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Air pollution policy making and social media in Beijing, 2011-2013 This article is by Johan van de Ven, whose undergraduate dissertation at Oxford University examined the effects of factors such as environmental movements, diplomacy and social media on air pollution policy-making in China. In a study conducted from June to December 2013, I quantitatively and qualitatively examined a variety of social media and mainstream media articles related to air pollution  and compared the results with government statements and policy making events, with the aim of answering the question: Was social media primarily responsible for government action on air pollution in China?
The results of a image search for 雾霾 (wumai), the Chinese characters for smog.  The results of a image search for 雾霾 (wumai), the Chinese characters for smog. PM2.5
Surrounded on three sides by mountains and in close proximity to a large number of coal-fired power plants, Beijing has been afflicted by serious air pollution for many years. This pollution is exacerbated by the rapidly increasing number of cars in the Chinese capital, but only since 2011 has t...

A Brief Guide to China’s Media Landscape – May 2014 The table below shows mainland China’s most important websites, newspapers, and broadcast news organizations, together with numbers for website traffic, circulation and audience. The numbers are guesstimates based on media reports, listed companies’ public filings, media advertising rate cards, and Danwei interviews with media insiders. We also use numbers from the biannual reports issued by CNNIC, the state-owned Internet statistical organization (their December report is available here in Chinese only). Like all numbers in China, they should be taken with a pinch of salt, for reference only. This list is updated every three months. Notes and updates since the last version of this report (published in February 2014): • Weibo use continues to slow after the company’s IPO; their filings state a daily active user count of 61.4 million, but we believe that it is lower than that;
• WeChat use continues to grow, although not at anything near its blazing speed in 2013. The delet...

China Holiday Schedule 2015: THE Infographic (Dec 17)
The China Holiday Schedule 2015 infographic below comes from Ryan McLaughlin’s consistently excellent and important Lost Laowoi Blog. Use it and you will not have to wonder why so and so is not picking up the phone on such and such date in 2015 or why nobody can meet with you between February 18 and February... Continue Reading

The Classic China Scam: Done Often Because It Works (Dec 16)
Got an email the other day from the owner of a leading Northwest interior design firm. This person who has asked to remain anonymous, wanted to tell me about how he and his company had been scammed, so as to prevent others from suffering the same fate.  My response was to say that we have... Continue Reading

Fall Colours in Koishikawa Korakuen (Dec 7)
You might remember that last year I missed most of momijigari (紅葉狩) autumn colours because I was busy dashing to and from the UK to sort out a visa issue. This year I was a bit better prepared and managed to visit a number parks around Tokyo, the most impressive of which was Koishikawa Korakuen […]

Emily, the movie’s Director Desi Scarpone – Filmography (Nov 16)
Below is the Filmography of the Director of Emily, the movie – Desi Scarpone: Director 2012 Honor Killing (short) 2004 Dark Town (video) 2003 Deadfall (video) 2003 Dealin’ Dirty (video) 2003 Retribution (video) 1987 Rockin’ with a Bullet (video) Producer … Continue reading

Full Transcript: Chen Guangcheng Escape Video (Apr 27)

This transcript was not translated by me. My Chinese is not that good. It was sent to me by a Chinese friend... Dear Premier Wen, with great challenge I escaped.  All the rumours and accusations of violence on me and in Linyi, as the litigant, I prove to you all that they’re all true.  The truth is only worse than what’s been spread online.  (00:34)  Premier Wen, I formally raise the following 3 requests from you.   Screen: strictly punish criminals in accordance to law “Firstly, (I hope) you will personally look into this case.  Appoint investigation team for thorough investigation,  (00:57) and reveal the truth.  Who sent out the order to 70 to 80 county public security and Party cadres to enter into my house and violently beat us up and harm us with out any legal documentation, none of them were wearing uniform, and forbidding us from seeking medical care after being injured in the violence.  Who made this decision?  This must be thoroughly investigated, and must be dealt wit...

Web Comic (Dec 28)
Well, I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb so I no longer have any opinions about politics. However, I am working on a web comic. If you’re interested, here it is: Fast Tall Grow Up

Ai Weiwei iPhone Wallpapers (Dec 3)
I'm currently using the following two images as the lock screen wallpaper and home screen wallpaper, respectively, on my iPhone, and thought some of you might like to do the same. Click for the proper iPhone 4/4S resolution versions of each image. The color version:

The black and white version, darkened to sit behind your icons without unnecessary distraction:

The image is adapted from a project by Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung called The Travelogue of Dr. Brain Damages.


2011 Year of the (metal) Rabbit! I hope it is a great one for all of you. I know I am looking forward and anticipate some real positive change...

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