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The Wild East stands in solidarity today against mass surveillance.

The day we fight back: https://thedaywefightback.org/ The NSA “has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES The NSA “is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact … Continue reading

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Taiwan SPCA seeking support for upcoming animal protection legislation

The Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) is asking the international community’s help to urge Taiwan’s government to end the current capture-kill policy and make it illegal to neglect animals. On December 26th, 2012 the amendment … Continue reading

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Lowdown Leaves Qingdao

By Jonathan Chandler The Wild East Magazine Magpies… What was it? One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, hundreds of the frockers, a glut. A glut of magpies – building their intricate stick houses the size of … Continue reading

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Good Old Uncle Ho

By Jonathan Chandler, in Qingdao Lantern Festival marks the end of Chinese New Year or Spring Festival as it is officially known here and the 3rd Plenary Session of the 11th National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day of the Tiger – 'Party' town.

Jonathan Chandler The Wild East The snow which fell a week or so back has yet to melt completely and the winds are still bitter in Qingdao. This ultra-wealthy city where two-wheels are banned and all the cars are brand … Continue reading

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Different Times, Different Worlds

Jonathan Chandler The Wild East It snowed dream-like and blew bone-flaying gusts of Artic wind last week. The sky was bleeding lead with pure white snowflakes floating along and then for two days a purplish sea-fog rolled in and tied … Continue reading

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An 'Informal Settler' in Manila

‘Lowdown’ Goes to the Philippines for Christmas By Jonathan Chandler for The Wild East I made a last-minute decision to get out of sub-zero, Siberian wind-tunnel Qingdao for the Christmas holiday. The prospect of a week’s solitary sopping at Old … Continue reading

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When Love is in the Air… in China

The remnants of a typhoon piddled on Qingdao last night, whetting the thirsts of the flowers, trees and citizens, tantalizingly dewy but nowhere near wet enough to slake the dry. So as the sere winds blow in off the Bao … Continue reading

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Strangely fascinating: China's 60th anniversary fanfare

Golden week came and went in high Indian summer up here in Qingdao. Temperatures in the thirties in the second week of October. Hasn’t rained for months. Big fat flies laze around, eating filth, landing with heavy little legs and … Continue reading

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Fortune-telling Alive & Well in The Middle Kingdom

By Jonathan Chandler Exclusive to The Wild East Certain practices and “superstitions” were frowned upon, violently so, during the Cultural Revolution — a recent hiatus in China’s rich and ancient weave. But with the revival of Confucianism, along with the … Continue reading

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