Might we be overdoing the death thing?
Might we be overdoing the death thing?

Teddy sniffing glue he was 12 years old

Fell from the roof on east two-nine
Cathy was 11 when she pulled the plug
On 26 reds and a bottle of wine
Bobby got leukemia, 14 years old
He looked like 65 when he died
He was a friend of mine

Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
They were all my friends, and they died

Jim Carroll, People Who Died

Though I realize that shutting down a blogroll is not the equivalent of friends dying, my shutting down our blogroll today does feel a bit like losing good friends. As I wrote a few weeks ago, in What To Read On China: The End Of Our Blogroll, we chose to shut down our blogroll simply because it had become more trouble than it was worth. As I also wrote in that post, we will be writing a post every once in a while memoralizing three of the deleted blogs at a time. Today’s is the first in that series.

I also want to remind everyone that throughout this “deletion period” we will be gathering up any and all good reads on China, consisting of the following:

1. Good China blogs. “Good” shall mean helpful to those doing business in China or just interested in China.

3. Good podcasts related to China.

4. Good websites related to China.

5. Good twitter accounts related to China.

6. Good Facebook pages related to China.

7. Good books related to China.

8. Good Linkedin Groups related to China.

This is going to be a massive and long-term undertaking and it is going need your help. And so towards that end I ask that you send your suggestions and your lists to us at “firm at harrisbricken dot com” and that you put “China List” in your email’s subject. We will over the next few months be reviewing what you send us and doing our own research and then eventually come out with a bunch of blog posts with the results.

We will be doing this alphabetically in threes, and so I start with Asia Health Care Blog, Atlas China and Beijing Boyce.

  • Asia Health Care Blog. This blog is actually now called Health Intel Asia, and it is still vibrant and excellent. Its tagline is “We want to help you better understand Asia’s healthcare markets” and it succeeds in doing exactly that. It is written by the Rubicon Strategy Group, an Asia health care consultancy led by Benjamin Shobert and Damjon De Noble, two leading experts in the Asian health care industry. This blog has been churning out great posts since 2009 and if you have any interest in China’s or Asia’s health care industry, this very much remains a must-read.
  • Atlas China. This blog/journal is on “Hiring trends. Workplace strategy. Executive interviews. The ATLAS-Journal is designed to give you applicable insight that will get you hired or promoted.” It is written by Abe Sorock, a Beijing-based employment/recruiting company. Abe has lived and worked and done business in China for a long time and he is truly insightful on what those entail. I do however need to mention that Abe has not posted since March.
  • Beijing Boyce. Jim Boyce of Beijing Boyce has been eloquently writing about Beijing’s food and beverage scene for just about as long as I can remember. And though I cannot prove it, I believe that Beijing Boyce went up on our blogroll in our first year, 2006. I can prove that we referred to his somewhat eponymous blog in a post for the first (and not the last) time way back in 2007. Jim’s blog is still very much alive and though nominally about Beijing food and wine, the blog is actually great reading for anyone with any interest in China. The blog’s tagline is “a somewhat steady hand on the China F&B scene” and take away the “somewhat” and if you take away the “somewhat” I would heartily concur.
  • Lina

    I’ve long been a fan of Beijing Boyce. One of the few China blogs I can still return to after all these year. (This being another, natch~)