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Nov 4, 2011

It seems to be the consensus among long-time China watchers that the Chinese media has become more radicalized over the last five years, with both online and traditional channels now feeding the public conflicting stories of both reflexive scorn for the status quo or patriotic jingoism. But how radical are things getting? And what are the limits to how much further they can go, or will be allowed to go on either side?

This week on Sinica we look at two of the extremes. First up is a discussion between Jeremy Goldkorn and Brook Larmer, whose recent essay on Chinese internet humor for The New York Times looked not only at what is being said online but who is saying it and why. Then we look the other way, talking with journalist Christina Larson and Sinica-stalwart David Moser about the Global Times, a commercial newspaper under the auspices of the People's Daily so untempered in its nationalism that many consider the paper a government mouthpiece, with Christina Larson even comparing the publication to Fox News.

Recommendations:

Brook's NYT article

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/magazine/the-dangerous-politics-of-internet-humor-in-china.html

Stifled Laughter: How the Communist Party Killed Chinese Humor

http://www.danwei.org/tv/stifled_laughter_how_the_commu.php

Pi San's cartoons on NYT

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/10/30/magazine/26mag-chinese-animations.html?scp=2&sq=pi%20san%20china&st=cse

ABC interview with Pi San and Jeremy

http://www.danwei.org/featured_video/director_pi_san_on_his_his_yea.php

Pi San's cartoons with English subtitles

http://www.danwei.com/blowing-up-the-school/

http://www.danwei.com/kuang-kuang-and-the-38th-parallel/

Liu Xiaobo humor - The Lius I admire

http://www.danwei.org/humor/the_lius_i_admire.php

Lei Feng microblog

http://www.danwei.org/humor/lei_feng_microblog.php

Hoax dictionary entries (origin of the "Cao Ni Ma" slang)

http://www.danwei.org/humor/baidu_baike_fake_entries.php

Hu Ge spoof on group housing

http://www.danwei.org/humor/ccav_on_group_housing.php

China Digital Times Grass Mud Horse Lexicon

https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2015/07/decoding-the-chinese-internet-ebook-2015-edition/

Christina's FP article

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/10/31/global_times_china_fox_news

FP: Top 10 screeds in Global Times

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/10/31/the_top_10_screeds_in_chinas_global_times

John Garnaut: Global Times - A cocktail of conspiracies delivered daily

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/a-cocktail-of-conspiracies-delivered-daily-20101217-190pb.html

Hu Xijin's Weibo

http://weibo.com/huxijin

Peking Duck blogger on Global Times

https://www.google.com/search?&q=site%3Apekingduck.org+%22global+times%22

Aug 27, 2011

China makes an about-face on Libya, we discuss a recent controversy in Beijing's arts community over independent filmmaker Zhao Liang. We also get an on-the-ground update on the state of China's South-North Water Diversion Project: a little-publicized infrastructure effort that already dwarfs the Three Gorges Dam in both its human and environmental impact.

We're lucky to have an incredible lineup of guests. Joining Kaiser Kuo in our studio this week is Edward Wong from The New York Times, whose recent profile of independent filmmaker Zhao Liang sets the stage for our discussion today. Kathleen McLaughlin from the GlobalPost is also here, fresh back in Beijing from a trip to Shaanxi to investigate the state of China's plans to redirect southern water to the country's parched north. We are also lucky to be joined by Sinica-stalwart Will Moss of Imagethief fame.

Recommendations:

Edward Wong

Crime and Punishment (Zuì Yǔ Fá), Petition (Shàng Fǎng): https://www.amazon.com/Liang-Collection-Petition-Punishment-Airplane/dp/B006Z1H4M0

Still Life (Sǎn Xiá Hǎo Rén): https://www.amazon.com/Still-Life-%C3%82-Zhou-Sanming-Zhao/dp/B001CD6GL6

Will Moss

When A Billion Chinese Jump, by Jonathan Watts: https://www.amazon.com/When-Billion-Chinese-Jump-Mankind/dp/141658076X

Kaiser Kuo

Décadence Mandchoue, by Edmund Trelawney Backhouse: https://www.amazon.com/Decadence-Mandchoue-Memoirs-Trelawny-Backhouse/dp/9881944511

The Hermit of Peking, by Hugh Trevor-Roper: https://www.amazon.com/Hermit-Peking-Hidden-Edmund-Backhouse/dp/190601101X/ref=dp_ob_title_bk>

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