China Punks 04: CCTV wants your soul

China Punks month-a-vesary edition.  Download or stream here.

We’re looking at CES and some of the interesting things that are being announced, the “free” Unicom iPhone 4S, the continued push by SARFT to centralize TV and bring those trashy satellite stations in line, and some predictions about 2012 for China.

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China Unicom Reveals Contract Plans for iPhone 4S, ‘Free’ Comes at a Price
Why Are Children Experiencing a Crisis of Imagination?
Microsoft Sues Chinese Retailers for Selling PCs with Pirated Software
Why We Shouldn’t Hate Dashan
One Type of ISP monopoly not Addressed Yet
Larry Lang on the economics of bad film
China’s Cultural Revolution 2.0
China’s Real Estate Bubble May Have Just Popped


China Punks 03: I said “Cultural Evolution,” dammit!

After getting drunk and doing more important things last week, Charlie comes back to us.

We circle around many of the various topics that have been debated over the last weeks, but stick to the bigger ones: namely, Han Han, Wukan, crappy Chinese television, the coming culture wars between China and “the West,” and the internal contradictions of state-mandated soft power.

Its a whole 90 minutes packed with analysis, griping, and, if you’re lucky, some dark humor.

Download or stream from here


China Punks 2: No snappy title

Note: This originally appeared on Artman Talks as the podcast with No Name #2

We get a better internet connection (kind of) and stay a little bit more on focused when it comes to topics.

We talk about some of the biggest news (no not Euro nonsense) to hit this side of the world: the death of Kim Jong-il. A crazy guy, who apparently wanted to be a movie director, left behind a son only recently declared heir to rule the country. What’s next for North Korea and China? We’re not sure, but we do discuss some of the possibilities. Read the rest of this entry »

China Punks 1: Getting to know each other

Note: This originally appeared as No Name #1 on Artman Talks

Charlie and I are starting a new podcast series in which we discuss current events in tech, China, and culture (especially books, video games, and TV series.)

For the first episode, we discuss exactly those topics: namely (roughly in this order), child kidnapping in China, the iPhone 4s, Game of Thrones, Skyrim, and the revolt going on in Wukan as we speak.

Wukan is an ongoing story first broken by Malcolm Moore of the Telegraph. As of this writing, this article should be the latest. Charlie is also following it on his blog,

Download No Name #1  and let us know what you think. Any good ideas for a name? I’m thinking something like We are the Fenqingers 我们是愤青人儿

Update: Charlie’s done a great work-up of the Siege Of Wukan.