Summary Digest – 2/23/15

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We hope everybody is enjoying the Chinese New Year!

We changed our the hosting service for our website this past weekend.  Things should run faster, but we’re having trouble with the calendar listing on the right side and with newsletters.  The event calendar is still working.  So, refer to our weekly event post and the event calendar for things that are happening in the city.

Here are some stories you may have missed from our Facebook posts.

  • Apple is shifting production in China to a company that pays a base wage 21% lower than Foxconn and saves Apple 8% overall. We guess a company cannot build on its $178 billion horde of cash by staying with the company that twice raised wages for its workers to improve their lives.
  • Reuters has a great “then and now” photo series that shows specific scenes from Chinese society.
  • ChinaFile looks at why 700 million people watch the CCTV Chinese New Year Gala even though it’s terrible.
  • Lovely Chinese folk song “Beautiful Red Flower” (好花红 / 好花紅) made lovelier on banjos by American banjo power couple Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn (who is no stranger to Chinese culture and music). Visit NPR to read about Washburn’s love for the song.

  • We say this year is the Year of the Yang.
  • This video gives you a sense of how many scooters there are in Taipei. /
  • 23 minutes of select scenes from Mardi Gras: Made in China a film that follows the beads thrown during Mardi Gras revelry in New Orleans back to where they’re made in Fuzhou, China to explore how these disposable, toxic products directly affect the people who make and consume them.
  • So, what’s the deal with foreign stand-up comedians in China?
  • #‎HK50ShadesofGrey‬ tweets are innuendo-filled observations of daily life in Hong Kong. How do you say “Hey, phrasing!” in Cantonese?
  • The ethnographic Made in China Diary by two Swiss industrial designers who spent six months photographing where things are made in China from family manufacturing operations to megafactories looks behind the connotations of “Made in China”
  • Government corruption becomes comedic fodder.
  • Wu Liangyong (吴良镛 / 吳良鏞), one of China’s most esteemed urban planners, is “widely seen as a counterweight to the Communist Party officials who wield almost unchecked power at the local level to redesign cities”. As part of the sway back towards a more traditionalist view of architecture, he looks to scaling back from gargantuan city and building designs to a human scale as a solution to some of China’s problems.
  • A Spring Festival meme that has gone viral humorously recognizes that some people work during the holiday.
  • Upcoming documentary China Remix looks at a burgeoning music culture in African communities in China’s southern cities.

Image: Peace Lion by Jimmy Chang and Mar Shih shown at Cultural Spheres: 2015 International Exhibition Celebrating Diversity of Culture and Creativity.  Photo by Andrew Shiue