“Foreigners take a very biased view of China. They think that there is no freedom of speech in China. They think that everything is totally like the Cultural Revolution without any voice from the people. But it is not that simple.”
Danwei’s Jeremy Goldkorn hits China’s leading newspaper Southern Weekend (here in a translation by ESWN; h/t Thomas Crampton) that babtizes him the “fake foreigner”.
“Foreigners actually do not have too many channels to understand China,” says Jeremy Goldkorn. The model of Danwei.org is very simple. That is to translate the latest published articles in China into English and publish it on the blog. This opens a new window for many foreigners who want to understand China but cannot read Chinese. When he chose ‘Danwei” as the name of the blog, he though that ‘Danwei” was a term with unique Chinese characteristics: The Danwei is a unit that can provide wages, benefits and other guarantees under socialism. This is a utopian society that provides an identity for the people.
More at ESWN.
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