The chilling effects of success in China

Malcolm Moore of the Telegraph reports on Mo Yan or Guan Moye (管谟业) who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work as a writer “who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.” Mo Yan is the first ever resident of mainland China to receive the Nobel Prize.

His village is to be transformed into “Mo Yan Culture Experience Zone” with immediate effect:

One week after Mo Yan became the first Chinese author to win the Nobel prize, proud local officials rushed out a £70 million plan to transform his sleepy village into a “Mo Yan Culture Experience Zone”. On Tuesday, Fan Hui, a local official, paid a visit to Mr Mo’s father to ask him to renovate the family home.

“Your son is no longer your son, and the house is no longer your house,” urged Mr Fan, according to the Beijing News, explaining that the author was now the pride of China. “It does not really matter if you agree or not,” he added.

Mr Fan said the “Red Sorghum Culture and Experience Zone”, which includes the “Red Sorghum Film and Television Exhibition Area”, would see villagers seed 1,600 acres of the crop. “(We need to grow it) even if it means losing money,” he told the Chinese media.

“One visitor dug up a radish [from Mr Mo’s vegetable patch],” reported the Beijing News. “He slipped it into his coat and showed it to villagers afterwards, saying: ‘Mo’s radish! Mo’s radish!’ ”

“A visiting mother picked some yams and told her daughter: ‘I’ll boil them, so you can eat them and win the Nobel prize too!'” Mr Mo’s brother, Guan Moxin, was forced to intervene to stop the family’s corn harvest, which was left lying out in the sun to dry, being swept away by the village tidying committee

Mr Mo himself has been non-commital amid the excitement. Asked by China Central Television whether he was happy, he responded: “I do not know”.

The chilling effects of success in a socialist country. This particular line is scary, “Your son is no longer your son, and the house is no longer your house.”

It’s cheaper to kill her

A week ago, a minivan driver knock a toddler down in China and then ran over her again. He offers an upsetting explanation to his behavior:

The minivan driver who knocked Wang down, and then ran over her deliberately, has since surrendered to the police, but offered a curious explanation for his action. He said he had been talking on his mobile phone when he hit the girl, but decided to run her over because it would have cost him less to pay off a dead girl’s parents than to pay for her hospital expenses.

“If she had died, I would have been required to pay only about 20,000 yuan (about Rs 1.5 lakh) in compensation, but if she were injured, it would cost me hundreds of thousands of yuan in hospital expenses,” he said.

Source: First Post

The quote left me with disgust.

Some Chinese are quick to attribute the moral decline to increasing urbanization in China.

North Korea: China is happiest place

According to North Korea’s Chosun Central Television, China is happiest place on earth, USA’s most dreadful.

North Korean “Global Happiness Index” ranks China no. 1, USA dead last

China is the happiest place on earth(!!) according to a new global happiness index released by North Korea’s Chosun Central Television. China earned 100 out of 100 points, followed closely by North Korea (98 points), then Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela. Coming in at 203rd place is America (or rather “the American Empire”, 美帝国), with only 3 happiness points. South Korea got a measly 18 points for 152nd place. [Source: Shanghaiist]

Wonder how they measure happiness. Number of smiling posters?

Taiwanese doing cover of Bo Peep Bo Peep

This is one of the latest dance craze in Taiwan: 王彩樺 2010 首張個人國台語專輯【有唱有保庇】首波主打歌《保庇》挑戰韓流電音舞曲!節奏強烈的曲風,重新填上詼諧本土的台語歌詞,­王彩樺從綜藝咖變身舞曲新天后!Roughly translated as Wang Cai Hua 2010 Debut self Taiwanese language album, Sing Bo Peep When Singing, hit song, Bo Peep, challenges Korean dance music trends. With an intense rhythmic beat and creatively rewritten Taiwanese language lyrics, the variety show member Wang Cai Hua now is a dance pop queen!

王彩樺 – 保庇 BOBEE 官方完整版MV [HQ]

They are doing a cover of the Korean version by T-ara:

[Dance Version] T-ara – Bo Peep Bo Peep

The Korean video is better.

South Korea possibly attacked again as islanders evacuate

Just a few hours ago, explosions were heard at Yeonpyeong Island, journalist were ordered away. Is this a second wave of artillery?

Meanwhile North Korea calls for state of ultra-emergency:

North says Korean Peninsula in state of ‘ultra-emergency’

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Yonhap) — North Korea said Sunday that the Korean Peninsula is now in a state of “ultra-emergency,” as South Korea and the United States began massive naval drills south of the Yellow Sea border in a show of force against the North.

In a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, the National Peace Committee of Korea, a propaganda organ of the North, denounced the joint exercise as an attempt to trigger a war against the communist nation. (Source: Yonhap)

It appears today South Korea might be under attack again:

(LEAD) S. Korea evacuates islanders on signs of N. Korean shelling

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s military ordered civilians on Yeonpyeong Island to evacuate to shelters, military officials here said Sunday, as signs of North Korea’s artillery firing were spotted.

“The emergency evacuation order was issued as of 11:18 a.m.,” a military official at the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. “The military was also put on high alert.”

Signs of North Korean provocations were spotted as sounds of artillery fire were heard, the official said.

The South Korean island was shelled by North Korea on Tuesday. Two marines and two civilians were killed in the North’s artillery attack. Most of some 1,700 civilian residents on the island have already left the island, but some 20 residents are still there.

The emergency evacuation order came as Seoul and Washington started large-scale naval drills in a show of force against North Korean aggression. (Source: Yonhap)

South Korea and USA recently began war exercises at the Yellow Sea border. It has been speculated that this may provoke further action from North Korea which China warned against.

Watch what you retweet

You think you can just retweet something and get away with it? Well, actually you probably can. BUT not in China.

CHINESE WOMAN SENTENCED TO A YEAR IN LABOUR CAMP OVER TWEET

Cheng disappeared ten days later, on what was to be her wedding day, her whereabouts unknown until it emerged this week that she had been detained and sentenced by local police.

“Sentencing someone to a year in a labour camp, without trial, for simply repeating another person’s clearly satirical observation on Twitter demonstrates the level of China’s repression of online expression” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Director for the Asia-Pacific.

The offending tweet was originally posted by Cheng’s fiancé Hua Chunhui, mocking China’s young nationalist demonstrators who had smashed Japanese products in protest over a maritime incident between China and Japan involving the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku islands.

Hua’s original tweet said “Anti-Japanese demonstrations, smashing Japanese products, that was all done years ago by Guo Quan [an activist and expert on the Nanjing Massacre]. It’s no new trick. If you really wanted to kick it up a notch, you’d immediately fly to Shanghai to smash the Japanese Expo pavilion.” [Source: amnesty.org

The poor lady has been sentence to “re-education through labor.” An additional note is Twitter is blocked in China and the only way a Chinese can tweet is to go through a VPN.

An unrelated note: Chinese is a really compact written language. In 140 characters you write a sentence in English, but in Chinese you can write a short paragraph on your day.