The story of two movies: Tiny times on the continent

Alia | July 30th, 2014 - 4:44 am

The coming-of-age stories of the post-80s generation is a story of modern China. Han and Guo, as the faces of this generation, are two telling examples of this generation is likely to shape their country in years to come.

Wall propaganda 2.0: The new face of Chinese villages

Alia | July 16th, 2014 - 1:48 am

Slogans exhorting the one-child policy have stuck on the walls of Chinese villages for decades before gradually fading away. In its place, China’s tech companies have painted a new future for rural China,

The World Cup is hurting relationships in China

Alia | July 8th, 2014 - 9:35 pm

“We are house-wives. We don’t want to be angry and dissatisfied World Cup-wives.”

Why China’s anti-graft war may eventually fail

Alia | July 2nd, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Many people believe that the current sweeping anti-graft campaign will eventually hit a dead end: “Without reforming the political system, all anti-graft campaigns are but a redistribution of power.”

Chinese netizens on PM Li Keqiang’s visit to Britain: “History repeats itself.”

Alia | June 19th, 2014 - 10:48 pm
Li and the Queen

Many Chinese netizens called the visit “the work of the wheel of life”, with China, the once “humiliated” Middle Kingdom, and Britain, the once “sun never sets” empire, swapped their positions.

Hehe, the muffled laughter that haunts the Chinese Internet

Alia | June 11th, 2014 - 7:43 pm

What is the most effective way to express non-interest, cynicism and sarcasm on the Chinese Internet? The answer is: hehe (呵呵).

Will the Chinese government bail out real estate market if it collapses?

Alia | June 10th, 2014 - 4:10 pm

“The government will bail out you developers, but not us ordinary consumers.” Thus reads a viral response.

Type out an ideal China, Meet China’s keyboard (super)men

Alia | June 4th, 2014 - 10:15 pm
Cartoon by @辣椒二舅 on Weibo

Keyboarders are quick and enthusiastic to criticize and fight all kinds of social injustice, inequality or wrongdoing…but only when it’s behind the screen.

Murder, cult and the loss of government credibility [Graphic image]

Alia | June 2nd, 2014 - 5:31 am

Many Chinese netizens would rather believe the impossible than to believe their government. And that poses a bigger risk to Beijing than terrorist attacks or murderous cults.

Why hasn’t Beijing lifted the nationalism switch against Vietnam?

Alia | May 15th, 2014 - 5:53 pm
Protesters in Vietnam

Anti-China riots in Vietnam hit headlines around the world….except in China where state media have been surprisingly quiet about what’s happening.