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Scenes from China

The Atlantic has a nice collection of recent China photos compiled from various sources. A picture is really worth a thousand words often times. I only have minor issues with some of the captions, but in all, the 48 shots give a strong sense of realism in a changing China. Actually, if the Western press wants to resort to ridiculous reporting such as the recent New York Times ‘jasmine ban,’ I’d prefer they just shut up and show the photographs. These pictures are going to add much more nuance and texture to the West’s understanding of China.

Scenes from China (the Atlantic)

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  1. May 19th, 2011 at 23:21 | #1

    Wow – at least the Atlantic did some real leg work, instead of the virtual work done by the likes of Andrew Jacobs. You know, they have virtual money in virtual worlds for virtual people. Maybe media needs to be categorized into real media and virtual media. The Atlantic, in this particular case, did some real journalism involving real people going out to take real photos of real life. Andrew Jacobs at the NYT has been doing virtual journalism covering virtual events raising virtual issues of a virtual nation.

    I take real over virtual anytime – except for “happy hour” – we all need some escape sometimes. You may read Jacobs during that hour – just don’t forget it’s virtual.

  2. Twoallen
    May 20th, 2011 at 05:05 | #2

    Yes, they should shut up. I agree with you that only people who recieve 5 mao should be allowed to write. 🙂

  3. Charles Liu
    May 20th, 2011 at 10:40 | #3

    Give this “50 cent party” McCarthyism a rest already, MeiFeng 😉

  4. May 20th, 2011 at 10:51 | #4


    Very funny. So, criticizing the horrendous behavior of the Western press means ‘5 mao.’ What do we call people like you defending such nonsense?

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