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Is NER Blocked in China?
We received the following email this morning:
I am in Nanjing at the moment and just tried to open your recent article on the New English Review web site but the Great Firewall of China put a quick stop to that and immediately after the page appeared it became frozen (and I had to restart my computer). I was curious if the web site was the actual cause, so I just went to their home page and the same thing happened.
- Did you know your article was blocked in China?
- Does the New English Review know their site is blocked in China?
No, we didn't know we were being blocked in China. That must be why we have so few Chinese readers, though. That and the language problem. Recently our first article was translated into Chinese, "Bachelorhood and Its Discontents" by Christopher Orlet NER July 2008. And we don't normally make fun of the Chinese, we make fun of the Japanese instead, so what the hey?
On second thought, maybe being blocked in China will become like being banned in Boston - just the ticket.