China’s rising army of voluntary “5 mao”

Alia | November 17th, 2014 - 11:44 pm
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“We proactively do what professional 5 maos do, but out of our own will.”

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.

Once upon a time, the Communist Party of China fought for democracy

Alia | October 14th, 2014 - 5:04 pm
Protest in HK now

The Communist Part of China was once itself a fighter for democracy. Talking about someone who has become what he hates? That’s exactly the case with CPC.

Who owns Hong Kong?

Alia | October 1st, 2014 - 7:24 pm
APTOPIX Hong Kong Democracy Protest

Many Chinese mainlanders think about protesters in Hong Kong as a groups of unappreciative whiners who complain too much while already enjoying many privileges.

“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.