Wednesday, August 29, 2007

"Support the One-child Policy!"

Support the Planned Reproduction (read: One-child) Policy! -- so says this governmental propaganda on the side of a fence. Fence of an apartment complex in Shenzhen, China.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Monday, August 27, 2007

Free HIV/AIDs tests for farmers in Shandong Province, China

I noticed this public service ad in a bathroom at a 4-star hotel in Jinan, Shandong Province. Glad to see this. Free HIV/AIDS testing poster for farmers. Lots of farmers in Shandong Province and some are sure to have been victim to the paid blood donation sort of scandal that has led to infections in Henan Province and other areas.

Donkey meat sandwiches + Tian Mou'er = Crazy Delicious

Some short videos of delicious Jinan-ese eats. Donkey meat sandwiches and "Tian Mou'er" porridge. Jinan is the capital city of Shandong Province.

"Jinan" means "white smog" in Chinese?

The air pollution in Jinan City (provincial capital of Shandong Province, China) is quite severe. White smog everywhere 24 hours a day...

Banned toothpaste - for free in hotels in China

As this video short indicates, toothpaste brands that have been identified in deaths in Panama (and banned elsewhere such as in Singapore) are readily available in China. Free to hotel guests at many hotels.

The brand is called "Hei Mei" or "Little Dark Sister" -- I think this is a play on Darlie toothpaste...

I bring my own toothpaste to China. Toothpaste not made in China. Want to avoid any chance of brushing my teeth with diethylene glycol.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Well, of course the Chinese Net Nannies are blocking this one...

Confirming this site is blocked from within Beijing (where I am right now).

Tibetan independence activist blogging inside Beijing

The president of Students for a Free Tibet is in Beijing right now, exactly one year ahead of the 2008 Olympics, vlogging and blogging about Tibetan sovereignty and being a general pain in the ass to the Chinese government.

Lhadon Tethong's liveblogging experiment is incredibly ballsy or incredibly foolhardy, depending on how you look at it -- hard to imagine this lasting long before authorities arrest, extradite, or take some other action to stop the activity.

Apparently, she's already attracted a group of official government "escorts".

Incidentally, Ms. Tethong's uncle is the most senior advisor to H.H. the Dalai Lama.

Link to "Beijing Wide Open" blog. Today's posts from her include an item about activists placing a giant "Free Tibet" banner on the Great Wall of China. (thanks, Oxblood and Nathan Freitas!)

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