First hundreds of pets were killed by the poisonous food additive
, from China. Then it turns out that this poison got into the human food chain leading to humans
. Then there was the flap about cough syrup killing thousands
of people. Then, there was that warning
a couple days ago about imported monkfish actually being deadly puffer
fish. And now
the FDA has issued warnings
that toothpaste imported from China has ethylene glycol in it. Yes, the same ethylene glycol that keeps your engine running in the winter. China responds to the warnings by saying "Hey, we printed the ingredients on most
of the labels, it's not our fault
if antifreeze kills you."
Fake Chinese Gylcerin kills hundreds, possibly thousands.
So, if you thought melamine in pet food and food chain animal feed
was bad, how do you feel about antifreeze in your medicine? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
has issued a warning to drug manufacturers, suppliers and health professionals that counterfeit drug additives have been using diethyline glycol, or DEG (commonly used as antifreeze) as a substitute for glycerin in cough medicine, fever medication and injectable drugs. Hundreds, possibly thousands
have been killed.
Convicted as an ecoterrorist, a brilliant young scholar nose-dives in prison.
An article on Billy Cottrell
, a physics genius with Asperger's Syndrome who was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for his role in destroying $5 million worth of SUVs. His case was previously discussed here
. [Via BB.]
Military Weaponry for Kids
Is a Flickr photoset of scans from a Chinese children's coloring (and character art practice) book.
I researched and put an infopiece together after recently learning of bile bears here on Metafilter
. Even as an animal professional, I was unaware of the existence of bile bears. Now I know: Bile Bears
are live moon bears
that are turned into living crated "bile kegs," the bear's bile being extracted by means of a surgically implanted tube and used to treat conditions as varied as gallstones, kidney disorder, and (of course) impotence. After the long-suffering bear dies, the creature's body parts are then sold off individually for further monetary gain.
Indeed, it is an appalling practice, but worse I learned the practice is spreading
, and in fact demand for bear products is now affecting the bear population of North America
, as North American bears are being illegally hunted and harvested
for their parts to be used domestically and abroad
in the preparation of traditional Chinese medicine
can one bit actor have hundreds of millions, perhaps over a billion
adoring fans and yet be a virtual unknown
in his native land? Ask Mark Rowswell
, aka DaShan
. In 1988, Rowswell won a scholarship to study Chinese at the prestigious Peking
University. More than twenty years later he has one of the most recognizable faces
. He's been awarded
for his work in film, on stage, in television, in commercials
and for charity. So just who
The Portraits of 42 American Presidents from Washington to Bush on a half inch strand of Black human hair
is merely one of the World Art Miracles you'll find at worldartmiracle.com
, the homepage of one Jin Y.H., micro artist. The site is also noticeable for some delicious Engrish phrases, such as "The length does not arrive the half-inch" and "The microscope descends to take the work."
The Tao Te Ching
in dozens of languages and translations, with a lovely side-by-side comparison
Google Images Censored in China
A picture says 1000 words, and Google.cn is censoring them all. Check out the side-by-side screens of a search for "tiananmen+square" in Google.com and Google.cn images. Looks like a nice place, with little historical significance. You can try the search yourself
. The text on the bottom left is the censorship disclaimer. Very different than our results
. A far cry from Google's claim
that they do not censor results. Nice to know that they stand up to the government here but not abroad.
A good spoof
of the whole thing.
Chinese food around the world.
Ethnic Chinese immigrants worldwide took their cuisine with them. New Yorkers are familiar with Cuban-Chinese restaurants
, owned by ethnic Chinese from Cuba who served steam tables of ropa vieja and chuletas right next to the pork fried rice and wonton soup. In Jamaica & Trinidad, Chinese immigrants pioneered jerk chicken lo mein and bok choy & callaloo stirfries.
Or how in Peru, Chinese Peruvians developed their country's restaurant industry and created a national dish, lomo saltado
along the way.
But then there's the Indian-Chinese food popularized by the descendants of ethnic Hakkas who moved to Mumbai in the 18th century. Personally, I'm partial to some lollipop chicken
or gobi manchurian
with a nice, cold Kingfisher.
The Chinese in California 1850-1925.
The site is poorly designed. To get to the content click Essays & Galleries
. To get to the photos, click on the (practically hidden) gallery link at the top right of each short essay.
Mei Wah: Eating in Chinese So I started to learn some Chinese. I never did learn much. I still can't read a newspaper in Chinese, nor a non-food-related sign, nor hold a conversation in it. But I can read a menu in Chinese. And here I'm going to attempt to show you how to do it too. [via LII More New This Week]
Hanzi Smatter ???? Dedicated to the misuse of Chinese characters (Hanzi or Kanji) in Western culture... The problem is NOT that people are getting characters tattooed on them; it's that people who don't understand the characters are getting characters tattooed on them by other people who don't understand the characters. It is the equivalent of the “blind leading the blind”.
From cells to bells, 10 things the Chinese do far better than we do
Ah, those clever Chinese. First they invent gunpowder and a few other essentials of modern civilization. Now they're gunning their economic engines. Yet who would have thought that, after a millennium of poverty, they'd already do so many things better than we?
In fact, compiling a Top 10 list of what China does better than Canada isn't easy. There are so many items. To whittle it down, let's assume it's unfair to count anything related to cheap labour.
So we won't include the wonderfully thorough mop-ups of supermarket spills: The staff don't plunk down those yellow you-can't-sue-us caution signs. They actually fan the floor with a broken sheet of Styrofoam until it is dry.
Nor will we mention the exquisite, free head-and-shoulder massages that come with every shampoo and haircut....
The Chinese character meaning 'to have a stuffy nose'.
A remark by a Chinese language student on the complexity of the aforementioned symbol turns into an interesting discussion, trawling through a very thick etymology, that almost makes me want to learn Chinese! Fascinating if you're into languages, Chinese or not.
A Canadian Chinese Celebrity
- (LA Times - reg required) Use this
to get login.
"The lanky Ottawa native, a virtual unknown in Canada, is most renowned for his Chinese TV appearances as the quick-witted foreigner who does amusing skits and the first Westerner to perform the ancient Chinese art of xiangsheng, or comedic dialogue."
is a wonderful site for exploring Chinese post Cultural Revolution art, with excellent accompanying texts. Browse the featured artists
and see an Exhibition from a Private Collection
. Also, Inside Out: New Chinese Art
is a beautiful site focusing on this recent "explosion of diverse work that is simultaneously exhilarating and bewildering", and you will find more great examples at Chinese Contemporary
(click on the artist's name for information and all thumbnails for that artist), plus marvelous Chinese avant-garde posters at Rene Wanner's poster pages
and Who's Who in Chinese Posters
, and at the Hochschule der Kuenste
, Berlin (view works here
The Ballad of Mulan
in Chinese calligraphy by, er, Mi Fei; also translated into English
. Via the Mulan FAQ
Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation.
A page full of stories of the Chinese community in Australia around 1900. 'At this time there were almost 35,000 Chinese in the Australian colonies. Each of these individuals to varying degrees has played a role in the development of Australia. This page explores the lives of some of these people - both ordinary and famous. '
Related :- the Ng Shing Gung
in San Jose; the Mai Wah Society
and the Asian heritage of Butte, Montana (old building
and the Tong Wars
); the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle
; a Chinese joss house
in Darwin; Chinatown Melbourne
(history, today, virtual tour); Chinatown Sydney
(community and culture); Yema-po
, once a Chinese labourers' work camp in California.
As you may have heard, long term FBI Agent and Chinese double-agent Katrina Leung was charged yesterday.
What you might not have heard, if, say, you only read the CNN story, was that Leung was a prominent Republican,
who probably did a good bit to subvert the campaign finance reform effort. However, this isn't being covered by ABC, CNN,
Newsweek, the New York Times,
or pretty much anyone with any name recognition, as TalkingPointsMemo reports. Funny how potential sabotage isn't worth mentioning in these fast times full of SARS and terror, no?
Explore a Chinese Language.
The Ting Chinese English Center is a database of tools to learn Mandarin or English, and it's fun to boot. Don't miss the tongue twisters
, and try to guess how to pronounce the color
before clicking on the sound file.
Section VIII Double Standards in International Field of Human Rights
to the annual report by the US state department critical of China’s current human rights record, China slings back with a report of its
own, this time critical of the US
for its human rights record.
Is this the superpower propagandist equivalent of schoolyard name calling, or does the Chinese report make some salient points, ones better left unsaid in the conquest of International Pax Americana
Chinese sold Iraq 'dual-use' chemical
And France helped broker the deal. Now do we boycott not only French bread and wine but all Chinese food too?
Let the celebrations begin!
According to the Chinese calendar, tomorrow begins the year 4700. The festivals and superstitions surround the celebration for the new year are fascinating in China as well as Korea
. Which animal year
were you born in and do you follow the Chinese, Japanese
, or Korean
zodiac? Finally, the mathematics
behind the calendar are truly fascinating.
Animated chinese characters.
"China's catastrophic mismanagement of its AIDS crisis has come to this:
Xie Yan is trying to give away her son. Ms. Xie's husband died last year of AIDS, and she has the virus as well. They are the victims of government-backed blood-selling schemes that have left about one million people infected here in Henan Province in central China. Multiply Ms. Xie's heartache a millionfold, and you understand the cost of the Chinese government's cover-up of its AIDS crisis. If China continues to be more concerned with hiding the tragedy than confronting it, then today's Chinese leaders could kill millions of people over the next two decades. We in the West must exert strong pressure on China to act quickly to address the AIDS challenge."
Tales from the Land of Dragons.
100 years of Chinese paintings. From the overview
:- 'In China, painting is one of the "Three Perfections," linked with calligraphy and poetry as the most refined of artistic endeavors. This exhibition ... focuses on the years in which the great traditions of Chinese painting were established, during the Tang, Song, and Yuan dynasties ... '
Hell Bank Notes
are a chinese funeral custom
of burning paper money
in specialized cemetary ovens
for use in the afterlife (Some even feature US Presidents JFK
). I have heard of instances where entire paper houses or cars are burned in tribute. Find out more
about contemporary chinese funeral practices, such as funerary music like Mei Hua Ts'ao (Plum Blossoms) [3 meg mp3]
and personal insightful interviews.
What unique funeral practices have you witnessed or participated in?
Fake Harry Potter novel hits China.
An anonymous Chinese author has decided JK Rowling is taking too long to write the fifth book - so has written a new adventure to satisfy the huge Potter market in the country, according to a report in The Times. Harry Potter And Leopard Walk Up To Dragon
, on sale in Beijing street markets for about £1, is selling fast to the dismay of the publisher of the genuine Potter books in China.
Chinese presidential plane bugged
with advanced satellite spying devices. Could this be a rerun of the spyplane incident
? (News link also at the Financial Times
and Yahoo! News
this is very odd indeed
chinese news media's flash tribute for the WTC tragedy
rough translation for the song:
elderly american goes to work
was very frightened
someone drove a plane into the building
and it fell down
but he was very fit
so he ran down 937 stairs and got away
the news people asked him to say a few words
that was all he could say
he said someone crashed a plane into the building
they were terrorists
this is bad because it affects ordinary people
"They all look the same to me!"
Just by looking, can you tell a Chinese person from a Korean? Or a Japanese? Take the Asian Aptitude Test
and find out.
Last summer, lagado posted a link
on some interesting mummies found in a Chinese desert. This is an article
on the ensuing (and continuing) political problems they've caused.