• Technology

    Software Algorithms are brought under the scrutiny in China

    The Cyberspace Administration of China on August 27th, 2021 released the draft titled “Internet Information Service Algorithmic Recommendation Management Provisions” for public comment. It appears to be detailed and technically informed and not just non-technical laws. For example, see this one section: Article 7: Algorithmic recommendation service providers shall: fulfil their primary responsibility for algorithmic security, establish and complete management systems for user registration, information dissemination examination and verification, algorithmic mechanism examination and verification, security assessment and monitoring, security incident response and handling, data security protection and personal information protection, etc.; formulate and disclose algorithmic recommendation-related service norms; and allocate specialized personnel and technical support suited to the scale of…

  • Technology

    Launch of the Tianhe module to the Chinese Space Station

    With a deadly pandemic raging outside, this may not be the time to look above us into the skies. But a future cold war like situation, is building up there. The International Space Station (ISS) is one of the marvels of humanity, a global initiative – only the Chinese are the large nation to get left out & no Chinese has been onboard ISS due to a US Congressional ban. ISS was a successor to the Soviet Mir program and ISS was built at a cost of over US$150 Billion over decades with major contributions from the USA, Russia, Europe, Japan & Canada. Last week, China took the first major…

  • Movie Review

    Journey to the West (2013)

    Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons is an interesting fantasy comedy from China. It follows the journey of a Buddhist disciple who goes from places to places to save the villagers from the horrors of demons, he competes with four other commercial demon hunters. There is a lot of blood, killings and mutilations in the film, if you can avoid taking it to heart and see the comedy on the narration you will enjoy the film. It is available on the Kanopy streaming service. The first twenty minutes where a blood-thirsty water demon attacks the residents living on river stilt houses built was pictured very well. The action sequence…

  • Movie Review

    24 City (2009)

    24 City (2009) is a Chinese film that had won accolades in international film circuits. A fictional take on a supposed Chinese state-owned factory in Chengdu that had produced aeronautical components in its heydays and is now in a bad shape. Its huge landholdings are parcelled off as a new apartment complex called “24 City”. The film is a documentary-style take on this in the way of interviews with former employees and their children. It is available on Kanopy.com. A former worker, a lady says I used to work before getting laid off in the 1990s and now I am doing tailoring as part-time work. She adds “If you have…

  • Movie Review

    Lucky Grandma (2019)

    Lucky Grandma (2019) is a comedy film featuring Tsai Chin as the 80-year-old  grandma living in New York’s Chinatown. While on a trip to a casino, she lands on a large pile of cash, believing it to be her luck to get it, she keeps it. Unlucky for her the underworld comes calling soon. Tsai Chin acting as the grandma was a delight to watch, other than that the film proceeds on a familiar route with no real surprises or turns. Hsiao-Yuan Ha who comes as the 8-feet bodyguard of Big Pong to grandma impresses us with his innocent acting. The first fifteen minutes where we see the grandma going…