September 10 – September 16
Xi Jinping’s disappearance was huge news. We poked fun at the media freakout over his absence with a crowd-sourced post. Torval Lokison then came back with a lost ad for the chap (linked to by James Fallows). No fear, though: China’s future leader has been found, and appears healthy. The other big news from the week is escalating tension over Japan’s purchase of the Diaoyu Islands, namely in the form of a massive demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy on Saturday. We have video here.
The rest of the week was pretty much about fights, disputes, and abuse. A Party official kicked a woman with a child watching nearby. A Good Samaritan was viciously beaten after he was confused for a child kidnapper. An old man was beaten for being an anti-Mao rightist. Chinese passengers fought on another flight. This horror film shows a woman being dragged away by traffic cops. And Party officials (again) were caught on tape doing something distasteful: beating up journalists.
Drake’s back — with a review of Wu Club. Jim Fields wrote about the three immortals of Dongzhimen. The Good Doctor filmed you, Beijing, at The Creators Project featuring James Murphy. This drummer-busker is terrific. And our second episode of Saturday Morning Cartoon was even more ridiculous than the first.
Comment of the Week:
Mike Daisey of Foxconn fame comments on this post about Leslie T. Chang’s TEDTalk:
Leslie did write something for the New Yorker during the scandal.
And while I think she does great work, she’s startlingly naive about coporatism. My quick response is here: