Top stories of the week 11/21-11/27
- Caging a Monster by Murong Xuecun is one of the most compelling cases I have seen made about the state of modern China, and what needs to be done to save it. Make sure you read this.
- Insight: Tibetans in China seek a fiery way out of despair, by Sui-Lee Wee at Reuters, focuses on the ongoing string of self-immolations happening in Tibet’s religious community and the act of suicide from a Buddhist perspective.
- Women in China: The sky’s the limit, from the Economist, examines women’s role in the Chinese work place, and explores the differences between types of companies (SEO vs. Multinationals). The piece also looks at how family life is effected by changes in the work place.
- A credit crisis in China’s most enterprising city is making the country nervous, by Austin Ramzy, reports on the growing problem in Wenzhou. While many have been discussing the growing concerns about China’s property bubble and manufacturing slow downs, it seems like the big issue may be unregulated private lending.
- Pranking the Global Times: Ai Weiwei and a lesson about propaganda, by Tom Lasseter, looks at Ai Weiwei’s recent stunt of releasing the phone numbers of several nationalists, and the response from the Global Times.
- China’s Wild West, by Megha Rajagopalan at Foreign Policy, reports on China’s rich buying American style properties located in rural China. This particular report focuses on a town modeled after Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Caging a Monster is fascinating reading. Is Murong Xuecun writing for foreigners? I can’t imagine this being published in China!