Is your blog banned in China?
Turns out one of my blogs is banned, the other is not.
You can find out on the Great Firewall of China. I learned about this website at my final Stanford class on Friday. A group of colleagues and I have been learning about various topics in Asian history with the SPICE (Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education). Friday we presented our lesson plans. Mine was on The Pillow Book. Another teacher showed us the Great Firewall of China, a website where you can find out if a website is banned in parts of China as part of his presentation.
It’s kind of fun in a slightly disturbing way.
Turns out this website is available in China but my old blog, Ready When You Are, C.B. is not; it’s censored. Good thing I’ve been moving my old reviews over here.
So I thought I’d check some of my regular blogging haunts to see if they are banned or not.
Wuthering Expectations – Censored. Sorry, no articles on classic literature. Who knows what damage posts about Knut Hamson could do to Chinese society.
Shelf Love is available. Congratulations.
Library Jim can be read in China which surprises me since he’s a school librarian and we all know how radical they are.
Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity, to my surprise, is available. I thought at least one of those three would have gotten Trish in trouble with Beijing.
In general, if you’re on Blogspot, there’s a very good chance that you are censored in China but if you’re on WordPress, or some other host, you’re probably not.
Are you blocked in China? You can use the link above to find out. Please let me know in a comment below.