I realize it’s been some time since I’ve posted and wanted to explain my long absence from these pages. One reason (ok, excuse) is that I’ve been busy getting the China Development Brief translation project going. One part of this project is to bring together a community of volunteer translators who can help in translating selected CDB articles for a special report we are putting together on Philanthropy and Civil Society in China. I’m pleased to say that the response has been wonderful. So far, 34 people have signed up to translate the articles from Chinese to English. They are a diverse group, students, scholars, NGO practitioners, and professionals, all with advance bilingual skills. I’m also working on the website which will be linked to the Chinese-language CDB website, www.chinadevelopmentbrief.cn. I hope to have the entire special report ready by June of this year.
My other excuse is the internet in Beijing which has been acting up as a result – I’m just guessing here, but I think it’s a pretty good guess – of the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, and the call for a similar uprising here in China, using the internet and various social media sites as a springboard. The authorities here are understandably on edge and have made it very difficult to access internet sites outside of China. Gmail is very, very sporadic now, and my VPN provider which I thought would never be blocked was. As a result, I’ve not been able to access my blog until today.
I promise to put more blog postings up soon. My next one will be a blog about how to read this blog.