Type out an ideal China, Meet China’s keyboard (super)men

Alia | June 4th, 2014 - 10:15 pm
Cartoon by @辣椒二舅 on Weibo

Keyboarders are quick and enthusiastic to criticize and fight all kinds of social injustice, inequality or wrongdoing…but only when it’s behind the screen.

Are Chinese netizens rightists or leftists? The tale of two non-mainland celebrities

Alia | November 7th, 2013 - 7:33 am
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Recent online attacks towards Taiwanese singer Deserts Chang and Hong Kong pop star Deric Wan are a perfect example of how Chinese netizens can easily swing between left and right when it comes to politics.

Chinese netizens react to US government shutdown and conclude the superiority of the US system

Alia | October 1st, 2013 - 9:10 pm
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In addition to ideological jokes, Chinese netizens manged to find silver lining in a US government shutdown: “Their government can be shut down without causing any chaos in the society.”

Chinese netizens strike back amid Internet crackdown

Alia | September 24th, 2013 - 1:38 am
Top county officials in meeting

As China’s Internet crackdown intensifies, netizens decided to fight back, not by pushing for more freedom of speech, but by mobilizing bottom-up anti-corruption investigations.

Father of the Great Fire Wall resigns due to deteriorating health, Chinese netizens wish him an early death

Alia | June 27th, 2013 - 8:05 pm
Fang Binxing

Yesterday, Fang Binxing, father of China’s national censorship system, resigned from his post as the president of the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication. In response to the news, Chinese netizens wished that his illness take his life ASAP.

Comparison between the Chinese dream and the American dream draws criticism online

Alia | June 12th, 2013 - 3:18 pm
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A Chinese scholar’s essays on the differences and the similarities between the Chinese dream and the American dreams draws criticism online. At the same time, Chinese netizens shared their visions of a “dream life.”

Was the 4-year-old boy detained in “black jail” by local government or abandoned by his stepfather? Chinese netizens split

Alia | May 21st, 2013 - 3:12 am
The boy now

The most significant change in the case is Chinese netizens’ attitude towards such a story. Gone are the days when people trust government rhetoric. Gone, too, are the days when people automatically buy into stories depicting an “evil” government.

Chinese netizens are taking over the White House…petition site: “Hello! Comrade Obama”

Alia | May 7th, 2013 - 8:31 pm
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What would you do if you don’t trust your own government? For China’s always-cynical netizens, the answer is easy – to appeal to the US government. The 6 most recent petitions submitted to the White House are all from China.

Chinese netizens raised concerns about social media goodwill after publicity stunt exposed on Weibo

Alia | March 27th, 2013 - 4:37 am
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An uplifting story was proved a staged publicity stunt one day after going viral on Sina Weibo, China’s leading microblogging service. Weibo’s credibility as an information source is called into question by netizens.

Chinese netizens cheered at their “finally-presentable” first lady

Alia | March 24th, 2013 - 3:46 am
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Photos of Peng Liyuan, China’s new first lady, during her first foreign trip have been making waves on the Chinese Internet. Netizens flocked to cheer at her beauty and elegance. But for many, a presentable first lady is far from enough.