Archive for September, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Vote Casted

I’ll be out of town on Sunday, so I went voting in advance. I had no idea how this works, until arriving in that office room. Gave them my polling card and got a ballot paper, and a deposition paper (to confirm that it was me, that if it wasn’t my own vote, that I was entitled to vote on someone else’s behalf, and so on). Went into one of the polling booths, put the ballot paper into a small blue envelope and closed it, then put everything into a big red envelope, closed that one, too, and put it into the ballot box.

I skipped a few elections in the past, but didn’t want to this time, as I was sure which party I’d like to see in government. And I’m also very sure which parties I do not want to see in government.

And if shit happens anyway, it will be a better feeling to have voted otherwise myself.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

In Praise of Chinglish

Chinglish is usually considered to be an abreviation of Chinese English, Chinese-style grammar combined with English-style vocabulary.

Chinglish一般被认为是Chinese English的简称,中式的语法和英式的词汇组合而成。

Youth Weekend (青年周末) probably refers to this post by The Guardian, and asks if Chinglish needs a guardian, or if it should be finished off, in accordance with the wishes of the Shanghai authorities, in the run-up to next years Shanghai Expo. If one feels that Chinglish is an embarrassment for cultural self-confidence (尴尬的文化自信), Youth Weekend says, one should consider that it may be really vigorous and culturally creative. At home and abroad, Chinglish had its fans (粉丝), and even its fanatical followers. It might amount to alternative pop (另类流行).

Youth Weekend apparently shares the view that Chinglish is a language in its own right, and an amusing one at that. It says that in May, an (unnamed) mainland Chinese website organized a competition of the greatest – or most comical (爆笑) Chinglish lines. 7,000 votes produced the Chinglish Top Ten, to be viewed over there »

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(Possibly) Related:
Chinese Pidgin English, Wikipedia
“Chinese risks becoming a hodgepodge language…”, people.com.cn, September 13, 2004
“A Dressing-Down of China’s English Language Policy at the National Level”, China Daily comments thread, August 22, 2003

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Xinjiang White Paper: Governmental Incapacity

Patriotic Fantasies: Maybe Close, but not THAT Close

Patriotic Fantasies: Not THAT Close

The Kaohsiung Film Festival’s official website was hacked yesterday afternoon local time (Monday), reports Singapore’s Morning News (联合早报). A picture showing the Dalai Lama and Rebiya Kadeer, head of the World Uyghur Congress,  carried a classical annotation of sorts, apparently about illicit sexual relationships, doom and gloom [淫到天昏地暗, translation advice welcome] to the right, and the statement “firmly opposing Tibetan independence, Xinjiang independence, Taiwan independence, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the PR China’s establishment” (坚决反对藏独、疆独、台独,庆祝中华人民共和国建立六十周年) underneath. The hackers’ unsolicited web presence lasted for some three hours, reports Morning News. The Film Festival’s blog was also attacked several times in recent days.

The Kaohsiung Film Festival originally planned to screen The Ten Conditions of Love, a documentary movie on Rebiya Kadeer, as part of its program in October, but later decided to show it in advance, today and tomorrow, after Kaohsiung’s tourism industry had voiced fears that growing numbers of Chinese tourists would boycott Kaohsiung as a travel destination. The festival supervisors wanted rows (over the film) to end as early as possible, writes the Guardian.

Meantime, Beijing celebrates with extensive and more official comments of its own, on the profound changes that have taken place in the past 60 years in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and remarkable improvement in people’s lives, such as such as Steady Development of Social Programs; Preservation of Ethnic Cultures; Upholding Ethnic Equality and Unity; Protecting Citizens’ Rights of Freedom of Religious Belief; and Safeguarding National Unity and Social Stability.

For anything that might still be deemed unsatisfactory in Xinjiang, the white paper blames the “East Turkistan” forces for seriously disrupting Xinjiang’s development and progress by trumpeting separatism and plotting and organizing a number of bloody incidents of terror and violence.

Given that the CCP – and no other force – is in control of Xinjiang, and given the CCP’s pretense of harmonious rule, such a white paper is evidence of governmental incapacity.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hermit’s Peace Plan: Give us Afghanistan

Hello World,

Hermit: Hello World

Hermit the Harmonious Taoist Dragonfly: Afghanistan can do Better

president Nicolas Sarkozy of France was once a splittist element, but he has repented, and apart from some inconsistencies, France is now very harmonious. Besides, M. le Président has a refreshing attitude at summits. For the coming G20 summit, Pittsburgh and the US Secret Service have designated two public protest zones, located within sight of the attendees, but they hardly need to see the signs and hear the shouts to know how unhappy many people feel about the damage wrecked by the financial sector last year.

People in Afghanistan are also very unhappy, but not because of the financial sector. It’s because of the damage imperialism is doing to their peaceful country. We are witnessing how the arrogant Western imperialists are running into self-inflicted contradictions. Their candidate with that funny hat won, but some of the usual high-minded idalists, who are in fact people with ulterior motives, are making the usual noises about a few ballot-boxes. That’s stupid, and the confused Western imperialists’ reactions only show how stupid their so-called “democratic” concept is. Their so-called “principles” even lead some of them to forget all moral and loyalty and to stab their own candidate in the back!

The principle of Harmonious Democracy will do better. Hamid Karzai has already  followed our system as far as he could.  However, he was hampered by the so-called international election observers. With our concept of Harmonious Democracy, he wouldn’t have had to do anything, just let the people acclaim him. Of course, our concept allows democratic elections, too, so long as the results are predictable.

As Afghanistan’s harmoniously-democratically elected president leans towards our concept anyway, we suggest that the West cedes its latest colony to us on a 99-year lease. Afghanistan’s and our concepts are entirely and harmoniously compatible. We call on M le Président to support this good plan. We will take good care of the place as a responsible global power, and we undertake this solemn pledge: Should the Afghans be less happy with our collective leadership’s wise and benevolent harmonious leadership than the happy Uyghurs, we will even release Afghanistan into independence in 2108.  Promised (on behalf of the Vacation Replacement Politbureau):

Hermit

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cordial Ways of Saying Goodbye

One of the good things about recessions is that you are forced to trim fat. Well, I’m glad a slice of cancerous gourd has been dumped as a result of this recession. Here is proof that some good do come out of difficult times…

lamakarma, commenter on the (closing) Time China Blog, September 18

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Zeng Jinyan’s Blog

Zeng Jinyan‘s blog (了了园) has been temporarily unavialable for about three days so far under its zengjinyan.org url. It is online with spaces.live.com.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Credos and Platitudes: Division of Labor

In the past, Russia was a closed society and had to produce cars by itself, and planes by itself. That’s no good development pattern. […] Now you (Russia) can no longer draw on the assistance of the rather backward Soviet system. Russia has really lost an empire, but you have obtained opportunities of rapid growth and fast learning.

过去的俄罗斯是个封闭的社会。要自己生产汽车,也要制造飞机。这并非发展的好模式。[…..] 现在,你们(俄罗斯)无须再为前苏联体制下的较落后共和国提供援助。俄罗斯确实是失去了一个帝国,但是你却得到了快速增长、快速学习的机会.”

Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀), Singapore’s senior minister and former prime minister, on a Q & A session on a forum at Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, Moscow, on Sunday. He also referred to China and Singapore as countries connecting to the global economy.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Kaohsiung: Each of those Standpoints

“The Ten Conditions of Love” (爱的十个条件), a documentary movie on Rebiya Kadeer which was to be screened at the Kaohsiung Film Festival in October, will now be shown on September 22 and 23, ahead of the festival’s official beginning, reports Bloomberg.

The government information office noted the different views, including those from city councilors, the tourism industry, film and artist groups, and respects each of those standpoints.

Faxed statement from Kaohsiung’s City Government on Saturday night.

OMG! First Morakot, now the Muzzymonster?

OMG! First Morakot, now the Muzzymonster?

Singapore’s Morning News reports that the Kadeer documentary will be shown at Kaohsiung Film Archive (高雄市电影图书馆). The Film Archive will also be the venue of the actual festival.

Also ccording to the Morning News report, Taiwanese NGO’s are planning to invite Ms Kadeer to visit Taiwan.

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Update/Related: Film Festival, “Too Sensitive”, September 18, 2009

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