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Manslaughtered in translation

Manslaughtered in translation

In an article titled Why the West shuts out subtle Chinese concepts published in Shanghai Daily, German scholar Thorsten Pattberg (裴德思) complains that the West has for centuries remained ignorant of some key concepts and ideas unique to the Chinese and demands the West to learn from us the Chinese about how the world should be run. As long as there are different peoples who speak different languages, translation is an indispensable trade that makes this exchange of concepts and ideas possible in the first place. Read more about Manslaughtered in translation

Ignorant, incompetent and shameless, Han Han as a writer

Ignorant, incompetent and shameless, Han Han as a writer

It’s been more than a month since I started following the rivalry between Fang Zhouzi (方舟子, real name: Fang Shimin, 方是民) and Han Han (韩寒). Fang graduated from Michigan State University with a Doctor’s degree in biochemistry. He is a scholar and a popular science writer and is better known for devotion of his spare time to exposing academic and scientific fraudulence in China. Han was a high school dropout. He is widely extolled as a once teenage literary genius, a popular novel writer, an accomplished car racer, and, most recently, an advocate of freedom and democracy. Fang accuses Han of being a fake writer and having most, if not all, of his works ghostwritten.

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My seven links

My seven links

I started my first website with the now dead Yahoo! GeoCities in the summer of 2000. I still remember how joyful I was when I saw my first ever website went online. Later, I hosted my webpages with some of China’s leading portal websites where free personal web page service was offered. As the Internet bubble popped in the early 2000s, the portal websites, one by one, all shut down their free services with the free personal webpage service being one of the victims. I eventually got tired of having to move my website around. I went on to register a domain name, which is exactly how my Chinese name is officially spelled in English (ChangGuohua.com), and subscribed to a hosting package in December 2002. In 2006, I started using Google’s Blogger and in 2007 migrated to IXWEB HOSTING and set up a WordPress blog there. It’s been more than five years since I became a “blogger” and I can see no reason why I should stop being one.

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What is utterly absurd happens in China (July 28, 2011)

What is utterly absurd happens in China (July 28, 2011)

It might not actually happen here. But, I assure you that it has a Chinese logic to it.

– At the site of the the July 23, 2011 train crash near Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, when a reporter asked an old lady from Wenzhou what she thought about the  crash that officially killed 39 people, she replied with a poker face, “It’s good enough that the passengers haven’t been asked to pay for the damaged train carriages. What more can you expect?”

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