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08.27.2014

A ‘School Bus and a Ferrari’

Tea Leaf Nation, David Wertime

Communication between China and the United States can often resemble ships passing in the night—or planes passing through international airspace. But when it comes to this particularly fraught bilateral relationship, perhaps metaphors are...

Culture

08.27.2014

Standing Up for Indie Film in China

Jonathan Landreth

In July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth in the action-packed series of Hollywood films about trucks turning into giant robots to save the world, became the first film to sell more than $300 million in tickets at China’s box ...

Culture

08.26.2014

Healthy Words

In 1902, Lu Xun translated Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon into Chinese from the Japanese edition. Science fiction, he wrote in the preface, was “as rare as unicorn horns, which shows in a way the intellectual poverty of our time...

Media

08.07.2014

Beards and Muslim Headscarves Banned From Buses In One Xinjiang City

Tea Leaf Nation, Alexa Olesen

A city in China’s remote western Xinjiang region has temporarily banned men with beards and women with Muslim headscarves from taking public buses.

Media

08.06.2014

The Bizarre Fixation on a 23-Year-Old Woman

Tea Leaf Nation

On August 4, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake viciously struck Ludian County, a township in the southwest province of Yunnan, with a death toll surpassing 400.

Books

07.31.2014

Leftover Women

Leta Hong Fincher

A century ago, Chinese feminists fighting for the emancipation of women helped spark the Republican Revolution, which overthrew the Qing empire. After China’s Communist revolution of 1949, Chairman Mao famously proclaimed that “women hold...

Media

07.30.2014

Paper Tiger

Tea Leaf Nation, Isaac Stone Fish, Rachel Lu

For 10 months, the fate of Zhou Yongkang existed in a space of plausible deniability. Respected Western media outlets had reported that the 71-year-old Zhou, a retired official who served as China's much-feared domestic security czar from...

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07.30.2014

Say It Ain’t So, Zhou

Tea Leaf Nation, David Wertime

It was an exchange perfectly tailored for modern Chinese politics: alternately unscripted and cagey, chummy but laced with a hint of menace.

Conversation

07.24.2014

Alibaba: How Big a Deal Is It?

David Wolf, Duncan Clark, The Editors

When Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba goes public some time after Labor Day it is expected be one the largest initial public offerings in history. This week, a story in The New York Times shed light on ties between Alibaba and the sons and...

Media

07.22.2014

All Hail ‘Fatty Kim the Third’

Tea Leaf Nation, David Wertime

It’s North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un as the world has never seen him. In a three-minute clip that has accumulated over 200,000 views after its early July posting on Chinese video site Tudou, a crudely photoshopped Kim dances on the...

Media

07.21.2014

Everybody Hates Rui

Tea Leaf Nation

He may be widely reviled in his home country, but oh, what a resume: The son of an author and screenwriter; a graduate of the prestigious China Foreign Affairs University; a Yale World Fellow; and state-run China Central Television (CCTV)’...

Conversation

07.17.2014

How to Read China’s New Press Restrictions

David Schlesinger, Orville Schell, Rogier Creemers, Wen Yunchao

On June 30, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television posted a statement on its website warning Chinese journalists not to share information with their counterparts in the foreign press corps. Most...

Media

07.08.2014

Changing the Chinese Embassy’s Address to Liu Xiaobo Plaza Is a Silly Idea

Tea Leaf Nation, Isaac Stone Fish

I rarely agree with the Chinese Embassy in Washington, but an amendment making its way through Congress has made me unlikely bedfellows with Beijing’s Washington diplomats.

Media

07.02.2014

The Mogul Takes Manhattan

Tea Leaf Nation, Isaac Stone Fish

Lunch at Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse is an elegant affair, popular among well-heeled tourists and alumni networking associations for its lakeside view and excellent service. But on Wednesday, June 25, the restaurant hosted hundreds of...

Books

06.25.2014

Tiananmen Exiles

In the spring of 1989, millions of citizens across China took to the streets in a nationwide uprising against government corruption and authoritarian rule. What began with widespread hope for political reform ended with the People’s...

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