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A few links to start off your day:
- In Bloomberg, Adam Minter takes a look at the debate raging over anti-radiation maternity suits in China, and why the bizarrely popular trend is likely coming to an end.
- Check out the new Sinica Podcast about the Wukan uprisings and the debate that Han Han recently inflamed over liberalization in China.
- The Telegraph looks at the explosion of Chinese luxury shoppers arriving on English soil and how it impacts luxury retailers, who are quickly hiring Mandarin-speaking staff and being advised to avoid topics like “politics, Japan and communism”.
- Speaking of luxury, Bentley sold more cars in China than in the UK for the first time in the company’s history, becoming second only to the US market. China is already the number one market for both Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce.
- Ai Weiwei’s sunflower exhibit will arrive in New York this Saturday! Our sister blog Gothamist reports.
- MICGadget lists the top ten technology stories and top ten WTF?? stories of 2011.
- China Digital Times gives us a nice “Year in Review” slideshow, and a somewhat surprising list of their top ten most popular posts. (If you missed it, check out Shanghaiist’s 2011 top ten here.)
- Surfing in China? The International Surfing Association (ISA) and Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) sure hope so. They’re holding joint events in Hainan next week.
- Don’t get excited over all that talk about better air quality monitoring – just because they measure it, doesn’t mean it’s going to change. The Guardian reports that we’ll be breathing substantially crappy air for at least 20-30 more years.
- Evan Osnos notices that images of two-child families have begun bespeckling not only KFC ads, but government propaganda posters as well.
- 23-year-old Chen Zhizhao has become the first Chinese footballer to be signed to a top club in Brazil – the Corinthians out of São Paulo.