A digest of online China – June 12-18

This weekly column offers a digest of the latest pieces from the Chinese blogosphere published on our website and most recently completed translations of new Chinese writing. 

Shanghai Cathay

New texts published

 Food memories: Shanghai curry – Bo Bangni

In her series, Bo Bangni connects food and personal story. This article on ‘Shanghai curry’ brings together the multicultural flavours of China’s commercial metropolis, and memories of educated youth in her family.

 Counter-revolutionary cases close to home – Zhu Xuedong

The times of the cultural revolution, and the times immediately following it, are still present in the memory of many Chinese people who experienced it first hand. Senior journalist Zhu Xuedong evokes  a ‘counter-revolutionary criminal’ from his childhood – a worker from his village who had the bad luck of expressing relief at the news of Mao’s death over the phone.

China’s silk road and the spirit of the times – Zheng Yongnian

This piece is part of a series by political analyst Zheng Yongnain, reflecting on China’s international relations. Zheng Yongnian wonders how Chinese imperialism or international influence may differ from British and American imperialism. To guide his thoughts, he uses the Hegelian concept of the ‘zeitgeist’ or spirit of the times, as well as the historical and geopolitical construct of the ‘Silk Road’.

What’s so good about Shanghai? – Tang Yalin

When inland friends ask the writer: ‘What is appealing about life in Shanghai? Isn’t it a frustrating and difficult bustling city?’, Tang Yalin replies, the great thing about Shanghai is the choices offered to you, the freedom you can experience, and the romantic quality of everyday life, the possibility of sudden moments of joy offered by this multicultural city.

Why did I open a co-working space? – Ah Cai

Ah Cai, or Kenny Choi, recently opened Yi-gather, the first co-working and incubation space in Guangzhou. In this post, he shares his motivation – discovery of co-working spaces when he shot the first Chinese documentary film about social enterprise, desire to have his own space, and a vision about the benefits social innovation to China, and his home-city.

Why is there no legal protection in the world of love? – Ding Xiaoyun

Love comes with much sacrifice and dedication – of time, emotions, and multiple gifts. Yet if the feeling ends, there is no legal protection for the sad lovers – why, asks Ding Xiaoyun.

New translations completed

When the government announced a revision to the family planning regulations last year, some commentators expected the end of the one child policy – not so, explains journalist Zong He in ‘Family planning adjustment is not an invitation to bring on the second kid‘.

In ‘Four attitudes to oppression‘, Chengdu philosopher Li Yehang explores the possible reactions of victims in this world – seek revenge, sterile struggle, revolution, or mysticism.

Is China really a racist country? And what is the changing form of racism in China? Wu Xianghong offers a few elements to help us understand the question in ‘The decline of racism in China‘.

Finally, in ‘How to achieve good public life, Zhang Tianpan explores Toqueville’s analysis of democratic experiments in New England townships to contrast American and Chinese village life, and proposes self-management and autonomy as a basis for good public life.

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