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A few links to start off your day:
- Is The End of Men already happening in China? The Guardian looks at how the country’s gender imbalance ratio is contributing to a profound shift in attitudes towards women.
- Chongqing’s infamous mafia is being made into a “factually correct but dramatically written” book and a “Godfather-style” movie.
- Beijing has a fake toilet paper problem. If you’re not too concerned, then we have two words for you: “visible chaff”.
- Charlie Custer offers a sharp critique of the recent inaugural TechCrunch China Disrupt conference in Beijing. His biggest problems with it? Chinese accessibility and rampant hyperbole.
- James Fallows of the Atlantic offers an extensive look at that safety of your Gmail, what to do if your account is hacked, and the ramifications of cloud computing. A dozen accounts are hacked every 2-3 minutes!
- Looking to brush up on your Chinese history? Jeremiah Jenne of Jottings from the Granite Studio provides a recommended reading list of books about the Qing dynasty.
- The US legislature is considering a bill that would allow Obama to deny US entry to senior Chinese officials if they are tied to any of the following: setting back democratic reforms, shaping or enforcing the One Child Policy, repressing ethnic minorities, or committing any human rights abuses in general. So basically, all senior Chinese officials, ever.
- The Chairman of Lenovo Group, China’s largest PC maker (and no. 2 PC maker in the world) resigned on Wednesday.
- Adam Minter takes a look at “birth tourism” and why a US passport might not be the reason rich Chinese women are flying to America to give birth.
- WSJ looks at the Chinese military’s efforts to up recruitment by relaxing enlistment rules. Namely, it no longer matters if you’re tattooed and overweight, they still want you.