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.

Why China’s anti-graft war may eventually fail

Alia | July 2nd, 2014 - 8:17 pm

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.”

Chinese netizens on PM Li Keqiang’s visit to Britain: “History repeats itself.”

Alia | June 19th, 2014 - 10:48 pm
Li and the Queen

Many Chinese netizens called the visit “the work of the wheel of life”, with China, the once “humiliated” Middle Kingdom, and Britain, the once “sun never sets” empire, swapped their positions.

Chinese netizens’ questions to British PM Cameron

Alia | December 5th, 2013 - 1:17 am

“Does Britain have any straight men at all?” “When does Britain plan to return the looted relics back to China?”

An apology that is 47 years late

Alia | May 16th, 2013 - 5:33 pm
Protesters at Beijing Tencent

Yesterday, on the 47th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution’s official starting date, a few apologies made by individuals who have made mistakes during that 10 years of madness went viral online, and ignited discussions of who should be responsible for all the chaos.

The tale of two famines

Alia | December 1st, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Back to 1942, a new Feng Xiaogang production depicting a less-known famine back in the year of 1942 during war-time China, has the whole nation talking. While watching a famine in 1942 on screen, people are thinking about the Great Famine of Mao in minds. Not all famines are equal in China. While some are made into movies, some others left in the darkness.

Denial from People’s Daily Branch Head Ignited Fury and Discussions of the Great Famine

Alia | May 3rd, 2012 - 2:23 am

Lin Zhibo, Head of People’s Daily Gansu Branch, denied the Great Famine from 1959 to 1961 on Sina Weibo and ignited netizens’ anger. In addition to criticism of Lin Zhibo, numerous weibo users started to share their family stories at the time, which has long been a taboo topic in China.

In China, great minds look alike (literally)

Alia | March 31st, 2011 - 4:50 am

According to the findings of Chinese netizens, many of these great minds in China’s history may just as well be one man “traveling back and forth through time”. Their proof? Pictures from Chinese history book…well-known figures all look the same with slightly different beard.