South of the clouds (彩云之南)

I am in Yunnan, again!

The
lovely Chinese Southwest, with its natural beauty, is always close to
home, which paints a sharp contrast to the chaotic and polluted east
coast.

God gives us this land, and we’ve not been doing a fair
job to take care of it. One day the mother nature will claim us and our
kids because of this lack of respect.

云南,意为"云岭之南", or called "South of the clouds" in a foreign reference (see here for an article in the Atlantic). Here I share an excerpt from a random lyrics (with some heavy editorial change…).

彩云之南 我心的方向
孔雀飞去 回忆悠长

记得那时那里的天空湛蓝
你的眼里闪着温柔的阳光

彩云之南 归去的地方


Chinese youth

I’ve found this op-ed story from New York Times almost right onto the point about how to depict our young urban population, even though I do disagree with it on some bits. It’s written before the lavish Beijing Olympic Games. It is accurate that many Chinese young people are blind optimists by the lack of information and are reflexive patriots by education. 

I quote here — "It is received wisdom in China that people in their 40s are the most
willing to challenge their government, and the Tibet crisis bears out
that observation. Of the 29 ethnic-Chinese intellectuals who last month
signed a widely publicized petition urging the government to show restraint in the crackdown, not one was under 30." I have my own view about the issues in Tibet, but that’s a story for another day.

Plus, the article has an eye-catching art piece! (see below for a thumbnail).

Testing email publishing function

This is a test to the function of email publishing.

State-controlled media vs. elements of journalism

The classic textbook "Elements of Journalism" by Kovach and Rosenstiel enumerated ten basic elements of journalism that describe how to lead a profession as a journalist. More information about journalism can be found out at wikipedia.org. I list them as follows.

  1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.
  2. Its first loyalty is to the citizens.
  3. Its essence is discipline of verification.
  4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
  5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
  6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
  7. It must strive to make the significant interesting, and relevant.
  8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional.
  9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.
  10. The rights and responsibilities of citizens.

In an environment that is under manipulation by state-controlled media, all above elements are lacking. We witness in this country daily infusion of prescribed and line-walking (bogus) information by government-owned news outlets whose purpose is to maintain a state of citizens’s ignorance and unawareness of administrative wrongdoings. It is unsurprising that citizens are so ill-informed and biased that it becomes difficult to rationalize and debate on subjects.

Write at the edge of 2009

2009 is here, officially!

Walking back home from my office, I spent the midnight passing. The street was silent, cold and empty. Soon firecrackers broke the chill from a distance. But it was a quiet and insensible new year eve. Look out! a young couple were holding a long kiss with each other across the street. Thank you! Even in this corner of the world, a holiday spirit prevails.

Maybe one day I will inevitably become old and a new year passing will mean nothing new any longer. Nonetheless, I will still miss the new year passing in the fairytale-like Montreal, in the classic-modern NYC and by the snow-topped Rocky Mountains. And I will miss this one and the young couple that lighted up a forgotten Shanghai street, a street that took me back home with a holiday spirit.

Howdy 2009!