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Chinese patriot Szeto Wah passes away

Chinese patriot Szeto Wah passes away

Szeto Wah at his last June 4 vigil in Hong Kong in 2010. I’d seen the name Szeto Wah in SCMP news reports during my time in the mainland, but never paid too much attention to domestic Hong Kong politics at the time.  It wasn’t until... read more »

 

Hello there… it’s been a while

I feel like I should re-introduce myself, it’s been so long. This is Zhongnanhai, a blog that was started in 2007 in Shanghai, just after I was among several people laid off from Jongo, a fledgling internet startup (which is still running,... read more »

 

China’s sad reality

A quote from a column by Geoff Dyer in todays Financial Times, (paywall) attributed to an unnamed Chinese official witnessing the reception President Obama received in several countries during his Asian visit: Look around the world. The US has... read more »

 

China’s own legislators will attend Nobel ceremony

China’s own legislators will attend Nobel ceremony

China likes to pontificate about the Nobel committee’s decision to bestow the award on jailed dissent Liu Xiaobo, calling it a “desecration” of the award and Liu himself a “criminal”. But what’s done is done,... read more »

 

Amazon’s Kindle puts cracks into Great Firewall

Amazon’s Kindle puts cracks into Great Firewall

I absolutely love my Kindle.  I got it a few weeks ago and have been completely addicted to it ever since.  I have the IHT delivered to it each morning and The Atlantic coming once a month, plus I’ve already loaded it up with about 10... read more »

 

Bridging the cultural chasm between Hong Kong and Mainland China

Bridging the cultural chasm between Hong Kong and Mainland China

It’s been a fascinating experience, immersing myself in Hong Kong life. Prior to arriving on the shores of the SAR in 2008, I had spent four years in the mainland, three of them in the dusty capital.  Sure, I learned a lot about hot... read more »

 

Blogging from the Harmonious Train

It’s 1:26pm and I’m heading back from a weekend in Guangzhou, having celebrated the great Motherland’s birthday from inside the actual Motherland, rather than from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  And for obvious... read more »

 

Final Post: ZNH says goodbye to the old digs; make sure to update your RSS

TIANJIN – It’s been a lot of work spanning a couple of continents, but Zhongnanhai will finally re-launch tomorrow afternoon with a completely different look and functionality. A couple of items, before we go (temporarily): Unfortunately,... read more »

 

It’s time to hang up the stump, Hil’

It’s time to hang up the stump, Hil’

Given what has been happening here in China the past week and a half, it’s hard not to think and write about all things earthquake. However, I thought I might just take a moment away from China to throw my two cents in on the Democratic... read more »

 

Covering the Earthquake zone – a diary

Covering the Earthquake zone – a diary

Last week as the earthquake struck Sichuan county we all watched and listened as the news was constantly updated. A friend of mine arrived in the area two days after the quake struck and kept a diary of their day-to-day actions – what... read more »