Uighur-Online, a gathering place for many minority voices in Xinjiang that has often pushed the limits of political speech in China, is again available online (连接). … [Read more...] about Uygur BBS back online
This series of pictures comes from an amateur photographer in Henan province (连接). It's of a self-made torch relay at a local school and restaurant, in a small village in the mountains of Henan province. No corporate sponsors, no media coverage... just possibly the best relay this year. … [Read more...] about Olympic torch relay – the Chinese village version
Behind a thin vaneer of professionalism, it's not inaccurate to say many Western journalists are hoping for the worst from these Olympics. Some have been honest enough to admit it. Here's a collection of choice quotes: … [Read more...] about What do some Western journalists want from Beijing?
I've been in Beijing for a little over a week. While Western media seems mostly intent on investigating nail-houses and Internet access in the Olympic media center, I've been playing tourist. But because I've been to Beijing numerous times, no pictures of the Great Wall or Forbidden Palace. Here are a few stories from every-day life that caught my eye: First, the first day … [Read more...] about Snapshots from Beijing
With a jet-lagged baby, I thought this morning would be the perfect time to attend one of my favorite events in Beijing: watching the raising of the national flag on Tiananmen square. It is a daily ritual at sunrise, but always thrilling with its simplicity, elegance; I've only attended a few times (emphasis: sunrise), and always found it deeply moving. Here's a video, from … [Read more...] about Tiananmen at sunrise