Posts by: Stan Abrams


  1. September 21, 2010

    Bah Humbug: the Expat Cultural Integration Fetish

    Sacred cultural tradition If you don't know the historical origin of the mooncake, you're not a good China expat. Right?
    27 Comments | Read Post »

  2. September 6, 2010

    Is the West Becoming Chinafied?

    South Park - On the cutting edge of China fashion The Oxford English Dictionary will now include some Chinese words. Is this the beginning of a massive wave of Western Chinafication?
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  3. August 26, 2010

    Philippines Hostage Standoff: Toning Down the Rhetoric

    Philippines hostage incident. As usual, a tragic event takes place, and certain individuals take that as some sort of an affront to them, their country, their race. More's the pity.
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  4. July 24, 2010

    Drunk Driving in Nanjing: One Year Later

    Some of Zhang Mingbao's Handiwork It's been a year since drunk driver Zhang Mingbao ended the lives of five people in Nanjing and the police began a crackdown. Have we learned anything?
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  5. July 18, 2010

    The Gate Debate: Communities, Villages & Crime

    Beijing Gated Village (Photo: Associated Press) In response to rising crime rates, Beijing has instituted a policy of locking several lower-income neighborhoods overnight.
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  6. July 12, 2010

    Tang Jun’s Diploma Problems: Success vs. Honesty

    invention_of_lying Business success story Tang Jun lied about his academic credentials, and China's commentariat are up in arms. But really, we're all to blame.
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  7. July 3, 2010

    Jeff Immelt: Not GE’s Brightest Bulb

    immelt Jeff Immelt won this week's foot-in-mouth award for his comments on China foreign investment, giving us all a glimpse of his inner douchebag.
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  8. June 28, 2010

    The Decline of Everything, and Why Innovation Won’t Save Us

    pessimism In the face of all the bad news out there, it's tough not to fall in with the nattering nabobs of negativism. Say hello to a reluctant new optimist.
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  9. June 20, 2010

    The Foxconn Night Shift

    Industrial Scene, Pittsburgh - Aaron Harry Gorson - 1928
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  10. June 17, 2010

    Cyclicality and Negative Online Comment Payola

    ouroboros Enter the new age of online comment payola, where competitors fight for message control and consumers look for the truth.
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  11. June 13, 2010

    Online Abuse: Who Should Pay?

    online-abuse Is cyber bullying just a fact of life or should there be penalties for abusive behavior? One Tsinghua professor is looking for his day in court.
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  12. June 10, 2010

    The (Limited) Rise of Labor in China

    "Steel" - Thomas Hart Benton - 1928 Labor is on the rise in China, but Beijing will no doubt keep a tight leash on collectivized bargaining and workers rights.
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  13. June 5, 2010

    Anniversaries, Apathy, and Annoyance

    delacroix-liberty All of the sturm und drang surrounding the anniversary of Beijing's most famous modern political protest has made me cranky.
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  14. May 30, 2010

    Will Innovation Solve the Foxconn Problem?

    William Gropper's "The Sweatshop" Are the recent Foxconn suicides an indictment of China's export sector? Moving up the value chain may help, but it won't fix income inequality.
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  15. May 20, 2010

    PRC: “Don’t Look At Us, We’re Cybervictims Too!”

    china-hacker Reports of cyber attacks against China have multiplied lately. Is this a coordinated effort to allow China to play the victim when its own record is criticized?
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  16. May 17, 2010

    China School Violence: Let the Blame Game Commence

    finger-pointing The school violence debate roars on. There is a lot of blame to go around, but most of the fingers seem to be pointing at the government.
    39 Comments | Read Post »

  17. May 14, 2010

    Dumb It Down A Little, Son. A Case Of Scholarly Overkill

    may-fourth-movement Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes government policy is fairly straightforward. Here's a tale of a budding China scholar who went a bit too far.
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  18. May 7, 2010

    Et In Arcadia Ego: Romancing the Countryside

    countryside-education China's enduring fascination with the wisdom of the countryside is not unique to the Middle Kingdom.
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  19. May 4, 2010

    Revenge on Society: School Violence and Policy Implications

    Crowd Gathers After School Attack in Taixing (Photo: AP) Theories about the causes of China's recent acts of school violence have focused on the income gap and economic powerlessness. How will the government respond?
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  20. April 28, 2010

    Gumby Versus Haibao: Shanzhai Mindset at the Shanghai Expo

    haibao-gumby Is the Shanghai Expo's blue gummi mascot a cheap Gumby knockoff? As the controversy rages on, one courageous IP lawyer stands up for Haibao's right to exist.
    27 Comments | Read Post »

  21. April 24, 2010

    The China Model Debate and Political Proselytizing

    china-us-debt Some say that the U.S. is losing the soft power fight against Chinese-style authoritarian capitalism, but China may not even be engaged in the struggle.
    44 Comments | Read Post »

  22. April 21, 2010

    Will China Retaliate Against U.S. Because of Google Pullout?

    retaliation-google Beijing has more important things to worry about than retaliating against the U.S. because one American company chose to leave the country.
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  23. April 19, 2010

    Purifying the Chinese Language – the saga continues

    Chinese-language-characters We are now into the second month of the war against the corruption of Chinese by English acronyms. Our war correspondent filed this update from the front lines.
    51 Comments | Read Post »

  24. April 14, 2010

    This is Your Brain on Nationalism: US-China Trade Deficit Follies

    usa-1 Nationalism makes us think that our countrymen are inherently superior to everyone else in the world, which makes trade deficits very difficult to explain.
    43 Comments | Read Post »

  25. April 8, 2010

    Why Doesn’t China Respect Life?

    crime-china Many have asserted a lack of respect for life in today's China. Is this criticism valid, and if so, is it a natural product of recent economic and social change?
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