Friday Links

This week’s roundup of interesting writing on China, Australia and/or international relations looks at the regions of Tibet and Hong Kong, Australia’s position if war broke out between China and Japan and the USA, China’s lack of a TV and movie rating system and the Asian Cup (of course). Enjoy.

  • http://www.economist.com/news/china/21639555-uighurs-and-tibetans-feel-left-out-chinas-economic-boom-ethnic-discrimination-not – A fine piece by the Economist, which outlines the friction between Tibetans and Uighurs and Han Chinese. It points out how discrimination and different languages result in Tibetans and Uighurs being literally at the fringes of China, with these groups disproportionately staying in their small farms and towns, instead of migrating to work in China’s prosperous cities
  • http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2015/01/15/377385854/american-film-on-a-tibetan-migrant-finds-unlikely-success-in-china – A fascinating article on a breakthrough film that shows how a Tibetan woman lives in Beijing. This honest and bracing film has surprisingly received widespread attention in China, with the film garnering generally positive responses. The creator of the film attributes its success to the documentary’s adoption of a ‘human perspective’ that has consciously veered away from political terms (such as ‘human rights’) and especially political content. Yet still the film seems to be opening the eyes of Han Chinese to actual experience minorities in China, without significantly downplaying their hardships
  • http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com//2015/01/14/after-criticism-from-hong-kongs-leader-a-publication-raises-its-print-run/ – A student in Hong Kong wrote an attention-grabbing piece in a student magazine, and remarkably the Chief Executive of Hong Kong felt the need to rebuke the article and warn against its content (which sure enough produced the Streisand effect, whereby the magazine sold a lot more copies than it otherwise would have). The article included content contending: ‘that as long as there is a collective will, a community should have the right to determine its future, with possibilities including — but not limited to — independence. His arguments include the fact that Hong Kong residents increasingly identify themselves as “Hong Kong people,” rather than as “Chinese.” ‘
  • http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/1/12/china/dont-rule-out-war-china – A piece written in response to the recent survey on Australian attitudes to a hypothetical conflict between China and Japan and the USA, and what Australia’s response should be. The piece contends that Australia should maintain ‘strategic ambiguity’, because ‘by taking a strategically ambiguous stance, Canberra would chasten Beijing’s territorial ambitions by leaving doubts in the mind of the Chinese leadership as to whether key regional powers like Australia will tolerate aggressive tactics. Strategic ambiguity would also moderate a US-supported Japanese response by making it clear that an Australian military contribution is not assured. ‘
  • http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/media/culture-has-not-yet-been-rated – A brilliant article on China’s lack of a rating system, and how it effects Chinese society. Touches on how the absence of rating system likely hurts the quality of Chinese movies and TV. It also looks at the cynical perspective that has been behind the decision for China to not adopt a rating system. Definitely worth reading
  • http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-13/australia-to-trade-in-on-asian-cup-fever/6014644 – A good overview of the Asian Cup from the early stages. Details the millions that could be added to the Australian economy from a successful tournament, and in particular a tournament features a successful run by China’s national football team
  • http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/football/asian-cup-china-tunes-into-australias-tournament/story-fn63e0vj-1227187694918 – Makes clear the interesting Chinese perspectives on China’s national football team, and why the team’s winning Asian Cup start is so surprising, and why Chinese in increasingly large numbers are now getting behind the team
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