The Situation Is Excellent: The Week That Was At Beijing Cream

December 3 – December 9

Our Correspondent wrote about his Beijing drug dealer, who has joined several prominent expats in recently leaving the country. Alessandro made his brief return. And contributor Xiao Yi discovered a brilliant little satirist on Sina Weibo.

Inciting self-immolation is now murder, says Chinese supreme court. Norway is still being blacklisted, two years after Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize. China’s been hit with lots of sex scandals lately. Chen Guangcheng addressed the world, while artist-activist Chen Weiming joined the Syrian Mujahideen.

Students in Stockholm performed a “Red Sorghum” flashmob, inspired by Mo Yan, who then gave a 32-minute lecture called “Storytellers.” Yann Frisch’s magic act last week in Beijing stole the show. And professional volleyball players got publicly chided for a harmless little video.

These color pictures from China circa 1912 are worth another look. Kim Jong-un was voted to the top of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year reader poll. Beijing SantaCon happened yesterday; here are pictures. The Beijinger’s Super Quiz ended just a couple of hours ago.

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