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Posted by: DP
Date: September 10, 2021 06:44AM
[www.washingtonpost.com]

Xi Jinping’s crackdown on everything is remaking Chinese society

The orders have been sudden, dramatic and often baffling. Last week, “American Idol”-style competitions and shows featuring men deemed too effeminate were banned by Chinese authorities. Days earlier, one of China’s wealthiest actresses, Zhao Wei, had her movies, television series and news mentions scrubbed from the Internet as if she had never existed.

A dizzying regulatory crackdown unleashed by China’s government has spared almost no sector over the past few months. This sprawling “rectification” campaign — with such disparate targets as ride-hailing services, insurance, education and even the amount of time children can spend playing video games — is redrawing the boundaries of business and society in China as Xi prepares to take on a controversial third term in 2022.

Male Chinese celebrities known for their androgynous style have also become a threat in Beijing’s eyes. Last week, regulators ordered broadcasters to encourage “masculinity” and put a stop to “abnormal beauty standards” such as “niangpao,” a slur that translates to “sissy men.”

“The party does not feel comfortable with expressions of individualism that are in some ways transgressive to norms that it puts forward,” said Rana Mitter, a professor of modern Chinese history and politics at the University of Oxford. “The party-state makes it clear that it has the first and last word on what is permitted in mass culture.”

The scope and velocity of the society-wide rectification has some worried China may be at the beginning of the kind of cultural and ideological upheaval that has brought the country to a standstill before.

Last week, an essay by a retired newspaper editor and blogger described the changes as a response to threats from the United States. “What these events tell us is that a monumental change is taking place in China, and that the economic, financial, cultural, and political spheres are undergoing a profound transformation — or, one could say, a profound revolution,” wrote Li Guangman.

Residents expect more measures to come, targeting regular life as well as other sectors. While the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is preparing a ban on karaoke songs deemed out of line with “the core values of socialism,” city officials are regulating dancing in China’s parks, a popular pastime for retirees. In an editorial in the People’s Daily last week, the vice chairman of the Chinese Film Association called on filmmakers to make more patriotic films and “further promote” Xi Jinping Thought.


This article shows just some of the changes that, to the best of my ability, I will not contribute to. Also, it doesn't take in the military aspect. Just last week, the PRC violated Taiwanese airspace with a number of attack aircraft during a "war exercise".

And, they have, as part of their latest "Five Year Plan", announced the building of more coal fired power plants...





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Re: Why I look at labels...
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: September 10, 2021 06:58AM
I suspect the crackdown on “sissy men” is related to the rise of KPop. I thought that a rising kpop band was made up of girls. Turns out that they’re boys. I had no idea. They are at best androgynous and kind of look like David Bowie.

On the coal power plant side, China also is about to flip the switch on a Thorium fueled reactor. It’s technology that the US developed in the 60s and got almost to the point of commercialization then abandoned, mostly for political reasons. As they were about to demolish the reactor in Oak Ridge TN decades later, someone digitized all the data and documentation and made it available through one of the govt websites (AEC, DOE, who knows). The Chinese realized the US was sitting on a gold mine and carried the project across the goal line.

[www.nature.com]



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Posted by: RgrF
Date: September 10, 2021 07:10AM
Thought KPop was primarily Korean/Japanese?



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Re: Why I look at labels...
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: September 10, 2021 07:14AM
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ztirffritz
I suspect the crackdown on “sissy men” is related to the rise of KPop. I thought that a rising kpop band was made up of girls. Turns out that they’re boys. I had no idea. They are at best androgynous and kind of look like David Bowie.

More likely the declining birth rate. They need citizens to have more kids to support their economy going forward.

China has never been and probably will never be a friend. We need to actively encourage companies to move their business and supply chain from China.
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Re: Why I look at labels...
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: September 10, 2021 07:47AM
I'm a big fan of Donnie Yen, a martial artist and actor. But when I see pics of him out with his wife and/or children, all I can think of how much design and set up went into crafting that image to paint him in the best possible light all for the benefit of the Chinese government.



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Re: Why I look at labels...
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 10, 2021 09:37AM
The West learned long ago there's more money in decadence.
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Re: Why I look at labels...
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: September 10, 2021 06:56PM
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ztirffritz
I suspect the crackdown on “sissy men” is related to the rise of KPop. I thought that a rising kpop band was made up of girls. Turns out that they’re boys. I had no idea. They are at best androgynous and kind of look like David Bowie.

On the coal power plant side, China also is about to flip the switch on a Thorium fueled reactor. It’s technology that the US developed in the 60s and got almost to the point of commercialization then abandoned, mostly for political reasons. As they were about to demolish the reactor in Oak Ridge TN decades later, someone digitized all the data and documentation and made it available through one of the govt websites (AEC, DOE, who knows). The Chinese realized the US was sitting on a gold mine and carried the project across the goal line.

[www.nature.com]

Aren't there hard gamma emitters in the thorium fuel cycle?
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