China News Briefs

Information official: China-based blogs exceed 100 million (November 7, 2008, Xinhua)
China-based blogs total 107 million, with more than 42 percent of netizens running a blog, a senior information official said here on Friday. Cai Mingzhao, deputy director of the State Council Information Office, made the comment at the 2nd U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum. The number of blogs was about 40 million just a year ago. Cai noted Web 2.0 service, which makes writing and other sorts of participation of Internet users possible, has inspired many people to create content online. There were 253 million people online in China as of June, up 56.2 percent year-on-year. E-commerce transactions amounted to 2 trillion yuan (about 300 billion U.S. dollars) in 2007, and 25 percent of netizens had bought something online as of June this year.

China’s post-90s generation open-minded, frustration-prone (November 12, 2008, Xinhua)
China’s new generation of freshmen, born in the 1990s, were more open-minded than their predecessors but less able to cope with frustration, a survey has found. The survey covered 800 students at Wuhan University in central China’s Hubei Province, who entered in September from all over the country. They answered questions on consumption, psychology and social issues. They were found to be neither as selfish nor as difficult to get along with as people generally believed to be, according to the survey, released on Wednesday by the China Youth Daily. In the survey, 77 percent said they were self-confident and 64.8 percent considered themselves open-minded and ready to try new things. However, 72.3 percent said frustrations would have a negative impact on them.

Security sources say Chinese hacked into campaign e-mails (November 10, 2008, Irish Times)
US government cyber experts suspect that Chinese hackers have penetrated the White House security network and that a sophisticated attack on Barack Obama and John McCain’s campaign computer networks during this summer probably originated from China. E-mails and other confidential, although unclassified, material from the campaign was reportedly downloaded illegally, the Financial Times has reported. Chinese hackers have also penetrated the White House computer network on numerous occasions, and obtained e-mails between government officials, the paper said, citing an unnamed senior US official.

Hanggai: Chinese Punk Looks To The Past (November 11. 2008, NPR, by Louisa Lim)
Modern Chinese music is most famous for sappy Canto-pop love songs. But on the mainland, young Chinese musicians are innovating – and taking risks – with ancient music forms….Ilchi started the band Hanggai when he realized that the ancient music of Inner Mongolia was in danger being lost forever.

Self-censorship: the 2,000 pound rhinoceros on the dining table (April 25, 2005,
In sum, the Chinese government’s censorial authority in recent times has resembled not so much a man-eating tiger or fire-snorting dragon as a giant anaconda coiled in an overhead chandelier. Normally the great snake doesn’t move. It doesn’t have to. It feels no need to be clear about its prohibitions. Its constant silent message is “You yourself decide.” Perry Link, “The Anaconda in the Chandelier”

The erroneous mindset of “Chinese characteristics vs. westernization” (October 23, 2008, World China Forum, Author: Li Kaisheng , Translator: Michael Huang)
If “wholesale westernization” is regarded as at one end of a spectrum, the other end seems to be “Chinese characteristics.” Unlike the always-low status of the word “


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