The revolt of China’s Twittering class via @ethanz

"Twitter has become a powerful tool for Chinese citizens as they increasingly play a role in reporting local news in their communities. But the social revolution brought by microblogging might be even more important than the communication revolution. Indeed, here Chinese Twitter users lead the world, using it for everything from social resistance, civic investigation,... Continue Reading →

With Twitter blocked, Chinese micro-blogging thrives

"China’s 420-million web users have seized on micro-blogging as a new avenue for mass expression in a tightly-controlled information landscape.... "Last year ... China’s censors added Twitter to their list of blocked foreign services amid government accusations that social media were used to fan deadly ethnic unrest in northwestern China in July 2009. "But several... Continue Reading →

American #creativity is declining /@newsweek

"Creativity scores had been steadily rising, just like IQ scores, until 1990. Since then, creativity scores have consistently inched downward.... It is the scores of younger children in America—from kindergarten through sixth grade—for whom the decline is 'most serious'.... "Highly creative adults tended to grow up in families embodying opposites. Parents encouraged uniqueness, yet provided... Continue Reading →

China is leading the clean economy race

"Creating a clean economy will not be easy. It will require sustained, consistent, and large-scale investment across many sectors, including transportation, building systems and appliances, energy generation, and of course the electric grid itself. ... As a percentage of GDP, China, Germany, and even Brazil are investing at a rate three times greater than the... Continue Reading →

Nomadic roots of the violin

My daughter is going to be starting violin lessons, so we found this history of the violin. "The earliest stringed instruments were mostly plucked (e.g. the Greek lyre). Bowed instruments may have originated in the equestrian cultures of Central Asia... "Turkic and Mongolian horsemen from Inner Asia were probably the world’s earliest fiddlers. Their two-stringed... Continue Reading →

Neighbor raises funds for education in rural China

"The Gwen Moore Children of China Fund promotes literacy and self-sufficiency for children and women in rural Guizhou Province in southwestern China by providing financial help so children can attend school, an opportunity previously out of reach due to their families’ profound poverty. "Education is a key that can change the future in ways Luodian... Continue Reading →

Hua Mulan (Wikipedia)

"Hua Mulan is a heroine who joined an all-male army, described in a Chinese poem known as the Ballad of Mulan. The poem was first written in the Musical Records of Old and New from the 6th century ... Over time, the story of Hua Mulan rose in popularity as a folk tale among the... Continue Reading →

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