洪晃:旅行的意义

新浪财经

旅行,对于城市里忙忙碌碌的人来说无疑是一种拯救。我们在旅行中放逐自我,汲取灵感,再回到原来的城市,大概就能干劲十足,这和充电是一个道理。

每次出行,我们都要买一堆的参考旅行书,按图索骥,寻找这个城市里最有特点的餐厅、咖啡馆、书店、画廊,所以旅行书对我们来说尤其的重要,它浓缩的是一个城市的历史和文化。恰巧,洲际酒店找到我们,希望做一系列城市的City Guide,整个编辑部几乎倾巢出动,开始了我们与洲际酒店合作的旅行书。 Click here to read more »

Tibetans Cry Out for Haven From China in Dozens of Self-Immolations

The Daily Beast

By Paul Mooney

Since 2009 more than 50 people—two more just this week—have set themselves on fire to protest Beijing’s harsh rule. Can the world stop more?

The two teenage Tibetans, a monk and a layperson, walked past the eastern gate of the Kirti monastery on Aug. 27, their bodies engulfed in flames as they toppled to the ground. Chinese security forces raced over with fire extinguishers. They carried them to a nearby hospital, where they are believed to have died soon after. Click here to read more »

La vraie Chine nouvelle

Mensuel n°523

par Aliocha Wald Lasowski

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Chinese Government Institutionalizes People Against Their Will: Chinese Human-Rights Defenders

The Daily Beast

By Paul Mooney

 

Every year, thousands of healthy Chinese are forcibly locked up and ‘treated’ in mental institutions, according to a new report by the Chinese Human Rights Defenders.

 

Prominent human-rights lawyer Jin Guanghong was walking down a street in Beijing one day in April 2011 when he was grabbed by several unidentified men, who threw a black hood over his head and stuffed him into the back of a car. The men, believed to be national security officers, later placed him in a psychiatric hospital where doctors tied him up, force-fed him medicine and gave him unknown injections, all against his will. When he was released about 10 days later, he had no idea about what exactly had happened to him during the frightening ordeal.

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After the Olympics Left

As London adjusts after the close of the 2012 Olympics writers including A Yi, Santiago Roncagilolo and Masha Gessen, reflect on how their cities have changed – for better and for worse – since hosting the Games.

A Yi

Beijing, 2008

I rented a house in an old block of flats, and you could see Dawang Road from the window. Any minute of any hour, any time whether it was night or day, there were cars racing to and fro on the road. The cars appeared in my dreams like two columns of bullets shooting at each other. I slept very badly. One day, I opened my door to a bunch of guys who wanted to come in. A short while later they had taken down all the old windows in the house and replaced them with brand-new ones made from an aluminum alloy. I didn’t have to pay for the work and neither did my landlord; even today I’m not aware of who did. By the time the Beijing Olympics came, if the people in those cars on Dawang Road happened to look up, they wouldn’t have seen any old buildings. Ever since we hosted the Olympics, the sky has often turned very blue and even today it’s still very blue, whereas before the Olympics, leaving the house was sometimes akin to taking a swim in a melancholy ocean of grey.

Translated by Alice Xin Liu.

Note: Dawang Road is a centrally located and commercial area in Beijing.

http://www.granta.com/New-Writing/After-the-Olympics-Left

ChinaFile: Mao’s Way or the Paris Runway?

By HUANG HUNG

There are two ways to brand in China for Chinese fashion labels.

One is to go abroad — as the Chinese say, the flower smells better beyond the walls; sort of our way of saying the grass is greener on the other side. Designers believe that international acceptance will bring them recognition in the domestic market. Following this strategy is Marsha Ma, who is now permanently part of the Paris Fashion Week calendar. Following in Marsha’s foot steps, designer Vega Wang will be showing in Milan in September.

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