Relaxing for a change having dinner and reading in the park behind my apartment
The trailer for Jia Zhangke’s film A Touch of Sin, premiering at Cannes soon. Notable words in the trailer include “Based on true events” (like certain murders that were never solved and that high-speed rail crash), which is amazing considering China’s film censorship.
Originally Posted By gulou
Rebuilding the Fengtongzhai Honey Cooperative — Funding Campaign
On April 20th, 2013, a devastating earthquake struck rural Sichuan Province near the city Ya’an. One of the two hardest hit counties was Baoxing County, home of the Fengtongzhai Honey Cooperative. Our project goal is to crowdfund the money for 100 beehives to rebuild and expand the honey cooperative. This project will help the community start down the path to recovery, while preserving the local ecosystem that is crucial to the giant panda.
How to Help: See the funding campaign page here for more information.
Via The Sinocism China Newsletter
This is relevant to basically all my interests…
A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship,
this is pm my response to neo-realists btw
Oh you are just so cute when you threaten violence like that.
someone’s going to find certain threats realized real soon
an interesting theme hit on while searching “shinzo abe” in the library database
Straight talk from Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on Japan’s wartime record, Abenomics, the Senkakus, and more in our exclusive interview.
This is such an interesting read, especially considering the many, many reasons Abe has been in the news lately. The interviewer asks a ton of fantastic questions and even gets some substantive answers, notably on economic reform (and Japan’s decision to start negotiations through the TPP, which was the subject of a JETRO event I went to the other day) and Abe’s conservative nationalism. The TPP thing is especially interesting, though, because TPP is a free trade agreement, which would really hurt Japanese farmers, who get a shit ton of subsidies (very similar to US). The farmers are Abe’s main constituency and also the reason Japan keeps electing LDP folk. So it’s interesting that Abe is so supportive of it when his voter base is really, really not. It speaks to the idea that Abe isn’t just a crazy ultra-nationalist—he’s a pragmatic leader and might actually be able to pull Japan out of the recession (maybe! who knows!).
But also, on the subject of economics, the interviewer asks about how Abe will solve the country’s economic problems, citing the agricultural subsidies, Japan’s sky-high debt, poor immigration, AND, the underutilization of women (something my professor writes a lot about). And interestingly, Abe addresses all of those concerns… except the one about women. Hmm…