“Weibo is for Paris, Wechat is for Hong Kong”

Alia | September 30th, 2014 - 1:33 am
Protest in HK

The unfolding events happening in Hong Kong right now officially mark the death of Weibo and the rise of Wechat as China’s most popular social media platform, for both friends’ updates and breaking news.

The fall of a media titan

Alia | September 28th, 2014 - 10:03 pm
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“The golden age of liberal media in China is over.”

Who rang Alibaba’s IPO opening bell?

Alia | September 22nd, 2014 - 4:38 am
The 8-person team that rang the bell

8 customers, instead of Jack Ma, rang the opening bell of Alibaba’s historical IPO last Friday. Putting a human face behind these individual successes will help someone outside of China understand why Alibaba is such a big deal.

A day in life of a Cartier-shopping beggar in China

Alia | September 16th, 2014 - 10:38 pm
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While most beggars beg to survive, some entrepreneurial beggars in China have turned panhandling into a low-cost, high-yield business.

Is China’s army ready to win a modern war?

Alia | September 11th, 2014 - 2:45 am
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Are China’s current military forces ready to fight a war with Japan? The answer is most definitely yes.

Could China’s anti-Japan propaganda hurt Alibaba’s image at home?

Alia | September 9th, 2014 - 2:05 am
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The realization that the biggest shareholder of their “national hero” is a Japanese company left many feel cheated. “Shall we boycott Alibaba?” Many netizens asked.

Hong Kong may find unexpected support from mainland netizens for its fight for democracy

Alia | September 3rd, 2014 - 9:47 pm
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Mainland netizens may not speak with Hong Kong’s interest in their minds, but the quest for more political freedom is universal.

“Bitches, welcome to college!” Back to school in China

Alia | September 3rd, 2014 - 2:48 am
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Today, welcoming slogans targeted at freshmen go extremely personal

Chinese netizens question the necessity of school military training after reports of fight, suicide and death

Alia | August 27th, 2014 - 9:46 pm
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A series of reports of military-trainings-going-wrong has ignited a national debate about whether China still needs compulsory school military training.

Out of the transgender closet: From national moral model to trans woman

Alia | August 25th, 2014 - 5:42 pm
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On August 14, Liu Ting, who’ve received titles like “China Moral Model,” “China Filial Piety Model” and “Pride of Zhejiang,” announced in a press conference that he has decided to become a woman.