China Daily: “Hu’s report gets nationwide attention.” No, seriously, it says that. RFH has a theory that the people who organize the National Congress intentionally make it as boring as possible to test the outer limits of what “watchdog” journalists are willing to tolerate before they throw up their hands, a la: Chinese media, however,... Read more »
As we prepare to begin the second day of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, here’s a roundup of some pictures from Day 1 and prior. Our coverage so far: Clinging to life; Twitter accounts attacked. More via China Digital Times, MSNBC and Sina.
Here’s Xinhua’s special slideshow of delegates of the 18th CPC National Congress arriving in Beijing. These are the good folks for whom cops shut multiple lanes of traffic from the airport to Tiananmen. Captioned with RFH.
The Atlantic is running an ongoing series called “Scenes From 21st-Century China,” in which it seeks to show the PRC is a “vast, dynamic nation that continues to grow and evolve.” (We last posted about this in June.) Its latest installment, published Monday, features 42 stunning hi-res images that go a long way toward accomplishing that... Read more »
China blogs Shanghaiist, Offbeat China, and Tea Leaf Nation have already clearly illustrated that China has a lot of people. But perhaps you didn’t know that China has a lot of people? In which case, you should check out this Sina slideshow, featuring high-res photos of China’s many, many people. We sample a few more... Read more »
The NY Times’s photography blog, Lens, has just published 20 stunning pictures from the Cultural Revolution, a “panoramic view” that includes Little Red Books, an execution, and an elongated dunce cap. The images were taken by Harbin photojournalist Li Zhensheng, “perhaps the most complete and nuanced pictorial account of the decade of turmoil ignited by Mao... Read more »
Click to enlarge The first day of school can be rough. There’s this strange and combustible mixture of anxiety and giddiness and despair and pent-up energy, to say nothing of the fact that no one knows anyone else’s name. In Shenzhen, one set of parents have come up with a remedy: shaving identifiers into their... Read more »
The Globe and Mail’s East Asia correspondent Mark MacKinnon tweeted this picture last night of Egyptian president Muhammed Morsi and Chinese president Hu Jintao at the Great Wall, and boy is it asking to be meme-ified. “Asshole,” says the bubble cloud floating above Morsi’s head. “Dickwad,” Hu ripostes, the bubble-cloud arrow pointing up his nostril to... Read more »
A couple of days ago, we linked to a Buzzfeed collection of funny pictures of brand-name knock-offs and noted that a lot of the images came from China. Well, yesterday the website China Whisper decided, Why not devote an entire post to Chinese brand-name knock-offs? Some of the more notable images appear after the jump,... Read more »
I can explain this. Some people’s minds have not been corrupted by the unseemly elements of our indecorous times. They glimpse a work of art such as this and think of the lessons a mother can pass to her child, who is not at all uncomfortable with her exposed tit. Um. PIETY. By unseemly elements,... Read more »
A Buzzfeed community contributor has compiled a list of “20 Hilariously Wrong Knock-Offs Of Famous Brand Names,” and they are indeed hilarious, more so for us because we think we’ve identified at least eight images that are most likely from China. They appear after the jump. Enjoy.
Via Imgur, at the Bawangfen South bus stop near Dawanglu in Beijing. Atari, yo. That’s the new old image of badass for the 2000s generation. What’s that, that’s not the Atari logo? Fuck it, I’m a pimp. Gonna go back to reading this now. (H/T Alicia) UPDATE: Picture by Natalie Litofsky!
This woman has no idea whatsoever what these words mean. Finally, a world without racism, where words are just words. Via Reddit user jjjmills, who notes his wife took this picture last week in Beijing. (H/T Candice L.)
Can a European who never leaves Europe ever have the slightest clue what China is like? It turns out the answer is maybe. Olfert Dapper (1635-1689) was an Amsterdam clergyman and doctor who never traveled abroad but nonetheless produced literature and art about places far, far away. Yesterday, the website BiblioOdyssey – linked to by io9 –... Read more »