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04.26.2013

Making a Show of the News?

Ouyang Bin, Zhang Xiaoran

In what seemed like a flash on April 20, Chinese netizens dubbed TV reporter Chen Ying “the most beautiful bride” on China’s Internet. It was the day of her wedding but a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Ya’an in Sichuan province and Chen didn...

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03.15.2013

CNBC Quarrel About China’s Housing Market Bubbles Over on Chinese Internet

Ouyang Bin, Luo Xiaoyuan

China’s real estate prices continue to skyrocket despite government efforts to rein them in to prevent a dangerous housing bubble. On March 5, American television network CNBC invited two analysts to debate the state of the sector. But...

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03.05.2013

What Do You Know About China’s Politics?

Ouyang Bin, Zhang Xiaoran

The Liang Hui or “Two Sessions”—the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)—are the most crowded, most covered, and probably most hilarious annual political events in China. Every...

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02.26.2013

Flowers of the Motherland

Sun Yunfan

School uniforms have been a hot topic in the Chinese media since last Thursday. On February 20, 2013, on a new satirical TV news talk show akin to the Colbert Report but with a pre-recorded laugh track instead of a live audience, host Jin...

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02.22.2013

Complaints, Nationalism, and Spoofs

Ouyang Bin, Zhang Xiaoran

This week, United States government and American media charges of Chinese cyberattacks have led to a variety of responses from netizens across China. On February 19, a CNN camera crew tried to shoot video of the twelve-story military-owned...

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02.15.2013

Free Coffee for North Korea?

Ouyang Bin, Zhang Xiaoran

What should China do to persuade its moody ally North Korea to comply with international restrictions on its nuclear ambitions?

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09.06.2012

Michelle Obama’s DNC Speech

Peony Lui, Sun Yunfan

Something big is about to happen in China. After ruling the country for a decade, China’s current leadership, helmed by President Hu Jintao, will transfer power to a new group of leaders. The process will be opaque, the date of the...

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06.18.2012

Happiness with Chinese Characteristics

Yiyang Cao, Sun Yunfan, Qiaoyi Zhuang

On April 2, 2012, the United Nations released the first World Happiness Report on the occasion of its first General Assembly on “Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm.” It ranked China the 112th happiest country out of...

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06.08.2012

Students Tear Up Books Before Big Exam

He Jianan, Sara Segal-Williams

The gaokao, China’s annual National Higher Education Entrance Examination, is known for being extremely difficult and a stressful rite of passage for Chinese students. Due to the society’s traditional emphasis on education, many Chinese...

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06.04.2012

Food Paradise or Hell: A New Documentary Sparks Debate

Sun Yunfan, Qiaoyi Zhuang

A seven-part documentary on China’s food culture, “A Bite of China” (which translated literally means “China on the Tip of the Tongue”) premiered on the main channel of China Central Television (CCTV-1) on May 14, 2012 and became an...

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05.31.2012

Zuckerberg’s CCTV Cameo

Bo Wang, Kennett Werner

Chinese social media outlets lit up after sharp-eyed viewers caught Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg making a cameo appearance on Chinese Police, a documentary series produced by China Central Television (CCTV). Just a few second long, the...

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05.24.2012

TV Show Catches Flak for its Criticism of Contestants Who Have Lived Abroad

Bo Wang

The gameshow Fei Ni Mo Shu (Only You) has a pretty straightforward premise: a contestant steps onto a stage next to the host and introduces him/herself to a panel of twelve bosses of major companies who sit in highly extravagant throne-...

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05.18.2012

Hong Kong Movie Star Now a Motivational Speaker

Bo Wang

Nicholas Tse—the famous young Hong Kong singer, actor, and musician—is known for portraying irresponsible young rebels. People think that’s what he’s like in real life. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology invited Tse to be a...

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05.18.2012

Drunken Brit Assaults Chinese Woman in Beijing

Bo Wang

A drunken foreigner was caught sexually assaulting a Chinese woman in Beijing near the Xuanwumen subway station. Pedestrians stopped him and it ended in a fight. This video shows the initial confrontation with the foreigner and then jumps...

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05.17.2012

Villagers Loot Spilled Watermelons From Truck After Car Crash

Qiaoyi Zhuang

Two trucks collided on the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macao Expressway in Yueyang, Hunan Province. While local firemen worked to rescue the drivers stuck in their vehicles, people from a nearby village arrived on the scene to loot watermelons that...

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