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.

Heavy media takedown of Guo Meimei angers Chinese netizens

Alia | August 4th, 2014 - 1:58 am
Guo in televised confession

“Are these state media nuts? Why the hell do they give Guo more media attention than those earthquake victims?”

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

Alia | July 30th, 2014 - 9:39 pm
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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.”

Wall propaganda 2.0: The new face of Chinese villages

Alia | July 16th, 2014 - 1:48 am
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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 “wisdom” of China’s corrupt

Alia | July 13th, 2014 - 7:13 pm
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In China, hypocrisy always goes hand in hand with corruption.

The World Cup is hurting relationships in China

Alia | July 8th, 2014 - 9:35 pm
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“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
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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.”