Blogs in China: Let Freedom Ring?

A Party Girl Leads China’s Online Revolution – New York Times
This is a great article about how blogs have potential to “free” China. I particularly enjoy this quote from Xiao Qiang: “People have often said you can say anything you want in China around the dinner table, but not in public. Now the blogs have become the dinner table, and that is new.”

Here in Shantou, people know about blogs but still very few use them. Then again, personal expression isn’t exactly the hottest item on the Shantou University campus. The extent of expression of one’s own ideas here is talking about the population boom or environmental degredation in a Speech Contest. There are no open mics or newspaper opinion pieces…yet.

Students show signs that they do have their own ideas but they are sticking to person to person expression for what they believe in, for now.