Author: Anne Henochowicz

Anne Henochowicz is the Translations Editor at China Digital Times. Her writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, The China Beat, the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, The Postcolonialist, and Nieman Reports. She is an alumna of the Penn Kemble Democracy Forum Fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy. Before tracking Chinese social media, Anne studied Inner Mongolian folk music at the University of Cambridge and The Ohio State University. Her master's thesis on folk music and Mongolian identity is available here.
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Weibo: The Cost of Confucius Institutes

Confucius Institutes, Chinese learning centers in foreign universities and schools affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party, have come under plenty of scrutiny for their control of curricula. Last month’s U.S. visa kerfuffle put the institutes in the spotlight again. Weibo user GriotWildTales brings up yet another unseemly side of the institutes: GriotWildTales: The

June 1, 2012 8:08 AM

Sensitive Words: Big Macs and More

As of May 30, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function): Hot Topics:

  • Big Mac (巨无霸): The May 29 edition of the Apple Daily ran an above-the-fold exposé of an alleged liaison between Zhang Ziyi and Bo Xilai. Above the story is an ad for 39-yuan KFC “Big Macs.” Netizens are using “Big Mac” to refer to the article.
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