“Bitches, welcome to college!” Back to school in China

Alia | September 3rd, 2014 - 2:48 am

Today, welcoming slogans targeted at freshmen go extremely personal

In fear of losing touch with its own language and culture, China de-emphasizes English

Alia | October 23rd, 2013 - 10:25 am

On one hand, Beijing proposed to reduce the value of English in college admission. On the other, Chinese version of spelling bee competition tops TV ratings. Could the current backlash against English be a part of Xi Jinping’s great revival of Chineseness?

An elementary student’s viral essay questioned the teacher-student relationship in China

Alia | September 19th, 2013 - 2:24 am

Teachers are said to be like gardeners. And children flowers. Everyone knows such metaphors. But is gardener an appropriate analogy for teacher as a profession?

What can some Guangxi kids’ trip to school tell about China’s governance problem?

Alia | September 11th, 2013 - 2:16 am

School kids at a southern Guangxi village were found to first raft then swim to school due to government non action. It is a typical case of what would happen when cover-up and prohibition have become a government’s best practices.

Chinese netizens outraged at a Zhuhai school that charges students for taking a nap

Alia | March 26th, 2013 - 4:03 am

An elementary school in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, charges students RMB 1 yuan per day for napping at their desks. The fee is said to be an authorized charge by provincial Education Bureau. Guess how Chinese netizens reacted…

Kindergarten in Zhenzhou held “group wedding” for preschoolers

Alia | January 14th, 2013 - 10:54 pm

On Jan 11, 2013, a kindergarten in Zhenzhou held a “group wedding” for over 100 preschool kids. “Married” kids are said to be more responsible.

A home that resides in a public restroom

Alia | November 15th, 2012 - 3:43 am

A migrant worker family in Guangdong lives in a public restroom for 9 years so that the son can have access to basic education.

[UPDATED] In China, the culture of bribery starts from childhood

Alia | September 11th, 2012 - 4:28 am

A recent story of a primary school kid carrying two Gucci handbags as Teacher’s Day gifts may have the answer to why corruption is so prevalent in China. When everybody is condemning government corruption in China, will they say no to bribes when they get into positions of power?

Middle school students in China burned textbooks to vent pressure

Alia | April 4th, 2012 - 3:14 am

During an unexpected power outrage on March 9th, students at Xiangji Middle School, Hunan Province, burned their textbooks to vent out long-held anger caused by tight class schedules. Most netizens applauded the action.