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10.24.2014

Hong Kong Documentary Explores the Roots of Dissent

La Frances Hui

To many observers, Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Movement”—thousands of students and other citizens in the streets demanding to choose their own political leaders—seemed to unfurl, fully formed, out of nowhere. Residents of the former colony were...

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10.23.2014

Pandas Were Monsters

Tea Leaf Nation, Alexa Olesen

“Rich Chinese are literally eating this exotic mammal into extinction,” read a recent Global Post expose of the devastating trade in the pangolin, a scaly anteater that Chinese consider a delicacy. According to the Post, the adorable...

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10.23.2014

Kenny G: The Newest ‘Foreign Force’ in Hong Kong

Tea Leaf Nation, Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

As pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong extend into their fourth week with no resolution in sight, pro-Beijing voices have increasingly accused “foreign forces” of wielding influence over Hong Kong protests and intervening in Chinese...

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10.21.2014

Chinese Doubt Their Own Soft Power Venture

Tea Leaf Nation

On September 27, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong read aloud a letter written by President Xi Jinping at a ceremony in Beijing celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Confucius Institute (CI) program, an international chain of academic...

Books

10.21.2014

Hou Hsiao-hsien

For younger critics and audiences, Taiwanese cinema enjoys a special status, comparable with that of Italian Neorealism and the French New Wave for earlier generations, a cinema that was and is in the midst of introducing an innovative...

Viewpoint

10.21.2014

‘We Can Only Trust Each Other and Keep the Road’

Ilaria Maria Sala

Snip. Snip. Snip. The officer’s face shows concentration as he cuts one yellow ribbon after another along a metal fence on Queensway in the Central district of Hong Kong. Next to him, other policemen have just finished dismantling the...

Viewpoint

10.20.2014

‘A Power Capable of Making Us Weep’

Hu Yong

This September, the editors of the online edition of the 21st Century Business Herald—a leading Chinese business newspaper based in Guangzhou and owned by Southern Media Group (Nanfang Baoye Jituan)—came under investigation on charges of...

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10.20.2014

The Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography

At a moment when the world is more engaged with China than ever before, ChinaFile, a project of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, and the Magnum Foundation are pleased to announce the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in...

The Dalai Lama Forces China to Overplay its Hand in South Africa

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden

Pretoria’s apparent refusal to grant Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama a visa to attend a summit of Nobel peace laureates has sparked outrage in South Africa. Critics allege the government is bowing to China, undermining South...

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10.15.2014

Jiang Zemin Unplugged

The Editors

Given the leadership styles of Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping, who have been China’s supreme leaders over the past twelve years, it is an almost shocking experience to look back at these two videos (the first of which circulated last week on...

Viewpoint

10.14.2014

On Dealing with Chinese Censors

Joseph W. Esherick

It was a hot afternoon in June in the East China city of Jinan. I was returning to my hotel after an afternoon coffee, thinking of the conference I had come to attend and trying to escape the heat on the shady side of the street. My cell...

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10.10.2014

China Bans Law-Breaking Actors From Movies and Television

Tea Leaf Nation, Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

Amid an ongoing government campaign against drugs, prostitution, and other moral vices, a powerful government agency has reportedly issued new regulations banning actors with histories of drug use or prostitution from appearing in movies...

Viewpoint

10.08.2014

‘We Do Not Want to Be Persuaded’

Ilaria Maria Sala

Over the past week, it has been hard to make sense of the threats and ultimatums the Hong Kong protesters have faced. On Sunday, the South China Morning Post splashed on its front page that Hong Kong had “hours to avoid tragedy.”...

Caixin Media

10.06.2014

Lost in Translation

Caixin

Is selective translation of news articles from the foreign media more insidious than no translation at all? The debate was sparked by a garbled translation of the cover story of the Economist headlined “What Does China Want?”

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10.03.2014

Under Different Umbrellas

Zhang Xiaoran

“Dozens of mainlanders were taken away by the police because they openly supported Occupy Central and at least ten of them have been detained…They are in Jiangxi, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, etc,” Hong Kong-based...

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