Heat map from Baidu analytics (via east-west-connect)
A few links to start off your day:
- This week Business Week looks at the somewhat shady practice of Christian high schools in the US luring over wealthy Chinese exchange students in order to proselytize and convert them.
- In a Foreign Policy piece entitled “The End of the Chinese Dream“, Christina Larson examines the palpable sense of frustration among city dwellers, and asks the question: “Could it possibly be true that a swath of people in China’s big cities is downwardly mobile?”
- A post on East-West-Connect looks at three things that Baidu analytics does better than Google. Gotta say, that heat map looks pretty sweet.
- LA Review of Books has a great Top Ten list of long- and short-form journalism on contemporary China in 2011. Tania Branigan, Evan Osnos, Malcolm Moore, Christina Larson, etc. all unsurprisingly make the list. Highly recommended.
- China surpassed the US and Japan this year to become the top patent filer, due largely to government incentives encouraging applications. It’s quantity, not quality!
- In the Atlantic this week, Adam Minter looks at the Chinese town that turns your old Christmas lights into slippers.