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John Kennedy

Former Chinese Language Editor for Global Voices Online, living in Hong Kong.

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Latest posts by John Kennedy

26 August 2015

Chinese Cultural Revolution Sci-Fi Wins Hugo Awards’ Best Novel Prize

"Even with all the dodgy science in Liu Cixin's sci-fi, his values and literary skill aside, his imagination still far surpasses that of other contemporary Chinese sci-fi writers."

16 February 2012

China: A Portrayal of Portrayals of Cultural And Ethnic Stereotypes

One Chinese vlogger has gone viral with his impersonation of the accents of a few Asian neighbors and other cultures from around the globe. How much do these differ from...

5 February 2012

China: Veto of UN Security Council Draft Resolution on Syria Draws Praise and Grief

Once again, China and Russia have vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution aimed at bringing peace to Syria. The latest proposal calls for an end to the killings of...

27 January 2012

China: Not Worried About Twitter's Decision to Self-Censor

Twitter announced this week that, with an eye on global profits, it has decided to begin censoring content prohibited in the various markets in which the company has users. Although...

26 January 2012

China: ‘Anti-American Warrior’ Gets Head Stuck in DC Airport Escalator

One of China's fiercest critics of liberal values hasn't had much to say after he injured his head on an escalator in Washington, DC, on a trip to the US...

26 December 2011

China: Only Talking About a Revolution

Han Han, supposedly the world's most-read blogger, has succeeded in getting netizens to debate the possibilities (or lack thereof) for greater political freedoms and democracy in China through three new...

17 December 2011

China: A Week Later, Wukan Remains Under Siege

China: Pandaman vs. Christian “Batman” Bale Goes Viral

Christian Bale's recent run-in with state security police (aka "Pandas") has inspired a series of viral spoof images, and coincides with the news that another high-profile Chinese dissident has been...

16 December 2011

China: Actor Christian Bale Roughed Up Trying to Visit Chen Guangcheng

Hollywood actor Christian Bale made a detour from promotion in Beijing of his upcoming film to try and visit illegally detained Chinese human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, hoping to shake...

11 December 2011

China: Why Didn't Putin Come Pick Up His Confucius Peace Prize?

A renegade operation by Chinese leftists aimed at winning China some soft power points has backfired: Not only has the Chinese government tried to shut them down, but now a...

4 December 2011

China: Monitoring the 2012 Presidential Election

Chinese netizen interest this weekend in the first of three debates leading up to Taiwan's presidential election next month suggests more attention will be paid to this round than was...

20 November 2011

China: United States Begins ‘Pacific Century’, Online Nationalism Follows

As the US quickly asserts its position in the Asia-Pacific region, nationalist sentiment has leapt at similar speed from somewhat marginalized online communities to the top of China's largest blog...

9 November 2011

China: On the Rise But Feeling Boxed In

China is surrounded by 85% of the political hotspots in the world, argues one prominent professor, and needs to be free to deal with those and other geopolitical problems it...

8 November 2011

China: Japan's Imaginary Enemy

Recent Japanese media reports portraying China as the enemy in a Japan-US naval exercise reportedly scheduled for this week have brought even more tension to territorial claims between the two...

30 October 2011

China: Questions Following Mekong River Massacre

Thirteen Chinese sailors were killed earlier this month in an attack on two cargo ships. Nine Thai soldiers have claimed responsibility, which the Thai government says is theirs alone, but...

17 October 2011

China: No Clear Solution to the Wall Street Occupation

The occupation of Wall Street has gathered a lot of interest in China, as have three blog posts last week from an investment banker, a columnist and a Yale professor,...

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