This story’s bigger than I expected. Here I sit in a kind of bubble, the bubble of an outsider who doesn’t speak the language and lives in a place where openly discussing hot topics isn’t done as far as I can see.
My second year students are doing a news project where they have to put together a short group newscast on Monday’s and Fridays. When a colleague who teaches business lamented over students not reading or knowing anything about the news, I thought I could help with that, thus the group reports. Yet most of the stories are so innocuous. The students must include national and international news, but they have a different take on what’s important. Yesterday we heard about the Sino-Russian military exercises which were significant, buying cars (it’s hardly news that Chinese people want to buy cars, but the student who did that project so rarely comes to class that I was surprised he did anything), the release of The Avengers, an interesting story on how the overuse of ground water is causing buildings to sink in China, and a recap of the London Book Fair, which had a China theme. I’d say two of the stories were far more lightweight than I hoped. And I’d be dumbstruck and unnerved if anyone did a controversial story, but it is so weird how different the foreign and Sino news reports have been lately.
- Downing Street China talks ‘likely’ to mention Neil Heywood (itv.com)
- Need to Know News: China says activist can apply to study abroad; Bin Laden’s letters reveal a terrorist losing control (piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com)
- Zakaria: What happens when China slows down? (globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com)