H7N9, North Korea, & Censorship

The total count is now at 38, with 10 deaths. It’s still situated in Eastern China in Shanghai City, Jiangsu, Anhui, and Zhejiang provinces. If you don’t know where these are in relation to Xi’an, take a look at Google maps.

The government seems to be taking as much precautions as you can in an overly populated and rules-seen-more as guidelines society.

They stopped the sale of live poultry in many metropolises in the previously mentioned provinces. They also slaughtered over 20,000 birds. Sadly, this hasn’t seemed to stop all poultry sales, because even when something is restricted or banned in China, someone, especially when it comes down to the bottom line, will find a loophole.

Although most of the poultry I would consume would be from around here, most likely the outskirts of Xi’an, I am avoiding meat entirely just to stay on the safe side. I’ve increased my intake of tofu, much to my own dismay, but as the Chinese say 没办法, mei2ban4fa3.

Moving on to another topic of hot discussion: North Korea. A lot of foreign press has decided that Xi Jinping’s recent comments at the Baoa Forum, an Asian bi-lateral conference, imply that China is sick of its younger brother. To some extent, I think this analysis is fair, but doesn’t really encompass the whole picture. China would rather not see a unified peninsula as they see that as playing into America’s dominance or pivot towards Asia. Kerry is making his first appearance in Asia, with a visit to Beijing so I’ll have to keep you updated on the rhetoric that the Chinese government plans to serve the U.S. gov…

On a similar note of rhetoric, Tarantino’s film Django Unchained made its debut in China on Thursday. Unfortunately, it can’t really adequately be called a debut, since the movie was pulled from theaters. In some reports, pulled just as the film began screening. It seems that the censorship gods had not done an adequate job in evaluating the film. Although it was already heavily censored for your typical Tarantino blood and gore, it appeared that the Ministry of Film, Television, and Radio (it has a new name that is far too lengthy and that I am failing to recall at this exact moment) overlooked a nude scene where Jamie Foxx’s character’s “manly bits” can be partially seen. Of course, if you are the Ministry you tell everyone that it is due to some “technical errors.”

I’m off to dinner with Sara and Sandro for some Indian. I have some other entries I am working on so stay tuned!

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