When I decided the theme for my oral English class this semester would be “current events,” I didn’t realize just how many current events there’d be. If you follow the news, you know what I’m talking about — the torch, the protests, the media craziness. I want to recommend a couple of good resources:
First, I found this editorial in the New York Times pretty reasonable: “A Not-So-Fine Romance.”
Next, I’ve been reading this blog since we moved here, and I really appreciate the approach the author takes to understanding and dialogue. The last few weeks of entries give a lot of insight into the point-of-view of many average Chinese citizens: Wang Jian Shuo’s Blog.
Finally, probably my favorite newspaper coverage about China comes from the South China Morning Post, which is Hong Kong’s main English-language daily. You have to register for a free 2-week trial to be able to read it, but all they really require is a valid email address (I’ve done it four times now). The reporting and editorials come closer to being “balanced” than anything else I’ve been reading. (In case you’re wondering, HK does have a “free press” in the sense that we’re accustomed to in the western world.)