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2012 Beijing Autoshow Overview

-Great video, great music! 

Progen worked with Shanghai General Motors and Citroen to help create their interactive installations for the 2012 Beijing Autoshow.

1. Shanghai General Motors (Chevrolet): Interactive Voting Installation
2. Shanghai General Motors (Buick): Video Production
3. Citroen: Video Production & 3D Interactive Video Wall Photo Booth

Exile discusses Chinese dissident's case -Aljazeera

-Critical of Obama... 

Yu Jie, author of 34 books, including many critical of the Chinese government, has been in exile in the US state of Virginia for four months now.

Yu says his long-time friend and fellow democracy advocate, Chen Guangcheng, may have been unaware of the danger he faced in leaving the US embassy.

In a situation similar to that described by Chen to Al Jazeera, Yu says he was arrested by authorities of the People's Republic a day before democracy activist, Liu Shiao Bo, of whom Yu had penned a biography, was to receive his Nobel Peace Prize.

Yu says upon his arrest, surveillance and torture became part of his daily life.

Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman spoke to Yu in Herndon, Virginia, where he lives with his wife.

Cartoon Slideshow: The Saga of Chen Guangcheng

-that one where she says the NIKE swoosh on the barbed wire is not a nike swoosh, it's a character 人 meaning "people" which brings a more interesting dynamic to the comic.

Found Via Cartoon Slideshow: The Saga of Chen Guangcheng | PRI's The World: and

Awesome: THE ART OF WAR: A GRAPHIC NOVEL - Official Trailer

-Pre Order NOW!
THE ART OF WAR: A GRAPHIC NOVEL will be published by Harper Perennial, the literary fiction imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, on July 31, 2012. Reserve your copy now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Indie Bound. Written and storyboarded by Kelly Roman and illustrated by Michael DeWeese, the book adapts Sun Tzu's iconic text into a story set in the near-future when financial markets are militarized and China is the dominant economy.

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The Art of War: A Graphic Novel

A stunning and gritty graphic novel integrating the iconic strategy text by Sun Tzu into a sweeping thriller set in the near future when Wall Street is militarized and China is the world's dominant economy.

Kelly Roman served time for a horrific friendly fire incident. Once free, he discovers that his brother died while working for Sun Tzu, the ruthless strategist who runs China's global financial empire.

From the apocalyptic third world of suburban Ohio, Kelly heads into the futuristic Gomorrah that is Manhattan to infiltrate Sun Tzu's organization and find out who murdered his brother—and why. Using the skills and genetic enhancements his Special Forces career provided him, he'll confront both Sun Tzu and his nemesis, a monster of biotechnology known only as The Prince.

Throughout his harrowing adventure, Kelly documents Sun Tzu's ancient wisdom, which guides him through each bloody battle and hairbreadth escape in his quest for vengeance and redempti on.

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THE ART OF WAR: A GRAPHIC NOVEL byKelly Roman and Michael DeWeese. The book, edited by Will Hinton, is scheduled for release on July 31, 2012.

Adapting the iconic text by Sun Tzu, THE ART OF WAR: A GRAPHIC NOVEL explores a violent near-future when financial markets are militarized and China is the dominant economy. The book took six years to write and illustrate, with most of the pages hand-painted on watercolor paper.

"THE ART OF WAR: A GRAPHIC NOVEL should be required reading for those concerned with the future of America and its place in the world," states Minxin Pei, professor of government atClaremont McKenna College and a former senior associate in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment.

Illustrator Michael DeWeese used animation software to bring the book's artwork to life in the two-minute trailer. In addition to illustrating THE ART OF WAR, DeWeese has worked as the lead storyboard artist for Lady Gaga's music videos.

Read more here:

Harper Perennial Releases Animated Trailer For THE ART OF WAR: A GRAPHIC NOVEL - PR Newswire - The Sacramento Bee:


-I'm getting very sleepy... 

An older Chinese woman in Boston says she was hypnotized on the street by 3 Asian women.

China town Dragon Redux 

Hypnosis Gone Wild Golden Dragon redux.

The Ferrari With the Dragon Tattoo

-I want one I want one! 
It was inevitable: Global car makers are rushing to cater to China's new rich. But will Chinese tastes reach our own showrooms? Dan Neil reports from Beijing.


Breakingviews: Ominous signs say "sell China"

-Wait, sell my China?  Um... anybody want a tea cup? 

May 3 - Rising tension between the U.S. and China is creating an atmosphere of instability that is bad for investment, says Reuters Breakingviews' Wayne Arnold.

China censors CNN's 'Anderson Cooper 360' on World Press

-Where did they cut you off Anderson? 

During Anderson Cooper's report about escaped activist Chen Guangcheng, China blocks the broadcast for the second time.

Second hand cars in China

-HUGE MARKET!! At the moment, China's car buyers usually purchase new vehicles, but a market for used cars is starting to develop. The FT's Patti Waldmeir visits a luxury second hand car market to investigate.

U.S. Weakness in Beijing - WSJ

-America's reputation is now implicated in Chen's fate. 

Now more than Mr. Chen's best interests are at stake. The case will reverberate within China and in U.S.-China relations for years. In response to Beijing's demands that the U.S. apologize for sheltering Mr. Chen for six days, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell—who had helped negotiate the deal—said "this was an extraordinary circumstance" and "we don't expect it to be repeated."

That may have been diplomatic of Mr. Campbell, but it was credited by Chinese state media as a sign of "contrition." It certainly smacks of weakness that could end up harming Mr. Chen, his family, and U.S. interests.

Review & Outlook: U.S. Weakness in Beijing -

CNN's Stan Grant sits down with Chinese ambassador Gary Locke

-Nice photo op but where is he?? 

CNN's Stan Grant sits down with Chinese ambassador Gary Locke to ask him whether the U.S. failed Chinese activist Chen.

Mitt Romney Commissioned Pro-America Pins, Made Them In China

-What's the point? 

Complicating Romney’s patriotic message is the fact that the pins were made in China, according to a website run by the Utah state government’s culture department, as TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro pointed out on Twitter.

Outsourcing has been a latent issue in the campaign, and just yesterday the Obama campaign released an ad hitting Romney for “shipp[ing] American jobs to places like Mexico and China” when he led Bain Capital. Indeed, Bain was outsourcing jobs even while Romney was governor.

Mitt Romney Commissioned Pro-America Pins, Made Them In China:

Politico: Romney hits Obama on Chen, Glenn Beck: Blasting Obama on #ChenGuangcheng

-Being fair in the coverage. look everywhere! 

During his Thursday evening broadcast, Beck turned to the plight of the blind Chinese dissidentwho is desperate to flee China with his family and seek asylum in the Untitled States. His only crime? Chen Guangcheng, a lawyer, opposes his government’s policy of aborting children to keep families within their one-child quota.

Glenn Beck Talks About Chinese Dissident Chen Guangchen, Mocks Obama’s Human Rights | Video |

President Barack Obama wanted people to talk about foreign policy this week — but not like this.

Two days after the president flew to Afghanistan for a carefully constructed trip to press the image of a strong foreign policy leader — he’s ending two wars, he ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden — he’s caught in a thorny foreign policy situation his administration didn’t ask for, tried hard to avoid and that risks setting up the president as a lead negotiator unable to close the deal.

As the Chen Guangcheng story spiked Thursday after days of simmering mostly within the international press, it gave likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his party an opening to accuse Obama of weakness and indecision on a week his team has tried to showcase his decisiveness and strength.

GOP pounds Obama on Chen case - Edward-Isaac Dovere and Jennifer Epstein -

Expendables 2 Official Trailer with Jet Li

-This looks AWESOME!!! 

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.


The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Mandarin Chinese Subtitles (Traditional)

-蜘蛛侠 Zhīzhū xiá
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Chinese (HK)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Chinese (TW)

China 1999: Western Venture Capital

-Great view on the cusp of the Digital Revolution! 

Original RL | A production, Digital Journey: Stories From a Networked Planet. Series for public television.

EMMY® Award winning production directed by Robert Lundahl. Produced by Robert Lundahl & Associates, LLC.

#Chen makes direct appeal to Congress to come to US AND MinXin Pei's WSJ piece

-Dark days for America. Darker for Chen. 

UPDATED 5:55 p.m. ET
(CBS News) -- The blind Chinese activist who recently left the U.S. embassy in Beijing on Thursday made a surprising and direct appeal to lawmakers on Capitol Hill to come to the United States.
Calling in to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, dissident Chen Guangcheng told lawmakers he is concerned for the safety of his family and he wants to thank Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her efforts to help him over the past few days.

Nowadays Chinese leaders seem too busy putting out fires to think about their regime's long-term survival. 

To appreciate the mortal dangers lying ahead for the party, look at three numbers: 6,000, 74 and seven. Statistical analysis of the relationship between economic development and survival of authoritarian regimes shows that few non-oil-producing countries can sustain their rule once per capita GDP reaches $6,000 in purchasing power parity (PPP). Based on estimates by the International Monetary Fund, Chinese GDP per capita is $8,382 in PPP terms ($5,414 in nominal terms).

This makes China an obvious authoritarian outlier. Of the 91 countries with a higher per capita GDP than China now, 68 are full democracies, according to Freedom House, 10 are "partly free" societies, and 13 are "not free." Of the 13 countries classified as "not free," all except Belarus are oil producers. Of the 10 "partly free" countries, only Singapore, Tunisia and Lebanon are not oil producers. Tunisia has just overthrown its long-ruling autocracy. Prospects of democracy are looking brighter in Singapore. As for Lebanon, remember the Cedar Revolution of 2005?

Killings Expose China's Hatred of Wealthy with @Chinageeks

-Hating the wealthy...that's great for society. 

(LinkAsia: 4/27/12) Contributor Charlie Custer reports from Beijing on the growing resentment amongst Chinese towards the wealthy, a hatred sparked by recent corruption scandals involving government officials and their privileged families.

IMAGE: Rebecca Peterson lights candles at an impromptu memorial on campus for the two international students from China, who were shot dead on Wednesday near the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles: REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Allen Iverson and Dennis Rodman in China vs. Stephon Marbury's Beijing Ducks

-Rodman still has all that hardware? In Cixi, Zhejiang Province for a basketball tour. Video source:

"I'm very disappointed at the U.S. government." #chenguangcheng

-Shame on you Barack Obama! 
From Foreign Policy "Citizen Chen"

Q: U.S. officials said you looked optimistic when you walked out of the embassy, what happened?
A: At the time I didn't have a lot of information. I wasn't allowed to call my friends from inside the embassy. I couldn't keep up with news so I didn't know a lot of things that were happening.
Q: What prompted your change of heart?
A: The embassy kept lobbying me to leave and promised to have people stay with me in the hospital. But this afternoon as soon as I checked into the hospital room, I noticed they were all gone.
Q: Has the U.S. disappointed you?
A: I'm very disappointed at the U.S. government.
Q: Why?
A: I don't think (U.S. officials) protected human rights in this case.

The China conundrum - Right Turn - The Washington Post:

Senior U.S. official on Chen Guangcheng

CNN's Jill Dougherty interviews Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell in Beijing about Chen Guangcheng

who is Kurt Campbell?
Assistant Secretary
Term of Appointment: 06/02/2009 to present

Kurt Campbell became the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in June 2009. Previously, he was the CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and concurrently served as the director of the Aspen Strategy Group and chairman of the Editorial Board of the Washington Quarterly. He was the founder of StratAsia, a strategic advisory firm, and was the senior vice president, director of the International Security Program, and Henry A. Kissinger Chair in National Security Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was also associate professor of public policy and international relations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and assistant director of the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.
Campbell, Kurt M.:

According to Kurt Campbell, CEO of the Center for a New American Security, a US-based national security think tank, "Confronting climate change will be this generation's Cold War, only much more difficult because it could literally undermine the very notion of societal stability. Certain aspects of civilization will come under enormous stress and hardship."
Is this what the world's coming to? : article : Nature Reports Climate Change:

Fu, himself a former Tiananmen Square student leader, describes the Chen Gaungcheng affair as a watershed moment for U.S. credibility in the defense of freedom and rule of law.

Chen's Choices and American Values: Heritage Foundation

From Foreign Policy: Frank Wolf, Republican Virgina:

"The situation is complicated, but Chen's case is not. There is a place for pragmatism in diplomacy -- perhaps that is what motivated Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan when asked this weekend about Chen's case to say that the president will aim to "balance our commitment to human rights" while maintaining "our relationships with key countries overseas." But pragmatism must not result in Chen's abandonment in the name of good relations.

Chen represents China's future. He is bright and bold. He loves his family and cares deeply about his fellow citizens. But until there is a fundamental change on the part of the Chinese government, Chen, like his compatriots, Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, writer and academic Yu Jie, and so many others whose names we do not yet know, will be viewed as enemies by the country that they love. We can be certain that they are watching closely as Chen's fate unfolds.

Much has been written about the timing of Chen's escape. Coming on the heels of the embarrassing Bo Xilai scandal and this fall's Communist Party leadership transition, in most diplomatic and foreign-policy circles the conventional wisdom is that the timing couldn't have been worse.

But for an opportunity for the United States to show its commitment to freedom, the timing couldn't be better.

Chen's escape is the stuff of history. All that remains to be seen is whether America will be on the right side.
The tale of an innocent blind man suffering injustice spread. "When I heard about this, I felt the same way that everyone in China with a conscience felt," said a Beijing-based poet who asked for anonymity. "I felt powerless, disappointed, and angry."

Citizen Chen - By Isaac Stone Fish | Foreign Policy:

Dick Morris: "Obama Appeasing China" and Hillary Ignores #chenguangcheng

-Morris has a point. 

"My fervent hope is that it would be possible for me and my family to leave for the U.S. on Hillary Clinton’s plane," Chen told the Daily Beast.

But that doesn't seem likely: Clinton, who is in China now, completely ignored Chen in her remarks as part of the so-called U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. She did not mention him once.

Clinton briefly mentioned human rights, however, but merely in a vague, passive way.

"Now of course, as part of our dialogue, the United States raises the importance of human rights and fundamental freedoms because we believe that all governments do have to answer to citizens’ aspirations for dignity and the rule of law, and that no nation can or should deny those rights," Clinton said, without bringing up specific cases where the Chinese government violated the rights of its citizens. "As President Obama said this week, a China that protects the rights of all its citizens will be a stronger and more prosperous nation, and of course, a stronger partner on behalf of our common goals."

Chen Guangcheng Ignored by Hillary Clinton | The Weekly Standard:

Screwed!: How Foreign Countries Are Ripping America Off and Plundering Our Economy-and How Our Leaders Help Them Do It

The bestselling authors return with a blistering exposÉ of how America is being ripped off by friends and enemies alike—with the help of our own ruling elites.

Our jobs go to China. Foreign aid goes to our enemies. Pakistan uses our money to fund terrorists who attack us. Saudi Arabia, which our soldiers have defended with their lives, funds 90 percent of the world's Islamic fundamentalism. The UN is awash in corruption; its bureaucrats steal the money we give it with total impunity. Fifteen hundred brave American soldiers have died defending the regime in Afghanistan—rated the second-most corrupt in the world! Meanwhile, European bankers and bureaucrats are taking over our economy and preempting our sovereignty.

How do they get away with it? By hiring our own political leaders, as soon as they leave office, to lobby for them to rip us off. Former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt, for example, sits on the board of an American affiliate of a Chinese company that has been denied the right to operate in the United States because it steals our technology. Former House Republican Appropriations Committee chairman Bob Livingstone represented Libya until just before Gaddafi fell. And we have a president who willingly obliges countries that poach on our sovereignty, refusing to stand up for our interests and our jobs as they confiscate half the royalties from our offshore energy, subject our elected leaders to criminal prosecution if they go to war without UN approval, and tell us what kind of land-use policies we should pursue.

Al Jazeera English and PBS NewsHour: Wrangling and the Obama Administration #ChenGuangCheng

Diplomatic wrangle as Chinese seek apology from US for sheltering escaped human rights activist.
As Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng declared his freedom in a YouTube video, President Obama declined to speak directly Monday about the delicate diplomatic situation. Gwen Ifill discusses the story's significance and how it unfolded with Susan Shirk of the University of California, San Diego and Voice of America's Sasha Gong.

Eddie Huang of BaoHaus - The Great GoogaMooga


The Great GoogaMooga !

More like... Holy Pork Buns! Eddie Huang of BaoHaus in NYC's east village takes an amazingly fluffy Bao (steamed bun), adds a perfect piece of pork belly and a love for hip-hop. Damn! That's some good stuff...

For more Bao-tastic times, get a ticket to Extra Mooga!
Eddie will be on a panel noshing with comedian Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens, Ratatouille) and chef-restaurateur Tom Colicchio (Craft, Colicchio & Sons, Top Chef), to consider food, life and—no doubt—potato bacon bombs.

From Beijing to Cape Town: POY 2011- 2012

-Amen. keep it up! 

Applications now open for Power of Youth Cape Town

After our first game-changing summit in Beijing, we are delighted to announce our second summit is to be held just outside Cape Town in South Africa. It will be run from the 8th to the 16th of June and we are now accepting applications.

If you are under 35, a successful entrepreneur and have a desire to be a part of an entrepreneurial family who are dedicated to building a better world through business, then please apply.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 29 April for EU or 4th of May for South Africa.

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton on #ChenGuangcheng and the @theDailyBeast Melinda Liu

Chen says he now wants to leave China as soon as possible: “My fervent hope is that it would be possible for me and my family to leave for the U.S. on Hillary Clinton’s plane.” When U.S. officials escorted him out of the U.S. embassy shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Chen thought he’d extracted a promise that at least one of them would stay with him at the hospital, he said. “Many Americans were with me while I checked into the hospital and doctors examined me. Lots of them,” he told me from his hospital bed, where he’s being treated for broken bones in one foot, an injury sustained when he fell after climbing a wall during his daring escape from house arrest late last month. “But when I was brought to the hospital room, they all left. I don’t know where they went.” The ordeal was all the more bewildering because Chen is blind and was hurt during his escape; he needs crutches or a wheelchair to move around.

Activist Chen Guangcheng: Let Me Leave China on Hillary Clinton’s Plane - The Daily Beast:

Congressman faults Obama administration for failing to help Chinese dissident


The Republican congressman to whom Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has apparently appealed for help is accusing the Obama administration of trying to sweep his concerns “off the table” to make way for “happy” diplomatic photo-ops at a round of Beijing meetings. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., in an interview with, said he has not yet gotten in touch with Chen, who reportedly has asked for Smith’s help in leaving China. But he said the U.S. should “without a doubt” revisit his case and consider granting him asylum, as conflicting reports emerge about the safety of him and his family. “There is no safe place in China if you’re a dissident. It doesn’t exist. It’s an oxymoron,” Smith said. “I think we missed an opportunity to press for asylum.”

Congressman faults Obama administration for failing to help Chinese dissident | Fox News:

h/t Thanks to @goldkorn for sending this along on Twitter. It's good to know that such big time China hands aren't partisan and get their news from all the media. Also Makes an important distinction but WHAT IF he was an anti-abortion activist? Who cares then?


"I would like to say to President #Obama: please do everything you can to get our family out." #ChenGuangcheng


Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng appealed to US President Barack Obama to help get him and his family out of China, saying he feared for his life just hours after leaving the US embassy in Beijing.

"I would like to say to President Obama: please do everything you can to get our family out," Chen told CNN, according to a translation of his quote.

China activist appeals to Obama to get him to US - Yahoo! News Canada:

State Department: We did not relay threats to Chen

-To Chris Smith: "Help me leave." 

The State Department insists that blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng left the U.S. Embassy of his own volition Wednesday and that U.S. officials in Beijing did not convey threats to harm his family by Chinese officials, as Chen claims.

"At no time did any US official speak to Chen about physical or legal threats to his wife and children. Nor did Chinese officials make any such threats to us," said State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. "U.S. interlocutors did make clear that if Chen elected to stay in the Embassy, Chinese officials had indicated to us that his family would be returned to [their home in] Shandong, and they would lose their opportunity to negotiate for reunification."

"I think we'd like to rest in a place outside of China," he said. He then asked to relay a message to Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ). "Help my family and I leave safely."

What is a "Chinese Burn?"

-Learn something new everyday! 
chinese burn

A basic form of causing physical pain that is usually experienced for the first time in infant school. It invloves gripping the top of somebody's forearm with both hands then rotating the hands in opposite directions, thus stretching the skin. Tolerance to this increases with age, unless a meathead tries it and mangles not only your skin, but your muscles, ligaments and bones also.

1. Aww, I let my little cousin give me a chines burn today, and I pretended it hurt me. 

2. Johnny Meatface wrestled me to the ground today and give me a chinese burn. I couldn't even breathe, let alone scream.

Urban Dictionary: chinese burn:

The Chinese Burn.... We All Got And Gave One!

Now here’s another old school yard favourite... the old Chinese burn.

Now not as painful as the super wedgies or the atom nipple twister but she was also a sore one. It didn't make you go into the limp paralysed state so you could defend yourself via head butts or fist throwing!

The concept, again, was simple but effective... clasp your two hands in a open-fist like clench, place them both on a un-sleeved arm, recommended around 1.5inches apart! Clench each hand tight and turn like a mad man in opposite directions. A nice distinguished bruise should appear and a good burn should have about 2/3 weeks of a bruise burn!

Now if you happened to be in a wedgie while getting a Atom nipple twist with a Chinese burn was being done at the same time, move to Florida, wait for the next shuttle launch and make peace with life... on the moon. You are not, and most likely never will be, liked... so get out now!



Chen Guangcheng leaves Embassy, Pressured into Deal, China Demands Apology

- #RomneyWouldApologize #Obama2012 New Thread 

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng (L) is seen in a wheelchair pushed by a nurse at the Chaoyang hospital in Beijing.

Prominent Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has left the US embassy in Beijing, a week after seeking shelter following his escape from house arrest.

Mr Chen's lawyer said the activist was "happy" after receiving "clear assurances" from Beijing that he would be free to stay in China and study.

BBC News - China activist Chen Guangcheng leaves US embassy:

Beijing activist Zeng Jinyan told The Associated Press on Wednesday via Skype that she had just finished talking to Chen, who is in a Beijing hospital with his wife and children.

Zeng said Chen told her that he wanted to go to abroad but was forced to accept a deal to remain in China and go to law school in order to protect his family.

Friend says Chinese activist pressured into deal - Yahoo! News:

It was not immediately clear what the terms of Mr. Chen’s departure from the embassy would be. But his wife told the BBC Wednesday afternoon that she and their two children were well. Whether American officials and diplomats had already worked out a comprehensive agreement with their Chinese counterparts also was not certain.

But the demand for an apology by the Chinese side was immediate, coming just 9 minutes after Xinhua’s initial bulletin on its English-language site.

Here is the full text of the second report from Xinhua, which moved at 3:46 p.m.:

BEIJING, May 2 (Xinhua) — China demands the U.S. to apologize for a Chinese citizen’s entering the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry said here Wednesday.

It is informed that Chen Guangcheng, a native from Yinan County of eastern China’s Shandong Province, entered the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in late April and left of his own volition after a six-day stay in the embassy, said Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin.

China Demands Apology from U.S. -

New York Welcomes Terracotta Warriors

-I swear I saw one Uptown at a Starbucks! 

Gazing at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses usually requires a trip to China, but residents and tourists in Manhattan can, through late summer, glimpse a few of the mysterious figures that guarded the first Chinese emperor's underground palace.

Chinese policemen smeared with mud at Yunnan festival #OWS

-And this is for my parking ticket! My bicycle parking ticket! 

Police at Yunnan's annual mud festival are smeared by partying locals and tourists. Report by Sam Datta-Paulin.

BBC's TOP GEAR Sneak Peek: Stig's Chinese Cousin Attacks Jeremy & James!

-Hilarious. "That's the director!" 

Oh no, "it's the worst Stig" ever on TOP GEAR! Watch an exclusive sneak peek at Monday's all new TOP GEAR episode before the U.S. Premiere *** Monday April 30 at new time 8:30/7:30c *** immediately followed by the world premiere of the all new series RICHARD HAMMOND'S CRASH COURSE at 10/9c, only on BBC America.

Here, Jeremy Clarkson and James May head to a "very picturesque racetrack" to see whether the Alfa Romeo or the MG can set the fastest lap time.

"Some say he's the Stig... but he isn't. He's the Stig's Chinese Cousin!" And driving is his second favorite thing... after attacking people!

TOP GEAR is back for a new mind-blowing season full of amazing stunts, challenges and special features. Find out why this season has been anticipated like no other as the TOP GEAR trio - Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May - take cars to the limit and beyond, often in some of the most far-flung corners of the world. Plus Richard Hammond is in Texas to immerse himself in the world of NASCAR racing.


Oregon Man Tazed and Beaten Up, later justified because of his Classic Kung Fu Collection, Police Lose

-Beat up for Kung Fu Movies? 
A federal jury today ruled unanimously that a Portland police officer used excessive force when he fired a Taser five times into the back of a man he suspected of spray-painting graffiti on a commercial building.

Rice tried to discredit Halsted, asking him about his collection of Kung Fu movies, and suggested during his closing argument that Halsted kept resisting because he was likely intoxicated. Halsted's attorney countered that there was no evidence of Halsted's intoxication, and asked Halsted if he'd ever been trained in martial arts, to which the answer was no.

Federal jury rules against Portland police in Tasing of man suspected of graffiti tagging |

A Portland City attorney argued in court that a Portland police officer was justified in brutally tasing a non-violent man with no criminal record because it was later discovered that the man owned a classic kung fu film collection.

Portland prosecutor says innocent man's classic kung fu film collection warranted brutal police tasing - Boing Boing:

Philip DeFranco's Take on the Kung Fu Story - Always funny and always timely. Clip starts at 3:35 Beat Up for Owning Kung Fu Movies?

Connecting China and America by banjo.

-She's awesome! 

Abigail Washburn hoped to one day influence China - U.S. relations by using the law. Now, she's discovered another way.

Our own post about Miss Washburn:

China's Publishing Export Deficit: "Not Many Chinese books That Have Legs” Plus Interview with Steve Bertrand!

-WOW. There is huge potential here! 

Steve Bertrand on Books: Wenguang Huang by tvnportal

"Having lived for twenty years in the U.S., where one sometimes has to dig around the shelves to find a foreign translation book in the big chain stores, I was pleasantly surprised. It was also encouraging to learn that people in China could have access to Western political, social and pop cultures, despite the fact that the government restricts its own writers’ free speech and tightly controls the news and publishing industry. At the same time, it is also lamentable that only a few works by Chinese writers have made it to the West. The new superpower might enjoy a large trade surplus with many Western countries, but its book industry faces a huge deficit.

While restrictions on freedom of speech might be an important factor that stifled writers’ creativity, a literary critic in Shanghai attributed it to the rising consumerism in Chinese society. “Chinese writers are becoming more commercially savvy than their counterparts in any capitalist countries. Fiction writing, namely novels and poetry, which are supposed to reflect the universal human conditions, have turned into fast-produced superficial products laden with vulgarities and propaganda.” Consequentially, domestic readers are flocking to translations and foreign publishers find them unfit to publish, despite their strong interest.

The only solution to the deficit problem is for the government to create a free environment that encourages creativity, and direct its investment toward the discovery of new writers and to the creation of refreshing and high quality content that transcends cultures and ideologies."

China's Publishing Export Deficit | Publishing Perspectives:

By Wenguang Huang  who grew up in northern China, is a Chicago-based writer and translator. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, The Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and the Asia Literary Review. He is the English translator of Liao Yiwu’s The Corpse Walker and God Is Red and Yang Xianhui’s Woman from Shanghai.

China Cry, The Nora Lam Story, Christianity during China's Cultural Revolution (Full Movie)

-1 hour 46 minutes. Please remember, site refreshes after 30 minutes. Remember your place! 

China Cry is the true story of love, courage, and struggles of one women-Nora Lam-whose Christian faith leads her to make the ultimate choice between life and death. Set in China some thirty years before the bloody Tiananmen Square massacre, this sweeping dram portrays the harsh reality of the repressive Communist regime and Nora Lam's indomitable will to survive.

China Cry: the Nora Lam Story

Reader Review:
I read this book some years ago. I've also viewed the film. However, the book brings out more details that reach deeper than the film. I enjoyed reading how the Lord saved & delivered Nora Lam and her family. I was also very encouraged by Nora's faith in what God would do for her and her family. She had tremendous faith! This is a very touching story that I would recommend to anyone. It is an excellent book that doesn't take long to read. God Bless! Happy reading! You'll be glad you did. :)  -Julia

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Hong Kong Attack from the new Liam Neeson and Rihanna Film: BATTLESHIP

-First Hong Kong, next Shenzhen and finally BEIJING! Almost as bad as the British! 

Release Date: 18 May 2012
Genre: Action | Sci-Fi
Cast: Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, Billy Slaughter
Directors: Peter Berg
Writer: Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber
Studio: Universal Pictures

A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

Tension Between China and Phillipines Framed By War Exercise

-Tensions rising... 


Could war games lead to real war in the South China Sea? The U.S. and Philippines are engaged in annual war game exercises.

But with a real conflict brewing for two weeks now between China and The Philippines over disputed territory, the threat has escalated. Stratfor explains the conflict.

"The Chinese Philippine standoff near a disputed atoll entered its second day April 11th. ... More ships are en route to the scene, and the standoff continues."

Tensions have been churning in the South China Sea for years now. The Los Angeles Times has the background, including why renewed tensions could escalate.

"The South China Sea has been at the center of long-running territorial disputes involving China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan and the Philippines. The sea is vital for the fishing industries of nearby countries. Some speculate that it could also contain vast oil and natural gas reserves, but surveys have yet to show any large-scale deposits."

Still — this latest conflict has posed serious questions about sovereignty. And ABC Australia notes, one question is rising above all others.

"What are the chances of a full-scale war erupting which could drag in China, The United States, The Philippines and Vietnam? The answer is not as remote as you might think."

Both the Philippines and Chinese navy now have frigates floating in the disputed waters. The Philippine Star talked with a Filipino general who says, his country won't back down.

"Panatag Shoal is an integral part of Philippines and no one can conquer or take it from the Filipinos ... while the military might be lacking in hardware, Filipino soldiers are known for their brave hearts in fighting enemies of the state."

But China's Xinhua News Agency says, the Chinese government is making concessions, quoting a Chinese official....

"Two Chinese vessels, a Fishery Administration ship ... and a Chinese Maritime Surveillance ship ... have already left the Huangyan Island area by Sunday ... There is only one Maritime Surveillance ship remaining in the Huangyan Island area for its law enforcement mission."


Walter Russell Mead: High Noon in Beijing

-Great explanation about the state of Southeast and East Asia today. Also it puts the whole Chen Guangcheng into perspective. 

"That hasn’t happened yet, largely because in spite of all the misguided hype about China’s inexorable rise there isn’t actually much Beijing can do about Washington’s new activism. The more it pushes its territorial claims in the South China Sea, the more tightly the other countries will cling to Washington’s skirts. Dumping its dollar hoard would wreck the Chinese economy. Taking a super hard line on Syria and Iran will annoy the Gulf Arabs whose oil keeps China’s factories running. Naval exercises with Russia don’t even impress North Korea, much less cow Washington.

None of this suggests easy bargaining over the fate of Mr. Chen, nor does it make it any easier for the Chinese leadership to cooperate right now on other issues of mutual concern. The Obama administration cannot force Mr. Chen to walk out into Chinese custody without a serious loss of prestige and moral capital; the Chinese authorities cannot let him go without paying a high price."

Shanghai Museum's Auschwitz-Birkenau Concetration Camp Exhibition: Jewish Refugees in China

-Would China harbor Jews today? 

The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum opened a concentration camp exhibition about Nazi war crimes during World War II. Shanghai had served as a sanctuary for over 23,000 asylum-seeking refugees in the 1930s and 1940s as Jews left Europe to escape the Nazi occupation. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, which is a partner in the exhibition's production, praised the Chinese for their efforts in recognising the plight of the Jews and providing shelter.

A representative of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Miroslaw Obstarczyk, said, "Shanghai was also occupied, also suffered, because of poor occupation. Also opened, you know, the ratios among the nations from Shanghai. They saved 40,000 human beings."

#NSAD NOT SAFE AT DINNER: Obama Jokes about Eating a Dog with Soy Sauce: He must use THESE recipes!

-Looks yummy! 

At the Washington Press Correspondence Dinner, President Obama joked about eating dogs.  Perhaps he uses the interesting following dog recipes.

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