Posts Tagged ‘China’

The Romans Stole Silk Secrets from China

August 19, 2022

Emperor Justinian I helped Romans steal the secrets of silk production from China. Industrial espionage in classical times. A video animation by Kings and Generals.

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Deng Xiaoping at the Rodeo

August 12, 2022

China’s Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping visited a rodeo in Simonton Texas, in 1979. He got a Stetson, and a couple of prize bulls. But that’s not all. Phil Edwards explains.

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“How a 10-gallon hat helped heal relations between China and America,” Adam Taylor, Washington Post

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Mao’s Big Swim

June 22, 2021

After announcing his Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in 1966, Mao Zedong swam across the Yangtze River. Mao had done that 10 years earlier, to prove his vitality, and he hoped it would work again. A Vox video.

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The Chinese Bagel That Helped Win a War

January 5, 2021

Guang Bing (光餅) look like bagels, but they were strategic in helping General Qi Jiguang win a war 500 years ago. A Great Big Story video.

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“The Chinese Bagel That Helped to Win a War,” Lizzie Philip, Atlas Obscura

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New Diseases Come In From the Wild

April 7, 2020

COVID-19 was bound to happen. A Vox video.

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“From Bats to Human Lungs, the Evolution of a Coronavirus,” Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker

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Belt & Road

November 1, 2019

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is an infrastructure project that spans over 60 countries, and will cost over a trillion dollars. The plan is to make it easier for the world to trade with China, by funding roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, and pipelines in Asia and Africa. A Vox video by Sam Ellis.

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Serving Tea in Chengdu

July 23, 2019

Long-spout teapot performance, Chendu, Sichuan Province, China.

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Trump Tariffs to Cause Bible Shortage

July 12, 2019

Trump Tariffs to Cause Bible Shortage
President Donald Trump is waging a trade war with China, but most of America’s Bibles are printed there, so publishers warn of a Bible shortage if the next round of tariffs goes through. The U.S. imports some 150 million Bibles from China each year, where they’re printed on ultra-thin paper subject to a proposed 25 percent tariff. Maybe American Christians can substutute copies of The Art of the Deal for the Good Book. Lord knows many of them have done that already.

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“Bible shortage? Publishers say tariffs could cause it,” Travis Loller, Associated Press

“A ‘Bible tax’: Christian publishers warn that China tariffs could lead to costly Bibles,” Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service via Washington Post

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China: The People’s Heroic KFC

March 11, 2019

China: The People's Heroic KFC

Kentucky Fried Chicken has opened a new branch in honor of Lei Feng, a legendary model soldier in China’s People’s Liberation Army, in his hometown of Changsha, in Hunan province. The restaurant opened in time for Lei Feng Day, a national holiday when people are encouraged to show goodwill and lend a helping hand to others. Yum China plans to open 250 Lei Fang KFCs throughout Hunan.

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“Hunan KFC branch honors Lei Feng spirit,” Zhang Yangfei, Feng Zhiwei, and Wen Xinzheng, China Daily

“KFC turns to the image of a Communist hero to support its massive China expansion,” Mary Hui, Quartz

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China: State TV News Eliminates Human ‘Error’

February 6, 2019

China’s largest news network has replaced HR with AI. In November, state-run Xinhua News Agency demoed a software-based TV news anchorman.

“Developed by Xinhua and Chinese search engine company Sogou, the anchor was designed to simulate human voice, facial expressions and gestures.
The AI news reader ‘learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,’ according to Xinhua.”
— “China has developed a virtual anchor to deliver the news,” Helen Regan, CNN

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