All photos from our featured photos of the day. You can see all of them here.
October started out with the launch of more stuff into orbit, showering a few villages with debris along the way. China decided to censor its own premier when it instituted a media blackout on Wen Jiabao’s interview with CNN. It was an appropriate time, then, for a number of CCP elders to release an open letter calling for and end to censorship in China, a letter which was then of course immediately censored itself. We saw another instance of the one-child policy gone too far, and worried about the safety rating (or lack their of) of Chinese-made vehicles.
Around Shanghai, yet another determined individual found a wacky way to get to Expo, this time on a raft constructed of bottles and garbage. Speaking of Expo, we got our first glimpse of post-Expo plans and found out Shanghai residents are ready and eager to do the whole thing again! We also asked some USA pavilion workers to give us a glimpse into their day-to-day schedules, check them all out here.
Shanghai subways cleared the air by banning smelly stuff on board, and also announced that our Expo-level metro security procedures will stay in place permanently. ShanghaiPRIDE’s opening party went off without a hitch. Oh yeah, and one of our local English teachers turned out to be a spy for the Chinese government!
The Big Stories From Around China
Tensions continued to mount between China and Japan as protests were held in both countries. China upped its pressure on Japan to release their fisherman by cutting diplomatic ties and halting rare earth exports. China also withdrew from the Tokyo film festival, and although they blamed it on a Taiwan terminology issue, we all saw the underlying political tension there.
The biggest news of October was of course the announcement of Chinese political dissident Liu Xiaobo as this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner. The Chinese government immediately condemned the decision, placed Liu’s wife under house arrest, and began sulking around in its diplomatic interactions with Norway, canceling meetings and concerts. Good thing Norway’s got something China loves: Salmon!
Check THIS Out
- We took a look at what Joyce Warehouse has got on offer, looks like some great deals on designer labels.
- Try out one of Shanghai Pie Company’s beef pies, find them at your local grocer!
- Looking for a comfy cafe to work in? Try Mogoo Cafe in the French Concession.
- Watch this Chinese factory worker assemble decks of cards at a manic speed
- Try to decide for yourself whether Revo-Round, the computer designed to “preserve Asian glance”, is a hoax or not
- Watch what happened at the Wall Lords graffiti contest held back in August
- Beloved web comic xkcd gave us a fun visual representation of the Chinese internet (and the rest of the world) as a landmass
- Check out the China Boom Project, a beautifully designed multi-media web project chronicling China’s economic rise
- Watch this super crazy video where a dude flips 360 degrees and lands on his feet after his motorcycle crashes into a truck
- Watch American fear mongering, get good and terrified of working for the Chinese
Ever wondered what one million people looks like? Take a look at photos from Expo’s peak attendance day. And we were there for Shanghai Fashion week, check out our galleries of Odeur, Ji Wenbo, the Dutch, Simon Wang, and Jenny Ji.