Translation: My Hometown Survived the Pandemic

Even before the lifting of China’s long-standing “zero-COVID” policy in early December of last year, there were signs of a surge in Omicron cases nationwide. Since then, China has experienced a tsunami of infections—first in...

Sensitive Words: Seven Don’t Mentions and More

As of May 10, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). Migrant Worker’s Death: 22-year-old Yuan Liya, who came to Beijing from Anhui Province, fell to her death...

Ministry of Truth: Beijing Mall “Suicide” Jump

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Beijing Internet Supervision Office: Urgent Notice: Websites which have already posted news about the...

Sensitive: “Anhui Girl,” Deng Xiaoping’s Grandson

As of May 9, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). • Anhui girl (安徽女子): Yuan Liya, a poor young woman from central Anhui Province, died on May 3 after falling from...

Police Quell Beijing Protest after Woman’s Death

A large protest broke out near a shopping mall in southern Beijing on Wednesday following the death last week of a 22-year-old migrant worker, according to Edward Wong of The New York Times, who reported that hundreds of police...

Sensitive Words: Beijing Protest After “Suicide”

As of May 8, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). Around 4 a.m. on May 3, young Anhui migrant Yuan Liya fell to her death from the fourth floor of the Jingwen...

A Son’s Guilt Over the Mother He Sent to Her Death

The Guardian’s Tania Branigan profiles 60-year-old Zhang Hongbing, whose denunciation of his mother during the Cultural Revolution led to her execution. Zhang is now trying to make amends for his role in his mother’s...

China Braces For End Of World

With the apocalypse now less than ten days away, China has been joining in the global festival of panic, resignation and denial at the imminent extinction of humanity. At China Real Time Report, Chao Deng described some Chinese...

Orgy Photos Making Awkward Waves on Web

A series of more than a hundred leaked online photos featuring five people engaged in group sex has put the Communist Party on the defensive, writes The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos, who puts the awkward situation in...



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