The fall of China’s ex-security chief from “You know who” to “Comrade no more”

Alia | July 30th, 2014 - 9:39 pm

For a very long time, Zhou was practically China’s Lord Voldemort, the “You know who.” But the taboo to utter his name was broken yesterday.

What food safety? When in China, Do as the Chinese do

Alia | July 21st, 2014 - 10:25 pm
Full list of brands impacted by the scandal

“If KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway, Burger King and Starbucks all have food safety issues in China, and only in China, then there must be something wrong with China.”

The “wisdom” of China’s corrupt

Alia | July 13th, 2014 - 7:13 pm

In China, hypocrisy always goes hand in hand with corruption.

Microsoft’s chatbot Xiaobing, banned on Wechat, makes a viral comeback on Weibo

Alia | June 25th, 2014 - 7:46 pm

Posting questions to Xiaobing by @ing her on Weibo has become a viral game. Chinese netizens seem to be very much amused by the way she speaks.

Chinese netizens question officials’ sincerity at self-criticism sessions

Alia | June 24th, 2014 - 2:56 am
Televised self-criticism

“As an ordinary citizen, I’d rather see officials have legal education sessions to learn about the country’s laws, rather than superficial criticism and self-criticism meetings.”

Shandong University students’ movie-inspired graduation photos are funny and gay

Alia | June 19th, 2014 - 3:37 am

Posing after movie and TV show posters, students from Shandong University (SDU) put on a show for a wider audience.

Chinese netizens call Beijing’s recent crackdown on Google “a digital seal-off”

Alia | June 18th, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Chinese netizens equal Beijing’s recent crackdown on Google with a digital seal-off policy, saying that the country is moving backwards.

Loaded leg-gun is China’s new Internet meme

Alia | June 15th, 2014 - 9:25 pm
The original dance

While its meaning is open for interpretation, the original pose was actually from a 2010 group dance performance titled “The Vow” by dancing students from China’s Hunan University.

Will stashed bribes under the mattress create a shortage of cash in China?

Alia | May 29th, 2014 - 4:06 am

1.15 ton, or 2 cubic meters, of cash was found in an official’s home earlier this month. And this is just one of hundreds of cases where corrupt officials in China prefer their money under the mattress.

Chinese netizens call for “eye for an eye” retaliation after deadly blasts in Urumqi

Alia | May 22nd, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Many Chinese netizens demand their government to counter terror with terror. Such calls are not unheard of before. What’s new this time is the number of people who actually agreed.