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05.21.15

Censorship and Publishing in China

Andrew J. Nathan & Zha Jianying
<p>This week, a new PEN American Center report “<a href="/node/16061" target="_blank">Censorship and Conscience: Foreign Authors and the Challenge of Chinese Censorship</a>,” by <a href="http://www...

Reports

05.20.15

Censorship and Conscience

Alexa Olesen
Alexa Olesen
PEN International
<p>In this report, PEN American Center (PEN) examines how foreign authors in particular are navigating the heavily censored Chinese book industry. China is one of the largest book publishing markets in the world, with total revenue projected...

Media

04.30.15

Will China Ban Katy Perry?

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
<p>On April 28, American pop singer Katy Perry gave her first-ever concert in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, the self-governing island which mainland China considers to be its sovereign territory. Tense relations between Taiwan and mainland...

An American Hero in China

Ian Johnson
<p class="dropcap">One night in September, three hundred people crowded into the basement auditorium of an office tower in Beijing to hear a discussion between two of China’s most popular writers. One was Liu Yu, a thirty-eight-year-...

Sinica Podcast

04.27.15

Nationalism and Censorship

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn & more
<p>Christopher Cairns joins the hosts of Sinica for a discussion of his forthcoming paper, co-authored with <a href="/node/11266">Allen Carlson</a>, scheduled for publication in <a href="http://journals.cambridge...

Books

03.05.15

Has the American Media Misjudged China

William J. Holstein, Editor on behalf of The Overseas Press Club
Thirty-five years after China's opening to the world, some of the key assumptions that have guided coverage are being tested by the presidency of Xi Jinping. This book is must reading for anyone involved in U.S.-Chinese relations or for anyone who is just plain curious about how the assumptions that have guided American media coverage of China are now being challenged by the presidency of Xi Jinping. He has a very different vision of his country's future than the one often presented in some media accounts. —William J. Holstein  {chop}

Conversation

02.27.15

Are China and Russia Forging a New Ideological Bloc?

Jacqueline N. Deal, Wu Jianmin & more
With evidence of ties strengthening between Beijing and Moscow—over energy contracts, the handling of the Ukraine, and their diplomats' stance toward outside interference in internal affairs, especially if it's perceived as coming from...

Media

02.23.15

Five Predictions for Chinese Censorship in the Year of the Sheep

<p>Blocked websites, jailed journalists, and nationalist rhetoric have long been features of the Chinese Communist Party’s media control strategy. During the Year of the Horse, which just ended on China’s lunar calendar, President Xi Jinping...

Viewpoint

02.19.15

Beijing Touts ‘Cyber-Sovereignty’ In Internet Governance

Scott D. Livingston
<p class="dropcap">It has been a difficult few weeks for global technology companies operating in China.</p><p>Chinese officials strengthened the Internet firewall by <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-...

Conversation

01.29.15

Is China’s Internet Becoming an Intranet?

George Chen, Charlie Smith & more
<p>With Astrill and several other free and paid-subscription virtual private networks (VPNs) that make leaping China’s Great Firewall possible <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/world/asia/china-clamps-down-still-harder-on-...

Media

01.13.15

This Culture Has Not Yet Been Rated

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
<p>It all started with plunging necklines. After the sudden withdrawal and subsequent sanitizing of a popular Chinese show, viewers in China have renewed longstanding calls to strip government censors of their power, using one simple solution...

Caixin Media

01.06.15

In Praise of Hu Feng

Sheila Melvin
<p>Hu Feng (1902-85) is a name that most students of P.R.C. history have undoubtedly encountered at one time or another. I remember reading it for the first time years ago in Jonathan Spence's "The Search for Modern China." It...

Reports

01.01.15

The Politburo’s Predicament

Sarah Cook
Freedom House
<p>Drawing on an analysis of hundreds of official documents, censorship directives, and human rights reports, as well as some 30 expert interviews, the study finds that the overall degree of repression has increased under the new leadership...

Sinica Podcast

12.26.14

Regulating the Fourth Estate in China

Kaiser Kuo
<p>The explosion of the commercial media sphere in China over the last decade hasn't been particularly subtle, especially if you're anything like us and walk past multiple Chinese newsstands in the morning. But let's look beyond...

China in 2014 Through the Eyes of a Human Rights Advocate

Yaxue Cao
<p>This time last year, volunteers and I were busy writing and translating articles to prepare for the New Citizens Movement trials. Many Chinese voices were speaking out forcefully against these trials: law professors, rights lawyers, liberal...

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