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10.27.2014

What China’s Reading: ‘Broken Dreams, USA’

Tea Leaf Nation

Zhou Xiaoping, a 33-year-old selfie-snapping blogger, has quickly become the new face of Chinese patriotism—or, some would say, nationalism. On October 15, Chinese President Xi Jinping held a forum in Beijing in which the president called...

Video

08.12.2014

Chinese Dreamers

Sharron Lovell, Tom Wang

A dream, in the truest sense, is a solo act. It can’t be created by committee or replicated en masse. Try as you might, you can’t compel your neighbor to conjure up the reverie that you envision. And therein lies the latent, uncertain...

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11.27.2013

China’s Favorite Villainess

Tea Leaf Nation

Many U.S. viewers identify with serial killer Morgan Dexter of Dexter, inveterate womanizer Don Draper of Mad Men, or family man turned meth kingpin Walter White of Breaking Bad—however morally bankrupt they may be. Now, China has its own...

Dreams of a Different China

Ian Johnson

Last November, China’s newly installed leader, Xi Jinping, asked his fellow Chinese to help realize a “Chinese dream” of national rejuvenation. In the months since then, his talk has been seen as a marker in the new leadership’s thinking,...

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11.14.2013

Westerners Aren’t the Only Ones Flummoxed by China’s Reform Plans

Tea Leaf Nation, David Wertime

After the Third Plenum, a high-level meeting to discuss China’s future, ended on November 12, Beijing released a major document likely to affect many of its 1.3 billion citizens’ lives for years.

Viewpoint

11.07.2013

Deciphering Xi Jinping’s Dream

Ouyang Bin, Roderick MacFarquhar

On November 9, the Chinese Communist Party will host its Third Plenary Session of the Eighteenth Central Committee. This conference will be a key to deciphering the ruling philosophy of the new Chinese leadership, who will run the country...

Old Dreams for a New China

Ian Johnson

Ever since China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, first uttered the phrase “China Dream” last year, people in China and abroad have been scrambling to decipher its meaning. Many nations have “dreams”; in Canada, the country’s most prominent...

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08.14.2013

Don’t Dream Big—Four Vignettes on Social Mobility in Modern China

Tea Leaf Nation, Rachel Lu

The New York Times recently ran an article that detailed the struggles of three young college women from low-income backgrounds, raising questions about whether education remains the “great equalizer” in America. How does the picture look...

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07.15.2013

A Rite of Passage to Nowhere

Ying Zhu, Frances Hisgen

Tiny Times, a Chinese feature film set in contemporary Shanghai, made headline news on its opening day in late June by knocking the Hollywood blockbuster Man of Steel from its perch atop the domestic box-office and breaking the opening-day...

Conversation

07.09.2013

What Is the “Chinese Dream” Really All About?

Stein Ringen, Jeremy Goldkorn, Robert Kapp

Stein Ringen: I’m coming to the view that the ‘Chinese Dream’ is a signal from the leadership of great import that has much to say about the nature of the Chinese state. It is striking, in my opinion, how effectively and rapidly the system...

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06.12.2013

In Box Office Hit, American Dream Is Still Alive—In a Maturing China

Tea Leaf Nation

Over the last two weeks, the movie American Dreams in China (中国合伙人) has been the number one box office hit in China, selling over 400 million tickets to date. The movie is a gritty and at times tongue-in-cheek comedy that tells the true...

Environment

05.23.2013

Food Safety Scandals Bring Reality-Check to “Chinese Dream”

chinadialogue

In the wake of China’s recent food scandal, Chinese premier Li Keqiang has vowed to enforce the toughest food safety regulations. “We need to crack down on practices that violate laws and regulations with a heavy fist, and make the...

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03.01.2013

No Closer to the Chinese Dream?

Timothy Garton Ash

2013 began dramatically in China with a standoff between journalists and state propaganda authorities over a drastically rewritten New Year’s editorial at the Southern Weekly newspaper.

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12.12.2012

The “Chinese Dream” Means One Thing to its Leaders, and Another to its People

Tea Leaf Nation

Since China unveiled the new Politburo Standing Committee at the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, the country’s Web users have been paying close attention to the new elite group of leaders who will set the country’s...