Alibaba V Chinese government: Dawn of anti-counterfeiting

Alia | January 28th, 2015 - 10:57 pm
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The Chinese consumers are backing Taobao in its war with the government.

13-year-old Chinese girl forced mom to abort second child

Alia | January 19th, 2015 - 7:54 pm
Cartoon by People's Daily

In many cultures, in rare cases would a child strongly oppose the idea of having siblings. But the issue is a very real one in China – resistant to a second child among families’ first child.

China’s Christmas village produces 60% of the world’s Christmas ornaments

Alia | December 24th, 2014 - 2:59 pm
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It’s red everywhere: red paints dripping on the floor, red color splashed on the wall, red dust in the air. This is China’s “Christmas village” in the southern town of Yiwu, Zhejiang province, thousands of miles away from the North Pole.

Chinese netizens reinvented red propaganda posters

Alia | December 3rd, 2014 - 9:51 pm
"Ladies, we are not available for dating"

The current meme of reinventing red propaganda posters is part of this sub-culture of retro arts.

In China, small potatoes corrupt big

Alia | November 12th, 2014 - 9:23 pm
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“Nothing is impossible in China when it comes to corruption.”

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
Zhou at the symposium with Xi at the background

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.