About Sweet & Sour Socialism

This blog comes to you from China and is compiled/written by a US expat.  Mainly articles about China news will be posted.  There will also be news from other socialist countries, and even from the Empire.  I’ve also got an archive of essentials culled from the internet about China and the US, critical information which the “Free Worlders” have been mis-educated about and which the “free press” likes to censor.  Maybe that’s enough but I read a lot too, and even watch films sometimes, so you’ll get literature and cinema mixed in there too.  My intent is for this blog’s experience to be enlightening and interesting, so subscribe, share, tell me what you like…enjoy the flavor of “Sweet & Sour Socialism”.

The comments of Sweet & Sour Socialism, Zuo Shou (左手), Sweet & Sour Socialism Special Reports and Exclusive Film Reviews may be reprinted with a citation and link back to Sweet & Sour Socialism blog.  See below “Disclaimer” about reprinting/reposting/publishing materials other than those indicated above.


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  1. Be Specific.  Show that you’ve actually read the article with a personalized comment. Vague comments can possibly be considered spam.
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  4. Be nice. The paramount criteria.  Hostility, snarking, flaming and trolling will get nowhere here.  “…It’s never appropriate to use insults or other offensive language.  Rude comments don’t add any value to a discussion, and only divert attention away from the author’s work.  It’s perfectly fine to offer constructive criticism, just be polite.. acknowledging [disrespectful or incendiary comments] will only encourage the aggressor…”  In short, nasty and otherwise inappropriate comments will be ignored / deleted.
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Last edited by Zuo Shou 左手 February 26, 2011

17 Responses to “About Sweet & Sour Socialism”

  1. xue zhi ming Says:

    Wonderful blog, I enjoy every bit of it. Keep up the great work.

  2. elizabeth muir Says:

    I am amazed at the amount of matierial and information that is available on your site. You are very dedicated to putting the truth out there. Thank you for your diligent efforts.

  3. China should learn the American way of censoring information.

    BP’s Photo Blockade of the Gulf Oil Spill

    Photographers say BP and government officials are preventing them from documenting the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.


  4. how do I subscrib ?

    • Zhijun, to subscribe: look under the comment box of any post, you’ll see a “check box” and the words “Notify me of site updates”. Checking this box should start an email update for you.

      Thanks again for your interest. If you have a chance, let me know if method this is successful or unsuccessful.

  5. Where do you live. I study in Beijing. I am really interested to see you once.

  6. Would you look at my website. I think that we are on parallel tracks and I would like to cooperate with you to promote a more positive understanding of China’s place in the world…

  7. What a pleasant surprise your blog is! I’d like very much to be in contact with you directly through e-mail. I live in Los Angeles from where I direct an e-mail list and website about Cuba. My CubaNews list is now in its second decade and has posted close to 120,000 items.

    My personal political background is in the then-Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party of the United States, which I belonged to from 1962-1983. Was in a small offshoot after my involuntary departure from the SWP, and have been unaffiliated ever since.

    In recent years I’ve found myself more and more pro-China as a result of China’s relationship with Cuba. Hostility toward the PRC is rather rampant on the left, even on the pro-Cuban left, and so I’ve found myself becoming more and more supportive of the PRC because of its international political positions. Here’s a page I created with a selection of Fidel’s writings and speeches about China:

    I will be pleased to receive updates and materials from you, which I am sure I’ll share with my readers. There are 1600 subscribers to my CubaNews list and I’d love to receive comments from time to time from China to the news from, about or related to Cuba which I send out to the readers of my list.

    Well, enough for one rainy morning here in Los Angeles.

    Thanks and muchisimas gracias,

    Walter Lippmann

  8. I would like to subscribe and receive all updates from this blog.


  9. Hugo Lowenstein Says:

    Can I email you something? I have some political and economic ideas!

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