Mother Loses Both Her Children To Sichuan Earthquakes Separated By Five Years

Survivor of Yaan earthquake
The suffering and grief that accompanies the loss of an only-child is already unimaginable, but what about the loss of two children, in the same place, five years apart, to the same natural disaster? Lu Jingkang, 50, has lost both her children: her son in 2008 to the Wenchuan earthquake, and her daughter on Saturday... Read more » Read more »

Earthquake Links: Roundup of news stories on the 6.6-magnitude Ya’an Earthquake

Li Keqiang in earthquake disaster tent
Via Go Chengdoo A 6.6/7.0-magnitude earthquake (according to the US Geological Survey/China Earthquake Networks Center) affecting 69 counties and 1.5 million people struck Sichuan province at 8:02 am on Saturday. People are calling it the Ya’an Earthquake, after the city where the the epicenter is located, 140 kilometers from the capital Chengdu. The current death... Read more » Read more »

Donnie’s Tribute To Boston

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Donnie, if you couldn't tell, is from Boston, and in the wake of this past week's events, he's got a few things to say about his hometown... while wearing a Larry Legend jersey... taking down LeBron James posters from Dunkin Donuts... showering with a duck. It's heartfelt. Read more »

Friday Night Musical Outro: Alpine Decline – Drunk On Crystal Fire

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Formed out of East LA in 2010, Alpine Decline vanished from the US music scene nearly as quickly as they materialized, only to surface in East Beijing. These guys are playing tomorrow at XP alongside Streets Kill Strange Animals and The Last Three Minutes as part of Genjing Records's film and music night to celebrate Record Store Day. 8-10 pm, 40 rmb for the show. Read more »

Xi Jinping, Peng Liyuan And Li Na Make Time’s List Of 100 Most Influential People

Chinese people on Time 100
A politician, his wife, and a tennis star  join the likes of Jay-Z, Bryan Cranston and Kim Jong-un as the only Chinese citizens on Time’s annual list of 100 most influential people in the world. (Ahem, “world.”) You probably can guess, but the three are Xi Jinping, Peng Liyuan, and Li Na. Here are snippets... Read more » Read more »

Xinhua Verifies, Then Denies Xi Jinping Took A Taxi, Which Is A Shame

Xi Jinping in a taxi
We’ll never know whence or whither Xi Jinping took a taxi on the evening of March 1, 2013, or any of these lengthening twilit evenings of summer-cometh, because who cares? It turns out, everyone. As Offbeat China relays, “旁观者马勇, professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, pointed out: ‘The news is fake, and it’s... Read more » Read more »

Chris Tang Still Ballin’ Under Jeremy Lin’s Shadow

He's Jeremy Lin I'm Chris Tang
Chris Tang caught our attention in February 2012, when it looked like he might be the best Chinese high school basketball player on the planet. He has the size (6-foot-3 last we checked, though he's likely still growing), the athletic ability, and the shooting touch. He's also enrolled at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, a veritable factory for basketball players at elite college programs across the country. Read more »

Perhaps, finally, an understanding that setting oneself on fire solves nothing

The East is Read
This could well be a headline from the Onion, but it’s from Time: Tibetans Turn to Alternative Protest as Self-Immolations Prove Futile What other forms of protest, one asks? The story begins anecdotally with Norbu Jorden, a young man who tried to kill himself with fire but failed. Now Jorden is expressing his dissent differently. On a... Read more » Read more »

Feng Xiaogang, “China’s Spielberg,” Calls Out Censors In Awards Speech, Is Censored

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The tireless, talented and slightly subversive Feng Xiaogang accepted the China Film Directors Guild's director of the year award on April 12, and he had some pointed things to say in his acceptance speech. Pointed things that you will not hear, because they were censored. Pointed as in the word "censorship." Read more »

First case of human-to-human transmission of H7N9 bird flu?

Red feather H7N9 bird flu
There’s a mighty “might” in this, but China Daily is reporting that one person infected with bird flu might have caught the disease from a human host. An investigation by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention is underway: The family involves two brothers and their 87-year-old father, who died on March 4 and was reportedly... Read more » Read more »

Chinese Government Is Really Sick Of Its Publications Falling For Satire, Bans Quoting From Foreign Media

No reblogging
The “falling for satire” bit is our little extrapolation, but what other funny way to explain this? Via SCMP: “All kinds of media work units may not use any unauthorised news products provided by foreign media or foreign websites,” according to a notice issued by the General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. This came... Read more » Read more »