Random links again finally

27 Sep

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here and it’s for good reason- I finally moved to the very place that’s the subject of this blog, China. To be honest, I should have updated here earlier so apologies.

Here’s a set of nice photographs of China in the 1940s during World War II. They’re mostly of Chongqing, Chengdu and Kunming, in southwestern China. The photos that are being shown on the link are part of a book, which features over 200 such photos, so it should be a fascinating spectacle.

Meanwhile, Peter Hessler, widely considered one of the best modern-day Western nonfiction writers about China, if not the best, is interviewed in the Washington Post about his life in Egypt, and his views on China and Egypt. Hessler left China last year to go to Egypt long-term, mainly to challenge himself and to try and use his skills elsewhere. Well, living in Egypt, and tackling Arabic are two mighty tasks and he seems up to the challenge. He provides some frank views on the different political developments in both countries, and his views of China are worth noting.

I’ve saved the best for last though- Guangzhou Evergrande is set to reach the finals of the Asian Champions League, after a 4-1 destruction of Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol in Japan in the first leg of their semifinal matchup. This means Kashiwa will need to score at least 4 goals in Guangzhou in the second leg on Oct. 2 to win (not a chance… I hope). Being in China now, I can actually see Chinese (and European) football on TV, and I was glad to have caught Guangzhou’s prior drubbing of Qatar’s Lekhwiya 4-1 in the quarterfinal second leg. If Guangzhou really reach the final, it will be the first time a Chinese club has done this since 1998, a long time indeed.

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