What a humble tea egg tells about the gap between mainland China and Taiwan?

Alia | March 25th, 2014 - 8:43 pm

“No matter how poor the motherland is, we will keep feeding you [Taiwan people] tea eggs.”

Chinese netizens call for boycott of Taiwan stars who voiced support for student protesters

Alia | March 23rd, 2014 - 11:37 pm
Standoff between police and protesters in Taiwan

While most Chinese netizens take an onlooker position at the on-going protests in Taiwan, they are much angrier at a few Taiwan stars who openly voiced support for protesters and publicly showed disparage of mainland audiences.

Chinese netizens: “China doesn’t need a Ukraine-style revolution”

Alia | February 25th, 2014 - 7:12 pm

“Thank God that violent clashes like the ones in Ukraine didn’t happen in China. No one wants to die for the ambitions of greedy politicians.”

Patient-doctor murder flared up into a “mass incident” at Chinese hospital

Alia | October 28th, 2013 - 10:06 am
Anti-riot police outside the hospital

A doctor at a hospital in Wenling, Zhejiang, has been stabbed to death by an unhappy patient. His co-workers and fellow medical personnel across China are now mobilized to call for a stop of violence at hospitals.

Kunming’s desperate moves to prevent more environmental protests: To restrict sales of face mask and T-shirts

Alia | May 27th, 2013 - 10:35 pm

In the wake of Kunming’s new protest-preventive measures, one netizen commented: “You can ban mask sales, but you cannot ban people’s voices. Even if you can ban people’s voices, you cannot ban people’s minds.”

The tale of two Chinese protests on May 4, the Youth Day

Alia | May 6th, 2013 - 3:05 am

Two protests happened in China this past Sunday. One in Kunming to protest against the setup of a chemical plant; and the other in Changsha to protest against a speech by a “rightist.” They each represent an ideology that is celebrated by many, younger generations in particular, in China.

300-year-old Phoenix Ancient Town consumed by fire of anger because of new government-imposed entrance charge

Alia | April 14th, 2013 - 10:31 pm
Anti-riot police in town

Fenghuang Gucheng, a very popular tourism destination in China, had a restless week last week when local small business owners took to the street to protest against a newly-imposed “entrance ticket” of RMB 148 yuan. Pictures of anti-riot police raiding the little town are everywhere on the Chinese internet.

Is Wukan a failure? Newly elected leaders regret leading protests

Alia | February 17th, 2013 - 10:05 pm
Wukan villagers cast votes in 2012

“I’m in deep regret…Why did I participate [the protests]? What if I didn’t step in this mess? Why did I seek trouble for myself?” said Lin Zulian, one of the leaders of Wukan anti-government protests in 2011 and newly elected village committee director.

Ningbo NIMBY protesters to foreign journalists: “Ningbo welcomes you.”

Alia | October 29th, 2012 - 12:41 am

Protests in Ningbo started to wane down after local government agreed to suspend a refining and petrochemicals project. In retrospect, a scene where the protesting crowd lifted up a foreign camera man seems to reveal a more telling story about China and its people than the protest itself.

Mao comes back to life amid wide spread anti-Japan protests in China

Alia | September 16th, 2012 - 6:41 am

This weekend, unrest can be felt in the air all over China. This weekend, chanting of “Long live Chairman Mao” once again can be heard all over China. This weekend, pictures with Mao started to be censored on Weibo.