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10.1.15 When Chinese Internet Users Call Xi Jinping Daddy
Anne Henochowicz
Internet censorship in China has inspired the invention of a menagerie of online creatures: the river crab, the elephant of truth, the monkey-snake. Each beast’s name plays on a word or phrase that has at some point angered Chinese Internet users, often...
Media, Politics
09.19.15 The News Media’s Mixed Record in Covering China-Africa Ties
Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Barry van Wyk
News organizations from across Africa and around the world are devoting more resources to covering China’s engagement on the continent. The overall quantity of coverage has undoubtedly increased over the past decade. The key question, though, is whether...
09.3.15 Chinese Web Users Aren’t Blaming Detained Journalist for Market Panic
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
China’s stock markets have been in free-fall for some time. Now, so is a financial journalist who had the temerity to write about them. On August 31, Chinese journalist Wang Xiaolu confessed on state-run China Central Television (CCTV) to writing a July...
Economy, Media
08.27.15 Chinese Media Jumps on Tragic Virginia Shooting
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
On the morning of August 26, a reporter and a cameraman for a local Virginia television station were fatally shot during a live television interview. The alleged gunman, now dead, apparently shot himself before being apprehended by police.The shooting...
Media, Society
07.28.15 Clickbait Nationalism
On July 16, the lower house of the Japanese Parliament passed a set of new security legislation that would grant Japan limited power to engage in foreign conflicts for the first time since its defeat in World War II. Despite domestic public opposition...
Media, Military, Politics
07.23.15 A Kenyan Columnist’s Provocative Views on the Chinese in Africa
Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Mark Kapchanga
In Mark Kapchanga’s view, the West, particularly the media, really does not understand what the Chinese are doing in Africa. Kapchanga, a provocative Nairobi-based journalist and columnist, isn’t shy in arguing his case that on balance China’s presence...
Economy, Media, Politics
04.7.15 Cyber Leninism and the Political Culture of the Chinese Internet
Kaiser Kuo, David Moser, Rogier Creemers
Kaiser Kuo and David Moser speak with Rogier Creemers, post-doctoral fellow at Oxford with a focus on Chinese Internet governance and author of the China Copyright and Media blog.{chop}
History, Law, Military, Politics, Technology
03.30.15 A Chinese Perspective on the #RacistRestaurant Scandal in Kenya
Cobus van Staden, Huang Hongxiang
The Chinese restaurant in Nairobi that barred Africans after 5pm sparked a frenzied week of news coverage on both local and international media and, of course, on Twitter. The actions of this small, inconsequential restaurant seemingly took on much...
Business, Media, Society
03.9.15 China’s Real Inconvenient Truth: Its Class Divide
Rachel Lu
China is talking about its pollution problem, but its equally serious class problem remains obscured behind the haze. Smog leapt to the forefront of Chinese national discourse after the February 28 release of "Under the Dome," a 103-minute-long...
Environment, Health, Media, Rural Life, Urban Life
03.9.15 Under the Dome
Kaiser Kuo, David Moser, Calvin Quek
Under the Dome, Chai Jing's breakout documentary on China's catastrophic air pollution problem, finally hit insurmountable political opposition last Friday after seven days in which the video racked up over 200 million views. The eventual clampdown...
Environment, Urban Life
03.3.15 Why Has This Environmental Documentary Gone Viral on China’s Internet?
Angel Hsu, Michael Zhao, Deborah Seligsohn, Sam Geall, Barbara A. Finamore, Isabel Hilton, Mark L. Clifford, Ian Johnson, Chang Ping, Alex Wang, Vincent Ni
[Updated: March 6,  2015] Our friends at Foreign Policy hit the nail on the head by headlining writer Yiqin Fu's Monday story "China's National Conversation about Pollution Has Finally Begun." What happened? Well, in the last weekend of February,...
Education, Environment, Law, Politics
10.27.14 What China’s Reading: ‘Broken Dreams, USA’
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 for art to...
Media, Politics, Society
06.2.14 CCTV Africa: The Frontline of Soft-Power Diplomacy
Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Bob Wekesa
Since its launch in 2012, CCTV Africa has grown considerably in its distribution and programming. However, the central question remains as to whether or not anyone is actually watching, to justify the massive investment undertaken by the Chinese...
03.7.14 Wealth and Power: Intellectuals in China
Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, David Moser, Orville Schell
This week, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by David Moser and Orville Schell. While long-time listeners will of course know of David Moser as one of our favorite resident sinologists, if you haven’t also heard of Orville Schell we think you should have.{...
History, Media, Society
04.16.13 Why is China Still Messing with the Foreign Press?
Andrew J. Nathan, Isabel Hilton, Jonathan Landreth, Orville Schell, Dorinda Elliott
To those raised in the Marxist tradition, nothing in the media happens by accident.  In China, the flagship newspapers are still the “throat and tongue” of the ruling party, and their work is directed by the Party’s Propaganda Department.  That...
Business, Media, Politics
02.1.13 China’s Cyberattacks — At What Cost?
James Fallows, Donald Clarke, Orville Schell, Elizabeth Economy, Dorinda Elliott, Xiao Qiang, Bill Bishop
James Fallows: Here are some initial reactions on the latest hacking news.We call this the “latest” news because I don’t think anyone, in China or outside, is actually surprised. In my own experience in China, which is limited compared with many of yours...
Media, Politics, Technology
10.9.12 Developmental Fairy Tales
In 1992 Deng Xiaoping famously declared, “Development is the only hard imperative.” What ensued was the transformation of China from a socialist state to a capitalist market economy. The spirit of development has since become the prevailing creed of the...
06.8.12 Road Show Media Bandits Squeeze IPO Hopefuls
Buying media silence is a common first step toward an initial public offering in China that siphons billions of yuan every year from companies seeking investors in Shanghai and Shenzhen.The phenomenon has been documented by the China Securities...
04.24.12 Changing Media, Changing China
Susan Shirk
Thirty years ago, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) made a fateful decision: to allow newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations to compete in the marketplace instead of being financed exclusively by the government. The political and social...
04.20.12 In Dialogue with chinadialogue
Jeremy Goldkorn, Isabel Hilton, Jonathan Watts
{quote}After a few upbeat weeks on political intrigue in Chongqing, Sinica is back this week with another depressing show about the various ways China is killing us all. This week our conversation turns to cadmium-laced rice, endangered species, and the...