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.

Weibo diplomacy: Japanese porn star outperformed Japanese embassy

Alia | September 15th, 2012 - 2:32 am

While the Japanese embassy reminds silent on Weibo amid heated dispute between China and Japan over Diaoyu Islands, Japanese porn star Sora Aoi has made her efforts in easing the tension between the two countries.

A Five-Starred Red Flag, The education Hong Kongers say no to

Alia | September 8th, 2012 - 6:45 am
Political comics by Guangbiao

Amid growing protests in Hong Kong against brainwashing “national education,” a short story from the Chinese text book for third graders in mainland China titled ” A Five-Starred Red Flag” recently went viral. If it deserves protesting, it must be for being stupid not brainwashing.

What if your kid is born on Diaoyu Islands?

Alia | August 22nd, 2012 - 2:47 am
Japan 9

More telling than waves of anti-Japan protests and discussions of patriotism is a poll started on Sina Weibo. The question is “If your kid is born on Diaoyu Islands, which citizenship would you choose for her?”

Qidong NIMBY protest that occupied the local government and stripped a mayor may mark a new era of grassroots activism in China

Alia | July 28th, 2012 - 6:55 am

The smile on the face of Qidong Mayor after protesters stripped off his clothes during a environmental protest made netizens gave applause to the government and called protesters to restrain. “China is where you stand. China is what you do. You are China. If you are bright, China won’t be dark.”

Traces on Weibo: How a NIMBY protest turned violent in a small Sichuan city?

Alia | July 2nd, 2012 - 11:39 pm

A reading through the Weibo posts of several participants of the protest gives us a better picture of how a student-organized “never-in-my-back-yard” protest has evolved into a bloody clash between local residents and police force.