China Links

It’s been a couple of weeks since we got back from England, and I still haven’t really had the chance to sit down and write anything. Work’s been very busy, home life is currently baby-dominated, and we’ve all had an annoying summer cold (including the baby).
Here (to fill a gap more than anything) is a list of the most interesting China articles I found in my Google Reader in the last month. I’m not sure if it’s been a particulary eventful time here, but it certainly seems like it.

Jeremiah Jenne – The Last Scoundrels

About nationalism / patriotism in China, one of the most frustrating issues to deal with.

To Patriots: Confession of a Patriot-used-to-be

A translation of the blog post referred to in the previous article.

Melissa Chan – ‘Goodbye to China, country of contradictions’

From Al-Jazeera’s China correspondant, who was suddenly denied a permit for reasons unknown last month.

James Fallows – What Is the Chinese Dream?

Some fairly interesting questions here.

George Ding – Death of a Building: The Knock-On Effects of Knocking Down Buildings

Parts of Beijing have changed at a breathtaking pace – this is a nice, thoughtful piece on place and memory.

China on the hunt for illegal foreigners

There’s a Visa crackdown in progress right now, so English-speaking CCTV prick Yang Rui thought it would be a good idea to call his audience “foreign scum” and accuse us of “pretending to be tourists traveling around the country while actually helping Japan and Korea make maps and collect GPS data for military purposes”

Refuting China’s Nine-Dash Claim

There’s been a brief bit of scandal about China and The Phillipines squabbling over a bit of rock in the sea. This tells you pretty much all you need to know about the argument.

Evan Osnos – The Grand Tour

Just as a bit of contrast to V’s evaluation of the UK – here’s a more normal way for Chinese people to see Europe.

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