Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Your Mid-Week Links

Yet another difference between Hong Kong and the mainland: Some Hong Kong people raised HK$100,000 to buy an ad in Apple Daily denouncing mainland Chinese births in Hong Kong. Mainland Chinese would go to the local print shop and drop 20 RMB for a design, then post onto an Internet forum where the ad gets seen by about four times more people. But, whatever, it's not like HK$100,000 can buy food or anything. [Shanghaiist]

Global Times editor-in-chief joins Twitter. Welcome, @HuXijinGT. I wonder how long the poor chap will last. [China Rises]

Corollary: "Two jokes are currently circulating in Chinese cyberspace which take on current events: // The first one refers to recent tensions over the East China Sea. // [Diaoyu Islands belong to which country?] Answer: Bring a laptop computer there. If you can open Twitter, they belong to Japan. If you can’t open Twitter, they belong to China!" [China Digital Times]

Ai Weiwei on Chen Guangcheng: "Chen Guangcheng is an activist from Shandong who lost his sight as a child; but he is a bright light that shines in the darkness." [Wired]

MSNBC jumps into Foxconn reporting. Nothing interesting or new to report until the paragraph that starts: "On Monday, tens of thousands of people lined up outside a job agency to apply for an estimated 100,000 new jobs Foxconn is seeking to fill at its factory in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province." Tens of thousands of people. [Behind the Wall, MSNBC]

A nice book review of a bad book. Charles Custer takes on Tony Parfitt's Why China Will Never Rule the World. Turns out you can judge a book by its title. [China Geeks]

NON-CHINA READ (HT@Alicia): "It was over the last century, says Cain, that society began reshaping itself as an extrovert’s paradise—to the introvert’s demise. She explains that before the twentieth century, we lived in what historians called a 'culture of character,' when you were expected to conduct yourself morally with quiet integrity. But when people starting flocking to the cities and working for big businesses the question became, how do I stand out in a crowd? We morphed into a 'culture of personality,' which she says sparked a fascination with glittering movie stars, bubbly employees and outgoing leadership." [Forbes]

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