Author: Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach lives in Berkeley, California. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. She received her master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her writing about China has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and other publications.
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Repackaging the Revolutionary Classics of China

On the eve of the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, a nostalgia for red songs is sweeping China, according to this New York Times article: China has boomed during three decades of economic reform, and has in many respects tried to distance itself from the Mao era, when tens of millions died from deprivation and state-directed violence. But Communist Party leaders still

June 29, 2011 10:12 PM

Google+ Blocked Before it Opens? (Updated)

Google’s new social-networking site, Google+, which is still in the invitation-only beta phase, has already been blocked by the Great Firewall. From the Washington Post: Just Ping and the Greatfirewallofchina.org website both confirm that plus.google.com is not accessible from mainland China. The censoring itself isn’t too surprising; Chinese authorities aren’t

June 29, 2011 2:59 PM

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