December 2009

China's Repressive Media and Mrs. Santa collide?

I just wanted to take a moment and confirm all the current Xmas supplement.jpgsuspicions you may have out there about the horrible and repressive system we live under here in Mainland China.

It's terrible!  How can I live in a place where my morning paper comes with a front page like this?  This was the 16 page supplement wrapped around my Shenzhen Daily last Friday.  It deals with such touchy subjects as whether to listen to the classical or more modern music performances in the various playhouses around town, what events are happening at local churches and which of the regions theme parks (like Disney World) have the best family vacation packages.

So, to all of you out there that know just how bad China is, you just keep a firm hold of whatever reality you have chosen to convince yourself is true and I'll stay here and fight it out in the grimy colorless city.

Happy Holidays

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How China will reach UN Climate Change commitments

pollution.jpgThe Shenzhen Daily notes that the "Nation to remove outdated industries" in a story stuck back on page 9 of the paper today.

Let me interpret a bit of formalistic langauge that you will see in the article that might get lost in translation.  Basically, China is making a nationwide commitment to poke the Western World in the eye with the ability to lower the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by 40 to 45 precent by 2020.

First, how the hell can they lower it that much?  Well, it's pretty damn dirty here, in some of the darker corners of the country.  So only making it half as polluted as it is today within the next ten years means all they have to do is stop doing the most polluting things they are doing today.  You have to look at where they started, rather than the targeted percentage quoted anywhere. 

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AIDS Day in China?

0013729ece6b0c7f15b221.jpgGiven that when we got here in the early 1990's, AIDS was not yet something that existed in public -- and given that the China Daily has not been a great supporter of the United States or the West in general, we are happy to see some human rights issues being recognized in a large photo essay yesterday and today.  Front page coverage of such a sensitive subject in a hard copy daily paper here is quite extraordinary.

Sure we can say that China is not playing by the same rules as the rest of the world if that is what we want to focus on.  But sometimes they do 'the right thing' and we should applaud them for doing so.

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