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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Ant Power

On the back of the airline seat on our flight to Urumqi was this advertisement: It reminded me of this story: A Chinese business executive was sentenced to death for swindling $385 million from investors in a bogus ant-breeding scheme, … Continue reading

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Brief interruption – for PORK

Normally when political scientists write about ‘pork,’ they are referring to the pet projects that legislators wiggle into budgets. I am a literalist. When I talk about pork, I mean pork – pig meat. (Actually, the Chinese for most types … Continue reading

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Slideshow

Here is a photo slideshow of our adventures in Xinjiang. Link to the pictures here. A substantially larger set of pictures, taken by Jessica who was not addled by altitude sickness on the Karakoram Highway, is here. As is perhaps … Continue reading

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