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Snow Your Limits: Beijing's First Snow of the Year Arrives During Cold Warning; 2mm Causes Transport Chaos:

Beijing's first official snowfall of this year finally arrived yesterday, bringing with it the coldest temperatures of this winter.

Beginning yesterday at 7pm, the city received an average 0.1 millimeters of snowfall with its northwest receiving the highest average at 0.5 millimeters, while Mentougou received the most at 1.9 millimeters.

This year's snowfall arrives 53 days after the expected date of Nov 29, the average first snowfall according to records from 1981 to 2010. As late as it is, the delayed snowfall doesn't come close to the latest snowfall in Beijing recorded history, which happened on Feb 11, 1984, nor to the late snowfall of 2011 that landed on Feb 10.

With the last instance of precipitation occurring on Oct 29 of last year, Sunday's snowfall also marked the end of the city's 90-day-long dry spell. Although residents may feel especially particularly chapped and parched this winter, this year's arid conditions still fall short of Beijing's 114-day-long dry spell in 1971, or the 108-day precipitation-free winter that occurred just seven years ago.

Despite having received the barest minimum amount of precipitation to officially qualify it as a "snowfall," the snow has wreaked chaos for Beijing's transportation systems.

Massive lineups have appeared at Beijing South Station after the snow caused the cancellation of multiple trains. Elsewhere, the snow shut down city bus lines and eight city highways. Meanwhile, reports are now saying Beijing's Fangshan District has received 10 centimeters of snowfall. 

The city received a light dusting of snow earlier this month, but the accumulation wasn't enough to register as an "official" snowfall. However, both snowfalls were accompanied by cold snaps, and yesterday's brought the coldest temperatures so far this year.

In advance of the snow, Beijing local weather advisory issued a cold temperature warning on Saturday that begins today (Jan 22) and lasts until Wednesday (Jan 24). For these couple of days, daytime high temperatures are only expected to peak at 0 to -4 degrees Celsius while nighttime lows will fall to -8 to -12 degrees Celsius.

Having been deprived of snow, local residents took to social media online to share photographs of the snowfall, often writing the words "it's snowing" and "first snow" upon snow-covered vehicles:

Some Beijing residents immediately jumped at the chance to show off whatever meager snowfall they received, a far cry from the picturesque shots of 2016 or even last year:

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Images: BJ News (2), Weibo

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How WeChat Became the First Chinese App Entered into a Museum Collection:

This post comes courtesy of our content partners at TechNode.

A version of WeChat has been acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London to be preserved in perpetuity. This is the first time a social messaging app has been entered into a museum collection. While it may seem an unusual artifact, the app does meet the same criteria used for any item under consideration.

We visited the V&A and spoke to the curators who worked on the acquisition about why WeChat and how they managed it. The idea to add the app came from V&A staff working on the V&A’s gallery within China’s first design museum – the Sea World Culture and Arts Center in Shekou, Shenzhen – seeing first hand the impact WeChat had on users’ daily lives.

Two and a half years later, in summer 2017, after working with Tencent and museum decision-makers, the release form that completed WeChat’s entry into the archives was finally signed. Two and a half years is a long time in the history of WeChat. Think back to 2015 and 2016 (it was a 2016 version that would be frozen and given to the museum) and many of WeChat’s pioneering features such as voice messaging, stickers, apps-within-an-app had still to be copied by other social apps – WeChat was way ahead of the rest.

The case for acquisition

“WeChat was a forerunner in design innovation in non-textual communication,” explained Corinna Gardner, the V&A’s senior curator of Design and Digital. “It’s an innovator in what we take for granted … WeChat fundamentally changed the way people do things and even its developers at Tencent were amazed at their own power to change regular bodily motions [of lifting one’s phone to one’s mouth to record a voice message],” said Brendan Cormier, lead curator of 20th and 21st-century design for the Shekou Project.

The museum staff noticed the huge rate of adoption and impact on daily life and working life that WeChat had in China, making it the “nerve center of daily life,” according to Gardner. China itself was part of the reasoning. “With its early adoption and an advanced society which is mobile first, WeChat became part of our overall understanding of the use of social media,” said Gardner. “In this respect, WeChat is singular.”

Observing how it had become indispensable to daily life for so many people and its significance as a prime of example of a snapshot of the use of social media in general, the curators had two tasks ahead of them: making a case for its acquisition to the museum and actually acquiring the software in a relevant way.

Context for the collection

When it comes to putting something in a museum for future generations to be able to observe and understand, context is king. “Digital is a new arena where user experience is an integral part of an object. How do you give that object language that is useful in cataloging?” said Gardner on how to create a case for an acquisition, “You have to be able to find ways to monitor an object and the ways you interact with it. The worst is when objects in the collection don’t speak, there’s no context.”

And so the team decided to make a video of people using the app in daily life and simulation of the functions as seen in the app layout. This would capture the app’s usage and therefore its context. “Video enables access to experience the object post-fact,” said Gardner.

The video became part of the gallery display and it is that which you see playing on a Samsung smartphone screen, partly because having WeChat open for visitors to see or use wouldn’t explain it as well as the video context, explained Gardner.

Tricky acquisition and fake profiles

But the team still had to try to get the app itself into the collection. They made contact with the WeChat design department in Guangzhou. WeChat staff were eager to help but also not sure how the app could be handed over in a way that could be preserved: WeChat functionality is based on connection to servers and having contacts to communicate with. There are also privacy issues around storing users’ content and data.

It was the WeChat team who came up with the solution: the closed-off demo version of the app used for getting approvals from Apple. This version does not need to be connected to servers. The V&A asked for the equivalent Android APK which was loaded onto a phone bought specially. And so version 6.5.10 of WeChat sitting on that phone, with a backup of the APK on the museum’s servers for uploading to future devices or emulators, became the acquired object.

But with a few tweaks first. WeChat staff created a fictitious WeChat user called “Star” and came up with a profile, contacts and made up moments. Her invented exploits will be visible to museum-goers forever.

“We had to offline the version,” said Cormier, “You can type on it and post photos, but they don’t get sent.”

Frozen future

The world’s first museum acquisition of a social media app should have been a big moment, and probably would have been had the V&A acquired the likes of Facebook for the collection, said Cormier, “But because it was WeChat we got a lot of shrugs as people don’t know it.” There may be an obligation to now acquire more apps for the collection. Subsequent editions of WeChat may be added to the V&A’s collection in future, possibly in 10-year intervals, but these would be standalone versions and not replacements.

Apps may seem an odd addition to a museum collection, but other similar objects have also been acquired. The MoMA acquired the “@” symbol in 2010 and the US Library of Congress had been collecting every single public tweet from its inception in 2006. Although the library realized last year that it would have to start being more selective as of Jan 1, 2018 due to space limitations and the increased multimedia aspect of Twitter - one of the many difficulties facing curators of the digital age. 

The V&A is collaborating once again with Tencent for a video game exhibition that will be on show in London in September 2018.

Photos: Victoria & Albert Museum, TechNode

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Squid Ink and Sous-Vide Risottos Among Highlights at South-End Hidden Gem Andy's:

If you live far from Beijing dining hotspots like Sanlitun, Gulou, and the CBD, there’s no need to fret. Slowly but surely, high-quality, creative eateries are popping in various neighborhoods that had once been dismissed as barren or, at best, beset by bland chains and mom and pop spots of wildly varying quality.

Last year we tried a delicious gourmet burger at The Granary way out past Sihui, while Max’s Pizza has been serving up surprisingly wholesome slices way out at the opposite end of town. Better still: Antoine Mansuy’s Roots restaurant, which brings some of the city’s best organic gourmet fare to those residing in Beijing’s southern tip of Yizhuang.

And now another impressive recently opened restaurant has broken ground in an untapped southern locale. Simply titled after the owner himself, Andy’s is a chic eatery that features Italian eats like Napoli-style pizza with subtle, minimalist toppings, and a soft crust. Those pies (ranging in price from RMB 78-128) may not beat what's served at top-notch Beijing joints like Bottega, but it was on par with (and reminded us a bit) of those served at sturdy old favorite like La Rucola (sadly recently forced to close but will hopefully soon reopen).

And while we liked the pizza well enough, we were all the more impressed by the pastas and risottos at Andy’s, which featured more creative ingredient combinations. Highlights included the RMB 78 Andy’s seafood risotto, which came with a unique dousing of squid ink on the rice that tingled with its salty and bitter qualities (avoid during business lunches as it's likely to leave you with a temporary black-stained mouth).

Outside the seafood devotee niche, the truffle risotto with sous vide beef (RMB 88) should have a wider appeal, along with enough creativity to rival its squid ink slathered counterpart. More conventional seafood options than the risotto include the cuttlefish sauce noodle pasta (RMB 68), and the spicy seafood linguine with fresh basil (RMB 78) which isn’t as hot as its name implies, but otherwise lives up to that moniker thanks to its huge chunks of salty squid.

Our favorite dish of the bunch, however, was the sweet potato cream and pumpkin soup (RMB 58), which amounted to a culinary warm hug, thanks to its sweet flavor, smooth texture, and overall wholesomeness. Best of all: the waiter’s pouring of the soup over the foamy sweet potato cream and crunchy wafer gave this satisfying but somewhat standard dish an unexpected touch of elegance.

The décor, meanwhile, might be a bit too posh for anyone who prefers laid-back digs. Yet the somewhat upscale yet casual atmosphere works well for a date night or a girl’s night out (the latter seeming to be a strong selling point, as the management told us they're planning some ladies night discounts soon).

Andy's provides a pretty solid spot in Baiziwan for Western grub for anyone who is looking past chain restaurants or unwilling to hoof it all the way to Beijing's more central, saturated neighborhoods. It also marks another strong step towards proprietors daring to offer decent grub outside of Beijing's comfort zone.

Daily, 9.30am-midnight. Bldg 1-09, 405 Baiziwan Dong Li (near Baiziwan subway station on Line 7) (8721 2238; 186 1028 2804)

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Beijing's Best Events That Won't Leave You Hungover, Jan 22-26:

Our Events Watch series aims to highlight happenings that aren't focused on alcohol and drinking, but instead take a more educational or productive approach. Events include comedy, talks, networking events, markets, and dinners.

Monday, Jan 22

The Role of Film in a World Dominated by Social Media: A Canadian Perspective
This talk The Bookworm will explore what the role of film has in a society teeming with direct and instant access to screens. Why is film still important and does it hold the same weight as it has over the past century? The discussion will be led by directors Kevan Funk (pictured above), Andrew Cividino, Nettie Wild, and producer Fraser Ash. RMB 50. 7.30pm. The Bookworm

​​​​​​Tuesday, Jan 23

Jordan Darling
Said to be influenced by  The Cardigans, Rilo Kiley, and Imogen Heap, US indie singer-songwriter Jordan Darling's gig won't leave you hungover this Tuesday but is likely to leave you woozy with her heartfelt folk songs full of feeling. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 9pm. DDC

Wednesday, Jan 24

Le Green Lab: Making Zero Waste Convenient
Join The Bulk House at Le French Lab for the first installment of their new series, Le Green Lab. The Bulk House founders will discuss how they became involved with the zero waste lifestyle, which is gradually making inroads into China with its promise of environmentally friendly living through the reduction of waste production in day-to-day life. Free (registration necessary). 7.30-9.30pm. CCI France Chine Office

Thursday, Jan 25

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
In these free meetings, you'll find an open and safe space to speak frankly about your relationship with food among people who care. Whether you're concerned about food's role in your life or want to know how to live a healthier lifestyle, head along to Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous to discuss the matter with people who understand. Free. 7-8.30pm. 68 Dongsishitiao

Friday, Jan 26

Himalayan Bowl Therapy
The folks at Yichang Cafe are offering something a little different to your usual Friday party, inviting musician Xu Chang to demonstrate the traditional art of Himalayan bowl therapy to a limited 15 participants. As the organizers state, "This is not a concert, but a deep experience you are sure to remember, as the vibrations from the bowls harmonize with your body and help you attain very rapidly a state of deep meditation and extreme relaxation." RMB 300 (must register before Jan 23). 7.30-9pm. Yichang Cafe

Images: theaumnation.com, courtesy of the organizers

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One Meal Opens with Home-Style Beijing Cuisine at Yintai Center:

In just a few short weeks Chinese Spring Festival will be upon us. Sitting down with family and close friends for a meal is China's preferred way to share the love, especially during the New Year. 

Opened at the end of December, One Meal has a spacious set up perfect for hosting groups of any size across their 800 square meters in the basement of In01, Yintai Center. Walking in, you will see a huge open kitchen full of cooks hustling, and seven modern chicken statues in seven colors. Why chicken? Well, chicken in Chinese pinyin is ji, which sounds the same as lucky ( ji), so it couldn't be more suitable for a traditional family restaurant.

Our meal began with a cold dish platter (RMB 78) featuring marinated bean curds, long kidney beans, pig’s trotters, and intestine; and preserved cherry tomatoes (RMB 28) which were refreshing and appetizing with the addition of preserved plum.

A Chinese traditional meal is not complete without pork and chicken. When the stewed pork with green pepper (RMB 88) was served, we could immediately smell the intense peppery aroma. The pork belly was cooked to perfection, and the pepper wasn’t too hot. If you are up for a heavily flavored dish, try the braised chicken and pork intestines (RMB 138), featuring a large portion of chicken and pork intestines, buried in spicy chilies, there are also typical vegetables such as lettuce, enoki mushrooms, and mu’er for a healthy balance. 

Fish plays the leading role in the family meal during holidays, especially at the Spring Festival dinner, because in Chinese culture, having fish ( yu) every year (年年有余 niannian youyu), literally translates as more than sufficient every year, meaning yo0u will have prosperity in the new year. The yutou paobing (鱼头泡饼), a signature dish here, was a huge sumptuous fish head stew (RMB 108 per 500g), that you dip wheat pancake slices in to sop up the delicious soup with. We were assured that the fish was fresh from Qiandao Lake, instead of the frozen ones often used, and that this made the difference to the dish's flavor.

A meal isn’t complete without Chinese pastries. You can go for rose cakes, ludagun, kidney bean rolls, (RMB 20-28 for six pieces or RMB 38-48 for a dozen), or just order a platter (RMB 68) of mixed ones. We especially loved the rose cakes (玫瑰饼 meigui bing), with their sweet rose filling.

Surprisingly for a new opening, we found the place to be full during our visit on a weekday lunchtime, not only with working bees but also groups of friends. “What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories,” as George Eliot put. You could share the silent moment with your beloved ones while eating delicious traditional Beijing dishes at One Meal. You might not be able to walk when you’re done stretching your belly to extremes, but that's the spirit of holidays, isn't it.

One Meal

Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-9.30pm. B1, In01, Yintai Center, 2 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang District (8517 2808)


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"Mei Wenti, Mes Amis!" Expat's New Multilingual Cookbook Makes French Cuisine Accessible:

Though it's all too easy to assume French cuisine is too elaborate, rich, and heavy for everyday home cooking, Olivia Guinebault is striving to render that misconception moot. The French expat recently published a trilingual cookbook called Cuisine Mei Wenti to help native Chinese and fellow English-speaking foreigners all learn the ways of wholesome, French-style home cooking. Below Guinebault, who has also taught cooking classes in the capital, tells us more about giving a Beijingers a new appreciation of the term bon appetit.

How did you get started with the Cuisine Mei Wenti cookbook?
People always love to ask me: Are you a chef? How did you come to publish a book and open a cooking academy?" The answer is: cooking and multicultural cuisine have always part of my family life. My grandparents lived in Morocco, I was born in the tropical climes of Reunion Island, then lived in France, studied in the United States and was expatriated in China and Spain, which made me very accustomed to traveling, discovering new cultures and sampling world cuisine from a young age. My mother always prepared varied meals for lunch and dinner, using exotic ingredients. Sharing nice meals is customary for my family. It is in my DNA!

What inspired you to write this cookbook?
When I moved to China I realized that French cuisine is appreciated around the world for its sophistication and delicious flavors, but it is often perceived as being expensive and difficult to recreate in our own kitchens.

Debunking the myth that French cuisine is only for experts, I decided to share my passion and started my first cooking classes, teaching Chinese mums and ayis the secrets of healthy, easy-to-make French cuisine.  My goal was to dispel the myth that French cooking is difficult to master and too heavy to eat regularly. I realized how much I love sharing my tips, and I relished the feeling of being useful for these curious students.

Quickly I noticed the desire of my expat friends to have traditional meals made by their ayis at home. They tried to teach them some survival recipes: lasagna, pancakes, vegetable soups, but confessed this was not enough to feed a family. They quickly faced various issues like the language barrier, along with a lack of time or desire to teach these recipes to their ayis. Moreover, they always had dilemmas like: “My ayi cooks well the first time but then it no longer works; she is afraid to take initiative with recipes, so I must give her daily ideas because she does not know how to build a balanced menu; she never takes notes, then forgets what I showed her; she uses too much oil, too much salt, etc."

Having balanced menus is so important for my family, so I kept these discussions in mind, took intensive Mandarin classes and, a few months later, set up a step by step method, focusing on understanding our cultural differences. From there I published the bilingual cookbook inspired by my method and founded Cuisine Meiwenti Academy.

What else makes this book unique?
Teaching people how to cook does not mean just giving them a recipe and showing them the techniques. It requires time, dedication and mainly understanding the cultural references of your trainee. In France, I was lucky to work with a team of Chinese chefs from luxurious hotels in Paris. It helped me understand what their food approach was. Thanks to this experience, I can now understand the common mistakes made by my students and bring them solutions adapted to their way of thinking and to their cultural references. It has been extremely useful, especially in training people who have no cultural references.

A few examples of common questions I worked to address: Why do some ayis cook lasagna and potato puree in the same meal? Because for Chinese, potatoes are considered to be vegetables, compared to foreigners who deem them to be carbs. Or: Why don't they add quantities according to the number of guests? Because in China the more guest you have, the more dishes you prepare. We foreigners adapt the quantity, they adapt the number of courses.

Aside from being a cookbook, this book also serves as a basic guide with helpful tips for beginners like:
    •    Do’s and don’ts
    •    Cultural differences in cooking
    •    How to set up a table
    •    Examples of balanced menus
    •    What are the main ingredients and how to prepare main vegetables
    •    A shopping list

Tell us about the benefits of a multilingual cookbook.
The initial idea was to make this book for expats, so that they will be able to cook with their ayis. I wanted to not only provide ingredient lists but also working steps are translated exactly in the same order. That way, they can go line by line and follow the recipe together.

The book's shopping list is also bilingual with pictures, which is very helpful if you'd like your ayi to do the shopping. This multilingual version is also useful for Chinese who want to learn English or French through cooking.  Last but not least, I could have made only a Chinese version, but many expats who don't like to cook admit they love the book because the recipes are healthy and easy to prepare.

And what about the look of the cookbook, especially its pictures and design?
Customers have told me they appreciate its practical shape, and how you don’t need to use something heavy to keep one of its pages open while cooking. It is divided into four sections, and each section has its own summary. It also has very nice pictures, which is very useful for Chinese who usually don't know what the dish is supposed to look like. So I think this is the perfect gift for Chinese New Year – not only for your ayi but also a Chinese friend, a colleague, or a client!

To order the Cuisine Mei Wenti Cookbook, search oliviaguinebault on WeChat, email info@cuisinemeiwenti.com or search www.cuisinemeiwenti.com/blog.

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East-End Subway Transfer to Disappear as Metro Line 1 to Merge with Batong Line:

One of Beijing's most inconvenient subway transfers will be a thing of the past as the city announces it will merge subway service on the Beijing Metro Line 1 and the Batong into a single, unified service.

Posted to an official municipal online platform, the report said the merger may become operational as soon as next year.

Although both Line 1 and the Batong line are east-west subway lines that lie on the same path, commuters have had to transfer to the other line at Sihui and Sihui East Station in order to continue their journey.

However, any plans for unifying the two subway lines were stymied by the fundamental differences between the two subway lines.

READ: Beijing Subway Now Staffed With Safety Stewards for Your Own Protection

Built in 2003, the Batong Line was built to help alleviate pressure on the aging Line 1 subway line. However, the age difference between the two lines meant that they had incompatible designs, vehicle configuration, and signal systems.

The Line 1 subway line became operational in 1971 and had been Beijing's busiest subway until the loop on Line 10 was completed in 2013. 

READ: Pack It In: Guomao's Already Massive Subway Crowds Expected to Increase by 50 Percent by 2025

Nonetheless, Line 1 began its march towards modernization in 2015 when its signal system was given a retrofit. And just last year, Line 1 began work that would end its status as one of Beijing's few remaining subway lines without safety barriers on its platforms.

Calls for the Line 1/Batong merger began as far back as 2010 by local lawmakers, but, as no progress was made, problems with overcrowding continued. 

Sihui Station was equipped at one time with platform-mounted "speed barriers" (shown above) that slow down passengers as they enter the occupant-less train. However, the effort wasn't enough for one Beijing commuter who had several of his ribs broken while queuing for the subway in 2015. 

READ: Break a Leg? Beijing Subway Commuter Sues Over Injury

In the future, Beijing's development of its subway system will surpass that of Shanghai, currently the Chinese city with the longest subway.

Construction on the western expansion of Line 6 that will connect it with Line 1 will begin at the end of the year while construction on Line 12 is described as being 86 percent completed, prompting estimates that the northern-located 29.3 kilometer-long subway line will be completed by 2021.

Next year may also see the opening of the 4.45 kilometer-long south extension of Batong Line from its current Tuqiao Station terminus.

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Images: Zhongxin, Guancha

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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow: Chris Verrill of Beijing Playhouse Says Farewell to Beijing:

Not often does an expat come to Beijing who has influenced numerous lives in the way that Chris Verrill did with his founding of the Beijing Playhouse in 2006 and the Charity Readers Theater in 2013. As well as with introducing English language community theater to Beijing, he sparked an interest in many actors and other participants involved in these stage shows that they may have otherwise never knew existed. 

READ: 10 Prominent Beijing Expats That We Said Goodbye to in 2017

Though it is always sad to say goodbye, the good he has done outweighs this sorrow and will hopefully create a new generation of stage show enthusiasts that will continue building this art form with the same vigor and passion as Verrill. We wish him good luck on this new adventure as he brings his Charity Readers Theater to the US. As Shakespeare once wrote, “parting is such sweet sorrow.”

Throughout your time here in Beijing you’ve completed numerous performances. How did you begin working here and what has been the trick to keeping active and helping to develop Beijing’s theater community?
China’s English Broadway theater did 20 shows in 12 years. A total of about 200 performances, I think. For those 12 years, we were the largest locally produced English theater in China. Plus we did about 40 or 50 educational children’s programs. And 100 or 200 drama workshops. I’ve long since lost count. When I got here, Beijing was probably the largest city in the world without a local English language theater. We did the first show as a lark. There was never supposed to be a second show. But the audience loved it and told us, in no uncertain terms, that we were going to do more. And they said they wanted us to start a drama education program to train children, too. At first, I resisted. But the love of theater prevailed. Twelve years is about 11 years longer than I thought we’d last.

Were there any challenges at the beginning?
When we started in 2006, a year before China’s National Center for Performing Arts opened, the Chinese audience didn’t even know what Broadway theater was. The closest thing we could compare it to was Beijing opera. But that wasn’t always helpful. The audience of our first show was 90 percent expat. Twelve years later, the audience of our last show was 90 percent local Chinese. The market had grown wonderfully. 

We know there must be many memorable moments throughout your time here, but what have been some highlights that you would like to share with us?
We had seven paying patrons on the opening night of our first show (plus a dozen or so curious media and other onlookers). But word of mouth spread. By the time that show closed, the 200-seat theater was full.

What are your plans for your upcoming move?
I have no idea what I’m going to do next. I wish I could stay.

Living in Beijing you see a lot of friends come and go. How does it feel to be finally leaving and what are some things that you think you will miss after you make the move? 
I’ll miss the multinational expat community that has an Insta-family feel to it. I’ll miss the resilience and perseverance of the Chinese people. I’ll miss cheap, delicious Chinese food. I’ll miss the family at the corner fruit stand that sells me jasmine green tea every day. 

What’s going to happen to Beijing Playhouse after your departure?
The current crew and teachers and students will continue the education programs. Except the shuttered main stage shows, other aspects of Beijing Playhouse will continue.

What advice do you have for people wanting to get involved in theater in Beijing but don’t know where to start?
The best option is Charity Readers Theatre (CRT). It’s not as big or professional as Beijing Playhouse shows were. But it’s still artistically rewarding. And the audiences have loved the last six shows CRT has done. Of course, the monthly drama club workshops will continue, too. Those are a fun, easy way to learn about theater, have a few beers, and make some new friends all at the same time.

Do you have any parting words for your fans or your extended Beijing family before you take off?
Audition for a Charity Readers Theatre show. If you’ve sometimes had that nagging thought in the back of your brain that you’d like to walk the boards, CRT is a great way to give it a shot. Instead of the three-month rehearsal and performance schedule of a Beijing Playhouse main stage show, Charity Readers Theatre is a show in a week. For an actor, it’s a much easier commitment. A great way to test the waters and get involved. 

This article originally appeared on our sister site beijingkids.

Photos courtesy of Chris Verrill

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"Foreigner" Jailed 15 Days for Failing Beijing Airport Security Check:

A self-proclaimed "foreigner" has been detained for 15 days by Beijing police after she refused to submit for a body search at Beijing International Airport.

Surveillance video shows the unidentified woman had crossed her arms in front of her chest when a security personnel attempted to frisk her at the airport's security checkpoint last Saturday morning, reportedly having told the security personnel, "Don't touch me."

The woman's refusal to submit to a body search led to a argument with security personnel that held up queuing passengers for ten minutes. Upon remarking that her flight would soon be departing, the woman attempted to leave the checkpoint on her own, prompting security personnel to call for police assistence.

As seen by video taken at the scene, the woman then engaged in a verbal confrontation with police, explaining that "Since I was a child, I have never liked anyone to touch my body, whether male or female" and that she had been insulted by security personnel.

In confronting the police, the woman revealed that she was a foreign national and that she had never been disrespected like this outside of China. When the police officer is heard telling her that visitors to China must conform to Chinese law, the woman is heard telling him: "Well, I just won't come back to China again."

But the woman wasn't satisfied to leave it at that, telling the police officer that he was "sick with mental problems" and "inexperienced". When told by the police that she can't go around insulting people, the woman is heard on video saying, "Why not? This is freedom of speech."

Undeterred, the woman used her status as a non-Chinese national against the police officers. "This is what it's like outside China. What are you going to do about it?" said the woman before she dared the police to arrest her. 

Failing to apologize to the police upon request by calling it "degrading", the woman all but incriminated herself on video by saying, "Go ahead and record. I hope all of China sees this video." The theatrics continued as the woman sat down in an airport restaurant, refusing to comply with an oral summons to go to the airport police station.

Having spent so much time arguing, the woman eventually ended up missing her flight and repeatedly requested the intervening police officer compensate her for her ticket. However, the officer ended up having her committed to 15 days of administrative detention for failing to submit to the security check and disturbing public order.

And, as police found out, the unidentified woman did not happen to be a foreign national. Instead, the woman turned out to be a Chinese national living abroad who, after years of living abroad, retained her Mandarin fluency.

Here's a television report of the incident that features airport security surveillance video, police POV video, police interrogation video as well as an interview with a police spokesperson.

More stories from this author here.

E-Mail: charlesliu1 (at) qq (dot) com
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5 Things to Taste, Smell, Touch, Hear, and See This Weekend:

Beijing can be overstimulating, to say the least. Let’s be real: Sometimes even our sixth sense gets a decent workout, the one where you know that stick of chuan'r will get you sick for the next two days (but you gobble it up anyway). With such a wide variety of events, restaurants, and gigs to attend, we suggest bathing each of your five senses in one, if not all, of the nourishing goings-on below.


Jan 19-20: Fondue Weekend at Zarah
Ah, Zarah, so pretty, and yet ... The word on the street about Zarah's food has not been of the greatest praise as of lately, but you can't screw up cheese. We are keeping our hopes up for this cozy spot and heading down to dip bread in pots of melted cheese. The Swiss hotpot may have been more popular dinner party entertainment in the early '00s but with Beijing's hotpot tradition, it could just be the perfect thing for a winter weekend. 6pm. RMB 258 for two. Zarah


Jan 20: Inversions with Justine
What does everything smell like upside down (no relation to the Stranger Things intended)? We wouldn't know because aligning your body into a headstand requires plenty of work, patience, and courage. Yoga Yard have promised to make it easier, giving away tips to trick your body into being less afraid and feeling more in control. Join Justine for a one-day workshop about inversions and how to perfect them. 1-4pm. RMB 380. Yoga Yard


Jan 20: Loreli art market
"Art is expensive and I'll never be able to afford to own anything": this maxim is simply not true as long as Beijingers are blessed with the Loreli crew. Once more, their affordable art market takes over Yue Space. Illustrations, graphics, and photography rub shoulders in the market alongside a few tasty food options. Afterwards, can stick around to check out the bands courtesy of Beijing Underground's  Sweet Winter Music Days fest. Whether you are looking to liven up your white kitchen wall or fill up the shelves, there sure will be something for everyone this Saturday. 2-7pm. Free. Yue Space


Jan 20: Health Talk
Okay, while this is usually some great gig, album, or a festival, this time we say, give the hedonism a break and take care of your health! Even if it is seems sort of alright now, doctor's visits don't come cheap in China so head to this talk instead so you know how to best help your runny noses, sore throats, and other breathing-related organs via a traditional Chinese medicine approach. The great thing about TCM is that even if it doesn't work miracles, it won't ruin your liver or affect your mood, so why not give it a try? 2pm. Free. 16 Liangmahe South Road


Jan 19: The Shape of Water Screening
Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water is true eye-candy. Known mainly for Pan's Labyrinth, the director once more satisfies fantasy and magic lovers who refuse to grow out of fairy tales. The story takes place in Cold War America, where lonely Elisa works in a high-security government laboratory. Her whole life changes when Elisa and her co-worker start suspecting that the laboratory is conducting secret experiments and go to investigate. 8pm. Free. Camera Stylo

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The Best Mandarin Chinese Learning Apps that Really Work!: Learning Chinese has never been more convenient now that everyone carries a smartphone in their pocket. There are a number of Mandarin Chinese learning apps for iPhone and Android out on the market, ranging from simple games and flashcard apps to full-blown language courses with your own virtual tutor. Advantages of using apps and online […] View It.

Woman Makes Daughters Take Care Of Her, Gives Money To Sons: An old woman with two daughters and two sons was recently hospitalized, but only appointed the two married daughters to come and take care of her, and when her bachelor sons came to take care of her she drove them away. The old woman gave all of her property to her older son for him […] View It.

Woman Faces Family Pressure Because Of Poor Boyfriend: A post online has lead to heated debate. A women from Shanghai said that she and her JiangXi boyfriend returned to his village for a festival, but immediately after seeing the food she wanted to break up with him. She expressed that her parents were against her being with an outsider, especially such a poor […] View It.

Pictures of Gold-Covered Bride Draws Internet Attention: Recently a wedding in Guangdong has drawn everyone’s attention. During the wedding, the bride’s entire body was fully covered in gold jewelry. The groom dressed as The Yellow Emperor to welcome his bride. According to the news, the groom gave the bride’s family several million RMB. A netizen responded that even looking at these pictures […] View It.

Accro au Durian: Je vous le disais à la fin de mon dernier article : le Durian c’est en fait délicieux ! On avait déjà testé un morceau de Durian lors de notre premier voyage à Hainan il y a plus de 6 ans… Mais voilà on l’avait acheté au supermarché, il ne devait pas... View It.

Cambodge: Nous sommes donc partis 7 petits jours au Cambodge: nous avons avant tout séjourné dans la ville de Seim Reap à côté des temples d'Angkor. Nous avons passé à peine une journée à Phnom Penh (juste le temps de pouvoir visiter le palais royal). C'est difficile... View It.

Les temples d'Angkor: Bonjour :) Je vous propose sans plus attendre quelques photos de notre voyage au Cambodge: les temples d'Angkor. Je n'ai pas grand chose à dire à part que c'est un endroit manifique, magique... Bref pas évident à partager ce sentiment avec quelques malheureuses... View It.

Saint Valentin: 2 en 1: Hier c'était non seulement la St Valentin, mais aussi d'après le calendrier lunaire 2014: la fête des lanternes... Et qui dit Fête des lanternes (元宵节 yuanxiao jie) dit "yuanxiao" 元宵(汤圆, les boulettes de riz gluant). Et pour moi St Valentin = chocolat!... View It.

Poils aux oreilles: Un petit street style à Shanghai en bas de chez moi :) avec comme pièce phare: la capuche à oreilles de heuh chien/ lapin nain (?). Je dois quand même dire qu'il avait la classe (enfin moi j'aime bien). View It.

Sur la route...: (Merci à Matt pour cette photo !) Bonne année 2014, et bonne année du Cheval! Comme vous l'avez remarqué je ne suis plus très inspirée pour ce blog... Non pas que je vois jamais de choses "marrantes" à Shanghai, j'ai un peu perdu l'habitude de bloguer.... View It.

Grande taille et marketing à la chinoise: Après avoir subit la canicule à Shanghai cette été (on a eu 2 semaines à 40°c et bien 2 semaines à 38°c), on se sent enfin revivre un peu... :) Ceux qui ont eu le courage de se prommener/faire des visites cet été dans nos régions, ont toutes mon admiration.... View It.

Les bestioles: Jusqu'à peu, j'ai toujours essayé de me convaincre que c'était de ma faute: je n'utilisais pas de boites assez hermétiques, ou alors je laissais les graines/céréales dans leur carton d'emballage ou les pates/riz dans leur emballage plastique mal fermé... View It.

Quand mon appartement tombe en ruine...: Aujourd'hui je vous propose un sujet plus léger: rions donc un peu avec l'appartement que nous louons depuis début 2011. (un appartement qui a été refait il y a environ 5 ans) Commençons d'abord avec la cuisine: j'ai eu l'honneur au fil du temps de réparer... View It.

De mauvais goût: Bonjour bonjour, Qui l'eu cru je suis toujours vivante? :) Merci à tous pour vos messages, je suis un peu en manque d'inspiration ces derniers mois... --- Passons à ce qui m'a donné envie de passer un coup de gueule ce soir: Comme régulièrement je faisais... View It.

Quel signal vont donner les derniers contacts de haut niveau entre la Chine et les Etats-Unis ?: Les 18 et 19 décembre, la 23e Commission Conjointe sino-américaine sur le Commerce et les Echanges (CCCE) s'est tenue aux tats-Unis. Il s'agissait là du premier contact important en face à face entre l'administration Obama, sur le point d'entamer son second mandat, et la nouvelle direction collective du Parti Communiste Chinois désignée à la suite du 18e Congrès. Le mécanisme de la CCCE a traversé près de 30 ans d'un parcours extraordinaire, reflétant trois caractéristiques des ... View It.

Mécontentement de la Chine face à l'accusation du Royaume-Uni concernant les droits de l'Homme: La Chine a exprimé mercredi son fort mécontentement après que le ministre britannique des Affaires étrangères Hugo Swire eut déclaré lundi qu'il était profondément préoccupé par la situation des droits de l'Homme au Tibet. "Nous en sommes fortement mécontents et nous nous y opposons fermement", a déclaré la porte-parole du ministère chinois des Affaires étrangères, Hua Chunying. Le Royaume-Uni a formulé une accusation infondée sur des questions concernant le Tibet et s'e ... View It.

Ouverture des négociations commerciales annuelles sino-américaines à Washington: La Chine et les Etats-Unis ont entamé vendredi à Washington leurs négociations commerciales annuelles pour renforcer leurs relations commerciales. Le vice-Premier ministre chinois Wang Qishan, le secrétaire américain par intérim au commerce Rebecca Blank et le représentant américain au Commerce co-président la réunion de la commission mixe du commerce Chine-Etats-Unis. Etablie en1983, la commission mixte est une plateforme permettant à la Chine et aux Etats-Unis de promouvoir le ... View It.

Chine: un rapport sur la lutte anti-corruption propose de restreindre le pouvoir des fonctionnaires: Un rapport sur la lutte contre la corruption en Chine propose de restreindre le pouvoir des fonctionnaires afin de prévenir les mauvaises décisions et les abus de pouvoir. Le Rapport sur la lutte contre la corruption et la promotion de l'intégrité, publié mercredi par l'Académie des sciences sociales de Chine, appelle à l'amélioration du système de déclaration des biens des fonctionnaires et à intensifier les efforts pour identifier ceux qui modifient les règlements locaux afin de ... View It.

Chine: You Quan nommé chef du Parti pour la province du Fujian: You Quan a été nommé secrétaire du Comité du Parti communiste chinois (PCC) pour la province du Fujian, succédant à Sun Chunlan, selon une décision annoncée mercredi par le Comité central du PCC. &$

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Xi Jinping rencontre une délégation du parti Russie unie: Le dirigeant chinois Xi Jinping a rencontré mercredi une délégation du parti Russie unie. La délégation, dirigée par le président du Conseil suprême de Russie unie Boris Gryzlov, est actuellement en visite à Beijing pour participer à la troisième réunion du mécanisme de dialogue entre les partis au pouvoir en Chine et en Russie. M. Xi, secrétaire général du Comité central du Parti communiste chinois (PCC), a salué le bon déroulement de la réunion qui s'est également te ... View It.

Chine: Peng Qinghua nommé chef du PCC pour la région autonome du Guangxi: Le Comité central du Parti communiste chinois (PCC) a annoncé mercredi qu'il avait nommé Peng Qinghua secrétaire du Comité du PCC pour la région autonome du Guangxi. Guo Shengkun, prédécesseur de M. Peng, sera nommé à un autre poste, selon l'annonce. &$

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Un ancien responsable provincial condamné à mort pour corruption: Un ancien responsable provincial de la province du Jiangxi (est) a été condamné à mort avec un sursis de deux ans pour avoir accepté des pots-de-vin, selon le verdict prononcé mercredi par un tribunal local. Le Tribunal populaire intermédiaire de Jiujiang a déclaré en première instance Wu Zhiming, ancien secrétaire général adjoint du gouvernement provincial du Jiangxi, coupable d'avoir accepté des pots-de-vin pour un montant total estimé à 47,32 millions de yuans (7,53 million ... View It.

La Chine déplore le décès d'un sénateur américain: Le ministère chinois des Affaires étrangères a déploré mercredi le décès de Daniel Inouye, ancien président par intérim du Sénat des Etats-Unis. La porte-parole du ministère Hua Chunying a présenté ses condoléances à la famille d'Inouye, indiquant que ce dernier avait soutenu le développement des relations sino-américaines et notamment l'élargissement des échanges entre les organes législatifs des deux pays. M. Inouye, membre du Parti démocrate, est décédé lundi des ... View It.

Qui est le meilleur papa du monde?: C'est le.... Petite photo prise à Canton, spécialement dédicacée à mon papa, à Mike et puis à tous les papas du monde qui le méritent. Bon week end à tous! View It.

Kaiping diaolou 开平雕镂: On a eu la chance de pouvoir visiter les Diaolou de Kaiping (à environ 2h de Canton). Enfin on a eu aussi un peu de malchance: je me suis fait volée mon appareil photo, mes téléphones portables et un peu d'argent... En fait j'ai été vraiment bête: lors... View It.

Liangcheng 凉城: Oups, je me rend compte que je n'ai toujours pas partager les photos de la meilleur partie de notre voyage en Mongolie interne: notre petit séjour à Liangcheng. C'est en regardant la carte de la Mongolie interne et les environs de Hohhot que j'ai "découvert"... View It.

Wang Zhaojun王昭君 et les Xiongnu匈奴: Wang Zhaojun l’une des fameuses 4 plus belles femmes de l’histoire de Chine. Elle est célèbre pour son mariage politique avec un chef Xiongnu (les Huns*) afin de garder la paix entre les Xiongnu et les Han (environ 33 avant JC). * D’après Wikipédia, les... View It.

Sur la route de Liangcheng 凉城: Nous avons aussi passé 2 jours à Liangcheng 凉城 ("ville fraiche"): et j'ai adoré! Cette petite ville se situe à environ 200 km de Hohhot. La route entre Hohhot et Liangcheng est particulièrement pénible à faire car en très mauvais états (beaucoup trop... View It.

希拉穆仁草原 Xilamuren: Je vous mets des photos et j'en profite aussi pour partager quelques infos sur la "steppe" de Mongolie interne où on est allée: Xilamuren 希拉穆仁草原. Avant notre voyage, j'ai recherché sur le net et sur nos différents guides des informations et conseils utiles... View It.

呼和浩特 (Hohhot) Mongolie interne: Enfin j'ai un truc vaguement un peu intéressant à mettre sur mon blog: des photos de notre petit séjour de 5 jours en Mongolie interne. Bon je vous avoue que j'ai été un peu déçue tout de même... Déjà lorsque que notre avion s'est posé sur Hohhot (capitale... View It.

lire la suite sur…: L’empire Weibo View It.

Typhon Haikui: Au fait... un petit message à la suite du typhon Haikui la semaine dernière (notamment pour ma famille): tout va bien ici. Les vents ont été relativement forts, vers mon entreprise pas mal d'arbres ont été déraciné (enfin je ne sais pas si ça a été totalement... View It.

Anatomie d'un bouchon: Une des origines des nombreux bouchons shanghaiens est la "non-patience" et la créativité de certains conducteurs. L'autre jour j'ai même eu le temps de prendre en photo un manifique bouchon proche de l'hopital n°6 de Shanghai. J'ai essayé de délimiter... View It.

L’employé idéal: * Qu’est-ce que l’employé idéal d’après notre entreprise/chef de branche de Shanghai ? (rappel : je travaille pour une entreprise chinoise aux méthodes de management chinoise style paternaliste). Je me faisais dernièrement cette réflexion, et la réponse... View It.

Soleil brûlant: Heureusement qu'il y a des bornes d'icendie pour se rafraichir... :) Photo prise non loin d'où je travaille (avec mon téléphone portable...), au vue de la chaleur (35°c) j'étais tendée de faire la même chose... Je pensais qu'il y avait une fuite au niveau... View It.

DSK: la reconversion: DSK: le roi du poulet? Photo prise au Yunnan (Dali) en 2009, comme on reparle de DSK en ce moment, c'était l'occasion ou jamais de la sortir. Note: Si nous on le surnomme "DSK" à la place de son nom entier, en chinois ça devient "卡恩" (Ka en) View It.

Mon entreprise chinoise: Histoire de fêter le fait que je travaille enfin de manière totalement légale en Chine, je vais déroger à ma règle de ne pas du tout parler de ma vie professionnelle sur mon blog, en évoquant un peu mon entreprise chinoise. (Note: Mon entreprise chinoise... View It.

Aventures "beauxparentales": Bonjour à toi cher lecteur, J’ai préparé un rapport condensé sur le sujet de mes beaux parents, mais j’avoue que ça me désespèrent quand même un peu ... Du coup ça fait déjà quelques jours que j’hésite à poster. Enfin bon mieux vaut en rire, n'est-ce... View It.

Xiamen: dernière partie: Bonjour, Je vous mets quelques dernières photos de notre voyage à Xiamen (après Gulangyu, et les tulou première et deuxième partie)... La vieille ville (vers Zhongshan lu) L'université de Xiamen, juste à côté de la mer... Et ses couples de cygne noir.... View It.

Immolations: Lundi, au monastère de Kirti dans le Sichuan, un jeune moine de 17 ans aurait tenté de s’immoler par le feu. Ce tragique incident rapporté par International Campaign for Tibet serait la cinquième immolation de l’année à Kirti, les quatre … Continuer la lecture View It.

Ecoles Buissonières: C’est la rentrée en Chine également et près de 30 000 écoliers de Pékin risquent de se retrouver devant des grilles fermés le jour de reprendre cahiers et crayons. La plupart sont des enfants de migrants, arrivés à Pékin il … Continuer la lecture View It.

Nuits d’été: Arrive l’été, Pékin se fait sauna, le ciel bleu n’est plus qu’un lointain souvenir, l’air comme plombé par la chaleur est immobile. On rêve d’ailleurs. Mais la nuit est une autre histoire. Une récompense pour avoir supporté le jour. On … Continuer la lecture View It.

Les derniers nomades: « Dans dix ans il n’y aura plus de nomades ici. Bientôt nous allons partir pour le Kazakhstan ». C’était il y a un peu plus d’un an, dans une steppe sableuse sur la route des paysages édéniques du Lac … Continuer la lecture View It.

Mariés et algues vertes: La réalisation des photos de mariage est ici toute une affaire. Les photos ne sont pas seulement destinées à un album que l’on exposera au banquet de mariage, et sortira aux réunions de famille, elles viendront aussi s’accrocher ad vitam … Continuer la lecture View It.

Chongqing Express:   by gilsab   Jeudi dernier, en vol au-dessus du Yangtze. View It.

Le plus dur métier du monde: “Le plus dur métier du monde” c’est ainsi que Feng Caishan se souvient de son travail, il y a  30 ans. Il était alors responsable de l’application de la loi de l’enfant unique à Yicheng une région rurale du Shanxi. … Continuer la lecture View It.

Pékin 24h (4): Dimanche 6h-12h 6h12: Chaque matin, Liu Yonglun se rend au marché de gros à légumes. Lui et sa famille sont arrivés du Henan en 1994. Depuis qu’il est à Pékin, il a vendu des vêtements, tenu une épicerie et maintenant … Continuer la lecture View It.

Pékin 24h (3): Samedi 18h-minuit 20h42 : Cheng Gong : Shen Zijun du groupe Zero One, prie avant le concert. Il est musulman. 20h59 Deng Weimin, « La gare de l’ouest » 21h13 : Di Jinjun, « Week-end de Pâques » 21h40: Di Jinjun, “week-end de Pâques ” 22h14 Cheng … Continuer la lecture View It.

Pékin 24h (2): Samedi 13h-18h 13h45: La foire aux livres par Yuan Yi 13h56 : Pékin à la campagne par Zhang Lijie 14h15 : Le zoo de Pékin par Yan Yibo 14h42 : Le monde à Pékin par Yang  Yuanyuan 15h33 : Les nouveaux Pékinois par Ning … Continuer la lecture View It.

comme une hirondelle – édito libre: REUTERS/PETAR KUJUNDZIC Photo de Liu Xiaobo dans les mains de son épouse, Xia, le 3 octobre 2010.   D’un côté, Liu Xiaobo qui dit à ses géôliers qu’il ne leur en veut pas, qu’il les remercie de l’avoir traité dignement ; … Continuer la lecture View It.

#KimGetOut: C’est l’accueil donné par les Twiteratti chinois (les autres leur ont emboité le pas) au dictateur Nord coréen en visite en Chine sur l’outil de la contestation virale qu’est devenu Twitter. C’est la première fois que l’opinion publique chinoise donne … Continuer la lecture View It.

Feng Zhenghou, alive and twitting: Privé de ses ordinateurs juste avant le début de l’Expo, Feng Zhenghou s’est remis à twitter depuis sa résidence surveillée, dans le quartier de Wujiaochang à Shanghai. Il habite en haut d’un immeuble tout à côté du nouveau complexe Wanda. Une … Continuer la lecture View It.

Les nettoyens chinois demandent des comptes sur la censure: Oui à la censure de l’Internet comme « gouvernance » raisonnable et conforme aux lois chinoises, non à la dictature, réclament en substance les auteurs d’une lettre ouverte à Google et aux ministères chinois concernés en date du 3 mars 2010. Rebecca Mac Kinnon, … Continuer la lecture View It.

Chine : sous la révolution Internet, la démocratie ?: La mention de Wang Dan dans mon billet précédent semble avoir déclenché un coupe-circuit : plus moyen d’accéder à mon blog ces derniers jours. Reprise ci-dessous en copier-coller d’une analyse sur la Révolution Internet dans le Monde du 17 mars.  Chine … Continuer la lecture View It.

La révolution au bout de la souris: Wang Dan, le leader étudiant en exil de Tiananmen, 5 ans de prison à son actif, a lancé avec un petit groupes de dissidents le 12 février 2010, un Manifeste pour la Révolution internet. Il l’a fait depuis Taiwan, où il enseigne pendant un … Continuer la lecture View It.

Avec Bei Feng, tous pour #tanzuoren: Bei Feng, alias Wen Yunchao, avait les yeux rouges hier matin à l’annonce de la nouvelle des 5 ans de prison affligés à Tan Zuoren pour corruption. J’avais rendez vous avec lui dans un Starbucks de Canton pour parler pollution, … Continuer la lecture View It.

Feng Zhenghu, celui que Shanghai remet dans l’avion:   Feng Zhenghu, l’activiste chinois qui campe depuis le 4 novembre juste avant le contrôle des passeports de l’aéroport de Narita, à Tokyo, raconte sur son site internet et via Twitter, son quotidien de réfugié malgré lui. Un fil en anglais sur … Continuer la lecture View It.

Obama met la Chine dans tous ses états: Pendant qu’Obama répondait aux questions de vrais-faux étudiants chinois à Shanghai lundi…    …Hillary Clinton, qui l’an dernier voulait que George W. Bush boycotte la cérémonie des JO, tentait de faire bonne figure, sous la pluie battante, devant le pavillon … Continuer la lecture View It.

Learning from Cuba and Dwight Eisenhower: I think that the Iranian elections should make everybody sit back, take a deep breath, and try to see whether they really understand the dynamics of Iranian politics. View It.

Refuse to Recognize Ahmadinejad's Government: In this case the U.S. would not be supporting terrorist proxies, as Iran does, but supporting a truly popular mass movement. This would be more than legitimate. View It.

Iranians Deserve Our Solidarity: It is not a question of artificially feeding a conflict, but of supporting those in Iran who are ethically attuned to the West. Not to do so would be a shameful moral abdication. View It.

Iranians, You Are Not Alone: At the end of the day, this is a battle that Iranians themselves have to wage. But the world must stand with them and let them know they don't fight alone. View It.

Our Choice in Iran: Silence or Condemnation: Moussavi is not the charismatic leader who can lead a revolution. View It.

Democracy As Usual in Iran: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

OUT OF CONTROL - LET'S MOVE!: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Sarkozy et le Nouvel Obs ou le court terme selon Jancovici: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Une partie du tout de Steve Toltz: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Wanted!: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Sur le chemin de la grande école: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Viatiques: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

La serre sans verre de Ye Zhaoyan: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

SDF: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

The man from London de Béla Tarr: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

A l'ombre des Géants: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Piqûre de rappel: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Mr & Mme LaoZi, restauration à domicile: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Point de vue: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Parole d'homme: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Le temps des icônes: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

A la grande kermesse des maux: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

HOTTER THAN TEPPANYAKI: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

La grande illusion: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

A l'Est rien de nouveau: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Esprit, ouvre-toi!: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Ce que l'homme veut...: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Du mauvais esprit des lois: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Le casse de l'épargne: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

La réconciliation: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

G20 ans et la haine de l'Occident: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.