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18 Leave Home Early to Avoid Traffic Jam

Does anyone know, theoretically speaking, how much fine a Han Chinese has to pay to have a 2nd child? Is it supposed to the same amount for different provinces?

My friend's dad (from Henan) paid a hefty fine for having a second child. However some of my friends coming from a rich province to the south, actually have siblings and their parents were not fined at all. In one case, this particular friend of mine has 3 siblings!
Posted by fujianren at 2008-05-27 17:28:09. More

17 Requirements for Websites Related to Earthquake

Do people know that Dalai's tour of Europe also resulted in monks and nuns (from another sect) to protest against him?


"Almost 400 people gathered in the Ruhr district town of Bochum to protest against the Dalai Lama’s continued religious discrimination against Shugden practitioners, and his abuse of human rights.

It was a truly international demonstration with protesters coming from Germany, Britain, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Canada, and even Australia."

Ironical, isn't it? There are always 2 sides to a coin....
Posted by fujianren at 2008-05-22 23:41:20. More

16 Requirements for Websites Related to Earthquake

I understand that the whole thing is a national disaster and thousands have lost their love ones in such a tragic event.

It is meanfingful for everyone to come together for a FULL DAY to mourn for the dead. However,3 days seem a bit long to me. If all the media keeps playing the same tune, people tend to be desensitized easily. A prolonged mournful period may actually be less effective, causing fewer people to reflect.

Posted by fujianren at 2008-05-22 02:31:05. More

15 Friends Started to Boycott French Products


Hi there, you are mentioned in a BBC article http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7347821.stm

I am not sure if you are able to read this article in Shanghai, so I am producing it here....



China online: Tibet and torch reaction
Over the past few weeks Chinese bloggers and people on internet forums have been reacting to events in Tibet and the protests disrupting the torch relay.

This is a summary of some of the trends so far.


Blogs, internet forums and text messages circulating in China have urged consumers to boycott French goods in response to the protests that accompanied the torch relay in Paris.

Popular anger at chaotic scenes which saw pro-Tibet protesters grab the flame from Paralympic fencer Jin Jing has been inflamed by detailed accounts posted on the internet by eyewitnesses.

The blog EastSouthWestNorth translated the most notable of these posts from popular Chinese internet forums and newspapers.

One bystander waiting by the Seine for the torch to pass found himself involved in the scuffle for the torch. He recounted his experience on popular Chinese-language forum Tianya.

"The brave girl lowered her head and used her back to shield the torch. The thug pulled her shoulder back and hit her... Tears rained out of my eyes. I was sad and angry. Here was an unarmed girl who was handicapped, and the thug had to hit her?"

The anger and the bewilderment at the actions of the protesters is palpable in one of the response posts: "Who is abusing human rights? Who is bringing violence to this world?"

Lists of products and brands to boycott, including Louis Vuitton and French retailer Carrefour, have been widely circulated.

Blogger Wang Jian Shuo says several of his friends have started to boycott French products and describes the impact of recent events on his own thinking: "If you need an example, I am the person in China who were turned from pro-France to anti-France within few days. .. I don't think France is a friendly country at all."


The latest ditty to catch the imagination of the Chinese blogs and chatrooms is "Don't be too CNN" - a musical retort to the perceived bias of western media outlets such as CNN and the BBC.

"Don't be too CNN", broadly intended to mean "don't ignore the truth", has a music video which has been posted on many blogs and forums in China. The lyric has assumed the status of a cult catchphrase.

There are at least two versions of the song circulating. One version features a young woman singing about CNN's coverage of events in Tibet with screen grabs from the CNN website.

Another is set to the tune of Britney Spears' 1998 hit, Baby One More Time, and denounces both CNN and the BBC. In one scene from the video for that version the emblems of both organisations are emblazoned on a woman's buttocks.

One of the biggest Chinese language online portal sites, Sina.com, has a popular page: "Don't be too CNN, fire to the Western media."


John Kennedy, who translates and collates highlights from the Chinese blogosphere for Global Voices, has highlighted instances where the online community has targeted certain individuals - and even taken its opposition offline.

He cites the example of Grace Wang, a Chinese student at Duke University in the US, who was spotted by other overseas Chinese taking part in a Free Tibet protest, which led to what he describes as "torrents of horrid abuse and at least one lengthy human flesh search engine witch hunt" which began on the Chinese language online portal Tianya.

The EastSouthWestNorth blog talks about "human flesh search engines" as a phenomenon where an online community is mobilised to track down specific individuals or facts.

In this case a friend of the student concerned has written to Global Voices to say that the harassment was so serious that the student's home in China was attacked with rocks.

An internet manhunt - complete with "Wanted" posters - for the man who allegedly wrestled the torch from Paralympic athlete Jin Jing has also been launched on the Chinese language anti-CNN site.

The media monitoring blog Danwei highlights the case of Chang Ping, a journalist and blogger who was labelled as a traitor on China.com forums - criticism which also made its way to the newspapers.

Chang Ping was attacked for his essay "How to find the truth about Lhasa" in which he says: "If we use nationalism as the weapon to resist the Westerners, then how can we persuade the ethnic minorities to abandon their nationalism and join the mainstream nation-building?"


The disillusionment and outrage in China at the torch protests and the perceived bias of the western media is evident across countless blogs and bulletin boards.

Many commentators have said that the protests over Tibet have only served to strengthen Chinese nationalism rather than evoke sympathy for the Tibetan cause.

Sina.com has a petition against the Western media which has reportedly accumulated millions of signatures. Chinese language bulletin board Tiexue (Iron blood) has also hosted outpourings of anger.

In her blog RConversation, Rebecca McKinnon co-founder of Global Voices Online and assistant professor at Hong Kong University's journalism centre, says: "Lots of Chinese people now view the Western media, human rights groups, and Western leaders' criticisms of their country as part of the Racist Western Conspiracy to Stop China From Being Successful."

She also points to the blog by an expatriate in China, Mutant Palm, who has been watching and commenting on the fallout from Tibet and torch protests online.

He tracked initial reaction to events in Tibet on Chinese versions of mobile phone social networks such as Fanfou. He argued in one early post that people should try and engage directly with Chinese "netizens" on networks such as Fanfou and Twitter in the spirit of constructive dialogue.

"Its time to start trying some things instead of just throwing our hands in the air and dismissing the other side as brainwashed, indoctrinated or oppressed. There's life out there folks, try making contact," he says.

Posted by fujianren at 2008-04-18 22:32:20. More

14 Bird view of Shanghai on Flight

你好。应该是 Bird‘s Eye View 呗?
Posted by fujianren at 2008-03-30 18:11:38. More

13 Snowing in SJTU (with Kijiji Logo)

When I looked at the 1st pic, I thought that it was taken in Russia.... Maybe it is the Soviet-looking buildings.
Posted by fujianren at 2008-01-30 01:44:08. More

12 Assembly - Great War Movie from China

I recommend the movie, 鬼子来了, by the excellent director Jiang Wen. Not sure if you have seen it, but it is really good =)

Posted by fujianren at 2007-12-31 02:33:49. More

11 Burma and my Ignorance



http://www. smh.com.au/articles/2007/09/30/1191090945019 .html
Posted by fujianren at 2007-10-08 19:19:32. More

10 Burma and my Ignorance


Your analogies, despite being scatological, often has powerful imageries. And funny too.... :-)
Posted by fujianren at 2007-10-06 00:34:41. More

9 Some Thoughts about War and History


Red China is eager to invade Taiwan? Excuse me. Taiwan is an inseparable part of China, OK?!

Currently, one side is PRC the other side is RoC. PRC currently represents CHINA in UN. PRC+ROC=CHINA (Now a lot of people possibly will not agree with what I say abt the existing ROC part, but I am simply stating the reality...)
Posted by Fujianren at 2007-10-03 05:06:34. More

8 One Year to Beijing Olympics

To AussiePB,

Thanks a lot! I have been to Australia (Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne...) several times and the people there are really very friendly. The natural scenery is also spectacular.

Had a superb time there!
Posted by Fujianren at 2007-09-24 20:26:03. More

7 One Year to Beijing Olympics

To AussiePB,

I am quite interested in your view of Pauline Hanson. I was rather young at that time (15 year ago!) when I heard about her. My impression at that time was that she was unfriendly towards migrants who are non-white and non-English speaking. The media in my country did portray her in a less positive light.

I thought she made headlines in her campaign with her opposition to Asian immigration and aboriginal rights?

Posted by Fujianren at 2007-09-24 04:56:56. More

6 Name of the Baby - Part II

I generally agree with the rest of the people that some of the names are rather Taiwanese and a bit feminine, or the very least, lacks punch. What about 王硕豪?
Posted by fujianren at 2007-06-13 01:00:42. More

5 Areas to Visit in Shanghai

The Shanghai museum at Nanjing Road is very good too!
Posted by fujianren at 2007-04-29 02:35:39. More

4 How to Get to Xiamen

Noorfariah Jaafar:

I refer you to the following site that tells you more of Quanzhou. It is a city to the north of Xiamen, in the province of Fujian. From Xiamen, you can take a long-distance bus there which takes about 2 hours.


This site also mentions the Qingjing mosque. The Chinese Moslems looking after the mosque do not speak English at all. You probably need to get a Chinese tour guide. The place is not very big.
Posted by Fujianren at 2007-04-22 19:55:44. More

3 How to Get to Xiamen

Noorfariah Jaafar: You might want to go to Quanzhou that is reasonable close to Xiamen. It was a very busy port-city in the past, and there were a lot of merchants from all over the world. There is a very ancient mosque in the city center that is among the oldest mosque in China. There was a sizeable Moslem population in Quanzhou before. The mosque,Qingjing mosque, is located on Tushan Street. Built in 1009, it's design is said to be based on a mosque in Damascus, Syria. The entrance gate is the most well-preserved part of the compound. It is 20 metres high and in the centre of the vaulted ceiling is an architectural design called a "caisson".
Posted by Fujianren at 2007-04-21 02:56:06. More

2 How to Get to Xiamen

Sorry I forgot to add that it arrives in Beijing 07:00 on the 3rd day
Posted by Fujianren at 2007-04-21 00:17:35. More

1 How to Get to Xiamen

There is a train from Xiamen to Beijing. Leaves Xiamen at 21:08 (the departure time may have changed by now.... I took it last year) and Arrives in Beijing 07:00. Soft Sleeper is about 600 RMB or more. Train is K305/K308
Posted by Fujianren at 2007-04-21 00:15:58. More