Jonathan Ansfield

Jonathan Ansfield reports for Newsweek magazine from Beijing, where he has lived for over eight years. His freelance work has also appeared in The Asian Wall Street Journal, Wallpaper, and The News York Times. From 2001 to 2004, he served as a general news correspondent for Reuters. His main area of interest is the Chinese media and its political and market roles in democratic change.

School Of Rock, Class Of 2008

June 1st is Children’s Day in China and much of the rest of the world. The Beijing News got a two-day jump on the festivities with a photo montage headlined:”Seven-year-old little devils play in a band.” The pop rock foursome – three boys and a girl – hail from Tianjin and call themselves 20088. “20088 […]

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Du Daozheng: Democracy A One-Way Street

In recent months, as the upcoming 17th Party Congress has occasioned heightened debate over democratic reform, the party journal Yanhuang Chunqiu has been running feisty articles by liberal geriatrics who advocate picking up the...

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What A Difference A Xinhua Line Makes…

Spring marks the start of drowning season for Chinese country kids, wont to steal off to fish or take a dip in rain-swelled rivers and lakes. Last week Thursday, after a spate of deaths by water, the Ministry of Education issued a circular ordering schools to ratchet up safety education measures to prevent further accidents. […]

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The Class Problems With Ads That Got None

Do gaudy ads for luxury villas and sedans really threaten social harmony…or just Party politicians’ images? A couple of marketing peccadillos in Beijing and Shandong have aroused skepticism in the media over what’s really at stake. Last Friday, city commercial regulators ordered an end to ads that “flaunt wealth” (ÁÇ´ÂØå), contending ubiquitous terms like “utmost […]

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The Art Media Hustle

Last month, a gallery worker on Beijing’s East Side sent out a press release for a contemporary art exhibit. The local art media soon came fishing for soft ads. Here the gallerist writes in to share his encounters. The state-backed outlets he mentions appear to have grown symbiotically alongside mainstream auction houses, collectors’ web sites […]

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