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2012/10/20

Lucy Liu on David Letterman: Knocked out cold and "Elementary" Trailer

-That dress knocked me out. 

Find out how the "Elementary" star found herself flat on her back and seeing stars.
http://youtu.be/TM9LYCr1Jeg



Elementary is an upcoming American television series that will be broadcast by CBS on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. (P/E) during the 2012--13 television season. Elementary presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories set in the United States. It stars Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson.
http://youtu.be/7FobtXjLw48



In this teaser clip for the new CBS series 'Elementary' we meet Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, a modern day Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Lui explains the gender role change of Watson and we get a look at the addictive and self-destructive side of Sherlock Holmes.
http://youtu.be/DO6uUEuWNa4

2012/10/19

American Aimlessness: An American in China Movie Trailer

-The father from Family Ties has definitely stooped low. 

Just out of college, David Braddock has no idea what comes next. Pressured to travel to Shanghai on behalf of the troubled family business, the party's over. Problem is, no one seems to take him seriously there either! But despite the language barrier, cultural differences, culinary shock and a near international incident, romance blossoms. Will this fish-out-of-water finally find his way, professionally or personally? Filmed in China, a quirky and enchanting romantic drama.
http://youtu.be/Z0jpMnhcXps

2012/10/18

Movie Trailer: New Feng Xiaogang Movie 一九四二年 Back to 1942 with Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody

-Andy Dufresne is a priest? This looks good! 

In 1942, Henan Province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it was exacerbated by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease and the corruption of the ruling Kuomintang government.
http://youtu.be/46EeCMRxwpk

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2012/10/17

Nobel Prize for Literature Mo Yan: His books, Links and Videos

-Love Mo Yan's work... 


http://youtu.be/02D6sfEtckA


Red Sorghum: A Novel of China


Though this is the first of Mo Yan's novels to be translated into English, many Americans know his work from the film Red Sorghum , winner of the Silver Bear at the 1988 Berlin Film Festival. The four-chapter novel spans 40 years in rural China through flashbacks and foreshadowing, beginning with the Japanese invasion in the 1930s. Sorghum, used as food and as an ingredient of a potent wine, had been the focus and metaphor of peasant life during peacetime. In wartime, it becomes intertwined with the struggle for life. Death pervades this novel--death brutally dealt by Japanese troops, by factions within China, by crazed dog packs; death from suicide, starvation, and freezing. The strength and love of the narrator's grandmother and her lover insure the continuation of their line against all odds. But they cannot prevent the later introduction of a hybrid sorghum into their village that lacks the "soul and bearing" of prerevolution sorghum. For literary collections.

- D.E. Perushek, Univ. of Tennesee Libs., Knoxville
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



Chinese author Mo Yan on Friday defended his Nobel prize from dissidents who accused him of being a communist stooge, and expressed hope for the early release of jailed fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo.
http://youtu.be/u3rFfVz3xBU


The Garlic Ballads: A Novel

Now back in print, this epic novel of beauty and brutality, set in a landscape at once strange and alluring, paints a portrait of a people whose fierce passions break the rigid confines of their ancient traditions. The farmers of Paradise County have been leading a hardscrabble life unchanged for generations. The Communist government has encouraged them to plant garlic, but selling the crop is not as simple as they believed. Warehouses fill up, taxes skyrocket, and government officials maltreat even those who have traveled for days to sell their harvest. A surplus on the garlic market ensues, and the farmers watch in horror as their crops wither and rot in the fields. Families are destroyed by the random imprisonment of young and old for supposed crimes against the state. The prisoners languish in horrifying conditions in their cells, with only their strength of character and thoughts of their loved ones to save them from madness. Meanwhile, a blind minstrel incites the masses to take the law into their own hands, and a riot of apocalyptic proportions follows with savage and unforgettable consequences.


Life and Death are Wearing Me Out: A Novel

Ximen Nao, a landowner known for his generosity and kindness to his peasants, is not only stripped of his land and worldly possessions in Mao's Land Reform Movement of 1948, but is cruelly executed, despite his protestations of innocence. He goes to Hell, where Lord Yama, king of the underworld, has Ximen Nao tortured endlessly, trying to make him admit his guilt, to no avail. Finally, in disgust, Lord Yama allows Ximen Nao to return to earth, to his own farm, where he is reborn not as a human but first as a donkey, then an ox, pig, dog, monkey, and finally the big-headed boy Lan Qiansui. Through the earthy and hugely entertaining perspectives of these animals, Ximen Nao narrates fifty years of modern Chinese history, ending on the eve of the new millennium. Here is an absolutely spellbinding tale that reveals the author's love of the land, beset by so many ills, traditional and modern.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Chinese writer Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, a somewhat unexpected choice by a prize committee that has favored European authors in recent years.
http://youtu.be/A2GIYqfpQgA


 

Big Breasts and Wide Hips: A Novel

In his latest novel, Mo Yan—arguably China’s most important contemporary literary voice—recreates the historical sweep and earthy exuberance of his much acclaimed novel Red Sorghum. In a country where patriarchal favoritism and the primacy of sons survived multiple revolutions and an ideological earthquake, this epic novel is first and foremost about women, with the female body serving as the book’s central metaphor. The protagonist, Mother, is born in 1900 and married at seventeen into the Shangguan family. She has nine children, only one of whom is a boy—the narrator of the book. A spoiled and ineffectual child, he stands in stark contrast to his eight strong and forceful female siblings.

Mother, a survivor, is the quintessential strong woman who risks her life to save several of her children and grandchildren. The writing is picturesque, bawdy, shocking, and imaginative. The structure draws on the essentials of classical Chinese formalism and injects them with extraordinarily raw and surprising prose. Each of the seven chapters represents a different time period, from the end of the Qing dynasty up through the Japanese invasion in the 1930s, the civil war, the Cultural Revolution, and the post-Mao years. Now in a beautifully bound collectors edition, this stunning novel is Mo Yan’s searing vision of twentieth-century China.




The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to celebrated Chinese writer Mo Yan, whose books include "Red Sorghum" and "The Garlic Ballads." Some more politically outspoken Chinese dissidents and intellectuals were critical of the choice, but the Nobel committee was quick to say the prize was awarded solely on literary merit.
http://youtu.be/WxfBnUS3NW4

Jeffrey Brown talks to Charles Laughlin of the University of Virginia and Xiao Qiang at the University of California, Berkeley about prolific writer and Nobel Laureate Mo Yan, whose detractors cite a cozy relationship with Chinese state media and a savviness about staying away from topics sensitive to the Communist government.
http://youtu.be/2-1-DCfPwqs


Pow! Preorder Now. Book comes out in January 2013

A benign old monk listens to a prospective novice’s tale of depravity, violence, and carnivorous excess while a nice little family drama—in which nearly everyone dies—unfurls. But in this tale of sharp hatchets, bad water, and a rusty WWII mortar, we can’t help but laugh. Reminiscent of the novels of dark masters of European absurdism like Günter Grass, Witold Gombrowicz, or Jakov Lind, Mo Yan’s Pow! is a comic masterpiece.

In this bizarre romp through the Chinese countryside, the author treats us to a cornucopia of cooked animal flesh—ostrich, camel, donkey, dog, as well as the more common varieties. As his dual narratives merge and feather into one another, each informing and illuminating the other, Yan probes the character and lifestyle of modern China. Displaying his many talents, as fabulist, storyteller, scatologist, master of allusion and cliché, and more, Pow! carries the reader along quickly, hungrily, and giddily, up until its surprising dénouement.

Yan has been called one of the great novelists of modern Chinese literature and the New York Times Book Review has hailed his work as harsh and gritty, raunchy and funny. He writes big, sometimes mystifying, sometimes infuriating, but always entertaining novels—and Pow! is no exception.

“If China has a Kafka, it may be Mo Yan. Like Kafka, Yan has the ability to examine his society through a variety of lenses, creating fanciful, Metamorphosis-like transformations or evoking the numbing bureaucracy and casual cruelty of modern governments.” —Publishers Weekly

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2012/10/16

Outsourcing Jobs to China: It's Actually Really Good For Everyone! Plus China's stupid to subsidize their Solar Panel Industry!

-Amazingly clear.  Important to spread. 


Two lessons: One on outsourcing and a very short one on subsidies.


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2012/10/15

"Are you feeling happy? 你觉得幸福吗?" The question sweeping the Chinese internets

-What do you think? 

Are you happy? That simple question became a hot topic on China's Internet last week. That's after state-run CCTV ran a program where they asked ordinary Chinese on the street whether they were happy. The responses led to a heated discussion involving more than 3 million people on Weibo. We sit down with Karen Chang and Jason Ma to talk about why netizens were upset at even being asked the question.
http://youtu.be/ue47FVLuzJc
Here's the real interview in Chinese.


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