Former Chinese Bookseller’s Wife Held Under “Exit Ban”

The wife of a prominent former Chinese bookseller is being prevented from leaving China until her husband returns to the country to answer questions about his alleged political writings. Yu Miao ran Shanghai’s famed liberal...

In China’s Cyberspace, Dissent Speaks Code

At The Wall Street Journal, CDT’s editor in chief Xiao Qiang and Perry Link describe the use of online slang, such as sardonic honorifics and the “involuntary passive”, to not only sidestep censors but also...

Why Won’t “Netizen” Just Die?

At The Atlantic, Brian Fung contemplates the longevity of the widely derided 80s buzzword “netizens” as a label for China’s politically engaged online population: Even in China, the word has grown a little...

Chinese Couples Seek American Surrogate Mothers

Stories of Chinese mothers travelling to the U.S. to give birth have become familiar. Global Times’ Xuyang Jingjing, though, describes a growing trend of Chinese couples seeking American surrogate mothers. The...

Milan Nixes Citizenship For Dalai Lama

The Italian city of Milan has scrapped plans to give honorary citizenship to the Dalai Lama due to concerns such a move would jeopardize Chinese involvement and investment in the 2015 Expo, according to Reuters: Milan had...

A Better Life Abroad, But Where?

Though China’s super-rich increasingly look for geographic mobility, and immigration applications to the United States has jumped over the past two years, has the perception of America changed in the eyes of the masses?...

Born In The U.S.A.? Some Chinese Plan It That Way

NPR has a report on wealthy Chinese women who pay a fee to service providers who can arrange for them to give birth on U.S. soil under a U.S. Constitutional Amendment which gives the right to citizenship to anyone born in the...

Parents Deliver US Citizenship

China Daily reports on the growing number of Chinese women who travel to the U.S. to give birth: The list of benefits runs long for babies born in the US, says Jiang Feng, the Chinese mainland partner of the agency, which...

China Fans Ask, Will Yao Ming’s Baby be American?

From USA Today: Yao’s personal life is closely followed by his many fans at home, from his 2007 Shanghai wedding to fellow basketball player Ye Li to last month’s reports the couple is expecting a baby girl in...

China: The Founding of a Republic

An online debate is burbling over the patriotic blockbuster, The Founding of the Republic, as netizens have dug out information on the impressive cast of stars who lent their names to the project, and discovered that several of...

Welcome Return for Chinese Dissident, Others Not Free to Travel – Duihua

The following op-ed, about the government’s use of restrictions on travel to control political dissidents, appeared on the blog of the Duihua Foundation: The reunion last week of Boston-based Chinese dissident Yang Jianli with his wife and son after five years in a Chinese prison hopefully marks the first of many conciliatory gestures Beijing will […]



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