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Jul 17

minipost-Is there xenophobia in China? If yes, what is it like?

Written by: bianxiangbianqiao | Filed under:-mini-posts | Tags:
57 Comments » newest 2008-07-20 19:52:21

Chinese people (like all people) have stereotypes about different groups. Within China, Northerners view those from the south as sneaky and lack sincerity. Southerners believe those from the north are lazy and unintelligent. Chinese stereotypes are held more strongly and more widely spread. The Chinese tend to over-generalize from a few individuals’ behaviors to the individuals’ group.

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Jul 17

Images from a mass incident in Huizhou

Written by: Buxi | Filed under:News | Tags:, , ,
64 Comments » newest 2008-07-21 05:41:33

There appears to have been a clash involving riot police in Huizhou. I will provide these images and early hearsay reports, but I want to remind everyone: be careful with any unconfirmed reports. As the Weng’an riots proved, rumors are not only often wrong, they are also potentially very dangerous. As soon as we have credible media reports (and I expect that we will), I will make sure they are included in this story.

UPDATE: About 12 hours after this post first went up, the Chinese media is delivering the first official version of events, see here.  This version is different from the initial rumor in one specific detail: local police confirm the driver died, but insist it was in an accident.  Very similar to the Weng’an riots in that sense.  I trust we’ll see a thorough investigation from the province; Wang Yang, the party secretary for Guangdong, is known for his liberal take on government and politics.

Huizhou is a city in Guangdong province. The rumors (连接) tell us traffic police blocked a private minivan-bus, and asked for 100 RMB in toll. The driver refused to give any, and a confrontation followed, leading to the driver’s death. Rumors say local police offered private compensation to the victim’s family, but they refused and are demanding public investigation. Subsequently, a group from the driver’s home village in Hunan province, including alleged organized criminal gangs from Hunan, arrived in Huizhou. There are rumors of two police officers killed, in addition to the property damage seen below:

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Jul 17

minipost-Why the Beijing Olympics are already a success

Written by: Buxi | Filed under:-mini-posts, General, News | Tags:,
42 Comments » newest 2016-04-07 07:57:42

Despite all of the predictions of doom and concern, I believe the Olympics are already a success.  The WSJ reports world and business leaders are crowding China’s red carpet in an unprecedented way:

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Jul 17

minipost-Another statistic

Written by: DJ | Filed under:-mini-posts | Tags:,
8 Comments » newest 2008-07-22 18:11:32

Anton Lee Wishik II wrote about an interesting statistic while discussing polling in China: Continue reading »

Jul 17

minipost-I know China has a lot of good food, but …

Written by: DJ | Filed under:-mini-posts | Tags:,
7 Comments » newest 2008-07-18 02:43:28

Tim Johnson dished out an interesting statistic of Beijing’s preparation for English speaking Olympics visitors: Continue reading »