Month: September 2013
There is a big difference on the amount of relevant articles about the trial between the foreign media and Chinese media. From the website of New York Times and the Times, I only find one article each in September reporting the trial. In the meanwhile, the Guardian has four articles and builds up a story-line, but not in-depth report. When it comes to SCMP (South China Morning Post), they post ten articles online from the 20th to 25th, September. I think it can be explained by proximity: people like to know what happen close to them, so the local media sometimes will report more local news.
Analyzing how they choose an angle or use what kind of words, I found out that foreign media and some Hong Kong media use multiple angles and different headlines. Some focus on Bo’s tear and action; some pay more attention to Bo’s dramatic tale of punch-ups and marriage split; and some just use titles to emphasize the attitude of Chinese government. Besides the headlines, they offer information about the trial like “Bo Xilai appeals against guilty verdict and life imprisonment”, or the fact that he denied his guilt and how he was doing at the court. And the New York Times report that some section like if the pressure from Communist Party force Bo to confess, was out of public record.
Some media in mainland China dare not report the trial in a more-detail or in-depth way, because the censorship and editorial monitoring can be really serious. So one of the safest ways to report that is to use articles of Xinhua News Agency. For example, Guangzhou Daily (in Chinese) is a newspaper my father reads every day, they just use what Xinhua News Agency published and only did some cutting work.
Unlike most Hong Kong newspaper reporting different angles or details, mainland newspaper became very cautious. SCMP has articles talking about how the trial result will influence Chinese political area and how Bo’s life in prison will be: hotel-style prison and luxury. They even pointed out Bo’s case can reflect to some political phenomenon in China.
As a brief conclusion, I think Hong Kong and foreign media have more freedom of speech and do more objective reporting than the mainland media.
New York Times:
Ta Kung Pao
Bo Xilai to appeal life sentence for corruption: sources
In China, justice serves the cause of party politics
Bo Xilai’s cries of defiance after he is sentenced to life in prison for corruption
After Bo Xilai, a fork in the road for China
Hotel-style prison awaits China’s Bo Xilai
Bo Xilai case: Critics and fans united in scepticism
After Bo, China’s political dysfunction just as opaque
Creature comforts inside prison for corrupt officials
Bo Xilai sentenced to life imprisonment
Bo Xilai ‘will appeal’ verdict and sentence Jinan court hands down
Xinhua News Agency
As a traditional festival in China, Mid-Autumn Festival is just less important than the Spring Festival. I think most Chinese believe that we should be with our family and enjoy the glorious full moon at that night.
Chinese people always gather to have dinner together. No one can deny the Chinese food cultrue. When we talk about business, we have a ceremony or we go to a funeral, we would like to end it on the dinner table. So Mid-Autumn Festival also brings us plenty of special food.
First must be mooncake. It can be divided into two types, traditional and modern. I personally prefer the modern type, and just before I left Hong Kong and go back to Guangzhou to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with my family, my mother already informed me that she had brought some Haagen-Dazs ice-cream mooncakes for me.
Pomelo is the second symbol food of the festival. It’s popular in autumn and the inside part of it just looks like a family being together, holding each other tightly. In northern areas of China,, people would make and eat dumplings when they’re together. But nowadays, most restaurants are full of people. People choose to eat at restaurants, so they don’t need to cook or wash dishes, just like my family and I went to a restaurant which we reserved a few days before the meal.
But some cultural tradition won’t disappear. Like Hong Kong and Guangzhou, I can still see festive lantern shows and citizens can solve riddles posted on lanterns. In ancient China, if you are the first one who solve the riddle, you can win that lantern. Now maybe you can win the lantern, some gifts or tools. I am not so good at it and only solved two simple riddles.
When we reached home, my mum said we have to “Bai Yue”, which means bow to the moon. It is a kind of rite to wish gods and godnesses lived on the moon (or in the sky) bless us and give us luck. Mum put some fruits and mooncakes on a small table (only used for rites), and burnt some joss sticks, I also did it (because she asked me to). Then she wanted me to eat some fruits which she had already “Bai”, “it will bring you luck”, she said.
Usually we spend the night watching TV or go to the mountain, but this Mid-Autumn Festival we slept earlier than we did last year. The CCTV Mid-Autumn Festival Evening Party is not very interesting, and if we go to Bai Yun Mountain (the highest and best place to see the moon in GZ), we might be squeezed as a piece of paper by the crowd. Because GZ local news showed that thousands of visitors crowded to the mountains and became such a mess, I just saw several police cars at the entrance of Bai Yun Mountain and a few policemen who couldn’t enjoy the wonderful evening with their family.
Ps: My family ancester SU Shi (Su Dong Pong) had a very famous Chiese peom for Mid-Autumn Festival, I would like to share it here and wish everyone a happy festival and a happy life.
Translation to English:
Thinking of You
When will the moon be clear and bright?
With a cup of wine in my hand, I ask the blue sky.
I don’t know what season it would be in the heavens on this night.
I’d like to ride the wind to fly home.
Yet I fear the crystal and jade mansions are much too high and cold for me.
Dancing with my moon-lit shadow,
It does not seem like the human world.
The moon rounds the red mansion Stoops to silk-pad doors, Shines upon the sleepless Bearingno grudge,
Why does the moon tend to be full when people are apart? People may have sorrow or joy, benear or far apart,
The moon may be dim or bright, wax or wane,
This has been going on since the beginning of time.
May we all be blessed with longevity Though far apart, we are still able to share the beauty ofthe moon together.
Hong Kong has about 7.13 million people living in according to Baidu Encyclopedia.
Every night when people come back home, in the lobby or on the ground floor, there might be someone smiling or saying hi. These workers, who are called as building administrators or caretakers, might be still working, while most other people are sleeping or having a good time with their family.
As a caretaker of Garden Rivera for six years, Ms. FUNG AU LING said many people just ignored her like nobody was standing there. “Even when I smile and say hi, they won’t give a look. It makes me feel cold, like I am nobody or I don‘t exist.”
Her working hours are 12 in total, from 7:30 to another 7:30, only a one-day rest per week. She has to wake up at 6 a.m. and arrive home at nearly 9:00 p.m. That means it won’t be possible for her to cook for her family like many other Hong Kong women do.
“My husband cook and I eat, but we already get used to it. My family understand me. In Hong Kong, either the rich or the poor need to find a way to live.”
Compared to her night shift colleague, Ms. Fung thinks her situation cannot be the worst, “the night shift is more difficult, and it’s not easy to keep yourself awake”. Their duty to help strangers get registered and to watch the surveillance camera footage. “It is really boring”, she said.
“People being trapped in elevators almost becomes the only kind of accident I need to deal with. I saw a lot, many people were pretty angry and got vent towards us caretakers. I feel sorry, but you know the repairman also need some time to come.”
According to Ms. Fung, the majority of dwellers lived in the building are Hong Kong residents and maybe 10% are students from other cities who come here to study. However, communication won’t be limited by languages, and sometimes a smile just work well.
People who live in mainland China, consider Hong Kong as an inetrnational city with keen competition, so Hong Kong people are very busy. Then I found out it might be wrong when I came to Hong Kong and live in here.
First, Hong Kong residents work to prove their value and feel proud to earn their own living. An aunty I’ve just recently known once talked about her work. She is an saler working for real estate agent, so she needs to work 6 days per week, introducing the flats and trying to persuade customers to buy. As she’s above 55 (the age of retirement in mainland China), I wonder why she still works so hard. “I don’t want to stay at home, and I want to prove myself. Also, I can support my family better if I keep working.”
Second, Hong Kong guys focus more on individuals and personality than mainland guys do. They might be busy searching their own way and lifestyle. I rent Mrs Lin’s flat and chatted a few times. She complained that both her two sons didn’t want to inherit their family’s car-repairing business. Even she only asked them, “your dad got a friend who can offer you a job, do you like to go?” The answer is “No, no, no”. She guessed that they just want to do what they like or what’s suitable for them. That might be the reason why she didn’t see them much at home.
I think if I stay here longer, it will be more interest to discover and more different feelings. Listening to people’s stories gets me more information and inspiration.
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This museum stays in a park named Yuexiu, on Yuexiu Hill. A long time ago, people built it to see whether the ocean would influnce the city, but after all these long time, the ocean and water moved, only this building left.