Category: diary

Anti-protest rhetoric of the PLA

This post from Thursday’s LTN (自由時報 08.15.19) reports that the PLA has moved within 10 minutes of HK and called Hong Kong protesters 「港毒分子」(HK poisoners) and 「秋後的螞蚱」(post-Autumn grasshoppers) on Weibo. The former is a corruption of 「港獨分子」(HK independence supporters) but the latter is a saying used to describe something/someone that is ephemeral, as in ‘wont…

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Changsha ACCL 2019

Probably write this up at some point but until then these are my notes: Changsha airport late night arrival again; bus to city center, then taxi to: Staggering number of hotels (brothels?) along road 楓林賓館 hotel w/lobby full of cheap cigarette smoke odor 1st day conference mildly interesting*heard a panel on senses/affect in Chinese lit.…

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Understanding Chinese SF

A good bit has already been written on understanding China through its science fiction, but here’s an informative post that gives a “brief history of Chinese science fiction magazines” (GB Chinese) as well.

Words don’t do what I want them to

When I sat down to read this post “Against the New Vitalism” I was momentarily dazed by the opening paragraph: Words are material; they matter. Words are material that matter.1 “Words,” Virginia Woolf reminds us, are “stored with meanings, with memories.”2 Words are historical, and words are relational. Words are living, and words are alive. This…

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Iuli on “cybernetic aesthetics” in CoL49

Transatlantic Sixties (2013): “In his first novel, The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), trope of entropy, a crucial concept in Shannon’s Mathematical Theory of Communication and in Second Order cybernetics, provides the ground for questioning theories of communication, meaning production and actualization, and technologies of memory” (Iuli 246) Ehem…The Crying of Lot 49 was not…

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Asian film to see list, 2019

Judging from the Cannes line-up and various other outlets it looks like a lot of good Asian films have come out in the past year or so. Must sees: 1. Parasite (2019), dir. Bong Joon-ho 2. The Wild Goose Lake (2019), dir. Diao Yinan 3. The Truth (2018), Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda (2018 actually) 4. Long…

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From a Taipei rooftop

took this ages ago (2004?) while having lunch on a rooftop with my Japanese friend. Not sure what happened to the original, just have this badly shopped version left…

Adam Shatz on Orientalism in NYRB

“Since the book’s first publication in 1978, “Orientalism” has become one of those words that shuts down conversation on liberal campuses, where no one wants to be accused of being “Orientalist” any more than they want to be called racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic. That “Orientalist” is now a commonly applied epithet is a tribute…

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The Minoans: The Labyrinth

“The first temples were built through the 20th century BCE lasted til around 1,700 BCE, when an earthquake destroyed most everything on the island, ending the Old Temple period. Minoans would stand resilient in the face of such devastation, as each city rebuilt their temple and life went on. Thus the New Temple period began…

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Cigarettes and Coffee

Yes, could I quit just one considering I seem to have wired both together in my brain? Not because of the PTA movie by that name surely, but probably because we once indulged in these vices simultaneously…As a kid, coffee just meant my grandma’s percolated brew, a dark scalding hot liquid she’d consume in her…

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Final word on ‘yellow fever’ rhetoric

Was re-reading this post at Danwei about how the “yellow fever” myth–not the illness but you know, white guys with “a thing for Asian women” — was finally debunked in one Columbia University study: We found no evidence of the stereotype of a white male preference for East Asian women. However, we also found that…

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