What we’ve been reading recently:
NYTimes.com – Now Hip-Hop, Too, Is Made in China, as Young Gather in Clubs – Chinese rappers in the hizzouse
The Paris Review – The Peasant Emperor and The Retired Official – Writer Liao Yiwu interviews peasant Zeng Yinglong. In 1985, Zeng declared his hometown in Sichuan Province an independent kingdom and proclaimed himself emperor.
Danwei – China’s 2008 GDP numbers: good or bad? – How China’s media viewed the country’s 2008 GDP numbers.