Our round-up of some of last week’s highlights from China’s English-language blogosphere:
Ben Ross, an ethnographer who has decided to work for one month as a trainee in a Fuzhou hair salon, continues his near daily account of his ongoing experiment. Here, he is surprised to find corruption seeping down into businesses as basic as hair salons. In this post, he breaks down the money flow and salary system of his coworkers, and estimates that a salon’s little brother/sister makes about 500-600 RMB per month for some pretty long hours of labor. Since we have a pretty big-sized head, we’ll be sure to tip more next time we go get our ears cleaned.
East-West Station asks the question “Could Da Shan Ever be Chinese?” Da Shan, of course, is the proclaimed “most famous foreigner in China,” and EWS wonders if someone like Da Shan were to legally switch nationalities, what percentage of the Chinese population would actually consider him to be a real Chinese person?
Jottings from the Granite Studio introduces the Sicilian Guide to Chinese History, the author’s personal mnemonic device which relates quotes from “The Godfather” to historical nuggets in China’s long and storied history. Great reading for those of us unfamiliar with 99% of this country’s past; we’ll be sure to use the mnemonic to impress the next buxom Chinese history grad student that comes our way.
Interested in a journalism career? China can be your easy meal ticket; just follow Sinocidal’s guide on how to write a China article. Mix and match any of the combinations and you’ll be on your way to being considered a China expert. Not surprisingly, Sinocidal’s guide seems to have made quite an impression on many a foreign journalist in the past couple of years.
The TIME China Blog reflects on the new rules regarding adoption, which if applied strictly will most likely greatly reduce the number of overseas adoptions. The author wonders if overseas adoptions are considered humiliating to an emerging superpower worried about its image abroad. He and we here at Shanghaiist both agree: nationalism needs to take a backseat to the interests of the child.
When people in Xinjiang get tired of their Nintendo Wii’s, what better way to spend a weekend afternoon than watching a cockfight? The Opposite End of China takes one in and finds that it’s not that gruesome after all: “Just a bunch of men, relaxing on a Sunday afternoon, watching fat little birds unsuccessfully try to kill each other.” Men and fat birds; sounds like the perfect weekend to us!
Photo of cock fight by The Opposite End of China.