Will China’s “mass culture” make a left turn?

Alia | October 22nd, 2014 - 4:17 am
Zhou at the symposium with Xi at the background

The arrests of liberal scholars in recent months plus this boost to leftist authors take away many people’s confidence in Xi being a reformist.

“Hello, beautiful!” says Chinese president Xi Jinping in official cartoon

Alia | March 10th, 2014 - 6:25 pm

iFeng.com, website of Phoenix TV, a pro-Beijing TV broadcaster based in Hong Kong, featured a total of 6 comic strips of Xi Jingping: Uncle Xi’s Cartoon.

“Steamed buns store” now a song in ode to Chinese president Xi Jinping

Alia | January 23rd, 2014 - 9:17 pm

The song is said to be “simple and low key” and “full of passion and positivity.” Enjoy the music video!

Comparison between the Chinese dream and the American dream draws criticism online

Alia | June 12th, 2013 - 3:18 pm

A Chinese scholar’s essays on the differences and the similarities between the Chinese dream and the American dreams draws criticism online. At the same time, Chinese netizens shared their visions of a “dream life.”

China’s first lady Peng Liyuan is using an iPhone 5

Alia | June 7th, 2013 - 1:18 am

A picture of Xi Jinping and his celebrity wife Peng Liyuan during their visit to Mexico’s Chichen Itza in the city of Tinum shows very clearly that Peng is using an iPhone, most likely an iPhone 5.

Chinese netizens on Xi Jinping’s never-happened taxi trip: The news may be fake, but our expectations real

Alia | April 19th, 2013 - 5:04 am
Screenshot of Ta Kung Pao news page

One telling fact of the fake news is that most netizens, even those often very critical of the government, bought into the story almost immediately and applauded Xi’s move.

Chinese netizens cheered at their “finally-presentable” first lady

Alia | March 24th, 2013 - 3:46 am

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.

Will Xi Jinping open a Weibo? Chinese netizens speculate

Alia | February 6th, 2013 - 4:46 am
XI in front of a computer

The most talked about account on Sina Weibo in the past 2 days is probably the mysterious @学习粉丝团, which updates the whereabouts of China’s president-in-waiting Xi Jinping. It explained that no one is behind the Weibo and he is just an ordinary fan, but Chinese netizens still fancy at the idea of a personal Weibo of Xi.

The Xi Jinping that you don’t know

Alia | December 26th, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Xinhua News published a series of profile reports of the members of China’s new Politburo, including personal pictures of Xi Jinping with his family. The move is seen by many as another sign that Xi and China’s new leadership are serious about reform and changing the Party’s image.

Will China’s raging war of online anti-corruption become another Culture Revolution?

Alia | December 12th, 2012 - 6:15 am

After the 18th National Party Congress, China saw a sudden surge in anti-corruption investigations, most of which were first exposed by netizens online. While many are cheering for the power of the Web, others call for caution, comparing online anti-corruption to the Culture Revolution.