"Oh, i can't talk about it with foreigners!" she exclaimed.
"Oh, that's ok. i was just wondering what people thought about it since it's been getting so much attention in the international news," i said.
She then seemed to have forgotten her disclaimer and went on to answer any questions Heza and i had about it. It wasn't a super intense grilling but we learned that MsX was aware of the following:
- that the China news differed greatly from the int'l coverage
- that China and Tea bet numbers regarding cajualties differed greatly
- that China is known to fudge the numbers
- that internet and media is being tightly controlled, but that as of late more video clips have become accessible
- that the Dolly Llama is known for encouraging peace, and not for inciting violins or unrest
- and that therefore the Chinese gov't scoop re: the Dolly Llama and the pro tests are... bunk.
In fact, any Chinese people with whom i've taken up a subject of anything controversial have shown themselves to be WAY more attuned to the truth than i would've expected. (Recall my cousin's hubby who commented "Chinese people aren't stupid, you know").
As for media con trolls:
globe and mail down
Youtube down (which is a big pain in the bum when you use vid clips to help teach)
So that's a drag. but
the Guardian up
NY times up
i understand that what's available in BJ could be different from what's available elsewhere, but still, i don't know what the hell kind of clampdown they call that.