The unfolding events happening in Hong Kong right now officially mark the death of Weibo and the rise of Wechat as China’s most popular social media platform, for both friends’ updates and breaking news.
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.
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.
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.”
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.