November 4, 2010
Postdoc positions at Australian National University
I have received the following announcement. Note that one of the postdocs is on the theme of "China Justice". (Whatever happened to "Chinese" as an adjective?) A summary is below; full text here.
The Australian Centre on China in the World (Centre) is a major new initiative at the ANU that has been funded by the Australian government.
It enhances the ANU's existing capabilities to create an integrated, world-leading institution for Chinese Studies and the understanding of China on a global scale.
The Centre wishes to appoint a number of post-doctoral fellows to do research in one of the five research themes - "China Time", "China Urban", "China Justice", "China Texts" and "China Everyday". Outlines of these themes are available on our website, http://ciw.anu.edu.au or by request.
The appointees will have submitted a PhD in some area of Chinese Studies, know Chinese, English and, preferably, at least one other language (not just another dialect of Chinese), and have cogent and achievable research and publication plans for the period of the fellowship.
The fellowships may be offered for one or two years (research intensive), three years (research intensive), or four years (half-time research/half-time project administration for the first two years, research intensive for the second two years). Candidates should indicate in their application which type of appointments they would be interested in.
For more information, please contact Prof Geremie Barmé
T: +61 (0)2 6125 6500 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 2, 2010
The "Blood-Stained Housing Map" (血房地图)
The Wall Street Journal's China Realtime Report writes:
China’s property sector, with its forced evictions and sometimes bloody confrontations, has long been described as something akin to a war zone. Now a team of online volunteers, led by an anonymous Chinese blogger, has launched a map-based project that brings that simile into stark relief.
Called “the Blood-Stained Housing Map,” the project uses Google Maps to plot violent housing evictions and land grabs across the country. The result bears an eerie, and sobering, resemblance to the Guardian’s own Google Maps chart showing deaths recorded in the Wikileaks Iraq war logs.
November 1, 2010
Pu Zhiqiang takes on his police interrogator, and tweets it
Natural Resources Defense Council seeks full-time staff attorney for Beijing office
Here's the job announcement, and here's a summary:
NRDC is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to be based in Beijing, China. The Staff Attorney will work to promote China’s environmental rule of law and legal development in support of NRDC’s strategic goals of greening China and improving public health. The Staff Attorney will be in charge of implementation of NRDC’s China environmental information disclosure and environmental health governance projects.
The job announcement says, "Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled." I note that a Chinese law degree is listed as one of the necessary qualifications for this post.
October 31, 2010
Auto industry strikes in China
Here's an insightful piece on recent auto industry strikes in China. The first two paragraphs are below:
The Strike Wave
Between May and July of this year a series of high-profile strikes in foreign-owned auto parts plants spread throughout China’s coastal regions. Strikes in China are nothing new, but the recent strike wave was remarkable in at least three respects: the amount of concessions granted to workers; the degree of publicity it initially received in the Chinese media; and the prospects for showcase union reform that it has helped push onto the agenda. Although the strikes were directed primarily at unfair wages, there were some attempts to address the more political question of union representation. Workers that I spoke with who had participated in strikes at Honda factories had clearly been politicized by the events and were well aware of strikes occurring throughout China’s auto industry.
The first and only strike to make headlines in the Chinese press began on May 17th and lasted until June 4th. It took place at Honda’s Nanhai factory in Foshan, Guangdong. The strike was kicked off by two workers from the factory’s assembly division. Well aware of their central position within the production line, these two young workers were quickly joined by the rest of the assembly division and were able to suspend production throughout almost the entire factory. Their actions sparked over two weeks of protest which at its height gained the support of some 1,900 workers. The strike eventually stopped production at four Honda assembly plants and went on to inspire at least eleven large-scale strikes in other foreign-owned auto factories. Was this strike wave the result of mere spontaneity? Why were the strikes so ubiquitous in the auto industry? And why did they take place in mostly Japanese-owned (or Japanese-invested) factories?
Legal job opening at US Consulate, Shanghai
The position is in IPR protection. Announcement here.