Prominent Weibo account with more than 7 million followers was sold for 50 yuan ($8)

Alia | October 30th, 2014 - 1:07 am
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“Weibo’s killer feature is worth no more than a pack of cigarettes.”

Will China’s “mass culture” make a left turn?

Alia | October 22nd, 2014 - 4:17 am
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The arrests of liberal scholars in recent months plus this boost to leftist authors take away many people’s confidence in Xi being a reformist.

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.

“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.

Will new TV series on Deng Xiaoping crack light into some of the black holes in contemporary Chinese history?

Alia | August 13th, 2014 - 1:34 am
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Mini-series Deng Xiaoping at History’s Crossroad made it first debut last Friday. Could it be a sign that China’s Communist Party is ready to lift the veil over some of the country’s darkest moments in contemporary history?

China’s propaganda war over a bowl of muddy water noodles

Alia | August 6th, 2014 - 5:33 pm
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China’s soldiers may still cook with unfiltered water in the field in 2014, but the Chinese people surely won’t accept “unfiltered” in-your-face propaganda any more.