Friday, October 15, 2010

GDYE October 16

Mild wonk alert.
  • UNIVERSE: Out of the many things to think about, one of the strands I've gravitated towards in the discussions of Liu Xiaobo's Nobel has been the resurrection of a debate on universality of values in the Chinese Academy. The Economist had a really excellent review of this, with many links to original Chinese language articles I'm hoping to go through this weekend.
  • FIVE YEAR PLANS: Everyone in their mid-20s needs one, especially me, but the CCP is putting out a new one soon. Between projects I finally read the big work of last year, Yasheng Huang's Capitalism With Chinese Characteristics, that deftly maps out rifts within the 80s and 90s party leadership. He marks the current leadership as much more in line with the 80's, rural-oriented reformists - consistent with many of the comments made by Wen Jiabao on CNN recently, which faced media blackout at home.
  • NOXIOUS FUMES: Ai Weiwei's sunflower seed exhibit  -awesome. Ai Weiwei's exhibit's noxious fumes leading to shutdown of said exhibit - not so awesome. He'll be speaking at Hong Kong University on October 26th, 6:30 PM.  

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