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Han Han: Racecar driver, all round bad boy and China’s biggest blogger

Notorious ‘public intellectual’ Han Han talks about his love-hate relationship with Shanghai and being one of Time magazine’s ‘most influential figures’

Dropping out of school at 16, Han Han is not well-educated in traditional Chinese values, but he is one of China’s most influential literary figures, publishing his own magazine and authoring the most popular blog in the country. According to Xinmin.cn, Han’s blog, hosted on the popular portal and forum Sina.com (find it here, Chinese only), has the most clicks in the Chinese-speaking world. Starting in 2003, Han Han added “professional race car driver” to his ever-growing resume when he officially entered the pro circuit racing in a number of Chinese and international events. Han Han was named by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most influential people this year in 2009. Click here to read more »

《金陵十三钗》15岁“谋女郎”抢先出炉 训练艰苦

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据《新快报》报道,在《山楂树之恋》热拍的同时,张艺谋的《金陵十三钗》也在紧张筹备中,并有望于10月在南京开机。目前,南京某学校一位15岁的女生,正在张艺谋的安排下秘密接受相关方面的训练,她将是最新的“谋女郎”。

《金陵十三钗》由旅美作家严歌苓创作,人物众多,主要人物除了十三个风尘女子,还有教堂里的神父和寄宿在教堂里的女孩儿书娟。据称,这位新版“谋女郎”,正是贯穿故事的线索人物“书娟”,她在表演上完全是个新人。

因为故事中的不少对话是英语,这就要求某些角色汉语、英语俱佳。在这种条件下,张艺谋去年底在选演员时,专门去了南京的一所英语院校,最终有四十多个女学生入选,她们饰演的应该是故事中寄宿在教堂里的那群“寄宿女生”。其中有一个,对于故事的发展起到了关键性的作用,在原著小说里她叫书娟。目前,“书娟”已经到北京某艺术院校进行训练,由于这位女孩没有任何表演经验,针对她的训练相当艰苦,据称女孩曾信心崩溃、放声大哭。

http://ent.ifeng.com/movie/news/mainland/detail_2010_05/10/1500474_0.shtml

China Looks Askance at a New Satiric Novel

Gady Epstein

It’s the year 2013: China has emerged triumphant from a second global financial crisis, more confident than ever that the Western model is broken and that its own brand of authoritarian capitalism is superior. Starbucks-Wang Wang cafes (the Seattle company was bought out) are making Chinese-themed drinks popular around the globe. The dollar depreciates 30%, gold skyrockets to $2,000 an ounce and China takes over the world.

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Han Han

The 2010 TIME 100

By Simon Elegant

Best-selling novelist, champion race-car driver, wasp-tongued enfant terrible of China’s literary world — Han Han has been all these things. But the Shanghai native, 27, has vaulted into a unique new role in the past year. In mid-2009, Han became China’s most popular blogger. He doesn’t focus on the mundane details of his daily life or celebrity gossip. Instead, he zeroes in on the ills of contemporary Chinese society, his barbed posts targeting topics from official venality to the failings of a state-produced movie about Confucius.

So far, Han has been adept at negotiating the authorities’ unspoken boundaries on permissible criticism. He is aware of the responsibility that comes with his new prominence. “All of us standing on this stage…should strive to slowly remove those high walls,” he wrote in a recent post in which he discussed government restrictions on the Internet. “Then, when the sun shines in, it will be such a light that no one will ever be able to extinguish it again.”

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Lunch with China’s Mo Yan

By Simon Elegant

Mo Yan ought to be in his element. The 55-year-old Chinese writer (Mo Yan is a pen name, Guan Moye his real one) is in his hometown of Gaomi, Shandong province, a place he has described as the wellspring of his creativity. It’s also the location of most of his vivid, at times brilliant, novels. Local Communist Party officials are honoring the town’s famous son with a lavish lunch, but as the dishes are served — three kinds of fish, oysters, sea cucumber — the author looks increasingly surprised. “I had no idea that Gaomi had a restaurant of such high quality,” he finally blurts, to the amusement of his hosts. Click here to read more »

蘇童:從暴力記憶臨摹現實

HK Economic Journal

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