CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2012 |
Arcadia city election officials have spent the last week trying to minimize the confusion from a Chinese translation error on the all-mail ballot for the city's general municipal election in April. The ballot, mailed to residents this month, provided instructions in four languages. English, Vietnamese and Spanish speakers read that they should "vote for no more than two" of the five candidates for City Council. In Chinese, the instructions read: "Vote for no more than three.
February 3, 2011 |
For those curious about what it's like to watch a Chinese-language remake of "What Women Want," it's mostly like watching the 2000 Nancy Meyers film "What Women Want. " In Chinese. Just different enough, it has neither the obsessional pull of Gus Van Sant's loony remake of "Psycho" nor enough distinction to really feel like its own unique object. The essentials are the same, the story of a male ad exec who gains the temporary ability to hear women's thoughts and gain insight into both himself and his gendered other, but director and screenwriter Daming Chen never finds a way to make his redo feel specific, special or necessary -- at least for an American moviegoer.
April 9, 2010 |
The Times' April 4 article on Beijing's funding of a Los Angeles-area school district's Chinese language and culture program was disturbing -- not because of the program itself, but because of the knee-jerk xenophobia of its most vocal opponents. As The Times reported, some believe the Chinese government is just as interested in brainwashing students as it is in teaching students its languages and culture. Though Chinese is becoming an increasingly popular subject in American schools, it is still nowhere as omnipresent as English is in Chinese schools.
January 13, 2010 |
Bouquets of flowers were laid in front of Google Inc.'s headquarters in China today, a show of support for a company whose threat to exit China rather than tolerate more censorship is a dramatic shot across the bow of the Chinese Communist Party. But while Chinese cyberspace was awash with chatter on Google's gambit, state-media downplayed the news Tuesday, saying Google had been a victim of cyber attacks in China but made no mention that the company also alleged human rights activists had their e-mail accounts hacked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2009 |
The caller sounded as if he had just won the lottery. After years of trying, he had finally reached the disc jockey at his favorite radio station, KAZN-AM (1300). "I've been listening to your program for 10 years. This is the first time I got through," the caller said, adding that he was listening from work and that he and his buddies would love to hear the Mandarin oldie, "Do You Know I'm Waiting For You?" A few minutes later, DJ Steve Kuo played the romantic ballad. It sounded a little like something by the band Air Supply, except the singer was crooning in Chinese.
January 22, 2009 |
Only minutes into his presidency and Barack Obama had already been censored by the Chinese. References to communism and to dissent in his inaugural address were deleted from Chinese-language translations in the state news media. And during a television report, state-run CCTV abruptly cut away from the English-language video of Obama's speech Tuesday, leaving the anchorwoman and a Washington correspondent clearly befuddled about how to fill the airtime.