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Archive for January, 2010

How I discovered China

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

It was some day in 1995, or maybe 1996, definitely before Hong Kong became Chinese, I'm not really sure about the exact year, when a life changing decision was made. Not made by myself, as at that time all important decisions were made by my parents for me. My mum ...

Disadvantages of a Chinese name in online discussions

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

A Chinese name is a must have for any Westerner who visits China. So I was told. I've experimented with some Chinese names, but since then I have given up on using a Chinese name. Although my real European name is hard to pronounce for Chinese, after five minutes of ... only available from 11pm to 6am Central European Time

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Another post totally unrelated to China, but I have to talk about it. One of our politicians in charge of the harmonious German society, Ursula von der Leyen, has proposed a new law to make the internet more safe for minors. This law has not yet been approved, but if ...

Princess Remy Podcast

Monday, January 18th, 2010

To learn Chinese requires learning material. A few weeks ago I've introduce one of my recommended Chinese listening materials: While Popupchinese is a guided lesson, it does cost money. Today I'll introduce another resource, which is free (as in free beer) but less guided. Anyhow, this is still one ... will show uncensored results or close for good

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Yesterday Google made an announcement. They are no longer willing to censor their search results on They want to talk to the government if it is possible to show unfiltered results or close their China operations. On the official Google blog there is a post about the details: A ...

CYBERsitter LLC files $US 2,200,000,000 suit against Peoples Republic of China and others

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

The US company CYBERsitter LLC produces a software called Cybersitter which is supposed to protect minors from the evil of the internet. In spring 2009 the government of the Peoples Republic of China announced the introduction of Green Dam a software to protect the Chinese people from freedom and the ...

Review: Popup Chinese

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Learning Chinese is en vogue and with the recent rise of the Chinese economy it might be the next big thing. However I remember the time when I started out, that was in late September 2007. At that time the possibilities for learning Chinese online can be best described as ...

2010 and beyond: China’s space program

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

One of the hottest newcomers in the space race is China and this is a good moment to look at what China has achieved in space so far. In August 2008 I did a writeup of China's history in spaceflight, now it's time for an update, answering two key questions: What ...