China’s New President’s Image Management

December 12, 2012

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China’s new president, Xi Jinping, paid a visit to Shenzhen, China’s most burgeoning Southern city in Guangdong province over the weekend. This was no small tour. Xi was literally stepping in Deng Xiaoping’s footprints twenty years ago, when/where Deng delivered one of his most important speeches, three years after Tian’anmen, in which he reassured China’s […]

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Nine Months in Prison, for Posing as a Sexy “Police Flower” on Weibo?

November 30, 2012

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We live in a world that’s anything but shy of conflicts. That’s why I’m constantly amazed by how much we citizens of the world share many similarities in our taste in uniforms. We love babes in police uniforms, I mean, both Americans (Hello, Magic Mike!) and Chinese, except, while posting sexy photos of oneself wearing, […]

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Are People Overpowering the Government in China?

July 26, 2012

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The Beijing municipal government updated the flood death toll to 77 a couple of hours ago. This was on the evening of July 26, Beijing time. This update was announced via the municipal government’s official weibo account (ZH) and was published on People’s Daily‘s website (ZH). No one knows whether the City would have made this move if there were […]

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Flood on Weibo Still Going Strong

July 25, 2012

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An old Chinese saying goes, “To muzzle people’s mouths is more dangerous than to block the course of a river.” It is a piece of advice for the emperors of China — to suppress criticism from the masses is futile and will lead to disastrous consequences. If the ancient wisdom still holds true today, those […]

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Foxconn’s Other Product: Human Machine

April 11, 2012

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Foxconn, a Taiwanese company in South China, Apple’s largest supplier, is perhaps one of the most notorious companies in recent news. Employing 1.2 million Chinese workers and producing an estimate of 40 percent of the world’s consumer electronics, the super company is also known for its most inhuman “super exploitation” of workers. Foxconn workers’ harsh […]

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Anon Vs. China? Have Fun, Guys! But That’s about It

April 5, 2012

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Finally, China became the newest item on Anonymous’ list of targets. Yesterday, several Chinese government websites and more than four hundred websites were hacked by international hacktivists, announced by a new handle @AnonymousChina on twitter. Many of these websites have been restored, but a few are still down, showing error messages and a couple of […]

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Japanese Porn Idol Conquers China

April 3, 2012

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Every time when I tell my friends in U.S. that China does not have a pornography industry–not legally at least–they appear to be shocked. It seems that the fact that Chinese does not have universal healthcare is more acceptable than that. China has banned the production, distribution, or purchase of pornography since 1949, and offenders […]

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