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.

Provincial courts turn to social media to knock Beijing’s anti-rumor campaign

Alia | September 12th, 2013 - 4:55 am
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Several recent posts on Weibo by legal organs revealed that tensions between China’s central government and its local ones are as manifest today as during historical times. Many netizens called the posts an act of “rebellion.”

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.

Popular Hong Kong comedian’s new political role tells a not-so-funny story about the political environment in China

Alia | January 18th, 2013 - 6:04 am
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Stephen Chow has newly been appointed as a delegate of the People’s Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC) of Guangdong, but Chinese netizens didn’t see the new role as an honor. The CPPCC is considered a symbolic existence that is full of members who are good at nothing but “acting.”

Politics of dynasty: The one thing that China, North Korea, Japan and South Korean share in common

Alia | December 20th, 2012 - 4:25 am
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Political dynasties aren’t new in the history of East Asia, but this is probably the first time in modern history when these four countries all follow father-son/daughter leadership at the same time. The Chinese netizens call it an era of Pin Die, a competition of family background.

Will Chinese writer Mo Yan get this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature? Chinese netizens vote no

Alia | October 7th, 2012 - 2:35 am
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This year, popular Chinese writer Mo Yan has been reported to be in top places for the Nobel Prize for Literature, but many Chinese netizens are saying: “He doesn’t deserve it.”

Bo, Mao and a China that stands still

Alia | September 29th, 2012 - 6:13 am
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The similarities between the life stories of Bo Xila, China’s disgraced politician, and Mao, who are still seen as the country’s safeguard now, revealed some very sad facts about China’s reality after over 30 years of opening up and reform.

A slap that changed China’s history?

Alia | September 19th, 2012 - 7:44 pm
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Did Bo Xilai just become China’s He Who Must Not Be Named? Did a slap in the face prevented China from heading to another Culture Revolution? Xinhua Report “On the scale of law – Exclusives on Wang Lijun’s case and trial” has your questions answered.

Chinese netizens: “What if it wasn’t a Briton?”

Alia | April 11th, 2012 - 12:27 am
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Regarding the breaking news of Bo Xilai and his wife, Chinese netizens were asking, “What if it was a Chinese, instead of a Briton, that was killed?”

Chongqing media flipped after Bo’s fall: Red Chongqing gone

Alia | March 17th, 2012 - 4:05 pm
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How Chongqing media reacted after Bo’s fall? “He’s no longer relevant. We are loyal to the central government. Everything is back to where they were.”