China Beat is going to be taking a two-week break (one key person is already away, in fact, which is why I’m doing the announcement for CB editor Maura Cunningham, just for old times’ sake). In all the time that you won’t be reading China Beat, here are a few suggestions for other things to take a gander at.
1. Internet censorship in China remains a favorite media topic, with, for instance, this recent Newsweek piece that asks “Is Xinhua the Future of Journalism?” With all the focus on China’s internet limitations, this piece, which examines the limitations on online speech in the US and Europe, caught our eye for its comparative use of “Chinese-style web censorship” as shorthand for the worst sort of speech crackdowns.
2. Filed under “Sex and the City” (that little bit of lingo has lost a lot of its remaining luster this summer, but we’ll leave it to Sufei to continue to save the brand): first, Howard French writes on the increasing visibility of gay couples in Shanghai; then Lisa Movius (quoting scholar and CB contributor James Farrer) on Chinese women becoming increasingly selective about mates.
3. Upbeat and downbeat Shanghai: Shanghaiist features photos from their contributor, photog Sue Anne Tay, on demolition and construction in Shanghai, and this Financial Times slide show (you must register–for free–to view it).
4. Evan Osnos on two very different sort of books: Frank Dikötter’s new book on the Great Leap famine, Mao’s Great Famine, (see also Jonathan Fenby’s review of it at The Guardian) and Paul French and Matthew Crabbe’s Fat China.
5. Ian Johnson’s review essay at NYRB of recent books that examine the CCP’s ruling echelon and its future (including Richard McGregor’s The Party, David Shambaugh’s China’s Communist Party, and Rick Baum’s China Watcher). The full text is only available to subscribers (or those with institutional subscriptions), but you can read the first few paragraphs here.
6. At East Asia Forum, Hugh White ponders the ramifications for the Pacific world of a US-China showdown for #1 superpower status.
We’ll be back at the end of September, refreshed and with lots of new links to share.