Scare Quote, Chap. 2

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about China Daily’s use of scare quotes and lower case letters with the event that the rest of the world prefers to call the Cultural Revolution. In that post I failed to mention that “cultural revolution” was not just a mandate for China Daily; I should have added…

Attractive Soldiers

The outright propaganda feature is a dying art at China Daily, and I – for one – miss it greatly. So I must admit that I was absolutely delighted to read Wang Shanshan’s extended love letter to the PLA’s “attractive” Hong Kong garrison. What does Wang see fit to tell us about the ever-virtuous Hong…

More on Zen-Bush

Jennifer Ambrose of Ambrose-a-rama was kind enough to point out that Cardinal Zen did, in fact, comment on his May 31 meeting with President Bush to the South China Morning Post (subscriber only): “I am not confirming it, but if he wanted to see me, why shouldn’t I? Has Bush got leprosy?” Cardinal Zen said.…

The Journal’s Errors

Wednesday’s Asian and Europen editions of The Wall Street Journal included a 300 word editorial [subscriber only] commenting upon a recent White House visit paid by Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong. The editorial correctly notes that this visit was not noted in China’s state media, and speculated that this was partly because the state…

Olympic Expectations

In early January 2002, I spent a single night in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Olympics were a few weeks away, and the city streets were hung with Olympic banners. I was expecting more – a senses of anticipation, I suppose. But the banners were just about the extent of it. At least from my…

Scare Quote

A June 6 China Daily story on the Gaokao, China’s national college entrance exam, included this interesting sentence: Both did pass the exam and enrolled in universities – but that was 30 years ago, when the admission tests resumed after more than a decade’s gap because of the “cultural revolution” (1966-76). Interesting, obviously, because the…

Outsource this.

A brief plug for the superb feature on outsourcing by Jim Fallows in the July/August issue of The Atlantic [full disclosure: I have a piece in the same issue]. I do not read widely in the ever-expanding universe of business books about China, but I will venture to guess that no other author – Chinese…

How to Write a China Article

Wonderful parody post over at Sinocidal on how to write a China feature – specifically targeted at established journalists on their first trip to China. It’s an easy target, obviously. But it does hint at the more important point: namely, why do major media insist on the expense and trouble of sending correspondents to China…