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Let's just have one going forward for now I doubt we'll break ILX

, Friday, 13 March 2015 14:38 (three years ago) Permalink

dylannnnnn do you know this guy? I thought this was pretty good:



The books on magic speak of a certain species of miraculous grass, whose power is such that not even the most complex and difficult lock can withstand it. The words uncap my imagination. From deep within the mountains the harvesters come searching for it, bright blue-green, to close it tightly inside a wooden box and leave to dry for many days; then when it is dry and yellowed, it possesses unmatched arcane power. Grief has long held me captive in darkness and mystery, left me pacing up and down before my own door like a man banished from Paradise. Sometimes, I would rather be one of those children peddling matches—go out in the frigid night and scrape golden sparks from off the wall like opening a window, maybe catch a glimpse of happiness shimmering inside. Only now do I realize that the key I am searching for is really a blade of grass, extinct from common use and unknown to men.

Not a few magical rituals have already disappeared from practice. When I was a child, I often heard that in the nearby city, in a district filled with small-time salesmen and the broken poor lived an unemployed and solitary man, who spent all day walking in ragged clothes and flapping shoes up and down one narrow street, his left hand shuffling a couple of old bronze coins held in his right. He’d shuffle, shuffle and shuffle—and suddenly there would be another coin in there. That was how he earned the money to eat every day. “So how come he’s still so poor?” I would ask, usually to a barber or a shoemaker, who were all the fans of this strange man. “Money like that can’t be saved up. You have to use it as you get it.” But again, how come? Gradually I came to understand the principle: students of magic had to swear an oath to their masters that they would accept some kind of unpleasant handicap as the price of enlightenment—become blind, crippled, unable to have children. This explanation alarmed me and my fantasies, and inspired a fear of magical power, as well as a genuine sympathy for that remarkable poor friend of mine.

Yet it by no means diminished my attraction to magic, and I still listened intently when, beneath lamplight or by fireside, the wondrous legends were told. One of my ancestors over a hundred years ago was just such a legendary character, and knew much magic. I once went to sweep his tomb at Qingming*; I saw that the carving on the black stone steps and on the stele itself was rough and unaffected, not like the other tombs, and made me conscious of the difference of the times.

When I was that age, the magical ability I envied most was the freeze-frame—to instantly make a man believe that he stood on the sheer edge of a cliff or was surrounded on all sides by water, so that he didn’t dare move in the slightest. They said that my old ancestor frequently went out traveling, on foot and leaning on a cane; if he were accosted by some rude young man, he would cast this spell and leave him frozen stock-still by the roadside. Then he would continue on until he met someone ahead with whom he could leave the magic words to set the kid free. All the witches of the day respected him. On one occasion, he went to some family’s house to observe witches perform a ritual. But the idiots there (who perhaps didn’t recognize the famous old man) received him carelessly, so he found an opportunity to slip quietly out the door, and immediately two massive stones from the courtyard leapt into the house, bounded into the main hall and began accompanying the witches in their dance, frightening the party into sudden realization of who their erstwhile guest had been.

And yet, my ancestor never suffered from any sort of visible handicap. Though they say that when he got older, it became necessary to send him away on holidays when the family wanted to slaughter a pig; otherwise, if he heard the squeal of the doomed pig, and his heart but fluttered once, the animal was suddenly impossible to kill. Perhaps this made him weary of his magic. Yes, in his heart he must have undergone endless consideration, endured all kinds of hidden torment, and that was why he never passed on his magic but took it to his grave with him. Yet I was only a child then, and never considered any of that. I merely listened enraptured to the stories they told about him.

In addition to his store of secret knowledge, it was said, my ancestor was also an educated man. For a long time, he hosted in his house another old man of humbler origin who was writing an annotated version of The Book of Changes. The two often sat in the study, animatedly discussing and flipping through pages tangled with notes. On hot summer afternoons the family sent them in refreshments; they would take the food, dip it in a pot of ink and eat it, leaving the sugar untouched. Every time his family celebrated a marriage or the New Year, he would sling his books over his shoulder, pick up a cane and travel home. Yet, having arrived, he’d find a shady spot somewhere near the house and sit down to rest, then pull out a book and read until it got dark, at which point he could only put himself together and go all the way back again, then take a rickshaw home the next day. Eventually, his annotated Book of Changes made it into print, and his great-great-grandson, who formally presented the book to the Imperial Court and who knew how to divine with tortoise shells, was my childhood mentor.

I saw that book once amid the disordered pile of other books in my trunk (it may have fallen apart by now) but never paid much attention to it. At the time I was looking for a book on magic; then adrift in tide of war, as adults were agonizing day and night over how to avoid disaster, I dove unhindered into fairy tales and novels, finding there a space for my imagination. I was most enchanted by a kind of invisibility grass spoken of in one of the stories; merely tie one blade of it to your body and no one could see you.

Just now, beneath the lamplight, I have written a title on a piece of white paper: The Origins of Magic. I want to use a pessimistic perspective to explain that the nascence of magic was an entirely natural occurrence, like the arrival of dreams at night. The true Sage, having lost the Self, should be dreamless; and while that state of being is certainly a pure one, we everyday people are still repelled by its emptiness. My pen suddenly halts in its course over the page. Eh, there you go daydreaming again. And to what distant land has your mind flown off to this time? Nowhere, I answer myself, my mind has stayed right here, beneath the cone of this light. Lamplight, like white fog, compasses its boundary all around me, as a tomb does its guest. I throw down my pen. It’s at a time like this I’d really like to have a little White Lotus sorcery—a covered basin of clear water, a small canoe of woven grass, and I’ll venture out on my own private ocean.

*The traditional Chinese holiday “Clear and Bright,” known to us as the Tomb-Sweeping Festival, held in early April.

, Friday, 13 March 2015 14:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Chai Jing's Under the Dome: Investigating China’s Smog, banned after 200 million views.


Sanpaku, Friday, 13 March 2015 16:19 (three years ago) Permalink


, Friday, 13 March 2015 17:44 (three years ago) Permalink

where's that?

...the number of criminal trials held in Xinjiang rose more than 40 percent to more than 29,500 last year compared to the number of criminal trials in 2013.

The number of trials for obstructing social administrative order doubled to more than 4,500 in 2014, the report said, noting that authorities use this category to target unauthorized Islamic and Christian groups. It also covers the distribution of religious materials as well as assemblies and demonstrations.


dylannn, Friday, 13 March 2015 18:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Xinjiang, photographed by Carolyn Drake - check out entries under 'Wild Pigeon' http://carolyndrake.com/

, Friday, 13 March 2015 18:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Why don't American students who want to get a job in China just go there and get a job washing dishes at Pizza Hut or Outback Steakhouse and live 8 to a room w/o papers?

― 龜, Friday, March 13, 2015 12:04 PM (8 hours ago)

i think the maybe equivalent of that is teaching english in an unlicensed school in a third tier city. plenty are still up for doing that.

i would say there are lots of lucrative jobs in china but not many of them require chinese lang proficiency or they require actual chinese lang proficiency + serious literacy + understanding of the country, but not much in the middle.

dylannn, Friday, 13 March 2015 20:39 (three years ago) Permalink


dalai lama says he might not reincarnate

Zhu Weiqun, a Communist Party official who has long dealt with Tibetan issues, told reporters in Beijing on Wednesday that the Dalai Lama had, essentially, no say over whether he was reincarnated. That was ultimately for the Chinese government to decide, he said, according to a transcript of his comments on the website of People’s Daily, the party’s main newspaper.

dylannn, Friday, 13 March 2015 20:43 (three years ago) Permalink

how many europeans or north americans without chinese ancestry get to that level of proficiency

pom /via/ chi (nakhchivan), Friday, 13 March 2015 20:45 (three years ago) Permalink

people learning languages without spending enough time to get anywhere is one of the most delusory practices

pom /via/ chi (nakhchivan), Friday, 13 March 2015 20:47 (three years ago) Permalink

I think learning languages is fine if it's a hobby, can be fun, but agree if it's for vocational purposes

, Friday, 13 March 2015 20:55 (three years ago) Permalink

i think europeans or north americans without chinese ancestry that get to that level are rare and most are dedicated hobbyists or in academia. but there are lots of people that speak the language well and can't claim anything close to near native literacy and lots in academia with great literacy that speak the language competently but not fluently. it requires i think time in country or longterm immersion combined with longterm, serious study.

dylannn, Friday, 13 March 2015 21:14 (three years ago) Permalink

Something I've noticed/struggled a bit with is also most high level instruction teaches you very standard PTH

Which is great if all you hang around with are highly literate and educated CCP types or academics

And also great if you're in business, probably

But it's also very hard to learn the local dialect and there aren't many resources to turn to other than find a local dude and hang out w/ dude n buddies

This is true even in Beijing, home of "PTH"

, Friday, 13 March 2015 21:24 (three years ago) Permalink

i guess i kind of agree but at the same time teaching dialects or even listening to nonstandard accents is pretty much impossible and native speakers i think are even worse at it than non sinophone learners (they're more used to guessing at phrases from context, less tuned to tonal quirks that throw off native speakers). but it is kind of surprising that even for languages like wu or cantonese with hundreds of millions of speakers and their own distinct culture and literature the learning resources are few.

dylannn, Friday, 13 March 2015 21:29 (three years ago) Permalink

but http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangzhou_Television_Cantonese_controversy type of stuff so it's not really surprising

dylannn, Friday, 13 March 2015 21:30 (three years ago) Permalink

now that i'm kind of attempting to learn japanese i get discouraged by flashbacks to sitting at my desk writing characters over and over again, the shame of seemingly not being able to competently ask for the right type of zhongnanhai even after studying the language in university, years of trying to feel my way through conversations that i understood ten percent of, prepping for classes with remarks that i hoped would seem improvised and trying to predict possible professor questions while also trying to figure out a photocopied never translated into english story about an aristocratic family in late ming china written in a combination of vernacular and classical chinese. so, flipping through introduction to hiragana and a book of simple greetings, i know that even mastering those things will take too long and my mastery will be unsatisfying and i will look and feel like an idiot over and over again, even if i work at it for years. but when i get that six figure salary working for toyota it will have been worth it. #futureintlangofbusiness

dylannn, Friday, 13 March 2015 21:32 (three years ago) Permalink


pom /via/ chi (nakhchivan), Friday, 13 March 2015 22:10 (three years ago) Permalink



Photo shows a female SWAT member in Sichuan ripping apart a steel wash basin barehanded. Four hours physical training every day turns an ordinary woman into an invincible soldier. (Photo/CCTV)

, Friday, 13 March 2015 22:28 (three years ago) Permalink


pom /via/ chi (nakhchivan), Friday, 13 March 2015 22:31 (three years ago) Permalink

Example of the strength of Chinese soldiers, or of the poor quality of Chinese manufacturing

, Friday, 13 March 2015 22:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Idk if anybody else still watches 非诚勿扰 but lately they've had an 'anonymous' woman on who only appears in Avatar makeup?


, Sunday, 15 March 2015 17:38 (three years ago) Permalink


dylannn, Monday, 23 March 2015 07:45 (three years ago) Permalink


weibo user returns to hometown of handan, hebei. "reports most funerals in the area feature strippers to 'liven things up.' spectators don't know whether to laugh or cry. as soon as the funeral dirge concludes, the strippers hit the stage."

dylannn, Monday, 23 March 2015 09:32 (three years ago) Permalink


Kinda cliche'd by this point but I still love it


, Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:39 (three years ago) Permalink


Who wants to go with me

, Saturday, 4 April 2015 12:04 (three years ago) Permalink

always appreciate your links, thanks

sleeve, Saturday, 4 April 2015 15:24 (three years ago) Permalink

can confirm even without having visited toxic lakes that baotou is one of the worst places on earth

dylannn, Wednesday, 8 April 2015 08:09 (three years ago) Permalink


i keep feeling like i'm missing something with the detention of these women... they were going to be "distributing stickers and leaflets protesting molestation in buses and subways"? on international womens day? i'm more proparty than the average chinawatcher and i can usually see the fucked up logic they operate on but i really must be missing something here. hillary clinton otm.

dylannn, Wednesday, 8 April 2015 08:13 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...


Despite perceptions of China’s allegedly influence over Pyongyang, China operates in a generally unstable climate in which North Korea’s response to overtures such as building roads to connect it to Chinese-financed cross-border activities, indicating intention to restart Six-Party Talks, or toning down relations with South Korea, is tentative and unconvincing. China, therefore, appears to be treading on relatively thin ice.


While China has made certain moves in the past year and a half to “normalize” the relationship with North Korea (meaning to deal with North Korea under the auspices of the Foreign Ministry rather than ILD), the appointment of another ILD bureaucrat to staff the Embassy in Pyongyang could indicate that Beijing is not yet prepared to move things too quickly in that direction.

dylannn, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 18:04 (three years ago) Permalink

Who wants to go with me

― 龜, Saturday, April 4, 2015 7:04 AM (3 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i'm in

gbx, Thursday, 30 April 2015 01:25 (three years ago) Permalink

Nice it is a noize trip

, Thursday, 30 April 2015 01:37 (three years ago) Permalink

how do you get to there

gbx, Thursday, 30 April 2015 01:41 (three years ago) Permalink

Start digging s tunnel

, Thursday, 30 April 2015 01:48 (three years ago) Permalink


dylannn, Thursday, 30 April 2015 02:09 (three years ago) Permalink

pls somebody email that to noah feldman

een, Thursday, 30 April 2015 21:48 (three years ago) Permalink

is ed hardy a thing in china

LMAO. GOLD Chrisso. regards, REB (nakhchivan), Saturday, 2 May 2015 19:32 (three years ago) Permalink

No idea

, Saturday, 2 May 2015 19:34 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...


da nubian gangsters (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:50 (three years ago) Permalink

potpourri, snack, or both?

head clowning instructor (art), Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:57 (three years ago) Permalink

Chinese flower/herbal tea is the best fuiud

, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 13:17 (three years ago) Permalink

I hadn't heard of the term "nail house" before encountering it in this article: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32900601

Google image search of "nail house" turns up some pretty incredible photos.

o. nate, Saturday, 30 May 2015 01:16 (three years ago) Permalink


Macau casino revenue down 37%, leading to 24% YOY decline in regional revenue. It's being linked to a crackdown on corruption on the mainland.

Petite Lamela (ShariVari), Monday, 1 June 2015 09:52 (three years ago) Permalink


, Monday, 1 June 2015 11:22 (three years ago) Permalink

More Korea than China, but there's a bit of MERS going around:

etc, Monday, 1 June 2015 15:06 (three years ago) Permalink

also this is an article from 2016 but pocket just recommended it right now:



papa poutine (∞), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 17:09 (six months ago) Permalink

well fuck

China plans to remove presidential term limits from its constitution, potentially allowing President Xi Jinping to stay on beyond his second term, which ends in 2023.

reverse-periscoping (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 25 February 2018 10:32 (five months ago) Permalink

i didn't really expect this although the signs were there and... i recall saying as recently as like a week ago that it was improbable and the party needed a smooth post-xi transition to maintain legitimacy.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:15 (five months ago) Permalink

Wow, came to the President for Life Jinping news via the Guardian article. Biggest news of global import since the Trump election.

It's because I'm human, isn't it?! (Sanpaku), Monday, 26 February 2018 01:53 (five months ago) Permalink

holy shit.

i remember the corned beef of my childhood (Karl Malone), Monday, 26 February 2018 04:35 (five months ago) Permalink

It really brings home how Xi ha sheen able to concentrate power like no other leader since Deng Xiaoping.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 26 February 2018 07:13 (five months ago) Permalink


- ‘Ten thousand years’ (万岁), which is China’s way of saying: ‘Long live!’ or ‘Viva!’

- ‘Disagree’ (不同意)

- ‘Xi Zedong’ (习泽东) - a hybrid of the names of Xi and Chairman Mao Zedong

- ‘Shameless’ (不要脸)

- ‘Lifelong’ (终身)

-‘Personality cult’ (个人崇拜)

-‘Emigrate (移民)

- ‘Immortality’ (长生不老)

The name Yuan Shikai, a Qing dynasty warlord who unsuccessfully tried to restore monarch to China, was also banned as were the titles of two George Orwell books, 1984 and Animal Farm.

i remember the corned beef of my childhood (Karl Malone), Thursday, 1 March 2018 05:56 (five months ago) Permalink

i even bought the chinese version 1984 paperback in china, what the fuck

reverse-periscoping (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 1 March 2018 05:59 (five months ago) Permalink

just reference to the title banned on social media though. animal farm 动物庄园 was referenced in some older essay circulating in the past couple days, so i'd guess that's why?
interesting to see the reaction and the crackdown happen in realtime on the chinese internet

this is interesting: https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/emperor-xis-censors-no-clothes/

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Thursday, 1 March 2018 15:56 (five months ago) Permalink


li datong former editor of freezing point 冰点 the shutdown of which in 2006 occasioned maybe the last time party elders came out against censorship-- in 2018 the league faction and its power has been mostly rooted out so... hope for the best--and another great open letter from li: http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20060126_3.htm (remember eswn??) ...

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Thursday, 1 March 2018 16:00 (five months ago) Permalink

Two questions: The economic opening of China, is it still called Gaige Kaifang? And is there a really good book written about it?

Frederik B, Sunday, 11 March 2018 19:58 (five months ago) Permalink

yes? that's the name for market reforms of say 78-92, household responsibility system, TVEs, flood of foreign investment, special economic zones.
maybe. maybe ezra vogel's thick deng xiaoping biography, deng xiaoping and the transformation of china, is the best option. and then barry naughton's textbookish the chinese economy: transitions and growth. there were many many books written around the earlytomid1990s about the reform era but they usually put undue weight on reform stalling out in the late 1980s, protest movement and crackdown, etc. it was too early to see exactly what deng had accomplished and what reform would really mean. so, the naughton book is good, from 2007.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Monday, 12 March 2018 05:47 (five months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

turns out you need a visa to change flights in shenzhen. not even to leave the airport, just to change flights. and NOBODY told me until i was stood at check in.

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 9 April 2018 06:39 (four months ago) Permalink

i thought 24 hours transit without visa outside of the 72 hour visa free cities

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Monday, 9 April 2018 09:23 (four months ago) Permalink

Isn’t their also the pearl river Delta visa on arrival or does that only apply to land crossings form Hong Kong and Macao?

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 9 April 2018 09:33 (four months ago) Permalink

i thought 24 hours transit without visa outside of the 72 hour visa free cities

they wouldn’t even let me get on the fucking plane

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 9 April 2018 13:13 (four months ago) Permalink

that's fucked up. do you know what the actual rule is on it? i heard about similar problems with people trying to do the 72 hour thing and airlines etc not even having heard of it

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Monday, 9 April 2018 18:30 (four months ago) Permalink

That sounds like the airline’s fault, not knowing the rules. I’ve had to show the airline the page on the Chinese immigration website to be allowed to do the Transit without visa thing. 24hrs is allowed anywhere in China.

It’s been a while since I’ve had issues but IIRC it was with BA in London, it took the check-in person calling their supervisor to confirm that transit without Visa for Shanghai was a thing.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 9 April 2018 20:43 (four months ago) Permalink

That sounds like the airline’s fault, not knowing the rules.

well their fuckup has cost me a pile of money so if that’s the case i will fucking explode

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 9 April 2018 23:51 (four months ago) Permalink

oh god

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 9 April 2018 23:54 (four months ago) Permalink

fuck, thank you, going to follow this up

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:14 (four months ago) Permalink

wait it says border crossings, doesn’t mention the airport

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:16 (four months ago) Permalink

which makes no sense at all

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:16 (four months ago) Permalink

it looks like shenzhen is excluded from 24 hour no visa transit because they have a far more liberal 144 hour no visa transit policy. https://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/guangdong/144hours-visa-free.htm

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 16:29 (four months ago) Permalink

also hey i wrote an article about jordan peterson in china https://supchina.com/2018/04/10/jordan-peterson-and-chinas-white-left/

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 16:29 (four months ago) Permalink

Interesting piece, is that your first for SupChina?

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 19:15 (four months ago) Permalink

yes first

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 02:42 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...


F# A# (∞), Saturday, 5 May 2018 05:17 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The 'City in the Sky' of Larung Gar (Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China) in 2015, before the mass demolition ordered by the Chinese authorities. pic.twitter.com/Qqwq3djfXa

— Irène DB (@UrbanFoxxxx) May 18, 2018

some 2015/16 photos of an incredible looking Tibetan prefecture formerly dubbed a "city in the sky", which has probably been completely ethnically gentrified/destroyed by now.

calzino, Saturday, 19 May 2018 09:35 (three months ago) Permalink

The 'City in the Sky' of Larung Gar (Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China) in 2015, before the mass demolition ordered by the Chinese authorities. pic.twitter.com/Qqwq3djfXa

— Irène DB (@UrbanFoxxxx) May 18, 2018

some 2015/16 photos of an incredible looking Tibetan prefecture formerly dubbed a "city in the sky", which has probably been completely ethnically gentrified/destroyed by now.

calzino, Saturday, 19 May 2018 09:35 (three months ago) Permalink

oops doublepost.

calzino, Saturday, 19 May 2018 09:35 (three months ago) Permalink

good reporting from xinjiang summing up the situation

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Saturday, 19 May 2018 15:35 (three months ago) Permalink

i have a conflicted relationship with the country and it seems strange to make this post right after one about ethnic cleansing in china's borderlands.
i'm going to be in beijing from mid-june to august. i haven't spent any significant time in the city except the airport since around 2006. any hot tips, gang?

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Saturday, 19 May 2018 15:38 (three months ago) Permalink

NY mag just published this. looks eh imo http://nymag.com/travel/urbanist/beijing-is-a-city-that-rewards-those-who-delve-deep.html

, Monday, 21 May 2018 01:04 (two months ago) Permalink

some of that stuff isn't bad? i guess, but kinda confirms—not a major revelation—beijing has changed greatly and become even more dull over the last decade.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Monday, 21 May 2018 06:23 (two months ago) Permalink

So uh my little brother wrote this about Taiwan! https://www.wantaiwantravel.com/2017/10/06/old-taipei-in-12-hours/

which do u hear yanny or (in orbit), Monday, 21 May 2018 13:24 (two months ago) Permalink

I think he used pics he already had to accompany it. Unfortunately he didn't take any of the food, I feel like he missed a chance there.

which do u hear yanny or (in orbit), Monday, 21 May 2018 13:26 (two months ago) Permalink

i'm going to be in beijing from mid-june to august. i haven't spent any significant time in the city except the airport since around 2006. any hot tips, gang?

I'm going to be in Beijing for about five days towards the end of June. ILX China FAP?

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 27 May 2018 02:17 (two months ago) Permalink

my plans changed, so i'll be there june 2-9 + going back in august for the book fair.
what have you got planned in bj?

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Sunday, 27 May 2018 07:35 (two months ago) Permalink

We're going to see Hedgehog (http://hedgehogrock.com) on June 23, but really our plan is to just outside and see what's going on. Never been to China before and Beijing will be the last stop after GZ, HK, and Shanghai.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 05:17 (two months ago) Permalink

ive got some work stuff to do but basically just hanging around, too. ive lived in china incl a stint in guangzhou but never had any inclination to visit beijing. unfortunately, everyone i need to see is there, though.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:53 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...


F# A# (∞), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 04:35 (one month ago) Permalink

i like balding and this was interesting.
come on an american libertarian getting upset because everyone cuts in line, stewing over the fact that nobody respects the law, "the pure rule of the jungle with unconstrained might imposing their will and all others ignoring laws to behave as they see fit with no sense of morality or respect for right" yeah uh-huh
and again the tired argument that china is fucked up because people lack values and respect for the individual while he calls for more of that good free market AND sympathizes with xi jinping's authoritarian revival, taking to bloomberg to call for more aggressive neoliberal marketization and opening up of the chinese economy to western capital.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 05:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Wake me up when protests begin again

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 05:36 (one month ago) Permalink


Libertarianism isn’t a free for all or chaos dude

F# A# (∞), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 05:50 (one month ago) Permalink

sure, i guess that's fair. but can't i appreciate christopher balding simmering with rage in a kfc line in shenzhen, reconsidering xi jinping's strike hard campaign against queue jumpers?

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 07:25 (one month ago) Permalink

balding is good on the chinese economy especially the writing on his own site, and he understands the subject more than most people. but the idea -- and i'm simplifying his take -- that economic restructuring to remove state control + protecting freedom of speech will eventually sort things out is not a good one.
in this piece in particular, though, he seems to write off economics entirely and seems to see problems ("complete and utter lack of respect for the individual or person" / "brutally chaotic because there are no rules" / "no concept of justice" / "no value system" / "no exogenously held right or wrong") as being result of some fallen culture (perhaps resulting from the excesses of maoism although he doesn't say that) + authoritarianism, rather than any economic factors (or not authoritarianism hand in hand with neoliberal economic policy) (and post-reform and opening china is at the 40 year mark while maoist china lasted 30 years, 20 years if you put it great leap forward and the hard push for collectivization to september of 76).

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 07:34 (one month ago) Permalink

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