violent era where decades of civil war and foreign invasions led to the bloody battle for power between Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek. THE MAO YEARS examines the turbulent era of Mao's attempts to forge a "new China" from the war-ravaged and poverty-stricken nation. Mao's death begins BORN UNDER THE RED FLAG, which follows the country's new leadership of Deng Xiaoping and its unlikely transformation into an extraordinary hybrid of communist-centralized politics with an ever-expanding free market economy. Monumental in scope, CHINA: A CENTURY OF REVOLUTION is critical viewing for anyone interested in this increasingly powerful and globally influential country.
http://youtu.be/ojNgMtI2gh8

Dishwasher at a 5-star restaurant fired for taking home leftovers | Offbeat China

-Wacky work policy...
The 47-year –old Li Hong has been working as a dishwasher at a five-star restaurant in Nanjing for 4 years. Yet 3 months ago, she was fired because she took home leftovers for her son, who is currently studying at a local college. She was convicted of stealing from the restaurant. Her case sparked heated debate of whether to manage by law or by conscience.

Dishwasher at a five-star restaurant fired for taking home leftovers | Offbeat China:
found via HaoHaoReport.

Ezra F. Vogel wins Gelber Prize for book on Deng Xiaoping

-It's quite the read... looooong. 928 pages. 
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

Vogel beat out four other finalists for this year's $15,000 prize, which honours the world's best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs “that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues.”

A five-person jury chose the winner, calling it a “deeply informed book by one of the West's most important Asia scholars.”

“Ezra Vogel's sympathetic and balanced chronicle of the Long March of Deng Xiaoping as he led China toward a central place on the modern world stage makes impressive use of the author's unparalleled contacts in China's inner circles,” jury chair George Russell, executive editor of Fox News, said in a news release.

Ezra F. Vogel wins Gelber Prize for book on Deng Xiaoping - The Globe and Mail:

Deng was perhaps the most intriguing leader that I met while traveling with Mr. Blumenthal and President Jimmy Carter. I had to wait another 30 years, however, before a definitive biography would be written about Deng, arguably the most globally transformational leader of the 20th century. This year Ezra Vogel delivered it with Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China.
--Richard W. Fisher (Wall Street Journal )

China scholars might think they have read enough about Deng Xiaoping. After all, at least three biographies of Deng were available prior to the release of this massive new book. But Vogel, one of the world's preeminent Asia scholars, has produced the most comprehensive and authoritative account of Deng's career as a revolutionary, party leader, and architect of China's reform. Meticulously researched and highly readable, the book is not a typical biography. It does not dwell much on Deng's personal life. Instead, the focus of the book is Deng's unusual career trajectory, his unique style of rule, and the strategic choices he made during and after the Cultural Revolution. Vogel considers the extent to which Deng fundamentally and irreversibly transformed China's society, governance, and relations with the outside world...This book should be read by anyone who wants to understand the domestic and international dynamics that have led to China's rise as a great power.
--Yanzhong Huang (Foreign Affairs )

56 minute presentation: 
NOTE: this website refreshes every 30 minutes.

Ezra Vogel has published hugely influential books on both China and Japan. In his latest, he examines the key role played by Deng Xiaoping in moving China away from a thoroughly planned economy, a transition that required becoming much more open and engaged with the rest of the world. In his Nov. 9, 2011 presentation at the USC U.S.-China Institute, Vogel focused on how Deng's foreign policies were very much driven by his assessment of the desperate need China had for better trained personnel, foreign capital, and foreign technology.

Distinguished Harvard sociologist Ezra Vogel offers his assessment of Deng's leadership. J. Stapleton Roy, former ambassador to China, wrote of Vogel's book,

"Deng Xiaoping's skill, vision, and courage in overcoming seemingly insuperable obstacles and guiding China onto the path of sustained economic development rank him with the great leaders of history. And yet, too little is known about the life and career of this extraordinary man. In this superbly researched and highly readable biography, Vogel has definitively filled this void. This fascinating book provides a host of insights into the factors that enabled Deng to triumph over repeated setbacks and lay the basis for China to regain the wealth and power that has eluded it for two centuries."

Ezra Vogel is professor emeritus of sociology at Harvard University where he taught 1964-2000. He is one of the most influential scholars of East Asia, contributing vital books on China and Japan. His China-focused titles include Canton Under Communism (1969) and One Step Ahead in China: Guangdong Under Reform (1989). His books on Japan include Japan's New Middle Class (1963), Japan as Number One: Lessons for America (1979), and Is Japan Still Number One? (2000). In addition to these seminal works, Vogel has edited a number of others, including Living with China : U.S./China Relations in the Twenty-First Century (1997). Professor Vogel is a member of the USC US-China Institute Board of Scholars.

The event was co-sponsored by The Pacific Council on International Policy.

Classroom use of this video is permitted. We would appreciate feedback from viewers. Please write to us at uschina@usc.edu.
http://youtu.be/yI01S6bfooU


From Harvard Press:

Perhaps no one in the twentieth century had a greater long-term impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. And no scholar of contemporary East Asian history and culture is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the many contradictions embodied in the life and legacy of China's boldest strategist.

For more information on Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, visithttp://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674055445
http://youtu.be/R2oh_U8eNJQ

Taiwanese officer accused of spying for China - Washington Times

-I'm sure Beijing is shocked!

Taiwanese officer accused of spying forChina

TAIPEI | Taiwan's Defense Ministry said Wednesday that an air force officer has been detained on suspicion of passing military secrets to China, the latest case involving the transmission of classified information from the democratic island to the communist mainland.

Taiwan and China split after a civil war in 1949, and, although their relations have improved significantly in recent years, they still mount extensive espionage operations against each other.

In the latest China espionage case, the Defense Ministry said the air force officer detained by the military worked at a ground command center in northern Taiwan. The officer was not identified.

World Scene: Taiwanese officer accused of spying for China - Washington Times:

'via Blog this'

Crack appears in China’s Great Firewall: users flock to Facebook - The Globe and Mail

Some Chinese Internet users have this week been able to access blocked websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, relishing the newfound freedom although the reason for the breach in China’s Great Firewall of censorship was a mystery.
Crack appears in China’s Great Firewall: users flock to Facebook, YouTube - The Globe and Mail:

食功夫 Chinese Food

-From the makers of Super Baozi, only 4,000+ views. 

食功夫 Chinese Food from sun haipeng on Vimeo.

食功夫是我们为包强系列动画创作的歌曲mtv
这次推出了四个新角色:

饺子-斗斗
油条-油万金
烧饼-锅奎
面条-伊巧巧

希望大家喜欢!

爱女幼儿园涂鸦画了把枪 引来警察抓走了爸爸 - Canadian Man Arrested for Daughter Drawing a Gun in School

-Shocking...

English:
From the Daily MailUK:
A father is demanding answers from police after he was arrested because his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a handgun in class.

Jessie Sansone, 26, arrived to Forest Hills public school in Waterloo, Ontario to pick up his daughter, Neaveh, when he was hauled to a station and strip-searched.

No charges were filed, however, a voluntary search of the family home uncovered no more than a plastic toy gun.

Chinese:
爱女幼儿园涂鸦画了把枪 引来警察抓走了爸爸(图) - wenxuecity.com:

爱画画是孩子的天性。给一个四岁孩子一盒彩色蜡笔和一张纸,他们能画出什么呢?花、彩虹、马、消防车、宠物,再有就是爸爸或妈妈的“肖像”,大多是一些涂鸦之作罢了。不过,安省秦基拿市(Kitchener)一位四岁小女孩内维娅 (Nevaeh Sansone)在幼儿园画了一张画,却令无辜的爸爸被警察拷走了。

内维娅是秦基拿市森山公立学校(Forest Hills public school)的学生。一日,她在班上画画,画面上是一个男人,拿着一支手枪。老师问内维娅画的是谁。童言无忌的小女孩回答:“是爸爸。他用枪杀坏人、打怪物……”老师又问枪哪里,内维娅则说就放在家里,“她经常和哥哥妹妹们一起玩”。

老师听到这话,也没有打电话问内维娅的父母是怎么回事,就直接走了法律程序——如果他们发现班上的孩子在家中遭遇危险,要在第一时间向儿童福利组织(child welfare)汇报。该组织接到老师的电话后,考虑到这是一起“涉枪案件”,就给警察打了电话。

嘻哈四重奏 第四季 Hip Hop Quartet - Internet Based Chinese Sitcom

-Obsessed with Angry Birds!!  

2012/02/29

动画短片《光欲》(音乐非原创) Chinese Cartoon about hanging a blanket out in the sun

-Old Lady and Old man fight... it's funny. 


Found on Kaixin Wang

嘻哈四重奏 第一季 Hip Hop Quartet - Internet based Chinese Office Sitcom

-The last couple minutes with the wind is HILARIOUS! 

Look at this Chinese Stuff with the Amazing New Lytro Camera

-Let's you refocus photos after you take them!  Wushu guy and Asian girl!  Just click on a picture to refocus it on something else!  AMAZING!  Go ahead. Click on the image and you'll see! 


-Find more Lytro.com

Will relaxation of 'great wall' quota set Chinese film-makers free?

-Set the Chinese film makers FREE! See what crap they can make!
If you judge by headlines, it's been the greatest few weeks for east-west cultural relations since Kurt Russell scoffed chow mein in Big Trouble in Little China. The snappily named Harvest Seven Stars Media Private Equity Fund and the China Mainstream
 

Sh*t Expats [in Shanghai] Never Say

-I've never said these things before... 

Shit Expats [in Shanghai] Never Say - YouTube

3 Things I've Learned About Speaking Mandarin From My 4 Year Old Boy

-I bet he speaks better than you!
1. Repeat everything you hear.
Perhaps you’ve been there done that. You might have someone in you life who corrects you constantly. I know I do. But something deep inside of me wants to dismiss the constructive criticism and just ignore the correction and move on. My son does not. I should not. But I’m an adult. I said it differently ok, I said it in a creative way, ok I can say it my own way. It was wrong, sure but I just want to be understood!

3 Things I've Learned About Speaking Mandarin From My 4 Year Old Boy | MandMX.com:

Photos: Who says China lacks creativity? Look at its supermarket displays!

-I remember this when Steve Jobs's book came out!
supermarket06

Chinese police officer saves bridge jump woman

-Never a dull moment in China! 

CCTV captures the moment a police officer in Beijing stops a woman from jumping to her death from a motorway bridge.
http://youtu.be/CW0BWPeq690

Protest Disrupts World Bank News Conference in Beijing

-why wasn't he arrested? 

A press conference held by the World Bank in Beijing was interrupted when a protester jumped at the podium, seizing the opportunity to speak out against the multilateral lender. The protest comes after a World Bank report on China's economy was released this week.

A protester disrupted a World Bank news conference in Beijing on Tuesday. He claims the multilateral lender's new report on China's economic future was "poison" and it would not bring benefits to the country.

Du Jianguo, describing himself as a self-taught independent researcher, jumped up to the podium during Tuesday's news conference... declaring his views seconds after World Bank chief Robert Zoellick began speaking.

[Du Jianguo, Protester]:
"They (World Bank) nevertheless sell the plan to China, suggesting Chinese banks learn from the US and learn from Wall Street. Do they want Chinese banks to become cheaters and parasites just like those American banks? Chinese state-owned enterprises are now very powerful and therefore become competitors of the Western countries. You (World Bank) suggest dividing the state-owned enterprises, this is in fact helping the American and other Western enterprises ruin their competitors."

In face of Du's criticism, Zoellick insisted in the World Bank's stance upon the launch of the report on China's financial future.

[Robert Zoellick, World Bank President]:
"I think many experts have the view that state-owned enterprises have benefited from very inexpensive financing, preferred positions in the market. And they've gained very large retained earnings that have led to China savings but have not necessarily benefited all the Chinese people."

He argued that the changes put forward in the newly released report have the interests of the Chinese people at heart.

[Robert Zoellick, World Bank President]:
"So to reduce China's global savings rate and also benefit the Chinese people, if a lot of those dividends are sent back to provide social benefits for China's people, you'll have structural change and help support some of the social security systems."

The protest came as the World Bank released a report that examines the country's strategic choices, the risks and opportunities in the next two decades, and makes a series of recommendations for the country's growth model.
http://youtu.be/Kd0FOX9x8U4

3 Books from Chinese Born Yiyun Li 李翊雲: Gold Boy, 1000 Years and Vagrants

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl: Stories
In these spellbinding stories, Yiyun Li, a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner, a MacArthur Fellow, and one of The New Yorker’s top 20 fiction writers under 40, gives us exquisite stories in which politics and folklore magnificently illuminate the human condition. A professor introduces her middle-aged son to a favorite student, unaware of the student’s true affections. A lifelong bachelor finds kinship with a man wrongly accused of an indiscretion. Six women establish a private investigating agency to battle extramarital affairs in Beijing.... more.

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories
Brilliant and original, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers introduces a remarkable new writer whose breathtaking stories are set in China and among Chinese Americans in the United States. In this rich, astonishing collection, Yiyun Li illuminates how mythology, politics, history, and culture intersect with personality to create fate. From the bustling heart of Beijing, to a fast-food restaurant in Chicago, to the barren expanse of Inner Mongolia, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers reveals worlds both foreign and familiar, with heartbreaking honesty and in beautiful prose...  more.

  The Vagrants: A Novel
Shortlisted for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

In luminous prose, award-winning author Yiyun Li weaves together the lives of unforgettable characters who are forced to make moral choices, and choices for survival, in China in the late 1970s.

As morning dawns on the provincial city of Muddy River, a spirited young woman, Gu Shan, once a devoted follower of Chairman Mao, has renounced her faith in Communism. Now a political prisoner, she is to be executed for her dissent. While Gu Shan’s distraught mother makes bold decisions, her father begins to retreat into memories. Neither of them imagines that their daughter’s death will have profound and far-reaching effects, in Muddy River and beyond... more.

Who is Yi Yun Li?? 

Biography

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and awards from Lannan Foundation and Whiting Foundation. Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction; it was also shortlisted for Kiriyama Prize and Orange Prize for New Writers. Her novel, The Vagrants, won the gold medal of California Book Award for fiction. She was selected by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists under 35, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under 40. MacArthur Foundation named her a 2010 fellow. She is a contributing editor to the Brooklyn-based literary magazine, A Public Space. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and their two sons, and teaches at University of California, Davis.

From Wikipedia

Yiyun Li (李翊雲) (born 1972) is a Chinese American writer. Her debut short story collection A Thousand Years of Good Prayers won the 2005 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and her second collection Gold Boy, Emerald Girl was shortlisted for the same award. Her debut novel The Vagrants was shortlisted for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

She was named a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. She is an editor of Brooklyn-based literary magazine, A Public Space.[1]

New section of Great Wall of China discovered by British researcher

  • -It's just a lump of earth...

  • -Discovered in Mongolia, it's the first time a part of the wall has been found outside China

  • -British researcher William Lindesay used Google Earth to find the structure

  • -The Great Wall of China is in fact many different structures built by several dynasties over different routes


  • New section of Great Wall of China discovered by British researcher | Mail Online:

    Living Lei Feng at my side “活雷锋”就在我们身边 - 新华网

    -They still believe in this guy??? 
    #(“雷锋”在人间)(2)山东老汉许双功践行学雷锋誓言49年

    特别策划:“活雷锋”就在我们身边_图片频道_新华网:
    2月26日,许双功检查工具袋准备外出。许双功,山东枣庄人,今年72岁。这位与雷锋同年出生的老人坚持49年如一日学雷锋,被枣庄市命名为“枣庄雷锋”,还被评为山东省助人为乐模范。早在1963年,许双功就与单位的几名团员青年组成“学雷锋便民服务小分队”,利用业余时间为居民修理自行车、自来水管道等。很多年坚持下来,小分队最后只剩下许双功。为了更好地服务于民,他开通了“学雷锋热线”,左邻右舍谁家有困难找到他,他都热心帮忙。如今年纪大了,很多人劝许双工歇歇脚,不要干了。他却笑着回答,年龄大了不等于不能为人民服务,只要腿还能走、嘴还能讲、手还能提,就得像雷锋那样为大家做些力所能及的小事,努力践行当年立下的“一辈子学雷锋、一辈子为人做好事”的誓言。新华社发(吉喆 摄)
    found via WSJ

    Who was Lei Feng??

    Lei Feng (Chinese: 雷锋; pinyin: Léi Fēng) (December 18, 1940 – August 15, 1962) was a soldier of the People's Liberation Army in the People's Republic of China. After his death, Lei was characterised as a selfless and modest person who was devoted to the Communist Party, Chairman Mao Zedong, and the people of China. In the posthumous "Learn from Comrade Lei Feng" (向雷锋同志学习)[1] campaign, initiated by Mao in 1963, Lei became the symbol of nationwide propaganda; the youth of the country were encouraged to follow his example.

    After Mao's death, Lei Feng remained a cultural icon symbolizing selflessness, modesty, and dedication; his name entered daily speech and his imagery appeared on t-shirts and memorabilia.[2] Owing to relaxation of political controls, Lei Feng's life became more openly questioned by scholars and the public in the post-Mao era.
    from Wikipedia
    Study from comrade Lei Feng, foster a Communist moral character, 1983
    Study from comrade Lei Feng, foster a Communist moral character, 1983
    more great posters of Lei Feng at ChinesePosters.net!

    3 Videos on Chinese Religion: Religion or Philosophy? 3 Treasures of Dao and 5 minutes of relaxing music.

    -I love the first guy, a Russian who studies Chinese philosophy! 


    TAO : Ancient Chinese Religion or Philosophy(B.C.)
    The Center of Traditional Taoist Studies is a non-profit 501(C)(3) religious organization established to promote traditional Taoist studies.

    The Center offers classes in Taoist Religion, Philosophy, and Chi Quong. Its campus includes one of the largest private Taoist Temples in the world.

    Founded by Master Alex Anatole, The Center of Traditional Taoist Studies is dedicated to the practical application of Taoism. This need was recognized by Master Anatole as he observed pseudo-teachings and false interpretations of Taoism which included inaccurate descriptions of Taoist Philosophy, superficial Chi Quong and ineffective Martial Arts.

    The Center's commitment to classical teachings in an integrated system has been recognized in the US, China and Russia.
    http://youtu.be/hn6vh0nUOJQ


    Taoism: The three treasures of the Tao
    Taoist Master, Yun Xiang Tseng, a child prodigy from the ancient Wudang Mountains, speaks of the principles of Taoism and the mystical Tao. www.WudangTao.com
    http://youtu.be/T9VjvPRPghY


    The Tao Te Ching
      Spiritual philosophy of Taoism, by Lao Tzu "The Old Sage". Legend has it that Lao Tzu lived approximately 2500 years ago. He was the keeper of the archives of the imperial court of China at that time. Saddened and disillusioned at life and humanity, and that people were unable to follow the path of goodness, he left his position in the court. It was in that renunciation that he wrote down his spiritual teachings and thus the Tao Te Ching - "The Way and It's Power" was created. "At the center of your being you have the answer, You know who you are and you know what you want!" Lao Tzu
    http://youtu.be/qPfh-isxqqU

    Hong Kong Airlines accused of profiting from "flying Taiji dolphin coffins" - Boing Boing

    -Was Flipper involved??

    Why were they headed to Vietnam? Because, Dolphin: it's what's for dinner.
    The dolphins in question are captured at Taiji, a dolphin-hunt site in Japan made famous by Sea Shepherd's actions, and the film The Cove.

    Conan O'brien's Opening Segment Ripped off by Chinese Talk Show DaPeng, Conan Fights back!

    -hilarious! 
    From WSJ

    推荐一个视频给你:
    Conan got ripped off (http://video.sina.com.cn/v/b/72017481-1788911247.html)

    Conan Gets More Revenge On Chinese Rip-Off Show - CONAN on TBS
    Conan launches his second attack on the ridiculous Chinese talk show that ripped off his opening.

    'Pentagon knows China will be US enemy No.1 starting in 2017'

    The World Bank has a sobering forecast for the future of China's economy. It's produced a report saying without reform, the globe's second biggest economy will suffer a major slowdown over the next 20 years. With major consequences for the whole world. Let's get more on this from author and international consultant Adrian Salbucci, who joins RT from Buenos Aires in Argentina.
    http://youtu.be/zBeJUoS-DY4

    Over 700 chickens scared to death in Fuling, Chongqing by adult owl

    -somebody send this to Peter Hessler!
    Over 700 chickens scared to death by adult owl

    Bo Xilai survives Purge. Leader of “Red Campaign” survives reports of purge | WFB

    -and how about Wang Lijun??!

    Three Chinese Women Allegedly Get The Same Face Through Plastic Surgery - 最怕的不是“撞衫”。。。。是“撞脸”

    -I can't wait to see more of these photoshopped ideas!!

    That China Book You're Writing? It’s a Startup, You're an Entrepreneur | Fuel Your Writing

    -Hmmm. Never thought of that.

    "Do you think of yourself as a “writer”? An “author”? Or an “entrepreneur”?

    Chances are that you’ve never referred to yourself as the latter. But perhaps now is the time to start acting like one."

    That Book You Are Writing? It’s a Startup | Fuel Your Writing:


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    Learn Chinese from the movies! Click Here! LEARN TO READ AND USE OVER 3000 OF THE MOST COMMONLY USED CHINESE CHARACTERS “PASSIVELY” BY WATCHING TEN (9) OF THE GREATEST CHINESE MOVIES EVER MADE WITH UNIQUE SELF-TEACHING SUBTITLES.