- Wen Jiabao spooked everyone out recently by telling a story that isn’t heard very often, of how his own family was persecuted during the Cultural Revolution.
- A group of university professors at Yangtze University in Hubei recently got on their knees for NIMBY protests against a steel processing plant near their campus.
- Chongqing’s leadership is all about giving to the 99%, while Guangdong’s bigwigs would prefer to keep it amongst the 1%. A bit simplistic an explanation, but that’s apparently all anybody understands these days.
- According to Students for a Free Tibet, 10,000 Tibetans based in Sichuan gathered at the Tawu Nyitso Monastery to pay their respects to a nun who died on Thursday after self-immolating. It was the 11th case of self-immolation amongst Tibetans in China this year.
- A letter sent by US Ambassador to China Gary Locke (who recently gave mad face to relatives while visiting his ancestral home of Taishan, Guangdong) two months ago might have been the catalyst for Chen Guangcheng’s daughter being allowed to attend school.
- Japan’s coast guard snagged themselves another piece of international incident booty on Sunday, by detaining the captain of a Chinese fishing boat that was snooping around off the coast of the Goto Islands. And it’s a good thing too! Since China doesn’t really have the equivalent of a film awards season whereby all the Oscar-grubbing flicks invade theaters, we’ll take all the fall entertainment we can get.
- The arcane art of cricket-fighting finally gets its close-up in the New York Times! We can’t wait for when battling cricket gladiators becomes the hipster alternative to dogfighting.