The Peking Duck is back

It looks like my hosting company fixed the problem. Still, I am in the process of divorcing myself from Movable Type and hope to have a new and improved site for you in the very near future.

Even though you can comment again, I can’t post for another day or two. All of your comments from last week that you thought were gone have been restored. See you soon.

The Discussion: 22 Comments

Are you going to use WordPress?

May 7, 2008 @ 12:02 am | Comment

Two Chinese Protests, Two Different Reactions

May 7, 2008 @ 12:21 am | Comment

At least some Westerners do get it.

There is still hope. Maybe it takes at least 20 years to truely understand a people?

May 7, 2008 @ 2:32 am | Comment

Are the Peking Duck back?

May 7, 2008 @ 3:00 am | Comment

Statement from the Jiangxi Soviet, November 1931:

the First All-China Congress of Soviet of Worker’s, Peasants’ and Soldier’s Deputies declares that the Chinese Soviet Republic categorically and unconditionally recognizes the right of the national minorities to self-determination. The means that in districts like Mongolia, Tibet, Sinkiang, Yunnan, Kweichow, and others, where the majority of the population belongs to non-Chinese nationalities, the toling masses of their nationalities shall have the right to determine for themselves whether they wish to leave the Chinese Soviet Republic and create their own independent state, or whether they wish to join the Union of Soviet Republics, or form an autonomous area inside the Chinese Soviet Republic.”

Quoted from Zhang Zhyi, The Party and the National Question in China, translated by George Moseley (Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 1966).

May 7, 2008 @ 3:44 am | Comment


“Are the Peking Duck back?”

And CCT and AC are back too! 😉

May 7, 2008 @ 5:38 am | Comment

It warms the heart to see you kids with rosy red cheeks and smiling faces sitting at your desks clutching those big black pencils and fat pink erasers all ready to start studying again.

May 7, 2008 @ 5:50 am | Comment

What’s Hu up to in Japan?

May 7, 2008 @ 5:55 am | Comment

At least some easterners do get it.

There is still hope.

How long does it take to instill compassion for others in people?

May 7, 2008 @ 5:58 am | Comment


And for those unable to read CH (without translation help..)

May 7, 2008 @ 6:24 am | Comment


Thanks for the efforts to bring PD back Richard.


May 7, 2008 @ 6:26 am | Comment

Ah, the smell of a fresh blog!

May 7, 2008 @ 9:37 am | Comment

The Creationist Myth of Chinese Nationalism

If your blog can make it to this guy’s blog roll, then I would consider you as a person who can understand China. I would rank his current blog roll in the following order:

1. ESWN (HK Chinese?)

2. China Matters

3. China Law Blog / The China Vortex

5. Mutant Palm

6. Danwei

7. Jottings from the Granite Studio

8. The Opposite End of China

9. Richard Spencer

May 7, 2008 @ 11:32 am | Comment

Forgot to add comments 🙂

1. ESWN (HK Chinese?)
He is probably Chinese, so he is supposed to be able to understand his own country.

2. China Matters
This guy reads Xinhua and understands what Xinhua is saying. He knows what Chinese are thinking and he can think like Chinese.

3. China Law Blog / The China Vortex
These guys have a lot of experiences in China. Most importantly, they are open-minded and their views are very balanced.

5. Mutant Palm
This guy does his homework. He tries very hard to understand Chinese and often gets it right.

6. Danwei
Nonpolitical. Understands Chinese life and pop culture.

7. Jottings from the Granite Studio
He understands Chinese history very well, I would say probably better than the average Chinese. But I don’t think he understands Chinese politics very well.

8. The Opposite End of China
It’s rare that a foreigner writes about minorities in China.

9. Richard Spencer
I am surprised that a Western journalist made it. But I do think he is different, he doesn’t follow the old stereotypes and cliches.

May 7, 2008 @ 12:09 pm | Comment

Thanks, AC! The posts at that blog you linked to were so amazing. Despite the fact that I speak fluent Chinese and have been reading Chinese-language media (both the boring PRC version and the more lively, yet increasingly staid overseas version) for nearly a decade, so long as I disagree with prevailing nationalist ideologies, I will perpetually be “deceived by the Western media” and “unable to understand China”! I will study hard so that I can regurgitate mantras that you deem politically correct, and then you can pat me on the back and tell me that I “understand China.” Then I can change my MSN name to something completely awesome… like “I love China” or “I have a serious boner for China.” I can dress in an Olympics t-shirt and tell people that actually the West doesn’t understand Tibet like our trusty Chinese friends do… Then, perhaps, if I’m lucky, I will be able to pass my PRC citizenship exam soon!
Example questions from citizenship exam:
1. What nation could never do any wrong?
Answer: hmmm… let me guess… China?
Math section:
2. What is “eight honors” plus “eight disgraces”? Answer: Sixteen pieces of gold-plated wisdom for revitalizing the motherland!

May 7, 2008 @ 1:21 pm | Comment

AC said:

This guy reads Xinhua and understands what Xinhua is saying. He knows what Chinese are thinking and he can think like Chinese.

I don’t know if anyone else noticed, but what AC is saying is that Xinhua basically represents what Chinese are thinking. Or directs it? Anyway, a very revealing admission.

May 7, 2008 @ 2:18 pm | Comment


Oh my! Does she has a baleful stare!!


May 7, 2008 @ 2:55 pm | Comment

National Geographic has some good narratives on Chinese nationalism among teenagers, hating this and that simply because that is what they were taught, but they also know that there are so many problems in China that hating outsiders is the only allowable form of protest and thus a vent for frustration and anger.

May 7, 2008 @ 3:28 pm | Comment

“National Geographic has some good narratives on Chinese nationalism among teenagers”

For example.

But I find the evolution of those in 1996 interviewed kids deeply moving.

One source of that frustration, that so easily derives into hate to the outside world, comes out from the disastrous situation that CH had to endure during the 19th and 20th century.

The problem IMHO is that they concentrate more in giving blame to outsiders, rather than analyzing the core reasons that precipitated CH downfall and its subsequent social and political disasters.

Also hiding the facts, that even during those dark times other foreign countries and individuals tried to help CH as much as possible, does not help much to solve this hate problem.

A more balanced view of their own history would help much CH’s youngster.

May 7, 2008 @ 3:51 pm | Comment


It’s the 21th century dude, stop living in the 20th century. the mere fact that you’re responding to nanhesausagesuckingmoron is already proof enough that you’re just as dumb as he is.

May 7, 2008 @ 4:42 pm | Comment

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