Blocked and Unblocked in China

Just as the statistics for this blog suggested, WordPress is currently available in China, according to Adam Cathcart‘s observations.

With the possible exception of

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Blocked again, June 2, 2009
WordPress apparently unblocked, March 27, 2009

6 Responses to “Blocked and Unblocked in China”

  1. Indeed! You are available with no VPN, which is great. And being here reminds me of how much there is in our favorite Huanqiu Shibao, and how thick (yet often vapid) the Global Times is as well. I’m of the mind that you and I should team up to spearhead a collective effort (with some red logo indicating a seal of approval) to get more of the Huanqiu Shibao content translated into English online. Because Global Times isn’t offering translations, they’re offering parallel content at best where subject matter may align, but actual article content and authorship is different. And there’s just a lot of it, and it’s worth reading (and translating). But it’s tough to keep up even as a reader, let alone a translator, and it would be good to see a few more folks get involved. Anyway, thanks for the link, and just thought I’d put that out there.

    I enjoy the new look of your blog, by the way! May be inspired to change things up myself, seeing how your site is a bit easier to navigate. Hope you will keep the drawings coming, as well. Spent some time today reading Hu Jintao’s speech to the 9/29/09 meeting about minority policy and was wondering what you’d do with it.


  2. Yes, the new look is a huge improvement. Three thumbs up!


  3. I wish the day had 27 hours. I’d wallow in Global Times (the real thing, i.e. the Chinese-language paper) for two of the extra three hours, and spend time drawing during the third.
    In fact, I might even have to slow down somewhat in the coming weeks, but just as much as necessary.

    Glad to hear that the new look is an improvement. One good thing is that the big menu bar to the right appears with every single post. Another is that it allows for longer headlines in one line. And it looks a lot tidier, of course.
    I’d just like to add beautiful to the “Justrecently’s Weblog” header (which appears to be technically impossible).


  4. Yes! The 27 hour day is a great solution. Or, like the Dear Leader (but not Hu Jintao so far as I know), you could stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning by smoking lots of Changbaishan cigarettes and splashing cold water on your face, until one of your groggy assistants arrives in shock at how hard you are working for the people, and pledges to themselves work harder in defense of the nation (or, in this case, at wallowing in the Global Times). Although I have to say I have been trying this method for years with my students and it has yet to catch on. Very few people are willing to sacrifice the hours from 1-4 a.m. in the name of scholarly/academic/intellectually fulfilling production; in fact, if anything at all, if folks are awake at that time it seems prime time for passive consumption. And thus the need for further struggle.

    I hope we can keep brainstorming, though, about some kind of “seal of approval” for a network of sometime Huanqiu translators and analyzers. I think the US Defense Department does a fair amount of this, but it’s all classified (my tax dollars, the product of which like most of them remains inaccessible to me, in this case something I could actually use, as opposed to a war in the heart of the Arab world…) Anyway I will try to keep in your ear about it and get more folks interested. In fact! Martin Jacques is the one who gave me this idea in the first place when he was in Seattle. So there’s one man who is already convinced.

    Well then, please keep up the great work!


  5. The Great and The Dear Leaders have been my inspirations since childhood. That’s why I learned Chinese.
    A translation and analysis blog dedicated to the Global Times would be a great idea – especially if it links to the blogs of every contributor.

    I think the US Defense Department does a fair amount of this, but it’s all classified
    It never dawned on me before that we were publishing anyone’s state secrets. But the idea makes the work just the more thrilling.



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