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"Japan's natural disasters and the Chinese people's reflections"
- Mar 20, 2011 - 10:42:42 AM
Chaos and turbulence show the character of a society. The magnitude 9 earthquake in Japan caused huge losses, but also gave hundreds of millions of Chinese who understand nothing about Japanese society a chance to see that society's huge capacity for self-help.
- Apr 27, 2010 - 5:32:54 AM
A Chinese blogger combined pictures of pre-quake Yushu with this
article by Ai Mo艾墨 "The Stage" that appeared recently in Hong Kong's
Mingbao newspaper. The full text of that short article, which did not
appear on the Ming Bao website, is copied below, after my translation.
This story points out the great cultural gulf between Tibetans and Han
Chinese and the difficulties of doing culturally and religiously
sensitive relief work. Probably because of some ethnic chauvinism and
perhaps because some think it will affect the Chinese-ness of Tibet,
many Han Chinese find it hard to appreciate the profound cultural
differences between the Han Chinese and the Tibetans. Well, many
Chinese Buddhists understand, but the mainstream media doesn't reflect
their views much and the Chinese government strives to prevent the
thousands of Chinese Buddhist who want to study in Tibetan monasteries
from doing so.
The China Model and Ponzi Schemes
- Apr 9, 2010 - 8:32:07 AM
The ¡°Observer¡± column in the current Economic Observer is entitled ¡°How to approach the ¡®China model¡¯.¡±** I did a quick search on ¡°China model,¡± coming up with over 1,200 hits.
The model has again become a subject of media speculation because many people have been puzzled, unable to find a satisfactory and convincing explanation for China¡¯s economic growth over the past three years.
Beware Urban Dinosaurisation!
- Apr 9, 2010 - 8:28:02 AM
The document now facing me, from the Kunming City Planning Commission
Office (no. 1 for 2010) is worth a read. It’s “damn exciting!” to use a
modish phrase. It states that in project planning for residential
apartments up to 40 stories in downtown Kunming, “approval in principle
is no longer required except as regards urban landscape considerations,
requirements for aircraft clearance and controls on land construction
sites ...... detailed plans for ‘urban village’ remodelling will in
line with this undertake a comprehensive sorting-out (shuli).”
Only Protecting Rights Can Protect Stability
- Apr 9, 2010 - 8:25:05 AM
The legislation changing "re-education through labor" into "education
and correction for illegal acts" was not passed in the 10th National
People's Congress, as some had hoped. The 11th Congress just held its
third session, and again a draft proposal was put forward. Public
debate has been unceasing. There is a saying that the difficulty with
this law is in reconciling two interests: that of "protecting the
lawful rights and interests of those subject to re-education through
labor," and "to let the RETL system play its role in protecting social
order and stability." They may be labeled as "parties to re-education"
or in other places are labeled as those stripped of their liberty "in
order to protect the rights of the great majority" or those who have
their rights "controlled" or "cut down" (克减). But are protecting
people's rights and preserving social stability really in conflict?