We didn’t send out our weekly digest last week. So, consider this one a double issue. In case you missed them in your Facebook or Twitter feeds, here are articles we linked to in the past two weeks.
- Alibaba founder Jack Ma was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Among some pretty good quotables is his recognition of women’s contribution to his company’s workforce. Women make up 47% of the workforce, 33% of management, and 24% of senior management.
- Meanwhile, Alibaba mimics Amazon and gets into the film production business.
- The Chinese government has upgraded the Great Firewall of China and is beginning to block VPN services that allow people in China to access banned sites such as Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter. If you are looking for a new VPN to access these sites. You may be asking yourself, is Windscribe safe? We cover this in another article advertising the best VPNs for the job in China. People may worry about using a VPN expecially if they do not know much about it, adding new software to their phone could worry phone users, however, checking with online sites like Indeni can show you about VPNs and and how to troubleshoot them so you can feel safe potentially using one.
- A 24-hour bookstore in Taipei is a weekend nightlife hotspot.
- While artists have initiated a “back-to-the-land” movement, Xi Jinping’s program of sending artists to the countryside to learn the “correct view of art” echoes the Cultural Revolution.
- The Chinese government has made it easier for registered environmental groups to sue polluters.
- Beijing’s art scene looks to the Chinese upper-middle class and foreign tourists as a market.
- One Child, winner of a Student Academy Award and short-listed for an Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary Short, didn’t get a nomination.
- A government official was dared to eat contaminated fruit on CCTV. Simpsons already did it.
- Colorful murals in Kashgar in Xinjiang Province show the local Uighur population what the Chinese government thinks is good and bad behaviors.
- Arts meets neuroscience in an exhibition that raises awareness for China’s 83 million disabled persons.
- The father of pinyin turned 109.
Finally, we had a great time at Salute to Broadway: Movie Sings which showcased performing artists from Taiwan singing and dancing songs that made it big on the stage and on the silver screen. Paul Hsiao has some great photos from the evening . Here are reports in Mandarin from
Image: Sun Xun (?? / ??) – The Time Vivarium (???? / ????) at Sean Kelly Gallery