Peking University, the most prestigious university in China famous for its tolerance of open discussion, unveiled a program to offer consultation to 10 categories of “trouble” students. Among the 10 categories, one received particular attention and criticism – radical thinking. The crackdown on radical thinking reminds many of 89.
Baidu, China’s biggest search engine, is under fire for copyright violation. The call for copyright protection received almost universal support from netizens. Yet, when the government cracked down P2P websites like BT China and VeryCD, Chinese netizens responded with anger and criticism. In the case of Baidu, they seem to turn pro-copyright overnight.
A college student called Yao Jiaxin went on trial March, 23rd, for stabbing a young mother to death after accidentally running into her with his car last year. “I fear that she is from the countryside and peasants are hard to deal with. If she is severely injured, she may ask my family and me for money for the rest of her life.”
The day before an exam, a tiger mom in Nanjing, China, forced her daughter to finish tons of math exercises. The daughter refused and wrote the following poem with anger, “Mom, I have too much pressure”. Two twin sisters in Hong Kong echoed with the pressured daughter in Nanjing and made her poem into a song.
The recent salt hoarding reminds many in China of the life in late 80s. In 1988, China stopped double-track price system, allowing consumer product prices to be adjusted by market rather than central planning. The immediate result was a much greater than imaged price increase across the board. High prices lead to a national panic and a nation-wide hoarding just about everything.