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Cheat Sheet, October 31 – November 6, 2011


Our Cheat Sheet returns, along with three major changes.

  1. As of today, our de facto newsletter will begin running on a weekly publishing cycle. This gives us the opportunity to highlight stories that focus more on developments and long-term trends.
  2. We are introducing a Highlight of the Week sub-section, which will at the very least feature the Picture of the Week (the title image). Expect other cool items, like a Video of the Week, a Tweet of the Week, or even something like a Highly Suggestive K-pop Dance Move of the Week.
  3. We will also be unveiling a sub-section titled Agenda, where we will list any events in Hong Kong (and East Asia, if they look particularly good!) that we will—or would like to—attend the coming week.

It’s at once a recap of the past, and a glance at the future! So without further ado:

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  • Picture of the Week: A 24-metre-tall statue of Soong Ching-ling, vice chairman of the PRC and Sun Yat-sen’s wife, is being built in Henan, China. (Shanghaiist)
  • Tom, who was offered an acting role simply because he was a white guy, discusses the disturbing racial shorthand in Chinese advertising. (Seeing Red in China)
  • Visual journalist Jonah Kessel traveled around China, asking owners of small corner stores what their top selling item was. (Dan Wei)
  • India has an extremely high teen pregnancy rate. Yet you rarely hear about it – because, Tripti Lahiri argues, India hates women. (India Real Time)
  • An American woman who considers Hokkaido her home is now trying to bring folk tales to a wider English-speaking audience. (The Japan Times)
  • Bangkok is in danger of being swept away by the powerful flooding in Thailand. Here’s a video explaining the situation. (ThaiPulse)

Video of the Week:


Fabrik X theWanderlister+ Asia for TAKASHI MURAKAMI

Fabrik Gallery in Hong Kong has asked our friends at theWanderlister+ Asia to help them celebrate the opening exhibition launch of Takashi Murakami’s latest works: a series of 10 new paintings including Murakami pieces already in the Fabrik collection.

Opening: Nov 9, 2011, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: Nov 9 – Dec 4, 2011, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Fabrik Contemporary Art (Art One)
Gallery 12 Art One, M/F Convention Plaza, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
+ 852 2525 4911 | e: | w:

RANCINAN in Hong Kong

French photographer Gerard Rancinan comes to Asia for the first time, and will be exhibiting at Hong Kong’s Opera Gallery. An ex-war-photographer-turned-freelancer, Rancinan’s images are often eye-popping, seductive, and playfully critical of popular culture. You can sign up for the VIP opening through the Hong Kong Art Meetup group here.

VIP Opening: Nov 10 2011, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: Nov 11 – Dec 1, 2011, Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sun & Public holidays 12:00-6:00p.m.

Opera Gallery
2-8 Wellington Street, G2/F, M88, Central, Hong Kong

BarCamp Hong Kong 2011

(Photograph by belleliu on Flickr)

Started in Palo Alto in 2005, this ad-hoc “unconference” is a user-generated workshop-driven event focused on web applications, open source tech, social protocols, and open data formats. Best of all, it’s completely free. Over 700 people are signed up so far. You can do so as well here.

9:30 a.m.-6:00p.m.

The Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, Cornwall Street, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

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