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09.11.2014

Powerful Patriots

Why has the Chinese government sometimes allowed and sometimes repressed nationalist, anti-foreign protests? What have been the international consequences of these choices? Anti-American demonstrations were permitted in 1999 but repressed...

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...

Photo Gallery

09.03.2014

Xinjiang Unsettled

Gilles Sabrié

My first trip to Xinjiang was in 1995; it was also my first trip to China. The UN’s World Conference on Women was taking place in Beijing and I could only manage to secure a visa for China on the condition that I would not go to Beijing (...

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...

Conversation

09.02.2014

Hong Kong—Now What?

David Schlesinger, Mei Fong, Nicholas Bequelin

David Schlesinger: Hong Kong’s tragedy is that its political consciousness began to awaken precisely at the time when its leverage with China was at its lowest ebb.

Books

09.02.2014

Cities and Stability

China’s management of urbanization is an under-appreciated factor in the regime’s longevity. The Chinese Communist Party fears “Latin Americanization”—the emergence of highly unequal megacities with their attendant slums and social unrest...

Sinica Podcast

08.29.2014

Ghost Cities to Luxury Malls

Jeremy Goldkorn

Remember the good old days when people didn’t talk obsessively about real estate and housing prices, and dinner parties would feature conversations about art? Well, so do we, but with those days long gone we’re delighted to host two...

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...

Wang Lixiong and Woeser: A Way Out of China’s Ethnic Unrest?

Ian Johnson

Woeser and Wang Lixiong are two of China’s best-known thinkers on the government’s policy toward ethnic minorities. With violence in Tibet and Xinjiang now almost a monthly occurrence, I met them at their apartment in Beijing to talk about...

Beyond the Dalai Lama: An Interview with Woeser and Wang Lixiong

Ian Johnson

In recent months, China has been beset by growing ethnic violence. In Tibet, 125 people have set themselves on fire since the suppression of 2008 protests over the country’s ethnic policies. In the Muslim region of Xinjiang, there have...

Caixin Media

08.19.2014

A Chinese Town’s Imported Cambodian Brides

Caixin

It is a hot and sticky midsummer day in a small village along the Chang River in the eastern province of Jiangxi. The most popular spot is in front of the local grocery where a few women are playing mahjong as children chase each other ...

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...

Environment

08.12.2014

China Grows An Interest in Organic Foods

Michael Zhao

Late last month, news broke that a major Chinese supplier of American fast food brands was peddling meat that violated food safety standards.How do such scandals affect the way people in China feed themselves and their families? Chang...

Video

08.12.2014

Chinese Dreamers

Sharron Lovell, Tom Wang

A dream, in the truest sense, is a solo act. It can’t be created by committee or replicated en masse. Try as you might, you can’t compel your neighbor to conjure up the reverie that you envision. And therein lies the latent, uncertain...

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