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Monthly Archives: March 2008

When in Rome

What on earth are we to make of this picture:

Are they taking robes as presents for the monks as a goodwill gesture? Was the photograph actually taken this year?
[UPDATE] As Chiara points out in the comments below, Wang Xiaoshan has now deleted the post I linked to and issued an apology. A commenter at Time […]

Wang Lixiong: Reflections on Tibet

New Left Review published a very long and very interesting article in 2002 by Wang Lixiong. Here’s the first paragraph:
In the current debate on Tibet the two opposing sides see almost everything in black and white—differing only as to which is which. But there is one issue that both Chinese authorities and Tibetan nationalists consistently […]

Information, Tutu and Tibet

Ten days ago, when Lian Yue rejected suppression of information on Tibet, he had broad support from his readers. Here’s Danwei’s translation of his post:

Information Theory of Tibet
1. Any power which tries to withhold information should be regarded as a bad power.
2. Any power that keeps people […]

Truth and lies - Tibet and Iraq

There is some anger being expressed by Chinese citizens about foreign media reporting on the Tibet protests and violence. To a certain extent it is justified. Showing pictures of Nepali security forces beating Tibetan protesters and labeling those pictures as Chinese violence is at best sloppy, at worst a lie. And I keep wondering why […]

Ethnic harmony - or not

It’s been quite some time since Yahoo mercifully closed down its news discussion boards. Especially at times of crisis, whether real or perceived, they could make you lose almost all faith in humanity. Below is a translation of one Chinese person’s reaction, posted on Woeser’s blog, to the same phenomenon in China. Text in square […]

Riots in Lhasa and proxies that work

I was half way through translating a personal account of the situation in Lhasa by a Han Chinese resident when the inevitable happened - ESWN finished it first. Right now, his post is inaccessible on the mainland because of three keywords that trigger the net nanny: J*khang, Ram*che and P*tala (* = o). This is […]

I have a bad case of diarrhea

An unusual way to learn English:

Could this have been made anywhere but Japan?

Blog note

Since I’m such an irregular blogger, it doesn’t make much sense to announce that I won’t have internet access for about a week, so there won’t be any more posts until I’m back. But I’ll say it anyway for the sake of the few poor souls who do (misguidedly) keep checking in to see if […]