China’s propaganda war over a bowl of muddy water noodles

Alia | August 6th, 2014 - 5:33 pm

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?”

Six years after Sichuan earthquake, a changed China from harmony to discord

Alia | May 13th, 2014 - 10:12 pm

“Back in 2008, many people hoped that the earthquake can shake some positive boosts of change and reform into China…but soon they realized that it was but a dream.”

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Alia | April 23rd, 2013 - 10:57 pm

Two pictures show very well how much trust the Chinese people have in their government when it comes to disaster relief donation.

Losing people’s trust, China Red Cross’ donation boxes are left empty (literally)

Alia | April 22nd, 2013 - 11:58 pm
Empty donation boxes

Calls for donation for Lushan 7.0 earthquake are everywhere, both online and offline. But China Red Cross, the government-run organization and the country’s biggest charity, is having a very hard time regaining people’s trust, or money.

An earthquake in a Weibo-powered China

Alia | April 21st, 2013 - 1:07 am
8 hours of traffic jam

Seven out of the 8 top trending topics currently on Weibo are about the earthquake in Ya’an. The very first one titled “7.0 earthquake in Ya’an, Sichuan,” which keeps updating the latest news and casualty numbers in Sichuan, is generating more than 67 million chatters.

Earthquake donation from 4 years ago still in warehouse, Netizens raise eyebrows

Alia | March 19th, 2012 - 3:58 am

4 years after 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, donations at the time are still in their original packages and stored in warehouses.

Perfect correlation between oil price increase in China and earthquakes around the world

Alia | April 8th, 2011 - 7:52 pm

A post of how effective dates of oil price increase in China are perfectly correlated with occurrences of earthquakes across the globe got viral online. Many netizens said that notices of oil price increase from China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is the best earthquake prediction.

Hong Kong rabbit year fortune-telling book predicted Japan earthquake

Alia | March 18th, 2011 - 5:16 am

A Chinese zodiac fortune-telling book of the rabbit year was said to predict the Japan earthquake. One page in the book said Japan will have an over 8-magnitude earthquake in the year of rabbit.

Japan, Hold on! Wait for PLA!

Alia | March 16th, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Chinese microblogger on Sina Weibo Japan, please don’t be defeated by an earthquake. You can only lose in the hands of People’s Liberation Army, i.e., the Chinese army.