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09.18.2014

More Exploitation, More Happiness

Kevin Slaten

It was one of the deadliest industrial disasters in recent Chinese history. On August 2, a massive metal dust explosion killed 75 workers and injured another 186 at a factory in Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, that supplied wheels to General...

Media

09.12.2014

A New Definition of Chinese Patriotism

Tea Leaf Nation, Rachel Lu

China’s ruling Communist Party has a message for Chinese citizens: You are for us, or you are against us.That’s the takeaway from a widely discussed September 10 opinion piece in pro-party tabloid Global Times, in which Chen Xiankui, a...

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09.10.2014

China’s Tough New Internet Rules Explained

Hu Yong

On August 7, the State Internet Information Office issued a new set of guidelines entitled “Provisional Regulations for the Development and Management of Instant Messaging Tools and Public Information Services.” These regulations require...

Media

09.10.2014

iPhone 6: Designed in California, Leaked in China

Tea Leaf Nation, David Wertime

China’s cyberspace is bursting with anticipation for the iPhone 6—never mind that it promises to cost more than most citizens make in a month.

Culture

09.04.2014

‘Transformers 4’ May Pander to China, But America Still Wins

Ying Zhu

Hollywood made news this summer with the China triumph of Transformers: Age of Extinction, which broke all previous Chinese box office records. The Chinese box office even outsold the North American box office. But jubilation over the film...

Environment

09.04.2014

Alibaba Founder Shoots Himself in the Foot with UK Hunting Trip

chinadialogue

Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce platform Alibaba and chairman of The Nature Conservancy’s China Program, has drawn hostile fire from environmentalists after a British newspaper recently reported he hunted stags in Scotland in 2012. What’s...

Viewpoint

09.02.2014

The Danger of China’s ‘Chosen Trauma’

Harry W.S. Lee

When we see young Chinese people at a state event collectively chant, “Do not forget national humiliation and realize the Chinese dream!” we may be tempted to dismiss it as yet another piece of CCP propaganda. But we may also find...

Media

09.02.2014

Anti-Vice Click-Bait Spawns Popular Govt. Social Media Feed

Tea Leaf Nation, Alexa Olesen

The Chinese government institution with the biggest social media following goes to…the nationwide anti-vice campaign called “Strike the four blacks, Eliminate the four harms.” Da Sihei, Chu Sihai in Mandarin, the four blacks and four harms...

Media

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...

He Exposed Corrupt China Before He Left

Perry Link

In the late 1970s, when the passing of Mao made it possible for foreign journalists to work in China for the first time in three decades, the first reporters to get in wrote wide-ranging books that addressed nearly everything they could...

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...

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