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Friday, May 16, 2003

SARS and the Chinese Blogsphere

The SARS problem in China is an area where blogging could, in principle, be extremely useful. I was therefore surprised to come across John Pasden's site and find this 'open letter' to the US media to which he, unfortunately received surprisingly few replies. I also discovered the interesting looking T-Salon and China weblog :

To Whom It May Concern:

I am a 25-year-old American citizen living in Hangzhou, China teaching English. I love China, and I love my life here. I find it very distressing, then, to see an abundance of hysteria- and hype-driven news stories on SARS. What I don't understand is why the American media has not gone to one of the most authentic sources out there today - blogs. Yes, blogs (weblogs). There are many, many English-speaking foreigners living through the SARS crisis. What's more, they are conscientiously WRITING ABOUT IT, and have been since day one. I sincerely hope that you consider adding this angle of the SARS story to your news reports.
Source: Sinosplice

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