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.

Tianjin bridge

New texts published

China’s rise within the triangle – Xin Lijian

China’s becoming increasingly powerful internationally; but for China to reach the full extent of its influence, a lot of work needs to go in its relationships with three important neighbours: Russia, Korea, and Taiwan.

 

Job satisfaction – Zhao Jianfei

Everyone is busy – but what does busy mean? Blogger Zhao Jianfei, in this odd little piece, shares details of a what a ‘busy work life’ looks life in today’s China.

 

Poems for the New Century – Yisha

In 2012, poet Yisha was commissioned to circulate one poem a day through NetEase Weibo, forming an anthology called ‘Poems for the New Century’. We will translate some of these as part of a workshop held at Monash University, and read them at the Eltham Montsalvat art centre on October 5.

 

New translations

To what extent have the dramatic social and economic changes in recent years affected family structures and family values in China? ‘Fashionable men and women are unfit for marriage’ takes an original angle on this question, arguing that society should make people ready for marriage, in multiple ways – but with absent parents, current media programming and school priorities, young Chinese people have become ‘unfit for marriage’.

Is life in a first-tier city just a source of constant stress? Not so, says Tang Yalin in ‘What’s good about Shanghai?’ , because ‘in Shanghai, you can live your own life.’

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.

Zhang Jiajia

New texts published

Innovative corruption – Yu Ge

Will the recent Chinese government crack-down on corruption achieve its full goal? In this piece, analyst Yu Ge offers a cynical-pessoptimistic perspective on the question: innovation applies to corruption as it does to business, and new models emerge as older ones are more strictle controlled.

 

Scapegoating profiteers – Zhang Ming

Democracy, rule of law, good governance – these concepts are key parts of contemporary debates about government in contemporary China. But what is their actual meaning? This piece proposes clear definitions, which Muran considers are a necessary starting point for any fruitful discussion.

 

Wish it could be like this forever Zhang Jiajia

From 2012 to 2013, Nanjing-based writer Zhang Jiajia circulated bedtime love stories on his weibo account – and attracted a hugh readership. The stories, collected and published under the title ‘I belonged to you’, reflect the romantic experience of the Chinese post-80s generation – including, like this piece, the complexities of friendship with a married couple, and the bittersweet memories of life together.

 

New translations

Is China’s economic growth just a function of wasted resources? The broken windows of China’s economic growth, by economist Sun Xiaoji, proposes a gloomy vision of the current Chinese economy: how much of current economic activity goes beyond sterile destruction and reconstruction, for the sake of good economic figures?