Author: Anne Henochowicz

Anne Henochowicz is the China Digital Times translations editor. She has contributed to Foreign Policy, The China Beat, the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, The Postcolonialist, and Nieman Reports. She earned her masters in Chinese literature and folklore from The Ohio State University and in ethnomusicology from the University of Cambridge.
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Sensitive Words: The Wang Lijun Incident on Sina Weibo

As netizens chatter about Wang Lijun‘s alleged attempt to seek asylum at the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China’s most influential microblogging site, Sina Weibo, has again banned a few related keywords on its search function. Below are lists of Weibo’s banned search terms tested and uncovered by CDT staff (in simplified characters) on three different dates. February

February 9, 2012 9:30 PM

Chinternet Meme: “Vacation-Style Therapy”

Update: Links added. In the brief time since the Chongqing government announced that Wang Lijun would be taking time away from his post as vice-mayor of Chongqing for “vacation-style therapy,” the phrase has risen to meme status. Weibo alone returns almost 50,000 results for the search term. Below are some sample netizen comments collected by the China Digital Times

February 8, 2012 10:00 PM