Danwei blocked in China

Let’s hope it’s just a temporary glitch.

The Discussion: 14 Comments

You are being blocked too. At least here in Shenzhen.

May 11, 2007 @ 1:39 pm | Comment

Great, thanks for letting me know. Haven’t the censors heard that I’m a shill for the CCP?

May 11, 2007 @ 1:47 pm | Comment

Not Blocked in Shenzhen.

May 11, 2007 @ 1:59 pm | Comment

from Dan Way

Trends and Buzz
Who’s tops in Chinese lit?
Posted by Joel Martinsen, May 10, 2007 01:44 PM
Su Dongpo vs. Han Han
Sina and Bertelsmann are currently running a poll to determine the top 100 Chinese-language authors. Three hundred writers are on the list, ranging from ancient philosophers like Confucius and Laozi to the luminaries of the New Culture movement to contemporary writers of online fantasy epics. Voters can write in names if they feel that someone has been left out (Hai Zi, or Mao Zedong, for example*).

The current top ten at post time are:

1. Lu Xun 鲁迅 (Call to Arms and other May 4 hits)
2. Cao Xueqin 曹雪芹 (Dream of the Red Mansions)
3. Ba Jin 巴金 (Family)
4. Louis Cha 金庸 (wuxia fiction)
5. Li Bai 李白 (Tang poetry)
6. San Mao 三毛 (travel writing)
7. Confucius 孔子 (The Analects)
8. Bing Xin 冰心 (Letters to Young Readers)
9. Yu Qiuyu 余秋雨 (essays about travel and culure)
10. Han Han 韩寒 (post-80s fiction)

Unsurprising, for the most part, but what’s Han Han doing there? He currently outranks Lao She (11), Zhang Ailing(12), and Su Dongpo (13), while Guo Jingming (15) and Annie Baobei (18) top other big names like Bai Juyi (19), Zhu Ziqing (20) and Xu Zhimo (23). Is this yet another sign of the decline of Chinese culture?

Here are the two highest-rated comments posted in response to Sina’s feature:

IP 60.209.152.*:
Han Han: 2084 votes
Guo Jingming: 2073 votes
Annie Baobei: 2070 votes
Is this a joke on the Chinese people?
These people can be called authors?
Don’t Bertelsmann’s people have any common sense?
Is this an April Fool’s joke? It’s long over.
Not just Lu Xun, Lao She, and Zhuangzi – they can’t even compare with popular writers like Jiang Nan and Xiao Duan. And then there’s a group of writers down there like Su Tong and Yan Geling. I can’t vote for Zhuangzi.
Popular writers are mostly garbage.
Should they be divided into categories?

IP 222.64.116.*:
Plagiarists and playboys like Guo Jingming and Han Han, unknown young pawns like Tianxia Bachang, Shuxia Yehu, and Lanling Xiaoxiao, sensationalized writers like Yi Zhongtian and Yu Dan – how can they be mentioned together with Confucius, Laozi, and Mencius?
True literary masters are like Lu Xun, Ba Jin, and Xu Zhimo, or Confucius, Mencius, Zhuangzi, and Mozi. What are the others – can they truly last through the ages? Will they be remembered in the history of the Chinese people? Will they be known to later generations? Can they enter the depths of our soul?

Other comments argue that different people enjoy different kinds of literature, and yesterday’s Beijing Daily Messenger quoted a few writers who cautioned against taking the poll too seriously:
Continue reading “Who’s tops in Chinese lit?” »

May 11, 2007 @ 3:49 pm | Comment

any list without Wang Xiaobo (if you’re considering modern literature) is sorely lacking.. imho

May 11, 2007 @ 8:43 pm | Comment

Richard TPD, are you on China Telecom? I am here in GZ and no proxy, no luck. Just wondering if it’s a matter of ÖйúµçÐÅ vs. ÖйúÍøͨ.

May 11, 2007 @ 8:48 pm | Comment

Not sure what you mean by “on China Telecom” – my blog is hosted in the US, if that’s what you mean. Upsetting, that (some) readers are having trouble accessing TPD in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, but this kind of sporadic blocking has happened before, usually ending after a day or two…

May 11, 2007 @ 11:00 pm | Comment

I’m having trouble accessing LOTS of sites here in Shenzhen, but getting TPD all right for the moment. Seems the local great firewall is being tweaked or “upgraded” and it’s slowing down, gumming up, and otherwise impeding all kinds of stuff. Morons.

May 11, 2007 @ 11:18 pm | Comment

Sorry, allow me to rephrase:
China Telecom is a telephone and internet service provider and China Netcom is the other I mentioned. Could it be that people on one provider (Telecom) are having more problems accessing Danwei than those accessing the internet via others?

It happened in Hong Kong last year, sort of:

May 12, 2007 @ 1:11 am | Comment

Feng, I just don’t know. But I noticed that after a lengthy reprieve, all the blogspot sites were suddenly blocked again just a few hours a go. Looks like the cybernanny is on a rampage.

May 12, 2007 @ 2:06 am | Comment

Looks to me like someone has no idea how IP networks self-heal via routing protocols.

But who am I to judge… I must’ve already angered God this morning, since he sprinkled rain on me.

May 12, 2007 @ 2:24 am | Comment

Danwei’s loading for me here in Guangzhou now.

May 12, 2007 @ 4:02 am | Comment

It was an IP block rather than a keyword or domain-name filter. So we had our provider move us to a different, unblocked server. No idea why it happened (the Military Weekly link nanhe mentions above wasn’t added until after the block occurred). Maybe it’d have come back automatically after a few days, but we decided not to wait it out.

May 12, 2007 @ 1:14 pm | Comment

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