The Money Programme (1992): The End of the Iron Rice Bowl - Can China Succeed where the USSR Failed?
The End of the Iron Rice Bowl from Phil Rees on Vimeo.
In the industrial northeast of China, reformers were trying to wean the workers off total dependency on the state - a system that Mao Zedong called 'The Iron Rice Bowl'. Elsewhere there is free-wheeling capitalism.
The late, great Brian Barron reported from China in 1992 for The Money Programme and asked if the Chinese can succeed where the Soviet Union failed in marrying communism and the market.
The Telegraph (24.2.92) described the documentary as "fascinating".
Photography: Eric Thirer, Fred Scott
Executive Producer: David Nissan
Produced and Directed by Phil Rees
(LinkAsia News: 6/22/12) A tale of two women: Liu Yang, the first Chinese female astronaut, blasted off earlier this week. The other, 22-year-old Feng Jianmai, was forced to have an abortion at seven months pregnant by local government officials. Host Yul Kwon reports on how people reacted to these two women's stories.
Watch more at http://linkasia.org.
Australia National University of Asia and the Pacific: David Shambaugh Lecture on Forthcoming book "China Goes Global"
In this public lecture world-renowned China scholar Professor David Shambaugh publicly discusses for the first time the main findings and principal arguments of his forthcoming book China Goes Global: The Partial Power. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, Shambaugh finds that China is a 'partial power' (its growing global footprint is broad but not deep), that China is far from becoming a global superpower, and that Beijing possesses little global influence.
David Shambaugh is an internationally recognised authority and author on contemporary China and the international relations of Asia. He is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and the founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program and Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution.
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June 21 - Goldman Sachs is sending Mark Schwartz to Beijing, and others will follow. With China dominating Asia IPOs, the mainland will become the new battleground for foreign banks, says Breakingviews.
Nearly 1,000 pet owners have reported their dog got sick on treats made in China. The numbers skyrocketed after the FDA issued a warning in November.
Chinese drywall settlement agreements reached, Andy Fox reports.
-This music is toxic!
The Chinese Drywall Band Official Music Video entitled "Hank's Bizarre". Filmed and Edited by Edward G. Robinson.
Female reporter Yunfeng Ye, left, was mortified to announce that the sex toy, right, was a rare mushroom
Arriving at the village, she then did an in-depth piece about the unidentified 'meaty' mushroom, including numerous close-ups.
Chinese TV reporter left red-faced after mistaking male sex toy for rare mushroom
Reporter did an in-depth piece about the unidentified 'meaty' mushroom
The TV station later apologised for 'uncomfortable and misleading' report
A Chinese news channel mistakes a sex toy for a herbal plant or fungi.
A story of epic revenge, SACRIFICE, written and directed by Chen Kaige, focuses on a power hungry general who wipes out his rival along with his entire family, save for one newborn. The infant is protected by the doctor who delivered him and raises him as his own, hoping to mold him into his own instrument of retribution. SACRIFICE stars Ge You (FAREWELL MY CONCUMBINE) and Wang Xue Qi (FOREVER ENTHRALLED). It is based on "Orphan of Zhao" by Ji Jun-Xiang and is set during the Yuan Dynasty. It is the first Chinese play known in Europe between the 8th and 5th Century B.C., also known as the Spring and Autumn period in China's history.
Broad Sustainable Building, a Chinese company is planning on building the world's tallest building, the Sky City One in Changsha, China in 90 days. It would be 32-feet taller than the current tallest, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which took five years to build. Patrick Jones tells you why the company might be able to pull it off.
Chinese Debt Fox News Channel Report Educational Economy Analysis.
"The Man Who Lost China" trailer [version two] from tom young on Vimeo.
Senator Joseph McCarthy called him the "top Russian agent" in America, forcing Owen Lattimore to fight off lies and distortions, and silencing a generation of China scholars. "The Man Who Lost China" explores the creation of political villains, how propaganda from nominally respectable office holders can damage innocents and skew public debate. McCarthy made Owen Lattimore his first target, calling him "Alger Hiss's boss," one of the "Pied Pipers of the Kremlin."
A widely known Asia expert and writer, Lattimore grew up speaking Chinese and Mongol. During World War Two he advised Chiang Kai-shek and accompanied Vice President Wallace to Siberia.
McCarthy saw America's late 40s troubles as subversion, his villain was Lattimore. In this version, China fell to the Communists because conspirators turned America against Chiang Kai-shek. Communists won in 1949, and Republicans had an issue to take Washington in 1950.
Former Communists suddenly recalled Lattimore was the heart of the conspiracy, after never mentioning him.
- a former Communist who had talked to the FBI for 5 years, now said Lattimore was a Communist.
- a diplomat named hundreds of Soviets to the FBI over a decade. He now recalled a new boss, now dead, saying Lattimore was theirs.
- a former German Communist said Lattimore had signalled another man was a Communist, by smiling.
McCarthy said he'd stand or fall on Lattimore, but the Senate called it fraud. Republican elder Robert Taft told McCarthy to keep flinging allegations, something would stick.
McCarthy ally Senator Pat McCarran began a second round, recycling McCarthy's accusations, and forcing a record 12 days of Lattimore testimony.
Lattimore was indicted for perjury, but the government had no case, so after the indictment hundreds of FBI agents mobilized to scrape up evidence.
A federal judge dismissed the charges, Lattimore was re-indicted, and those charges were thrown out. The case was finally dropped in 1955.
Lattimore's career was on hold, and now his university abolished his department. He moved to England.
In exile Lattimore promoted Mongol studies, reinventing himself. He saw China again after Nixon, and twenty-five years after McCarthy Asia scholars welcomed him at back a rowdy academic meeting.
There was an unusual sight over Beijing's skyline last Thursday—a huge glowing mushroom cloud hanged over the city around 7pm local timehttp://youtu.be/rVNlBTbq4WY
Theologian Paul Begley of Indiana wonders is this mushroom cloud a "Great Sign" as Luke 21:11 said? http://www.paulbegleyprophecy.com alsohttp://my.blogtalkradio.com/coming-apocalypse and the link ishttp://www.dailymail.co.uk Are You Serious? Whaaaaaaat?
Police were caught on camera rescuing a man after he threatened to commit suicide by jumping off a tall residential building in eastern China.
After decades struggling with official censorship, China's contemporary music scene is finally taking off, fuelled by live shows, the Internet and a government eager to cash in on a growing market.
Unmade in China -- follows the experience of a Los Angeles filmmaker who finds himself in Xiamen, China trying to direct a thriller, in Chinese, using a translator. He soon discovers that the old adage of making a film three times -- in the writing, shooting, and editing -- is in fact the opposite in China, where his film is "unmade" three times - in the writing, shooting, and editing - with each subsequent stage of the process even more excruciating and devastating than the one that came before it.
Aside from a fun and frivolous tale that documents the trials and tribulations of an Angeleno making a film in China, this is also a cautionary tale, redolent with political resonance, about what compromises an artist suffers in order to make their work, and the measures he or she must take in order to sometimes right a wrong.
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What a quacky scene! Man takes 5,000 ducks for a walk through Taizhou, Zhejiang, China, snarls traffic - NY Daily News:
A vision of the future when the ducks take over. Duck legions will block the streets demanding bread and wider rivers digitalspy.co.uk/odd/news/a3885…— Helen Ingram (@drhingram) June 20, 2012
5,000 Ducks Cross the Road in China and It's No Joke | ABC News Blogs - Yahoo!:
Road blocked by 5,000 ducks in China - picture dspy.me/Mt4o29— DS Breaking News (@digitalspybrk) June 20, 2012
CUTEST TRAFFIC JAM EVER: waterway blocked by flock of duckies: thefw.com/herding-ducks-…— Liz (@LizDueweke) June 20, 2012
Why Did These Ducks — All 5,000 Of Them — Cross The Road? bit.ly/NG7tRs— Hao Hao Report (@haohaoreport) June 18, 2012
But what's with the church swastika steeple??
Wǒ hé yímā qù xǐzǎole. Huà xiàlái jìniàn xià
Wǒ shūshu xǐzǎole, ràng wǒ huà xiàlái
小屁孩的诡计 这图太邪恶了 - 日志 - 100% - 职内网-职业人士最喜爱的社交网:
Ryan Pyle: Photographing a Changing China from Asia Pacific Video on Vimeo.
Ryan Pyle, an award-winning documentary photographer, speaks with APF Canada about his experience working in China and the changes he sees happening there. At the time of the interview, APF Canada and six universities across Canada co-hosted a National Conversation on Asia (NCA) lecture tour featuring Mr. Pyle. Mr. Pyle showcased an exhibit called "Bearing Witness: Documenting China's Rise".
To see Mr. Pyle's work, please visit http://www.ryanpyle.com
For more on the NCA please visit www.nationalconversation.ca
Here's an example of his photos... just a Chengdu guy getting a haircut.
Cramer: Burger King Is Late To The China Game
Innovative Chinese: Watch how you can print on Fingernails, on Ceramic, on your iPhone! and Golf Balls and ANYTHING!
H.Res. 683 - Expressing the regret of the House for the passage of laws that adversely affected the Chinese in the US,
The Chinese Exclusion Act, approved in 1882 in Congress and which lasted for 60 years, was the first and the only federal law in US history that excluded a single ethnic group from immigrating to the country, and on no basis other than their race.
US congress apologizes for anti-China law bit.ly/M00Ntu— Jeremiah Jenne (@GraniteStudio) June 19, 2012
Bikes + Bicycles: 9 Million Bicycles by Katie Melua, Bike Traffic, 365 Days of a bike, a 1946 British Bike Manufacturing Documentary and Beijing Bicycle Trailer (2001)
There are nine million bicycles in Beijing
That's a fact;
It's a thing we can't deny
Like the fact that I will love you 'til I die.
We are twelve billion light years from the edge
That's a guess;
No one can ever say it's true
But I know that I will always be with you
So don't call me a liar
Just believe everything that I say...
There are six billion people in the world
More or less
And it makes me feel quite small
But you're the one I love the most of all
We're high on a wire with the world in our sight
And I'll never tire
Of the love that give me every night
There are nine million bicycles in Beijing
That's a fact;
It's a thing we can't deny
Like the fact that I will love you 'til I die
And there are nine million bicycles in Beijing
And you know that I will love you 'til I die.
Get a bike. Lock it to a post. Take a pic every day for a year.
Last year, Red Peak Branding conducted a unique urban experiment for Hudson Urban Bicycles. On January 1, 2011 we chained a fully loaded bike - bells, basket, lights and more - to a post along a busy Soho street. We took a picture of the bike everyday for 365 days, watching it slowly vanish before our eyes. The photos we took were then turned into a daily calendar. We call this project LIFECYCLE: 365 days in the life of a bike in NYC.
Here is a link to our LIFECYCLE: Calendar animation -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhvzCVM9X8E http://youtu.be/NZcXF10Ir9Q
How a Bicycle is Made (1945) by British Council Film. The design and manufacture of Raleigh bicycles.
h/t Alberto Cuellar's Pinterest
Trailer for Beijing Bicycle aka Shiqi Sui de Dan Che.
Country: China, France, Taiwan.
Directed by Xiaoshuai Wang.
Starring Lin Cui, Bin Li, Xun Zhou.
SexyMandarin.com – whose motto is, "Learning Mandarin in an unconventional way" – has become a runaway internet hit since launching last December, posting online lessons that owe more to Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley than Oxbridge.
The course's first lesson – entitled 'What time is it?' – is conducted by two lingerie-wearing models who make pillow talk while grappling with each other on a bed. So far the lesson has received over 300,000 hits.
'Sexy' Mandarin language school slammed by Chinese feminists - Telegraph:
I'd definately be better at German if my school had used this learning technique telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…— dan ball (@run_dmb) June 18, 2012
Tianjin Eco-City in China looks is being touted as a model for sustainable living in this rapidly urbanising and heavily polluted country, whose congested, smog-choked cities are becoming increasingly unliveable
Cast: Joey Aucoin, Neal Barnard, Gene Baur
Directors: Lee Fulkerson
Writer: Lee Fulkerson
Studio: Monica Beach Media
Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
Executive Producer Brian Wendel and Director Lee Fulkerson discuss Forks Over Knives.
China: The Roots of Madness is a 1967 Cold War era, made-for-TV documentary film produced by David L. Wolper, written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Theodore H. White with production cost funded by a donation from John and Paige Curran. It won an Emmy Award in the documentary category.
The film attempts to analyze the Anti-Western sentiment in China from the official American's perspective, covering 170 years of China's political history, from Boxer Rebellion of the Qing Dynasty to Red Guards of Cultural Revolution. The film focuses on the power struggle between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China, amid heavy political intervention from Moscow, with Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong playing the pivotal role at the center stage.
The documentary film was made for television in 1967 -- during the Cold War era. It was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Theodore H. White, directed by Mel Stuart, edited by William T. Cartwright and produced by David L. Wolper. Production costs were funded by a donation from John and Paige Curran. The film has been released under Creative Commons license. White's access to important political figures of the time allowed him to create some rare footage, which included the wedding of Chang Kai-shek and the funeral of Sun Yat-sen. The film won an Emmy Award in the documentary category.
As evidenced by his commentary throughout the films, White, Time magazine's China correspondent during World War II, was scathing about the People's Republic of China. Remarking that Chinese had been suffering in a 100-year tragedy, he added:
"There are 700 millions Chinese [in 1967], one quarter of humane kind, who are taught to hate, their growing power is the world's greatest threat to peace enlightenment. 50 years of torment, bred madness..."
For 50 years, Americans have failed to help the Chinese to find "some entry to the modern world", as the Chinese have "been transformed from our greatest friend into our greatest enemy", as the Chinese have fallen into the vicious cycle of "from the tyranny of Confucius of the Manchu Emperor to the tyranny of communism and Mao".
White referred to Empress Dowager Cixi as "China's evil spirit... a Manchu concubine...said to have poisoned her own son upon his throne, install her infant nephew as the emperor, killed his mother, and then imprisoned him in 1898".
Pearl Buck on the Boxer Rebellion:"Empress Dowager had issued an decree that all white people are to be killed, and many have been killed, especially in the north of Shandong, men, women and children of the missionary."
White's impression on the downfall of Qing Dynasty: "...and then it vanished, simply vanished, the Manchu Dynasty disappeared overnight, nothing like that had ever happen in all the history, 2000 years of tradition, the whole structure of the imperial confucianism, political thought, dissolving to dust..."
White's impression on post-Manchu Empire China:"...out of this turbulence, there appeared two types of Asian leaders, arch symbols, the the man of gun, and the man of idea, and these two types of gunman and the dreamer, have perplexed all our efforts in Asia for 50 years since, and they still perplexed and haunted all our policy, even today..."
White's impression on Sun Yat-sen:"...was a man of dream, the dream of China, powerful, free of emperors and foreigners, made him from his youth a revolutionary...Slowly from the early 1920, Sun Yatsen had somehow built a government, a tiny southern foothold at Canton, ringed by hostile warlords. By 1924 the ageing revolutionary had learned, idea and gun must go together...in 1923 he tells the New York Times: We have lost hope of help from America, England, France, the only country that show any sign of helping us in the south is the Soviet government of Russia..."
White on Kuomingtang left wing: "[they] no longer trust their army leader at the front. Borodin is urging: 'Get rid of Chiang Kaishek.' In four short years, the communist had grown 60,000 members. To hear the left wing Nationalist: 'No revolution is completed, until peasants own their land, and workers their factories.' Chiang disagreed."
While the film won an Emmy Award in the documentary category soon after its release, contemporary critics have criticised his "callous and condescending" portrayal of Chinese. Film Threat remarked that White never attempted to take on board the Chinese viewpoint, and points out there were unconfirmed rumours that the CIA was involved in the film's making.
The territorial tensions between the Philippines and China recently have affected trade and boosted nationalistic rhetoric. But, in Manila, residents of one of the world's oldest Chinatowns take a longer view. The vibrant community of Filipino-Chinese merchants has strong connections to both countries. Members of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry spoke to producer Pros Laput about the historic relations and the current tensions in this report by VOA's Daniel Schearf.
From Father's Day weekend 2010 when the President playing Golf was good for America.
Zhǐyào zài dǎ yī chǎng, měiguó zǒngtǒng ào bā mǎ zì jiùrèn yǐlái jiù jiāng dǎ mǎn 100 chǎng gāo'ěrfū qiú.
Only one more round of golf, American President Obama from the day he became president he will have played 100 rounds of golf.
From Mark Knoller:
"We don't ever hear about Mr. Obama's scores on the golf course. And only rarely does the White House permit the press to get a photograph of the president on the links. During the Clinton presidency, such photo ops were routine.
Different times, different presidents, different rules."
President Obama plays 100th round of golf, draws fire from critics - Political Hotsheet - CBS News:
China has named the female astronaut who on Saturday is set to become the nation's first woman in space.
Liu Yang, 33, an air force pilot, will join two male colleagues on board the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, state-run news agency Xinhua has said.
Ms Liu said at a press conference: "I thank the country and its people for your trust in letting me go to space on behalf of all women in the country".
The astronauts aboard the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft will dock with the Tiangong 1 - an experimental module currently orbiting Earth - and carry out scientific experiments on board.
Major Liu Yang & Captain Wang Yaping are in the running to become China's first female astronauts in space.
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BIDEN: I wish you could travel around the world with me, 600,000 miles so far just as Vice President. If I blindfolded Americans and took them into some of the airports or ports in China, and then took one of them to any of your cities in the middle of the night just so that they could see it. If I said, ‘which one is in America and which one is in China,’ most Americans would say, ‘That great one is in America.’ It’s not.
Great to catch up with friend who's been living in China for last year. Would love to experience it.— Keith Anderson (@keithbelfast) March 21, 2012
【Living In China】What Foreigners Like to Eat in China fb.me/TiRwlEKQ— Yes!Chinese! (@yyeschinese) March 21, 2012
Another reason to be glad about living in China! The air might stink but the language is good for the brain! nyti.ms/AdSG07— John Pomfret (@JEPomfret) March 18, 2012
I wouldn't mind living in China tbh, even though I haven't been there yet lol. It looks livable— mæ (@MaeFeko) March 22, 2012
Also, yesterday we shipped a copy of EXtreme Fencing to an actual knight living in China. Weird, the things that excite me lately. :D— Roben Goodfellow (@IndependncFilms) March 22, 2012
One of the perks to living in China is the beer in vending machines. I can't explain how cozy I feel when I quickly buy a can of Tsingtao.— Lancer Kind (@LancerKind) March 23, 2012
explaining hooters to my roommate has been the highlight of living in china so far, not even gonna front.— Megan L (@megantron) March 23, 2012
The commies have stopped us eating, told us we won't last, and now forbidden texting. Might be better off living in China.— Neil Burnett (@neilburnett12) March 24, 2012
From Google Translate:
"In Nanning, Guangxi research we have heard the case of 9-year-old girls have abortions, but that this 'responsible' is a 13-year-old boy." Said Chen Yijun, these ignorant girls have secretly done surgery after immediately go back to class. or gym class, "such a serious move to hurt the body, is to make these future mothers ruin their own rights when the mother's."
What does the modern Chinese consumer want, and how are those desires changing? Advertising guru and frequent television news commentator Tom Doctoroff, North Asia Area Director and Greater China CEO at JWT, discussed these issues and his new book, What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China's Modern Consumer at a National Committee public program on June 1, 2012 at Dorsey Whitney New York. The discussion was moderated by National Committee Senior Director for Education Programs Margot Landman.
What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China's Modern Consumer
Today China is a critical player in the global marketplace, but there is still widespread confusion about what really makes the country tick - even the Chinese have difficulty explaining their own "Chineseness" to outsiders. In What Chinese Want, China expert Tom Doctoroff posits that China’s distinguishing traits explain the country in profound ways, including:
*Connection to History: For thousands of years, the impulses and conflicts within Chinese civilization have driven its people’s behavior and choices....
Billions: Selling to the New Chinese Consumer
This book cracks the code of marketing to the New Chinese Consumer--all 1.3 billion of them. Marketers of some of the world's leading brands come to China without any clear understanding of their new audience. But the same rules do not apply in China. Doctoroff delves into the psychology of contemporary Chinese consumers to explain the importance of culture in shaping buying decisions. He provides insight into consumers' fundamental motivations and reveals mistakes which many multinational competitors make. Anyone who plans to do business in China--especially those preparing for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing--shouldn't be without this book.
Rebuttal by Tom Doctoroff at http://www.thomascrampton.com/media/tom-doctoroff-china-billions-advertising-...
Shanghai-based writer Paul French asserts that China marketing guru Tom Doctoroff is wrong about China. French says that so much of what Doctoroff, CEO, Greater China of J. Walter Thompson, and others claim as pioneering was done in the 1920s and 1930s by adman Carl Crow. (French recently wrote a book about Carl Crow)
'Carl Crow's story of rags to riches to rags again set against the turbulent history of Shanghai makes for a gripping read. As a newshound, businessman, writer and entrepreneur, Crow's insights into China's modernization - and Western fantasies about the China market - are as fresh and illuminating as they were at the time. This is much more than a biography but brings together the whole story of Shanghai's rise and fall. The book is full of vivid details and amusing and sometimes sad stories which anyone interested in Shanghai's future and its past will enjoy.' - Jasper Becker, author of The Chinese and Hungry Ghosts
From the Inside FlapCarl Crow arrived in Shanghai in 1911 and made the city his home for the next quarter of a century, working there as a journalist, newspaper proprietor, and groundbreaking adman. He also did stints as a hostage negotiator, emergency police sergeant, gentleman farmer, go-between for the American government, and propagandist. In the 1930s Crow wrote a pioneering book - 400 Million Customers - that encouraged a flood of businesses into the China market in an intriguing foreshadowing of today's boom.
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