A digest of online China – June 5-11

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.

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New texts published

Restoring the concept of charity  – Chen Tongkui

This piece proposes a reflection on the non-profit and charity sector in China. It offers insight into current debates regarding the respective roles of the government and community sectors in providing social welfare, and potential developments in regulations for the non-profit sector.

Fragmented education – Muran

Professor Muran reflects on the crisis of higher education in China today. He particularly focuses on the radical changes brought about by the internet – how technology modified the traditional role of the teacher, the relationship between teachers and students, and the modes of access to knowledge.

 What do we talk about when we talk about the world cup – Yu Ge

China has been watching the Football World Cup with great interest, even though the Chinese team did not even take part until recently. Social analyst Yu Ge reflects on the international character of football – and the core reasons why people obsessively watch the game.

Chen Yinxi: the free life of a jazz singer – China 30s 

China 30s is an online magazine offering interviews with young Chinese people who led alternative lives, and pursued innovative or creative avenues. This piece is an interview with Jazz singer Jasmine Chen. From a young age, she trained as a pianist, but she stopped playing the piano at 11.  At 19, she went to England where she battled alone for five years, to pursue studies of music and piano. During this time, she discovered jazz, and enjoyed it more and more. So after graduating, she decided to return to China, and turn her passion of jazz singing into the focus of her life and work.

New translations completed

For poetry lovers, Marc Howe from Canberra translated a series of poems by Yisha: ‘That Thing, ‘Small Memories from Kongtong‘, and ‘Dream 91‘. Simon Cooper from England translated ‘Reading Jiang Qing’s new Confucian Political Order, review of a recent Chinese book exploring the political applications of neo-confucianist thinking.

The following two pieces are still lacking a few paragraphs, but can already be enjoyed. Li Yehang’s My views on the university entrance exam offers a philosophical reflection on the evils of China’s university selection systems, how it affects the winners as much or even more than the losers.  ‘The death and birth of online literature explores the parallel evolution of print, TV and internet – and the possible convergence of the three media.

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