Saturday, June 16, 2007

shanghai usually has a lot of rains during June and July, and it's called "MeiYu Jijie". here "Yu" means "rain" and "Jijie" means "seanson", what does "Mei" mean?

"Mei" indicates "Yang Mei", i.e. red bayberry. June and July is also the season to enjoy red bayberry.

a friend called me to fetch a basket of red bayberry this afternoon, quite juicy and delicous. in china, one way to keep the fruit is to put them into Baijiu, in this way, the stong taste of the chinese spirit could be softened.

here is the pic of my red bayberries:

posted @ 5:56 PM

within a few hours after the news about the slave labor in Shanxi were released, more than 45,000 comments were made in sina news comment sections, making it the top 3 hottest domestic news items in this country's largest news portal.

the sentiment were mixed with shock, shame and angry and, many commentators questioned who should take account for the crimes. most comments were short and the overall tone of the comment section was wild and violent.

the next morning, comments of the top 3 news items about the slave labor disappeared from the sina news comment section and the comment function for related news are disabled. at the same time, there are other complaints that blog posts concerning the slave labor scandal were deleted by the blog host provider, again, it's sina.

according to the China Digital Times, the chinese government issued a notice to web sites to censor related news and comments. the source of the notice is unverified.

Workers rescued in May from a brick kiln in Linfen, in Shanxi Province, in northern China, in what has become an unfolding labor abuse scandal. (Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)
however, the news and commentaries about slave labor scandal occupied a large part of the front page of many web sites. Douban 9, a blog aggregator service very popular among chinese netizens, offers 3 in-depth commentaries in its front page, while at Kaidi BBS, 21 out of 50 threads are about the slave labor scandal.

with thousands of various online communities and even more emerging in the coming years, it's not likely taht the spread of such "sensitive" news and consequent public opinions could be stopped by censorship. the Sina case probably shows that sites with bigger stakes tend to take a more rigid self-censorship and with a much stronger power of influence, these sites receive more scrutiny from the censors.

posted @ 4:40 PM