Bo, Mao and a China that stands still

Alia | September 29th, 2012 - 6:13 am

The similarities between the life stories of Bo Xila, China’s disgraced politician, and Mao, who are still seen as the country’s safeguard now, revealed some very sad facts about China’s reality after over 30 years of opening up and reform.

Beijing opera in bikini

Alia | September 27th, 2012 - 2:51 am

Recently, many Chinese netizens suddenly showed interests in Beijing opera, a dying art form in China, all because of a set of viral photos at the China Final of the 37th Miss Biniki International beauty contest.

Coffee doesn’t go with Buddhism in China

Alia | September 26th, 2012 - 3:24 am

A new Starbucks location near Lingyin Temple, one of the most famous and popular Buddhist monasteries in China’s Southern city of Hangzhou, stirred quite some controversies and revealed Chinese people’s struggles of preserving Chinese-ness.

A slap that changed China’s history?

Alia | September 19th, 2012 - 7:44 pm

Did Bo Xilai just become China’s He Who Must Not Be Named? Did a slap in the face prevented China from heading to another Culture Revolution? Xinhua Report “On the scale of law – Exclusives on Wang Lijun’s case and trial” has your questions answered.

Beggars put behind bars outside Buddhist temple in Nanchang

Alia | September 19th, 2012 - 1:46 am

Yesterday,, a dynamic online BBS in China, featured a set of photos where beggars at a Temple Fair in Nanchang were put behind bars with only their begging bowls out. According to staff working at the temple, the bars were to prevent illegal baggers from harassing visitors at the fair.

Who would Chinese netizens send to the battlefield if China is going to war with Japan?

Alia | September 18th, 2012 - 3:23 am

While many anti-Japan protesters are turning the streets in China into battlefields by tearing down every Japanese car or store in sight, some others are thinking about a more serious question – who should be sent to the front line should China declare war against Japan over Diaoyu Islands?

Mao comes back to life amid wide spread anti-Japan protests in China

Alia | September 16th, 2012 - 6:41 am

This weekend, unrest can be felt in the air all over China. This weekend, chanting of “Long live Chairman Mao” once again can be heard all over China. This weekend, pictures with Mao started to be censored on Weibo.

Weibo diplomacy: Japanese porn star outperformed Japanese embassy

Alia | September 15th, 2012 - 2:32 am

While the Japanese embassy reminds silent on Weibo amid heated dispute between China and Japan over Diaoyu Islands, Japanese porn star Sora Aoi has made her efforts in easing the tension between the two countries.

Here is how China has been defending its rights over Diaoyu Islands

Alia | September 13th, 2012 - 2:20 am

So far, China’s strategy to defend its sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands remains very peaceful. The 3-step strategy includes weather report, Photoshop and media lip service.

Patriotism with Chinese characteristics: To love the country or the government?

Alia | September 12th, 2012 - 3:43 am

A recent patriotic declaration by popular novelist, Guo Jingming, has made discussions about patriotism in China reach a new high point. For most netizens, to love China as motherland or to love the China lead by the Communist Party is an easy distinction to make.