Shanzhai Everything and Shameless Self Promotion

It had to happen with recent reportage of PRC’s very own version of Chinabounder. Not going into extreme detail here, since anybody with half a weblife is aware of Chinabounder’s virtual exploits with Ting Ting et al, and the ensuring human flesh search to locate this foreign bad element, only to find that our overactive pants man was a keyboard hoax.

Now that this menace to PRC femininity has outed himself, and Chinabounder aka David Marriot has faded from public memory, a stalwart Chinese citizen – one Mr Li, the senior editor of a cultural magazine in Zhejiang, demonstrates true shanzhai spirit:

“The author of a sex blog that detailed the seedy antics of a Chinese prostitute and captivated hundreds of thousands of followers has been unmasked as a married man up to nothing more devious than plagiarizing foreign literature.

Lin copied foreign literature, translating the works into Chinese and writing one piece a day on the microblog as the “Diary of a Sex Worker.” Shanghai Daily.

Nice cultural contrast here. The Casanova Complex versus Pure Monetization.

As much as I dislike the site, Danwei provides half decent background for the uninitiated HERE.

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Having just visited the Hidden Harmonies Blog hoping to find mention of the esteemed new award – the Confucius Peace Prize CPP – I encountered a deathly silence from that diaspora of (insert your own descriptor here) on all matters Confucian.

It appears that people have been jeering in the wrong direction RE: the Confucius Peace Prize debacle. This includes the denizens of Peking Duck HERE as well as others, and here I refer your to Loawai Times pretty decent blog roll HERE, where you can show some initiative and do your further research on the CPP.

Apparently, if Edward Wong of the NYTs HERE is correct, it was all about a departmental turf war and competing guanzi networks following the emergence of a competing Confucius World Peace Prize CWPP.

The NYTs paywall. Sorry folks, google the article yourself.

The money quotes.

“The ministry supports the World Peace Prize, but my Confucius Peace Prize is the first and only,” Mr. Liu said. CPP

“They are trying to have a monopoly on Confucius prizes,” Mr. Wang said. CWPP

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Now most serious Sino-scribblers have reinvented themselves over time, quietly forgetting the fact that they cut their teeth on that tabloid ChinaSmack.

Not so this scribe, with this UPDATE on that ghastly Sister Feng now working as a manicurist in Brooklyn.

Surely, she must be the last person still believing in the American Dream:

“America is still a place where anyone can succeed. I can open a small business, develop into a big business, take it public and then global,’ she continued”.

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Moving on to weightier economic matters.

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Have to get this on the record first.

Recall Liu Xiang the 100 metres hurdler during the 08 Potemkin Games. China’s sporting accountants spent approximately a quarter of their 08 R @ D budget on Xiang, hoping that he would take gold in this marque event.

A product of the PRCs sports training gulag – glory for the CCP/Motherland and all that shyte – Xiang crawled off the field of glory on his hand and knees like a mongrel dog. He also got a free pass from the People’s Premier Wen next day, when the prick should have been consigned to the glue factory.

Having literally traversed miles of posters exhibiting pretty boys vacant features peddling Pepsi Cola while in Shenzhen, I always wished him unwell, only to be thwarted by the CCP which has just appointed him an official in the Communist Party Youth League HERE.

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Back to those economic matters.

While providing a decent link eludes me here, Wenzhou a major centre for China’s private economy, , was also a pioneer in eat the wounded, take no prisoners capitalism, after Deng opened the door.

Again, and without going into extreme detail, bank loans to SMEs in China dried up a year or so ago. In consequence, many small business types turned to underground banks which charged interest rates which would have done Tony Soprano proud.ie. interest up to 200%.

Well, many of these SMEs borrowed to the hilt, and now that they face repayments in a declining export market, have decided to put all their available RMB in a hold-all and do a runner, some going so far to fake/shanzhai their own suicide.

Net result
. Workers left with unpaid wages, some pissed off first and second wives, the impending collapse of the underground banks PLUS financial wipeout for the individuals who put their funds into these underground high interest tontines. Go into detail HERE and again the NYT article paywall issue.

See also China Daily and Asia Times Online.

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Finally, a blast from the predigital 1974 past with our site monarch being sighted at 8.07 and 21.36. Don’t be fooled by all the nicotine and alcohol and be impressed by the haircut.

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6 Responses to “Shanzhai Everything and Shameless Self Promotion”

  1. FOARP Says:

    Whoever put the vid together obviously a massive Floyd fan.

  2. kingtubby1 Says:

    No, it was the juke box throughout, and I hated pink floyd with a living vengeance.

    One reason why friends and I started to listen to new american country such as Gram Parsons.

  3. foarp Says:

    Wait, even Dark Side? Are you a Sid Barrett fan or something?

  4. King Tubby Says:

    Let me state it in black and white and for the final time.

    I absolutely bloody hated Pink Floyd…….pompous stadium drivel right up there with U2, Queen etc in the aural hogswash department.

    One top of that I couldn’t stand the type of crowds those sort of bands attracted. They make me wish for a stadium collapse, bubomic plague or something life-threateningly similar.

    I did however walk past Sid Barret’s house once and noticed a lot of litter on his door step.

    And I write with great authority here, since I disowned a close school friend when he turned up with a copy of See Emily Play.

    Besides, my latest post provides readers with an essential musical education. Take advantage.

  5. foarp Says:

    Wait, Queen as well? For Shame!

  6. kingtubby1 Says:

    Queen in particular. And because of your tender years FOARP, I will give Oasis a dispensation.

    There has not been a band worth watching since promoters banned glass objects, drugs and alcohol as part of the concert experience.

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