ChinaFile: An Antidote to Glam



EDITOR’S NOTE: Huang Hung is a prominent China-based journalist in print, television and digital media. Launching today, ChinaFile is a weekly column she will write for each Wednesday’s WWD and for WWD.COM.

BEIJING — Ever since Louis Vuitton opened its first store in China in 1992, China has been logo mania on steroids. As China is set to become the biggest luxury market this year, a counterculture to bling seems to have gained some headway on the fashion scene here.

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Inside North Korea: The day Kim Jong-il gave me a Rolex

BBC News


As part of North Korea’s propaganda machine, Jang Jin-sung spent his career writing eulogies of Kim Jong-il, before growing disillusioned and fleeing to South Korea in 2004. Here he describes life as a member of the North Korean elite.

I wrote poems for the regime under a pen name, pretending I was a grass-roots poet from the South. I wrote epic poems glorifying Kim Jong-il, which were published in the main newspaper in the North.


I met Kim Jong-il twice. The first time, in 1999, I was overwhelmed and full of emotion. But at the same time I thought the image I had received of him – through brainwashing – was very different to how he appeared in person.

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The Substance of a Winner



HONG KONG — The starting bell rang. The three big men in front of us jumped to their feet, obscuring our view. After a few seconds they took their seats again and we saw my father-in-law’s horse, Able One, in second place, a length or two behind the leader, Flying Blue. Two or three years ago this had been a perfect place for him from which to win. But now, surely this was just a tease.

This was the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s marquee event, International Race Day. The afternoon’s races featured many of the world’s most talented horses, jockeys and trainers. Click here to read more »

Missing Gao Zhisheng


By Paul Mooney


A Chinese dissident is returned to prison while his family faces continued suffering in exile.


Last Friday, China’s state-run news media announced that human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng would return to prison to complete his full three-year sentence, supposedly because he violated the terms of his probation. The news was a surprise because the police have illegally detained Mr. Gao for the last 20 months, making it difficult for him to violate anything. Click here to read more »

Geling Yan — Novelist and screenwriter, Berlin


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Lunch with … Jessica Rudd

The Age

Shane Green


Jessica Rudd recalls the day her father was knifed as prime minister as if turning the pages of one of her novels. Which, of course, she is.


Predictions in politics are notoriously fraught but in Jessica Rudd’s case, scarily prescient. In her first book, Campaign Ruby, written months before her father was deposed, she tells of an incumbent prime minister overthrown by his female deputy.

On June 23 last year, Jessica Rudd was in Canberra for a photo shoot when she received a stunning call from her mother, Therese: there was something happening and she should get to Parliament House. The next few surreal hours culminated in her sitting outside her father’s office, where he was meeting Julia Gillard.

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