Monthly Archives: June 2007

Food for Thought

Some graphs that I’m creating putting together an APSA paper on Chinese social stability. All data are from the China Statistical Yearbook, various years.

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Karakoram Highway

It has been 11 days since my last post, and blogger had forgotten me. This will be the last post on the wonderful Xinjiang trip that was. Then to more dissertation related issues. From Kashgar, we headed south. First were … Continue reading

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Kashgar’s Sunday Bazaar(s)

Beijing has “wholesale markets” where stalls filled with infinite varieties of, well, anything. Our local “pifa” has detergent and fake designer jeans and squash racquets and mp3 players (or mp4 players, for that matter). Kashgar’s Bazaar reaches its full form … Continue reading

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Urumqi International Airport

Some notes jotted down while toting baggage through Urumqi’s airport: Announcements in Mandarin and Uighyur Arabic/Persian script, Chinese characters, and English signage Flight seemed very Han, as are the workers at the airport China’s ubiquitous construction is here CCTV on … Continue reading

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Strategic Pork Reserves

Another interruption in Xinjiang blogging due to an excellent piece on Chinese pork prices in the NYT by Keith Bradsher. The main story has been pointed out below on this blog. Food prices, particularly pork, seem to be on the … Continue reading

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Blogspot Blocked

Again. We’ll see how long it lasts this time….

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Kentuckization of Xinjiang

Eurasian Crossroads, an extremely readable history of Xinjiang by James Millward of Georgetown University, discusses the ‘Kentuckization’ of Xinjiang. Perhaps it is necessary to take a step back. The most prominent American fast food chain in China is KFC. It … Continue reading

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