what i read this week

Back for another wash-cycle of what happened in Asia this week (that I read about), and no matter what else happened, there was only one event that everyone was talking about (well, some people were, anyway).

Simon World has launched the second annual Asia Blog Awards. Go on, nominate me for something, I’ll buy you a beer.

In other news…

Hemlock gets to go to Macau and chase a runaway trust-fund kid around the Thai massage parlour scene.

China officially plants a bullet in the back of the heads of 5000 people this year, making it the number 1 gangsta. EastSouthNorthWest has some interviews with the trigger-pullers and some very gory photos.

It was twenty years ago today. CSR Asia remembers Bhopal. The rest of the word remembers with a compensation hoax by The Yes Men that left the BBC looking really stupid, and reminds us that Union Carbide have still got away with not paying compensation.

One a daysays 杀鸡给猴看 kill the chicken and show it to the monkey.

World AIDS day was last week, and China Digital News (which should be daily reading for anyone interested in what’s going on in China) wrote alot about it. Hu Jintao shakes hands with AIDS patients on state TV, condom machines in Shanghai, and AIDS in Yunnan, . China also released gay numbers for the first time.

Over at Peking Duck though, there’s a bullet for any optimism over seriousness in dealing with AIDS in China.

If it’s not a campaign against right deviationists, it must be time for Public Intellectuals are on the Road to Debauchery”. Sounds like a fun party over at Danwei, if your idea of fun is senile 90 year old hard-line reactionaries with colostomy bags getting apoplectic over the Nanfang Daily Newspaper Group again.

Can’t these fuckers grow up? China and America get ready for another cold war as China gets one up with their new submarine over at Angry Chinese Blogger. Do us all a favour and die.

Robot Action Boy gets around the Taiwan art scene, and salivates just as much as me over Werner Herzog at the 4th Taiwan International Documentary film Festival.

And speaking of documentaries, July, directed by Tammy Cheung is out, covering the massive 1/2 million people protests in Hong Kong last year.

Finishing where I started, Simon World does a monthly Regional Briefing for Winds Of Change, China and East Asia Highights.

Now back to the art stuff.