Tag Archives: The New York Times

Why one might think the US government sees China as threat no. 1

In recent weeks, a series of U.S. government statements, leaks, and policy changes could leave you with the impression that policymakers see China as the biggest threat to U.S. security. My guess is that even if top officials in the … Continue reading

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What it means when we say NYT is ‘blocked in China’

Shanghaiist has just posted a fairly snarky story claiming, as it summarizes well in the headline, that “The New York Times might or might not be blocked in China (but probably isn’t).” I think they’re off the mark. The writer’s … Continue reading

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The best phrase I have read this week

From Andrew Jacobs’ story on Great Firewall “shoegate”: … from iPads and designer shoes to carnal rewards offered by admiring women of the sort that China’s Internet guardians would likely deem harmful to the nation’s morality.  

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Three great paragraphs on the internet and Chinese ‘revolution’

This from Guobin Yang of Barnard College, Columbia University, in The New York Times: Protest is also increasingly common on the Internet. I recently counted 60 major cases of online activism, ranging from extensive blogging to heavily trafficked forums to … Continue reading

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A Literary Note: Benjamin Hale, Alexandra Kleeman, and LEAP

It’s been a good few months for my more literary friends. Most recently, an old friend Ben Hale (website, blog) has published his first novel and received very good reviews, including in the New York Times Book Review. I was … Continue reading

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Chinese music in the NYT, and a photo blog to watch

Photographer Matthew Niederhauser and New York Times reporter Andrew Jacobs highlight China’s exploding music festival scene in Sunday’s paper and online, where they have an accompanying video. In other news, Matthew has relaunched his photo blog, where you’ll find coverage … Continue reading

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Olympics Journalists Say More About Their Home Country Than the Host

What have the Olympic Games done to affect the world’s discussions about China? Perhaps, very little. Instead of delving into the diversity and complexity of “China,” journalists focused on sports, especially the journalists’ home team. Cultural reporting, too, reflected the … Continue reading

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On the multiplicity of individuals in China

James Fallows got worked up over David Brooks’ ignorant musing about Chinese and Asian collectivity. The product was this excellent paragraph, which follows part of Brooks’ words. If you show an American an image of a fish tank, the American … Continue reading

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ABC’s Efforts to ‘Laugh With’ an Imaginary Version of Japan

The things I miss living outside the United States. New last week from ABC, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, has gone to work reinforcing the “odd Japanese” trope with laughter directed at the unsuspecting nation. David Marx writes at … Continue reading

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