Baidu’s Free Life-Long 2TB Cloud Storage, Will It Last?

March 13, 2015

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Yes, you hear it right. The Chinese IT giant Baidu is offering a promotion that gives 2 terabytes of free cloud storage to its users for life if they download its mobile app and log in from a mobile device. This is almost too good to be true. The same size of cloud storage would cost $1,200 a year with […]

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Meet the “Study God” Who’s Trending on Chinese Social Media

November 3, 2014

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Yesterday, tweets and pictures of a cute American teenager scanning items for customers in Target went viral and #AlexFromTarget became a trending hashtag on Twitter as well as other social media in the U.S. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, a Chinese young man became as famous as, if not more so than, Alex from Target, on social […]

Posted in: education

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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