With constant building demolition, commercial clutter and disapproval from Chinese authorities, it’s no wonder graffiti in Shanghai is generally a rare sight. Juxtapoz features some exceptional masterpieces around Moganshan Road.
Peking Duck‘s Richard analyzes the “iconic” theory applied to the CCP in China: “the main fault lies with the local authorities, not with the central party, which is trying as best they can to control their local counterparts.” Richard quotes from an article in the Washington Post by John Pomfret, who states that this very theory (“Local CCP bad, central CCP good”) is one of the “perverse reasons why the Communist Party can maintain power in China.”
The writers at Slate compile an exhaustive list of everything that could go wrong at the Beijing Olympics. Possible plights include locusts, terrorism, and drought.
Shanghai Scrap‘s Adam Minter gets into an interesting discussion with Francesco Liello, the China-based correspondent for Italian La Gazetta dello Sport who conjured up the Olympic bible ban story. Liello posts a comment in his defense to one of Minter’s posts pointing out that Liello had run a leg of the Olympic torch relay in Hubei at the beginning of June.
Tim Johnson of China Rises wonders why there are so many “hurt feelings” in China. Johnson quotes an article today in China Daily which says that the conferment of an honorary doctorate on the Dalai Lama in May by the London Metropolitan University “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people.” That phrase seems to have been used a lot lately, and it is most likely a circumlocution used by the government “to suggest that a preferred point of view has massive support,” Johnson writes. “I would guess most Chinese didn’t even know about this.”