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What Really Inflamed the Coronavirus Epidemic - Issue 81: Maps - Nautilus
This cycle—slow identification of the problem, central involvement and prioritization, all-out mobilization—is a familiar pattern of Chinese crisis management. That’s because China is not so much one government as 3,000 local governments, united by their membership in China’s ruling Communist Party. Each of these local governments must have a single person able to be held accountable for whatever happens on their watch; the performance of this individual—and their standing committee, usually made up of 10 to 12 other leaders—is measured on thousands of indicators. Local satraps pick which indicators to focus on. They know that their superiors will take the credit for anything that goes well, and they will take the blame for failures.
government  china 
3 days ago by aries1988
Coronavirus Exposes Core Flaws, and Few Strengths, in China’s Governance - The New York Times

Its rigidly hierarchical bureaucracy discourages local officials from raising bad news with central bosses whose help they might need. And it silos those officials off from one another, making it harder to see, much less manage, the full scope of spiraling crises.

“That’s why you never really hear about problems emerging on a local scale in China,” said John Yasuda, who studies China’s approach to health crises at Indiana University. “By the time that we hear about it, and that the problem reaches the central government, it’s because it’s become a huge problem.”

The two ends of the system are engaged in a constant push-pull dynamic, putting them occasionally at odds — particularly in moments of crisis, when each is looking to blame the other.

“Once a clear problem has emerged, it’s very good at diverting resources,” Mr. Yasuda said of China’s political system. “But it’s not good at dealing with emerging problems. So it’s built to be reactive instead of proactive.”

In the mid-2000s, Beijing demanded a drastic increase in milk production. When factory farms were unable to meet their targets, officials conscripted vast numbers of rural farmers.

Democracies seek to do this through “the competition of interests,” Ms. Shue said, on the belief that inviting everyone to participate will naturally pull the system toward the common good. This system, like any, has flaws, for example by handing more power to those with more money.

Within China, Ms. Shue added, the common good “is seen as something that should be designed from above, like a watch being engineered to run perfectly.”
administration  ccp  china  region  beijing  conflict  crisis 
23 days ago by aries1988
RT : This makes me sad. really brings out the worst in people. Here’s the chain of discrimination: fellow C…
coronavirus  racism  discrimination  hongkong  china  hubei  world 
26 days ago by aries1988
姚大力 周六荐书 | 讲谈社《兴亡的世界史》




book  review  china  mongol  tang  opinion  japanese  critic  asia  historiography 
6 weeks ago by aries1988
Before the Revolution | by Louisa Chiang | The New York Review of Books

Chang’s equitable worldview, made possible by her bicultural background, does much to explain why Little Reunions sold so well when it appeared in 2009. Many middle-class Chinese readers, wealthier and better-informed than their predecessors but feeling morally adrift, hoped for a vision of enlightened forgiveness and dignified equality with the West. Such a prospect was a bracing alternative to the draining tantrums about national humiliation and payback that suffused the Internet and continued to appear in state-approved books like Unhappy China, another best seller in 2009.

The 2009 “fever” over Little Reunions was part of a longer-term trend that has been called “Republican fever”—“Republican” refers to the years 1912–1949, when the Kuomintang (KMT) ruled most of China, and sometimes refers also to Taiwan and Hong Kong after 1949.

Could China have taken a different path in the twentieth century? What if Japan had not invaded and the Republican effort at modernization had not been aborted? How wealthy and strong might the country have become, how happy its citizens, how attractive its soft power? Beneath these questions about modernization has lurked another about China’s cultural identity: How much Chineseness was lost when the Republic collapsed on the mainland? In the 1950s Mao began to model China after the Soviet Union. Later he split with the Soviets, but the country has suffered cultural confusion and moral malaise ever since. The Republican era, whatever its flaws, seemed the last in which an authentic China could be found.
movie  tsinghua  china  1949 
7 weeks ago by aries1988
The New China Scare
The United States is in competition with China—that is a fact and will remain so for much of this century. The issue is whether the United States should compete within a stable international framework, continuing to try to integrate China rather than attempting to isolate it at all costs. A fractured, bifurcated international order, marked by government restrictions and taxes on trade, technology, and travel, would result in diminished prosperity, persistent instability, and the real prospect of military conflict for all involved.
china  usa  today  diplomacy  competition  opinion 
9 weeks ago by aries1988





moi  anhui  flooding  jiangsu  ming  huanghe  river  china  history  region  poverty  book 
9 weeks ago by aries1988


iran  persia  civ  china  exchange  today  refugee  usa  interview 
10 weeks ago by aries1988
讲稿 | 寻找“文化中国”的起点和入口




china  chinese  origin  jade  theory  bronze  state  dynasty  archaeology  legend  culture  concept 
10 weeks ago by aries1988
Hong Kong’s Protest Movement and the Fight for the City’s Soul | The New Yorker

It was a little more than a year since I’d last been to Hong Kong, and I was struck by its transformation. Graffiti mottled the pavement. Protest songs blasted in the public parks. The spirit of open defiance, while jarring, felt curiously festive. Previously, the city, endlessly obliging to its rotating clientele of businessmen and tourists, had seemed aloof and polite, like a hotel concierge. Now it had the vibe of a sweat-soaked busker, determined to play his music to all passersby.

The sheer diversity of references—Japanese anime, Hollywood classics, Tang-dynasty poetry—was dizzying, and the sardonic delivery, laced with anger, cynicism, and wit, embodied the exuberant swagger of the movement. This was twenty-first-century agitprop, steeped in globalized culture and designed for digital virality.

“What we protesters are practicing is not violence but force. If you abuse force, that’s violence—but you can also use force to express justice.”

In Beijing-influenced media outlets, it’s become common to paint the protesters as a fringe group of disaffected youth; they are described not as idealists but as people merely frustrated by Hong Kong’s declining economic status relative to that of the booming mainland.

There’s a saying in Chinese politics—Fengjiu biluan (“Encounter nine: turmoil for sure”)—reflecting a belief that the country often experiences its worst turbulence in years that end in 9. (Since the fall of the Nationalists, in 1949, years ending in 9 have brought, successively, the Great Famine, an armed conflict with the Soviet Union, another with Vietnam, the Tiananmen Square protests, and the Falun Gong crisis.)
2019  china  hongkong  conflict  interview  protest  media  street 
10 weeks ago by aries1988
Homelessness has become a problem in China’s cities - No shelter for some

EVERY EVENING around nine o’clock, dozens of homeless people start to trickle into Sanlian Taofen, a 24-hour bookshop in Beijing. Early arrivals jostle for one of the comfy chairs. Latecomers have to sleep on the cold floor.

Some street-sleepers fear that, if they were to use such shelters, officials might coerce them into returning to their home towns. Relief stations are required by law to “persuade” those they assist to go back. They often do this by offering a free train or bus ticket, and asking relatives to take them in. Some people, like Mr Guan, do not want relatives to know their whereabouts. Mr Guan owes his extended family in Shandong 20,000 yuan ($2,850). He worries what would happen should a relief station contact them. A Chinese academic says homeless people who are “professional beggars” see a day spent at a shelter as a day of lost earnings.

In the eastern city of Nanjing the manager of a government relief station offers your correspondent a rare glimpse inside, on condition she and the facility not be named. It looks like a medium-priced hotel. Its spacious rooms have flat-screen televisions and en-suite bathrooms. Its yard is lined with exercise equipment. “Some people abuse our hospitality,” the manager says. Every year before the lunar new-year festival, “people come to us pretending to be homeless just so they can spend a night here and get a free train ticket home.” She is getting better at checking. Any one with a pricey phone is probably a fraud, she says. Those admitted who want to return to the streets are “free to do so”.
city  china  sdf  urban  charity  beijing  nanjing 
november 2019 by aries1988
黄蓓 | Costco里的上海优选伴手礼蝴蝶酥


法国圣米歇尔山的Saint Aubert蝴蝶酥有100层以上的酥皮,香港曲奇童话蝴蝶酥有256层酥皮,上海国际饭店的蝴蝶酥也有256层酥皮,美国Sugar Bowl Bakery蝴蝶酥有300层以上的酥皮,法国知名饼店Pierre Hermé蝴蝶酥有超过2000层酥皮,而上海的幻品Louie Ye蝴蝶酥则有2187层酥皮。

biscuit  china  france  vietnam  usa  supermarket  shanghai  numbers  hongkong  west  story  snack  viennoiserie 
november 2019 by aries1988
聊聊 | 钱的来去



charity  china  education  ethnic  girl 
november 2019 by aries1988
Le libre-échange, c'est la guerre

Si le protectionnisme dispose d’un imaginaire associé au nationalisme des années 1930, les conflits liés à la diffusion du libre-échange en Asie du Sud-est, déterminants pour l’histoire récente, sont méconnus en Occident. C’est dans cette période d’internationalisation économique naissante que l’on soumet la Chine à la dépendance1 de l’importation de produits étrangers, notamment l’opium, que les Britanniques acheminent depuis leurs colonies indiennes.

Ces épisodes du XIXe siècle illustrant la mise au pas et la conversion de la région est-asiatique au libre échange, au moyen de la force militaire, remettent en question les lieux communs érigeant cette doctrine comme aboutissement de la communication et des relations apaisées entre les peuples. Les idéologues et promoteurs de ce qui est présenté de nos jours comme un truisme adossé au sens de l’histoire se trouveront ici en prise avec deux sérieux contre-exemples.

Le libre échange n’est en soi ni particulièrement un facteur de paix ou de guerre, mais, lorsqu’un déséquilibre économique prévaut à des accords commerciaux entre deux pays, peut devenir l’instrument d’une domination économique.
explained  economy  freedom  trade  opium  war  qing  china  uk  tokugawa  japan 
october 2019 by aries1988
In “One Child Nation,” Nanfu Wang Confronts China’s History, and Her Own | The New Yorker

What her daughter wanted was to dig deeper into her newfound sense of the injustice that was permeating her world, hinging on class and gender. “If the health-care system hadn’t been unjust, my father wouldn’t have died—we didn’t have money and couldn’t afford to send him to a hospital,” Wang said. “Because I was a girl and I wasn’t able to go to high school, I was discriminated against, and it was difficult to find a job.” She wanted to find ways to expose injustice wherever it existed and was disappointed with the state of journalism in China. So she applied to fourteen state universities in the U.S., and was offered a full scholarship by the master’s program in media studies at Ohio University.

Michael Moore’s “Sicko” and “Roger and Me” revealed to her that movies could be at once “political and entertaining”; Alan Berliner’s “Nobody’s Business” showed that documentaries could make the stuff of ordinary life into compelling and universal art. “I didn’t know any of this existed,” she said. “And I was, like, O.K., this is what I want to do.”

Wang said that she tried to make a Chinese version of “Hooligan Sparrow,” but the Chinese vocabulary for human rights felt uncomfortable. “In China, words like ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’ are given negative undertones,” she said. “I realized that I couldn’t tell this story in Chinese. I know what the translations are, and I know the expressions. But it feels embarrassing and unnatural. I almost feel as if I don’t dare to say these words.”

“In middle school, in Fengcheng, everyone else was an only child,” she said. “I felt poor and backward and uneducated and ashamed—those were the labels that were put on people.”

Wang is close with her brother, who works in Beijing as a programmer for Amazon (which is also, coincidentally, the distributor of “One Child Nation”).

She edited “One Child Nation” in her old apartment in Crown Heights, in between Jamie’s naps and feedings, and her iMac shared a desk with her breast pump.

She turns thirty-four in December and no longer expects to die this year. But she says that the urge to live a bigger, hungrier life—as if to make up for the time she expected to lose—has stayed with her. “It’s not about extending my life expectancy, the length, but expanding the width of my life,” she said. “Every time I make a film, the film also makes me.”
portrait  director  female  china  expat  usa  jiangxi  story  injustice  growup  memory  family  propaganda  generation 
october 2019 by aries1988
Opinion | Let’s Not Take Cues From a Country That Bans Winnie the Pooh - The New York Times

Xi’s anxiety about the internet, religion, Hong Kong protesters, even Winnie-the-Pooh underscores his own insecurities. Xi seems terrified that real information will infiltrate the Chinese echo chamber, undermining his propaganda department’s personality cult around a benign “Uncle Xi.”

Then there’s a third step, still more delicate and dangerous: The American intelligence community should gather information on the corruption in the Xi family that has allowed it to amass a huge fortune — with a hint that if China undertakes a brutal crackdown of Hong Kong or an assault on Taiwan, this information will slip out. This is what Xi fears most, and we shouldn’t pass up that leverage.
argument  china  usa  strategy  diplomacy 
october 2019 by aries1988


book  urban  urbanisation  city  opinion  china  future  migration 
october 2019 by aries1988


ccp  china  success  mao  argument 
october 2019 by aries1988
Housing and the Chinese middle class
I have thought for a while that China’s privatization of urban housing is one of the most important and least understood events in its modern economic history.…
housing  inequality  china  1990s 
september 2019 by aries1988
毛升序傅高义《中国和日本》︱“对不起”与“谢谢你”_上海书评_澎湃新闻-The Paper
bookstore  japan  china  history 
september 2019 by aries1988
“China’s Hong Kong: The Politics of a Global City” by Tim Summers

The danger of focusing purely on the Hong Kong-China relationship to explain the city’s discontent is that one might end up looking at the wrong place. Most discussions of “what to do” about Hong Kong focus on Beijing: namely, calling upon the Central Government to honour its commitments to Hong Kong. Instead, China’s Hong Kong suggests that people should focus their efforts on improving the city’s political structures.

It’s easy—possibly too easy—to look at Hong Kong as another society struggling against outside authoritarianism. It lends itself to clean depictions of right and wrong; it, ironically, also dissuades anyone from looking too closely at possible solutions.
from:rss  opinion  hongkong  china  book  crisis 
september 2019 by aries1988
2013年,Luis Bettencourt 基于社会网络理论 (Social Network) ,提出超线性标度律 (Superlinear Scaling) 的起源机制,解释城市的社会经济产出和城市的人口规模之间存在的幂律增长关系,即城市经济增长水平远远大于城市人口规模增长水平。他将这种超线性标度归功于城市居民的互动增加:大量人口集中在城市,个体间的频繁互动有利于信息分享、扩大需求、知识升级和创新激励,最终促进城市经济发展。
from:rss  numbers  model  city  china 
september 2019 by aries1988
TheMoneyIllusion » Land of bridges and tunnels

For the first time ever, humans can see the gradual change in landscape from the temperate zone to the tropics, all in a single day.

a poor, small province in the interior with only 2.5% of China’s population has 40 of the world’s 100 tallest bridges.

Unfortunately for westerners, the ubiquitous fencing and regimentation are a problem everywhere in China. And the lack of maps. It’s hard to just wander off on your own, down some lonely trail. Fortunately, people over 60 get in free, and that includes affluent foreigners who don’t deserve this privilege. Foreigners are so rare in the places I visited that there was always discussion of whether the over 60 rule applied to me, and on one occasion I lost. So at least once I contributed money to the Chinese government—otherwise I mostly aided the private sector. . . .

Chinglish can be charming. Highways signs warn “Don’t drive tiredly”. While consumer foods stress how they are “not unpleasant”;
china  travel  guizhou  ethnic  chinglish  driving 
september 2019 by aries1988
专访查建英:对我来说,现在的转折点很不幸|深度|端传媒 Initium Media
我改了国籍,当年做这决定,是对这个国家失望乃至绝望,也意味著,我对中国官方价值观的根本性不认同。我认同美国的核心价值观,它立国的那些价值观,自由、人权、法治、民主,写在入籍宣言上的那些东西。但是这种认同, 不能完全解决另外一大团问题:感情归属、文化归属、文化传统和这边所有的朋友。我跟这些朋友的友谊和美国朋友的友谊是不一样的。这也是我的一部分,不能割舍也没办法改变。



我觉得这个是我在写China Pop时缺乏的意识:对美丽新世界这一面没有足够警醒。

interview  writer  intelligentsia  beijing  1989/6/4  nonfiction  book  china  usa  culture  identity  democracy  youth 
september 2019 by aries1988
品葱 | 为什么那么多人嫌弃国内各种不好 却不会想去改善它而老想着移民呢? | 中国数字时代

from:rss  explained  china  today  rights  individual  state  patriotism 
september 2019 by aries1988
张伦:为权利而战——香港的“死”与“生”|逃犯条例|深度|端传媒 Initium Media




explained  hongkong  movement  society  rights  ccp  propaganda  china 
august 2019 by aries1988
寻租、被寻租、批判寻租,吴介民的生命母题|深度|端傳媒 Initium Media


concept  economy  business  taiwan  china 
august 2019 by aries1988
Class dismissed: Surge in arrests of foreign teachers in China - Reuters
“What has changed is that many government officials think that kicking out Western influences like English teachers is doing the Party’s work, and the schools are taking advantage of it” said Harris, the Seattle lawyer, who now advises against foreigners teaching in China. “The risks of going to China to teach far outweigh the rewards.”
gaijin  china  work  english  teacher  drug  police  risk 
august 2019 by aries1988
Everything I love about China is captured at the 43 second mark of this official propaganda video, when a tiny car…
autoroute  china  joke 
august 2019 by aries1988
China and the Difficulties of Dissent - Quillette
It is important to understand that China is a fascist dictatorship. The term “fascist” is now thrown around with such carelessness that it has lost most of its meaning outside the offices of a few historians or political science professors. But fascism, in its original early twentieth century incarnation, meant a political system defined by three attributes—authoritarianism, ethnonationalism, and an economic model in which capitalism co-existed with large state-directed industries and partnerships between the government and corporations.
opinion  china  dictatorship  ccp  fascism 
august 2019 by aries1988
互联网裁员潮,泡沫破碎与转型阵痛|深度|端传媒 Initium Media
reportage  internet  corporation  china  2019 
august 2019 by aries1988
许章润:我们当下的恐惧与期待|广场|中国修宪|端传媒 Initium Media


2019  china  ccp  choice  critic  1989/6/4 
august 2019 by aries1988
书号收缩下的大陆出版业:从自我审查到紧跟“党政方针”|深度|端传媒 Initium Media
去年,一家出版社重新翻译并打算再版托尼·朱特(Tony Judt)的《重估价值:反思被遗忘的20世纪》(Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century)——该书的旧版曾于2013年付印。新版的书稿在经过质检环节后被打回,原因是多处“涉及‘共产主义’的评价不符现行政策、法规”。
publishing  china  today  policy  moi  book  censorship 
august 2019 by aries1988
反996运动全纪录:想通过代码改变世界的人,为何难以改变加班现状?|深度|端传媒 Initium Media
如果一个程序员想在Github上修改一个开源软件,他可以将源代码“分支”(fork)一份,在新的拷贝上进行修改,然后提出“拉回申请”(pull request,简称PR),软件的维护者会审阅他的修改,觉得合适就会接受PR,将修改纳入软件中——这使得每个程序员都可以参与完善软件。如果一个程序员的修改和项目创始人的意愿相悖,也没关系,他可以将源代码复制出来另起炉灶,如果他的修改在社区里获得了足够的支持者,那这个新项目在关注度上就会逐渐取代原有项目。


斯托曼在政治上持激进的左翼立场,在他看来,专有软件是一个社会问题,它不尊重用户和社群的自由,将开发者或版权所有者的权力凌驾在用户之上,甚至可能侵害到用户权益,比如侵犯隐私。因此,允许用户查看、修改、分发软件的源代码,是为了保障用户的基本自由(essential freedom)。而在“开源软件”的支持者看来,开源的目的是为了团结一切可以团结的力量,一起开发更多更好的软件,因此,要制定一个更加宽松、去道德化、不排他的开源标准。



2019  activism  employee  rights  programmer  china  corporation 
august 2019 by aries1988


from:rss  question  business  competition  comparison  choice  customer  gastronomy  restaurant  china  idea  chinese  intelligentsia 
july 2019 by aries1988
china  driving  daily 
july 2019 by aries1988
Good and Bad Muslims in Xinjiang - Made in China Journal

if China was pursuing an anti-Muslim policy, then wouldn’t we expect it to also sweep up the Sinophone Hui Muslims in Xinjiang? Uyghurs seem to be ending up in internment camps not because they are Muslims, but because they are Uyghurs.

Muslims who conform to the stereotype of the brown-skinned Muslim. Simply put, they will not be racialised as Muslim. Similarly, we might posit that in Xinjiang the Uyghurs have become racially Muslim in ways that the Sinophone Hui have not. Their Central Asian features increasingly signify the category ‘Muslim’, that is to say, more so than they do the category ‘Uyghur’, a classification which is losing its salience at administrative levels as the promises of China’s minzu (民族) system—the national (or ethnic) rights enshrined in the constitution—fall by the wayside.

even in times of conflict, it was rare for officials to attribute anti-state or anti-Han violence to any inherent flaw in the Islamic faith. While often disparaging of non-Chinese religions, China’s intellectual tradition had no ‘Orientalist’ discourse comparable to that of the West, which furnished explanations of Muslim anti-colonial violence in terms of a congenital ‘fanaticism’.

Just as Sufism did not necessarily cultivate a pluralistic pacifism, nor was the call to return to Islam’s founding texts—the Qurʾan and the Hadith—invariably accompanied by a rigid anti-Chinese militancy.
islam  xinjiang  china  2019  policy  world  terrorism  religion  critic  comparison  han 
july 2019 by aries1988


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july 2019 by aries1988








supermarket  business  competition  china  history  numbers 
july 2019 by aries1988

jiangxi  region  china 
june 2019 by aries1988
回应赵皓阳:知识错漏为你补上,品性问题还需你自己努力|广场|端传媒 Initium Media













explained  debate  china  today  social-network  thinking  hongkong  youth  propaganda  buzz  2019 
june 2019 by aries1988




hongkong  independence  democracy  china  opinion  freedom  expression  youth  conflict  autocracy  authoritarian  ccp  leader  manif  interview  explained  stereotype  identity 
june 2019 by aries1988
Person of Color Column: I am from Hong Kong, not China - The Berkeley Beacon
China appoints a chief executive every five years after a conditional election among the election committee. Hong Kong’s legal system is embedded within a supreme law called the Basic Law, while citizens elect their legislators in the Legislative Council every four years.

The outbreak of the Umbrella Revolution, a 79-day occupying movement in 2014 when people asked for universal suffrage in electing the chief executive, put a spotlight on people’s ethnic identification.
manifesto  controversy  hongkong  young  identity  china  chinese 
june 2019 by aries1988
numbers  parenting  female  home  china 
june 2019 by aries1988
构建中国式全球史观何以可能 文 | 张景平
historiography  china  world  west 
june 2019 by aries1988
From tea to opium: how the Scots left their mark on China | Aeon Essays
Like their 18th-century predecessors, Jardine and Matheson financed Britain’s lucrative tea trade in Canton by moving their clients’ money from India to China. Instead of transferring these fortunes through a variety of legal Indian and Southeast Asian commodities, namely cotton, pepper, wood, tin and saltpetre, as had been done in the past, the Scottish traders relied increasingly on a contraband product: Indian opium. In defiance of the laws of China they, along with private traders of different nationalities including Americans and Indian Parsis, smuggled tens of thousands of chests of opium into China each year during the first half of the 19th century.

In 1848 and again in 1849, Fortune travelled in full disguise, including the traditional Qing dynasty hairstyle with a shaved hairline and long braid, deep into the countryside of Zhejiang, Anhui and Fujian provinces. He was searching for the finest tea plants in China. Having acquired thousands of specimens and seeds, he shipped them all, carefully packed in airtight glass cases, from Hong Kong to the East India Company’s Botanical Gardens in Calcutta. From there, they went further, to the Company’s gardens in the Himalayas.

Scots played an outsized role in the intertwined trades of tea and opium, giving rise to social, economic and cultural developments that changed the macro relationship between Britain and China as well as everyday cultural practices and patterns of sociability.

When British consumers began sweetening their Chinese tea with Caribbean sugar, these two commodities, one from the East Indies, the other from the West, reinforced one another. The result was new fuel for the industrial revolution. In addition to coal, sugary tea made the revolution possible by helping British workers endure inhumanely long shifts in the textile factories of the industrial North.
drinking  uk  china  qing  history  scotland 
june 2019 by aries1988
Opinion | Thirty Years After Tiananmen: Someone Always Remembers - The New York Times
This view is not limited to a few dissidents or foreign scholars, people out to make China look bad or who just can’t let bygones be bygones. The memory of Tiananmen is also being kept alive by people in China who believe that a government that uses force to stay in power is illegitimate.

History is also written with the smallest of gestures. Every spring I make a small trip to the Babaoshan cemetery in the western suburbs of Beijing to pay respects to two victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre
Four lines of the poem inscribed on the back of Xuehan’s tombstone explain, in a code of sorts, both the cause of his death and Xu Jue’s ritual:

Eight calla lilies
Nine yellow chrysanthemums
Six white tulips
Four red roses

Eight, nine, six, four. Year, month, day. June 4, 1989.

Two years ago, Ms. Xu died of cancer, at 77. Both years since, I’ve made the trip to the graves, thinking someone ought to put out the flowers. Each time, the 27 flowers were already there, tied in a neat bundle. Someone remembered. Someone always remembers.
1989/6/4  history  concept  minjian  people  china  censorship  family  death  memory  ritual  beijing 
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