Will China’s “mass culture” make a left turn?

Alia | October 22nd, 2014 - 4:17 am
Zhou at the symposium with Xi at the background

The arrests of liberal scholars in recent months plus this boost to leftist authors take away many people’s confidence in Xi being a reformist.

124 suspected Chinese illegal gold miners arrested in Ghana. Chinese netizens’ reactions split

Alia | June 6th, 2013 - 8:11 pm
Chinese miners detained in Ghana

124 Chinese allegedly involved in illegal gold mining were reported to be detained in Ghana. Chinese netizens reacted to the news very differently. While some took that nationalist stance, others thought the miners deserved punishment.

Clip of a Chinese heroine gang raped by Japanese soldiers during WWII went viral on the Chinese Internet

Alia | March 18th, 2013 - 3:34 am

What really makes the video clip viral isn’t that a Chinese woman was gang raped by Japanese soldiers, but what happened after (or, to be more exact, during) the rape. It’s the kind of nationalism that even most Chinese find absurd and annoying.

Patriotism with Chinese characteristics: To love the country or the government?

Alia | September 12th, 2012 - 3:43 am

A recent patriotic declaration by popular novelist, Guo Jingming, has made discussions about patriotism in China reach a new high point. For most netizens, to love China as motherland or to love the China lead by the Communist Party is an easy distinction to make.

To Patriots: Confession of a Patriot-used-to-be

Alia | May 12th, 2012 - 5:24 am

A long post explaining the journey of how a patriot-used-to-be grows into a patriot-no-more got viral on Sina Weibo and stirred up heated debates about the need and the right way to be patriot in a country like China.

China, the Philippines, Mother’s Day and the Mother China

Alia | May 11th, 2012 - 8:59 pm

A video with the title “Mother China, I need you! – Huanyan Island” was quietly shared among Chinese netizens, gaining over 90K hits in less than one day.

CCTV anchor slip of the tongue: “The Philippines is Chinese territory.” Chinese netizens: “It’s not?”

Alia | May 8th, 2012 - 10:33 pm

CCTV anchor He Jia mistakenly claimed the Philippines as part of China’s territory in her news program. Yet, Chinese netizens think that there was nothing wrong with what she said.

South China Sea standoff stirred new wave of nationalism in China, “The government has no balls and we want a war”

Alia | April 24th, 2012 - 1:17 am

Two recent news articles regarding the standoff between China and the Philippines in South China Sea bring nationalistic sentiment to a new high point. While netiznes still support the government’s sovereignty claim in the region, they feel betrayed by the government’s non-action.