“Everything is bad”: a review of CyberChaikhana

As neweurasia’s book “CyberChaikhana: Digital Conversations Central Asia” spreads across the region, it’s received many diverse reviews in local blogs. We’ve decided to publish some of the most interesting ones, beginning with this sharply critical piece by Kazakh blogger Sadenova entitled, “Everything is bad”. “After finishing the book, I thought I would keep my opinion to myself, but I couldn’t help but speak out,” she writes.

CyberChaikhana website shall be up soon

For CyberChaikhana readers: for the time being, if you try to go to neweurasia.net/cyberchaikhana, as per the instructions in the back of the book, you’ll end up here, at the neweurasia site’s category page. We’re working on getting the site operational as soon as possible (as the saying goes in America, we “jumped the gun” by going on a promotional tour before having a website — sorry!) If you’d like an update for when the site is ready, please leave your e-mail address in the form of a comment on this post. Thanks! Для читателей <Киберчайханы>: на данный момент, если…

On “CyberChaikhana: Digital Conversations from Central Asia”

Christopher Schwartz, neweurasia’s managing editor for the English site who also served as the editor for our network’s new book, “CyberChaikhana: Digital Conversations from Central Asia”, explains a little bit about the goal and writing process behind the project. Filmed during this year’s Central Asia BarCamp 2011 at KIMEP in Almaty.

Sipping the tea of faith in a CyberChaikhana

neweurasia has been zooming up and down Kazakhstan all week to talk about our book, “CyberChaikhana: Digital Conversations from Central Asia”. Our managing editor for the English site, who also served as the book’s editor, Christopher Schwartz, gives his impressions of the tour. Reactions “have ranged immensely,” he explains, and adds a personal note.

CyberChaikhana’s gender chapter: Daughters of Ambiguity

neweurasia’s Schwartz releases the final rough draft chapter of the CyberChaikhana project — the gender chapter. “We were faced with a new problem: what could we say that hadn’t been said before?” he writes. “What [we] found was indeed something more interesting: that ultimately, beyond poverty and traditionalism, [is] a complex problem of power and privilege, symbolism, and political-social systems.”

CyberChaikhana’s education chapter: “Got Spellcheck, Will Work for Food”

neweurasia’s Schwartz unveils CyberChaikhana’s chapter on education, exploring a complicated and expansive topic with a wide range of sharp-witted posts. “In our estimation, the education chapter has always been nearly pitch-perfect in terms of narrative and content, covering quite an expansive topic in almost its totality,” he writes.

CyberChaikhana’s Kazakhstan chapter: “Another Lonely Night in Astana”

neweurasia’s Schwartz publishes the next chapter rough draft for CyberChaikhana, this time focusing on Kazakhstan and its ambitious construction projects. “Can a nation literally construct its own identity?” he writes. “Kazakhstan has been trying, and its efforts raise very serious questions about the power of aesthetic and urban space.”

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