The political message in Li Na’s Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup

Alia | January 30th, 2014 - 4:10 am
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Many Chinese people, now more than ever, hold the belief that China is China because of its billions of individuals. And their takeaway from Li Na’s victory is that individuals can challenge the state, and that they don’t always lose.

Patriotic post “You Are Nothing Without the Motherland” angers Chinese netizens

Alia | December 3rd, 2013 - 10:51 pm
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“Governments come and go, but the motherland is still here after 5000 years. How about the Communist Part?”

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.

CCTV interviewed Chinese on streets: “What is patriotism?”

Alia | October 8th, 2013 - 3:09 am
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Faced with polluted air and water, tainted foods and power abuse from corrupt officials on a daily basis, most Chinese find it hard to put patriotism into action.

Vice governor of Guizhou province draws fire online for speaking his mind

Alia | July 29th, 2013 - 4:36 am
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Chen Xiaoming, vice governor of Guizhou province who runs a “star government official Weibo account” hit his first wall of public outcry after calling those who “don’t love their own country” “scum”.

Biden’s UPenn commencement speech divides Chinese netizens in the US and back home

Alia | May 24th, 2013 - 6:29 pm
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US Vice President Biden’s “China bashing” and potentially “in-your-face racist” commencement speech at the University of Pennsylvania divides Chinese netizens overseas and back home, While Chinese students at UPenn demanded an apology, mainland netizens sided with Biden.

The Voice of China finale questioned by netizens after crowning “I Love You China”

Alia | October 2nd, 2012 - 2:57 am
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The Voice of China, the most popular talent show this year in China, disappointed many netizens with its grand finale where a singer won with the song “I Love You China”. Netizens accused the show of toadying up to the CCP.

Who would Chinese netizens send to the battlefield if China is going to war with Japan?

Alia | September 18th, 2012 - 3:23 am
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While many anti-Japan protesters are turning the streets in China into battlefields by tearing down every Japanese car or store in sight, some others are thinking about a more serious question – who should be sent to the front line should China declare war against Japan over Diaoyu Islands?

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

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

Family inflicted with late-term abortion called traitors

Alia | June 25th, 2012 - 9:19 pm
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The family of the woman who was forced to abort a 7-month-old baby was labeled as “traitors” by villagers hired by local government for accepting interviews by foreign press. only days after China Daily called lower-level Party cadres to mind the international implications of their handling of domestic issues.