Stand, special issue on Chinese writing

Stand Issue 213, Volume 15 Number 1

Cover image by Ruihua Zhang

Stand Issue 213, Volume 15 Number 1 (March – May 2017)
Chinese Journeys: a special issue on new Chinese writing featuring poetry, prose, translations and commentary

Table of Contents

Frances Weightman, Editorial

Yan Ge 颜 歌, The Panda Suicides Continue reading

Drug addicts call for divine intervention

Source: Sixth Tone (5/22/17)
China’s Drug Addicts Call for Divine Intervention
As illegal drugs continue to infiltrate the villages of Yunnan province, users are turning to a Christian rehab center to overcome addiction.
By Denise Hruby

Residents close their eyes while praying at the Gospel Rehabilitation Center in Baoshan, Yunnan province, March 18, 2017. Thomas Cristofoletti for Sixth Tone.

YUNNAN, Southwest China — Minus a handful of Bibles and a poster of Jesus, the dark, stuffy room where a group of men hold mass every Sunday looks nothing like a church.

“A long night covers the road ahead. This is the road I must walk, but you are my lamp, my light on the road,” they sing piously, most of their tenors and deep baritones off-key. The lyrics resonate with the group, who have voluntarily come to this Christian-run rehabilitation center with hopes of leaving behind drug addiction, with God as their guide. Continue reading

Art out of polluted air

Source: National Geographic (5/19/17)
Three Quirky Projects Make Art Out Of China’s Polluted Air
Filthy air has inspired Chinese citizens to speak out—and in some cases, to create art.
By Beth Gardiner

Artist Liu Bolin wears a mask and vest with 24 mobile phones as he live broadcasts dirty air in Beijing. It was December 19, 2016—the fourth day after a red alert was issued for dangerous pollution.

BEIJING, CHINA: Dirty air is part of life in China, unavoidable and in your face. It has inspired a tremendous boom in renewable energy, as the Chinese government begins to try to wean the country off coal. It has also inspired a level of citizen action that is unusual in an autocratic country.

And some of those active citizens are artists. Continue reading

China’s hottest ‘boy’ band (1)

Here’s another piece on Acrush.–Kirk

Source: NYT (5/20/17)
The 5 ‘Handsome Girls’ Trying to Be China’s Biggest Boy Band

The women of Acrush at a dance studio in Beijing in April. There are slick boy bands and foxy girl groups, but Acrush seeks to appeal to those who reject gender norms. CreditGilles Sabrié for The New York Times

BEIJING — In a small dance studio in Beijing, the members of China’s newest entry in the national pop-music pageant ran through a sequence of pulsing pelvic thrusts and choreographed crotch grabs.

After a three-minute workout, the group’s leader, Lu Keran, breathlessly asked the band’s manager: “Now can I go to the bathroom?” Continue reading

The Platormization of Chinese Society–cfp

Special Issue of Chinese Journal of Communication (CJC) CALL FOR PAPERS
Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: July 1, 2017 Full Paper Submission deadline: February 28, 2018.

Please click here to download the call for papers.

Guest Editors:

Jeroen de Kloet (Ph.D. Professor of Globalisation Studies, University of Amsterdam)
Thomas Poell (Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam)
Zeng Guohua (Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Institute of Journalism and Communication, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

The general aims and focus of the Special Issue

Social media like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as platforms for collaborative consumption such as Airbnb and Uber, are emerging as new power players that challenge older institutions and disrupt economic sectors like news, hospitality, and transport. While online platforms are celebrated as vehicles of the ‘participatory society’ and the ‘sharing economy’, these platforms often prove less progressive than they appear at first sight. Rather than simply stimulating citizen participation and entrepreneurialism, they enable the ‘datafication’ and ‘commodification’ of all social relations: collecting, algorithmically processing, circulating and selling user data (Couldry 2015; van Dijck & Poell 2013; Fuchs 2013; Turow 2012). Furthermore, platform corporations skillfully circumvent national labor laws and trade unions, intensifying labor precarization, and undermining existing businesses and institutions, such as newspapers, hotels, and taxi companies, which operate within established regulatory frameworks (Scholz, 2016). Continue reading

One Belt, One Road, Total Corruption

This is Scott Savitt’s translation of an essay by Chang Ping on Xi Jingping’s “one belt, one road” initiative. The original Chinese version appeared on the Deutsche Welle website here and the translation will appear on the China Change site. We thank Scott for sharing this with the MCLC community. — Kirk

One Belt, One Road, Total Corruption
by Chang Ping 长平


“…the lack of democratic supervision of ‘One Belt, One Road’ is a mechanism for corruption.”


God said: “Let there be light,” and then there was light. Xi Jinping said: “A ‘Project of the Century’ must be undertaken,” and then there was “One Belt, One Road.” At the just-completed summit in Beijing, Xi Jinping announced that China will invest hundreds of billions of U.S. dollars in 60 countries to lead in the construction of bridges, railways, ports and energy projects. This venture is known as “One Belt, One Road,” and involves more than 60 percent of the world’s population. It’s projected to transform the global political and economic order, and can be said to be the largest overseas investment project undertaken by a single country in history. Continue reading

The Cultural Revolution on Trial review

Source: LA Review of Books Blog (5/17/17)
The Trial of the Gang of Four: As History and Current Events
By Liz Carter

Forced confessions, show trials, and crises of legitimacy. These are topics covered in Alexander C. Cook’s important book, The Cultural Revolution on Trial: Mao and the Gang of Four, which Cambridge University Press published in November. They are also issues China has been facing recently, as Xi Jinping has sought to consolidate power and bolster faith in the Communist Party. Cook’s primary purpose is not, however, to offer a cautionary tale about history repeating itself, but to put forward a novel framework for understanding historical trauma, its roots, and its repercussions. Continue reading

poem on deliberative democracy

If you are into current fiction and film from China, or also if you follow other news, you will have encountered the petition office in Beijing, maybe also those of other cities. “I am not Madame Bovary”, the new film based on the novel  我不是潘金莲 by Liu Zhenyun, is about a particular petition. A few days ago, I met representatives from the Beijing office and a few scholars of labor conflicts in China. There was a small symposium at the University of Vienna, convened by the law faculty and the East Asian studies institute. Some presentations were about “deliberative democracy”, 协商民主. It seems to be an important recent development. I am not into labor studies per se, but I translate current poetry, and especially the poetry of migrant workers is certainly very directly related to labor conditions. And this symposium in Vienna was on the day when Austrian news were about another impending general election this year, after the protracted presidential elections last year. So I thought of the following poem. You can also find it on my blog together with another note. Continue reading

Official surveys on morality?

Dear All,

As part of my PhD project on cadre education in traditional culture I am trying to find official surveys on a) citizen morality and public ethics, b) cadre morality, c) party members’ attitude towards traditional culture.

I’m mostly interested in post-2000 surveys, but older surveys as well as other types of systematic official inquiry into these areas would also be very valuable.

So far I have managed to locate one survey per each of these categories and was hoping maybe group members came across this type of resources and would be willing to share, here or via e-mail (

Best wishes,

Aleksandra Kubat

PhD Candidate in Chinese Studies Research
King’s College, London
伦敦国王学院 中国研究所

Xiamen University Malaysia

Source: Caixin (5/15/17)
First-Ever Overseas Campus by a Chinese University Taps Into Belt and Road Opportunities
By Ma Yanyan and Li Rongde

Xiamen University Malaysia Campus, in the country's Selangor state, is the first overseas campus to be set up by a renowned Chinese university and the first Chinese university branch campus in Malaysia. Photo: Xiamen University Malaysia Campus

Xiamen University Malaysia Campus, in the country’s Selangor state, is the first overseas campus to be set up by a renowned Chinese university and the first Chinese university branch campus in Malaysia. Photo: Xiamen University Malaysia Campus

(Beijing) – Construction at the first-ever overseas campus built by a Chinese university, Xiamen University Malaysia, is nearing its halfway mark.

The school says it has tapped into opportunities created under the Belt and Road Initiative, and had enrolled nearly 2,000 students by the end of April. Continue reading

China’s Trojan Horse (3)

With appreciation and mutual due respects –

As stand-alone points, it is difficult to disagree: corporate influence does not justify Chinese state influence; your concerns are mine too.

But there is always a larger context. Our social reality is one that is stratified by forces and phenomena of different orders of magnitude/scale, that entail varying degrees of significance in their implications. The article conveniently ignores the context and as such, wittingly or otherwise, fails to capture the fuller picture. Certainly, there’s no connecting of dots.

While such tunnel-vision has its benefits for micro-analysis, they come at great cost to more complete analysis. Looking at matters so parochially, it becomes easy to lose sight of their whys and wherefores, and to inflate their seriousness. And so it is seems with the controversy over Confucian Institutes. Becoming the author’s single-issue obsession (specialisation?) of analysis, it has led to the charge that they are a “Trojan horse subverting US higher education.” No hyperbole? As an observer, the sense I get is of a tremendous fear of the outside. It’s difficult not to detect Cold War ideological overtones. Continue reading

Curious rise of the “white left” as an insult

Source: Open Democracy (5/11/17)
The curious rise of the ‘white left’ as a Chinese internet insult

Meet the Chinese netizens who combine a hatred for the ‘white left’ with a love of US president Donald Trump.


Internet cafe, Beijing, Flickr/Kai Hendry. Some rights reserved.

If you look at any thread about Trump, Islam or immigration on a Chinese social media platform these days, it’s impossible to avoid encountering the term baizuo (白左), or literally, the ‘white left’. It first emerged about two years ago, and yet has quickly become one of the most popular derogatory descriptions for Chinese netizens to discredit their opponents in online debates. Continue reading

New Zealand Asian Studies Society conference 2017–cfp

The 22nd Biennial New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA) International Conference will be hosted by the University of Otago from 27 to 29 November, 2017. In line with NZASIA’s key objectives, the biennial conference is multidisciplinary and aims at bringing together scholars working in the broader, open, and contested site of Asian studies.

Participants are invited to submit panel or paper proposals to

We are pleased to confirm three outstanding keynote speakers

Our registration page is now open

We are working on a number of additional events specifically targeted to support the new generation of researchers – so keep an eye on our conference website for more updates:

Posted by: Lorraine Wong <>

Auditory Culture–cfp

CFP: The International Conference on Auditory Culture


  • Nankai University, The School of Literature
  • Renmin University of China, The School of Liberal Arts
  • The editorial office of Exploration and Free Views
  • Tianjin Aesthetics Society

Time: August 11 – 13, 2017
Location: Nankai University, Tianjin, China
Deadline for Submitting your paper or outline, July 15, 2017
Conference Languages: English and Chinese

International Submission & Contact:

WANG, Dun (Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts, Renmin University of China)
Tel: 86 189-1116-1303
Email: Continue reading

Connecticut College visiting position

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Connecticut College invites applications for a four-course visiting lecturership in Mandarin Chinese for AY 2017-2018. The successful candidate will design and teach the yearlong CHI 401-402 course sequence on Advanced Chinese independently, and co-teach CHI 201-202 Intensive Intermediate Chinese following lesson plans that will be provided for. Each course or course portion meets weekly for two 75-minute classes, for a period of 14 weeks, between August 29 and December 11, 2017 (fall), and between January 22 and May 9, 2018 (spring). CHI 401-402 enroll both pre- and post-study away students and will be operated as a dual-track course. Continue reading