Marxist activist missing after police raid

Source: SCMP (10/12/18)
Fears for young Marxist activist missing after police raid in China
Yue Xin was detained along with about 50 other activists, many of them young Marxists, who joined campaign for union rights at Jasic Technology
By Guo RuiMimi Lau

Yue Xin (centre) was taken into custody on August 24 along with about 50 other activists. Photo: Mimi Lau

A young rights activist who called for China’s top university to be transparent about its investigation of a rape case and joined a labour dispute in Shenzhen has not been seen for more than six weeks after she was detained by police.

Yue Xin, 22, was taken into custody on August 24 along with about 50 other activists, many of them young Marxists, who were involved in a labour rights protest in Shenzhen. Continue reading

Fan Bingbing violates grammar rules (1)

Excuse me, but this is ridiculous. Of course we already know, that Fan Bingbing’s police handlers would have vetted and approved every sentence, every comma. Or, they wrote the whole thing! This is what typically goes on, when somebody is disappeared. See my writings on this:

Confessions Made in China, http://www.chinoiresie.info/confessions-made-in-china/
The Return of the Show Trial: China’s Televised “Confessions,” http://apjjf.org/2017/13/Fiskesjo.html

So, the high school teachers that supposedly complained about her confessional statement’s grammar, should be ashamed! Continue reading

Fan Bingbing violates grammar rules

Source: SCMP (10/10/18)
China’s Fan Bingbing: violates tax law, now grammar rules
Students given textbook example of how to write an error-free letter of apology to the nation
By Sarah Zheng

Chinese movie star Fan Bingbing, already under fire for tax evasion, is now being used as a textbook example on how not to write an apology letter.

A high school teacher in eastern China’s Zhejiang province took issue, not with the actress’ overdue taxes – for which she was detained and fined nearly 884 million yuan (US$129 million) – but for her violation of the rules of grammar in her apology.

In a statement on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, Fan apologised last week to her more than 62 million followers, writing she was “ashamed and guilty about what I have done”. Continue reading

HK education chief waffles on language policy

Source: SCMP (10/9/18)
Hong Kong education chief says he doesn’t want to force schools to teach Mandarin over Cantonese, as critics claim Beijing is trying to control what city’s children learn
Kevin Yeung forced to clarify earlier remarks as backlash against China’s influence over what is taught in city grows
By Kimmy Chung

Kevin Yeung, the Secretary for Eduction, has had to clarify remarks he made suggesting Mandarin should be taught in schools over Cantonese. Photo: Nora Tam 

Hong Kong’s education chief has been forced to clarify twice in two days that he had no intention of forcing schools to teach Mandarin, in what critics say reflected the sensitivity surrounding language in the city.

Kevin Yeung Yun-hung was strongly criticised on Sunday after he suggested experts look into whether Mandarin, which is the official language in mainland China, should be taught instead of Cantonese, which is the dialect spoken in Hong Kong.

Yeung came under fire when he noted, “the future development of Chinese language learning across the globe will rely mainly on Mandarin”. Continue reading

Protest against Springer bowing to censorship (2)

I would just note that the Frontiers journals — of Literary Studies, of History, etc. etc. — published in coordination with Brill, are also heavily subjected to censorship, apparently voluntarily undertaken by the editors in coordination with policies of the PRC State. Various special issues have been bowlderized by editors in order to conform to presumed censorship requirements. Brill seems to happily sponsor such pre-emptive activity.

Rebecca Karl <rebecca.karl@nyu.edu>

Protest against Spring bowing to censorship (1)

Hooray, Heidelberg academics, editors in new action against Springer’s bowing to Chinese censorship!

Earlier, 1,200 scholars agreed, here:
https://www.change.org/p/peer-review-boycott-of-academic-publications-that-censor-content-in-china/u/21865528

I am already on my personal boycott of Springer –I withdrew my pending contribution to an encyclopedia and will not publish in any of their outlets until they change. They should apologize to the world, for bowing down to the Chinese Communist Party censorship machine!

Magnus Fiskesjö <nf42@cornell.edu>

Universities under strict surveillance

Posted by Magnus Fiskesjö <nf42@cornell.edu>
Source: Chinascope (10/2/18): http://chinascope.org/archives/16286
Original source: Radio Free Asia (9/28/18)
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ck-09282018095416.html

Professor in Exile: Chinese Universities Are under Strict Surveillance

前重庆师范大学副教授谭松谈恐怖的中国高校(CK摄)

A professor from China now living in the United States paints a very disturbing picture of the information control in Chinese universities. 

Tan Song, an associate professor at Chongqing Normal University investigated the truth about the “land reform movement,” the Anti-Rightist Campaign, the Second Sino-Japanese War, and the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. Because he did so, the school expelled him and the police arrested him. Another charge was that he taught about the 1989 Student Movement and the June 4th Tiananmen Massacre. In 2017, he was forced to leave China and is currently living in exile in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Beida threatens to close down Marxism society (2,3)

It seems almost certain that this refers to the various residences of student supporters of the Jasic labour movement, who were mainly staying near Huiyang District in Huizhou City, Guangdong.

The Jasic Incident Wikipedia page’s Chinese version has some more info, as does BBC Chinese and other Chinese language resources.

Stanley Seiden <stanley.seiden@gmail.com>

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My sense is that this riot or swat police raid likely took place somewhere in Shenzhen where the students went and stayed in support of the workers’ rights and union activism. Here is the social media link to the reports:

http://www.253234.net/xinwen/3023.html

Xun Liu <xmgnyz@gmail.com>
Rutgers

Georgia Tech new media and culture degree

The Georgia Institute of Technology School of Modern Languages, in collaboration with the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, is launching a groundbreaking suite of Master of Science programs in language, culture, and media skills. Advanced foreign language degrees have traditionally prepared students for careers as educators. Georgia Tech’s new MS in Global Media and Culture (MS-GMC) is the first advanced degree in foreign language and cultural studies in the United States explicitly designed for industry careers. They prepare students to work effectively in contexts ranging from non-profit, business, engineering, public policy, and medicine. Continue reading

Beida threatens to close down Marxism society (1)

The Financial Times article says: “In August, police wearing riot gear stormed a student dormitory and took away about 40 students who had been supporting the workers, according to witnesses.”

I thought this meant a dormitory at PKU but my friends there say no one knows about it and it is highly unlikely it could have occurred there without the word getting around. Does anyone know where this dormitory is located?

Ron Janssen, Hofstra University <ron.janssen@me.com>

Beida threatens to close down Marxism society

Source: Financial Times (9/23/18)
Peking University threatens to close down Marxism society
Students continue to back workers in dispute over trade union rights
By Yuan Yang and Xinning Liu in Beijing

President Xi Jinping visits the Marxist literature centre at Peking University in May to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth © Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock

China’s most prestigious university has threatened to shut down its student Marxist society amid a continuing police crackdown on students who support workers in a dispute over trade union organisation.

Under China’s Communist party, Marxism has been part of the compulsory university curriculum for decades. But universities are now under pressure to embrace “Xi Jinping thought” as the president strengthens his ideological control over the nation. The government is also inspecting primary and secondary school textbooks to remove foreign content. Continue reading

China expunges unapproved, foreign content from textbooks

Source: Reuters (9/19/18)
China expunges unapproved, foreign content from school textbooks

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s education ministry has launched a “comprehensive” inspection of school textbooks to remove unapproved alterations or foreign content, state media reported late on Wednesday, amid a push to combat Western influence in China’s schools.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has overseen a drive to re-assert the ruling Communist Party, its ideology and its history at the center of education, and to promote patriotism in the place of ideas that the party considers Western.

The sweep by China’s education ministry, running until Oct 15, will “correct and dispose of” illegal foreign or self-written courses used instead of state-approved materials in China’s nine-year compulsory education period, the official Xinhua news agency said. Continue reading

Report on PRC influence in US higher education (1)

Elizabeth Redden’s commentary on the Wilson Center report is also interesting:

Gauging China’s ‘Influence and Interference’ in U.S. Higher Ed: Report catalogs alleged complaints and interventions by embassy officials or individual students on American campuses. But can a compendium of concerning incidents encourage stereotyping? By Elizabeth Redden. Inside Higher Ed (September 12, 2018). https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/09/12/wilson-center-releases-study-chinas-influence-and-interference-us-higher-ed

Magnus Fiskesjö, nf42@cornell.edu