Today’s China Readings July 30, 2012

Just links today, on the road:

  • China to tighten security ahead of Party congress|Politics|News|WantChinaTimes.com
    China will "tamper down and consolidate" a security belt in Beijing before the city hosts a crucial Communist Party of China congress during which a new generation of leaders will be elected.
  • The curative powers of the Internet – Salon.com
    as the Chinese government is learning too//
    That’s why errors and frauds have a very short life-span on the Internet. The power to tap into collective knowledge and research is so much more potent than being confined to a single journalistic outlet. The ability to have one’s work take the form of a mass dialogue, rather than a stagnant monologue, is incredibly valuable. It is true that the Internet can be used to disseminate falsehoods quickly, but it just as quickly roots them out and exposes them in a way that the traditional model of journalism and its closed, insular, one-way form of communication could never do.
  • China keeps up block on Bloomberg website – FT.com
    Beijing has tried to apply pressure in other ways, too. In the weeks since the article was published, people believed to be state security agents have tailed some Bloomberg employees; Chinese bankers and financial regulators have cancelled previously arranged meetings with Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg’s editor-in-chief; and Chinese investigators have visited local investment banks to see if they shared any information with Bloomberg, according to people with knowledge of these incidents.
    The crackdown has not affected the operation of Bloomberg’s profit engine: its terminals, whose subscribers include Chinese state-owned banks and government bodies. However, members of Bloomberg’s China sales team have expressed concern that the chill from the website blackout could deter buyers, according to the people who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
  • End Game: Inside the Destruction of Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios
    been there with my former mmo studio, without the millions or government help. wonder which chinese firm he pitched. i assume it was tencent/
    Curt Schilling set out to build the greatest video-game company the world had ever seen, and to get rich — Bill Gates rich — doing it. Instead, the whole thing exploded in his face. Drawing on exclusive interviews with the Red Sox legend and his former employees, Jason Schwartz takes us inside the chaos, arrogance, and mistakes that led to the destruction of 38 Studios and the loss of $75 million in taxpayer money.
  • Japanese reporter beaten by Chinese police at Nantong protest|Politics|News|WantChinaTimes.com
    Atsushi Okudera, the correspondent of Tokyo-based Asahi Shimbun’s Shanghai Bureau, was beaten by the Chinese police when covering a protest launched by the citizens of Nantong, Jiangsu province, against a branch of a Japanese firm on July 28 for emitting toxins into the waters of the city of Qidong, reports the Japan News Network.
  • Sexnomics: Japan’s 100 Billion Dollar Sex Industry And The Pink Zone : Japan Subculture Research Center
    Japan’s semi-legal sex industry exists on a mind-boggling scale, yet there are very few books or articles which even give a rudimentary idea of how big a role it plays in the national economy. Japan has laws which forbid prostitution but set no punishment for the prostitute or the customer. Selling uncensored pornography depicting sexual intercourse is a crime but paying for actual sexual intercourse at an established Soapland establishment is not. It’s not that the sex industry exists in a grey zone in Japan, it exists in a pink zone–it’s overwhelmingly legal except for when the authorities decided to make token crack-downs.
    Takashi Kadokura (門倉貴史), the economist who rose to fame with his white-paper on Japan’s underground economy, has written the penultimate guide to Japan’s sex industry in his book SEXONOMIC: PROFITS IN THE GLOBALSEX ECONOMY・世界の「下半身」経済が儲かる理由 . It deftly lays out and explains how the varied sexual service industries in Japan (fashion health, image clubs, soap land)  work on an economic level and some alarming trends.
  • 分享收获2012—2013年CSA成员招募方案_石嫣_新浪博客
    “分享收获”社区支持农业项目(Community Supported Agriculture 简称:CSA)是由清华大学博士后石嫣博士创建的一个致力于研究、推广社区食品安全的项目,该项目同时也是清华大学社区食物安全研究推广中心的实践基地。 “分享收获”在通州区西集镇马坊村拥有60 亩农作物种植基地和110 亩林地养殖基地。
  • China’s Story of the Stone: the best book you’ve never heard of – Telegraph
    The death of the elderly Chinese scholar Zhou Ruchang, noted recently in a Daily Telegraph obituary, draws attention to a startling fact: that China’s greatest work of literature, the 18th-century novel Dream of the Red Chamber, on which Professor Zhou was an acknowledged – and somewhat obsessive – expert, is still virtually unknown in the English-speaking world. And yet a complete and highly readable English translation has been available in Penguin Classics for nearly 30 years.
  • Neil Heywood goes from victim to villain as Gu Kailai fights for her life – Telegraph
    Friends say the good name of murdered British businessman Neil Heywood is now being tarnished, with accusations made against him by those alleged to have killed him.
  • 从能源消耗看“中国经济病” – 经济观察网 - 专业财经新闻网站
  • Gu Kailai Trial: New Details Emerge On Trial Of Bo Xilai’s Wife
    The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has agreed to be defended by two government-appointed lawyers in the murder case against her, two different lawyers with knowledge of the case said Saturday. Her decision could be the latest sign that a resolution to her case is near.

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