One type of popular Chinese blogs in English language are the ones which translate news or just funny stories found anywhere else on the net from Chinese to English.
This is a good way to entertain people who are interested in China but don’t read in Chinese with some interesting material.
Although it seems that this market starts to be somewhat oversaturated with more and more bloggers trying to do the same thing.
So, I want to present the list of the most popular (and possibly best) aggregators of news in Chinese blogosphere.
1) ChinaSmack - no doubt the most popular site of its kind. It publishes hot internet stories, pictures and videos daily and has a big base of fans. The best thing about ChinaSmack is that the team running it is very creative and they constantly come up with fresh ideas how to make it better. It is reflected also in such aspect as professional site’s design.
2) Shanghaiist . One thing that I learned recently about this site is that it is a part of a bigger network called Gothamist. All sites belonging to this network bring the latest news related to some specific city. As it is obvious from the name Shanghaiist is all about China’s most international city - Shanghai.
The number of posts being published is huge - every day about ten new entries appear in it. In my opinion the design of Shanghaiist doesn’t fit very well the speed of posting and the posts very quickly get buried in archives without receiving proper attention from readers.
3) China Digital Times - maybe shouldn’t be in the same list with other news aggregators. Because it is a more serious media and doesn’t make accent on sensational stories.
I haven’t followed this site and found it only while preparing this post, but from a quick look it seems that this blog has a lot of authority, but also kinda lost the dynamism it possibly had in the past.
Though “About” page claims that the blog publishes translations alongside with essays and original articles, on its main page I saw only reposts from different other sites (not even Chinese). And the design of site is quite dull. Although it’s understandable taking in account that it was born in pre-Web 2.0 2003.
4) ChinaHush - small brother of ChinaSmack which at one point could become a worthy challenger for the crown of the best site in this category. But in the end of 2010 it was blocked in China and lost half of its traffic.
Also it took quite a lot of time before ChinaHush finally made the re-design of the site (so here ChinaSmack also won). On the other hand, now ChinaHush is free of the pressure what kind of topics to choose (because they are already blocked) and they can try to use this fact to their advantage.
5) Ministry of Tofu - new kid on the block which joined the competition. Nice design, quick turnover of posts - all that promised good results. For some reason, however, already for more than one week the blog hasn’t been updated and with such kind of sites pauses are highly undesirable.
6) China Whisper - the most fresh addition to this group. Similar to ChinaHush and Ministry of Tofu. Not much to say about it at this moment - time will show.
And what for me in all that? Well, it’s been a while that I’ve been thinking to join this “rat race”.
I even chose the name - haha. If it happens - then it will be some time in October 2011. But we will see ;-)
Three female bloggers writing about sex, trafficking and pornography
Though from the title of this post you might think that I am going to talk about a sleazy kind of bloggers - this is not the case.
The blogs which I want to invite you to check feature the articles which are both interesting and are of academic level.
Curious? Then here they are:
1) “Dollars and Sex" by professor Marina Adshade who teaches a course called “Economics of Sex and Love” in which students apply the analytical tools available to economists to examine human sexuality. Topics in her blog include dating and marriage, promiscuity, infidelity, risky sexual behavior, the relation between sex and happiness,and markets for sex such as prostitution, pornography, and lap dancing.
2) “The Naked Anthropologist" by Dr. Laura Augustin who writes as a lifelong migrant and identifies with no nationality. <…> she has danced with hustlers in Miami and strippers in San Francisco, learned safe-sex techniques from brothel workers in the Dominican Republic, roomed with an escort and her family in Melbourne and visited bar girls and jailed migrants in Bangkok. She has recorded oral histories with asylum-seekers on the Mexican border, listened to Albanian trafficking victims in an Italian shelter, discussed survival sex with internal migrants in Colombia and argued the pros and cons of being a maid or a prostitute with migrants in Spain.
3) “Libidot" by Katrien Jacobs, Associate Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong. She investigates the role of digital networks in people’s experiences with the body, art, and sexuality. She has lectured and published widely about pornography, censorship and media activism in Hong Kong and global media environments. She is also working on long-term research projects in visual anthropology that detail the impact of Japanese animation on South East Asian youth cultures and social networks. Currently she writes a book about mainland China’s immersion in new trends in sexual entertainment and DIY media.
In Beijing, breastfeeding is viewed as a positive thing, and breastfeeding in public is fine. However, many higher-income women think they can’t and breastfeeding education is awful (like saying “I couldn’t bf because I didnt make enough milk”- often told to them by a doctor- and quitting early, thus letting their supply decrease so they really couldn’t). People from the countryside don’t have this issue - they just push through breastfeeding because they have to - so it is sometimes viewed as something rural people do, but rare for city folk. So… it’s sometimes viewed with extreme curiosity - especially if you are a westerner. My redheaded self and blonde baby get questions and thumbs-up all the time when we nurse in public places. (Chinese grannies constantly give me thumbs up for nursing) Never gotten ANY rude comments, but lots of genuine curiosity and many, many people telling me how “lucky” I am that I can breastfeed and giving me their sad story about how they couldn’t.
Today I stumbled upon an interesting YouTube video - interview with the reality show celebrity Josie Goldberg.
Actually, the whole interview is quite entertaining, but I specifically was intrigued by the part starting somewhere around 5:25, where Josie is talking about Jewish men (and women) that “when they go out of their race, they run off to Chinese”.
Awesome Project: Average Faces For Different Countries
Remember the Korean plastic surgeon who combined pictures of different Chinese (Japanese, Korean,…) beauties and created the images of average attractive faces for every race?
Today I found a post featuring the work of one photographer who uses a similar technique but with more far-reaching ambitions. He travels all over the world, and gradually creates the whole map of average (though looking at the gallery I doubt that they are average) faces according to the country of origin.
There are so many lists of beautiful Chinese girls.
But the problem with most of such lists is that the only thing that you can tell about those girls is that they are beautiful (and that’s it). In best case, they can be famous actresses and one can argue how much of their professional success derives from the fact that they are beautiful.
Well, I want to present a different list - list of Chinese girls who are not just pretty, but also smart.
Each of the girls below is successful chess player, which actually makes them famous in the first place. As for them being beautiful or not - you are the judge.
1. Gu Xiaobing has a title of WGM (woman grandmaster):
2. Ju Wenjun - also Woman Grandmaster. She is 19 years old. Currently she is number 3 in the world among female players under 20 y.o.
She is current holder of Women’s Chinese Championship title.
3. Shen Yang, another Woman Grandmaster who preceded Ju Wenjun as Chinese Women’s Champion.
4. Zhang Xiaowen. Guess what? She is also Woman Grandmaster.
And she is the winner of 2009 Asian Women’s Continental Individual Championship.
5. Zhu Chen. She is Gradnmaster. Not Woman’s grandmaster, but just grandmaster - which is a higher rank. And that’s understandable, since in the years 2001 - 2004 she was the Women’s World Champion!
NEE HAO is an arts, culture and life magazine which appeals to anyone interested in British Chinese culture.
Although it was initially launched in 2005, recently it has been revamped in new format, and here is their current address —> http://www.neehao.co.uk
I liked their collection of stories, videos and pictures reflecting the news about China and British Chinese.
Also because of the fact that the last post connects with the thematics of my blog. It is the first part of 5 part series about “Chinese Girl in Western World”. Read the first part here, and stay tuned for the continuation.
Very interesting term invented Aiyo - a black British girl - to describe the racial thinking of white people, when they compare themselves with Black and Asians.
The three bear’s effect <…> is what happens when you have three individuals two of which are at polar opposite extreme and the third one is perfect because they are just in the middle they are “Just Right.”Let’s look at The 3 bears effect in a racial and gender aspect, by putting up three different race black white and East/South East Asians Racialized-masculinity helps keep white supremacist views working. Just Look at the stereotypes that exist for Black men and Yellow men they are at polar opposites.Black men-Masculine, Hyper sexual, physically strong, mentally slow. (Basically what you see in almost every rap video, every tvshow/movie or other etc.)
Asian Men- Asexual, effeminate, physically weak, (or strong but in a ancient martial arts way) mentally advanced.
(What you see in many movies and why an Asian male is harldy the lead male role.)These are all stereotypes, whether you view them positive or not they are stereotypes which can be harmful whether they are seen as positive or not and they work in favour of white men. So then in comes White men having the best of both they are seen being strong as well as smart and having a healthy sexuality.
Another blogger (Julian Abagond) took the relay and continued the comparisons.
It works so well in America that in most cases you can tell what the Asian stereotype will be by taking the opposite of the black one:
If blacks are cool, then Asians are nerdy.
If black women are disagreeable, overbearing and loud, then Asian women are sweet, submissive and quiet.
If blacks are lazy, then Asians are hard working.
If blacks have a lower IQ than whites, then Asians have a higher one.
If blacks have a higher poverty rate than whites, then Asians have a lower one.
If blacks have less education than whites, then Asians have more.
If black women are “mannish”, then Asian women are “ultra-feminine”.
I won’t elaborate on the fact that Chinese families have a preference for sons.
Also most of you know that because of widely practised sex-selective abortions (aborting the female fetuses), the in-pregnancy screening for gender is outlawed in China.
So, what options does it leave to parents who still want to be “in control” of their only baby’s sex?
It seems that besides paying extra-money to perform illegal screening, and using some dubious baby gender predictors - Chinese parents can look for hints from a doctor who makes the ultrasound.
According to a theory, your ultrasound examiner will be likely to impart subtle hints. For example, “take care of the baby” means that you have a boy, while “boys and girls are all the same” implies that you’d better prepare for a girl.
If you believe in reincarnation - pray not to become a woman in rural China in your next life.
Status of females in Chinese villages is not enviable from birth to death: three evidences to it are reflected in 1) statistics of infant mortality breakup by gender, 2) statistics of females suicides and 3) statistics of domestic violence.
The latter - violence in family only recently came into public light. The term “domestic violence” was included in Chinese Law for the first time only in 2001. And the first court decision protecting woman’s safety from family abuse was made in 2008.
All that on the background of figures showing that domestic violence occurs in about 30% of Chinese families…
Unfortunately most of the victims prefer to live with it in fear of losing their face or being retaliated by their own family members.
If you have a blog in English language which is somehow related to China, most chances are that you have registered it in Chinalyst directory (which aggregates different blogs about China).
And as with any site there is a person behind Chinalyst as well. His name is Gilad but he is better known to fellow bloggers as Fili (not coincidentally he is that same Fili who runs Fili’s world).
Few months ago I had a pleasure to meet Fili in face in Tel-Aviv. He came back to Israel for summer holidays from Hong Kong (where he pursues his PhD in management).
I was very happy to meet someone whom I already “knew” before in a virtual way. As I expected Fili appeared to be a lively and pleasant guy. I, however, couldn’t know that he is also a very humble and kind person who is always ready to help others.
Actually, when one month ago I had a problem with my blog being suspended for technical problems - he didn’t spare his time to give me some very helpful advices. Thanks!
If you visit Fili’s world you will pay attention that its author runs not less than 15 other internet projects - most of which are community websites. Many of them are related to mainland China, Taiwan and HongKong.
There are many online resources to learn Chinese language.
Among them you can find also nice videos with short lessons on different topics.
And often they are led by pretty Chinese girls. But you wouldn’t complain about that, right?
For example, if you make a search on Google for “Chinese girls” the first result will be unfortunately not my blog LoveLoveChina :-( , but the Youtube video “How To Pickup Chinese Girls”. Go and watch it - it could be useful ;-) .
However, it’s very difficult to find a full-blown video-course that would cover most of the topics for beginner’s (or intermediate) level.
It seems that most of people creating such courses struggle with difficulties in producing the video-content and have to quit in the middle. Here you can find a first-hand experience of Peggy who ran “Peggy Teaches Chinese” and eventually stopped.
Today I found another interesting series of videos. Unfortunately, it also seems incomplete.
But I am sure that you will enjoy few lessons available with the cute and pretty Tingting.