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Rebecca MacKinnon’s Letter to President Obama

Rebecca MacKinnon’s Letter to President Obama

Rebecca MacKinnon (RConversation) posted her inaugural HuffingtonPost article today.  Its an exceptional, concise piece of writing that understands the situation... 

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Chinese Teen Beating & Humiliation Videos: Viral or Virus?

Chinese Teen Beating & Humiliation Videos: Viral or Virus?

2008 coined the Chinese internet meme: 很黄,很暴力 (“very yellow, very violent”). Despite roundly being used in the most humorous of situations,... 

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New York Times in perfect harmony after translation – Black & White Cat

New York Times in perfect harmony after translation – Black & White Cat

Black and White Cat (BWC) took the time to compare an original English language article in the New York Times entitled “Beijing Puts on a Happy Face for Games,... 

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More than just adding oil (加油)

More than just adding oil (加油)

Photo originally found on Mop here. “Add fuel?” “Let’s go?” “Olé! Olé! Olé?” “Come on?” One of the... 

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The Online Evisceration of David Brooks, A Cautionary Tale

The Online Evisceration of David Brooks, A Cautionary Tale

Last week, on August 11, New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Brooks published his essay “Harmony and the Dream” (NYT login required) and inadvertently... 

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Olympics Controversy – Misunderstanding China – Part I: Why It’s Easy For Americans to Hate China

Olympics Controversy – Misunderstanding China – Part I: Why It’s Easy For Americans to Hate China

Disclaimer: “I am here to bridge the gap. Not to hate. Not to love. Not to be biased. Only honesty.” After seeing and hearing many of the critical comments... 

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Is the West impossible to please?

Is the West impossible to please?

An interesting conversation unfolded on Meg’s blog post about China Visa problems. Commenter CnInDC offered a well-argued explanation of the root cause of... 

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The Wisdom of the Crowds, The Folly of the Mobs

The Wisdom of the Crowds, The Folly of the Mobs

As a pseudo-geek, my RSS Reader includes a subscription to the almighty TechCrunch, an influential blog that covers the internet and tech industry. I woke up today... 

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CNReviews Mind the Gap: Mom Day Special

CNReviews Mind the Gap: Mom Day Special

I tend to give special days special names, like David Day for a certain day in January (when yours truly was “created” aka born), Honey Day (for St Valentine’s... 

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CNReviews Mind the Gap: The Yak Yak Yak Factor

CNReviews Mind the Gap: The Yak Yak Yak Factor

Nag Nag Nag, Yak Yak Yak, teachers getting on your back… To the Swiss-educated David Feng, this is probably too old school. After all, he was being yelled... 

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What does the world think of the U.S. and China?

What does the world think of the U.S. and China?

Via blackandwhitecat.org, one of fellow CN Reviews blogger Kai Pan favorite blogs, we got turned onto a recent BBC World Survey (pdf)on international public opinion... 

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Quick Weekend Jots: When a Swiss Works with Fellow Chinese Co-Workers…

Quick Weekend Jots: When a Swiss Works with Fellow Chinese Co-Workers…

I just got introduced to that great big labor world recently — or pulled out of the job market, rather, with my recent gig at the Beijing Planning Exhibition... 

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CN Reviews Mind the Gap Wednesday: Ladies — and Gentlemen

CN Reviews Mind the Gap Wednesday: Ladies — and Gentlemen

In traditional China, women were locked inside the average compound and were never allowed outside the “2nd gate” (they had many gates inside the compounds... 

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CN Reviews Mind the Gap Wednesday: Mic in Hand

CN Reviews Mind the Gap Wednesday: Mic in Hand

Please mind the gap between China and the West… • The West: The mic is more “for everyone”. Everyone has a chance to speak. • China: The mic... 

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CN Reviews Mind the Gap Wednesday: Freelancing

CN Reviews Mind the Gap Wednesday: Freelancing

Sorry for the late post — just got in as Wednesday wounded up my time (as in timezone). There was one big thing I noticed today when we (as in the thesis team)... 

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