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.

Hong Kong may find unexpected support from mainland netizens for its fight for democracy

Alia | September 3rd, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Mainland netizens may not speak with Hong Kong’s interest in their minds, but the quest for more political freedom is universal.

Egypt’s bloody crackdown reminds Chinese netizens of Tiananmen, but opinions vary

Alia | August 15th, 2013 - 6:23 pm
Egypt version of the tank man

Netizen 共富传记 asked: “Western-style democracy failed to solve Egypt’s problem. How could it solve China’s problem? I don’t think it’d work.”

Is Wukan a failure? Newly elected leaders regret leading protests

Alia | February 17th, 2013 - 10:05 pm
Wukan villagers cast votes in 2012

“I’m in deep regret…Why did I participate [the protests]? What if I didn’t step in this mess? Why did I seek trouble for myself?” said Lin Zulian, one of the leaders of Wukan anti-government protests in 2011 and newly elected village committee director.

Who are the Chinese Communist Party?

Alia | November 7th, 2012 - 3:52 am

In China, approximately one out of fifteen is a party member. When blaming the corrupt Party for China’s problems, no one exactly has their party-member family members or friends in mind. But at the end of day, what these millions of party members do determines what the Party and China looks like.

Who will be American’s next president? Chinese netizens have their answers

Alia | September 6th, 2012 - 4:32 am

Americans apart, there is probably no other group than the Chinese netizens who are more keen on discussing the coming US Presidential Election. At the end of the day, who would Chinese netizens vote for?

Qidong NIMBY protest that occupied the local government and stripped a mayor may mark a new era of grassroots activism in China

Alia | July 28th, 2012 - 6:55 am

The smile on the face of Qidong Mayor after protesters stripped off his clothes during a environmental protest made netizens gave applause to the government and called protesters to restrain. “China is where you stand. China is what you do. You are China. If you are bright, China won’t be dark.”

Duel between intellectuals stimulated debates about law and rights

Alia | July 8th, 2012 - 6:41 pm

A duel between pro-government intellectuals and liberal intellectuals outside the gate of a Beijing Park stirred up debates about the limits of violence.

Chinese students studying abroad bring change to China…but what kind?

Alia | April 8th, 2012 - 6:14 am

There will be shifts in values. That’s for sure. The question is…shift to where. More patriotic or more pro-West?