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2012/04/28

Abigail Washburn: US-China Relations with a Banjo, Music Videos and her TED Talk

-Great music, Alison Krauss with a Chinese TWIST!
City of Refuge -Abigail Washburn
Song of the Traveling Daughter - Abigail Washburn Best Song of hers where she sings a 1940s era Chinese Folk Song with a new twist. http://youtu.be/mXRsWUqcMTE
Abigail Washburn performs the traditional folk tune, "Bright Morning Stars" from her recent album, City of Refuge, 2011.
http://youtu.be/oakMG6pOHbI
Abigail Washburn performing "Great Big Wall In China" live with the Sparrow Quartet. "Great Big Wall In China" from the album: Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet
http://youtu.be/IrikbJsV0Rg

Bela leads off with a solo, joined by the rest in full on Chinese folk Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet (Dig)

陈光诚向温总理提出三个要求 Chen Guangcheng, Blind Chinese Activist, Escapes from House Arrest in Shandong, Personal YouTube message to Wen Jiabao

-Let's not drop the ball this time Mr. Obama! 


After escaping from house arrest, blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng issued a dramatic video message calling on Premier Wen Jiabao to protect his family, punish the people who had attacked them and combat corruption, recounting alleged abuses he and his family suffered at the hands of police.

ChinaAid, a Texas-based activist group, said Chen was under the protection of U.S. officials and talks were underway between U.S. and Chinese officials about his fate. The U.S. Embassy, however, maintained its silence, declining to either confirm or deny that Chen was there, with a diplomat citing the sensitivity of the situation.

Earlier, fellow activist Hu Jia said Mr Chen was in the US embassy. Neither country has commented on the claims.

Mr Chen's escape could overshadow a visit to Beijing next week by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She has repeatedly called for the dissident's release.


The lawyer, Chen Guangcheng, one of the best-known and most politically savvy Chinese dissidents, evaded security forces surrounding his home this week and, aided by an underground network of human rights activists, secretly made his way about 300 miles to Beijing, where he is believed to have found refuge in the American Embassy, according to advocates and Chinese officials.

Chinese Activist Chen Guangcheng Escapes House Arrest in China - NYTimes.com:

BEIJING — The improbable escape of a blind dissident from government detention — aided by a network of activists who helped him evade security forces for days — is emboldening China’s often beleaguered human rights community, even as the authorities have begun rounding up those they suspect helped him flee.


Meat consumption in China now double that in the US

-Chinese love their 肉肉!
Local meat market in Ngau Chi Wan, Hong Kong, China
http://youtu.be/mIMFFils7y4

More than a quarter of all the meat produced worldwide is now eaten in China, and the country’s 1.35 billion people are hungry for more. In 1978, China’s meat consumption of 8 million tons was one third the U.S. consumption of 24 million tons. But by 1992, China had overtaken the United States as the world’s leading meat consumer—and it has not looked back since. Now China’s annual meat consumption of 71 million tons is more than double that in the United States. With U.S. meat consumption falling and China’s consumption still rising, the trajectories of these two countries are determining the shape of agriculture around the planet.
Meat consumption in China now double that in the United States - world.edu:

Wander Cyclist: Invisible China and Her Borderlands - From Shanghai to Xinjiang, Mongolia to Tibet

A Photography project in Shanghai, China by Eleanor Moseman
As of April 2012, she completed more than 19,000 kilometers, while opening up intimate opportunities to capture photographs of nomadic lives and religious cultures of Western China and the borderlands. Eleanor’s photography explores the "Invisible China”, the often enigmatic and somewhat unknown parts of the world.

She now continues through the borderlands, such as Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan with an estimated return to Xinjiang and Tibet in late Summer.

Eleanor Moseman, an American photographer, is cycling through Asia documenting hidden communities, disappearing traditions, and endangered cultures in the region.

Plan:

Moseman is currently in Kyrgyzstan, after studying Russian intensively for 10 days. She is now headed to Kazakhstan, then onto Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and then, return to China. She is currently planning on spending more time in Xinjiang.

A return to Kham Tibet is also in the works since one of the greatest highlights of the trip thus far is the couple of months she spent in Kham and U-Tsang, Tibet. Eleanor lived with the Tibetans, photographing and experiencing authentic, historic and untampered Tibetan culture. The time spent there would leave a life lasting impression on her and her new friends continually ask when she shall return.

Eleanor plans on living with the Muslim ethnic group, Uyghurs, this summer near the Taklamakan Desert. The local family works on their fruit orchard and Eleanor has been invited to come and live for awhile. She will be arriving just in time for Ramadan, the most important Islamic holiday. Take a moment to see inside a Uyghur home in Kashgar.

UFO Appeared 48s In Shanghai, China Yesterday!

-they say at :26 and you can debunk it. 


UFO Appeared 48s In China Shanghai Yesterday! My friend got this amazing video. I love UFO!!!
http://youtu.be/P2sj_9uJrg0

TYT: Chinese Students Not Deterred by Recent Shootings

-The picture on the video might be South Koreans. 

Chinese exchange students are still hot for American universities, despite recent violence against chinese students in California. Ana Kasparian goes over the growth in numbers recently experienced in US colleges, and John Iadarola brings up one major concern: chinese youths are less likely to be prepared to live in US cities after their chinese upbringing.
http://youtu.be/za7L74wYhfA

Jimmy Kimmel LIVE: Chinese Woman on Cell Phone Falls -- Kimmel's Laughs at Her Pain

-Jimmy, you just don't get it.  6 meters down is not funny. 

Jimmy Kimmel Live - Chinese Woman on Cell Phone Falls
http://youtu.be/iX3fYq_jGoU

2012/04/27

More Beijing Auto Show News: Hybrid Explanation and World's LARGEST Car!

-A large Hybrid? Doesn't that defeat the point? 
China, the world's top car market, is trying to wean the country away from its growing dependency on oil, promoting new energy-efficient vehicles like the hybrid car, examples of which are on display at the Auto China 2012 show in Beijing.
http://youtu.be/tnpb2GuIB14

The International Automotivemotive Exhibition started on Monday in Beijing. Among the prestigious car brands exsibited are Lamborgini, Rolls Royce and Masserati. With the growing Chinese consumer interest for SUVs, the automobile industry hopes to cash in on Chinese people's taste for bigger cars. Here's more. The annual Beijing International Automotive Exhibition kicked off on Monday (April 23). A record number of over one thousand vehicles are competing for the attention of the world's biggest auto market. Although China's economic growth is slowing, the automobile industry is still hopeful. Wealthy Chinese are wild about SUVs, luxury cars, and in the future, many brands also hope green vehicles. Lamborghini, hoping to cash in on the Chinese taste for bigger cars, for the first time presented the Urus—a luxury SUV concept car. Ford is a late-comer to the Chinese market, but is hopeful for its future in the country. Ford Asia chief, Joe Hinrichs, presented four brand new Ford SUVs on Sunday (April22). He was confident about the cars' success. [Joe Hinrichs, Ford Asia Chief]: "SUV is one of the fastest growing segments in China, some people think 2.5 million units were sold last year. We've done some research on it, a lot of people are buying an SUV for their second vehicle, when they buy a second vehicle, to have versatility, and have that flexibility with the vehicle. Also people like the higher seating point, they like to see over what's going on in front of them, there's a lot of traffic, a lot of congestion, so they can see what's going on ahead of them," The number of SUVs Chinese consumers bought soared to 2.1 million last year. An increase of 25 percent, making for almost 12 percent of total vehicle sales, according to J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. While other brands like Rolls Royce, Ferrari and Maserati also introduced flashy new models, German car-maker Mercedes-Benz held a world premier for its new A-Class "Quad Coupe." Car sales in China increased by 5 percent in 2011, the slowest pace since the nation's car culture took off at the turn of the century. Industry observers say the prospects for 2012 are expected to improve. This is thanks to automobile demand in lower tier cities, which are catching up with major metropolitan areas.
http://youtu.be/JhDulfXPjPs

New York Times Staffers Dive into Mandarin Courses

-Mandarin At Lunch. NICE! 

While The Times' overseas correspondents complete intensive Chinese language training to report effectively, its employees based in New York also have the opprtunity to study Mandarin every Wednesday during lunch.

Initiated in 2009 by the newspaper's Asian Heritage Network (one of seven employee-led affinity groups), the courses are offered at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels to staffers who are interested.

Reporter: Yuhan Liu
Video: Yuhan Liu & Derek Bosko
Photo Research: Chen Ziyan
Supervising Producer: Chen Weihua, Frank Huo, Calvin Zhou
Senior Producer: Larry Lee & Ji Tao
http://youtu.be/zsP6bEagxEw

2 Children Speaking Mandarin Chinese Articles: Our "Speak Mandarin" campaign and START YOUNG!

In a cab the other day, the small one started talking about the colour of the vehicle. This is a blue "de shi", he piped, using the Mandarin term for taxi.

The taxi driver asked why I had taught him "de shi". No one will understand you when you go home, he warned. Back where you come from, taxis are called "ji cheng che", aren't they? he continued.

No, I said, we know them as "de shi".

Aren't you from China? he queried.

No, we are Singaporeans, I replied.

Oh, you've got your PR already, he quipped.

Er no, we're born and bred here, Uncle, I said.

But your son speaks like he's from China! the taxi driver exclaimed.

Whoo-hoo! I silently rejoiced. It worked!
Our Speak Mandarin campaign - TODAYonline | Columns | Parent to Parent |  h/t
Start young. The younger the child is, the easier it is for them to learn the sounds of the language. That’s why we encourage children to learn as early as they can. The problem with learning early, though, is that you need to keep it interesting enough to hold their attention. That’s why we use animation, stories and songs to teach. We capture the children’s attention with a story, teach the Chinese with the assistance of English, and then layer Chinese in phrase by phrase. We found that taught in this manner, Chinese was as easy to learn as any other language.

In some ways, Chinese is harder than English. There are aspects of Chinese, such as the four tones, that are harder for speakers of non-tonal languages to distinguish The writing is certainly harder, but that’s more a matter of memorization.

In other ways, Chinese is actually much easier than English. Chinese grammar is extremely simple. (No male and female nouns, no verb conjugation).
Things You Should Know About Teaching Your Kids Mandarin Chinese | HapaMama:
www.kidschineseclub.com - Kids Chinese Club - the interactive website designed to help you learn Chinese quickly and easily. Most people think that Chinese is a really difficult language to learn, but well show you that its not. At the same time, you and every member of your family that register will be a member of our worldwide club, learning along with thousands of other children (and adults!) from lots of different countries. http://youtu.be/r6kXBtJ7Xoo

Photos that need Captions: Chinese Man Tapes Himself to a Tree (15 captions so far)

1.  Now, we'll call the police.  And next time, Don't sell Lady Gaga bootleg CDs anymore! 
Meanwhile in China funny picture

  • 2.  Tape is cheap in China.
  • 3.  Last time I make love to a Tree!
  • 4.  In Middle Eastern countries you chop the hand off a thief, in China we tape thieves to a tree!
  • 5.  Stick around man, there's more to come!
  • 6.  Hang out here while I get the police!
  • 7.  47 days after Lantern Festival, on the 14th moon of the new year, is the seldom heard Tree Taping Festival.
  • 8.  This is what we want to do to Bo Xilai!!
  • 9.  This is what happens to people who report Intellectual Property Rights Violations in China.
  • 10.  A lynching when you can't find rope.
  • 11.  Chinese style Tree Hugging.
  • 12.  The Chinese are so green, he's a real tree hugger.
  • 13.  First there was Gay marriage, then animal Marriage.  The Chinese are so progressive they've invented tree marriage.
  • 14.  Tree Marriage.  Till chopping-it-down do you part. 
  • 15.  The only Mitt Romney Supporter in Town.



Chinese Woman Gives Birth to Septuplets, Has 1 Week To Choose

-Killing babies is so funny, Onion! 

SHANGHAI, CHINA—In the second such documented case ever, Jinan Huang, a 33-year-old Shanghai woman, gave birth to septuplets Monday.

Jinan, who is in stable condition following the 31-hour delivery, has been given one week by government officials to decide which child she will keep.

"My husband and I have not decided for certain," said Jinan, speaking to reporters from her hospital bed shortly after the miraculous birth. "But we are very much considering keeping the second-born boy. He is the heaviest and, therefore, the most likely to survive and tend to us in our old age."

The six children not selected will, in accordance with Chinese multiple-birth law, be thrown off a mountaintop.

Since China's one-child-per-family law went into effect in 1983, more than 65 million multiple-birth babies have been put to death in the country.

2012/04/26

Bribing Chinese Officials: DreamWorks, Katzenberg, Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, Chinese Officials and #Obama2012

-Crony Capitalism with a Capital Crony! 

The Hollywood studio run by one of President Obama’s biggest donors is under investigation by the Securities Exchange Commission for bribing Chinese officials to secure exclusive film rights in the communist country—rights secured in secretive negotiations that included Vice President Joe Biden.

The SEC is investigating at least five Hollywood studios—including 20th Century Fox, Disney, and DreamWorks Animation—for allegedly making illegal payments to Chinese officials, Reuters reported Tuesday.

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is the largest donor to the Obama reelection super PAC Priorities USA.
DreamWorks Nightmare | Washington Free Beacon:

6 Golden Rules of Operating in China | AdAge

-each one is fleshed out and very informative. CLICK BELOW! 

1. The Communist Party is always in charge.
This truism pervades all aspects of doing business in China.

2. Censorship rules are vague and subject to interpretation. But they're enforced.
"Nobody knows exactly what the censorship rules are. But any time an ad violates a Confucian code ... 

3. Be prepared when your brand is sucked into politically sensitive news events.

3 more on the site. Click below!

The Golden Rules of Operating in China | AdAge China: Breaking News - Advertising Age:

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Artist and Musician "Shanghai" Sings his new song "Mine, Mine, Mine"

-Holy Metrosexual! 

Spotify (Worldwide): http://www.kortlink.dk/spotify/au49
WiMP (The Nordics): http://www.kortlink.dk/wimp/awce
iTunes (Denmark): http://www.kortlink.dk/apple/awcd

Artist: Shanghai
Titel: Mine, Mine, Mine
Composer: N. Brandt / N. Kornerup
Publishing: Copyright Control
ISRC: DK4YA1201250
2012 Sound Of Copenhagen - distributed by disco:wax

Recorded by Shanghai at the Bunker and Produced by Kasper Winding.
All instruments by Shanghai except backing vocals by Mana Arhøj

https://www.facebook.com/shanghaimusicnet

Video Credits:
Director and VFX: Pingo van der Brinkløv
D.O.P: Michael Saur Christensen
Make-up: Dina Marinelli Brandt
Shanghai Art Director: Anders Arhøj

Thanks to:
POP CPH
Los Vladimirovich
Linda Farrow for clothing and accessories
http://youtu.be/CvTDUd8mTJg

Zhang Shixiang International Violin School: April China Tour (Hangzhou, Shanghai, Harbin)

-1:18 is little kids playing Violins! CUTIE PATOOTIES! 


Zhang Shixiang International Violin School Facebook page
Official Web Page

"Chinese Values?" by Joschka Fischer | Project Syndicate

-Human rights are a western tool? Really? 

Ideologically, Chinese leadership’s rejection of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law is based on the contention that these supposedly universal values are a mere stalking horse for Western interests, and that repudiating them should thus be viewed as a matter of self-respect. China will never again submit to the West militarily, so it should not submit to the West normatively either.
"Chinese Values?" by Joschka Fischer | Project Syndicate:

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Hong Kong Native John Woo (not of Faceoff fame) Gives you Hipster Star Wars - Galactic Clothing Trends

-This is really weird. 


Check out what Star Wars characters would be like if they were hipsters in a galaxy far, far away.

Which character do you think is the most trendy? Let us know in the comments section below!

Check out more art by John Woo at:
http://wooszoo.com/

Special thanks to DJMshadow for the tune, "Star Wars - Darth Vaders Duel Of Fate Theme (Mshadow Remix)"
http://soundcloud.com/djmshadow/star-wars-darth-vaders-duel-of

Jim Rogers on Markets, Economy and China

-Love the bowtie. 

Famed investor Jim Rogers, co-founder of the Quantum fund with George Soros and chairman of Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, joins The News Hub to discuss his outlook for the financial markets, China and the U.S. economy. Photo: Reuters.
http://youtu.be/PNPqhZ9cv0Y

28 Years Ago Today: President Ronald Reagan in China April 26, 1984


President Ronald Reagan arrived in China on April 26, 1984, to start a six-day visit - the first by an American president since President Nixon in 1972. There was a welcoming ceremony in Tiananmen Square outside the Great Hall of the People where he was greeted by Chinese President Li Xiannian with a 21-gun salute. President Reagan then attended a banquet given in his honor by President Li. He gave an address where he spoke about the need for "mutual respect and mutual benefit" between China and the United States. He said some phrases in a Chinese language.

Chinese War Films: 《火流星》Fire Meteor - Kind of like the Chinese "Saving Private Ryan"

-Careful of booby traps! 
《火流星》第1集

海外用户免费收看大陆视频节目
http://youtu.be/4GTcyHGPECk

《火流星》第2集

http://youtu.be/Au_YI00fhNQ

Zombies Meet Kung FU: "The Four" Chinese Teaser Trailer (2012)

-Coming out in July 2012!
The Four Chinese Teaser Trailer #1 (2012) - Zombie Martial Arts Movie

The Four Chinese Teaser Trailer #1 (2012) - Zombie Martial Arts Movie HD

An undercover agent is assigned by his corrupt chief to infiltrate a rival department and sabotage their investigation of counterfeit currency. What he discovers is the counterfeiter's real plan. To overthrow the capital. Not by flooding it with funny money, but with an army of undead.
http://youtu.be/3807rCiwxcE

Beijing Auto Show 2012: Lamborghini Urus, Nissan and Aston Martin English/Mandarin Press Conference

-Learn your high end Mandarin! 
Aston Martin - Beijing Auto Show 2012 Press Conference

Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez speaks from the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.

On display are five exclusive models from across the Aston Martin line-up, including three limited edition 'Dragon 88' models, DBS Volante, Virage Coupe and V8 Vantage S Coupe. Each of the 88 cars produced will feature bespoke details that celebrate the mystical qualities of the dragon symbol, synonymous with power, strength and good luck in Chinese folklore.

Complementing these three exclusive examples is the One-77 supercar and a Rapide customised by Aston Martin's new 'Q by Aston Martin' bespoke service.
http://youtu.be/8R6968h7F64

Beijing Motor Show | Lamborghini Urus

26 years after the legendary LM002, Lamborghini is launching its new sporty concept car -- the Urus, during a worldwide presentation at the Beijing Motorshow.
http://youtu.be/f_kpeBIRc6o

Beijing Auto Show Revs Up China Market

The nation's biggest auto show, opened its doors to media on Monday, with almost 90 global debuts and over 40 Asian premieres.

Interest in the Beijing event now rivals the worlds' top auto shows, reflecting the critical importance of the Chinese market to the car industry.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says despite a recent slowdown, China will remain a key driver of growth as the world's biggest car market.

"Even though for the last quarter we have seen stable sales overall for the industry in China, I still forecast 5-6% growth in sales in 2012," said Ghosn.

"This rhythm of between 5-10% growth in sales will continue for the foreseeable future, so China should continue to do well."

Ghosn sees Chinese sales rising 10% this year to 1.4 million vehicles, continuing its momentum as the fastest growing Japanese automaker.

Making its global debut in Beijing is the all-new Nissan Sylphy, which sold over 100,000 units last year.

Nissan's premium brand, Infiniti, unveiled its M long-wheel-base luxury sedan, engineered specifically for the Chinese market.

The show also marks the official start of sales for Dongfeng Nissan's local brand, Venucia, aimed at first-time car buyers in smaller urban centers.

"In the next half of this year, we will launch the second car model from Venucia," Ren Yong, vice president of Dongfeng Nissan told the media center.
"Right now, we are doing our best and we aim to bring one new model a year to the market. So by 2015, we will be launching five new car models in the market."
With a trio of brands for every segment of the Chinese market, Nissan hopes its Beijing bonanza will further stoke demand and pave the way for expanding production in the country ahead.
http://youtu.be/Anudvep1oxU

2012/04/25

Harvard Business Reveiw's Adi Igatius on Zhao Ziyang,

-Great talk great book. 
Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang
“Zhao may be more dangerous in death than he was in life.” —Time

How often can you peek behind the curtains of one of the most secretive governments in the world? Prisoner of the State is the first book to give readers a front row seat to the secret inner workings of China’s government. It is the story of Premier Zhao Ziyang, the man who brought liberal change to that nation and who, at the height of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, tried to stop the massacre and was dethroned for his efforts.

When China’s army moved in, killing hundreds of students and other demonstrators, Zhao was placed under house arrest at his home on a quiet alley in Beijing. China’s most promising change agent had been disgraced, along with the policies he stood for. The premier spent the last sixteen years of his life, up until his death in 2005, in seclusion. An occasional detail about his life would slip out: reports of a golf excursion, a photo of his aging visage, a leaked letter to China’s leaders. But China scholars often lamented that Zhao never had his final say.



As a senior government official, Zhao was critical of Maoist policies and instrumental in implementing free-market reforms, first in Sichuan, subsequently nationwide. He emerged on the national scene due to support from Deng Xiaoping after the Cultural Revolution. He also sought measures to streamline the bureaucracy and fight corruption, which was severely affecting the Party's legitimacy in the 1980s. Zhao Ziyang was also an advocate of the privatization of state-owned enterprises, the separation of the Party and the state, and general market economic reforms. Many of these views were shared by then-General Secretary Hu Yaobang.[2]

From Wikipedia

Watch Out When You are on a Cell Phone: Xi'an China, Woman on the Phone Falls through the Pavement

-She disappeared! OH MY! 

A surveillance camera catches the moment an unsuspecting girl falls through a pavement while walking down a street in northern China.

The pavement caved in under the teenager's weight as soon as she stepped onto a section of the walkway.

What followed was a dramatic rescue attempt by a passing taxi driver. His heroic actions were also filmed by close circuit television and on mobile phones.

The passing cab driver stopped immediately at the scene and climbed into the six-metre deep pit to help the girl.

"I called out to her but she didn't respond. After I shook her a little, she came to," said Wang Wei, a taxi driver in the northern city of Xi'an

Wang climbed down to the bottom of the pit clinging to a cable under the pavement.

"The dirt kept showering down on us and the kid couldn't stop crying," he added.

Underground water had eroded the ground under the road and caused a cavity under the pavement.

The ground in the pit continued to shift while the cab driver and the girl were still in it, which made it impossible for them to climb out until firefighters extended a ladder in to help them.

"The ladder kept moving about, it's a little flimsy and the girl kept screaming out of fear. So I told her to go first and I'll be right behind her. Finally we managed to get out," Wang said.

Amateur footage showed the pair emerging from the hole and being pulled to safety with the help of fire fighters and passers-by.
http://youtu.be/m6TrHuvlf8o



Chinese teenager falls down a manhole


Teenage Girl walking and talking on cell phone plunges down sinkhole in China "Fail" 4/24/2012


A cab driver comes to the rescue of a young girl after she falls into a sinkhole under a pavement in the city of Xi'an in northern China. http://youtu.be/R_B1PkgA3kA
CCTV footage has captured the moment a teenager in northern China fell through a covered pit on the side of a road. Underground water had eroded the pavement and the girl fell through the unstable ground. A taxi driver stopped to help but eventually firefighters were called to the scene and pulled the girl out. Warning: There is limited sound on this clip. http://youtu.be/zfDG4UrtWZw

High tea prices in China causing a stir -- Shanghai Daily

-As long as it's not fake, please don't fake Chinese tea. 

FOR centuries, tea has been considered one of the seven daily necessities of Chinese life, alongside rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, vinegar and firewood.

Nowadays, however, some tea is no longer a humble necessity, but a luxury item few can afford.

During the promotion of this year's first batch of green tea, which usually hits the market this month, a Chinese company rolled out a tea priced at 26,800 yuan (US$4,253) per 100 grams.

The tea, named daqi, meaning treasure, is a type of Xinyang Maojian, a renowned type of green tea produced in Henan Province. The tea comes in a cloisonne container with a jade lid and a sandalwood base.

Some entrepreneurs say they want to push the ancient brew into China's luxury market to compete with watches and red wine in appealing to the rising numbers of wealthy Chinese.

"A watch can easily fetch a million yuan with its fine craftsmanship, and we want to show that tea also has this, as well as a profound cultural background," Huang said.

High tea prices causing a stir -- Shanghai Daily | 上海日报 -- English Window to China New:
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Jaguar, Mercedes, Aston Martin at Beijing Auto Show

-No Edsels here! 

The Beijing International Auto Show is quickly becoming the center of the global car industry. European luxury brands such as Jaguar, Mercedes, Aston Martin and Lamborghini all brought world-premiere vehicles to the stage in China. WSJ's automotive critic Dan Neil takes a walk through the show and gives us his reactions.
http://youtu.be/K4vCAC5RCWE

2012/04/24

Listening Post : Chinese whispers: Murder, mystery, the media -Al Jazeera

-Great program. A must listen or watch. 

We examine a scandal that has seen the single voice of the Chinese state compete with a cacophony of online voices - who is winning the media battle? Plus, the new cult that is North Korea's Kim Jong-un.
http://youtu.be/XxSXKQGbfhM

China sets its sights on the global car market

-WOW! Look at those amazing cars! 

China's car industry has been at full throttle in recent years. And with the help of foreign technology and a booming domestic market, local manufacturers at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition are ready to shift into second gear.
http://youtu.be/Odz2X_rExqE

Sydney Morning Herald China Wrap-up: A Slow Boat, Sucky Service, Subway Assault, Nasty Snooker and Kevin Rudd Joins Weibo!



China's slow boat journey to relisting
Sydney Morning Herald
Take the Chinese tinned asparagus and PVC glove group China JXY, which marks its 14th anniversary of being suspended from trade next month. At its annual meeting in May last year, the group discussed its plans to start trading on the ASX ''as soon as

 
'The service sucks': Chinese airlines under fire
Sydney Morning Herald
About 42 per cent of airspace in eastern China is closed to commercial flights and reserved for the air force, the official China News Services reported last year, citing a military study. That region includes Beijing and Shanghai, the country's most

'This city is so dangerous': outrage in China over Sydney train assault
Sydney Morning Herald
The alleged robbery, including racist taunts, drew a social media pledge from former foreign affairs minister Kevin Rudd and led to emergency talks at Sydney's Chinese consulate general. Police said six people, aged 14 to 18, robbed passengers on a

Snooker gets nasty as 'disgusted' Allen slams China's sportsmanship
Sydney Morning Herald
However, the 26-year-old said Cao should have called a foul on himself during the opening frame of Sunday's session when the Chinese was just 5-4 ahead. Allen then risked further controversy by saying "it seems to be a bit of a trait for the Chinese
 
Rudd's latest game of Chinese whispers: join Weibo
Sydney Morning Herald
The former prime minister Kevin Rudd has rekindled his love affair with China by embracing the popular Chinese social media site, Weibo. The Mandarin-speaking Mr Rudd joined the popular site with more than 300 million users last Wednesday and has ...

3 Chinese Model Railroad Videos: Playing with Trains isn't just a Western Hobby!

-You can almost hear the snoring of the passengers  
http://youtu.be/EeioK9R1Rao This is a private model railroads meeting that held on 12-29-2007 . Edited by Windows Movie Maker . Canon S2 IS , 320x240 15" . Gordon Graham , 12-29-2007 . http://youtu.be/jSTB4g1WH8k SS7A and SS8 haul the XL22(1 no.), YW22 (6 nos.) and CA23 (1 no.), and all model railway carriage was add the LED light, dummy and also i add the weight, for the BWC model railway carriage was too light. http://youtu.be/itJAV8s_4Cw

4 Big Think Videos about China: Proverbs, Doubting China's Rise, the Civilization, and Piracy

-Interesting opinions. Made me THINK BIG. 

Mark Leonard discusses his most memorable Chinese insights.
http://youtu.be/a357XGMeARU
Barksdale doubts the coming of a Chinese century. http://youtu.be/uBJhGvWewVQ Thurman talks about what he loves about Chinese Civilization and China today.
http://youtu.be/WU3tlT2-oFQ
You can find almost anything that has ever been produced by the human race on China's streets -- illegally. http://youtu.be/k9qVLwwmENk

Shaolin Kung Fu: 18 Hands Techniques / Single Rafter

-Oh, I thought he was going to use his 18 hands...disappointed. 

Learn single rafter, as part of the 18 hands technique, in this Shaolin Kung Fu video from Howcast.


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Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Sichuan Cooking, as heard on @econtalk


-Just how I like it: Hot and Spicy. 

Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Sichuan Cooking

"It is a very long time since I saw a book which is so patently an absolute 'must.'"—Alan Davidson, author of The Oxford Companion to Food

The food of the Sichuan region in southwest China is one of the world's great culinary secrets. Many of us know it for its "hot and spicy" reputation or a few of its most famous dishes, most notably Kung Pao chicken, but that is only the beginning. Sichuanese cuisine is legendary in China for its sophistication and astounding diversity: local gourmets claim the region boasts 5000 different dishes. And it's not just about the kick of fiery red chiles and numbing Sichuan pepper: local chefs use unparallelled flavoring techniques to create at least twenty-three distinct flavor combinations, from sour-sweet, melting "lychee flavor" to punchy, seductive "fish-fragrant flavor."...more on Amazon.

The Author:
Fuchsia Dunlop writes for Gourmet, Saveur, the Financial Times, and Time Out. A graduate of Cambridge University and a fluent Mandarin speaker, she lives in London, where she consults for the city's first authentic Sichuan restaurant, Bar Shu. Her books include "Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook," "Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper," and "Land of Plenty."

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This book was featured as a great book from EconTalk: Economic's Podcast. Tyler Cowen of George Mason U. and author of An Economist Gets Lunch, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about food, the economics of food, and his new book.

Marion Barry Doubles Down on "Dirty Asians"

-Why doesn't he just say DIRTY CHINESE and get it over with! Everyone knows that's what he means! 

Marion Barry was D.C.'s mayor for sixteen years (1979-91 and 1995-99), and currently he's a city council member representing Ward 8, a section of D.C. that's overwhelmingly African-American.

Barry, who popularized the phrase "Bitch set me up!" during an FBI sting operation that sent him to prison, is back in the news for declaring that Asian business owners in his district should be driven out.

"We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops," he said at an April 3rd campaign event. "They ought to go. I'm going to say that right now."

Reason.tv Correspondent Kennedy caught up with Barry at D.C.'s City Hall to discuss his comments.

Produced by Jim Epstein.

Approximately 2.30 minutes.
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US Woman Becomes Hero in China as She Fights Domestic Abuse

-"In America you should be killed by your husband with a gun."  Really Mr. Li?  I think if you were in America your wife would have shot YOU! 

BEIJING -- Her head was ringing from the blows. Once, twice, three times, her husband slammed her face into the living room floor.

Kim Lee tried to twist her tall, thin frame out from under his 200-pound body, scraping her elbows and knees on the carpet. He kept pounding. Eight, nine, 10 times -- she thought she might black out.

Li Yang portrays the dispute as a clash. "I was not cruel," he said in a message, noting that he hit her only 10 times.

It wasn't the first time in their relationship that Li Yang, 42, a Chinese celebrity entrepreneur, had struck her -- but for his American wife, it was going to be the last.

She scooped up their wailing child, grabbed their passports and a wad of cash, and walked out of their Beijing apartment....

In the meantime, she has changed the locks on her apartment. Last week, her husband sent her a text message: "In America you should be killed by your husband with gun. This is real American way. You're so lucky to be in China!"

U.S. woman becomes hero in China as she fights domestic abuse | Detroit Free Press | freep.com:

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White Girl Uses Chinese to Teach American Slang: OMG! 美语 Cutie Patootie

-4 English words = 1 Chinese word. 

1) adorable, adorbs可爱 2) precious, presh可爱 3) cutie patootie可爱的人 4) darling可爱
http://youtu.be/wFA7X43zX1o

Big THINK: Competing with China and India

-Yes, Chindia has their own problems. Like made up names. 

New markets are an opportunity, says Cliff Schorer.
http://youtu.be/v5ij2ED23K0

Jon Huntsman Compares Republican Party to the Chinese Communist Party

-That's like Hillary Clinton bashing the Democrats in 2008 as being CAPITALIST ROADERS! 

Jon Huntsman is raising eyebrows this week for comparing America's Grand Old Party to the Communist Party during remarks at a New York City event.

The former Utah governor was complaining about being disinvited to a major Republican fundraising event during his presidential bid, apparently because Huntsman had made statements supporting the idea of a third party candidate in 2012's presidential race.

"This is what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script," said Huntsman, speaking at the 92nd Street Y.

As the former ambassador to China under President Obama, Huntsman should know. He also said that his fellow Republicans were often "wrong-headed" in their policy approaches toward China.

Along with an apparent disinterest in further endorsing assumed nominee Mitt Romney, or serving as a surrogate for his former rival in 2012, Huntsman may find himself receiving even fewer invites to Republican events. Dear Jon: Maybe it's time to stop talking about a third party and start one yourself.
http://youtu.be/edcmubro0A0

Dramatic Ping Pong: "As One" Movie Trailer (2012) - or A Korean Ping Pong Movie

-Who knew Ping Pong could be so dramatic! 

"As One" shows behind-the-scenes stories regarding the inter-Korean table tennis team that participated in the 1991 Chiba Worldwide Table Tennis Championships for 40 days. Ha Ji-won takes on the role of South Korean table tennis player Hyeon Jeong-hwa and Bae Doo-na takes on the role of her North Korean rival, Ri Boon-hee.
http://youtu.be/VQ5BThz4BPY

2012/04/23

Chinese Food Culture -Slideshare

-Start drooling now! Chinese Food Culture
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Giant 6.5kg (14.3 pounds!) baby born in eastern China

-HOLY HUGE BABY BATMAN!! 

Doctors in Wuhu, China are amazed as a woman gives birth to a child twice the usual weight. Report by Sam Datta-Paulin.
http://youtu.be/YmOItooHeK4

Chinese Warlord Armies 1911-30 (Men-at-Arms)


-Plus a Podcast and MOVIE!! 
Chinese Warlord Armies 1911-30 (Men-at-Arms)

Discover the men behind one of the most exotic military environments of the 20th century. Humiliatingly defeated in the Sino-Japanese War 1894-95 and the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, Imperial China collapsed into revolution in the early 20th century and a republic was proclaimed in 1912. From the death of the first president in 1916 to the rise of the Nationalist Kuomintang government in 1926, the differing regions of this vast country were ruled by endlessly forming, breaking and re-forming alliances of regional generals who ruled as 'warlords'.

These warlords acted essentially as local kings and, much like Sengoku-period Japan, a few larger power-blocks emerged, fielding armies hundreds of thousands strong. This book, the first detailed, illustrated guide to do so, studies each great warlord in turn, as well as the organization of their forces which acquired much and very varied weaponry from the west, including the latest French air force bombers. They were also joined by Japanese, White Russian and some Western soldiers of fortune which adds even more color to a fascinating and oft-forgotten period. The fascinating text is illustrated with many rare photographs and detailed uniform plates by Stephen Walsh.


Great Chinese History Podcast about this era. A MUST LISTEN!
The Qing Dynasty formally came to an end on February 12, 1912 when the last emperor Puyi abdicated. That same year the Republic of China was founded and had a very rocky start. In today’s episode we look at the immediate aftermath of the Xinhai Revolution and what happened right after Sun Yat-sen handed the presidency of the new republic to Yuan Shikai.
CHP-045 The Aftermath of the Xinhai Revolution | The China History Podcast:


The Xinhai Revolution or Hsinhai Revolution (Chinese: 辛亥革命; pinyin: Xīnhài Gémìng), also known as the Revolution of 1911 or the Chinese Revolution, began with the Wuchang Uprising on October 10, 1911 and ended with the abdication of Emperor Puyi on February 12, 1912. The primary parties to the conflict were the Imperial forces of the Qing Dynasty (1644--1912) and the revolutionary forces of the Chinese Revolutionary Alliance (Tongmenghui). The revolution is named after in the sexagenary cycle of the Chinese calendar; the Xinhai Year.

The revolution was motivated by anger at corruption in the Qing government, frustration with the government's inability to restrain the interventions of foreign powers, and the majority Han Chinese's resentment toward a government dominated by an ethnic minority; the Manchus.

The revolution did not immediately result in a republican government; instead, it set up a weak provisional central government over a politically fragmented country. Reactionaries briefly and abortively restored the monarchy twice, leading to a period of military rule. Though the revolution concluded on February 12, 1912, when the Republic of China formally replaced the Qing Dynasty, internal conflict persisted. The nation endured a failed Second Revolution, a Warlord Era and the Chinese Civil War before the Communists took control on October 1, 1949.
http://youtu.be/RmmtU5QpQKE

Daredevil free climber Dean Potter Walks a Tightrope Across a Chinese canyon 1.8km up!

-HOLY CRAP!  GIVE THAT MAN A QINGDAO! 

Dean Potter has finished a lone slackline walk across the Enshi Grand Canyon in east China - he walked at an altitude of 1.8km. . Report by Katie Lamborn.
http://youtu.be/1Lu_P-K90oY

Here it in Chinese!

American slackline walker Dean Potter crosses a canyon in central China, 1,800 metres above sea level
http://youtu.be/vf2wGMGaeLA


Who is Dean Potter?


Dean Potter (born 18 January 1972, in the United States) is an American free climber, alpinist, BASE jumper, BASEliner, and highliner. He is noted for hard first ascents, free solo ascents, speed ascents and enchainments in Yosemite and Patagonia.

Free climbing and free soloing:
Potter has made several new routes and bold solo ascents in Patagonia.

Speed climbing:
In July 2006, he climbed The Reticent Wall, one of the hardest routes on El Capitan, in 34 hours and 57 minutes with Ammon McNeely and Ivo Ninov, shaving five days off the existing time.

Highlining and BASE jumping:
Potter is known for his exploits in highlining and BASE jumping. He was introduced to slacklining by Chongo, aka Charles Victor Tucker III, one of the first three people to highline across Lost Arrow Spire.

Delicate Arch climb:
Potter is infamous for climbing Delicate Arch, for which he lost his sponsorship from the Patagonia clothing company. "There wasn't any legal reason for me not to climb it," Potter said of Delicate Arch. "I didn't see any moral reason not to climb it. I didn't hurt it."
Potter said he would not climb Totem Pole, the spire in Monument Valley that Navajo imbue with religious significance. Delicate Arch, despite its prominence on Utah license plates, doesn't have the stature of that sacred Arizona tower, he said.
"I didn't see a reason why it's wrong, why we shouldn't mesh with nature," Potter said.
"At first Potter's handler in Patagonia spread the word of his climb by calling a press release to the Salt Lake Tribune. Public outrage was immediate, though, especially in Utah, where many see Delicate Arch as a symbol for the state's wild beauty."
Potter's Delicate Arch climb became the topic of the song Not All Roses by rapper Odub (Kris Hampton), released on the web on 2 April 2007. On 11 April 2007, Potter's lawyer sent Hampton a Cease and Desist letter advising him to halt all distribution of the song. Hampton subsequently released a follow-on song called Cease and Desist.

Notable Ascents:
- 2002 Supercanaleta, Cerro Fitz Roy, Patagonia. First solo of route.
- 2003 Concepcion 5.13+ (67m), Day Canyon, Moab, Utah. First Ascent.
- 2006 Heaven (5.12d/13a) Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley. First solo ascent.
- 2006 Southern Belle (V 5.12d), Half Dome, Yosemite Valley. Second ascent with Leo Houlding.


From Daredevils, The Sky Walker.
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French TV mocks Sarkozy when Chinese President Hu Jintao Ignores Him

-How do you say HILARIOUS in French? 

Sarkozy tries to shake the Chinese leader's hand but he just walks right past, he also says couple of words after but the Chinese leader completely ignores the butcher.
http://youtu.be/l4QoSz-MfrY

Chinese Premier Wen Uses Scandal to Push Reforms -- LinkTV

-Good Overview and helps you catch up with the story. 

(LinkAsia: 4/20/12) As the government begins its investigation into the Bo Xilai scandal, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is trying to use the uproar to push through new reforms. Much of these reforms involve cracking down on what he calls "luxury activities" by party officials.

IMAGE: China's Premier Wen Jiabao delivers a speech after the closing ceremony of the NPC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing: REUTERS/Jason Lee
http://youtu.be/Mkm5YV4QE44

2012/04/22

Chinese Calligraphy: From the Ancient Tradition to the Post Modern Application --Slideshare

Modern Chinese Calligraphy
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This presentation accompanied an art history lecture about the evolution of calligraphy in China, from ancient tradition to post-modern applications.

Modern Chinese Calligraphy — Presentation Transcript
  1. Modern Chinese Calligraphy Kim Munson, Asian Art History, SFSU text © 2008. All Rights Reserved. Artwork shown for academic purposes only, all rights belong to their respective holders.
  2. Calligraphy Concepts China’s written language dates from as early as the 13 th century BCE (Shang Dynasy), and could be even older. Calligraphy is a revered art form, learned by copying “ the masters.” Emphasis is on purity of form while using traditional motifs and techniques. Closely tied to Classical poetry. Because of the size of the country and the diversity languages spoken, political influence was passed on by writing, not speaking.
  3. Examples of 7 major styles Of Calligraphy. Most styles of calligraphy are adapted from previous styles. This chart shows a progression from contemporary styles to the oldest in order from left to right. Chart by Huang Mizozi
  4. Traditional tools and instructions. The “4 treasures” of the scholar’s studio: Paper, brush, ink block & inkstone.
  5. Traditional methods: From a calligraphy manual written and illustrated by Gu Gan in 1992.
  6. Mao Zedong (1893-1976) Artist unknown
  7. Early calligraphy and Poetry by Mao, 1934. “ Huichang” A new dawn breaks in the East. Do not say “You start too early;” crossing these blue hills adds nothing to one’s years, the landscape here is beyond compare. Straight from the walls of Huichang’s lofty peaks, range after range, extend to the eastern seas. Our soldiers point south to Guangdong, looming lusher and greener in the distance.
  8. Calligraphy and Poem by Mao, 1956 Swimming Now I am swimming across the great Yangzi river… Better by far than idly strolling in a courtyard. Today I am at ease.
  9. Stung by widespread criticism during an attempted period of openness in the mid-50’s and pressures within his party, Mao unleashed the “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in 1966. It was an attempt to “smash the 4 olds: old thought, old culture, old customs, and old practice.” He also did this to rid the political hierarchy of anyone opposed to him.
  10. After Mao: President Deng Xiaoping (1904 –1997) attempts a cultural recovery. Professor Zhang Ding, president of the Central Academy of Design (pictured here with Picasso In 1956) sees a chance for calligraphy to make A comeback. The situation was complicated: Young people don’t have technique or knowledge of classics. Scripts simplified. Lots of work for artists: teaching, repairing damaged works, publishing & selling to tourists. Japanese Calligraphy’s influence: Major shows in 1958, 1962 & 1978. Some Chinese calligraphers felt that the Japanese had transformed the art and liked the emphasis on visual aesthetics, but many others felt it was “surface” and preferred to draw on what they saw as uniquely Chinese calligraphic elements.
  11. 4 Current “Movements” Classical Traditional brushwork and papers. Classical poetry is usually the subject. Neo-Classical Based on traditional style with more self-expressive Modernist touches. Classical poetry or contemporary subjects. Wang Shixiang Han Yu
  12. 4 Current “Movements” Modernist Artists trained in traditional methods, inspired by modern Western painting that was finally seen in China in the late 70’s after the death of Mao in 1976. Avant-Garde Artists trained in traditional methods, inspired by contemporary Western painting that started to be seen in China in the mid-80’s. Interested in Post-Modern Theory. Some apply traditional techniques to new formats (installations, photography, oil on canvas). Gu Gan Wei Ligang
  13. Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) Convergence, 1952 Oil on canvas, 93 1/2 x 155" Pablo Picasso (1881—1973) Pigeon-Pois, 1912 Oil on canvas The Modernists were influenced by Western art, especially by works of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists of the 1950’s (these tours were usually sponsored by the US State Department). European modern masters like Picasso, Miro and Kandinsky were also of great interest.
  14. Gu Gan (b. 1942- ) “ The Mountains are Breaking Up” 1985 Ink on Paper He wrote his most influential book, “ The Three Steps of Modern Calligraphy” while in Germany at the Hamburg Institute of Fine Arts, in which he stated that the ultimate goal of Modernist calligraphy is to provide aesthetic pleasure linked to an idea, rather than following the path of traditional calligraphy, where the focus is often on long passages of text .
  15. Abstracting natural forms: From a calligraphy manual written and illustrated by Gu Gan in 1992.
  16. Abstracting natural forms, using Western examples: From a calligraphy manual written and illustrated by Gu Gan in 1992.
  17. Gu Gan. “The Age of Red and Gold” 2000. Gu Gan was the first artist To use colored ink in calligraphy.
  18. Robert Rauschenberg (b. 1925- ) Pilgrim, 1960 The Avant-Garde calligraphers were inspired by contemporary art and theory, especially by a show in Beijing in the 1980’s featuring Robert Rauschenberg. Generally reject recognizable characters Calligraphy both a source of beauty and a reminder of the “dark” sides of Chinese culture, particularly the pressure to conform. “ Calligraphic” techniques used in many mediums and formats. Described as “Visual Music.” Much debate about whether the works are should be thought of as calligraphy or painting.
  19. Studio of the Chengdu Calligraphy Group , preparing for show, 2004 The artists are: Jiazheng (the Master), Pu Lieping (the established artist), and Ma Kun (the apprentice). Detail “The Peach Blossoms are Like Charming Faces.”
  20. Pu Lieping (1959- ) “ Mossy Lands,” 2004 Chinese Xun Paper, Chinese Black Ink, Synthesized materials. 500 cm x 190 cm
  21. Jiazheng, Pu Lieping, Ma Kun “ Copying Inscription on Turtle Shells,” 2004 Chinese Xun Paper, Chinese Black Ink, Synthesized materials. 500 cm x 190 cm
  22. Zhang Qiang (1962- ) - “Tracelogy ” Building on the idea that the earliest pictograms were said to have been inspired by the footprints or “traces” of birds And animals, Qiang eventually came to the concept that all art is a “trace” of the culture that creates it. Seeking a new way to revitalize calligraphy, he “traces” characters while looking away, as a female assistant moves the paper . She also tells him when to start and stop.
  23. Zhang Qiang - Installation photo of the “Tracelogy Study” 2002
  24. Zhang Qiang – Performance Model/dancer wears paper dress. Qiang paints as the women move around him, and then, with the dress covered with calligraphy, she walks down the catwalk as in a fashion show.
  25. Calligraphy in Installations Xu Bing (b. 1955) “ Books from Heaven” 1988 Thousands of traditional wood-block printed books full of unreadable characters.
  26. Wu Shanzhuan (b. 1960) “ Red Room,” 1986 Installation Signs- political slogans ads, traffic directions, poetry & weather reports.
  27. Wenda Gu “ United nations – man and space” 2002 Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Japan
  28. Wenda Gu “ United 7561 kilometers” 2003 Hair, glue, rope 5000 meters of human braids Made from 7561 kilometers of Human hair with rubber stamps From 191 nations of the world.
  29. Wenda Gu “ Babel of the Millennium” 2000 SFMOMA You may have seen some similar work in the “Half Life of a Dream” exhibition, still at SFMOMA (though 10/5)

China to buy New Zealand farmland, Already in Mozambique!

-Combating Food Shortage! 

After a year-long legal battle, China will be allowed to buy farmland in new Zealand.
Some experts say these purchases are less about business and more about rich countries securing their own food supply at the expense of less well off nations.
http://youtu.be/QpSPvuHxlyU

Q: What do you call a Chinese guy with no arms and no legs playing Chess? A: Amazing.

-Unbelievably heart warming! 

A teenager born with no arms and legs has learnt how to play chess, computer games and text his friends with the help of some local soldiers in China. Report by Lindsay Brown.
http://youtu.be/8zo3sCAwNjI

Jackie Chan A-Z: 醉拳 Drunken Master 2 (1994) Full Movie, Outtakes, Fights and General Drunkenness

-One of his best!

movie Poster
http://youtu.be/6U-KJfYg1gk
Wikipedia:
Drunken Master II (Chinese: 醉拳二; Cantonese Yale: Jui Kuen II) is a 1994 Hong Kong kung fu action film directed by Lau Kar-Leung and Jackie Chan, who stars as Chinese folk hero, Wong Fei Hung. It was Chan's first traditional style martial arts film since The Young Master (1980) and Dragon Lord (1981). The film was released in North America as The Legend of Drunken Master in 2000.

The film is a follow-up to Chan's 1978 film Drunken Master, directed by Yuen Woo-ping, but not a direct storyline sequel. Another film, Drunken Master 3 (1994, directed by Lau Kar-Leung) features little in common with either this or its predecessor, and is not considered a sequel.


http://youtu.be/1Df0SiV4PbI

Budget:
$2,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend:
$3,845,278 (USA) (22 October 2000) (1342 Screens)
Gross:
$311,546,543 (Worldwide) (10 December 2010)
from IMDB
http://youtu.be/cSQVT8wUK6Q

Plot
The story concerns the misadventures of Wong Fei Hung as he accidentally becomes involved with the affairs of the British consul, who are smuggling ancient Chinese artifacts out of the country. Fei Hung battles the henchmen of the consul using the Zui Quan (Drunken Boxing) style of martial arts. Fei Hung finds that he becomes a more powerful fighter when he consumes alcohol, although after consuming too much alcohol, he becomes very sluggish, drunk, and incapable of fighting.

http://youtu.be/fEr6cl40fBk

Forget Lombard Street in San Francisco: China's Crazy Crooked "Heaven Linking Avenue"

-Truly amazing shots. 

Heaven-Linking Avenue has 99 turns symbolizing that the Heaven has nine palaces.the avenue runs upward with the postture of the mountain like the soarings of great dragon and also hangs like a jade belt with zigzag turns circling the hills. It is worth the titlewonder of highway in the world. Through Heaven-linking Avenue,one reaches directly the Tianti-celestial ladder. The grand celestial-like scene came into view.






The “Heaven-Linking Avenue,” also known as the Big Gate Road, in the Hunan province of China, has been called one of the “most dangerous” roads in the country




Originally found here.
The Most Dangerous Road In China:



Tianmenshan Heaven-Linking Avenue - Zhangjiajie Tourism Network Government Official Website Zhangjiajie,Zhangjiajie tours, Fenghuang, Wulingyuan,Tianmenshan - Zhangjiajie.gov.cn:

A Body, a Scandal and China - NYT Kristof

-Great overview and brings you up to speed on the Bo XiLai case. 

"IT all began with a dead body, in a hotel in the Chinese city of Chongqing. The corpse belonged to a British businessman who was said to have drunk himself to death — odd, considering that he rarely drank.

Then a vice mayor sneaked out of town, by some accounts disguised for a time as an old lady, and entered the American Consulate in Chengdu to whisper a tale of murder. Now China has erupted in its biggest political storm since the Tiananmen democracy movement was violently crushed in 1989."

A Body, a Scandal and China - NYTimes.com:



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