September 9 – September 15
Liz Tung interviewed Dong Bingfeng to get the final word on exactly what happened at the “cancelled” Beijing Independent Film Festival. The Literary Death Match happened on Wednesday at the Bookworm, and we turned it into a podcast. We teamed up with Alia of Offbeat China, who wrote about provincial courts’ dislike of Beijing’s anti-rumor campaign.
A watermelon vendor was shot by cops for refusing to vacate his spot in Xinjiang. Meanwhile, Xinjiang’s soccer team scored an incredible own goal at the Chinese National Games. Xinhua didn’t react correctly to Tokyo winning the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Comment of the Week:
@beijingcream Selling watermelons seems to be becoming a very dangerous occupation!
— Chinese Rocks (@chinese_rocks) September 13, 2013